Saturday, June 28, 2008

Bubble bath time

Smokey's thinking, "hey, this looks like fun." Poor little Smokey got de-clawed and neutered on Wed. He has recovered extremely well, though. In fact, when I picked him up on Fri., the vet assistant said, "He's a wild man, isn't he?"

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

This has GOT to become a tradition!!!

Last summer, Aaron and I were able to get away for 24 hrs. to see "The Sound of Music" at the Boulder Dinner Theater. Yesterday we went to Denver and saw "Sweeney Todd," which is pretty much a polar-opposite to the Sound of Music. Instead of nuns and a love story, you have a deranged barber who kills his customers and uses them in meat pies. It was cool, though, even though the story is a little strange. One thing that impressed me about the cast was that they were also the orchestra. Each cast member played 1, 2, or 3 instruments, on-stage, when they weren't actively involved in the story.

The cast of Sweeney Todd:


We also got to do a little shopping, and just relaxing. I think this will become a summer tradition. Jennifer stayed with the kids, and they all seemed to do fine. Sonya has even gotten the potty-training thing pretty much down-pat. I was afraid she might regress while we were gone, but she seems to be doing even better. We should go away more often. We've been really blessed to have had several great babysitters these past few years. Unfortunately, 3 of them just graduated.

Anyway, it's good to be home, and to see the kids again. We'll be leaving again on Sunday to go to Colorado to see Aaron's sister and her family, so we're not home for long!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Visitors and misc. pictures

Paul was able to get Smokey away from his sisters for a few moments....this was probably the cat's happiest moment of the day.

Caleb and Josh Hoffman stopped by for a visit. It was so great to see them!!!

Miranda got a piano lesson from Doyl when they came over for supper...she wasn't so thrilled, since she thought summer would give her a break from piano....she thought wrong

Wrestling with Ivan....good times

Sonya got into something (probably mascara, like her buddy Ashton). She said she was, "working on my eyebrowns."

Miranda's friend Taylor is spending the night. They made oatmeal/yogurt/honey masks. Sounds delicious, huh??

Sunday, June 15, 2008

The weekend

Ok, first of all, if these pictures look a little fuzzy, it's because one of my little ones (I'm assuming) smudged my camera lens. I didn't discover that until I started looking at these pictures, trying to figure out what was wrong with them, and there it was, a nice smudgy fingerprint!

Our friends, Ivan and Delores Flaming stopped by for a visit last night. It was awesome to see them again. The kids were thrilled, and had to do a little showing off, as evidenced by the last 2 pictures. The kids always think Ivan is so much fun, and they warm right up to him, especially. Delores and I got to play a couple of piano duets today at church, which was cool.

Today, we took Aaron out for lunch, took naps, and went to the park. It was a relaxing, fun day. Then tonight, after the little ones went to bed, we played a couple games of Clue with Paul and Miranda.



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Saturday, June 14, 2008

To the Dads in my life

Grandpa Bill:
Hunter, fisherman, boat-ride-giver
Quiet, yet wise
Thank you for raising the son that you did.

Grandpa Con:
Writer, photograper, sports-fan
Never knows a stranger, wherever he goes
Thank you for putting up with me and loving me even when it was hard.

Aaron, aka Dad:
Musician, computer whiz, bookworm
Kind, gentle, our spiritual leader
I can't imagine a better dad for my children. You're awesome.

Swim meet

Paul and Miranda are both in swim team this year. Today we had a meet here in town, the first one they've been able to participate in, since we had VBS during the first one, and we were in WY last week. Both kids did well. Miranda rocked in the breaststroke. I should have taken some video as she was zooming along. Paul said his favorite was the individual medley, where they do all 4 of the main strokes. He did very well, too. Unfortunately, these pictures aren't great, and I only got one of Paul. I spent quite a bit of time in the restroom with Sonya, as we've entered "Operation Potty Train." We'll save that for a post down the road, when she reaches the milestone (she's getting there).

Doing the crawl (I think)

At the finish line

Paul doing the medley

Getting ready to do her part in a relay

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Pool party

Olivia and some friends spent time together at the pool yesterday. The nice warm shower at the end was their favorite part! Us moms thought the shower picture might make good blackmail material someday!




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Play Ball!

Paul has been playing baseball this summer. He's done pretty well, considering he's one of the youngest on the team. He's gotten to play shortstop, which he really enjoyed, and left and right field. He also got to pitch a little bit in one game.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

So sweet

I took this picture a while back and forgot about it. I'm sure this was taken on a day when she wouldn't sleep during her nap (surely not--a 2 yr.-old refusing to nap??!!)

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Trip to the Cowboy state

We spent Tuesday through today visiting Aaron's folks in central WY (8 hrs. away, but who's counting). Thank goodness for portable DVD players (thanks, Kim, for the extra set so P and M didn't have to watch endless Spongebob and Care Bears). Anyway, we hadn't been to their place in nearly 2 years. I had been thinking it was just one, but then remembered that the last time we were there, Sonya was still "scooting," so it had to be 2 summers ago. That's terrible!! I can't believe it's been that long. Anyway, we had a great time. These pictures show a couple of the highlights, although, in my typical fashion, I forgot my camera most of the time. On one of the days they took us to Thermopolis, site of the largest mineral springs, so there are a couple of nice pools with waterslides (and a nice sulfer smell thrown in, as well). But it was really fun for the kids, especially. We also got to go "rock hunting" (I included pics just for you, Renee :-) and spent quite a bit of time at parks, etc....Another highlight was that Aaron's mom gave us some money to go on a date for our 13th anniversary, so we went to a really good, authentic Mexican restaurant and then went to "Indiana Jones." (not a great date movie, but a better choice than "Sex and the City.")