Thursday, October 21, 2010

So sweet

At 8:00 this morning Sophia said to me, "Make cookies Mommy, make cookies! I will help."


Yeah, right, maybe she'll help eat them.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Aubrey Allyn Call

This is a picture of Aubrey on our wedding day, October 12, 2002.


When Chrislynn and I got married, Aubrey was 3 years old. Now, Sophia is about to turn 3, and we find ourselves laughing at things that remind us of Aubrey when she was Sophie's age.

Once while we were at church, I was sitting next to Aubrey when she looked at me and very seriously said, "You can kwatch my back if you want to." Chrislynn and I thought it was so funny! To this day, when I want Chrislynn to scratch my back I say, "You can kwatch my back if you want to."

Aubrey used to pronounce her f's with the sh sound. We have a good friend named Frank that she called, "Shank." She used to say, "Shanks" instead of thanks. And on more than one occasion I heard her announce that she had "sharted."

One of my favorite Aubrey stories is once when Chrislynn had a tummy ache Aubrey was very concerned about her. Aubrey had just had a bout of constipation. So after hearing Chrislynn moan about her stomach, Aubrey offered this advice: "Maybe you need to pyoop."

While Chrislynn and I were dating, I asked Aubrey what she thought of Chrislynn. Aubrey quickly replied, "I don't like her eyes." I laughed at the quick response and later learned that she must have been listening to my dad when he made a comment about Chrislynn's excessive blue eye make up. (That was Chrislynn's Depech Mode phase)

Aubrey, we think of you often as Sophia does all of her cute 3 year old things. I can't believe you're 11 years old now! WE LOVE YOU AUBS!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Apple picking time again



It is that time of year again.  The time when nights are cold but days are pleasant (lately they have been a little hot for fall, but I am not complaining; I haven't had to turn on the heater yet) the leaves are beginning to change color and I get excited about going apple picking.  Just before Sophia was born we went apple picking for the first time at a farm in Princeton and I was hooked.  Growing up we had apple trees in our own yard, but somehow I never appreciated how much fun it could be to pick them in the fall.  It is a different experience going to a farm to do it, though.  So I have been pining away for my apple orchard in New Jersey unitl I found out there is an orchard in a little town near Logan called Paradise where you can pick your own apples.

On Saturday morning we bundled up the kids and packed them up in the car feeling excited about going apple picking again.  It took about twenty minutes to get there, but it was a beautiful drive to Paradise.  My expectations may have been a little high, even though I tried not to get my hopes up.  Paradise Valley Orchard is a small, family orchard, and it was charming but a little less than I was expecting.  It was perfectly adequate for the family apple picking activity I wanted it to be, but I have to admit I missed Terhune and all the varieties of apples available there, as well as the cider donuts and farm animals that helped the kids get into the everything.  It was a beautiful day!  It turned out that we didn't need to bundle up because it was a lovely, warm morning. Richie and Sophia were not into picking apples AT ALL. They just wanted to play on the playground equipment at the edge of the orchard. That was okay with me because they were having fun, and that was what I wanted. 
I was able to drag them away long enough to get a couple pictures of them with the apples
This is how Grace experienced the outing.  She is such a sweetie!

Friday, October 1, 2010

What a Year

My birthday was on Tuesday.  I didn't have gifts to open because I got presents before the big day.  Little Richie was very disappointed that I did not have presents, and when Dad told him that he could give me a hug and kiss, he very grumpily said, "That is NOT a present."  Even though I didn't have things to open, I had a good day.
My birthday cake.  Three candles and four candles to represent 34.  There was no way I was putting 34 candles on my cake! (Little Richie took this picture because Dad had already gone to Salt Lake for Hamlet.)

If it has sugar, Sophia likes it.

Richie wasn't sure if he would like my cake, but he didn't complain.  He would have preferred a cake with a picture on it because to him, that is a birthday cake.

Sophia strikes again.
Having a birthday made me reflect on this past year and everything we have gone through.  Finding out we were having another baby at Thanksgiving; going to Utah for Christmas and then not going back to New Jersey after; spending two and a half months apart from Richie; finally reuniting in March and moving to Logan; Richie working for the Lyric and getting hired at Utah State for the year; having Grace; Little Richie starting kindergarten.  It really has been a crazy year!  It has been challenging, and hard at times but also joyful and full of blessings.  I miss living in New Jersey, but I am happy to be where we are now.  Who knows what the coming year has in store for us.  As long as we can be together, it will be a great year, whatever comes our way.