Sunday, May 30, 2010


Testing out the sprinkler - it was a big hit!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

6 or 6 1/2 months

I took Davey for her 6 month check up yesterday. Everything checked out great - even her large head which concerned her doctor a bit at her 4 month check up, didn't seem to cause any more concerns (and that is not because it shrunk!) because she is developing great.

I came home and compared Davey's stats to Malia's at 6 months. They are within a few ounces and 1/4 of an inch of each other!

- Davey continues to be super smiley and pretty content most of the day (don't talk to her after 7 p.m. at night though - she is a little unpredictable then).

- She is slowly getting the hang of the solid food thing.

- She is on a 2 month streak of getting up once in the middle of the night - with all of the travel we have done and a cold thrown in there, I can't really blame her (but I am ready to sleep through the night again!)

- She really loves bathtime but she makes me nervous the whole time because she has no fear of the water.

- She loves when Malia gives her attention and is a good sport when Malia invades her personal space.

Lots more I could share but I will end with some pictures of sweet Davey over the last couple of weeks.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pig Tails

We got to spend a few days with my parents while in the midwest.

I swear my mom has magical skills when it comes to doing Malia's hair - probably all of those years of practice doing my sister and my hair.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Here are some pictures of our time in Michigan.

There were lots of tears over the few days in Michigan but Malia, Davey and Graham brought lots of smiles to people in the midst of the grief and loss. Here is Malia with Emmie, who gave her this flower as we were leaving the church and embarking on the 1 1/2 hour trip to the burial. Malia loved that flower until it was shredded to pieces all over our rental car but it kept her quite content on the long drive!

It is kind of weird to take pictures at a cemetery but I did snap a few.

Grandpa joined the Navy when he was 17 years old and these men were there to honor his service to our country - it was beautiful and powerful.

Like I said, these kids brought smiles. After the ceremony, we put Graham and Davey on the grass and they put on a show. Graham wanted to take off Davey's hat and Davey wanted to suck on Graham's pacifier.

Had to take a picture of Chris and Alli with baby.

Malia with Pops.

Grandma with 3 of her 5 great-grandchildren. I was very impressed that she took all three of them onto her lap. I think I would have liked to see the other 2 on her lap too (they are 17 and 14!)

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Lile's

While we were on the road, we stopped by to see our dear friends, the Lile's. Our 4 kids are more or less a year apart. It was so funny to watch them interact and play together and we were blessed, as always, with our time with Jeremy and Christy.

The 2 MJs - Maeva Jayne and Malia Jeanne in their matching leotards.

Levi - can you tell he has an older sister? What a ham!

Back Home

We are back home after a week in the midwest for Andrew's grandpas funeral and then some time with family and friends.

I just uploaded 200 pictures so I have lots to post in the next few days.

On our way to Detroit, we got to fly with Erik, Kendal, Graham and Alli. It is so great to fly with family because there are extra hands to help and entertain the kiddos (and to help me get our 3 suitcases, 2 carseats, 1 stroller and carry ons through the airport while Andrew parks the car).

When you travel with a group of 8 people where the ratio of adults to kids is 5 to 3, and all the kids are under 2 1/2 and one of the adults is pregnant, you get a lot of looks from people trying to figure the situation out!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Grandpa/Papa C

Yesterday, we lost another beloved family member, Andrew's grandpa, Donald Cargo. He was a wonderful man who loved the Lord, his family and his country.

I reflected a lot today on his love for his family. He and Andrew's grandma were married for 60 years. When asked for advice for a good, long marriage, he told us that you had to not only love your spouse, but you had to really like them too.

Not only did he love his wife, but he loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It was my joy to watch him love on Malia and Davey last Thanksgiving while they were in Denver visiting for three weeks. Andrew and I went out for our 6 year anniversary while they were in town and I am pretty sure that Davey did not leave his arms the entire time we were gone. And Malia loved her time with Papa C (that's what she called him) and talked about him long after they went back to Michigan.

Grandpa was a very upbeat and positive man, always a pleasure to be with. Each time that I saw him, I was greeted with a hug, a kiss, a "How are you, my dear?"

I have a lot more thoughts about this remarkable man but I am having a really hard time trying to verbalize/write them right now. I think it is because it is past my bedtime and I am a bit emotional. I will end with some sweet pictures of him with the girls.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Silly Faces

Somehow we got Malia to start making silly faces. She even sings "If you're happy and you know it, make a silly face."

Monday, May 03, 2010

More Malia Singing

Malia loves to sing. Here are some of her favorite songs. As you can see, she likes to start off strong and trail off. Sorry for the popcorn eating and the cell phone calls mid-song!

It is amazing to hear these words come out of her little mouth - it melts my heart every time.

I should mention that she also loves classics like The Wheels on the Bus and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.