Sunday, November 30, 2008

More snow during our first autumn season in Colorado

It's official, we no longer live in a place where the temperatures are over one hundred degrees over three quarters of the year, and here's the proof. This is our third snow of the season. Manda & Johnny got to enjoy the snow while they were here; it snowed Friday night and was still glistening Saturday morning. It was snowing this morning, when we woke up, and it continued to snow consistently until mid afternoon.




Took all these pictures from our porch.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A fabulous day with the Huddles

Manda & Johnny were planning on coming early this morning. but it turns out that late last night, a case of bad food poisoning (I don't think there are any good cases of food poisoning) hit Manda and then her sister this morning. I'll let Manda give you the details on the experience.

Long story short, the Huddles didn't make it over until much later than planned. We went to collect them at 4 pm, from Ashley's place, and made it back to our place around 7:30 PM. Wasn't about to leave Ashley's home without them. Are you kidding? We haven't seen them in a year and four months. Who is counting?

Sydney is such a doll. Of course we fell in love with her parents first. We're in the process of praying that the Lord bring them to the Denver area permanently. Please, Lord, let this be one of those wishes and desires of the heart you choose to grant us.

Isabella using the new toy that Auntie Manda & Uncle Johnny got her; gives her loads of opportunity to copy what her mommy spends so much time doing.

Snuggling against her daddy. It was so incredibly sweet. It's so obvious how comfortable Sydney is with her daddy.

Yay! Got to hold Sydney.

This toy is yet another gift from Auntie Manda & Uncle Johnny, but for Isabella. Although Isabella acts as if it's hers.

Last night, after we got home and today, before the Huddles came to join us, Isabella kept saying "Manda," "John," "Sydney," and eagerly wanted to see them again. Today, while Johnny was attempting to have deep discussions with us, Isabella kept interjecting "that's John," "John," "that's John." It was so endearing. She also loved Manda and Sydney very much.

Had the pleasure of feeding Sydney, changing her diapers, and changing her clothes a few times. Lots of fun!

Isabella loves putting on clothes these days. I don't know whether you can tell from this picture, but Isabella has put on a white newborn snapshirt by sticking her arms through the arm holes.


Like good ole times. Jamming and hanging out.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving celebration

Thanksgiving might be my second favorite holiday, after Christmas. It reminds us to be thankful for everything we have. I don't even know where to stop where that is concerned. I am ever thankful we serve a Lord that is merciful and that loves all of us. I'm thankful for a husband that loves me and tries super hard to meet my needs and love our children. I am thankful for two healthy, active, life-filled children. I am thankful for parents, both mine and my spouse's, that take a vested interested in my life as well as in the life of my children; I am thankful they love us so much and care for us loads. I am super thankful for a sister with whom I continually grow closer as moments, days, weeks, and years pass. I am so thankful that I have the wonderfully dear friends that I do . . . The list goes on and on.

We had the pleasure of hanging with fantastic company for Thanksgiving today: Ashley, Mike, some of Mike's family, Manda, John, Sydney (Manda & John's little bundle of joy), and Sally (Ashley & Manda's mom). I must confess that I was so excited about seeing Manda & Johnny like a little kid who cannot wait to open presents on Christmas morning. I mean, I was just SO excited. The Thanksgiving meal was at Ashley and her roommates' home.

Sorry everyone. Didn't take very many pictures, because I was too busy drinking in the pleasure of being in the company of friends. Wanted to take pictures of everyone at the party, but, alas, I did not.

Manda & Johnny got Isabella her very own camera. Pretty fantastic gift, I think.

Sally (Nana to Sydney) with little (or not so little) Sydney. She's a darling, Sydney. I'll try to include more pictures soon.

Really strange, all three children were abnormal behaviorally. Isabella kept wanting me to hold her and play with her (at times wanting nothing with Troy, which is really unusual), Victoria did not want anyone else to hold her for a large chunk of time (she even wanted her head covered when she was strapped to me in the Ergo), and Sydney was fussy (which is not her usual at all). I'm thinking the crowd overwhelmed the little ones.

Here's Manda. Don't you think she looks awesome? I think so. We're in the process of trying to convince Manda & Johnny to move to the Denver area. Please, Lord, through you, all things are possible. Provide a way for them to live out here, will you, pleeeeeeeaaaaaaase, Lord?!

Had no idea Nikki and David Belshe were coming to the party and was quite excited to see them. We had been talking about meeting but hadn't yet. Friends we met in Texas. Yay!

Johnny. Oh, we're so excited Manda & Johnny are here. Did I already say that? Sorry, I can't contain myself!

Here's our darling little princess, Isabella, who couldn't decide whether she was happy or upset the latter part of the party.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Skip, skip, skip to my lou

We learned our lesson from going to the Denver Zoo on free day; so we found other fun activities to do. Went to a mall that has a pet zoo instead. Isabella enjoyed walking all over the place, walking through a clothing store chain where I worked a few moons ago, and little did we know all the fun places for little toddlers.

I've somehow gotten into my brain that it would be so nice to have a pair of Ugg boots (thanks Manda & Ashley). So, I've been scoping out prices. . . Short boots, around $130. Tall boots, around $160. They no longer make them in Australia because of the cost; they're all made in China. Bummer. . .

While looking at them at Nordstrom, Troy and Isabella found something that kept her busy, a display for cosmetic stuff. Didn't know that would be attractive to a toddler, did you? Here is the proof:


When the girls got their lunches, we noticed that Pottery Barn Kids had a life size teddy bear, and we had to check it out.

As you can tell, she loved the teddy! Oh, and she loved the little guy, Oatmeal, too.

Oatmeal was for sale, $20, $10 of which would go to St. Jude's Hospital (fabulous cause, by the way), but a $20 stuffed animal is not in our budget.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Sisterly love, a new sort of hat, and Victoria's first utterances

It's been a super long day, and I'm tired and in a bad mood. I am choosing to see the glass as half full. Took the girls on a walk to Starbucks and back, got rid of some of the clutter, did 5 loads of laundry, fed little ones (I'm not sure how many times in total), changed lots of diapers, ate, folded clothes and diapers, washed dishes . . . Oh yes, and for those who have been blog hungry for updates, posted many a posting. Will you reward me with a Starbucks card, since I'm probably not going to make it to Christmas with my last card? Thanks.

In other news, Isabella was determined to deliver plenty of love to her sister today.


Victoria wasn't crazy about being held by Isabella. Wasn't content at all by this point.

Got a package for Victoria from Christine, and Isabella created a new hat. Loved it!

Oh, and can I claim Victoria's first words as "ma ma," when she's been saying "ma ma ma ma" all day today?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

For the love of felines

These porcupines can sure scurry speedily.


Every time a little hand or something else touched the glass, this bird would peck at it.


Promised you better pictures of the snow leopards.

Mommy snow leopard with one of her babies.

When I saw these snow leopards today, something triggered my missing Niao Mi, my beloved cat for some 17 years. Since we had to put him down, when Isabella was a newborn, we have been so busy, I don't think I have completely mourned his passing. I miss him a lot and miss having a furry friend running around our home.

This is for Troy, since he was so fascinated with the two rhinoceroses at the zoo.

The elephant above had a bath, and then the one below had her bath next, after which she did a little performance for us. Yay!

These bears were a trip. Couldn't believe one was in a sitting position.

Apparently brown bear got the sitting memo.

Troy took these excellent shots of a peacock roaming.

Up close and personal with a female lion.

Isabella apparently was having a fabulous time.

Glad the cat felt comfortable with us around, because she offered such fantastic entertainment for our girl that she didn't want to go home.

See Isabella and Henry through the glass?

Isabella probably wouldn't mind being right next to the feline, without the glass.