Thursday, August 28, 2008

Oh the places Jackson will go

Hello there are double posts here. So first I have to tell you about the kiddos. Jackson is going everywhere. There is just so much going on with him. He now has some special tricks up his sleeves. He can raise his arms up high when we say up or put them down when we say down. He has been doing a little waving.

And our favorite trick is his eye for food or drink. Tonight when Brandon had a big cup in his hand Jackson turned and saw it. He crawled as fast as he could to him, climbed up his leg and had to have a sip. He then laughed hysterically because Brandon was laughing. He frequently does this whenever anyone has food or drink. You would think that we didn't feed him, but when you see him, you know that he eats well.

Here is a picture of him taking a step to Brandon. He took two really good steps to me the other day.

Kaitlyn is so cute. She loves arranging her animals around in her room. She calls her baby her little sister. Don't know if that is a hint. Haha. We are trying to work on counting to 20 and remembering all of the numbers. She is a little fuzzy on 14.

She is loving dance class and went to the dentist today. She was the perfect patient and sat in the chair and followed all of the instructions. We were in and out in 20 minutes.

I recently was called by 7-Eleven to work on a Web project. I am excited to do some work, and am trying to dust off the cobwebs. I am going to be pulling all of the information from 7-Eleven managers to write product descriptions of 7-Eleven's offerings for its website. I get to work with the webmaster and he is hilarious, very dry sense of humor. Not unusual for his department either, I met with him and the other guys that sit by him are pretty crazy too. One guy pulled out a little guitar in the middle of his cube.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Kaitlyn's First Ballet/Tap Class!

Kaitlyn had a blast at her first ballet/tap class. I started to get a little nervous for her and of course, I was a little sad that I couldn't join her, but she really loved being in the class as a big girl. I could only take a few pictures outside of the class so us moms wouldn't disturb the class. Some kiddos still came out later to ask moms for stuff. Kaitlyn as usual stayed close to her teacher and tried her best to follow all of the steps. I have no doubt she will be a little dancing ballerina for her May recital.

(She is next to the boy in all pink with a little bun.)

Joy of Being

I had to post this. This morning I went to put Jackson down for his morning nap. We sat in the rocking chair and I got Goodnight Moon out. He was laying on me so I could read to him, and I started having hiccups. Every time I had a hiccup, Jackson would just start giggling. I am guessing because I made a sound and my stomach moved at the same time. He just thought it was the funniest thing ever. How wonderful for just a little hiccup to make a baby so joyful. :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

An adventure in Hawaii

Pictures below

For all of the pictures (And I forgot the battery charger so I only got about 200 pics), click here:

We just got back last night from Hawaii! What a fun trip. It was so nice to open the door to see Kaitlyn running to give us a big hug. Jackson was a little surprised and has been warming up this morning. I think he definitely wanted to know where we went and why we left him.

We really did have an adventure in Hawaii. We didn't do all of the touristy things. We hardly even saw our hotel because we took off in the rental car all over the island. Man, there is a lot of lava rock all over it.

On the first full day we were there, three other couples wanted to come check out the other side of the island and volcano with us. They saw that we had the "Blue Book" and had a feeling that we knew what we were doing.

When we went to Maui on our honeymoon, we used the "Blue Book" to do everything and it definitely did not disappoint. A couple of guys have written and rated everything in the book for each island. It tells you a lot of local stuff to do that the typical guide book does not.

So we followed this book's map around the other side of the island from we were staying which was a three hour drive. It would tell us at such and such mile marker where to stop to catch a great waterfall, etc.

So we stopped at several of those and made our way to check out the volcano. That was great. Then went on to another stop where the lava was flowing into the ocean. We drove through a ton of places where there had been eruptions and lava flowed all around homes, but the homes were there stuck in it. A lot of people still live in them without electricity or running water. Because the house was not destroyed, the insurance would not pay, so many people had to stay in those homes.

We then went on to a black sand beach covered with rocks and nude men. Had no idea about the men or even several locals who were handing out pot. The beach was awesome and just couldn't get over some of the locals we saw. One man had hair down to his waist at the beach and the locals call him the caretaker because he considers the black sand beach his home. The waves were so strong that they knocked all of us over in just knee-deep water. I almost lost my camera, and two guys in our group lost a watch and wedding ring; just to give you an idea of how strong it was.

We then hopped down a tree-canopy covered road to a little bay. The trail took us back to a secluded area with an 8 by 14 pool naturally built into the rocks. It was heated by the lava and volcano from underneath. It was a natural hot tub and was so beautiful and peaceful. We couldn't imagine anyone not believing in God with all of these natural wonders.

We then headed to a little local Thai restaurant and we all agreed that it was the best food of the trip. So on this day, we were gone from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm on just that little excursion with the blue book. It was crazy.

On the rest of the days, we rode horses, played on different beaches and went to Hilo to shop and check out the little town.

The horses were great because we went into the mountains and it was like we were in Colorado. Brandon rode Big Roy who definitely wanted to do his own thing. I rode Blaze who was the slowest horse around. Although, he was the first horse back at the stables to eat his lunch.

We found the best beach by the Four Seasons resort, and just wanted to stay here the rest of the time. We went back to this beach several times because it was our favorite. It was not crowded and it had a small golf grass area covered with trees to hang out on. There was plenty of snorkeling available right there with coral and sea turtles. The sea turtles were sunning themselves as long as we were and didn't even care about people being around.

The hotel was huge. It had a tram to take you to different towers and a huge pool and lagoon. It had plenty of activities and a huge area with dolphins to swim with, however, the explorers that we were, the hotel was child's play for us. The hotel had tons of birds in an area of trees right by our room and would start being really loud around 4 or 5 in the morning. We didn't get a ton of sleep while we were there like I had thought.

Everything was so nice and we weren't stressed at all about having to do anything. The most ironic thing was that between 4 couples, we hung out and did all of these activities together and didn't disagree on anything. We all liked doing the same thing and just went with the flow. It was really cool even when we were riding in a bright red HHR and drove around the circle drive in front of the hotel to rap music with the windows down.

As for getting home, that is a different story. Our plane got delayed for three hours. So we went to eat dinner and watch the sunset. That was great that we got to do that, but we ended up leaving Hawaii at 12:30 am and getting into LA at 9 am and then flying home at 12:30 pm LA time. With the time change, we finally arrived home at 6:30 pm Texas time for a total of 15 hours traveling. It felt like the longest day ever because we only got some brief shut eye on the Hawaii plane.

We definitely give the Big Island a four star rating for all of the activities and friendly beaches. We can see why a lot of families choose to come here. We could tell it is an international destination.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Love this new background

This is a new, fun background. Thanks Schmidt family. So we are just trying to get a few things done before we leave tomorrow for Hawaii. We come back on Sunday and will share photos.

Please pray for a safe trip as we leave Kaitlyn and Jackson from Tuesday to Sunday. We are looking forward to a wonderful time and will miss them terribly.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008


I should be cleaning up the kitchen. I should be doing a million things, but I went to check my email quickly while the kids were sleeping. In one of the emails was a link to a You Tube video of Christian the Lion. This video is so sweet that I had to post it. I love animals, and this just shows how much they love us too.  

Monday, August 04, 2008


So I have recently found a new online love, As Shelley puts it, crack book. I have found so many friends from high school and college that I haven't talked to in forever. So cool.

That aside, what a nice weekend, besides the triple digit temps, we packed a lot into just three little days. On Friday, Brandon and I left the kiddos with Gigi and Big Daddy and went to check out a resort in Tyler, thought it would be fun and get a few rewards. Turned out not to be fun and went straight to the John Mayer concert. We have managed to go to one concert a year for the last three years. It has kind of turned into a little tradition.

Here are some photos.

On Saturday, Spencer, Christy and Maggie came and we all jumped in the pool with Gigi and Big Daddy. Man, what a relief, we had an umbrella up for some shade in the pool and the kids enjoyed that. It was so hot we didn't even leave the house to get dinner than night. We ordered takeout!

We had fun just hanging out, and Uncle Spinny gave all the kiddos a ride!

On Sunday, I drove with Meredith and Tiffany to see Rebecca and her new baby boy - Brock - in Austin. He is so tiny around 6 pounds. Just adorable. All the family looks great for little sleep.

And lastly, I would like to send up a little prayer request. I hate to end this post on a sad note, but in the last week, I have heard of two events that made me so sad. A college sorority sister (April Durio Lieder) lost her new baby boy, Evan Andrew, last Tuesday. When he was born, his heart just gave out. Also, Patti Dallhoff, a gal whose husband works with Brandon, lost a dear friend. One of her good friends lost their little boy, Carston who was 4 years old, to drowning in the pool on Friday. Please pray for these families as they grieve for their little boys. I will post any updates if I hear of any.