Friday, December 3, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
|Over Labor Day Weekend, we took a trip up the North Coast to see the Redwood Trees. On the way up, we stopped at Glass Beach - so named because it used to be the city dump, now all the glass (because it is heavy and didn't get washed out to sea) has been buffed/polished into little pebbles. Christopher says that the thing embedded in the rock in this picture is the rear differential of a pick-up truck. I have lots of thoughts about this beach -|
2. Redwood Grove - the trees were AMAZING.
3. Blurry picture next to the base of a fallen tree - Paige was done with: walking, smiling, using her nice voice, being happy. She had been sick and was a little out of sorts.
4. Christopher trying to re-create a picture he remembers of older brother Michael jumping from a Redwood into his dad's arms. We did this shot with both older girls, twice with Ashlee. I have a hard time pulling the trigger at the right time. These were the instructions he gave - "Mom's going to take a picture of you jumping to me." If you tell Ashlee to jump, if you tell her that you will catch her, if she trusts you - she will really jump. I guess her jump was a little bit too authentic - he meant for her to sort of lean and fall - not jump. The five minutes after this shot were filled with jumping around, rubbing a kicked leg, saying "I didn't mean really jump" and lots of laughing.
5.Maggie being silly, I like that you can see the tree's dimensions in this picture. I don't think this was the biggest one we saw, but read the numbers, they are impressive.
6.They are singing.
7. Beautiful coast line on the bluffs above glass beach.
We had a great time on this trip - this area of California is so beautiful. I just scrolled back through the pictures - I think the theme is blurry....
Posted by Allison at 5:15 PM
The Girls are back in school - week 4. How old does Paige look in jeans? She begged to have them, I bought them, she put them on once, for 10 minutes to have this picture taken and hasn't looked at them since. Does that sentence sound familiar? It does to me. . . every year at back to school time, I buy them clothes they won't put back on, clothes they insist they love. Paige proudly continues the tradition. We took a whole bunch of pictures for their "back to school" fashion show. I was going to send them to their dad in the desert, but I just downloaded them 5 minutes ago. Anyway, it is fine with me that she doesn't want to put those jeans back on - she's looking a little bit too grown-up for me in that picture.
Posted by Allison at 4:20 PM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Here's how it worked - every week, you cooked five of the same meal on your assigned day, one for your family and four others to deliver to the other dinner group members. On the rest of the days (Monday through Friday only) you made a salad, maybe cooked some green beans, maybe cooked some rice or pasta (to go with the main dish) and then waited for your dinner to be delivered! I think the rules were - delivered ready to eat by 5, or ready to cook by 3. It was so awesome! We ate dinner at a decent hour every single week night, my kids tried new things, clean-up was a breeze! This my sound like a bit of an exaggeration, but it was like a little Christmas gift 4 days a week. The only drawback was on my cooking day, my kitchen was a DISASTER. and it usually took almost 2 hours to clean everything up, but even then, because I had to have it delivered by 5, we were eating at 6 even on my days to cook. I was really sad to give it up in May when we moved into the TLF. It was one of the best ideas EVER. I took the picture above on one of my cooking days. The kitchen doesn't look too bad in that picture, but that is just at the very beginning of the cooking... by the end, that stack of towels would be down by 4 or 5, those bowls would be at the bottom of an extremely large stack etc....
I would love to do it again here, and I am sort of keeping my eyes open for potential members.
Posted by Allison at 11:09 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
First, a picture of Daniel getting injured during the picture scavenger hunt. Geoff and Kristen ran this activity, it was a lot of fun. Our team probably should have won, but I think they gave it to Daniel's team out of sympathy or something. ;) We were supposed to get a picture of our team carrying another team member (Daniel). Too bad for Daniel that he arrived at the reunion with a serious bruise to the ribs and we (Christopher) did more damage. We thought he was teasing, but as his face clearly shows, he was in a lot of pain. Chris and I were talking later and remembered that when we saw his brother and kids at Bear Lake (same location) a few years ago, he broke his brother's ribs also. Hmmmm.... Better watch your back, it might be you next time.
|Daniel and his family - Miriam, Eva and Alexander. Miriam is due next month, but they think the baby will come any day now. Their activity was World Cup related - we watched a lot of World Cup while we were there, the kids loved the word search with Daniel's color commentary.|
|Grandma and Opa with all of the kids. Paige loved Garrett and still talks about him. Cute kids, right? Grandma and Opa were in charge of Family Home Evening.|
* riding the boat around the lake - the water was still sooooo cold - it wasn't really swimming temperature yet. But almost everyone still jumped in off the boat - including Maggie and Ashlee.
* the guided tour of the nearby caves - we lucked out and got an accidentally hilarious guide. We will still be quoting him and talking about it at the next reunion.
*seeing Andrew, Carly and Beckam be sealed in the Salt Lake Temple before the reunion...
Time always goes by so quickly, I am already looking forward to the next time we get together. Sorry, no pictures of Jennifer and Heather - I didn't take very many pics...
Posted by Allison at 12:09 AM
Saturday, July 24, 2010
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
I can't find the chord to hook up to the camera. .. so no pictures yet, but I wanted to make a list of things to remember about this move/summer before I can only vaguely recall the things I never imagined I could forget.
1. For a brief two to three week period of time this spring, Paige called me mother almost exclusively. She said it with just the right amount of sass and charm to have me hoping it would a permanent thing. It sounded like mudder, and my favorite phrases included: Oh muddder. Mudder, you're silly. MUuDder - holding each syllable a little long and giving me some look when she was mad. Now she will only say mudder if I ask, and if the fancy strikes.
2. I was reminded how good it feels to work really hard at something physical while we were packing and loading the truck - Christopher was in a great mood all of our packing and loading days, I think it has something to do with "by the sweat of their brow" and also a little bit to do with not being professional movers, so the challenge was finite.
3. It was fun to be all together in the car for those days - we only stopped to sight see in Nauvoo, but I still loved having all of my family together with nowhere for anyone to go but where we were all going together. (3A. I still don't like hearing "This would be a good time to die." from my husbands lips. He says it almost every time we are all together traveling because in theory we would all go together and no-one would be left behind- of our immediate family. )
4. Ashlee and Maggie both had great years at school - they worked hard and I was proud of them. Maggie left school on her last day crying. Ashlee's tears came after we were here in the new house and the reality of a new school, new church friends, new everything moved into her little heart with all those boxes coming off the truck. I felt all those emotions with them. . . and hope they have many more happy days than sad coming up.
5. I can see and feel some of the growth that has occurred in our marriage as we make this transition - and it feels good.
That's it for now. We have traded beautiful green New Jersey for beautiful golden California. . . I'll try and get it together and post some pictures soon.
Posted by Allison at 10:59 PM
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Paigie turns three on Monday and she is happily anticipating her big day. Ashlee and I went shopping for gifts today and when we returned home, she came running out to the car asking "Where are the presents?" I told her we couldn't find anything we really liked so we would have to go shopping another day. That was a lie - I don't have time to go shopping another day and there were indeed gifts for her in the back of the car, but also true - I didn't find anything I really liked. There is a big, green moving truck in the driveway and Paige's big day unfortunately falls in the middle of moving week this time, so we only bought small gifts that can be taken in the car without a lot of thoughtful planning. Luckily I had some chocolate covered strawberries back there and those made her forget about the gifts.
I am happy to have a three year-old who is happy and strong and healthy - both body and mind. I am grateful for it. But I am a little heartbroken that she is three, because it means she is no longer 2, or 1, or just arrived. She's just growing so fast. She is a daddy's girl, just like her two sisters. When she is hurt or offended, she comes to get her daddy and has him beat up the offender, even me, if I have given offense. He started it when Paigie came to him one time over some offense and he asked "Should we go beat her up?" Right now it's all jovial fun - hopefully she doesn't start to take it too seriously. She is very particular about clothes (only dresses, please, unless it's her favorite green skirt.) and shoes and hair. She likes to do tricks for us and color and write us notes. She has vivid imagination often plays very elaborate games with inanimate objects given voices and personalities. She needs a nap, but hates to take one. For the past week she has been sleeping on the floor with her sisters and loves it in there. She still loves her blanket. She loves carrots and broccoli and lettuce, but really no other vegetable. She loves to help - especially if the task seems like one only an adult can do. She hates to pick up her own toys. We love her and are so grateful to be a part of her family. SO grateful.
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