Saturday, May 30, 2009


Absolutely the cutest picture I've ever seen:


And, all the other pictures it took to get that good one:

Friday, May 29, 2009

How He's Grown.

See this nice, squishy, rotund body??
And these chubby, chubby cheeks?
I'll take ALL the credit.
(I think I deserve it after spending approximately 1/3 of my life over the past 2 months in this nursing chair.)

    Note to self: blog about the following..

  • Rick's birthday.
  • Everett's baby blessing.
  • My sisters'/nieces' visit.
  • Rick's sisters' visit.
  • book reviews.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

party animal.

This kid got his first invitation to a friend's birthday party.


If the party's even half as fun as the invitation, we'll have a great time tomorrow.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Smarty Pants.

This post is me shamelessly bragging. I think Carson is super smart. His memory amazes me. I'll read him a book once, and then a week later I'll open it up and he can identify random things in the book, like some rare animals in our Mammals book.

I started to put together a video with all the clips of him identifying letters, shapes, animals, etc., but the thing turned out to be like 30 minutes long. I'll spare our blog that one and save it for the grandparents only. Here is our little smarty pants with just some of his letters:

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

His Favorite Place to Sit.

This green bouncy chair is the current favorite. He can be nice and close to baby brother.

He can even read him books!

Or, he can get a little wild and play in the green chair himself.

Sometimes Everett even gets a bouncy ride.

Different day, same spot of course.

We three spend a lot of time in very close proximity to each other.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

smiles: little and big.

Carson's down for his one nap of the day. I should totally be fixing dinner for the missionaries right now. But I cannot focus on anything else when my baby just started smiling!!

Here are some tiny beginnings of smiles, and some just cute faces:



Just imagine, that tiny smile may someday be as big as this one:


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

We raced for HER cure.

We like Jeanel.

We'd also like her to be cancer free, chemo free, and in perfect health. We pray for this daily. There's not much else you can do when you live 2,000 miles away.

As soon as we heard about the Race for the Cure here, we joined a team and were excited to be able to do something else to recognize Jeanel and the battle she's fighting. (Thanks to Sara and the Better Halves group, especially for sponsoring Jeanel's tulip!)


These girls (and babies) all participated in the race, some thinking about their own family members who have had breast cancer.


Our family photo at the race.
Sara is included in our "family" as Everett's surrogate mother, while the real mother gets to actually RUN the race!*


*Rick and I are very similar when it comes to physical competitions. We both said we were going to walk the 5k or just take it easy, but I think in the back of our minds we were both determined to run it as fast as we could. So, as soon as the race started, I told Rick to go ahead and not worry about staying with me. I'd push Carson (baby plus stroller = 40 pounds) and let him run his heart out. He ran the fastest 5K he's ever run, 21 minutes, mentally running hard for Jeanel. I reached my goal of doing it in under 30 minutes; not bad for 4 weeks postpartum pushing that stroller!

Our family plans on doing the Race for the Cure for many years to come; it was a great experience for us! Thanks, Jeanel, for being our inspiration in many ways.

Monday, May 4, 2009

family of four.

We should have taken one more...

Either Carson is carrying some random box and not smiling...


Or you see the result of me tickling Carson so he'll smile and then quickly returning to position, startling Everett.


And this guy is getting so big and chubby!