Saturday, May 31, 2008

Heading out....

Tomorrow, we are heading out to Yosemite National Park, California! It is one of my favorite places and I haven't been since high school (which I had to double count, has been 12 YEARS - ouch!) and Lee has never been, so I'm excited for him to experience this place. We've been looking forward to this trip for quite awhile and hope it will be a fun and relaxing time with family. Of course, we are expecting that tent-camping with a crawling 10-month old boy will definitely be an interesting adventure - good thing Grandma and Grandpa are coming and sleeping right next to us with a decked out RV so we can have the option of showers, microwave popcorn, and a warm place for Aaron to sleep should it get too cold at night.
My favorite thing about Yosemite is a hike you can go on to the top Half Dome! Check it out....

I am hoping that weather, my weak chicken legs, and my dear mom taking care of my son, will permit me once again to trek up this grueling, yet amazing hike with my hubby. Check back in about a week and hopefully I will have our pictures up!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day

A family in our church let us "borrow" their AMAZING backyard so we could throw a Memorial Day party with our young adults group, so this is where we were for most of the afternoon....
We had so much fun with all of our friends - We are so blessed to have such great people around us to hang with. The water was a little cold due to our unusual cooler weather (high of only 82 I think yesterday - awesome!) but Aaron still had fun swimming.

The hat took a LITTLE getting used to at first - for about 5 minutes Aaron was doing everything he could to try to get it off =)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Birthday Party!

On Friday night, we celebrated my cousins' kids' birthdays, Laney and Noah, with our extended family. We went to a place called Organ Stop Pizza where they have a HUGE organ in the middle of the restaurant with a bunch of other stimulating noises, music, and lights to go with it.
It was a lot of fun to be all together and I try to not take those times for granted. Kristin, Julie, and I were so close growing up and we always express out loud that we hope our own kids will grow up enjoying their "cousin" time together too! =)
As young as they are, it is exciting to see that it's beginning to happen.... Noah is turning two, but he still likes to jump down on the floor with "Ah-nin" and give him a few pointers on how to crawl better. =) (Thanks for the pictures Julie!)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

More than a BBQ

We had two of our college students, David and Megan, over for dinner tonight and it was an extra special time. David is off to boot camp for the Army tomorrow and after he is there for 9 weeks, he will return briefly to AZ to marry Megan, then head to Georgia for flight school. They have been an awesome part of our college ministry and we are going to miss them terribly.... David's older brother, Sean, was deployed to Iraq also this week (who incidentally is married to Megan's older sister =) ) so with all these "kids" leaving, it has made the coming Memorial Day a little more sentimental to us. It reminds me to not take the sacrifices of our soldiers and their families for granted and more importantly, to be in constant prayer for them and their safe return....

Big boy

Aaron really took off with feeding himself this week and it is SO NICE! Just to put Cheerios or other little bits of food on his high chair tray so he can eat and keep himself occupied makes meal time more peaceful. He's very proud of himself and will often clap in between bites to make sure we continue to demonstrate our excitement for him....
Also, my furniture and chairs keep ending up in weird places.... Huh.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Lawn mower

I think Aaron is looking forward to the day when he can mow the lawn..... He always stands at the window and watches the whole time. And since the high today is supposed to be 108 degrees, I know Lee is looking forward to it. Isn't that why most people have kids anyway? To have people to hand-off those mundane chores too? =) And try to not be jealous of our huge backyard. We get lost back there all the time and it is such a pain....

Saturday, May 17, 2008


The pool (at my parents) is finally warm enough for swimming, so Aaron and Brynn got to go in for the first time this afternoon!
Aaron really loved it and I know we are going to have a lot of fun in the pool this summer!
Side note - check out the waterfall my dad decided to whip up alongside their pool in just a few back-to-back weekends.... Yeah.... He did every lick of it by himself! I'm always amazed by the things he makes and puts together.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Lee helped one of our friends, Joel, work on his car tonight.... I was a good mom and let Aaron crawl around on the driveway and get nice and dirty - He LOVED being out there with them and playing with all the tools. It brought a smile to my face to see my little boy already being just that..... A little BOY.

Monday, May 12, 2008


"Seriously, Mom, how embarassing...... Why do you have to put a bath picture on the blog?"

Friday, May 9, 2008

A REAL haircut

Since Aaron was born with a full head of hair that never fell out, haircuts have been a necessary evil for us.... I don't really enjoy doing it myself and I rarely like the outcome, but I'm too cheap (at least at this point) to take him somewhere. Anyway, Lee surprised me this morning and took him out for a "real" haircut at a barber - he said it would be part of my mother's day present. Which I thought was a pretty good idea because now I don't have to feel guilty for spending the money or fuss with doing it myself =) Anyway, they did a good job, but his bangs are so straight and even that I can't help but think about Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber...

Do you see what I mean?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Diamondbacks game

I can't remember the last picture Lee and I have together of just the two of us - the camera always seems to be focused on our little guy =) Anyway, we took this a few nights ago when we went out with a bunch of our friends from church to the D-backs game. (I don't know why we didn't take any more pics with our friends?) We had so much fun!

Sunday, May 4, 2008


I decided a little bit last minute (about two and a half weeks ago) to run a little 8k (4.8 miles)this past Saturday with my fellow pastor's wife and good friend, Katie Mayward.

She and I had a great time running and didn't do too shabby! I was able to run it in about 42 minutes and I was pleased with that time for the short amount of time that I had trained. "Coach" Lee and Katie's husband, Joel, were also there to cheer us on and support us and we had a lot of fun hanging out with them all evening.... (Aaron stayed with Grandpa and Grandma Fox for the evening) Since Lee and Joel are pastors, this is a huge sacrifice to stay out late on a Saturday night - we must be very loved! =) Not to over-spiritualize things, but as I was running, I was reflecting on a few things that I hadn't thought about for a long time and I was so grateful for God's faithfulness. Some of you know that after my labor and "push-time" with Aaron, I had some paralysis in my left leg to the point where I couldn't walk or stand on it. I can't tell you how scary it was for Lee and I to not have any answers for a few days as many doctors and specialists came and went running tests trying to figure out what was wrong - We had a new baby to care for and I couldn't even get up to change him or carry him. I ended up being diagnosed with a rare condition called "Bilateral Postpartum Femoral Neuropathy" (Whew - you can click on the link to read a wordy medical article on this syndrome if you are into that sort of thing =) ) Anyway, the nerves in my leg gradually healed over the next few months (mountain biking definitely helped speed up the process) and I am totally back to normal. I know that God would not be any LESS faithful had my leg never healed, but it was such a blessing to me to run on two good and strong legs last night and thank Him for that wonderful gift.

Anyway, I know it sounds cheesy, but I felt like God and I had a special moment out there while I was running. I can be very neglectful to remember what God has done for me, and I was reminded of His goodness once again last night!

"I shall remember the deeds of the Lord; surely I will remember Thy wonders of old. I will meditate on all Thy work, and muse on Thy deeds..." (Psalm 77:11)
(Thanks for the verse Kyle =) )

And for all of you Aaron lovers that really only read this to hear about him, I threw in a random pic for you. Incidently, we found out this week that he is mildly anemic so now he is on a daily iron supplement - which I hear can do interesting things for the digestive system, so I'm definitely thrilled to be on the receiving end of that, no pun intended.... =)