Friday, July 17, 2009


I am working in the house while the kids are playing outside with the neighborhood kids. John and his buddy Blake come running in to tell me, "Mom, Alison and Pierce kissed on the lips, twice!" Thanks for telling me, lets go and clean up outside and take Blake home.
When I go outside, Pierce's parents are out too and then Pierce and John both tell them what happened. Heather, the mom, and I discuss what we will be saying to the "love birds".
Later that night as I am putting Alison to bed we have a talk. I tell her that it is not okay to kiss someone that you are not married to. She is only 5, I can tell her to wait until marriage for at least 5 more years. She then tells me that she and Pierce are going to get married so it is okay for them to kiss. I restate, that when they are married they can kiss, but not until they are married. But mom, we are going to get married. I can see that my point is not fully being made. So I throw in, you will have a time out if you do it again.
Fast forward a week. I was outside tonight visiting with some neighbors as the kids played. One of my neighbors mentioned that he saw on Heather's blog that Alison and Pierce kissed. The other neighbor then tells me that he saw them kissing yesterday as they drove around in Pierce's power wheel. The image of a moonlight night and a parked car come to my mind.
I tell Alison latter when we are in the house that one of the neighborhood dads saw her and Pierce kissing yesterday. She looks at me with a big smile and then immediately says, "no we didn't. We were just hugging in his jeep".

Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July

July 4th brought fun, relaxing and hot weather. We started the day with a trip to the local spray park to try to cool off. We had a lot of fun. The kids love to stand with the water in between their legs so it looks like they are peeing. Oh, kids!

Fun at the park.

Potluck dinner and dessert with the neighbors. Lots of yummy food!

Fireworks, fireworks, and a lot more fireworks! A big thank you to the Kelly's and Brown's for the organization and firework show. We look forward to next year.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Look Who's 5

Alison, you joined our family on July 1, 2004. You have brought us so much joy and happiness. You are a wonderful sharer. You love to cuddle. You love your brother, John. You want to do everything he does and then some. You love to sing and dance. You love to explore nature and play outside. You love to swing. You love chocolate milk, "Ducky" and "clothy". You put your shoes on the wrong feet every day. You are excited to be in Kindergarten in the fall. We love you very much. We are so lucky to be your parents.

Just so cute!

Alison, how old are you?

Did someone say presents?

Dinner at Red Robin

A Christmas Carol

Disney notified me about the national touring train, "A Christmas Carol". It just so happened to make its stop in Portland the day we took Nicole to the Airport. So I surprised the kids and we went to the train station to see the Disney train. Of course it was all done up Disney style.

Carolers for entertainment while we stood in line. It was a hot day too!

It snowed! They had chimneys that blew snow (soap bubbles) every so often. If you click on the picture of Alison you can see them in her hair.

This was taken inside one of the train cars. Each car was done up with costumes, props, TV screens showing different clips during the editing process, etc. This car was showing how they put the actors in front of a blue screen and filmed their facial and body movements to make the animation more realistic. So cool.

This is a giant inflatable movie house. We got to go inside and watch a 10 minute clip of the movie in 3D. It was awesome. I don't know if the kids will really be able to sit through the movie though. They thought it was pretty scary as they only have "A Mickey's Christmas Carol" to compare it to. Mickey, Donald and Goofy are not as dramatic as these ghosts were. I was in the play in the sixth grade, so I am excited to see it when it comes out this year. Thanks Disney for the fun, FREE event!


(sung to Goodbye Norma Jean by Elton John)
Goodbye Aunt Nicole.
Though your stay was short,
We sure enjoyed your laugh.
We had good times with you.
Like Youth Conference and Seattle,
Laughing and playing dress up.
Please come back sometime.
Maybe stay a little longer.
We love you.