Friday, August 29, 2008

Bear Lake

Madelin in her baggy swimsuit, overdoing the hands on the hip pose

We went to Bear Lake at the end of July. It is something my mom's side of the family has done for years. I grew up going there and have years of wonderful memories there with my cousins, boating, water skiing, getting thrashed around on those boating tubes together, playing in the sand, roller blading, hunting for boys, etc. Madelin had so much fun playing with what I call her cousins. Really they are my cousins kids and since my cousins are like my sisters, that's what they are. They rode their little bikes around and kicked balls around on the grass and played in the sand. There are pictures here of my cute uncle Tom giving Madelin a little pull around ride on his sail boat. She thought that was awesome. My cute aunt Diane planned it and let us stay in her condo with her. She had such fun things for the kids to do. A pinata filled with loads of candy, a saw dust money search, little crafts to do. She is so great. Aunt connie had goody bags for all the kids so they really got spoiled. It was really nice to spend a whole weekend with everyone together. I love my cousins and aunts so much. They are all so good to me. It was really easy to think of my mom the whole time and miss her even more, because my aunt Marian looks more and more like her the older she gets. My mom was like 10 years younger but aged so much in that last 3 years of being so sick. It feels like I am hugging her when I hug Marian, and feels like I am holding her hand when she reaches over and holds my hand. It makes me miss her, but I love the feeling too. Anyway, sorry to get sad, but it was a really wonderful weekend with some of the people I love most in the world.

Brett finding a new way to contain our spastic toddler

The sugar addict finding all the tootsie rolls she can

Me and my supermodel in denial cousin Amy

Benjiman George Goes to Texas!

My little Madelin is crushed that Ben is leaving. She really has no idea how long two years is, but she does know that she loves uncle Ben sooo much and that it is a very sad thing that he has left. She is a little relieved when I tell her that he is going to teach people about Jesus, but not much consolation as she does love him to pieces. You will be missed Ben, but we are proud you chose to be there. xo
p.s. Thanks for saving the day LuWain! I showed up like an idiot in my capris, thinking I would only need casual apparel for the MTC. (Never been there before) LuWain busted out a long denim skirt from the dark corners of her closet so that I could be appropriately dressed for the occasion. Sorry for the extra stress on what was already a hard day for you! Gosh, I'm a nerd!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Madelin!

Madelin is a month! Again, sorry for the tardiness. She had a little party with all blue stuff. Blue, cakewith blue Mn'M's. She is obsessed with blue right now and has to eat out of a blue bowl with a blue spoon every morning. Her favorite movie right now is The Wizard of Oz. She is getting ready to start preschool and is soooo excited about it. She is always talking about going to school. I am excited for her because, even though I'm just her mom talkin', I can safely say that she is one smart cookie! She talks like she is 7ish and is really quite the conversationalist. She knows all her letters' sounds and has moved onto the sounds that letters make together (like sh and ch). She loves to learn so it is really fun to teach her. She is still the little social butterfly and never stops asking strangers what their names are. At times she feels so bold to ask for their snacks & treats etc. She is loads of fun. I am so grateful for such a bright and loving little girl. She is one of my best friends in the whole world. I love you Madi-loo-hoo! xo-mama

Happy Birthday Owen!

Owen is a month! Sorry I am so slow goin' at this blog stuff. We had a fun little party over at Grandma's house. Of course Luwain took care of everything and made it really easy on me since Madelin's B-day was right around the corner. He is sooo much fun! He has gotten so silly and hyper and just makes us laugh all the time. He has taken a few steps just starting this last week, but nothing regular yet. He is all over the place though, because he can crawl at the speed of lightning. He is learning a little sign language and thinks he is so cool when he does it. He says a few words here and there, which is so fun to see. He makes a dog sound when our dogs get excited that someone is at the door. He is my little snuggler and I am so happy he is part of my life. He brings me so much happiness and has really made it easy to go from one babe to two. He was good from the day he was born. We love you Owee! xo-mom