Monday, November 2, 2009

Happy Halloween





We all went to the trunk or treat at our church for halloween. Caleb dressed up as a scarecrow and the rest of us tried to match him. We had a good time going around to all the cars and Caleb kept picking out suckers when he could. He had a cute little scarecrow hat but of course that didn't stay on for more than half of a second.

Tucson Children's Museum with Gramma Nora

Adam's mom came in for a long weekend to celebrate Caleb's 2nd birthday. We love that she is able to come visit so often. This time we decided to go do something fun for Caleb while Adam was in school on Friday. We went to the Tucson children's museum and had so much fun. I don't know why we've never been there before, Caleb loved it. We were afraid that once he saw the section with the trains, he wouldn't want to go anywhere else. But we were able to go through almost the whole thing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Summer: Trip to Utah

One more post from the summer and then I think I'm going to be caught up - but I'm never really caught up. Again, I started this post a while back, but you know how it goes.

We had planned to go to Utah after California for a family reunion. The reunion got cancelled but since we already had the tickets we went anyway and visited friends and family. We were able to stay with our friend Debbie who we use to work with. She's a really close friend and she really took us in while we lived there. Unfortunately I didn't take a whole lot of pictures while we were there. But we loved being able to see a lot of our friends and family and wished we had more time to see others.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Summer: 2nd Trip to California

Although the date of this post says Sept 13, which is when I started it, it is now October 20th. I was starting to feel really really behind and then I went and looked up last year's summer post and realized that I posted that one on October 30th. So I'm actually improving! So here's the rest of our summer and then some.

A couple weeks after Adam was home from Russia, we took a trip to California so he could see his family. We figured it was the last time we could take a trip like this before school started and before Caleb turns two. We spent the first week at Adam's mom's house. She has a pool and Caleb absolutely loved playing in it every day. And Adam was so cute with him in the pool. Adam also was able to reconnect with some of his childhood friends, which he was really excited about. The 2nd week, we stayed with Adam's dad. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures while we were there. I think I was starting to get "pictured-out". Plus I had taken a bunch the first time Caleb and I were there. But we had a good time there as well. It's hard being so far away from all of our family, so this was a nice summer to be able to see them so often.

Vacation Bible School

I met a lady at the gym who was the director for a vacation bible school at a local Methodist Church. I overheard her saying that she was needing volunteers and I asked her if I could help. She was thrilled and put me in charge of the pre-school age kids. I taught the daily bible stories and then was in charge of the games. There were six kids in our group and I had two helpers, Emily and Courtney and we took the kids to all of their stations each day. The Bible story that we focused on during the week was Moses helping the Israelites leave Egypt. It was great because the lesson plans were all laid out and it was really easy for the kids to catch on and get excited. It ended up being a lot of fun and the kids seemed to really enjoy themselves. I'm glad that I was at the right place at the right time and was able to participate and help out.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Summer: Girls Church Camp

While my mom was here, she able to stay with Caleb for a few days while I went to girls camp to help out. We had 4 girls from our ward there and we all had a pretty good time. There were about 90 or 100 girls total. The church owns a nice big camp ground towards the top of Mt. Lemon, about 20 miles up and about seven or eight thousand feet up. You don't even feel like you're in Arizona when you're there. It gets freezing cold at night and the weather during the day was great, which was good because we had to wear pants. The girls did crafts, service projects, hiking, certifications in fires, cooking, and other outdoors things. The bishop came up one of the nights and brought dinner and we played games and had a really nice spiritual meeting. I think overall, the girls had a good experience and I enjoyed being there.

From Drop Box

Summer: Gramma Hardy's Visit

My mom came to visit for a couple of weeks to keep us company while Adam was still gone to Russia. We had a really good time. We went to the zoo, we went shopping. We went up Mt. Lemon and got out of the heat one afternoon, that's where most of the pictures come from. I love it when family comes to visit, especially since we don't live near any family.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Summer: Delaware

Caleb and I went to Delaware towards the end of May to visit Toni and her family. We had a fun-filled week and it was so nice to be able to spend so much time catching up with Toni, though we could always use more time! We went to Lancaster, PA and went to a few Amish shops. We didn't get any pictures there though. But we did have really yummy home-made lemonade and fresh pretzels. We went to the coolest children's museum called "Please Touch Museum". It was so huge and so much fun and all the kids loved it! Most of the pictures I have come from there. We also went to the Philadelphia Zoo, which is America's 1st zoo. I think we went at the same time that every school in the area had decided to take a field trip. So it was a little crazy at first, but we found the less traveled areas eventually and stayed around there. I also was able to take some pictures of Toni's kids and family, so I'll post a couple of them too. That part of the country is very beautiful and I really enjoyed being there.



If you don't think I put up enough pictures from the museum, you can check out Toni's post for more pictures: http://maxwellmemoirs.blogspot.com/2009/06/please-touch-museum.html

Monday, August 17, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

August 17, 2002



August 17, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

I'm working on it!

Arriving Shortly:
-Trip to Delaware to visit Toni and her family (probably a few different posts)
-My Mom's visit
-Girls' Camp
-Adam returns from Russia (he may put up a post with pictures at some point)
-Vacation Bible School
-2nd California trip (this time with Adam)
-Trip to Utah
-Whatever else happens between now and the time I put up the last post listed.

Busy summer, but we're all finally home to stay for a while now, so maybe I'll take some time and start updating.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

California: The other Darrahs


Lea, Ryan, Matt, (Caleb), Scarlet, Brooke. (Missing: Tyler)



Caleb and I got to go visit Adam's brother Matt and his cute family. We had a really good visit with them. The kids were so cute with Caleb and he had so much fun over there. They have such a fun house with lots of kid-friendly things to do, inside and outside. We're excited to see them again in a couple weeks.

Monday, July 13, 2009

California: The Darrahs



We spent the last few days in California with my in-laws. Ray and Audrey moved to Davis, CA from Florida the beginning of May. So my visit was perfect timing. Although we're sad that we can't go to Florida now to visit them, it's nice to have them a little closer. We'll be able to see them more often now.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

California: Amanda



I spent a few days with my friend Amanda and her little girl. We had lots of fun just being able to catch up and spend some time together. We all went to San Francisco with her gramma on Saturday, and had a fun-filled day. We had an awesome lunch at a very cool restaurant (see above pictures). Walked around and took pictures on and of the pier. Then we went to the SF aquarium which was pretty cool. Too bad the kids were ready for their naps by then though. After they got a little shut eye in the car, we went to the beach by the SF bridge. The kids loved it! I freaked out a little when Caleb got sand in his face, mouth, ears, clothes, diaper, etc.. and haven't forgotten about it yet. Besides that little incident, we had a great time there. And a great time altogether. Thanks Amanda for the awesome time we had with you guys!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

California: Great-gramma Hardy



We had lots of fun with Gramma Hardy. We stayed at her house for about a week. We got to spend time with my sister, April and her two boys, Zack and Wyatt. And we also got to spend time with my two cousins, Cindy and Val and their kids.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

California: Gramma Nora's



Caleb has been having sooo much fun here. We got here on Thursday morning and after adjusting to the lack of sleep due to early plane flights, Caleb has been such a joy for everyone to be around. He has been warming up to everyone quickly and it's just so cool to see his cute little personality come out more.

Adam made it to Russia ok and is slowly adjusting to the time difference, he's 11 hours ahead of us. He has a Russian cell phone that we've been able to call using Skype for way cheap, like 7 cents a minute, and 2 cents a minute if we call his hotel land line. Oh, funny story: He's in room 54 and I was trying to figure out online how to say that in Russian so when I called the hotel, they could transfer me to his room. So I found a translation website that would also say the word aloud so that you could practice pronunciation. Well, I thought I would never be able to say it, so I went ahead and called the hotel. When they answered, I pressed 'play' on the word. So the lady put me on hold and called his room. Apparently no one answered so the lady came back and started talking to me. So I was like, dang it, I'm busted. She must have thought I was crazy, sounding like I could speak Russian and then saying, uh.. english?? So anyway, a guy who sounds American gets on the phone and says, sorry we couldn't fix your pipe. So I was able to explain to him who I was and that I was trying to reach my husband. I also tried to explain to him what I did, but I'm sure they all thought I was still crazy. Oh well. I did find out later, that Adam was asleep when I called. So it would have worked!

Friday, May 1, 2009

18 Months



I'll find out measurements next week. He started officially walking on Easter Sunday (which was also my dad's birthday). He thinks he's so cool now! He's also coming out of his shell and becoming more outgoing. He loves going to child watch at the ymca and playing with "new" toys and other kids. He's a pretty happy kid and we are having so much fun with him.

Well, Adam will be leaving on May 7th for Russia. He received a scholarship to study with Duke University for 7 weeks in St. Petersburg. Caleb and I will be doing a little traveling as well. We'll leave the same day to go to California. We both have lots of family out there and we'll be visiting as many people as we can in 2 weeks. Then we'll be going to Delaware for a week to visit Toni and her family. When we get back, my mom will come out from Louisiana for 2 weeks. I'm very excited for all of the traveling. It will also help us to not be so lonely while Adam is gone. So I'm going to try to put up more posts so Adam can see updates often (and everyone else too of course!) but mainly for Adam :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

No need to spend money on fancy walkers!



So Caleb is very close to walking on his own. In the meantime, he's been having fun being creative by finding all sorts of things to help him practice. It's nice that we have hard floors so his "helps" can slide easily. Oh, and ignore the mullet hair, he's getting a hair cut very soon!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

I made this for Adam for Valentine's Day (with digital scrapbooking, I know. Me. Scrapbooking. But it was actually fun.) I put it in his office at school yesterday along with balloons and a rose when he wasn't there so he could be surprised. It was pretty cool.

From New Album 2/14/09 7:53 PM

Monday, January 12, 2009

Photo Shoot on the Bayou

Christmas Parade

Caleb and I went with my friend, Crystal, and her little boy to the Christmas parade in my hometown. It was lots of fun and brought back lots of memories.


This was my favorite float. You can see Santa in the back of the float in his red britches and suspenders. Look close.



Me, Caleb, and Elijah