Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Lydia likes to make up songs. Often when we're in the van she can be heard singing about various topics on her mind (like, "My best friend Maya moved to Arizona" or "I'm shy of Brad but that's okay"). For a long time I've wanted to capture one of these ballads before she loses the habit. Finally on the 4th of July I: a) had the camera with me and b) was not driving and c) remembered. This is a snippet of her musical contemplation of the parade we were on our way to. Usually her songs are longer (like a five minute long run-on sentence) and kind of flow between topics, but she was in more of a la-la-la mood this day. So this clip is not actually the most accurate representation of her normal car songs, but I wanted to document at least something, since I may never catch it again.
I thought it would be nice to include also another common/favorite van occurance. Josh always begs to hear Pork and Beans by Weezer over and over again while we're driving. I usually say, "Okay, but only if you rock out."
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
This video clip demonstrates a number of things:
1. Emma's proficiency on the recorder (thank you very much, third grade music teacher)
2. Afton's amusement when Emma plays (she usually laughs longer than this clip, actually)
3. Afton can sit up
4. Afton can crawl
5. Josh likes to bounce around
6. Not many people around here see a need for getting dressed
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
P.S. They want me to be quite clear that they are wearing disguises, not costumes.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
We crashed at home for a few hours to regroup and watch The Sound of Music (Emma and Ben: loved it, Josh: kind of really boring (except for the doe-a-deer part), Lydia: MIA).
The dinner and show:
Then the fun day continued as we grabbed our good friends from the ward, the Stoners, and headed up to the Cruze Compound. There we met the Conan and Callys, the Rachel and Terrys, and a family the C&Cs brought (I don't remember their names, but their one-year-old threw up at the end of the night...how's that for first impressions? Now any time we happen to see them again we'll say, 'Oh yeah, you're Pukey's mom and dad.'). Here we first had a delicious picnic dinner,then started our fireworks fun in the waning twilight. First the snap dragons and smoke bombs:Next came sparklers, then it got dark enough for the heavy artillery. No photos of this portion of the fun except for this one of Lydia enjoying the privilege of staying up way past her bedtime and eating tons of candy.The show was spectacular, but the minor burn injury of one member of the audience (I'll leave the particulars to his parents to tell) due to a rogue firework shooting sideways left us feeling like maybe it's time to hang up our pyrotechnics hat and try something like this next year instead.