Monday, September 27, 2010

Campbell's Baptism

Campbell in her baptismal gown (family treasure made by my Oma)

Garrett placing Campbell's rock at the foot of the cross

Our friend Peter singing a song he wrote about God's promise in baptism.

"I will be your God
And the God of your children
And their children, and their children
Until the very end
I will be your God 'till then"

We are so blessed by Campbell and it is our prayer that as she grows she would choose to follow Christ and serve him - that He would be her God and that we would leave a legacy of loving God.

Our BIG RACE day!

We've been waiting for this day for weeks, our Squash Blossom Classic Family Fun Run (and Chris' race too). We've trained (a little), and packed our race gear. We woke up early and headed out on a beautiful cool morning. I was so proud of the boys for going out and running, and we had a great time! Garrett really ran the whole mile. Luckily we had some friends who ran as well with older kids and Garrett was able to run with them so that I could stay with Clayton. Garrett was AMAZING!!! He finished in 15 minutes! Clayton did well too, and it was a good reminder for me to enjoy the beauty of God's creation as we ran past rocks, bushes and a pond that he wanted to check out!

Waiting for the race to get started

Post-race, what fun!

Here's Chris finishing! Go Daddy!

The boys really enjoyed having friends run too! Garrett was able to "hang" with the bigger kids - he's SO fast!

The boys receiving their ribbons on the podium!


This picture is just for fun. The other day my friend Kari came over with her baby Anaya dressed in the exact same outfit that Campbell was wearing. We all got a kick out of the two best friends already dressing alike! Hopefully it's the beginning of a great friendship!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Field Trip!

I've been teaching the boys preschool at home 4 mornings a week, and last week we studied ocean animals. The boys have been asking for several weeks when we could make a trip to ABQ to go to the aquarium, so we shuffled our curriculum around so that we could make it a 'field trip'. The boys had so much fun all week learning about sharks, whales, fish, and all kinds of strange sea creatures, all the while counting the days until we could go to the aquarium! It was such a fun family day!
This sting ray kept swimming over to the window and showing us his underside; pretty cool!
This fish was HUGE (bigger than the boys)! He's swimming in above our heads in the eel exhibit.
The SHARK TANK! The boys were pretty entertained by this fish's large, wide-open mouth.

The Aquarium is connected to the Botanical Gardens which have a really unique Children's Garden that we spent a long time exploring.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Labor Day

Can you guess where we went for a picnic on Labor Day weekend? If you follow our blog you shouldn't be surprised that we headed to McGaffey...We went with the Ippels and Bremer-Bennetts just off the trail to Milk Ranch Canyon, beautiful view, lots of deadly cactus...Both Garrett and Jaden were attacked.
Chillin' at the fire
This is just after Garrett walked into the cactus...he was very cautious after that about where he went, and sat by the fire for the rest of the night.
Clayton roasted a marshmallow for me, it was pretty burnt and covered in ashes (I ate it and even said "Yum"). I appreciated his effort.
We made our s'mores with Reeces Peanut Butter Cups, I think I'll never go back to regular s'mores!
Above: Clayton, the rough and tumble boy.
Below: Clayton, the moody 3 year old.

This is our best family shot. Hopefully we'll be able to get one soon with everyone looking and smiling!

A day Away

This Fall is seriously busy for our family. Chris is doing his administrative internship, is on Church Council, and has class at least once a week. Not to mention we have an infant and two preschoolers! So, we decided to take a day off a couple weeks ago and just have family time. I wanted to do some canning so we made a day of the trip to Farmington (to pick up peaches) and checked out the free kids' science museum there. It was pretty cool!
You can't see the wind because Clayton has such short hair...I'll demonstrate it's effects :)

Making sidewalk chalk

Digging for dinosaur bones
We have a US states puzzle at home, but the gigantic floor puzzle was really cool!

Rehoboth Block Party

A couple weeks ago we had a neighborhood block party, complete with Corn Hole. (Think bean bag toss meats horseshoes). It was so much fun to get together after everyone returned from their summer travels; Rehoboth sure clears out during Summer Vacation! We are so blessed to live in a great community with such wonderful people.

A picture of me! Thanks to Anna for taking it!
Here's almost the entire neighborhood! What a great group of people!