Sunday, March 16, 2008

Ode to Sara

What do you think of my new background? Isn't it wonderful? Now you might think, "Hey, this is Emily's Blog...How did something requiring skill get here?" Well friends, I owe this fantastic piece o' work to my wonderful sister-in-law Sara! She is so talented and fun! She also made a great birth announcement for our sweet baby Jeffrey which I am really grateful for, since he is now six weeks old! Thanks Sara! You amaze me!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Lets Go Fly a Kite!

We had a pretty low key weekend, the highlight being the beautiful weather and that Ben was home. There was a gentle breeze just begging to be taken advantage of, so off we went to the park across the street to fly the new shark kite from Costco. The kids were all thrilled...for a while, and then the playground lured the little ones away.

Preparing for lift-off

The launch

Success! Isn't it a ferocious sight! We thought the birds might be a little nervous!

The inevitable not-so-soft landing.

I have to say that, as a novice kite flyer, I was rather impressed with Ben's kite flying skills! I must be aerodynamically challenged, because the instructions he was giving to the kids and I were new to me! But thanks to him, we were able to keep it up for quite a while!

Later that night we had popcorn as we watched Phinneus and Ferb and sent the kids to bed so Ben and I could have a "date". We put Jeff to bed and started watching "Becoming Jane" which I was kind of disappointed with. I don't know if it was the movie, or my snoring date, or the fact that my baby was sleeping and I wasn't. Even now, here I am at 11:45 pm and blogging instead of taking advantage a few precious minutes of sleep. When will I ever learn?

Well, thats our weekend in a nutshell. We love these kind of days where there is no pressure to do anything or be anywhere, but wish we had family and friends close by to enjoy them with. We miss you all!

Monday, March 3, 2008

I think its time for a digital camera

With my dad being a photographer, we always had a camera available and have not really needed to upgrade the old 35 mm. We kept it on hand and used it when something was happening. Now that we have moved, we no longer have the luxury of the quick download option and have resorted to developing the film we have collected over the years. The last couple of weeks I have gone to Costco with a total of 19 rolls of film to develop. At 3.99 per roll plus an additional 2.99 for the CD, that makes a grand total of $132.62 plus tax. I think its time to get a digital camera. I could have almost bought one for that money. It was fun, however, to look at all the pictures and see how much my kids have grown. I've picked out a few favorites for your viewing pleasure.
Maya and Bella- 1 yr old. Aren't they sweet. This was taken at Grandma's house as we were transferring Walter from the backyard to the sheep pasture.
At our house there aren't enough corners to accomodate all the naughty kids in a way that I can monitor all the time outs. So, we strategically place stools around the family room so that no one can touch anyone else. This was a sleepy time for poor Bella who quickly fell asleep. I know that if they would just take naps, the need for most time outs would be eliminated.
Jessica's 11th B-day with her traditional angel food cake with Strawberry topping. No, Reese does not ride the short bus, you just never know when something might fall on your head.
Halloween 2006. Meet Superman, Snow Princess, Hermione Granger, and Thing 1 and Thing 2. How fun!
Fall 2007. Aspen (our funny little friend), Bella and Maya. My little exhibitionists.