Sunday, September 18, 2011

First Day of Preschool

where does the time go? i can hardly believe that my baby boy is 4 and in preschool! he has been waiting for this day for months, and was so excited to finally get to go to school. he put on his backpack and let me take some pictures before he decided that he didn't want to take it since there was nothing in it. duh mom.

this is camdin, blake's BFF......another reason blake was so excited to start school. here they are right before going in.

we went in, got to check out his cubby, and get his name tag.
this is his spot, right across from Camdin (we'll see how long that lasts :) and right behind his other good friend Ella. they started painting right away, and he hardly even looked up to say goodbye to me. i started getting a little teary eyed, so it was a perfect time to leave!

blake, camdin, and ella right after school. they all had a great time and loved every minute of it. they learned about turtles and got to play outside (according to blake). i am so proud of my big boy and so happy that he loves school. i am also so grateful that he has such great friends to learn and grow with!

Sunday, June 19, 2011


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Adam turns 2

adam's year in review..... not in sequential order, i'm too lazy!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

exodus to the promised land

aka... our flight home from London.

our day started about 6am (for jonathan and i anyways), we finished all the last minute packing and were ready for the car to pick us up at 9. a friend of mine made the boys these backpacks for them to carry their toys in (don't worry, i saved room in my bag because i knew it wouldn't last that long)

here are the boys saying 'bye' and blowing kisses to our London flat

since being in London we had only ridden in a car about 3 times, so the boys were pretty excited to be sitting in a car!

7 large suitcases and 3 carry-ons... not bad for 6 months right!? all of our suitcases were over weight (imagine that) but thanks to jonathan's connections at the airport we didn't pay a dime (or pence).

the boys were SO excited to be going on an airplane, seeing pa, grandma, and t, and going to our red house that they were complete angels.... yes i wrote that correctly, they were amazing travelers, exceeded all my wildest expectations. here they are playing with some toys before we boarded the plane for a 10 1/2 hour flight!

here we all are finally on the airplane, it was 1pm, which happens to be adam's naptime.... he fell asleep before we even took off and slept for a couple hours!

they were SO good on the plane, i was SO proud of them... they slept, ate snacks, colored, and watched movies the entire time (blake did enjoy going potty on the plane a little too much.... a few trips to the bathroom without even going tinkles! and i have to say that i got pretty good at changing diapers in that TINY room!) we didn't have any major meltdowns, no ear pressure problems, time went by fairly quickly.... like i said, beyond my expectations!

adam and i watching a movie while blake slept....

no pictures in between flights, no time, we barely made our connection... we were the last ones on the plane. by the time we landed in dallas it was almost midnight London time, everything went smoothly we just had a short layover....luckily no bags were lost, no kids were lost, the drug sniffing dog didn't find anything, and the customs people didn't ask us any questions.
as soon as we got settled on the plane blake pretty much passed out and looked like this the entire flight: (what a champ!)

on the other hand this crazy boy was awake until about an hour before we landed!

the 4 hour flight from dallas to seattle seemed like a puddle jump.... we could hardly wait to get off the plane, we practically ran to baggage claim so we could see everyone. i think we all cried a little when we saw each other again, it was so nice to be home! (i know my sister and mom took some pictures... i'll have to get them and add them later)
we grabbed all our bags, which happened to be the first ones out probably because they were the last ones on the plane... but none were lost (that was definitely a miracle)! pa brought his truck per request from blake... he had been talking for weeks about riding with pa in his truck, which actually worked out great because we wouldn't have been able to fit us and all the luggage in the van!
i can't even tell you how good it felt to walk in our front door... when blake saw our red house he had the BIGGEST smile on his face and was SO excited! my parents were amazing and set up all our beds, filled our fridge and cupboards, and had fresh baked cookies waiting!
we were truly blessed to have the opportunity to live in London, we had the most amazing time, and were a little sad to see our time come to an end.... we made lifelong friends and memories!

Monday, January 31, 2011

this weekend we rented a car and headed west.....

first stop: STONEHENGE

i'm glad we went, it was pretty cool to see.... a little weird because it's in the middle of NOWHERE, nothing around but grass and a few sheep, but the view was amazing!

jonathan has a cousin that lives near Bath and we were lucky enough to stay with them for a few days. we had a great time with them, they were so great to let us invade their house and show us around.... not to mention the amazing food they cooked for us!!
our next stop of the weekend: BATH

Pulteney Bridge

Bath Abbey

Roman Baths

us at the Roman Baths

Roman Baths

for all you Jane Austen fans.....

The Circus

Adam was able to squeeze in a little nap during all of our sight seeing

The Royal Crescent

after sightseeing in Bath, Denise and Joe took us to a little park near their house for the boys to get out some energy..... the nice thing about parks in the winter is that we get them all to ourselves!

they had these great little pedal tractors that the boys loved

the next day Denise and Joe took us to the CUTEST little village i have ever seen.... apparently they have filmed a few movies here (The Wolfman to name one)!

our last stop: Castle Combe

St. Andrews church- it has a working medieval clock inside

Manor House Hotel- super fancy

at least we're all looking at the camera.... that's the best i can do!

giant chess board next to the hotel

Castle Combe- so picturesque

we had such an amazing weekend, Denise and Joe live in such a beautiful area and we had so much fun spending time with them and seeing the countryside!
ps. jonathan did much better with the car this time! :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

recent activities

cousin Rachel came to visit.... we went to the Hard Rock Cafe (the original)

hard rock

toured the tower of london

toured westminster abbey (thanks to bryn for watching the kids all day so we could go!)

big ben by night

engine room of tower bridge (we also went across the top)

st. pauls

view from the top of st. pauls (we climbed A LOT of stairs)

took a walk along the south bank on a sunny january day


us at Les Mis (we also saw Dirty Dancing, it wasn't great, but worth it because i LOVE the movie!)

trafalgar square at night.... we went to the national gallery and national portrait gallery, both were pretty amazing

the palace at night