Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monterey for a Day

We loved having Erica and Christian (Justin's siblings)
here for the day.

Did I mention we loved it?

PS That pirate ship was used in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

My Twenties are Over

I had a good birthday that ended with a fun dinner at Volcano Grill.

Isn't it the cutest restaurant?

Notice the fire in the middle of our table.

Now excuse me while I get busy with my thirties.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Garden Fairies

Yesterday when I was busy feeling sorry for myself about how Stephanie just left, my house was a mess, dinner was taking forever, and I was too tired to go visiting teaching that night...

Drew shouted that our friend, along with her mom and daughter (who prefer to be nameless) were here.

They came unloading all sorts of plants, flowers, and soil to finally fill the grow boxes in our front yard that I've been meaning to fill myself for hmmm...9 months now.

Literally in 40 minutes start to finish they were done...cherry tomatoes, snap peas, and petunias everywhere.

They were so happy and energetic the entire time. It was contagious...and I was ready to do my visiting teaching with a smile.

Happy early birthday to me!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

3s and 1s

Drew just turned 3, Sally 1, and today Justin is 31.

It's the year of 3s and 1s.

I know, pretty clever of me to put that thought together.

Especially at 6:30 in the morning, when this picture was taken...

right before we took Justin to school

where he gets to spend his special day conjugating Arabic verbs.

Happy birthday Justin!

Like 90 Degrees or Something

It's almost as hot as Arizona here.

90 degrees is so rare in Monterey.

And I love it.

This is what April is supposed to feel like.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Germany is About to Get Lucky

Cause it's getting Stephanie (far left) and family.

Which means I'm about to get really sad.

But first, another happy memory to add to the collection.
A beach bonfire with s'mores, Catch Phrase, and no kids.

We liked it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our Easter

Egg Dying

Even raw egg dying which I'm thinking is the way to go because how many deviled eggs can a person eat?

Easter Baskets

Easter Stroller

Temple Trip

Egg Hunt

Thank you Target for coming out with a new Star Wars shirt.

After the Temple and pizza we were so worn out we almost skipped the hunt but I'm so glad we didn't because we found Joaquin Miller Park like 2 minutes from the Temple that was perfect. It had a stair-stepped/waterfall-ed path leading up to an amazing view of the city and Bay.


And food.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009



More pictures from our lunch/egg hunt yesterday at the River Ranch
(same one that has the yellow brick road)
Most of the kids that were there.
That would be Owen with the bucket on his head.
And Sally not very happy on Drew's lap.

Drew getting to ride first class in Sarah's lap.

Owen missing school for the occasion.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Good Old Days

It's basically a glorified farmer's market with kiddie rides.

Where I tried to buy some happiness with a $7 lemonade.

But it was the free balloons that did the trick.

Don't worry, we went after conference was over.

You know I needed to hear some good conference talks
after my heartless April Fool's joke.

PS: Drew's shorts were on backwards.
And yes, Owen is wearing Star Wars again.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mini Me

Busiest, most exciting day...
We just finished up the adoption paperwork for
Hazel from Rio de Janeiro.
I didn't want to risk having twin boys so we're adopting.
Can't wait to meet her in person and clean her up!
Crazy thing is doesn't she kind of look like me?

PS Angelina did so much to make this adoption possible.
She is so down-to-earth.
And so inspiring.