September 12, 2014

  A very nice thing Mary did, bringing Grandma Foster to Utah to see Shelbi before we moved to New Jersey.  I love that she's holding Shelbi's hand.

September 11, 2014

Excuse me while I'm feeling particularly nostalgic tonight.

September 10, 2014

  I love looking at photos where the unimportant stuff tells a better story than the reason for the picture.  I took this picture in New Jersey, obviously because I thought it was funny how Shelbi was doing Sydney's hair.  But if I look closer, I recognize the wrinkled khaki skirt that Shelbi adored, and wore about every day, and Sydney's beloved polka dot pants that she wore until they were capris on her.  I remember the crappy blinds in our apartment that always had broken off pieces.  That nightlight plugged in above Syd's elbow was a free handout at some medical conference Jeff attended.  We loved free stuff back then.  How was this eight years ago?  I feel like it could have been taken last year.

September 9, 2014

  And sometimes I actually do take a picture of something with a story behind it, but then two weeks later can't remember the details.  Sorry again.

September 8, 2014

  Sometimes it gets to be the end of the day and I realize that I haven't taken a picture that day yet.  I look around and see that the moon looks particularly cool tonight, but don't realize that it's not all that impressive in the photograph.  Sorry.

September 7, 2014

June-ish, 2002
  Remember that picture I posted of Jeff's graduation day, where I was pregnant but didn't look it?  Well, just to balance things out, here's a picture where I do look pregnant, but am not.  

September 6, 2014

  Today was the school Fun Run.  We've participated in it the last three years.  I'm pretty sure Jeff took some pictures, but his phone isn't handy.  Nothing really changes about the Fun Run, except the shirt color.  Oh, and Erik actually didn't trip this year.  So imagine this picture is from this year, and our shirts are orange.

September 5, 2014

April 2001
On our way to Jeff's graduation.  I was three months pregnant.

September 4, 2014

Shelbi modeling the cute scarf she made tonight at the combined Relief Society/Young Women activity.

September 3, 2014

   A new Chicken Express restaurant has been recently built on a road that we often travel.  Bailey has been fascinated by the construction process, updating me on it every time we drive past.  Her dream came true today.  Jeff took her to the completed restaurant to pick up lunch to have with Ryan at school.  I thought maybe once she'd actually eaten the food, she wouldn't be so fascinated by it.  Nope.  She still asks to go there all the time.

September 2, 2014

November 1999
Happy Birthday to us.  Mmmm, pie...

September 1, 2014

  What did you do for Labor Day?  Did it involve a rousing game of Sardines?  I bet it didn't.

August 31, 2014

  Ryan and Bailey were playing doctor today.  These are their patients, all lined up, waiting for their turn to see Dr. Ryan.

August 30, 2014

Why was it so funny to put things on Shelbi's head?  Poor, experimented on, first child.

August 29, 2014

  Never was there a boy who loved to wear his robe as much as Ry-Guy.  It's the middle of the afternoon and he has school clothes on underneath it.

August 28, 2014

Wedding reception in California, July 1998
Aren't we cute?  White nylons, yikes.

August 27, 2014

A lonely tea party in the bonus room while the kids are all at school.  Doesn't she look sad??

August 26, 2014

   Shelbi and Ryan's first day of school.  Shelbi was still not 100%.  She came home with a fever.  She seems to have a different virus than the other kids.  Something in her throat (I don't remember the diagnosis Jeff gave).  Somehow I missed getting a picture of Ryan. Bad mom.

August 25, 2014

  When Bailey was sick last week, I just knew that was going to cause problems for the first week of school.  Sydney was sick starting Friday, and Ryan caught it the next day.  Fever, nausea, chills, stuffy noses.  Shelbi, who was the most excited of any of the kids for school to start, woke up ill this morning.  So half of the kids had their first day of school today.

August 24, 2014

This year's first homework, the night before the first day of school--an all-about-me bear.

August 23, 2014

 Ryan and Bailey were super excited to show me the city they built.  Ryan told me all they had done so far was the firehouse and temple.  Really, what more do you need?

August 22, 2014

    Relaxing after another successful, fun-filled day at Splash Amarillo.  Apparently last year's good fortune of small crowds and cheap fun wasn't a fluke.  Is this a hidden gem of Amarillo?  
  We actually were going to come here a couple of days ago.  We were packed in the car, five minutes away from our destination, when Bailey threw up in her carseat.  There were many tears when we had to turn around.  Luckily we still had a free day this week to squeeze it in before school starts next week.  

August 21, 2014

Playing army guys
  Erik really has mastered the machine-gun sound effect.  Bailey's guns sounded more like, "Pyoo, Pyoo!"  Her poor troops never stood a chance.

August 20, 2014

December 2008

August 19, 2014

  Bailey has discovered where I keep my glue sticks.  I keep finding pieces of computer paper glued together around the house.  She's making books.

August 18, 2014

March 2006
I could use a sisters/Mom lunch about now.