Thursday, May 29, 2008

Endings and Beginnings...

Wednesday was the funeral for Chad's grandmother, Catherine Barnett (for whom Mira Catherine was named). She was a wonderful woman who raised a great family. This is Micah with his second cousin, Micah. These two get a little mischievous when together, but they sure are darling.
My sister-in-law, Maren with her new baby, Braden. And, boy, did our kids fall in love with him!
A quick family photo. Poor Colin, the rest of his head is missing!
This was hilarious, trying to get all the kids to cooperate in this photo with Grandma and Grandpa Barnett. Right in the middle of the shoot, Micah decides he's had enough of this standing-still stuff. That is so him!
Colin and Ella fawning over their new cousin.

I got a call from my mom tonight letting me know that Doug and Rachel are in the hospital. She is having this baby! I know they've got to be so excited! I'll try to get some photos posted of the new darling soon after she arrives.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Our sweet little Mira Catherine on her way to church.
Ella with the funniest little smile--don't know what she was thinking about here...
Mira with her favorite thing in the world: her "diddy" (blankie).
Micah, Ella, and Mira Catherine. Adorable.
While Colin was at school today, I was feeling rather ambitious and took these three to the swimming pool. (I was selfish, too--I wanted to even out my farmer's tan from yardwork.) They had a blast. I saved Ella several times from a certain death when she decided to swim without her life jacket, and went bobbing to a deeper area. (It's all fun and games 'til someone drowns! Ha.) But, I'll tell you, it's a constant vigil taking them near water. Mira is a crazy baby in the water. No fear. Trying to swim out of my arms for something she has her eye on. I wondered how it would be, taking them myself. But, actually, I'd do it again. I definitely get cabin fever being at home all day, and it's great to get everyone out in the sunshine.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Chad: The Running Machine

This morning Chad ran his 1/2 marathon. He is my hero. He's been training on his own for this. 2 years ago he ran a full marathon, which totally blew my mind. I can't imagine putting my body through that. The only thing I think I could compare it to is childbirth. But the big difference is that once the process begins, the mother has no choice to back out. You gotta finish the job! But these marathoners keep pushing and pushing themselves to finish this. He experienced so much pain with that first marathon, it was frightening. I made him promise he'd never do that again! (I don't think it was a difficult promise for him to make.) But the 1/2 marathons are great. Challenging, but very do-able. Here's my man on the home stretch. Can I get a "Heeey-ooooh!" for Chad? Awww, yeah!
Mission completed!
For his 5th birthday, Micah really wanted an ant farm. We sent away for the ants, and they finally arrived! Here he is with Ella and 2 neighbor boys intent on the ants' activities.
After Chad finished his 13.1 miler we headed to the 'E' Center for the Dave Ramsey "Total Money Makeover" event. It was awesome. 5 hours of high-energy, motivation. If you don't know who Dave Ramsey is, look him up. His show is incredible, as are his books. We are believers!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mother's Day

Me with the 'chitlens' on Mother's Day. Hey, it's the best we can do! =)

Colin's 7!

Showin' off a karate move. We've got to enroll Colin in some kind of martial arts program this summer! I mean, he's totally into the 'hiiiiii-yaa!' stuff right now.

Our firstborn is now 7 years old! Colin invited a few buddies to his birthday party at the Dinosaur Park. He was so stoked. You may recall my mentioning that, while at Disneyland, he would repeatedly remind us that the Dinosaur Park is still more fun than Disneyland!

Chad and I got Colin a great new bike, which he loves. Grandma Miller took him shopping for all the 'bells and whistles' (literally!!--a bell, water bottle w/ holder, mirrors, basket, and gloves). He's on top of the world! But, get this: the day after getting it all and being fairly warned of the possiblility of them getting broken if not careful, he breaks BOTH mirrors. Talk about devastated! But, he's still fully loaded, so he eventually got over it. (And, yes, he always wears a helmet!)

Grandma and Grandpa Barnett got Colin a new suit for church. This is something he actually requested, can you believe it! His getting-ready-for-church-routine includes, dressing, fixing hair (gotta be 'just so), spraying on cologne, and getting scriptures. Is he handsome, or what? (And our impish little Micah!)

Colin with his a couple of new dinosaur books. This kid is a dinosaur encyclopedia! Ask him in which period each lived, how big they were, whether they were herbivores or carnivores, etc. He knows his stuff! He says he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Staying Put

Firstly, we're not moving for another year. However, we wanted to see where we stand with our house in the market right now. Yesterday a realtor came by to do a walk-through and give us an idea of what we need to do to get it ready this next year. The news was better than I anticipated, actually. Touch up painting, of course. Some parts of the walls look like they've been through a war. That's what you get for having kids, right? The biggest projects are sanding and staining the deck, fence, and clubhouse.

I started sanding a couple of days ago, but the sander died on me. Dad Barnett brought by a different one for us. I had the fire in me to hit it hard today. But I got literally 2 minutes into it and it starts to rain. I turn to go in, and there's Mira Catherine, crying her eyes out because she is terrified of Mom. I'm wearing protective goggles, earmuffs, and have got red sawdust all over me. I'm sure I was a sight.