Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
As many of you may know, Margaret is not comfortable with just anyone holding her. In fact, she usually cries if someone she doesn't know (aka someone besides mama) holds her. But she knew there was something special about Great Grandma Phyllis
This picture is truly special because this is not like Margaret at all. She would rather fall asleep in her car seat or alone on a floor than fall asleep with someone holding her (which did make the flight here a bit more difficult because she was a "lap child." That was not the case with Great Grandma Phyllis. She snuggled right up. Margaret knows that she is Great Grandma's namesake.
There are many other people that Margaret is meeting for the first time and I will try to post some of those photos as well.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I am not sure what our schedule is while we are out there this time. Since our entire family(on both sides) is in Oregon right now and no one in my family has met Margaret yet, I am guessing that we are going to be pretty busy. The exciting part is that my Grandma doesn't know that we are coming. I told her money is pretty tight and we wouldn't be able to visit this summer. This was especially hard for her since Margaret is her first great-granddaughter in 17 years and also since I named Margaret after her and also after her mother.
Well, our Japan trip got put on hold for a bit and so we were able to come up with the airfare for Portland. Other members of the family agreed to keep our visit a secret so that Grandma would be surprised. Everyone helped out to provide us a couple cars to use and a place to stay. Since this is a scheduled post, we have survived the two flights to Portland (arriving at 3am Eastern time) and Grandma has already been surprised. I will try to post some photos of my beautiful Grandma holding her precious great-grandchildren as soon as I can.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Time for the parachute! Still a little unsure.
Isaac at the "Dizzy Bat" game. Finally a smile! Go Isaac!!!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
A nice thrift store find for Henry: a baby doll stroller. He used it to push his stuffed rabbit around in. At one point he was attempting to carry the stroller up the stairs and the rabbit tumbled out. He set the stroller safely on the porch and said, "Good thing my stroller didn't fall down the stairs. It would have gotten all dirty!" So much for the safety of the bunny.
Me: "Even when she starts solid food she won't be able to have any milk that is not from me. So that means no cheese or milk from cows."
James (Beethoven): "Or rabbits."
Me: "Uh, yeah. No milk from rabbits."
Number three: the children.
No other instruction is neccessary.
Some clean-up is required.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Today is also a special day for Michael and I as we celebrate seven years of marriage. When we got married we were both graduate students living in a one-bedroom apartment in Boston. Since then we have moved four times and been blessed with four beautiful children. We are so thankful with all the blessings Our Lord has bestowed on our family!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Even Margaret appreciated the Natural History aspect of Western PA
Yes James is wearing a bowtie. We are those kind of parents.
The ancient Egypt exhibit was also a hit.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Despite how it looks, this is possibly one of the greatest cakes I have ever had. The original recipe (when followed correctly) is from the Monks at St Vincent. The frosting is mocha chocolate buttercream from the Joy of Cooking. Yummy!