Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waiting Room Fun...

We're here at U of M hospital in Ann Arbor - waiting for Rachel to go into surgery. The surgery was scheduled for 11:00 and we were told to arrive by 10:00. After getting here at 9:40, here it is approaching 12:30 and still waiting. The staff here has been very helpful - giving Rachel craft projects and sharing toys...

Rachel made us all crowns...
Rachel pretended I was her teddy bear (if only I had my pink bear costume with me...)

Me pretending Rachel is my teddy bear - she makes a good teddy bear...

Rachel showing off where the doctor marked correct ear for surgery - she liked having mother approved drawing on skin...
Rachel showing off her crown...

(The doctor just came in and told us he's ready...)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Kirtland

Our family spent the 4th of July weekend in Ohio, visiting the cousins and touring Kirtland. We love living so close to family! (But the short drive seemed to take much longer than it should this time...) My two nieces, Megan and Natalie, and brother-in-law, Jonathan, are participating in a play, This Is Kirtland, which plays for 3 weeks this summer, just down the street from the Kirtland temple, and tells the story of the church in Kirtland. We had a babysitter for the younger tykes and got to watch the play Saturday night. After church on Sunday, we visited some of the church history sites in Kirtland, including the Morley farm (Megan plays Elizabeth Morley in the play), the Whitney store and surrounding homes and businesses (the flowers were amazing), and walked around the temple and nearby cemetary.(We think this is the grave stone for Joseph and Emma's twins, who died while in Kirtland)

We were there too late to actually go in the temple this time, and wondered about paying the $3 per person "required donation." I wish the church owned the temple property--I was sad to see the cracks and disrepair, and the Church always does so well preserving historical sites. The temple itself is beautiful, and I am amazed at the early Saints ability to build it. I think this was the first Rachel showed some understanding of church history, and it was exciting to see that and actually be able to explain things to her!
That night we watched fireworks, despite some very tired kids.
On Monday, we practiced ultimate frisbee for a while, before DeAnn and I headed out to watch New Moon. Its so fun to watch a movie like that with DeAnn--she's been my movie buddy lately! That afternoon we went to their outdoor YMCA, which has an amazing outdoor pool facility with slides and a kiddie area. Hannah was brave enough to go down the twisty slide, and I was proud of her.

Good times!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Random June

Here's some random sweetness from June...
After church one day Aaron disappeared...After looking for a while, we found him in the garage, calmly sitting on top of our van.
Daddy has a talent for food, but Rachel was very upset with him when he drew a mustard portrait of her on her hot dog and it didn't look just right. She refused to eat it, but I think its a pretty good likeness of her, considering the medium.
We ripped down the wallpaper border for my birthday, but it took a few weeks to pick a color and do the painting. Here's a hint of the final product...Christian was reluctant to go with green, but we both think it looks great now! And so much better than coral-pink and hunting decor...
And to close, here's a shot of a little girl who never likes to smile normally for a photo: