Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
and this is why. he is an amazing photographer!
lauren also loves being a big girl and pushing her own stroller. she hasn't quite mastered the steering aspect yet, which can be a little dangerous for any unsuspecting pedestrians.
we also stopped for a brief moment to watch some remote controlled boats. i think lauren was wanting to swim with boats instead of watch them, so we couldn't stay long. but it was a great little outing on a warm july night. we have get out while we can because summer won't be here for too much longer. :(
Monday, July 21, 2008
after playing with toys for a while we decided to go for a walk to the park.
even though ava can't walk yet, she is an amazing climber who really gets around!
ian is so close to walking on her own, but she still managed to cover a lot of ground with a little help from her mom.
lauren thought she'd do a little digging this evening.
well, we finally managed to get them all in the same place for a quick photo. thanks for the fun night, girls. i hope we can do it again soon!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
in order to properly get in the coffee helper role, one must first put on his or her coffee helper hat.
she then supervises the grinding of the coffee beans.
she helps daddy count the coffee scoops, with backup spoons in hand in case she needs to intervene.
she carefully puts the coffee in the filter.
all that's left is to turn on the start button.
the green light is on signaling the conclusion of yet another coffee making success. and she'll be back on the job tomorrow, hat on and spoons in hand, to begin the process all over again. :)
Monday, July 14, 2008
do i really want to eat these peas, she thinks, pausing for a moment. oh, what the heck, it always makes my mom and dad clap and cheer. so here goes....
she then puts the spoon in her mouth with the greatest of ease. remarkable! since she was on a roll, she decided to follow her dinner "act" with a proper demonstration on how to blow one's nose. again we were rather impressed.
our sweet little baby is growing up! (and yes, joel and i could use a little more entertainment in our lives)!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
here we are again waiting for the mccains to make their entrance.
and here they are!
senator mccain answering some one's question.
cindy mccain was looking lovely as she greeted the crowd after senator mccain had concluded the meeting. i think she would make a wonderful first lady.
senator mccain shaking hands and speaking with the crowd.
one more shot of mccain and............
one more shot of the secret service agent! :)
and then they were off again!
lots of fun new toys to check out.
thanks nate, liz and ava for a really great night!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
one evening last week my dad and i took cody, micah, toby, elle and lauren strawberry picking. it was a beautiful night with a cool breeze which kept the mosquitoes away. we managed to pick 6 pounds which was pretty impressive considering how many berries didn't quite make it into the buckets. but that's the best part of strawberry picking!
someone's eating on the job!
here is sweet little toby and lauren who is too busy to look at the camera.
miss elle, always ready to strike a pose.
lauren and gramps "battling" over a nice patch.
lauren did not contribute much to our 6 pound haul, but she sure had fun!
4th of july parade!
on july 5th my mom and i took micah, toby, elle and lauren to a parade in town. it was a hot day and the parade was very long (we left after almost 2 hours), but the kids had a great time waving at all the floats and getting lots of candy.
nonnie and toby waiting for the parade to begin.
elle and toby with candy bags in hand.
the princess floats were elle's favorite, but she gave everyone an enthusiastic wave.
nonnie and lauren taking a break in the chair.
lauren was great at finding any candy that the big kids may have overlooked, even though there wasn't much that got by them!
and i will conclude this very long post with a shot of my mom and sister looking as lovely as ever!