Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baby Lolah

I have a new little niece... and I mean little. My sister Liza had her baby girl this week. Lolah Mariah came early and weighed 4 lbs 14 oz. I can't wait to see her in person! It's times like this that I hate living away.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Turkey Day, Kyler turned 3, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

So I haven't blogged in a while. Here's a little (or not so little) update.

The day before Thanksgiving we decided to head to Idaho and surprise my family. It was a long drive but so worth it just to see the deer in the headlights look on my parents faces when we showed up at the movie theater with Rachel and Jason. I wish I had taken a picture; it was priceless. Leah was happy to meet her Poppy, cousins, aunts, and uncles (and I was happy to see my family who I miss like crazy). This is Aunt Rachel who Leah was middle named after.

Aunt Lala and Leah were pretty much inseparable and Leah loved it. Liza could get her to smile like crazy.

Shayla lost her first tooth while we were in Idaho. The toothfairy almost forgot to put money under her pillow, but remembered at about 5 in the morning (thank goodness).

Zach had to go back to school so he drove home while I stayed an extra week in Idaho. Which meant I had to fly on a plane with three little rascals. It actually turned out surprisingly well! This little angel slept the whole time. At one point all three were asleep and I thought, "I should have brought a book!"

Our little man turned 3 years old in December. Such a cute birthday boy.

The ward Christmas party... last one in SF :(

It was quite the fiasco trying to snap a picture of all three in their Christmas outfits.

These two are growing up way too fast.

How cute is she in this beanie. Practically edible.

Leah loves her bumbo. For those of you who don't know what that is then you probably don't care because I doubt you have kids.

Our crazy Christmas Eve... well, mock Christmas Eve. Santa was kind enough to come early so we wouldn't have to haul Christmas anywhere.

This was a fun new tradition (that's an oxymoron... I should say we're hoping to make it a tradition) that we tried this year. We lit a candle for each of the kids and told them the story of when they were born and why they're special to our family. Then we lit a candle for the Savior and Zach read Luke 2. I didn't know if the kids would dig it, but it was huge hit. I would highly recommend it (if you're not scared of your house burning down).

The glow bug was a success, Leah loves that thing.

Then it was off to AZ. It was nice to be away from our tiny apartment so we could do fun messy things like a gingerbread house... thanks to the kit from Costco.

This picture doesn't look posed at all does it.

Little Dear

For New Years we headed to the sand dunes. It was fun as usual and Leah got to go for her first ride on the rhino.

Thanks AZ family for an awesome holiday!