The short take...

We're enjoying a crazy summer (already), before Kate starts Kindergarten (ALREADY!!?) this fall. Our kids are so much fun, and we are SO blessed!

If you want to browse our pictures, you can do so at our new Google Picasa album).

December 30, 2011

Two little froggies jumping on the couch!!

December 27, 2011

The "after" photo from Christmas curlers!

The "after" photo from Christmas

The "after" photo from Christmas curlers!

December 24, 2011!

November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving, man style :-D

Kicked back, relaxing, acting all cool!

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Holiday road traveling, movie style!

November 06, 2011

Sick boy snuggles

Making cookies!

October 22, 2011

October 15, 2011

So tired of riding in this car!

August 28, 2011


Snack time!

August 06, 2011

Ice cream at Little America after swim lessons!

Swim lessons!

June 30, 2011

All ready for camping!

June 26, 2011

Chalk painting!


June 20, 2011

Snuggles with Aunt Karen!

June 19, 2011

Ian, techno-hands!

Snack time!

Father's Day!

June 12, 2011

Ian is very happy. He just climbed into the walker by himself! We are now finding a new home for said walker!

June 08, 2011

Daddy pile!

May 29, 2011

My boys!

May 28, 2011

A Saturday at the Home Depot!

May 27, 2011

Sometimes the boy/girl difference is amazing. Ian's latest "thing" is crushing his food using his sippy funny and so boy

May 23, 2011

Ian's 5th tooth!

May 20, 2011

Starting Ian on computing early!

May 15, 2011

A peaceful moment playing outside with the kids.

May 14, 2011

What happens when I push this button?

May 09, 2011

Ballet practice

Kate tries on her ballet recital outfit!

April 23, 2011

Ian's new shirt/shorts. Handsome little man!
Ian just took his first two steps!

April 17, 2011

My big boy eating his cherrios!

April 16, 2011

Ian's first haircut!

April 15, 2011

I love that Ian is just playing very happily in the corner with his toys and squeaking to himself cheerfully!

March 27, 2011

Ian's 3rd tooth has appeared!

March 06, 2011

What the bathtub of a mommy can sometimes look like, it's already occupied by a bath baby, a hairbrush, a bath pillow and a lightsaber...go figure!

March 04, 2011

Our sleeping beauty!

Ian loves watching the washing machine

February 18, 2011

Ian is cruising!

February 17, 2011

Ian's new shoes!

February 10, 2011

This hilarious conversation just happened in our house, and I just had to share! Kate is so fully girl, it's adorable. She's always telling us her favorite colors are pink and purple, and she gets super excited about skirts, shoes, purses, tights, dresses.

Scene: Kyla is getting dressed.
Kate: What's that?
Kyla: My tights.
Kate: Ooh...PRETTY!
They're pretty is my new favorite color!
Kyla: Oh, really? Black is the new pink?
(we chuckle at the humor way over Kate's head)
Kate: Yeah! I'm going to tell Miss Karin (her teacher) that black is the new pink!

Of course, this leaves us in stitches. So since then, she's been walking around the house saying, "Black is the new pink!" She's poking her head around corners and saying "Daddy, black is the new pink" just for the reaction.

Too cute.
Have a great Thursday!

January 17, 2011

Ian started saying his first word last week: "Mama". Since the "ma" sound can just be babble also, we didn't call it until we were convinced...but he says it to get Kyla's attention, very purposefully. So far, Michael is still just "crawl over and tap the leg", so we'll see what comes next :)

On a side note, Chipotle opens up today, which we're very excited about, but Kyla got an invitation to the soft opening yesterday.
When I get teef, take me to Chipotle
Thanks to Michael's co-worker, Mike, for that bib, which reads, "When I get teef, take me to Chipotle!"

January 12, 2011

Ian most certainly said "mama"
Well, we've officially got two mobile kiddos! Over the last week or so, Ian went from, "I think we can call this crawling" to, "I'll get anywhere I darn well please, thank you very much"! He still ends up on his tummy to scoot here and there, but that's going away quickly, and he just keeps picking up more and more speed!

Anyway, we had an awesome Christmas season this year - we did Christmas down at Grammy's house this year, then stopped and spent a few hours with my grandparents before scooting home to see Daniel and trade around one more round of gifts. Then Daniel got the biggest surprise of all - his girlfriend, who in her own words, "was supposed to be home safe and sound" across the country, walked through the door! He was in such shock that he just sat at the table where he had been sitting, his mouth open, staring for several minutes as we all traded hugs, laughter and greetings before he could move!

But even Christmas has to come to an end - last weekend we took down our tree and reclaimed our living room, which is nice.

Anyway, 2011 is off and running, and we're expecting it to be a really exciting year! I think God's got some big things in store for our lives - personally and through church...and we can't wait to watch them happen!

We love you all, and I'm sure Kyla will keep up with the snapshots and quick updates - she's so good at that!

January 03, 2011

Ian is going forward in the walker!