Monday, May 29, 2017

Amelia Turns 9

Today is our baby's 9th birthday. I can hardly believe it. She still loves pretty, sparkly things, but she's growing up too. Toys are almost never played with. She's traded them for other things. She is super sassy, sweet, generous, affectionate and loving. She loves to read, play games, go to the park, paint, swim, garden, draw, create things, take pictures, spend time with family, film videos and write notes to people. She always has lots of ideas and is very creative. I'm so thankful for her in my life. She is always the bright spark in our family, the one that keeps us on our toes. 

Happy Birthday my baby! I love you so, so, so, so much!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Amelia's Baptism

 Amelia was baptized today. It was a bittersweet day for our family. We were so happy for Amelia and so sad that Curt wasn't there.

Amelia's best friend Mandy was also baptized today.

Our amazing Home Teacher Brother Ronald Babcock helped to confirm her, along with Bishop Tracy Wyatt and Mandy's father Brother Jeffrey Pitt.

Our amazing Bishop, Tracy Wyatt, who has been such a great support to our family, was chosen by Amelia to baptize her. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Isabel's Senior Prom

Tonight is Isabel's senior prom. She's going with her boyfriend Chris who is a really sweet kid. They've been friends for years. 

I felt like crying a little bit when they left. She's my baby and she's 18 now and so grown up. I hugged her and she was surprised. We don't hug much. Neither of us are big on hugs. Her response, "Your sweater feels nice, so soft and comfy. I wish I was wearing a sweater." I told her she could borrow mine. I don't think it would look alright with her dress though.

She asked me to show her my old junior and senior prom dresses from 1991 and 1992 before she left. My mom made both of them. My junior prom dress was blue satin and my senior prom dress was red satin. I think it's nice that we both wore the same color dress our senior years. She thinks my dresses look so funny and even by early 1990 standards they aren't that stylish. No big, puffy sleeves. They're actually quite simple. At least they are satin which is always in style, at least for prom dresses.

Isabel hates satin so her dress is chiffon with a lace overlay on the top. We found it online within 15 minutes of looking and had it shipped from China. Unfortunately it didn't fit correctly because the sizing was off, but my sister Autumn came to the rescue and tailored it for us. Before I thought of asking Autumn to fix it, we were looking online and in stores for a different dress. I literally looked at thousands of dresses but we didn't find one that Isabel liked. I'm so glad Autumn was able to save the day! 

It was raining so we walked to the park by our house with an umbrella and they stood under a tree to avoid getting wet. 

Their take on the standard "Prom Pose". 

They like to joke around and have fun. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Isabel's Senior Pictures

We've been trying to find the perfect date to take Isabel's senior pictures and today was finally the day! 
We went to a local state park where they have lots of trees, grass, water and cute animals. 

So looks beautiful and I love how the pictures turned out!

This happened...we ran away. 

Porta potties made the best backdrops!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Eva's 13!!!

I cannot believe that Eva is 13! 

It seems like yesterday that I was bringing her home from the hospital. It was a cold and windy day. She had been born two days before after a 50 hour and 18 minute later. Curt missed her birth because he was deployed. He walked into the hospital room 3 hours after she was born. My friend Lori insisted on staying with me at the hospital. I don't know how I would have done it without her.

The first year was rough. She had really terrible reflux. 

She was a very sweet, sensitive little girl. She taught me to be more patient and kind. 

She has such a big heart. She loves animals. She currently has three bunnies and two gerbils and wants to own all the animals in the entire world. 

She plays the piano. Her favorite genre is Jazz.

She loves anime.

She's trying to be a vegetarian because she loves animals so much.

Her favorite foods are seaweed and vegetables.

She wants to be an animal rescuer when she grows up.

She also wants to live in a hut on an unpopulated island, with a moat around her hut. 

She likes to draw, watch anime, hang out with friends, swim, cook, read, make comedy videos and play with her animals. 

With her bunny Chloe. 

She has sugar on her lips from the donut she was eating. 

Happy birthday Eva! I love you with all of my heart!

Monday, July 6, 2015

4th Of July Vacation

This was our third annual San Diego 4th of July vacation. It's great to escape the insane heat for a few days in cool and possibly cloudy/rainy San Diego. We get a prime view of the fireworks on Coronado Island, even though it takes a couple of hours to get back to our hotel afterward because of the traffic. 

Day 1

Entering California, but it looks exactly like Nevada at this point.

We finally made it to the beach! We went to Silver Strand State Beach this time. We'd never been there before, but loved it. Tons of shells for the girls to collect, and not a very long walk from parking, plus plenty of bathrooms make it a winner, even if you have to pay $10.00 to park. 

 A lot of time was spent collecting shells. The girls and I walked for at least an hour up and down the beach looking, especially for sand dollars which this beach had a lot of. We found several that were whole and the girls were thrilled.

Beach selfie. It had to be done.

The sand looks like it has gold flecks in it.

Amelia has boundless energy. We couldn't keep up with her.

 I think seaweed is beautiful, the girls think it's gross.

This pretty much sums up her personality.

 We found this flipper on the beach with a barnacle growing on it.

Day 2

Our hotel was off of the last USA exit before you enter Mexico.

 San Diego Zoo

Not the best experience. At least we know not to waste money there ever again.

Curt accidentally dropped his phone into the van door just as he was closing it. Luckily it still works so he hasn't replaced it yet. It has a nice curve to it now.

 Day 3

 We went to a beach really close to the Mexican border. So close that my phone thought we were in Mexico and I couldn't use it for data, calls or texts.

 Another, very necessary, beach selfie.

Waiting for the fireworks to start. I didn't take even one picture of the fireworks though.

Day 4

The long drive home...

We ended up taking the backway, a scenic route in the middle of nowhere, because the interstate was backed up. We saw 16 dust devils in one area.