Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rainy Day

We had a loud, booming thunderstorm last night and some more storms today. It makes for much cooler weather and Lochie is having an indoors days today watching his new Veggietales DVD and playing with his toys in his room. It's supposed to clear up tomorrow and we're set to have 90 degree days the rest of the week :(

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Baby Kinley is here!

My dear friends Shanell & Darren W. welcomed their fifth beautiful baby tonight!

Shanell is such a champion - she had a very difficult week and a half of on-again-off-again active labor but it was all worth it because Kinley is such a sweet little girl - a beautiful head of soft, dark, short downy hair and very good looking for a newborn!

Her full name is Kinley Sue W. and she weighed in at a healthy 9lb 10oz (Shanell's biggest baby yet! Kiera was 9lb 1oz) and 22 1/2" long. She was born at 7:40pm on Sunday, July 20th at a local birthing center and is baby sister to Kyler, McKenna, Kiera and Konnor.

I am so honoured to have been able to hold both Konnor and now Kinley soon after each was born and am so proud of Shanell - she is such a great Mum and did such a great job!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Lochie @ Settlers Park with new bike

Spiderman bike!

Lochie's Nana & Poppa gave him a special surprise treat for the Summer - a new bike! We went down to Settlers Park and Lochie learned how to ride it! He took to it like a duck to water and after only about 40 minutes he was able to brake, steer and ride by himself - only falling off twice when rounding corners. He was very excited!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Summer Raspberries

We are fortunate that our new house had a raspberry bush already planted when we moved in and in the next week or two we should be able to harvest delicious, sweet ripe raspberries! We have picked a few that were ready early and they were quite sweet and juicy so we are excited about this next batch ready to pick! Lochie is such a big helper with watering the garden. Daddy planted a tomato shrub, some potatoes (well we ARE in Idaho!), some sweet potatoes and some spring onions. He also planted some seeds which will grow an array of flowers that attracts hummingbirds & butterflies. We're a little late in the season for planting, but the people at Zamzows thought we might be ok since it has been quite a mild summer so far. Here are some pictures and video of our raspberries and red rose bush in our backyard...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

4th July video

Happy 4th July!

We had fun celebrating America's birthday yesterday with the McDonald family and had some great BBQ followed by some fireworks. The boys had fun with water balloons, glow sticks and bubbles but of course for Lochie the highlight of the night was the fireworks. His favourite was a little one that looked like a cardboard monkey driving a car. I found a picture online of what it looks like pre-lit. The thing lasted like 12 seconds and moved forward probably 8 inches - but Lochie is still talking about that one today! We had cool spinners, flashers and pretty glitter cones but it was the monkey drive one that did it for Lachlan! I really liked the ground blossoms (?) that spun around in different colours and also the glitter cones. My friend Shanell provided some great fireworks for us (they're running a stand this year) and Josh got some great ones too so between ours, the neighbours across the street and the sky lit up with pretty illegal fireworks from people in neighbouring subdivisions we had quite a great display! As always, Lachlan was so excited to spend time with his "best friend" Aiden - he is always SO excited to play with him and the older boys too. Lachlan is so cute because whenever he talks about Aiden he always calls him "my best friend Aiden" - as in, "Are we going to my best friend Aiden's house?" or "Me and my best friend Aiden played with the glow sticks like lightsabers!". Aiden is a super-cute little boy and he is such a crack-up because he is always so animated and excited about everything I find myself grinning whenever I'm around him. We had so much fun and it was a really relaxed, enjoyable holiday. Here are some pics of Lachlan in our front yard before we went over to the McDonalds and also some of the boys and the fireworks (I didn't use a flash so they are a bit blurry but it captured the fireworks better).