Thursday, September 30, 2010

Family Outing



Looking back to our Colorado days, I loved hiking the ski trails in the summer and fall... and always got a kick with combing the areas under the lifts for change that happened to fall out of pockets of skiers. Believe you me, there's a bunch if you look!

This weekend we took a hike up to the top of our local ski resort, hung out, and made it back down for a great picnic. Times have changed. Instead of looking for change, we look for flowers and bugs. Benny now has a pet caterpillar, which he hopes will turn into a butterfly some day.

This goes to show you... the best mountains are the ones where you are, and the best camera's are the ones you have at the time. This was taken by my phone.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Big Daddy Is Watching

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It's no wonder Everlie now wants to play by herself. It seems that Delaney has elevated herself to being a "tough guy". We always tell the kids that Mama, Daddy and God are always watching, and remind them they never really do "get away" with anything. This is living proof.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Everlie's Dance Class

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It seems our sweet Everlie has dance moves like her Daddy. Good thing she's beautiful like her Mama.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

It's been quite awhile since posting. I'm getting my masters at night, so it's kids during the day and study/classes at night. Poor excuses, I know.

Our family continues to grow and be healthy. Delaney is still headstrong and determined, refusing to allow anyone to help her eat, etc.. Everlie is still headstrong and determined, yet mostly potty-trained, and Benny is still headstrong and mellow. I can't believe Benny will be in Kindergarten and Ev will be in PreSchool this fall...actually next month.

For now, here are some pics from the past few months.





Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Today was my day with the kids. We'll, Benny had preschool until 1:30. Ever have a day where the kids are not cooperative with what you want? This was it for me. Naps...not a chance. Cracking siblings on the head with a light saber...yep. Sucker punches/hits/tattle-tales...yep. Cleaning the bathroom floor and wall...yep (if you have boys, you know what I mean). It was a great day, topped with dinner with Jimmy and Amber. With their girl in tow, they braved our 3 kids. We were even treated with a concert from all 4 kids. There were 4 versions of a song or story being sung and recited at the same time. It was melody to our ears.

A highlight I had was to carve out 5 minutes to con the kids into posing for pictures. Here's the fruit of the labor.





Saturday, April 17, 2010

Right now, these pictures really capture our kids' personalities. Benny is still funny, Everlie likes to pose with cute little goofy facial expressions, and Delaney is teething...with allergies...and always lets us know how she feels.

Today we are assembling a swing set in our back yard. Benny is excited and keeps asking when we are starting. I was up at 4:30 this morning, fully expecting him to come down with his boots on.



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

@ The Arch






Here's a few other photos from the early morning shoot.

Pre-Rush Rush


I headed out to the Arch one chilly morning last week to catch the sunrise for some pictures. Ironically, this was my favorite.

I Love Korean Tradition



We recently went to a birthday party for a friend whose daughter turned 1. Since our friends happen to be Korean, it was a good opportunity for us to break out the girls' traditional Korean hanboks. It is a huge custom for celebrate a child's first birthday in Korea (traditional Koreans consider this day as their 2nd birthday...the first is when they are born).

The birthday celebration includes getting dressed up in traditional clothing, and choosing an item from a table, which represents their path through life (I guess). Articles to choose from include money, food, red thread, things relating to jobs... Our kids chose the cash! Since Lydia's parents are both physicians, it seemed natural she picked the stethoscope...one parent was pleased, the other not so much. I personally think she chose it out of default. It was close, and she couldn't get her feet moving because of her hanbok. Nonetheless, I love the tradition. We have beautiful hanbok's for the kids because of their foster parents in Seoul.

I also love the Guatemalan "tradition" we have instilled with Benny... the ol' pinata and stick! What does it have to do with Guatemala, you ask? Nothing...just our tradition, that's all.

It's nice to have family traditions, and suspect it will serve as an extra dab of glue, keeping our family in love with each other for years to come.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I've created a new website to compliment this blog.

http://focusonthejourney.com/

My plan is to post articles, surveys, thoughts, photos...and have a contest or 2 along the way. If life is a journey...and we are all on this journey together...why not share things to help us all along the way?