Monday, December 29, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is guaranteed to be the cutest thing you've seen today. (Okay, I'm bragging, but I can't help it.)
UPDATE: After I posted this, my mom emailed and said she thinks Kate was trying to sing the second verse of Jesus Loves Me instead of starting to count. After re-listening, I think she's right. (In my defense, "Little ones to" sounds a lot like "One, two"...but I still feel sheepish in translating incorrectly. ) Oh well...it made a nice segue.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
One of the first things Kate really enjoyed was the Construction Area, where she donned a hard hat and safety vest and went to town organizing nuts and bolts.
Later, we discovered what may have been the highlight of Kate's week...a giant cow. Kate climbed up on this platform to touch the cow and declare over and over with great enthusiasm that he was, indeed, a "COW!"
Here's Kate and Adelaide playing with rice in the "Little Explorers" lab.
Kate, Adelaide and Sadie Carrell, chillin' on the bench seat in the MetroRail replica.
We had a really fun day, and afterwards we enjoyed the crisp fall weather by having lunch at an outdoor cafe with the Conlys.
Monday, November 10, 2008
The Grace Covenant Church New Parents Compound...
This state park had a playground that the kids enjoyed.
Kate was so completely tuckered out when we drove home on Saturday afternoon. We all were, for that matter. I hope as she gets older we can continue to take camping trips and help her appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors.
Friday, October 31, 2008
We then returned to our own neighborhood, and once she saw other kids it didn't take her long to get the hang of this trick or treat business.
We all had fun trying on the chicken head, and Casey is right...nearly everything you do in a chicken suit is funny.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
We had a blast! Joel and Stacy are phenomenal hosts and really know how to show their guests a great time. Delicious food, great conversations, cool sightseeing and entertainment... the list goes on.
The girls in Times Square:
The whole gang eating at a tiny little no-name burger joint hidden away inside a really fancy hotel. Never know what you'll find in this city.
We miss the Hocks and really appreciate that we can have such a great time hanging out with them despite the fact that we don't get to see them very often. We look forward to their return to Austin some day!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Oma's house has so many fun toys and new adventures.
Oma doted on Kate and took spoiling to a new level while we were there. :-) She fed us delicious German food and stuffed us with chocolates and other yummy desserts.
On Wednesday morning we left for the four hour drive to visit Josh's sister and her family in Kingman, AZ. Josh, Kate and I made the long drive in a rent car without tented windows through the Mohave desert. Beautiful mountains and desert landscape, but hot! In Kingman, Kate met her Aunt Natia & Uncle Johnny, as well as her three cousins Christian (6), Aubrianna (4), and Jocelyn (2). The kids were SO excited to meet Kate. Kate was pretty amazed by these "big kids" and their whirlwind of activity, but by the second day she was completely keeping up with them.
On Thursday we took a trip to their local museum (Kingman is an old train depot/mining town and Route 66 runs right through it), and ate burgers at a 50s diner. We also visited a beautiful state park in some nearby mountains, where the temperature was 20 degrees cooler and the scenery was fantastic.
We left early Friday morning to return to Hesperia to spend one last day with his mom before our flight left on Saturday morning. It was a quick trip but we enjoyed our stay and especially enjoyed introducing Kate to her California and Arizona relatives. We hope to return soon!