Thursday, July 23, 2009

past & present part two

The above photo is of my dad holding me in the snuggli and the photo below is of me holding Orson.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

baby byron

Inquiring minds requested a baby picture of Byron. (Byron is on the right) Maybe Grandma Judy can tell us how old Byron is in this photo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I set Orson down on his quilt so I could get a glass of water. As I returned (seconds later) I am shocked to see his diaper is mostly off! What happened?!!!? Did I not fasten the velcro properly? Can he now take his own diaper off? Oh, life continues to get more exciting all the time!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Orson is so big he can put one foot in his mouth and one on the footrest.

Friday, July 17, 2009


On Tuesday, Orson & I headed over to Maggie's house to turn these beautiful berries into jam.

Orson & I weren't much help but we enjoyed watching Maggie & Leah work.

Here's Leah explaining the jamming process to Orson.

Orson was very interested in Maggie's newest puppy named Opal.

Maggie was also dog-sitting her parent's dog.

Have I mentioned that Maggie also has a large number of chickens & ducks?

Here's Maggie feeding the chickens.

Orson loved playing with Leah. He did not enjoy making jam, but Byron & I are enjoying eating the jam.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

thinking of great-grandma mcconnell

Sending our love and best wishes to Great-Grandma McConnell...we hope you feel better soon!

field of dreams

I can only imagine what Orson is dreaming about...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

party leftovers

What could be more fun than 3 day old balloons?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

rasberry season

On Monday, Orson & I went cherry and rasberry picking with Leah, Naomi, & Micah.

The farmer let us sample different cherries... we ended up choosing to pick Vans. He cut the branches down for us so we didn't have to climb any ladders.

After the cherries we headed to the rasberries.

I found it amusing that we all wore rasberry-colored shirts.

Leah is a master berry picker. She knows all the right places to find the best berries.

Micah did a great job being in charge of the wagon & running the containers back and forth. We ended up picking 16 pounds of rasberries. Most will be made into jam on Tuesday.

I loved hearing Orson giggle with Naomi while I picked some berries.

how cute is orson?

Orson is so adorable that on the Sunday train ride home, the blind man sitting next to us said "cute baby."

Monday, July 13, 2009

sunday surprise

As Orson and I wheeled over to the booth on Sunday morning, we noticed a big bunch of orange balloons looming in the back.

When we saw the "Happy Birthday" banner, Orson and I knew we were getting a party!

I was spoiled with many thoughtful gifts!

Naomi & Micah made me this amazing cake. Orange frosting!?! The cake topper was beautiful... if you look closely you can see that it's composed of thread spools, thread, orange flowers, and small black & white photos of the family. I love it!

Micah waited patiently to eat the cake. I convinced him we should sneak a taste...

Leah made some great party hats.

Orson was soundly asleep by the time we made it home.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

birthday picnic

On Friday, Byron & Orson took me on a picnic in the Gorge. We had lunch and then some birthday cupcakes. In the following picture, Orson is about to help me blow out the candle.

The weather was fantastic.

Don't worry, Orson was only in the sun a few minutes.

Orson loved the outing!

Then he crashed as soon as we got home.

Friday, July 10, 2009

happy birthday cheese!

Happy Birthday to Cheese! Our friend Cheese (yes, I said Cheese) creates fun, colorful creations out of glass ( She and I also happen to share a birthday.