Friday, September 27, 2013


Wesley has been getting ready to turn two years old by being pretty naughty lately. Here is one of his recent habits: He pretends to be sleeping, and then when I've settled on the couch to do m homework or watch a movie, I hear some rustling, and then this little face peaking out the door. He stays in there for a while, aware that he's not supposed to come out, but when I tell him to get back in bed all I get is a little smirk.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Guest Post (sort of) from Mom (my mom)

Nana and Papo took Noah on an adventure up on the mountain last week when they were here. He was pretty excited to get to skip school. My mom sent me these photos and since I haven't uploaded any of my own, I thought I'd post them for you to see.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Camera man

As I've been trying to re-integrate myself into graduate school, Chris has been taking over the role of family photographer (not forever though). He bought himself a cool new mirrorless camera - small enough to go along on mountain bike adventures, but still powerful. Here is a photo I took of him the other night when we went to watch the nightly bat exit from under the Campbell bridge.

Friday, September 13, 2013


I've often thought of Noah as sort of a "picky" kid. By picky though, I don't mean that he'll just eat Mac and cheese or pizza (two things he could care less about). I mean he's very particular. I've thought myself crazy a few times when I was arguing with him about finishing dinner:
Me: "eat your pizza."
Noah: "I'll just eat more bites of my (raw) spinach."
Me: "No, you can't just eat spinach. You have to eat the pizza too."
What is it about that main course that makes it seem so important? Just for fun, I took a photo of his carefully constructed dinner tonight. It doesn't look too much like a picky toddler dinner (although the sectioned plate is a dead giveaway).

But look what he was missing out on :-)

Hey, this blog is the perfect place for posting photos of dinner, right?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mountain Biking

No luck on finding the glasses, but this trip to the mountain last weekend was fun for a little mountain biking in between rain showers. It has been another busy week (isn't it friday yet?!) but we are winding down and so ready for the weekend. I don't have much to say today, just lots of photos of my adorable boys to share. By the way, I know this dirt road doesn't exactly look like "hard-core" mountain biking, but if you're 2 or 4 years old, it's pretty gnarly!

"Oh please can I have that umbrella?"

Sunday, September 8, 2013

On top of the mountain

I'm falling a little behind with the blogging, with taking photos, with cleaning the house... trying to keep up with the things that seem most important at the moment. Although keeping this up should be up there, since this blog is how I remember these precious days with my little ones! We had a wonderful Mt. Lemmon day (last weekend!) and actually, another short one today when we went all the way up there to look for Chris' lost eyeglasses (to no avail). I'll try to share today's photos before next weekend, but for now, here are the ones from last weekend. A stream like this one is so rare in our desert days that a trip up to the cool forest, and to a stream, was pretty exciting for these boys. It doesn't take much more than some running water and a few rocks to make happiness.

I had my big camera with me (although it was the middle of the day, so don't get your hopes up on the quality) and I made an effort to get some portraits, but that hair! Noah refuses to let me cut it, which I want to respect, and I don't have anything against long hair, but geez. It doesn't make for a great portrait.)

Of course, crazy hair or not, they're still adorable.

In this one, looking down the ski slope, you can see how far up out of the desert we are. You can see so far from the top of the mountain on clear days.

We went up to meet the mountain bike club. Chris went on a short ride while I got to stay with the younger cohort of the mountain bike club, pictured below in their "secret hideout" where they were guarding some ill-fated worms.

And here's another one of this little cutie. He has a very strong personality, and is seriously a tough guy.

By the way, this was on Chris' and my fifth wedding anniversary. Hooray!