Monday, October 29, 2012

Leaves and Walking

Today was a beautiful day so we headed outside to play in the leaves.

 Then Gavin said, "take a picture of my guy mom." So I did.
 And Ruby climbed on the sandbox.
 My parents beautiful trees.

 This little beauty has been walking all over the place lately. She started about a month ago, and there is no turning back. She is always on the move, and loves to take your finger and guide you wherever her little self wants to go.

 And another..."Mom, take a picture of my rock."
Here's to more beautiful fall days.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Growing Up

I am sitting here while Ruby sleeps (she was up with a stuffy nose numerous times last night), and while Gavin is at the library with his little friend Valerie. My friend was so kind in taking him with her crew since I opted to stay here with my little sickie. It is quiet and calm.

As Gav got situated in his sit and asked if Ruby could come I smiled and said, "not today...have fun buddy...I love you." "Love you too mom." He is such a big boy heading out with his little friend without me. I can't believe how big and grown up he is getting. I love this little guy.


Monday, October 15, 2012

California Weekend

Back in September we (Gav, Ruby, my mom, Aunt Marian, and myself) headed down to California for a long weekend. We had so much fun with family down there. We first stopped off at my Uncle Grant's home and rode the train He BUILT.  A little background... Trains are huge in my family. My Grandpa Shaw was a huge fan of trains, and he built a small one that my mom and aunts remember riding when they were little. My Uncle inherited this same love for trains and now has one he built...pretty cool. I'll have to post some pictures later of the train...the photos are all on my mom's phone. Gavin loved going for rides on that thing. So did I ;).

After visiting with my aunt and uncle we headed to my Aunt Karen's house where we ate good food and had fun laughing and enjoying being together. Oh, how we wish we could see all of our California family more often...we miss you guys!
Gavin and cute Emmerson (my cousin's little first cousins once removed??)

 Gain helped Uncle Larry make his delicious whole wheat bread.
 We took the kids to a little kiddie park. I think they had a good time. ;)

 And of course, no California trip would be complete without a trip to the best Chinese restaurant (seriously...nothing compares), Szechwan.

 My cousin Nora and Aunt Nora.
 Dan, Whitney and little Emmerson.
 The finished product.
 Ruby loves Uncle Larry, and I love her cheesy grin.
 Just another silly face from Gavin...showing off his fresh picked tomoates.
 My cousin Diana, Whitney and little Emmerson.
P.S. Thanks Nora for all the pictures. :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

September 14th

Back on the 14th my little Ruby girl turned 1! It's hard to believe just one year ago I was holding this sweet little thing in my arms for the first time. She has been such a good and happy baby. I can't imagine life without her, and feel so blessed to be her mama.

Some things she loves right now:

go-gurts every morning with her big brother
playing in the sandbox (tossing the sand over her head)
giving head-butts (Grandpa Merrill taught her this one)
snuggling her stuffed animals, and soft jammies
screaming REALLY loud...she has pretty much mastered this skill in no time. ;)


Adam was able to be with us via skype. :)
This girl couldn't wait to get her hands on that cake.

Pretty sure she enjoyed every last bit.
Gavin helped me with the cake...and made sure the frosting tasted good.