Thursday, April 23, 2009

i've been having fun with the camera recently...

...and no one will convince me you don't want to see all the pics :)

afton posing for the camera a few nights ago...

rayna's getting super smily!

at the end of our walk today. yes, afton dressed herself today (by the way, she's also wearing lime green pants, and yes, we went out in public like that! and yes again, the bow tie was pauls :)
ps, and no, this isn't all the photos i've taken recently...

zoo trip

i know, it's all i talk about lately, but here's some more pics from our last trip to the zoo :)

afton with some monkeys

some super-cute little turtles, about 2 inches long, the one with his foot out was sitting that way for hours, we saw him twice, about three hours apart, and he looked like that both times

afton looking down at the adult alligator, it was really, really cool.

rayna stopped for a little water break (don't her eyes look gorgous?! i love the sparkles in them)

afton was a little worn out by the time we left :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

a poem

"Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.

"Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullabye, rockabye, lullabye loo.

"Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo
The shopping's not done
and there's nothing for stew

"And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullabye, rockaby lullabye loo.

"The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep."

- Ruth Hulbert Hamilton

i've heard the last stanza of this poem for years, but i never knew who said it (i've always seen it attributed to "anon, who seems to do a lot of work :),but a friend of mine just posted it on facebook, so i thought i'd pass it forward and give the author credit.

10 favorite things

1) Paul (cheesy, but oh, so true) (yes both pics are old, but they're w/& w/o beard)

2) M&M's plain chocolate candies. nuf said.

3) Afton, she's a twerp, but so's the rest of the family, gotta love her :)

4) Rayna, by the way, these are in no particular order :), such a sweetheart, and growing into a VERY strong personality.

5) going to the zoo! i love my zoo membership!

6) my new beco, it's not this pattern, mine's dragons, but it's the most comfortable baby-carrier ever, and it puts rayna right to sleep.

7) libraries, what a brilliant invention, i love to read, but i hate buying books, i'd much rather borrow them, especially when i don't know if i like them yet--cause i haven't read them, and especially knowing there aren't tons of books i want to read twice, so why buy them?

8)rocks, all shapes, sizes and colors, but hard rocks are the best :)

9)walking, just getting out of the house each day

10)baking: bread, pretzles, cookies, pies, dinner--okay that's usually cooking, that's in here too, even granola bars

Sunday, April 19, 2009


(i know, i know, everyone else posted their easter stuff last week, but hey, at least i'm getting them up :)
Afton hunting eggs at aunt dorothy's (and uncle steven's) house! we really had a blast and loved seeing all the cousins and family there, thanks!

rayna also had a blast playing with eggs, though the only one she was allowed to eat was specially stuffed from grandma with pretzles, though i'm pretty sure someone snuck her a little candy just the same ;) unfortunately, i didn't get any pictures of her on saturday at the egg hunt...

and here's my beautiful girls with their daddy on Easter Sunday. i couldn't get any good pics with both girls, but i loved these :)

Monday, April 6, 2009

tortillas, etc...

Afton and her friend Hayden making fresh tortillas for dinner, YUMMY!

Rayna emphasizes the importance of regular flossing

Afton's become fascinated with beards, she devises a new one nearly every day (more often if you count food). i think it may stem from Paul's current fashion.

ain't she sweet?

Friday, April 3, 2009


afton's been asking daily (for probably a month now) about everyone's birthdays (when's daddy's bitday? grandma williamson's, missy's, miss teresa's, and just about everyone else that she knows). she's pretty good about remembering the months, though i still think she has no clue what they mean. today she had a fun breakthrough though.

"when's my bitday?"


"oh, set-ember... and naomi's set-ember too"

--no, naomi's birthday is december, afton's is September, naomi's is December

"ooooh, attin's bitday SEPTEMBER, naomi's bitday D-September"