Wednesday, April 30, 2008


Jensen wanted to help unpack...or just be silly. This is right after our arrival in KY.

Adventures with uncle Luke.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Life as Usual

A rare out of crib binky experience. Gma Chrissie is freaky about sun exposure (as we all are in our "muy" cancer prone family!) So we had to get a hat... sometimes he even leaves it on... for a minute.

His mean momma took away his huge pointy stick.

Aaaand, my photo op drive won out against my better judgement.

I think he liked it.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Reflections of Christ

I've put a link up over on the right hand column for the Reflections of Christ video. When you have five minutes take a look and let it refresh in your mind, as it did to mine, why we love and worship our Savior.
Be sure to click on the little square on the bottom right of the video to make it full screen and turn up the volume.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Crazy Little Thing Called Jence

Gramps made us all come outside to "help" him prune a tree for "a half hour".

This is what that looked like.

And this...

But we had a lot of fun outside- Jensen didn't even try to eat a single blade of grass- perhaps because he was busy with Lizzie's rubber band, but whatever. This is his new trick. He kneels like this while he is playing.

Another new trick- this was the first time he climbed up the stairs. yikes. (I also found him playing in the toilet the other day...) He is what we call "travieso" in Bolivia.... more evidence follows...

He figured out how to get the lid off...

Monday, April 14, 2008

Just a little Jensen

I'm not sure if he is dicsusted by the sweet potatoes or the apron... hehe. This is how we eat at Grandma Chrissie's- tied with an apron (that was mine in Kindergarden) to a barstool...

My sytlin' little hobo.

Our first monster truck. Oh Happy Day!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Trip...Backwards

We stopped at only one landmark we deemed truly important on this cross country trip- yes, it does say the "future" birthplace. We stopped in Riverside Iowa, where Star Trek's Captain Kirk will be born in 2228. Jence cracked me up with this pose...

Here is our fearless explorer with the "SS Riverside" intended to look strikingly similar to the copyrighted USS Enterprise...

Here you can see his goofy teeth-

Four Generations. I wish I had had my real camera to get a better shot of this, oh well.

Our last night in UT we went to my Aunt's Ballet. She puts one on every year- it was amazing- she work hard and long for it and it paid off- She choreographed the 68 dances, chose the 250 dancers for them, designed costumes & sets, and chose the music for all two hours. Wow! Go Joan! (Here we are with her kids- Javan, Chirstopher, Amelia, Clara, and Hannah- the girls were wonderful!)
This is Shannon Hale, the author of the book (that happens to be one of my favorites) that the Ballet was based on. Se came to see it the second night and Jence got his book signed...okay, well, maybe it's mine.
She got him happy again- for a minute.

Our new sleep position. Bottoms up!

Our second trip to Thai Pepper- Jensen was getting antsy- and a picture (though not very good) of my RING! I dropped it off to get it polished and when I picked it up it had a third band. I sing praises to my wonderful, sweet, thoughtful, and who'd have thought- sneaky, husband. Love you Al.

Jence and I went to a hair removal clinic (come on- who ISN'T tired of shaving?) and while the techintion showed me around the owner entertaind the boy.

My dear, very pregnant, Dunners! Doesn't she look great- it was wonderful to spend time with her and see her so happy- can't wait to see the boy!

Here is the completed ducky quilt I made.

We had to hit J Dogs for Daddy! It was delicious.

Next we went to see the Hales. I can't believe how old Harvest is! She looks so much like her momma. Laura had just had her third a few days before we got there. So fun to see families we love getting bigger!

And speaking of getting bigger- Aunt Hayley (who is actually still rediculously small) is getting life prepped for her own new arrival. Gramdpa Ron claims it's a boy, but I'm still rooting for a prissy little girl- muah-ha-ha!

And speaking of girls- Jensen had fun at my cousin Emily's girls only house. He carried this pink purse for quite a while, only to be distracted by the Disney Princess dolls. How fun.

We met the new generation of cousins there, and I'm just kidding, he still prefered the boys stuff. Don't worry Grandpa.

We also got to see Marianne and the girls! They have already grown so much! I can't immagine how crazy it is for the dads "over there" to see this progression.
We had too much fun together-

Mica! We went to see Stacy, Ray and the boys- it was almost Kota's birthday so we had a par-tay. We brought twisty balloons that ended up all over. It was so much fun- Jensen, as always, enjoyed the attention.
Ray was aparently more interesting than the balloons...

Kota's (14th!!! Holy COW!) Birthday Cake.
I knew Jence was giving my arms a workout, but man. They didn't even seem heavy.
Stacy and Jensen.

Two buddies.

Boys and toys.

And more balloons.

Cruisin in Grandma Cleo's kitchen

He has been standing up on eeeeeverything, but sometimes it's still a bit of a struggle to make it up.

The first day out there we had to get Thai Pepper- so here we are with Sarah after dinner- as you can see she ate a lot. he he. (That's payback for shaking my Coke...) Look at Jensen's hand on her belly.

And finally- meeting Mel. She got a good long hug, and so naturally-

She squeezed his guts out.