Friday, April 25, 2008

Miss. America

Jonathan turns three.

Jonathan's birthday celebration began Tuesday night. Before Bible Study we had a little party for him and Shannon (who just turned 21)! Jonathan and I made a chocolate cream pie for his birthday this year. His favorite food is whipped cream, so he was pretty excited about this pie!

"Happy Birthday to you..." (Jonathan helped me make an apple pie for Miss. Shannon)

Blowing out the candles

His actual birthday was Wednesday (April 23rd). Instead of having a big party in the park this year we decided to do a bunch of little fun celebrations. Two of his favorite people are Caleb and Ezra, so we picked them up from school on Wed. and took them to lunch at Carl's Jr.

When Phil got home from work, we went to Applebee's for dinner where Jonathan made a tortilla mask and got his very own icecream sundae.

After dinner we went to the pet store, and then home to play with his cool remote control car (thanks Grandma and Granddad!) before bed.

A great bedtime story to end a great day!

I had a cute video of Jonathan saying, "I'm three!" that I was going to put right here, but my camera battery just died! I'll post it later...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wedding in Tuscon

This weekend we ventured to Tuscon, AZ for a friend's wedding. We weren't sure how the kids would do on the 10 1/2 hour drive (which ended up taking 16 hours!), but were so relieved to discover we have natural born travelers. We had a fun time visiting friends and family on the way there and back. Here are some pictures to tell the story.

(Friday morning)
Off to a good start!

Jonathan enjoyed following along with books on tape I got from the library. This was his favorite: It's dinosaur time!

We stopped in Pasadena, CA to have lunch with Aunt Lorraine - a long time friend from Emily's years in Chad

We arrived at our hotel at 1am Saturday.

Saturday was so nice and warm, and the wedding wasn't until 5pm, so Daddy took Evelyn to the pool to work on her tan.

The wedding was beautiful! Here we are with Hannah and Steve.

...and with our good friend, Ron and his girlfriend Tamaki.

Jonathan made a best friend at the wedding.

We left the wedding right after the cake was served so the kids could get a good night's sleep before our return journey the next day...

(Sunday morning)

We stopped in Phoenix to have brunch with Jeff and Tricia (Henry) Pina.

About 30 min out from our destination we got a flat tire. We stopped in a very fancy neighborhood to put on the spare. While we were stopped Jonathan declared he urgently had to go to the bathroom. I took him and knocked on several doors, but no one would answer, so...

...we made a makeshift potty. Here I am smiling at a rich lady passing by in her fancy car.

We spent Sunday night with Phil's sister, Rebecca, and family. Phil had a site visit and work to do for his company's office in LA on Monday, so the kids and I hung out with the family. Bethany, Tony and the kids came over for dinner and we all had yummy hotdogs before heading home.

Here's Jonathan saying goodbye to his cousins, Elliana and Madeline. On the way home he said, "I miss my cousins and I love them VERY much."