Tuesday, December 20, 2011

from afar

First off the bat, I want to tell you about my driftwood from the Oregon Coast. If you look in the middle far left of the first photo below, you can see it sitting there on the sand just waiting for someone to stop and take a rest on it. I thought it would be nice to have for someone to take a rest on at my house. So, my dad willingly carried that heavy, water-logged stump up that hill to our beach house rental. There was a staircase, but I don't think that made it all that much easier! We wrapped it in a garbage bag and it rode down to California in the back seat under Wyatt's feet. I got it home, took the hose to it and got (some) of the sand, etc. off of it and then lugged it up to my second story balcony to dry out. Later that day I noticed some termite droppings under it. Not good when you live in a condo complex... or anywhere else for that matter. So, not willing to let my piece of the coast go, I asked my father-in-law if he could fumigate it for me (it helps to have connections!). So he willingly drove it two hours away to work and took care of my little friend(s) and then let it dry out. When it dried, it almost completely split in half. Now another dilemma. What lengths am I going to go to for a log that I saw on the beach? We've invested so much into it now, so we had to press forward. Nathan thought of putting some straps of some sort on it to hold it together. So, my father-in-law took it back to work and one of his guys put epoxy inside and then fashioned some steel straps for it. It made the drive back to our house and it is now dry, termite free and we like it. Whew! So thanks, Dad's for all you did!

Now for the more important part of the post, Uncle Gene and Aunt Lindsay came to visit from Sicily! It was a quick visit, but we're so glad we got to see them. I didn't get a whole lot of pictures, but following are a few.

An early Christmas.

An early birthday celebration. : )

A cooking class for Lindsay's birthday.

A visit to Amelia's ballet class with her friend.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thanksgiving weekend

He can still hang loose.

Watching the pro.

Thoroughly enjoying the pumpkin cheesecake.

A visit to the vet hospital to check up on Bo. He had undergone stomach surgery (for "bloat" in other words, his stomach had flip-flopped and he would have died if he hadn't had surgery w/in a few hours). He is back home and getting back to normal now!

Daddy giving a thumbs up to watching everyone shoot some guns.

I'll spare you the other 324 pictures I took during this outing, but I did get this one of Nick nailing the pumpkin on the upper right. If you look closely, you'll see the orange shrapnel.

Friday, December 2, 2011

most of november

First, a relaxing trip to the cabin...

Wyatt taking off on his own. Something familiar these days, it seems.

Princess hair, thanks to Aunt Kimmy. ♥

Looking at the Target toy catalog.

A baby shower for ilona. ♥
The newest version of going to the pool. No life guards required.

And last but not least, a broken wrist. : (

If you look closely, you will see that his entire thumb is casted as well, meaning there isn't a whole lotta use for his left hand, for about 16 weeks. I think he'll think twice before jumping a fence after the sprinklers made the grass below nice and slippery. Maybe it's time to get our gate key replaced so he can just get in that way.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

dress up

Before we get around to Thanksgiving, I should probably get a Halloween picture up! Amelia started a ballet class a few weeks back and she couldn't be more thrilled. As you will see, she takes it all quite seriously! ; )

A fire fighter (our neighbor boy), Morgan/Ariel the mermaid, and our own little Earp and angel. ♥

first day of ballet

It was all Morgan's idea.

Snow pants from Grandma Janet!

mini me...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

two girls

Its officially been four years since I started watching Morgan. I went ahead and stuck the photos from each year here, just for fun!