Thursday, April 21, 2011

Favorite Family Picture

I love this picture because it captures Zachary's personality so well. That kid cracks me up.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Cousin!

Morgan & Zachary have a new cousin! Isn't Charlotte cute? We get to meet her at Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Halloween 2010

Leading up to Halloween, I swore that I would never make the kids costumes again. That from now on we would be at Party City buying something off the rack. But when Halloween night came and the kids looked so awesome in their costumes, my resolve started weakening. I went to bed thinking: That Coraline costume Morgan was talking about wouldn't be too hard to make. And: If I start early enough we could probably put together a cat costume for Zachary. Next fall, PLEASE REMIND ME that I don't want to do this again. :-)

Here is Jedi Morgan (or [M]Obi-Wan Kenobi):

Zachary wanted to be a robot so Jon designed and built the very coolest robot costume EVER for him. And when Zachary saw it he.....decided he didn't want to be a robot anymore. Of course. Luckily he changed his mind at the last minute and looked pretty great!

New School Year

This August, Morgan started first grade. She has a great class and a great teacher who she loves! This group will be together through second grade so its a good thing she likes everyone. She is doing fantastic in school and is learning so many new things. Her reading is really taking off, but her favorite subject is math.
Zachary started Pre-Kindergarten this fall as well. We were a little apprehensive because we found out just before school started that he wouldn't have the teacher we thought he would. But as soon as Zachary saw the new teacher he said "Mom! I think her is a princess!" So he's fine with the change. :-) He is also learning a lot and making tons of friends.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


We've been working hard(ish) updating our new house.
Painted the living room!

Master Bedroom.
Kids room!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Morgan was in the school play this spring. They did Willy Wonka and the Kindergartners got to be "kids in a candy shop" and sing "Lollipop" and "Sugar, Sugar" during the preshow. It was totally cute and, of course, Morgan had a blast. Never mind that she could only remember about half of the words to the songs and about none of the dance steps! She can't wait until next year's play.

And Zach already can't wait until the 2012 play so he can be in it. HE knew almost all of the words to all of the songs. Here is his rendition of "Candyman".

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Keeping busy!

What have we been doing lately? LOTS!
We went to Disneyland for Morgan's birthday.We spent 2 days there and had tons of fun!
Morgan got to go to "Jedi Training Academy" and learn some lightsaber skills.
We ate lots of junk food,
met some favorite characters,

and rode the rides!

We've also been busy buying a house! We've been house hunting since July and have been outbid 8-10 times already. But finally, last month, we had an offer accepted. We close escrow next week. Here is our house:

It has 3 bedrooms, one tiiiiiny bathroom (which will be remodeled before we move in),

a good sized, but outdated kitchen (which will be remodeled eventually),
and a nice big backyard.
The house is in a really nice neighborhood and we're pretty excited. We plan to spend most of March fixing the place up (bathroom, floors, painting) and move in at the end of the month.

This week the kids were on "February Break" so we decided to use the time to try out some new recipes. Here are our homemade granola bars:
They were really delicious and even though I made about 30 bars, they disappeared in 3 days!
Then we made some crackers. These taste just like Wheat Thins and were super easy to make.
Finally we tried to make bagels. This was a little bit harder - or "challenging", as Morgan would say. These are the three best-looking bagels from the batch we made and they are not pretty!
But the kids didn't mind. They still tasted good!