Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tobyn's First Haircut!

Tobyn is 22 months and I finally got him his first haircut. It was not something that I was excited to go do. That's probably why it took me so long to do it. It just seems like every little baby boy who gets their first haircut, comes looking back like a big boy. And well, I'm just not ready for Tobyn to not be my baby! Oh well, life does happen and thus we got his hair cut! Here are the before and after pics!

The front view

the back view the side view
He was not very happy at the idea of sitting in the chair by himself, so we compromised and he sat on me. He was very somber the whole time, but he did a very good job at sitting still.

The after pictures. He really wasn't to sure about the end product!

Here he is after we got home and after he had his sucker! Daniel wasn't quite impressed with his haircut as I was. He thought a little more would come off, even though I had them take off an inch and a half! (Actually Daniel still thinks he needs another haircut!) Oh well, I like it! He still looks like a baby and he still has his curls! A mom can only do so much at one time!

Spring Break

We were so blessed to be able to take a trip to California over spring break. We spent the first part of our trip in the San Diego area and then we went up to Monterey to spend some time with family.
Here are the kids on the balcony of the condo we were staying at on Coronado Island.

The beach was right out the back door and the kids were in love!
There was an unusual line of clams all the way up the beach. The kids had fun scooping them up.

Dad's helping them dig for the deep clams.

Taylin's my poser!

Rayna is proud of the clams she has found.

Tobyn loved all the ships and helicopters that went by!

This was the condo we stayed at!

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Break, Part 2

While we were in San Diego we had a fun day at the San Diego Zoo. It was beautiful weather and we enjoyed viewing lots of animals.

I was attempting to get all of the kids with this giant polar bear statue, but it didn't go so well. With the other people around and the attitudes of my children, this is what I came up with. Oh, well.

A moment with Rayna while waiting for Daniel to bring our picnic for lunch. Some of the animals.
We all got a kick out of an orangutan that we found chewing gum. He was pulling it out of his mouth and stretching it and then putting it on his nose. It was actually very entertaining to watch him. To bad I was so entertained that I didn't even think about taking a picture of him!

Rayna was so excited to see the Panda bear, but by the time we finally got there she was passed out and I couldn't wake her up. It was a very full day!

But face paintings always make up for disappointments! I think this was the highlight of the girls trip to the zoo.

Rayna was right at home in the petting zoo.

Tobyn was a little shy at first, but he warmed up.

Taylin on the other hand, never quite got over the smell!
An attempt at a partial family photo.

This was a Point Loma's lighthouse. It was very cool and fun for the kids to walk through.
It was rather cold that day! Daddy's trying to keep them warm!

The fog did burn off while we were still up there, and we got quite the view of the San Diego Harbor.

We liked the old fashion ship in the background.

In Monterey, we were able to see a portion of Daniel's family. One of the nights we celebrated Shawn's (our brother-n-law) and Daniel's birthday. It was quite fun and great food thanks to his sister Christine! So, here is a picture of the birthday boys, their cakes, and of course all the kiddos!

I always got to get a picture of the brothers. They have a strange, unique, loving relationship that I guess only brothers get!

Lovings with Daddy!

Little Jude loving his desert!

Sweet Carys!

Baylie being nice to Auntie to stop to pose for a picture, but really she just wanted to eat her cake! But hey, can you blame her?

Even though your on vacation, you can't forget your Sunday afternoon siesta!

The Phillips boys with their grandma!

How sweet the girls were! And how instantaneously they were best friends!
Auntie Zoe won over everyone with a fun girly time with nails and make up!

"Come on!" says Jude!

Tobyn getting friendly with Grandma Victoria.

Grandpa Luke spoiling the girls.

Tobyn became pretty friendly with everyone, but he really took a liking to Grandpa Luke. He was his bud!

It's always sad to leave good company. We hope we'll be able to go back sooner than later!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Things the Kids Say

The talk around our house these days are precious. There are quite interesting and funny conversations that happen to take place between my children and us. Here are a few of them that I can remember.

After reading a story to the kids about Winnie the Pooh, Tobyn was taking some time looking at the pictures. Trying to encourage his vocabulary I was pointing at things and saying their names. So, I pointed at Pooh and said "Pooh." He looks at me and points to his bum and says "Poo," and then continues to point back and forth between Winnie the Pooh and his bum and saying the word "Pooh." I couldn't correct the difference because it was just to funny!

Over hearing the girls conversation while playing (playing heaven I guess?) I heard Rayna telling Taylin, "Yeah, and the streets are golden with Pearly gates and there are jewels everywhere! It is sooo beautiful!"

I don't really remember how this conversation started, but somehow we were on the subject of heaven (I guess heaven seems to come up a lot in our house) and Rayna was very disturbed. She asked, "Mom, how will Jaden know who I am when I see him in heaven? Like how will he know that I am his sister?" Can I say I was almost brought to tears by that one.

Listening to Taylin and Rayna as they were playing dress up I overheard Rayna ask, "Taylin, is rich pretty?" Taylin, "No, rich is when you have lots of stuff." "But Taylin, all the things I have is pretty," replies Rayna. "Rich is like money and stuff," says Taylin.

An Update!

I know I'm a slacker, but here is some pictures of the kids over the last couple of months.

Escaping down to Camp Verde for the day for some sun!

Just like my dad.

Rayna just can't resist the chance to get muddy.

Me too!

Tobyn never wants to left out!

I can not keep this child out of the tub!

Enjoying a warm day at the park!

He is so full of energy!
I'm a big boy helping my dad!

Scrub hard dad, you got to get it clean!