Saturday, December 15, 2007

myka krystianna

I thought I had lost the disc with these pictures
of Myka in the move! O gosh! So happy to have
them! (They were taken by Vanessa DeHart of
Va Ness Photography in Spanish Fork, Utah.)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

myka's friend aislyn

This is Myka's friend Aislyn. They have a fun and
imaginative time together. On Thursday they played
Princesses and Dragons, so they dressed up in long gowns
and carried bags full of toy animals all around the house,
'rescuing them from the dragons in the tall mountain.'

I'm so glad Myka can have Aislyn as her good friend!

costco on a saturday

It is chaos trying to shop alone with the girls, so we brave
Costco on Saturdays as a family. Today went rather smoothly,
we loaded up our cart quickly and then grabbed dinner at the
food court.

Haily Jane! Pick up the pizza! Yikes!

Myka has always loved the 'purple drink' at Costco.
As we made our way to the Jeep, Haily was
entertaining us with this face while saying,
"Ah-Haaa!" over and over again.

Ya, she knows she's funny.

We thought about going to downtown Tacoma
where the Dicken's Christmas Fair was taking
place but it was sooooooooo cold, we decided
to head home, do baths and drink hot chocolate
in front of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,
the cartoon, of course.

Ho, Ho, Ho-boy did I need a bath!

Friday, November 30, 2007

pnb nutcracker trip

It was really fun to see PNB's Nutcracker with our
darling Myka. Aaron took the day off, we had a
friend babysit Haily and we ventured up to Seattle.
What a cool city! And the ballet was top notch with
sets and costumes by Maurice Sendak- sooooo fun!

After the show we found "Zeek's Pizza" and had lunch.

Then I wanted a shot with Mom and Myka on the park bench
but Myka was 'done' for the afternoon, so Aaron did some improv
photography. (Yes, those are holiday toenails! Every girl needs
bright, red holiday toenails in December!)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

wintertime girlies

Winter is in full swing here in Washington! Cold, wet and
windy! So we made sure our girlies would be happy and
warm in new winter coats! Here they are holding still for
Mom in the chilly weather by Capers in downtown Tacoma.

youth temple trip

The day after Thanksgiving all our youth and leaders
drove to Seattle to attend the LDS Temple and participate
in proxy baptisms for the dead. Here is a shot of a laurel,
Felicity, who has not been baptised yet, so she and I hung
out around the temple grounds and at the nearby DQ. She
is a lovely girl who I enjoyed my time with very much.

The girls were a little snap happy with my camera...
aren't they cute? These two are Shelby and Dana.

And here is Felicity with our Mia Maid, Johanna. It was
fun to laugh and talk with these girls all together in Kate's
fancy Mitsubishi Montero.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

in the meantime...

This babelicious bunch of beauties are my Tacoma Girls of the
Highland Hills ward- Zetta, Dana, Catharine, Felicity, Netta,
Shelby and Johanna- missing Lisa, Colleen and Cori. A week ago
we celebrated their Night of Excellence where I showed a film all
about them! Each girl was spotlighted and interviewed and then
it was all set to their favorite songs. (I did the same thing with my
Provo girls last year and now both times Aaron, Myka and Haily J.
have been patient and helpful while I run around to film and
then spend late hours putting it all together!) And that is what
has occupied my every moment for about two weeks, leaving me
no energy to even check email!

But in the meantime...

My little Myka girl has figured out how to use the camera ...

Uncle Jeff has patiently sat through many a makeover
courtesy of Haily Jane's Boutique...

And Haily Jane (or Janey as I have always wanted to called her)
has begun painting with my watercolors...

Oh my beauty girl! Those cheeks are so great!
Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

past halloweens

Halloween 1998: Aaron as Lloyd Christmas
from Dumb and Dumber

Halloween 2004: The Flinstones, Myka was perfect
as 'Pebbles'! (Haily in tummy.)

Halloween 2005-Mamma Butterfly Fairy and Haily Jane Fairy.

Myka was Dorothy, or 'Toto' as she used to say.

Aaron was Dr. Tobias Funke, the world's first
analyst/therapist, of Arrested Development.
(Anyone out there not a fan? Just give the
'Pier Pressure' episode a try and see why we
love it so).

Halloween 2006: Aaron as Cousin Tony from
South Jersey.

Myka was so excited to be Alice in Wonderland! Haily and
her cheeks were the White Rabbit.

This Halloween Myka has found a 'Magical Barbie Pegasus'
costume and I am putting together an 'Annie' costume for
Haily. It's gonna be great 'fro-ing' her hair out with curls
from the mini sponge rollers!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

maris farms: buckley, wa

Pumpkin Patch Time! And we found a really cool
one not far from Tacoma- Maris Farms- it was fully
loaded with hay rides, pony rides, mini-tracktor
racing, petting zoo, haunted forest, bounce house,
corn maze, corn cob cannons and of course, pumpkin pickin'!