Monday, August 4, 2008

Fourth of July

We had my family over to BBQ and hang out for the day. The kids played all day long. We didn't have to go anywhere to watch fireworks...we just put our chairs in the front yard on the driveway and saw 3 different shows! We saw fireworks from Magic Mountain, Castaic Lake and the school. It was kind of like a surround theatre affect. By the time the shows were over the kids (and us adults too) were exhausted! It was a great day.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Knott's Berry Farm

The boys and I had the tremendous privilege of going to Knott's Berry Farm with Andrea, Ethan and Emily Larue. We had so much fun. My boys are telling everyone that this was their favorite day of summer (they keep asking when we are going again...)! It was a hot, fun-filled day. Thanks Larue's for a wonderful day full of smiles and memories we will cherish forever...we love you!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dog-sitting memories...

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Well...some people house-sit...we dog-sit. We were asked if we would be interested in watching our pastor's twin daughters dog for 2 weeks. Travis didn't hesitate one bit because he knew it was a boxer! We brought Gracie home from church the very next morning. Okay so she is not totally house trained... We managed though. Maci on the other hand was in heaven!! She was loving every minute of every day!! It sure was fun watching them run around and play. We had Gracie for 2 weeks and literally the next day after she went home we got my parents German Short-haired Pointer, Abby. They went to Chicago for 2 weeks to visit Kirk, Ami and the kids (my brother and his family...oh do we miss them tons!!!). Now...Abby is completely house trained. Maci absolutely adores Abby...I think she was the first dog Maci was ever introduced to and she has been nuts about her ever since. She's like that older cousin you really look up to. Maci has "grown on" Abby. It took some time though. I think Maci initially thought Abby was her mom because she was probably 6 weeks when she first met her - she was all over Abby and it really bothered her. This pretty much happened every time they were together. It is much better now that Maci is getting older and bigger. Well, Abby went home last Sunday and we get her back again this Monday. This second time was not planned at all. My mom is going up to Washington to help take care of her sister who is having extensive surgery tomorrow (Friday, August 1st) for rectal cancer. We would covet your prayers...that our Great Physician would guide the surgeons and anesthesiologists and that my aunt would recover quickly and with no complications, bleeding or infections. She will be in the hospital for 5-6 days. Her recovery period is pretty long too so pray for comfort and endurance. They believe that she is in the hands of a Great and Mighty God and that He is working in them and through them for His glory.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Cove pt 1

The Cove pt 2

The Cove pt 3

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"The Cove"

We went to "the cove" in Ventura with some friends from Bible Study. Tatum boogie boarded for the first time and was a natural at it. The kids played in the water, sand, on the rocks, zip-line and the pirate ship...all day long. I so enjoy watching my kids when they are having such a good time playing with their friends. Time really does fly when you're having fun...we didn't leave until late so we all grabbed a bite to eat on the way home. It truly is a blessing to have such special friends through our church and Bible Study...these will be forever cherished memories and friends. I couldn't ask for better friends...thank you!!

Girly Girls

Tessa got a make-up kit at her special friend Kaylee's birthday party (great idea Jamie!). She has gotten so much use out of it and has so much fun playing with it...she even puts make-up on her brothers! She loves to hang in her room and play with her make-up and get all dressed up like a big girl or a princess. When we have little girls over she always asks if they can play with the make-up...then they come out and pose. Her application has gotten better each time she plays with is pretty amazing! I'm telling don't have to teach girls how to be girls... Carlee and Lexi are a couple of Tessa's girly girl friends that she enjoys playing make-up with.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Slumber Party

The boys wanted to sleep on the floor one night... It was after a long day at the beach so I was actually surprised they didn't just want to get in bed like I did. They spent a long time making their bed up. I went in when they were done...they had their comforters laid out so nice and had lined up their stuffed animals at the end of the bed. It was so cute! They worked so hard on it...together...and were so proud! Tessa got in one of the pictures and then decided she wanted a picture of her in her bed too. Summer always seems to have fun memories...I hope I can capture as many of them as possible.