Friday, June 26, 2009


We've had Photoshop for over a year but haven't done much with it. I've decided I need a "Photoshop for Dummies" book. Here's a couple pictures I played with.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

San Diego Wild Animal Park family pic

San Diego trip

We took our first vacation as a family of four to San Diego June 5-12. We got a direct flight from Grand Junction to Los Angeles and then took the two hour drive to San Diego. We went to the beach, the world famous San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, and Sea World. We had lots of fun but we all were exhausted and ready to come back home.
Xavier's first ride in the stroller without the car seat. He had his sun hat on and was ready to go! Madelyn also had her sun hat on and was ready to go check out Sea World!
Madelyn went chasing after some birds on the beach, she thought it was great fun.
Xavier hanging out with Mommy on the beach.
Xavier with Daddy. Daddy quickly figured out that Xavier hated getting his feet wet in the ocean (it was a little chilly)!
Playing in the sand and looking cute
Xavier refused to be carried any other way than facing out most of the trip. The poor baby was so tired and just crashed so Mommy got to hold his head up. At home he sleeps for at least an hour, but he became the master at cat naps on the trip (he didn't want to miss out on too much).
Madelyn squatted down and said "I love you sheep"
Petting a lamb at the petting paddock at the zoo.
Hanging out with Leonardo the Lion at the zoo.
Madelyn loves rides! She is on Elmo's Flying Fish at Sea World.
Getting dizzy on Abby's Sea Star Spin!
Poor guy was so tired, but needed a bath before bed so we gave him a quick bath in the sink.
We were able to buy nectar and feed the Lorikeets at the Wild Animal Park. Madelyn wasn't so sure of the experience, but as soon as we walked out of the cage she said "Let's get more and do it again."
The last day of our trip we went to Legoland. The kids weren't quite old enough to enjoy it all but Mommy and Daddy were impressed with all the Lego's. Madelyn recognized R2-D2 because she plays with one at home that Daddy has.
Xavier woke up very happy after taking another cat nap
Madelyn and Daddy riding Oscar's Rocking Eel. She kept her hands up and "screamed" during the ride, not because she was scared but because that's what she saw the "big girls" do on the carnival rides.
Xavier sucked his thumb and fell asleep while Madelyn and Daddy went on rides.
HELP!!! Madelyn was eaten by a shark!
Sliding down the fire pole
Driving the ambulance away from the hospital
Fighting Darth Vader

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

M&M's children

We bought the kids M&M shirts in Orlando last September. Xavier got a yellow one since we didn't know if he was going to be a he or a she and since his name at that point was "Peanut."

Hiking 5/14/09

We had another day off together and Madelyn decided we should go hiking again. This time we hiked the Mica Mine trail.
These are the first pictures of all four of us.
Xavier likes to go hiking too!
It was a beautiful hike!

Mother's Day 2009

For Mother's Day we went to the park and had a picnic dinner, flew a kite, played at the playground, and then went out for ice cream. It was a great day!
Madelyn helping Daddy get the kite up in the air Madelyn shows Mommy and Xavier how it's done
Madelyn wanted to do it all by herself
A look at the kite

Hiking 5/9

We've had some beautiful weather here so we've taken the opportunity and gotten outside. We went for a little hike up on the monument.
Xavier no longer likes to face Mommy, he wants to be able to see what's going on. Madelyn loves riding in the backpack
It was a beautiful day!!
Check it out Mom
We asked Madelyn if she wanted out so she could hike around on her own, but she loved being in the backpack and had no desire to get out.

Happy kiddos

Hangin' with my Daddy-O What big eyes you have!
Sitting up in the big-boy chair
Madelyn doing a backwards roll on her last day of gymnastics.
My life as a hamster
Jumping on the trampoline