Friday, August 20, 2010

Northwest Washington Fair 2010

We took Halle to the Fair for the very first time today.  OH MY!  She loved every single stinkin' minute of it.  We chose to park in one of the free shuttle bus parking lots and ride the bus.  We usually do that any way, but this time was extra special.  This little brown girl thinks buses are the best thing since sliced bread!  Her excitement is contagious and it makes me want to enjoy riding the bus as much as she does.  We could hardly keep her in her seat.  We met Grammie, her friend Roy (he was visiting from Texas and here to attend his class reunion) and TiTi!  Hal was sportin' her oh so cute puffs in her hair....I love it like that!!  We started off the night with a few rides.  I wasn't sure how she would do as recently she has become a little timid on the swings at the park.  Boy, you sure couldn't tell....she faced the rides HEAD ON...just as this little girl faces life.  You'll see from the pictures below the sheer joy and excitement on her little face.  Even though the slide one is blurry you should have been there to see her expression...I'll never forget it!  It was all worth it just for this....seriously, do you know how long I have been waiting for a little person of my own to take to the Fair???  So many years I can't even count.  My heart was so happy watching this little girl of our's having so much fun.  And then....we went to see the animals...yes, my daughter is wearing a bear backpack/harness.  It worked super....and this time she didn't run around like a crazy girl with it on.  She had to touch every single one of the animals....and even their water...SHEESH!  We had to keep her hands out of that.  I enjoyed my King Corn dog, french fries and had my ice cream cone from the Dariy Wives booth...LOVE IT!!  We didn't get home until 9:30pm and she was still awake.  We just had to snap one last picture of her hair...after we took the puffs out.  She was laughing so hard at herself in the mirror...yes, my mirror is dirty.  It somehow doesn't look that bad in person...honestly.   

Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy Birthday!!!

Today is my Dad's birthday...on this day he would be 62!  Instead...on this day I miss him...very, very much...I miss everything about him.  His laugh...his silly sense of humor and that silly way that he dressed.  Trust me, he DID NOT have any fashion sense what so ever.  BUT, we loved him for that and it gave us all the more reason to dress him clothes.  My Dad will always be my hero.  He fought his cancer for 4 1/2 years...his body went through much more than I can handle in a single minute.  I look up to him like no other and I respect him and always will.  He blessed me......and I'm sad he isn't here to see his granddaughter...he would LOVE her.  And, I'm quite certain she would love her Grampie!  Dad, I miss you and wish you could be here with us, but...I'm so very glad your body is whole and healed...that your spending this your 62nd birthday with your Heavenly Father the one who created you.  Until I see you again, I will eat crab whenever I get the chance because...that's what you would do...and I am your daughter.  I will remember you with funny stories and silly things that you would say.  I will watch the movies you loved and cry because they remind me of you!  Not a sad cry...but a "I'm so glad he shared this movie with us"cry.  I will stand firm in what I believe and let other's know that.  I choose life and what it holds, even if the road is bumpy and not always fun.  I will instill in our daughter, along with Aaron, the love of Jesus and all He has done for us just as you and Mom did for me.  I promise to never, ever forget you or your silly little smile, your love of camping, card playing or sports.  I hope you can see this little Halle...she is going to be taller than YOU!  AND...she'll probably love playing all the sports you did.  I will take care of Mom because that is what you would be doing....I will love you and love you!!     

Forever and Always, 
Your very strong-willed (after all, I got it from you) brown-eyed girl

ps...would you catch a big one up in Heaven for me??  and...while you're at it...give those I love a big hug & kiss....

Pictures:  Above Mom & Dad on Christmas 2004...Dad & Connor Birch Bay 2005 (I think??)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Nerf Gun 101

This is my new FAVORITE picture.  Aaron got a Nerf Gun this week....what 36 year old Daddy doesn't need one??  HEHEHE!  On Saturday he was giving Halle a Nerf Gun lesson....she was so excited she literally danced around the living room picking up the darts after they shot them...hmmmm....we may have a future hunter on our hands...and that's just fine with me!

Friday, August 6, 2010

VeggieTales "Sweetpea Beauty"

Can I just tell you how excited I am about this new VeggieTales??? It's called Sweetpea Beauty...and you can find it at your local Family Christian Store, Target (for $9.99...I saw it yesterday) or right here!  Nichole Nordeman sings this song for the movie and I just CAN NOT wait to get this for our little girl!!