Thursday, January 30, 2014


We started out November with a weekend in Mill Valley (just Carter and I) to visit Rob, Laura, Chloe and meet our newest nephew, Hank.  As much as I dislike them living far away, I am glad we have somewhere fun to visit when we see them!  Claire got to go with my for Chloe's 1st birthday last year which is why I took Carter this year. 

On the ferry ride to San Fran

On a beautiful day with sweet Chloe

Hank is a TANK!

I love books as souvenirs!

On the ferry ride

Sweet little Elyse--I was grateful they came to visit at the same time so I could cuddle with her!

On a hike at Mt. Tamalpais

Carter is a great cousin!

Sunday evening at Grandma and Papa's...watercolor painting with two toe heads who love an excuse to be shirtless
Taking advantage of Veteran's Day off of school with a  visit to the Botanic Gardens

My loves

King & Queen of the world--although they fight and bug each other at times they really are sweet to one another.  Recently Danny asked them what they do after they get out of the van when I drop them off in the mornings.  We found out Carter walks Claire to class and gives her a hug before he heads to class every morning.  My heart melted. 

Kung fu fighting

Full speed ahead!

A rare moment when this boy was still :)

Puzzle fun

Claire in her Thanksgiving play--the highlight was that Squanto had projectile vomiting in the middle of it so the whole thing had to be moved to another classroom while Claire's classroom was cleaned up.  I talked to the custodian--he said it was the third throw-up he cleaned up that morning!!
 Pilgrim Ella and Native Claire together
                                  New bookshelves turn our front room into a reading nook;)

The text we sent our family who was not at the soccer game where we enjoyed pink doughnuts celebrating that baby #4 is a GIRL.  Most of them couldn't figure out what it means...the kids are supposed to be shaped like a "G." We weren't planning to find out but when the tech turned the monitor towards me, I couldn't resist;)

Pilgrim Ella and Native Claire together

A Trip to enjoy our passes at the zoo

Crazy outtake from our Christmas card photo shoot--taken outside the Moreno Valley Community Center where we helped serve Thanksgiving dinner with John and Annette.  It was a really great way to spend Thanksgiving.  After we all met up with my parents to see Frozen!  We loved it (besides William removing his shirt and running around the theater towards the end) and it was great to spend the time together. 
The day after Thanksgiving we continued our thanks with the Carter boys (and families) coming to town.  We ate another feast at our house that night. 
Annual photos with Great Grandparents!

These fine gentlemen all showed up in plaid so we had to take a pic--Carter and Claire went and changed because they wanted to be part of the "crew"

Getting ready to eat! 

I love November almost more than December.  It is full of thanks and anticipation and any reason to see family is always a blessing!


Heidi Broberg said...

Hank is a Tank, but a cute one.

Claire's poses are AWESOME!

I love the projectile vomiting Squanto...priceless.

And all the other fun.

BTW JUST now got that the kids were shaped in a G still slow I guess...can I blame it on my cookie dough...

Christine said...

Congratulations on your pink cookie dough!! I'm sure she'll be a cutie.

I laughed at the throwing up Squanto

and I LOVE the reading nook. I'm a reader but alas my children don't enjoy it like I do.

I find the busier I get the less I blog but I'm sure we'll cherish the posts we do get out someday.