Sunday, March 06, 2011


It has been an adventure with this one. She is hilarious and fun. Up for anything. Stubborn and challenging. Loves her brother and is so sweet to him. Always asking him “You OK?” when he’s crying or coughs, sneezes, says ouch, etc. She will do anything for him. She loves to brush her teeth. Loves her daddy. Likes to do things on her own and is super independent. But also clingy and loves being held... a lot. She appreciates smaller groups and quiet areas. She laughs a deep raspy belly laugh. One of my favorite sounds. She is happy and compliant, saying “ok mama”, “ok dada” but she can also look at us with a 16-year old scowl when she doesn't want to do something. She sleeps like a champ, always has. She is a tomboy... fast, brave and will tackle anything and do it really well. But she is girly and likes her hair done, nails painted and can throw a good drama fit across the floor. We feel like we know her so well and have this girl figured out but then she’ll do something so out of character and blow us away. She is full of surprises. We love this girl and it has been such an honor to have her in our family these past two years and know that God chose her just for us and just for this family. Absolutely cannot wait to see what this year holds. So many special times, challenges, laughs and sweet memories ahead of us. Happy birthday, Skyler!

Zoomar's Petting Zoo

For Skye's birthday we took the train down to San Juan Capistrano and hit up the petting zoo. My parents sent us off at the train station and then drove down to meet us. Here we are waiting... the kids were so excited.

It was such a joy riding the train with Wallace & Skyler. Every bump and turn brought squeals of delight the whole trip down. And Wallace was our tour guide... pointing out Saddleback mountain, our Costco, the Great Orange Balloon, kids playing soccer, etc. Super fun.

We started with breakfast at Ruby's. Skyler received a box full of princess clothes and girly jewelry from my parents. She was quite happy.

Walking from breakfast to the Zoo. San Juan is so quaint. Rian and I used to take the train down once a year for a relaxing day trip.

Skyler feeding the first guinea pig.

Nice lips.

Wallace straightening out this guys goatee.

Very happy with her train ride up front as the conductor.

Into March

Farmers Market last Wednesday at 32 weeks. Tomorrow I am 33 weeks, feeling good and a lot smaller than I was with the first two pregnancies. So nice! I think having chiropractic care throughout this pregnancy has made a big difference. We've stayed strong with not finding out the gender and it's been easier than I thought. Although I do miss the planning and dreaming that comes with knowing I've got a little boy or girl on the way. We're almost 100% on our name choices for either gender. Getting really excited to celebrate when he/she arrives!

Wally's favorite thing to do in the bath is arrange his alphabet letters. He has to sing the song from the beginning with each new letter. Takes forever.

Owen's birthday party and our last time to play for a while since the Saukkola's are moving to Denver. We will miss their family so much.

Owen's grandma did a 30-minute story & song time for the kids and instead of presents each friend brought a wrapped book for a book exchange. Such a good idea! Here is Ryder watching Wally open his book.

Goodbye hug.

Been experimenting with a good chai tea recipe.

In between our 80 degree February days, we get a chilly day where we have to bundle up. Finally.

A warm picnic lunch out back.

Gypsy and Oliver waiting for some love at the back door.

Last Wednesday after dinner the kids got to enjoy ice cream out on the town for filling up their marble jar. Marbles have been piling in the jar the last couple months for staying dry while sleeping, eating all their dinner, being kind to one another, obeying the first time, etc....