Friday, November 20, 2009

Straight Arrow

Yesterday Ryan got to have a Thanksgiving celebration at his school. They all dressed up like little indians and walked over to the a nearby retirement home and sang to them. When I went to pick him up, we were able to watch the performance too. Since Ryan does not sing these songs at home, I was surprised to learn her knew the words and was happy to perform for his teacher. The little outfits they made were so cute. They even each had their own papoose and arrows. Ryan's indian name was "Straight Arrow." All of the kids were calling him that. So fun!

Monday, November 16, 2009

John Stephen at 9 Months

Our little John is already 9 months old. Sometimes it seems like he's always been with us, sometimes it seems like he was born just yesterday. We love him! I'm so thankful for our little John.
He now has two teeth on the bottom and four teeth on the top. He's already had his first haircut. He crawls around and stands next to furniture. He is just the sweetest, happy boy. He thinks Macky is hilarious! He can't help but laugh as soon as he sees him walk in the door from school. He eats well and is just starting to get used to a bottle. I wouldn't describe him as a good sleeper, but it could be much worse! One of my favorite things about John is that he loves to snuggle. While I can't wait to see all of the wonderful things he will do, I'm very happy to hold him in this moment.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Trip to Visit Uncle Steve

We had a great weekend with Uncle Steve. The pictures are out of order, but hopefully you'll get a feel for our weekend. We drove in to SF around 5:00 pm. I packed in such a way that we only had to make one trip from the car to Steve's apartment if everyone helped. It was really funny to see this line of people hauling suitcases up the stairs to Steve's place. I tried to get a good photo, but I wasn't quite fast enough. After we checked out Steve's awesome new apartment, we went to Joe's Crab Shack, Macky's favorite restaurant. Mac and Maddie shared a bit bucket of crab. They got to wear these funky bibs. It was pretty fun. I think it was everyone's birthday that night, so there was a lot of signing. Then, all of a sudden, music was blasting and people were dancing on the tables. I felt like a party pooper at first, so Maddie and I got up and tried the dance out - not on the table, but on the floor next to the table. It was super fun! When we got back to Steve's we watched a movie and went to bed super late!!
Saturday morning we ate all of Steve's breakfast food and then went to pick up Kayla. Then we were all off to the de Young museum to see the King Tut exhibit. I've been really looking forward to it. It was a bit annoying because they wouldn't let me take in a stroller or my baby bag. Steve and Kayla were really helpful and all of us had sore arms from carrying John around. Kayla even got him to sleep! We paid extra to have the audio tour, which was lame. All of the kids were very good and I had a great time looking at all of those neat artifacts. It was an awesome display! The kids were a bit bored, however, if I'm being honest. But, I'd do it again.
After the museum we ate lunch, bought some kites, and hit the park. The weather was absolutely perfect! I couldn't believe how awesome it was. The kite flying was the kids' favorite part. They all really enjoyed it. We then went back to Steve's for some pizza, brownies, and a movie. We stayed up way too late again!
On Sunday morning I we made some french toast and were off. I wanted to hit the science museum, but I was out voted. We ended up at the park instead. The kids love the climbing equipment at the park and the sand. Steve took the kids on the carousel too. It's a beautiful old carousel - very romantic! We went to lunch at this funky place that Steve saw on TV called Ike's. Steve got this sandwich called the Kriptonite. It was an insane 4 pound sandwich with all sorts of stuff including (but not limited to) mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, onion rings and massive amounts of meat. Kayla and I got "normal" sandwiches. We took them back to Steve's so poor ol' John could get a nap. Steve did a truly amazing job parking (see photo) and we had a nice afternoon at his apartment. When John woke up we packed up and headed back to Chico. It was a super weekend, and I can't wait to do it again!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lilly's Blessing

Little Lilly was blessed in Church on Sunday. It was a beautiful blessing and we're just so happy to have her! Her mommy is certainly happy!! She is such a sweet little girl and it's just so great to have a nice reason like a little baby to get together with family.

Halloween 2009

This Halloween we had lots of fun! It was the first Halloween for John and Lilly. It was super great to have a baby and NOT be pregnant for this Halloween. I really love to go out and trick-or-treat. I attempted pumpkin shaped bread bowls this year for our traditional pre-trick-or-treating dinner. They didn't turn out as well as I hoped, but they looked pretty good and were edible. I'll try again next year and see if I can come up with something better. Thanks for sharing your kids. I love seeing everyone on Halloween night!!