Thursday, June 30, 2011


There are few babies I know whose legs are the came circumference all the way up. James is one of them. He is long and lean, and I love it!

Monday, June 27, 2011


(Aren't those the two cutest rears?!)

How do you describe questions that come out of a 3 and almost 4-year old's mouth? You can't. All you can do is share them with others, and let them laugh at the hilarity of it all. Everything that comes out of their mouths is genuine, creative, and they genuinely want to know!

Mom, why is your heart in your chest and not in your butt?

Mom, why do zebras have four legs and ducks only have two?

Mom, why do I have to wear shoes to church? Jesus loves me no matter what I wear to church.

Mom, did you know that fish have invisible noses to breath out of?

Mom, what do you want to be when you grow up?

Mom, when I go to the temple, can I take gum?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

James 2! 2! 2!

My sweet boy is TWO!
James is slowly but surely learning that it is alright to explore without his mother. He loves reading books, has figured out how to dribble a basketball, and adores all animals and knows how to be very gentle. He is also very wise - he seems to think a lot about something before trying it, talking about it, or showing it to his mom. Oh, and what 2 year old's world would be complete without complete and utter torture towards his older sister?! He's a pro at that, too.

Happy 2nd birthday son! I love you more than these words can say. Can't wait to watch you learn and grow some more.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Me? 30? Seriously?!

Yup. I turned 30 today. And you know what?

I woke up to pearls. My adorable husband gave me pearls. (I have always wanted a string of pearls, and he remembered this.)

And he threw me a surprise birthday party (along with my BEST friends!).

I am glad to be in my 30's. I was always the last one to do everything growing up because I had a summer birthday - date, drive, go to dances, etc. It's good to be here! May my 30's bring more babies, buying our first home, sending my children off to kindergarten, and many more beautiful memories.

Father's Day

I adore my husband. There are no words to describe what kind of husband, father, and companion he is. He was honored, celebrated, and cherished by our children.

Happy Father's Day, my bacon-bringer!

Monday, June 20, 2011

San Francisco In Pictures (and a few words)

Food. Family. Food. Adventures. Food. Hills. Food.

(From left-to-right: Brother in law Matt, Dad, Brother Adam, helping my dad up a hill)

Baby seagulls - I had no idea they were spotted!!
Best breakfast ever: Mama's. There are only a dozen tables in the restaurant, so you have to wait outside in a line until there's a table open. You wait, you order, you eat, you leave. When we got there, the line was about 30 minutes. When we left, the line was 2 hours. There are no words to describe this food!
Cute couple, aren't they?! 2 of my brother-in-laws. They were standing like this - this picture isn't staged!
As we were waiting in line, we watched this window-washer hoist his ladder up 3 stories. It was breezy. It was fascinating to watch! I am also glad that I don't have that job.

Hills. The feeling you get as you are driving up a hill, but then once you reach the top, you can't see the down part of the hill because it's too steep? Yup. That.

Didn't eat at this place. Maybe we should have!!

The Golden Gate Bridge.

Alcatraz from the bridge:
Things we did, but didn't take pictures of:
*Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory. YUM.
*Watched as drunk couples stumbled across a park as they left a wine-tasting event. Falling over, even.
*Union Square shopping. Down town was gorgeous! Jared and I even popped into Tiffany's because I've never been in one. Beautiful.
*Bourdin Sourdough Factory - the best bread bowls! They have large windows so you can watch as the bread is being made, and even a little museum up the stairs.
*Found a sandwich shop that is also lip-smacking good. Sandwiches included the Naughty Nanny, the Porn Star, and the Big Banger.
*Ate dinner at the Stinking Rose, where everything had a ton of garlic in it (their signature). Homemade, fresh pesto = wonderful.

Adventures as part of a large family are always...interesting. So many strong opinions, funny memories and stories, and of course, camaraderie. Looking forward to our adventures next year!