Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Inevitable...

Caught in the act...



Color: Purple. Coincidence? I think not...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

So Cultured...

Today marks Maeve's first experience at the theatre. The Wilson's generously gave us their tickets and we invited Avery and Amber along for the fun. The production was, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and it was just so fun -- Maeve was mesmerized for the whole thing. It was funny at one point during the play when Harold was drawing on the ground, Maeve announced to me that he was being naughty. Ha. Yes, I'll accept that as the take home message.

Getting ready to go in... wearing purple for the occasion.


Two excited girls...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Doing Something...

We've been busy this weekend with a variety of activity and fun, but the most important things that have happened this weekend were two separate events that both address pediatric cancer, and the thing we can do about it.


The first event occurred last night -- the 2nd annual Ben Towne Foundation Benefit to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Not unexpected, it was a fabulous evening. Jeff and Carin have a unique gift to communicate effectively and tell Ben's story, paralleling thousands of other families' stories and how cancer has forever changed them. We all have an opportunity to be part of this movement... I know Ben is so proud of his mom and dad.

benefit 2011 Feature Video from ben towne foundation on Vimeo.

Joel McHale & The Soup even sent a personal message supporting the Ben Towne Foundation... pretty cool


The second event that Maeve and I both attended this morning was Richard's Run, which was a Go 4 the Goal event. This is a different organization that aims to support patients and families while they are fighting the war with cancer. I know Kim & Randy, who organize the Seattle events, and they couldn't be more committed to this mission. Richard's Run was a great event and we were thrilled to be running in support of such a positive mission.

Maeve carb loading pre-run

The Moose wasn't as big of a hit for some...

Growl!

Maeve says she's considering being a bear for Halloween, so we had to do some up close and personal research... thank goodness for the local zoo.



I'm pretty sure Paul is trying to tell Kolleen that he wants to be a pirate for Halloween this year. Ha ha

Gooooo Team!

Back to soccer... I attempted to shoot some photos this week with little success, but whatever. I still do love that Maeve is a fan of soccer. There isn't much real soccer playing at this age yet, but all the games getting them to use their feet are a hit with the little ones. I'm pretty sure the coaches don't get paid enough to work with a bunch of toddlers, but they do a great job nevertheless :-)



Monday, September 19, 2011

20 Years...


How can it be possible that I just attended my 20 year reunion this past weekend? It is amazing how quickly time flies. I feel young and older at the same time.

I remember when I attended my 10 year just how surreal it felt to be in a room with people that I'd had such history with, but didn't really know anymore, and it didn't matter at all. It felt just the same this time around too... and even more fun this time. I do have to say that I graduated with a really really nice group of people -- or at least the 150 of 300 people that made it to the reunion anyway. Ha. And, I have to say... we are a good looking group of people. I'd guess about 85-90% of the people still looked great, or better -- pretty good for 20 years, right? (don't judge me... everyone is checking to see what 20 years does to a person, right?)

A reunion does make you a little nostalgic as you're reminded of the past (or have to be retold stories, if you're me, because I have such a horrid memory), and I feel so fortunate to have had such a good childhood. I also feel fortunate that I didn't realize I had teenage angst, or would be such a late bloomer, at the time. I can only hope that Maeve has such a good group of friends surrounding her during her school years. Oh, and I do plan on telling her about eyebrow waxing... somehow that information skips generations?

So... its over, and I'm still a little sleep deprived from living it up like a teenager on Saturday, and then having to resume my normal life Sunday morning -- status post a little tylenol dosing, that is. You can tell that I had fun because I didn't manage even one photo the entire weekend. (Thanks for sending this prefunk photo, Kath)...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Soccer!

Amy and I signed Bennett and Maeve up for soccer this Fall. They have their own jersey's and Maeve wears her really fast runners when we go. Its pretty cute...



Monday, September 12, 2011

Ethiopian New Years...

Yesterday afternoon we partied it up with our Ethiopian community and celebrated the New Year. I never take very good photos at the community center as Maeve is too busy running around playing. All week Maeve asked if she could go to Ethiopia... at the moment, this as good as I can do, sweet pea. It was really fun and I'm so glad that we have our Ethiopian community. There was plenty of dancing, eating, and catching up with friends.


Backyard Camping...

Leann invited us all out to her Dad's property to do a little backyard camping over the weekend. So, because we like camping and spending time with our friends, we all said 'yes'. It was the best hosted campground any of us had ever stayed at. We enjoyed the pool, trampoline, firepit, and backyard toys. The kids had a blast roaming about and just being free... it was slightly chaotic at times, but for the most part, manageable.... Thanks Leann and her family for generously hosting all of us and our crazy little kids...

3 tents were pitched... separating out the 2 year olds. And, Leann slept in the house... thanks for inviting us for a camp out, Leann. Ha Ha Ha.


The only perfect child out of the bunch -- Baby Clara


Sprinkler fun...


Maeve being sassy to our host...


Maeve decided it was way more fun to nail everyone with the sprinkler than actually run through it herself...


Pool time...


Amy and Bennett loungin'


Avery... the professional lounger


Trampolining...


Avery wasn't down with the kid group photo idea...


I mean, she really wasn't happy about it... Ha Ha

Friday, September 9, 2011

An African Kind of Day...

The Wilson's brought home this beautiful dress from Ghana for Maeve... she hadn't been interested in wearing it, much to my frustration. But, today she fully embraced it, and I ran with it. How gorgeous are all the colors?





And then this evening we pulled out one of her Ethiopian dresses to see if it was going to fit for the big New Years celebration on Sunday (Ethiopian New Years)... and it does, well enough anyway. And how ridiculously gorgeous does she look in her country's dress??



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In Disguise....

Maeve has decided that her sleeping cap has alternative uses....

A Lot of Birthday Songs...

First there was Pop's birthday on Friday, which had Maeve delivering a very solid "Happy Birthday" performance over the phone. And then Grandma and Grandpa came down for a couple of nights over the weekend and we were treated with another birthday to celebrate -- Grandpa. A homemade pecan pie was whipped up and "Happy Birthday to Grandpa" was belted out continuously throughout the day by Maeve... and I do mean continously. I have to say, it was pretty darn cute. And, when you're that excited about birthdays, its only right that you get a candle to blow out too...

And, if you're wondering... did Maeve later on in the evening climb up on the couch and grab one of those wine glasses and shake it all around... the answer would be, yes. A souvenir to remember this joyous occasion?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Hiking...

I'm a couple of weeks late on this post, but it makes me chuckle enough to include it now.

Amy and I decided to go on a hike (shhhhh... don't tell Bennett) with Maeve and Clara.

I got the short end of the stick with my chunk-a-lunk hitching a ride in the backpack... so, I thought.


Before we even began. Poor Clara... no worries, she'll get her revenge.


Ha Ha... explosion on the top of the mountain. Who brings extra clothes on a hike??


And, apparently hiking is exhausting, per Maeve

Its too bad...

... she isn't able to relax in the car.


Thumbsucking 101

Liam doesn't like his paci... Liam seems to want to suck his thumb, but hasn't quite figured out the logistics of it yet. An expert thumbsucker was called in for consultation...

"see Liam, this is your thumb..."


"now go ahead and give it a try..."


"I don't know dude... I think you may need more practice"

Chelsea & Liam!!

As mentioned, we've had a busy week. We returned home Wednesday evening and headed south to the beach house on Thursday morning so we could meet our new friend, Liam! Well, of course we saw Chelsea too and had a fantastic couple of nights with them (thank you Janey for hosting us!). We wish we could see them more often, but we're thankful for all the visits that we get...

Maeve and Chelsea catching up with one another...


Liam let Maeve borrow his exploring belt...


Beach time!


And, our precious Liam!


BFF's for sure...


Chelsea's such a good mommy to her boy


Ahhhh... seriously??


"say cheese, Maeve..."