Thursday, January 27, 2011

My little baby that grew up

Many moons ago my job before heading to school was to get my baby sister Laura ready for the day. I bathed, diapered, and dressed her each day. We had a special bond! Flash forward twenty-five years and my little sister has grown up into a beautiful woman and sweet mommy. Laura and her family are preparing to move for their first real job to Winnemucca, NV. When I heard that she was going to be hanging out with her in-laws for a month before moving I suggested that she share the love and come visit us for part of that time.

Laura and little Isla were able to stay with us for two weeks. The time literally FLEW by! My kids were all spoiled with homemade breakfast in the mornings, someone to play games with, and a baby to keep them all entertained.

Don't mean to brag...but Isla was pretty smitten with all of us. She couldn't take her eyes off of Alex.

Did I mention how cute Isla is?
I mean look at those yummy lips!
And those big eyes!
And the cute tuff of hair on top!
While here Isla found her toes (I just might have helped her locate them). We have passed on all of our girl clothing and baby furniture to Isla so it was fun to see her in some of our familiar outfits.
I didn't let Laura just lounge around while she was here. We shopped, ate more veggies than normal, and sucked all the craftiness out of her.
Laura painted a picture for my sister Emily that I have always envied. So...I now own my own Laura original! I love the painting and it makes me think of her every day I see it on my wall.
Chloe was in baby heaven! She loved every little piece of Isla.
I tried not to hog Laura all to myself but occasionally let her out of the house to spend time with Emily. The three of us had a marvelous time together!

Hurry back!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Family Time

We have been loving some family time with my sister Laura here for a visit and spending time with Emi and Ryan and their girls.
Ryan celebrated his birthday by getting a new job!!! We're so happy that they will not have to move. We absolutely love spending time with them.

Recently one Sunday Alex and Tyler spent all afternoon coming up with their home version of "Minute to Win It." We had so much fun playing our Ditto Family episode that night. Love this picture of Ryan!

Coop was a pro at fishing for paper clips.
Alysee was quite talented with balancing the dice on a Popsicle stick.
Emily rocked on the game "Chocolate Unicorn." Sage was so proud of her mommy!
Even Aunti Laura was quite skilled in "Paper Jam violin."

We're so glad to be surrounded by family!