Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Haircuts: day after

Here they are. As promised. Two little matching haircut boys.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Finger painting and haircuts

I know I've been silent for a while. I'm getting ready to do something called "comprehensive exams", which is a major hurdle toward getting my degree. I won't be quite done after, but whew, I think this may be the worst part. Hopefully after March life will get back to me being okay with the normal number of hours that come in each day.

Meanwhile, we are still doing some fun things, just not taking enough photos. Here are some of a little finger painting recently. Aren't they getting big?

And, haircuts for the boys yesterday, by their daddy, with clippers! It was so easy and now they look just alike. I promise to get an after picture first thing tomorrow.

Can you believe all that long hair?!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Friend from long ago

My friend Illah came to visit with her family. We traveled Europe together by train when we were 16 years old and although I couldn't believe it, we haven't seen eachother since then -- almost 17 years. How can it have been that long? It was so much fun to see her and meet her family, even for just a little while. I think we'll have to make a trip over to Slovakia, where Illah's family lives now (she's from Holland) and visit before too many more years go by. 

Chris and Illah enjoying a hike on Mt. Elden

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas in Galveston and a beach photo shoot (or 2)

Since Lexi (Chris' stepsister) is one of the most amazing gift wrappers I've ever seen, we elected her to wrap Santa gifts for each of the kids to make them look special and different from all the other gifts. Aren't they beautiful?

And baby TK's first Christmas! She is the most adorable little neice and I just wanted to carry her around all day. Wesley was very unhappy with that idea and had a bit of a hard time figuring out what his position in the family was since he wasn't the baby anymore. Xander and Noah, the older boys, just loved TK though.

Enjoying the stocking loot.

Opening that beautiful present from Santa

A little hard to get it open and see what's inside!

And the much awaited "bullet trains" are out

The whole family and specially printed Galveston family Christmas T-shirts. Yep, we're that nerdy!

And the day after Christmas little TK braved a very chilly beach in good spirits to let me take these gorgeous photos and let Lexi, Lisa and Amy dress her up in several different frilly outfits.

Baby girls are so much fun!

Amtrak to Galveston: Part 1

It's so strange to be away from a reliable wireless internet connection for two weeks. Even though I wasn't posting any photos, partially because there was no wireless and partially because I didn't even bring my computer on the trip (don't tell my professors!), every time I talked to one of my family members they'd tell me they'd seen photos of where I'd been on facebook already. Pretty amazing how we can still stay in touch without even realizing it.

Anyway, now that we're back I've been sorting through photos and have some to share here. First, the trip to Houston on the Amtrak. We didn't get a sleeping car -- too expensive -- but did okay anyway.

Galveston was great fun. A big vacation rental house near the beach with lots of aunts, uncles, and little cousins for the boys. We all had fun, even though the beach was mostly too cold to be on for long. Noah especially enjoyed watching the ships headed in towards Houston.

Of course the railroad museum in town was a big hit too. I was amazed by getting to see some of the old luxury compartments. Velvet couches and fancy bedrooms. They had tons of old train cars to wander through, and even an exhibit with all the china patterns that each train used to use. I guess I'm turning into a train enthusiast by association!

Christmas photos will be coming up in the next post!