8.18.2009

My Birthday – I’m getting old… :-p

I celebrated my 27th birthday this past weekend by spending time with family.  Because Daniel knew we had a busy day on my actual birthday, he made sure we began celebrating the night before by having an at-home date night.  We enjoyed eating ice cream and watching one of my favorite movies – Waking Ned Devine (excellent Irish film if you’re not familiar). 

Daniel also gave me a gift card to purchase one of my other favorite movies – the 2006 Masterpiece Theatre version of Jane Eyre.  I recently discovered this version of the film and think it is, by far, the best version available.  (For those of you who don’t know, Jane Eyre tops my list of favorite books, so finding a suitable movie based on the same story is very exciting to me!)

My birthday was spent tending to the kids, helping my sister and brother-in-law settle into their new house, and enjoying a family dinner at my parents’ house.  My mom made one of my favorite dishes – chicken stroganoff – along with other delicious side dishes. 

Here are some photos from my birthday dinner at Dad and Mom’s house.  (Note:  Erin has graduated from whale hair to pigtails!)

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8.15.2009

Trip to Michigan (Part Two)

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Dinner at Aunty Tali and Uncle Josh’s house.  (Josh was out of town with the band.)

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Erin developed a love for all things girly on our visit, and particularly enjoyed playing with Aunty Tali’s bracelets and necklaces.  :)

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I think Patrick was talking to himself in the mirror.  :)

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Morning at the park…

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Playing with Aunty Charis’ jewelry…

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Thomas the Tank Engine hat… Patrick wasn’t too interested in this hat at first, but now he is thoroughly attached to it and wears it out regularly.

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Our last night in Michigan, some friends came and joined us for dinner.  :)  As the weather was delightful, we ate outside once more.  Being the youngest child there, Erin was very popular.  ;)

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8.10.2009

Trip to Michigan (Part One)

We recently travelled to Michigan to visit Daniel’s family.  We were blessed with the opportunity to stay for a week and enjoyed catching up with friends and family.  As is typical of a week-long visit anywhere, many photos were taken and we did far too much to write about in detail, but thanks to Charis and her willingness to share her photos with us, I’ll primarily make this a photo post.  :)

Our first evening in Michigan, after a long (11.5 hour drive in which the kids did great – thank God!), Oma Jane and Aunty Charis opted to take Patrick on a walk.  One of the neighbors was out and quickly offered Patrick an ice cream.  As do most kids his age, Patrick made a glorious mess as he enjoyed the chocolate coated vanilla ice cream.

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Doug and Jane hosted a cookout Sunday after church. 

Here is Erin waiting for the mealtime to begin and acclimating herself to her new environment.

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Even with his broken clavicle, Doug managed to grill some delicious food!

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Tuesday, we (Oma Jane, Aunties Charis and Promise, Patrick, Erin and I) went to Greenfield Village.  Many, many pictures were taken on this morning long excursion – enough that I could make an entire post just about it – but I’m going to try and post the highlights.  :)

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Patrick’s favorite part of the visit to the Village was the train.

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We were all laughing because of Patrick’s delight as the train went by.

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Riding the train.

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The carousel.

Patrick was shouting, “Hi ho Silver, awayyyyy!”

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8.09.2009

“Baywee b’ Cat” Moves In…

I’ve wanted a cat for quite some time and have talked about owning a little gray one since before Daniel and I were married. I love animals, but am not much of a dog person. I’ve had a plethora of fish, hamsters, a handful of aquatic frogs, and a slider turtle, but never a cat.

Just last Thursday, Daniel and I were (for the umpteenth time) discussing the matter of owning a cat, though we saw this as something in the far-distant future. Through a quick series of events, doors opened up and yesterday, we brought home a precious 14 week old male kitten. (We adopted him through a local animal shelter which provided all his shots, to date and neutering.)

In an attempt to find a name the kids can easily learn to pronounce, we decided to call him Bailey. As the title of this post indicates, “Baywee” is the closest Patrick has gotten to saying the kitty’s name. Somehow, “the cat” – or “b’ cat” as Patrick says – got added on when the kids are talking about Bailey.

We thought the kids would enjoy having a cat, but I don’t think either Daniel or I realized how quickly Patrick and Erin would fall in love with him. Both absolutely adore Bailey – Patrick demonstrates this by gently petting Bailey and by frequently saying, “Baywee… come here!” or just by announcing “Baywee, b’ cat!” – and Erin often chases the kitty exclaiming, “Oooohh!” or singing the chorus of ‘Old MacDonald’. Erin is remarkably gentle with the kitty for her age, seeming to understand that he is smaller that she is and that he could get hurt.

Anyway, the 24+ hours with Bailey have been easier than I anticipated as he seems to be a very mild-mannered, sweet kitten. Here are some photos of Bailey with various family members.

Bailey is tiny, weighing in at about 2.5lbs.

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Not sure what Erin was doing here, but Patrick was “reading” to Bailey.

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My personal favorites: My mom isn’t a big fan of cats, but because the kids love him, she does, too. :)

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