Monday, July 13, 2015
Amora loved playing in the sand. She barely went in the water (probably because it was so cold).
I think this is one of my favorite pictures with my dad. Aren't we cute?
My girls love their Papa!
And a trip to the coast would not be complete without a trip to Moe's. We had a gorgeous view from our table. Amora and Savannah insisted on sitting next to Grammy because she's super great.
One of the best parts of staying in a hotel easy access to swimming. My little fish was in heaven.
As is typical of the Oregon coast, there was plenty of wind to fly a kite. Amora got bored in about two seconds because she wanted to get back to playing in the sand, but Savannah thought she was pretty hot stuff flying a kite all by herself.
I love this picture.
They had an indoor area with bounce houses where the kids ran wild and Adam and I hung out together.
Amora took a break from playing to give a sassy pose.
Bounce houses are so fun when you're six!
Grandpa Ron was in town and joined us for some fun.
Ha ha--it's nearly impossible to get this girl to smile for a picture.
But she LOVED snow cones with her grandpa.
Savannah loved playing in the rocks and sand and exploring.
The bigger kids enjoyed climbing rocks and being cool.
It was a gorgeous day with a beautiful view!
I love my Savannah.
Hanging out with my mom was super nice.
Monday, January 2, 2012
She asked for a Tinkerbell cake, so her not-so-crafty mom made the attempt. Not too bad with a cake mold. I was proud of myself and Amora loved it.
And here is all of her loot. Probably one of her favorite parts of her birthday was going to choose what balloons she wanted.
And here is my little princess. We were all set to wear the Tinkerbell costume for the party until she opened this princess costume from an aunt and uncle. Tinkerbell party magically morphed into Tinkerbell/Princess party.
She figured out the art of blowing out the candle. I don't think there was even much spit on the cake. Way to go, Amora!
We love you little girl! We look forward to discovering what 3 has in store for you!
Sunday, January 1, 2012
As with every year as of late, this year has been a year of change for our family. We have added new jobs to our resumes, experienced new adventures, and felt gratitude for the abundance of blessings received this year.
We’ll start with the most important member of our family, Amora. She has continued to grow and develop into a jewel of a little girl. She loves all things girly, especially princesses, fairies, and dressing up. We successfully mastered potty training which proved to be a challenging yet rewarding endeavor. Her favorite potty activity? Playing on the iPad while doing her business. What can we say? We have a diva on our hands. This year she has shown her artistic and creative sides by speaking “Spanish” (her nonsense language), cutting shapes, drawing people, singing, dancing, and making up silly names for her imaginary siblings and friends. We continue to be amazed at her developing vocabulary and sense of humor.
This year has been the year of many jobs for Wendy. She started the year as a stay at home mom then went back to work as a long-term substitute teacher at a local middle school. She then landed a job as a part-time summer school health teacher at an alternative high school. And in August, she changed careers and began a permanent position with the state of Idaho working in public health. The best part of this new job is the financial stability and the low stress nature of the position. The most difficult part of this has been the challenge of being away from Amora. Luckily, she is in wonderful hands with her daddy.
Adam landed a great job as a psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) worker that gives him flexible hours and allows him to try to make a difference in the lives of the children he works with. He goes to work part-time in the late afternoons and evenings, takes care of Amora during the day, and does a good job making sure the house is in tip top shape. He even finds time for his fun experiments in the kitchen (which mostly turn out well).
It’s definitely been a crazy year for us, but we are grateful for where it has led us. We have so much to be thankful for this Christmas season and count our blessings daily. We hope 2012 brings us continued stability and maybe home ownership. Merry Christmas and may God bless you this Christmas season!