Archive for April, 2009

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Apr
09

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Here are some of Asher’s one year portraits.

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Here is Ella at 1 year

From January 2007

Here is Rilyn at 1 year

From June 2005
29
Apr
09

it’s asher’s party and we’ll cry if we want to

We had Asher’s first birthday party at a local park on Saturday evening.  A few of his baby buddies came along and it made for some cute pictures.  You know how when one baby cries, they all start crying?  Well, I’m not sure who even started it…but it went something like this…

Halle, Malachi, Caden, Asher, Halle, Gracie, Ella, Gavin, Cole, Dee, Reece, and Rilyn
Malachi Suh getting his cry on
Asher getting his cry on
Caden Richardson and Asher getting their cry on

Happy Birthday Buster, we love you!!!

From April 2009
28
Apr
09

some favorite pictures

I love photography. Maybe one day, I’ll find time to buy a really nice camera and lenses and take some classes. Until then, here is some of my favorite shots of our trip with my little old Sony camera.

From California Vacation April 2009
James took this on The Jungle Cruise
Ella on the Casey Jr. Train
Rilyn on the teacups
Those are Asher’s great grandparents in the backgroundI love the generational ‘gap’ that this picture displays
Not very picturesque, but too funny not to share.  Ella tried to spell her name inspaghetti noodles at one of the restaurants
Ella exhausted on the plane ride home

Needless to say, the girls did not want to go home from our Disneyland vacation.  Rilyn told me, “There is no magic in Texas!  There is only magic at Disneyland!”   Ella wanted to live at our hotel forever.  A great time was had by all and we want to thank my mom and dad from the bottom of our hearts for a ‘magical’ vacation!

27
Apr
09

how to ride like Ella

I believe the perfect age to take a child to Disneyland is around 5 years old.  They can ride all the rides and they understand pretend vs. real.  They can wait in a line better and their legs don’t get as tired from all the walking.  Rilyn did pretty well at Disneyland.  We took her on Splash Mountain and she freaked out on the big drop and said she will never ride it again.  She wanted to go on the Haunted Mansion and again was scared, but just held us tight.  Ella proved to us she couldn’t handle rides that required ‘going in a hole’ as she put it.  (Indoor rides such as most of the Fantasyland rides.)  We tried a couple rides and she just cried and cried.  Here she is on Pirates of the Carribean (yes, big brother told me ‘No flash photography!’ after I took this.)

From California Vacation April 2009

So then we tried more outdoor friendly rides such as The Jungle Cruise. She would love all the animals, right?
Here she is mesmerized at all the friendly animals.

From California Vacation April 2009

Uh oh, here comes a hippo!

From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009

Apparently, Ella does not care for hippos.  So, for the rest of the ride she rode like this…

From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009
26
Apr
09

can I get your autograph??

When you get to Disneyland, the new rage is to have as many characters as possible sign your autograph book.  (yes, we left their books in a rented stroller over night but Disneyland found them and we quietly retrieved them the next morning without the girls ever knowing!)  Ella didn’t really get it, but loved it all the same because Rilyn was into all the characters signing her book.  And so began our hunt for as many characters possible…it helped that we had four character meals (paying enormously too  much for food so characters will stop by your table, chat with you kiddos, take a picture, and of course, sign your book.)  So, here is the evidence of everyone we met!  (Note:  check out Ella’s hand in all of these-she seems to have a hand ‘spot’.  Not sure if this is natural for her or she just wanted to feel ‘closer’ to them in some way.  Watch out, sometimes her hand lands on inappropriate places…(sorry Mickey and Jasmine!)

Snow White                    (Ella starts her hand thing)
Goofy
Baloo and ‘the hand’
Minnie and ‘the hand’
Mickey and ‘the hand’
Jasmine and ‘the hand’
Ariel and ‘the hand’
Mulan and ‘the hand’
Cruella DeVille and ‘the hand’
Cinderella and ‘the hand’
Belle and ‘the hand’ (trying to hide but I still see it!)
Sleeping Beauty
Chip and ‘the hand’
apparently Tinker Bell knew how to control ‘the hand’
Alice and the Mad Hatter
Aladdin and ‘the hand’
25
Apr
09

a day at the beach

I have finally gone through all my pictures from our southern California vacation and have narrowed them down to 188.  I think that is pretty good!  So, here are the pictures from the kids first visit to the beach last Sunday afternoon (Bolsa Chica beach).  The water was freezing so no one got in.  They enjoyed playing in the sand, that is, until Ella saw ladybugs in the sand and then she started to melt down.  (She doesn’t like bugs crawling around her.)  Then, Asher started eating sand and getting it in his eyes…well, you get the picture…the beach is a fun place in theory…but with 3 small kids, it is a little bit of a nightmare!

From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009
This was the only way we could keep track of Asher.  Unfortunately, we didn’t realize how much sandwould end up in his diaper after unburying him!
From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009
From California Vacation April 2009
24
Apr
09

Happy 1st Birthday Asher!

I can’t believe that today my baby is one! I officially have no more ‘babies’ in the house (although there are plenty of times when they act like it!) He is still not walking, or standing on his own. He is content to crawl around everywhere. His favorite toy is our remote control and his favorite play buddies are his sisters! No one can make him laugh like they do! They have really taken to wrestling him!
So, we just got back from our California vacation and I can’t wait to go through our 500+ photos and post, BUT today is my baby’s first birthday and I just had to give him the spotlight! Of course I had a photo op in mind and it didn’t quite go as I had planned but still cute none the less. I baked him his own special chocolate cake and wanted him to ‘tear into it’ while I snapped away! Well, I don’t think it helped that he woke up at 10 a.m. (we’re all still on CA time), and we gave him a big donut for his birthday breakfast and he gobbled it all up! So, at lunchtime, he wasn’t hungry enough for his cake and we forced him to taste it and he acted like it was disgusting! I don’t think he appreciated the texture of sprinkles and cake crumbs either. Oh well!
Here is Asher at breakfast in his custom bib from Grandma!

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