Friday, March 20, 2009

Our little Katy-bug is ONE!!!!

New to the world Kate

Mischief-maker, sweet and sassy Kate

For Kate's first birthday, we celebrated with the family with a "katybug" cake. We also made a bunch of cupcakes for everyone else in the event that Kate destroyed the cake...as you can see, she did.


Aryn, Sydney and Jackson anxiously awaiting the cupcakes!

Kate was SO excited about the cake!

It didn't take her long to dive right in!


Sydney helped her little sister with the presents.

The whole family...well, minus Brad who was taking the picture and Sydney who was being stubborn...as usual.

Then on her REAL birthday, we celebrated with strawberries, cream and waffles...YUM!

And one of those important life lessons...fire is HOT!

Kate is such a sweet little girl! I'll admit, the first couple months of her life were pretty rough. She was a pretty fussy baby for awhile, but she's MORE than made up for it! She's happy and smiley and silly. She's trying really hard to walk, but prefers to crawl and she's really good at it. From the back she looks like one of those mechanical crawling dolls. She jabbers a lot and I often have to take her out of church for being too loud...even though she's not crying. She refuses to eat baby food, but loves to eat just about everything else. She was pretty scrawny for a few months, but now is a chubby, happy little thing. Her hair has always been out of this world crazy. To this day, she does not disappoint. Why just today, I took her to the dr. and I thought her hair was pretty tame, yet I still got 3 comments from the dr's staff about how her hair will calm down as she grows up...and they'd say things to her like "I LIKE your hair...don't let anybody change it!" Little did they know that this was a GOOD day! :) Kate loves to kiss me, but only me so far. We're working to add daddy to the list. Jackson ADORES Kate and Sydney has her moments. I'm sure they will be the best of friends in a few years. We love our little Kate and are so grateful to have her in our family!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Like mother...

like daughter :)

Puddle jumping



Yeah, after this jump, we had to dump out the boots. AWESOME!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Close Encounters

Sunday, Jake was torn between taking a hike with Jackson or watching the classic movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Luckily, in this amazing age of technology, we were able to just "DVR" it to watch at our leisure. So last night, we watched it and Jackson got sucked in. I worried that it was too scary with the aliens and all, but he loved it and laughed at all the alien stuff.

In the beginning of the movie, a group of people have an "alien encounter" and all are left with a picture in their mind that they can't escape. Most of them obsessively draw pictures and sculpt a vision of the same image of a geological structure that we later learn is Devil's Tower located in Wyoming.

All these people are drawn to Devil's Tower. When they arrive, they find that this spot is the alien meeting point where aliens drop off several abductees and the star of the movie volunteers to leave with them.


The funny thing is that the next day, Jackson starts the very same obsessive doodling of Devil's Tower, just like the characters in the movie. He added in a picture of the alien with light streaming off its body, just like the movie. The spikey ball above the tower is the space ship and the movie depicted a long hike through bushes at the base of the tower.

Perhaps Jackson and I should be prepared for a close encounter of the third kind.