Monday, July 30, 2012

More Pictures from July 2012

We had so much fun in July this year that we were always worn out!
Charlotte is incredibly tolerant of being "handled" by her brothers -- she probably doesn't realize there's an alternative!
Milk coma...sleeping babes are the best, aren't they?
An important milestone happened this month! Ethan changed Lincoln's wet diaper! Hooray for the older child! And hooray for teaching service to others!
At Grandma's house, the boys got to watch these eggs become baby chicks and then learn to fly! It's amazing how quickly the whole process happens -- not unlike my own baby chicks.
We have a favorite authentic restaurant here, called, "Tortilleria de el Molinos" (or something similar) that serves the absolutely best homemade yogurt with fresh fruit. My kids want to eat that exclusively for dinner. At first, I resisted, then I realized I was encouraging them to eat refried beans with cheese on a tortilla instead of fresh fruit with yogurt. Hmm. Ok, you win! Bionicos for all!
This little girl has mastered sitting up, and is apparently very proud of herself (as are we)!
oh I'll never get enough of those chubby cheeks!
We have been growing our own garden here and I'm overjoyed at our production!
Ethan absolutely loves sporting suspenders at church. I will most certainly support that obsession for as long as I can -- even if he is also sporting major high waters by the end of church from playing with them.
Ethan's church teacher sent me these pics -- I love California weather!
Lincoln had his first visit to the dentist this month. I tend to put off starting dental visits since my kids are very late teethers, Lincoln didn't get his 2 year molars until he was 3!
Ethan loves the dentist and was more than happy to show Lincoln the ropes.
Ethan: "This light is so bright!"
Hygienist: "Well we have some shades if you like!"
I love going to our pediatric dentist! They are so good with the kids, and explain exactly what's going to happen before they start.
Photo credit goes to Ethan. Lincoln was still a little hesitant about sitting without mama for his visit.
Whenever my kids build a train track, they always want to take a picture of the finished product so we can build it exactly the same way again.
We had our friends, the McKissicks, come over to make Olympics torches together in honor of the summer Olympics, "Go USA!"
We also made a great deal of popsicles this summer, including some homemade chocolate hard shell using coconut oil -- absolutely delish!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July (2012)

 For the first time, we went to the Singing Flag for 4th of July. We went with our friends, the Rossi's, and it was so awesome!  
 You have to come super early in the morning (i.e. whistle blows at 6AM) and nail blankets down in the grass. It's pretty crazy. And can you get more American? Stars, Stripes, and some chunky thighs.

They light up the flag, and have songs, dancing and basically a HUGE performance.
 After all the singing and dancing, they have the best fireworks show!
 This might be the first year that Ethan didn't cry throughout the fireworks. He really hates all the noise.
 Ethan and Riley Jo have been buds since Ethan was born!
It was a beautiful night! I even got teary-eyed several times throughout the program. I love that the program brought more meaning to the 4th of July for me. I'm so thankful for our freedom!