Saying Good-bye to Summer

October 12th, 2012

We took a little vacation last month when we went to the wedding.

Thank you, Shanks, for the awesome time we had at your home…

The lake,

The ocean,

The beach,

The dunes,

The aquarium,

the great food, and especially the good company.

We’re glad you now live closer!

Moving on south…

I’m not sure how I feel about road trips.  I love them, and I hate them…

But it was sure an adventure to visit the Giant Redwoods!

Ami was a little intimidated by Paul and Babe.

Driving through a tree was pretty cool though.

Getting a Junior Ranger badge was neat, too!

As was sleeping in the loft at our destination.

And spending time with family,

Other than the hours of driving, it was a fun trip,

And one the girls should remember.

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A Wedding

September 28th, 2012

Congratulations, Rubén and Ashley!

Thank you for the extra special weekend in California.

It was a such an honor to be in your wedding.

We hope it was your Best Day Ever!

Welcome to the family, Ashley!

(Even though you’ve been Ami’s favorite cousin for nearly two years already.)

The Ocean

August 27th, 2012

It was fun to go back to one of our favorite, non-touristed beaches.

We arrived at low tide and found some shells, some agates, and observed life in the tide pools.

But the girls’ favorite pastime

Was just playing in the water,

Watching the waves,

And splashing through them.


And again,

And again.

Chasing the last of summer.

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August 22nd, 2012

Our vacation started with an AWAA regional picnic.  It was good to reconnect with friends through our adoption agency, and to watch the kids play together.

Then after some extended family time and Miah’s birthday celebration,

It was off to the beach!

“No, Mom, it’s not cold!”

A little reading time in the camper before the day’s excursions.

We showed the girls our old stomping grounds,

Including the lighthouse and the octopus tree.

But their favorite stop was the Cheese Factory.

Mmm, mmm, good!!!

Stay tuned for more beach pictures…

Birthday Celebrations

August 18th, 2012

It always seems that when there are happenings to write about and pictures to share, I don’t have the time to blog.  We had a great vacation.  We’ve been catching up after being gone.  And we’re getting all the enjoyment we can out of the last of summer.

Miah has had a couple birthday celebrations since the last post.  We had an impromptu celebration at the park before we left on vacation,

Then her requested party at Uncle Paul’s and Aunt Kathryn’s.

With some special cousins,

Some cake and presents,

(she enjoyed cutting her own cake)

And some pool time.

Or should I say “air time”.

Ami likes getting air time, too.

Then we had one more celebration with more family at Grandma’s.  Thank you, everyone, for being a special part of Miah’s life.