Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thanks Kelli & Johnny

Aunt Kathy & Uncle Mike sent a birthday present for Annie, and included some great hand-me-downs. I was fiddling with my camera, when Annie & Jacob both came out wearing their new and new-to-them items. So, I snapped a video to say thanks. (I should do this for everyone who gave a gift!) Jacob concentrated on the superhero pajamas, but there were many great items for him. Annie, of course, loves the ballerina dress, and she now offficially has a girls Dora bed. Thanks for the sheets! Thanks for it all!
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Friday, August 22, 2008

Visit From the Wilsons




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Our friends, Rachael, Abi & Jacob, drove down to visit and we had a great time in the hot Arizona sun. Our trip included long stays at the favorite Lone Rock Beach, a hike to Horseshoe bend (a run for the kids actually), and one day out on our friend's boat. Thanks Steve for inviting us. Rachael - Despite the troubles on your extra-long ride home, we hope you enjoyed your time as much as we did.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Grandpa's visit







Grandpa has just come to visit, exactly one year to the day from when he helped us move from Colorado to Arizona. And the timing fell once again over Annie's birthday. This visit included hikes to Horeshoe bend, a little party for Annie, a visit to Antelope Canyon, a fishing trip up the Colorado River from Lee's Ferry, and a rendez-vous with Aunt Annie in Flagstaff, including a local festival where Aunt Annie and Jacob hula-hooped. Thank you Dad for the great spoiling of all of us!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Annie!






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Annie has turned three and she lavished in the attention. Jacob had a hard time letting his sister be the star of the day, but we managed. She had a birthday party at pre-school, and then a small family celebration with Grandpa. Annie got many wonderful presents, including a new pink/purple bike with training wheels. Grandpa also gave Jacob his birthday present a little early. It was the much desired spiderman bike in a larger size. The last one is a video - but be cautioned to turn down the volume on the computer, as it caught mainly my voice singing (I was holding the camera.) She had a great birthday and loves being 3.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

New Bikes for the Boys



Well, Jacob is getting a new spiderman bike from Grandpa when he visits next week. It's an early birthday gift, and I'll post pictures then. And alas, Brian got a new bike too. This is going to be his new ride to work (with the nice bonus of getting 75 miles to the gallon.) He is quite excited and wonders why he didn't get one years ago.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Good Bye & Good Luck



We had a going away party for our neighbors on Thursday night (but forgot the camera!). Then we snapped this picture of the kids, on the eve of their departure. They are Kansas City bound and on to bigger and better things. We will miss them very much. In the meantime, we'll hope that another nice family moves into their home to help fill the void.

Jesse, Raquel, Alex & Lois --we wish you the best!