Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Phoenix, Part 2

Just some more pictures...

Cactus lesson - a Saguaro cactus doesn't start growing a second arm until they are at least 50 years old. The one in the background here has several arms making it very old.

On Sunday afternoon, I fought Malia for a nap since she had already missed taking one the 2 days before. While she napped, Andrew and I did a little photo shoot with Davey. Here are some of those pictures.






My grandma with the girls.




Monday, March 22, 2010

Phoenix, Part 1

We got home late, late last night (it was 1:30 a.m. when we walked in the door) from a weekend in Phoenix for my cousin, Danny's wedding. We had a great time visiting with family and enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery.

I really wanted a family picture when we were all dressed up but of course it was impossibly to pull off. I did get the family (except my dad) in pieces though...

Malia enjoyed her first wedding...

... especially the blue icing on the cake.

My mom and Davey were buds throughout the weekend.

The bride and groom, Dan and Lydia.

Beth and Keith

Davey with my grandma who is the person who passed down her gene for blue eyes!

More pictures to come soon. For now I need to continue unpacking so I can repack - what a crazy week!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Grace

Andrew's grandmother, Grace Wolgemuth, went to heaven yesterday. She was a remarkable woman. She had a joy for life and a passion for the Lord unlike anyone I have ever met. When you were in her presence, you felt love.

While her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren number over 70, she had the incredible gift of making each person feel special, loved and valued. Her love was genuine and rooted in a deep love for the Lord.

Just wanted to share a few stories about her.

- Some would think that after having 22 great-grandkids, the announcement of another one wouldn't be all that exciting. But when we called Gaye to tell her that we were pregnant with Malia, she cried with joy - she had all of the excitement as if it was her first great-grandchild. And when we called to tell her about Davey, her 27th great-grandchild she was just as excited.

- I first met Gaye the summer of 2002, just a couple of months after Andrew and I started dating. Andrew, his dad and brother were passing through Chicago, and I was living there that summer. They were stopping at Gaye's for lunch and I joined them.

She greeted us at the front door, first Dan, Andrew, Erik, and Alli and then Andrew introduced me, his girlfriend of a couple of months. What did she do? She welcomed me just as warmly as her son and grandkids, with a hug and a kiss.

I was amazed. Andrew was mortified. Not because of her warmth but because he realized that he would not be the first Wolgemuth to kiss me!

- I had the pleasure of receiving monthly letters from Gaye. One of my favorite lines ever was "It's going to be another frigid day here. I'm ready for global warming."

- One time we hosted Gaye and some other family members for dinner in Orlando. A lot of the time was spent listening to Gaye tell stories of growing up on the farm and when she was first married - it was so fun to hear her stories and she delighted in telling them.

But the highlight of the night came thanks to Erik's friend, Kevin, who was with us. Somehow it came up that Kevin could sing like Elvis, and then it was mentioned how much Gaye loved his song "Love Me Tender". I am not sure how we convinced Kevin to sing to her but he did. Her face was priceless - it was as if Elvis himself had sung it to her.

I have other cherished memories as do so many other people. She will be greatly missed.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rocking Birthday!

Sunday was Andrew's 29th birthday. We had his family over for dinner to celebrate both his and Alli's birthday (which is next week).

My parents and I got Andrew Rock Band. We busted it out and put it to good use. Lots of fun!

Please note that none of these guys were posing for a picture - they were rocking out.

Also know that after everyone left and the girls were in bed, Andrew and I stayed up too late starting our world tour! Let us know if you want to know when we are in a city near you.


Monday, March 08, 2010

After Church Fun

Yesterday after church, Malia spent close to an hour playing outside - mostly in the dirt in the cracks of the sidewalk. Makes me look forward to summer!





Andrew is teaching her to step and throw - this is what it looks like though!


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Chicago

Two weekends ago Davey and I traveled to Chicago to visit some dear friends.

Davey on her first airplane ride - she did pretty well - just a little fussing. I got the greatest compliment a mom can get when we were deplaning and the guy in front of me turned around and said, "I didn't even realize there was a baby behind me."

I got to spend some time with my friend Hannah, who has a son, Cooper, who is just 5 days younger than Malia. I wished that Malia was with me so that she could have played with Cooper - hopefully next time!

Hannah's house was such a creative inspiration to me. She and her husband Justin make everything - they are amazing. I cannot wait to get some chalkboard paint for up in our loft!

This is Davey and I with my other dear friend Lisa and Hannah. The 4 of us did dinner at Flat Top Grill - after that meal I decided that it is my favorite restaurant - too bad there isn't one in Denver!

Lisa graciously let me borrow her car on Saturday morning so I could take Davey out to meet Andrew's grandma, Gaye. It was so special to be able to introduce them.

While Gaye was holding Davey, I was struck by this image - 2 hands - one just a few months old, the other over 90 years old - both so beautiful.

While we were visiting, Andrew's cousin, Amy, stopped by. It was such a treat (although I wished that we had more time together).

I spent the rest of my weekend with Lisa, her family and her boyfriend. It was great fun - unfortunately I didn't take any other pictures (or videos of us playing Rock Band!)

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Yo Yo Drink

Malia does not drink milk - hasn't since we took away her bottle.

She loves yo yo (yogurt) drinks though. First thing she asks for when she wakes up - she would drink a whole package in a day if I let her.

Also please note from these pictures that I am trying to work on taming her hair- she isn't really into having it put up. I bribed her with a sweet tart to let me put it up here!



Monday, March 01, 2010

A Weekend to Remember

Last Thursday night we started what should have been an easy 2 hour trip up to Copper Mountain. Enter snow, traffic, and our 2 year old who started throwing up when we were almost there and you have an eventful car trip!

Despite Malia getting sick (it wasn't just the car ride unfortunately - I will spare you all the details of the dozen plus times she threw up!) , we did enjoy our time up in the mountains. Malia got some sledding in and Andrew and I got to go snowshoeing. We could have been bummed that Malia's sickness ruined our little mountain getaway but instead we tried to be grateful for the distraction of being away and for extra hands to help (we were staying with Andrew's parents up there).