Monday, June 30, 2008

1 Baby + 4 Pacifiers = Good Naps = Happy Mommy

The fruits of our yard

One cool thing about living in Florida is the fruit that you can grow. Our house came with a very mature grapefruit tree that produces hundreds of fruit each season. Here is Malia in the middle of the tree looking around...

...and her trying to eat the leaves.

Then we have our orange tree that we planted at 2 1/2 years ago. This is the first time it has had oranges growing on it - 4 that we counted.

And finally we have our pineapple plant. Shortly after we moved down, our friends Andrew and Carrie Black told us that you could plant the top of a pineapple and it would grow and eventually produce another pineapple. This is a slow process (it has been at least 2 years) but a few months ago we finally saw a pineapple growing. Of course we will probably move before we get to harvest but we have enjoyed watching the process.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Friday, June 27, 2008

Our daughter the puppy

Malia recently started putting stuff in her mouth (usually a bib, blanket, etc) and letting it hang there while she continues playing. We think it is extremely cute - we say she reminds us of a puppy.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Celebrating Life

Tracey and Emily are two of my dearest friends in Orlando. I met Tracey through work and Emily through church. Both are wonderful women who have encouraged and challenged my walk with the Lord during our time here. Both have great husbands who Andrew loves to hang out with too. And both gave us reason to celebrate life this week.

Last Tuesday, we went to the hospital to visit Emily, Chad and their first daughter, Avery Grace. Weighing in at 6 lbs, 4 oz she is tiny but healthy (which we were grateful for because they were concerned about Avery's size during the last few weeks of Emily's pregnancy).

And one year ago we were at that same hospital visiting Micah and Tracey who had given birth to their first son Deacon. Tonight we celebrated at Deacon's first birthday party. It was so fun to reflect on his first year of life through photos and videos.

Amazing how much happens in a year. I don't have any pictures of Avery yet but here are some photos of Deacon's party.

From this picture you would think Deacon was going to be into his cupcake.

But this is a more accurate picture of how he felt about it.
He wouldn't eat it!

Malia played quietly for most of the night and let Deacon
have all of the attention...well he got most of it.

Tracey and I.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Last night we went putt-putting with the youth group. Malia spent half of the time being passed around and half of the time in the stroller. I assumed that the course would be have ramps because most things are handicap accessible now but no such luck. This made having the stroller kind of interesting but the kids were great and very willing to help.

Our group - Amy, Malia (trying to pull Amy's hair), Chrissy, Becca, Daphne and Kim

A new hazard on the course - if your ball goes to her, she will try and eat it!

We passed Malia around so both Andrew and I could putt putt.

By the 14th hole or so, we decided to just take Malia's onesie off in efforts to make her more comfortable and content.

And for those of you who were wondering, Andrew and I tied with a score of 41.

Monday, June 23, 2008


Even though Malia is 6 months old, it seems like each day is still filled with firsts.

For example, yesterday was the first time I was that mom who had to leave church because their child was not being good in the nursery. (Of course as soon as I went to the nursery she was fine - but it was kind of nice because I got to chat with another first time mother of a 10 month old and get the scoop on crawling, solids, etc.)

And then later that day, Malia maneuvered herself across our family room unto the tile for the first time. Andrew and I watched her and laughed as she explored this new texture. She licked it several times and then scooted herself back onto the carpet. Here are a few pictures of her adventure.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Malia and the balloon

Andrew's aunt left this balloon on our mailbox last Sunday. It has provided lots of entertainment for Malia as you can see. Thanks Bobbie!

Additional Videos

I forgot to mention yesterday that we have a bunch of other new videos posted so go check them out at:

Saturday, June 21, 2008


Malia smiles tons now, but she is still not a big laugh-er. So whenever she does laugh, it is pretty much a day maker.

This video captures her laughing a few days ago. Please excuse the bad camera angle - it was hard to be kissing her neck and filming at the same time.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Too much text... need more pictures.

I got a little carried away with that Jetta/car story (below).
Here are some pictures to even it out.

We have these great buckets (thanks Melissa). The biggest one fits on Malia's head. Her immediate reaction is to get it off and a benefit of this game is that she now helps push her clothes off her head when I am changing her.

Just playing.

Survived 4 shots at her 6 month appointment. She has a cool band-aid on the other leg too - you just can't see it in this picture.

Goodbye Jetta... be good to Fabio.

We have been talking about it for months. We had decided to sell Andrew's Jetta before we moved to Denver because we figured it wasn't worth the cost and the hassle of transporting two cars across the country.

So over the last few weeks, Andrew has been prepping the car to sell - new spark plugs, oil change, etc. - and on Monday night he posted it for sale on Craigs List. Since we still have seven weeks before we move, we decided to initially use a few free avenues to advertise to see if anything happened.

Well, long story short(er) tonight, Andrew met Fabio at a local bank and exchanged the Jetta for a cashier's check. Fabio was in need of a car because the AC in his old car stopped working and it is June and this is Florida.

We actually had a similiar thing happen to us, except it was October in Florida when the AC in my car stopped working. We resorted to using windows to get air moving in the car - that was until the motor in the drivers side window also stopped working. We decided to fix the $300 window problem instead of the $1,600 AC problem and kept driving until spring arrived and it started heating up again.

Call us stubborn or stupid but as the tempatures rose, we chose not to fix the AC and kept driving. All summer long, we had one car without working AC. Andrew drew the short end of the straw, so to speak, since his commute is less than 5 minutes and he wears casual clothes as opposed to my 30 minute commute and more formal dress code.

There were a few days however that summer that for whatever reason I drove the non-AC car into work. My solution to not having AC was ice. I would load up a cup full of ice and then eat it the whole way home. I also had some "ice snakes", long ice packs that can bend and wrap, that I would hang around my neck!

We lasted 18 months driving that car without AC and finally cracked last spring and got a new car. But we are thankful that Fabio is not like us and that he decided to fix his AC problem now instead of later. May the Jetta bring Fabio lots and lots of cold air for many years to come.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Last week...

...we celebrated Malia's half birthday with a pool party with the Heth's. Cooper and Malia enjoyed time in their matching floats.

...we continued in our attempts to feed Malia solid food.
She is not really a fan at this point.

... Uncle E and Aunt Kendal watched Malia so we could go see Prince Caspian. Thanks guys!

...we celebrated Andrew's first Father's Day
with Pop Tarts, IBC Rootbeer, Ice Cream and Nibblers.