Friday, February 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Analise!

My beautiful niece, Analise, is five-years-old today!  She is celebrating at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Florida.  LOVE this sweet girl!Analise

The weekend before last, we were in Tulsa celebrating her birthday.  Here are some pictures from our visit.

Besties – Claire and Analise019

Nanny and Cale033

Cale and Aunt Shannon051

Allie and Cale – Allie LOVES holding Cale!058

Me and my girlies – Analise and Claire075

Me and my Gram080

Me and my SIL, Shannon085

Cale and his GiGi095


Cale on the airplane181

We’ll be back in Tulsa in May to celebrate Claire, PopPop and Allie’s birthdays!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

“Go West, Young Man!”

This past weekend, we took Cale to the Northwest to meet Steve’s side of the family.  He was a GREAT traveler.

We flew out Friday night and arrived in Portland early Saturday morning and put the kids to bed right away, around 2:30 a.m.  Saturday morning, after daylight, we had breakfast with Uncle Clay and Aunt Lori.  Aunt Lori fed Claire ice cream for breakfast.IMG_0808

After breakfast, we traveled over the mountains and through the snow.IMG_0818

Once we we went over the mountain, we went “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house!”IMG_0825

We had a great time with Grandma and Grandpa.

Meeting Grandma015

Watching hockey with Grandpa024

Coloring with Grandma026

Claire carrying Baxter, Grandma and Grandpa’s newest dog036

Hanging with Aunt Nicole041

Cuddling with Auntie Kalei043

Aunt Emily and Cale048

Grandma and Grandpa with their grandbabies051

Just hanging with his aunts and uncle (Gayle, Uncle John, Cale and Aunt Nicole)055

Family Game Night (Emily, Gayle, Kalei, Nicole, Grandma, Amy, Steve, Grandpa and John)057

We had a great time with the family!

Claire got to play in the snow on our way back over the mountain.068

Sunday night we went to Chevys for Mexican.  It was delish!  When we got back to Aunt Lori’s, she gave Claire a pedicure.steves phone 192

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My babies got a chance to play with Uncle Clay before he went to work Monday morning.085.2

Aunt Lori took us to Inflatable Kingdom on Monday.  We all had a blast!steves phone 209





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After three hours at Inflatable Kingdom, we went to Five Guys for lunch and then to The Disney Store.  Claire LOVES shopping – especially at The Disney Store.  She ran around and gathered these things.  We just couldn’t resist taking her picture!steves phone 211

Aunt Lori is SO much fun, and my kids simply adore her!130.2

When we left Aunt Lori’s Monday evening, we went to Gramps’ house.  He made us some delicious burgers, and we had a great time!  Claire loved playing with Gramps’ dog, Minnie.  We made some great memories!147.2



Monday night we spent the night with Grandpa and Grandma Osterholm.  We had a great time!  Claire, of course, had a great time with their dog, Beau.152.2



Tuesday, we went to see Grandpa and Grandma Gerdlund.  And Claire, as usual, loved playing with their dog, Chocolate.167.2


We went back to Aunt Lori’s house for dinner and naps Tuesday afternoon.  After dinner, Aunt Lori taught Claire how to play Words With Friends on her iPad.IMG_0845

We took the red-eye flight home at 11:45 p.m.  We arrived home Wednesday morning around 5:45 a.m.

We had such a wonderful time and made some great memories!  We’re planning to head back at the end of July or beginning of August.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

My Funny Valentines

These two keep me in stitches!  And Cale laughed out loud for the first time today!!001.2

Steve gave me the most beautiful flower sculpture.  How adorable is this cupcake?008

And he took me to dinner on Saturday night to one of my favorite Tulsa restaurants – Pepper’s Grill.  Yummy!

My valentine for Steve175

Claire’s valentines from Mommy and Daddy119


Cale’s valentines from Mommy and Daddy115

Claire reading Cale’s new book to him199

Claire’s valentine to Daddy172

Claire’s valentine to Mommy147

Valentines from MiMi and PopPop165








Thanks, MiMi and PopPop!  My kids love their new Disney shirts!

From Grandma Robin, Grandpa D’Wayne and Aunt Emily132




Thank you, Grandpa, Grandma and Aunt Emily!  My kids loved getting valentines in the mail!

From Aunt Lori and Uncle Clay121


Thank you, Aunt Lori and Uncle Clay!  Getting mail from you is so much fun!  We are all looking forward to seeing you on Thursday!

We have had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!  I am so glad that there is so much love in my home and in our family!