Sunday, June 28, 2009

Japanese Night

Last night we had an early birthday celebration for our friend Bre, with homemade Japanese food. John made California rolls and salmon sushi, as well as grilled teriyaki chicken and salmon. Bre had all kinds of great Japanese chopsticks and dishes. It was beautiful and delicious! We followed it up by watching anime (something we had never done before, but really enjoyed!) and eating ice cream sundaes. It was a really fun night for a very special person. Happy Birthday Bre, we love you!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ours is growing splendidly! The swiss chard is beautiful and the cilantro and fennel are growing like crazy. We found our first pea pod yesterday too!
Looks like we will have fresh tomatoes soon!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor

These are some of my favorite pictures of my dad. I took them last Christmas when we were home in Bakersfield. I think they show his strength and more importantly his gentleness. Happy Father's Day Dad! I love you and I miss you all the time!

The greatest gift I ever had, came from God...I call him Dad

Happy Father's Day to the man behind all of our greatest adventures! Thank you for the love and devotion that you show to us everyday! We love you!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Great News!

We just returned from the boys six month checkup in Phoenix. For the first time in a VERY long time neither boys' scans showed any changes. The doctor also agreed that we could move forward with starting them on the medication that I told you all about in the past. Hopefully, that will happen within a couple of weeks, and then we can sit back and enjoy the summer!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Perfect Day

Today may have been the perfect day. We left the house early and headed down to Sedona with our mountain bikes. We were ready to ride the pathway around Bell Rock. It was absolutely beautiful in Sedona. Usually it is quite hot this time of year, but today it was in the low 70s with a perfect breeze. The sky was an amazing blue, all making it the perfect day for a ride.
Heading down the path

Whoo...that was hard work! Will learns to drink from the camel back.
We biked as far as we could...but not as far as I would have hoped! Then we put the bikes aside and hiked.
Will pooped out!
A bee in the bloom of a cactus
He was sleeping so hard that a bubble of drool formed on his mouth!
After our hike we headed into Sedona to look at the art galleries. We saw an amazing sculptor working on one of his bronzes as well as Native American musicians and hoop dancers. My pictures of this somehow disappeared from the post, and I can't figure out where they went. But take my word for it, it was wonderful! After that we headed back to Flagstaff and went to confession and then Mass. It was a perfectly beautiful and peaceful day. I hope your weekend is going just as well!

Friday, June 12, 2009


Last week we took some time to slow down; to get outside in this beautiful world and let nature renew our souls. We took a bike ride in the woods and had a picnic in the meadow, where the boys could run and play, until their hearts were content. Sam spent the time picking wildflowers for one lucky mom. And I am so grateful; grateful for all the crazy boys that fill my home with noise; grateful for being pushed outside my comfort zone to do things my boys enjoy, like hiking, riding bikes, finding bugs in the dirt, and learning that I really like them too! I'm grateful for a husband who on a moments notice throws four bikes and a baby carrier onto the back of a car and finds the best trails and picnic spots. I am grateful for these days that slow us down, that make us take notice of how wonderful life really is.

Hawaii Underwater

Jake and Mom having a great time snorkeling with a sea turtle!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I Know He Needs a Haircut...

But isn't he just soooo sweet? I'm going to enjoy it a little while longer; he'll be seeing his Pop soon and it will have to be cut before then!