Friday, May 30, 2008

I do believe in fairies...I do! I do!

Here is our own little fairy princess, Arabella, at play last night. I would love to say that any or all of these shots were my own creativity, but they were all my girl. She ran into the kitchen in her first outfit and asked me to come and take some pictures. We went through four outfit changes before Mommy had a "memory card that was full..." I look at these pictures in awe of how beautiful she is and the life she has before her. What a little love...




Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My Little Graduate

My spunky little girl is getting ready for graduation on Thursday. They are doing a special program for the parents and then will each receive their pre-school "diploma." I am going to need some waterproof mascara for the morning. I can't believe my baby is growing up so quickly.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

Whiskeytown Lake

Here are the kids last weekend on a visit to Whiskeytown Lake. It was over a 100 degrees outside, but that didn't stop the fun. They thought it was fantastic. Meanwhile, Gary & I nearly passed out after we got home. Ahh to be young again...




Monday, May 19, 2008

Happy 7 Years...

Seven years ago tonight Gary and I said "I do" and our life together began. I remember so many things about that day, but there are a few that really stick out in my mind like they were yesterday. I remember feeling very strong until I walked into the hallway right before we were to walk down the aisle and saw my Daddy. The look on his face brought me to tears as he was a Daddy giving away his little girl. He had so much love in his eyes...I remember my husband's eyes as we said our vows and the sound of his voice. I felt like I was looking into his soul...
I remember walking into our reception site after the ceremony and feeling like a princess as my Mom & Dad had thrown us the most beautiful candlelight reception. We could feel the love as we entered the room...I also have a precious memory of the dance I had with my Daddy to "What a Wonderful World". He said some of the very sweetest things to me that night - things I will never forget. He was so proud of me and what a wonderful man I had found in Gary...Then lastly, I remember my sweet husband, carrying me to the door of our honeymoon suite, setting me down and making me wait while he did something. I was giggling and shaking my head at the thought of what he was doing. He came back to the door, picked me up and carried me down a path of lit candles and rose petals. We almost had a fire emergency with the candles and my train...it brings such a smile remembering this day.

So here we are now - Seven years later - 3 kids, another inch on our waists and more love than we could have ever possibly imagined. And to top off our day, we have just agreed to purchase a lot to build our dream home on. We have been looking for so long, and the perfect lot finally opened up on Friday. We struck a deal on it late tonight. I guess the number 7 really is lucky. Maybe we will be close to moving into our new home by the time we roll around to number eight...

Life is good.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Daddy & His Girls

I just love this picture. It was from last week. Gary had taken Liv outside to sit by the pool and Arabella came and joined them. I stopped my kitchen cleaning to run out and get a photo. They had such big grins on their faces and they were giggling so sweet. It was one of those little moments I love...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Yosemite


We just spent Mother's Day weekend at Yosemite National Park. It was the first trip for all of us so we did not know exactly what to expect. We found one of the most beautiful places on earth with people from all over the world there to admire it. We were staying in a really cool cabin in Yosemite West away from the crowds, but whenever we ventured to the valley floor, we were surrounded by a vast variety of languages and accents. It was amazing how popular this National Park truly was.

We journeyed to the bottom of Yosemite Falls after a lovely late lunch at the Ahwahnee (an amazing place in itself). The walk was only about 15 minutes - enough to get you nice and warm on an 80 degree day pushing a stroller...once you got to the bridge over the falls, you were instantly cooled by the spray of the water cascading. It was like being in a very misty shower with an unbelievable wind. It was a really cool rush...one that we photo documented and ran quickly to warmer ground. It was such a short walk and such a vast change in a climate and atmosphere. The kids promptly argued over who would hold the sole lovie on the walk as they were cold, but Gary and I relished the awesomeness of the falls. We are the old folks now.

Here are a few of my favorite moments from the weekend. You can't see a whole lot of the scenery in them, but you can see my favorite little faces...

Here is Arabella posing for me at the base of Bridalveil Falls...
Arabella giving tickles to baby sis while checking out El Capitan...
Arabella & Mom in the spray of Yosemite Falls...
The Boogiboo in Daddy's hiking hat....
Daddy getting loves from his boy after doing Four Mile Hike near Glacier Peak...


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to everyone. We are headed to Yosemite for the weekend where we have rented a cabin. The kids (and Daddy) are very excited as Gary told Arabella it is an "enchanted forest" - the easiest way to get her fired up about an outdoor activity as she has become a bit on the prissy side as of late. Anyway, according to Arabella, the park is full of fairies, treasures and fairy dust and she is determined to find some of each.

I have been thinking about Mother's Day this afternoon because Arabella brought home a gift for me from school - a beautiful candle holder she made from a baby food jar and some tissue paper - wrapped in her own art work just for Mommy. I also got a card from her that says the things she loves about Mommy - "Mommy is like a princess, Mommy is beautiful, Mommy loves me and I love kissing Mommy." Blakey also made one with our sitter Carol that has his hand prints all over tin foil with some of his thoughts inside. He told her he "loves kissing Mommy and hugging Mommy." I must be doing something right. And my little Liv - her laugh lights up all of our lives.

Above is one of my favorite pictures of all time. Liv was 6 weeks old and we were out at Lynette's house for a photo shoot of all of the kids. She was doing some pics of Liv nursing when the other 2 decided it was time to Gozer Mommy. They literally just started attacking me and laughing and Lynette snapped away. The photo sums up my life as I currently know it - surrounded by chaos and love - and never ever wanting to let go.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Fun in the Sun


Gary convinced the kids the pool was warm enough to get in this weekend. Arabella actually jumped in as did Blakey, but they quickly retreated as the "warm" part that Daddy had hyped was only the top layer.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Being a Boy...




I got the idea from the mamarazzi blog (thank you, Megan!) to take pics of my kids doing the things that they love. For Blakey, life is pretty simple and fun. I followed him around with a camera for a day and got some pretty cute photos of some of his everyday activities. As you can see, he loves throwing rocks in the pond (there are koi in there and he is real fish boy), playing with Sunshine (our 49 year old desert tortoise) and putting sticks where ever they may fit. The last pic is fun for me as you can see his favorite Spiderman sandals that he wears anytime he ventures into the backyard. You can also see his blue toes, which have been a staple for him for the last 18 months. Sissy paints her toes, so Blakey does, too. This pics will be priceless to me when I am a Grandma - going through my old scrapbooks and remembering the little things that were so much of his life at two years old.

Thursday, May 1, 2008