Thursday, September 18, 2008

Family Pics

When we visited CA in July for Stu's wedding we had family pictures done at the beach. Here are some candid shots from when we were there.

Kissin' cousins
Yummy sand!
Sean LOVED the water even though it was FREEZING!
Now, it looks like he's throwing a fit, but he was rolling in the sand.
What are you lookin' at?!

Lava Tubes

Cute baby!
Dirty car picture!
Dirty car from the huge puddle!
Big fat heavy baby on my back!
Inside the tube!

We live near dormant volcanos and so we have some really neat geological features near us. One is a lava flow tube. This is the coolest place!!! You hike down about 100 feet into this lava flow cave. The cave is a 3/4 mile long. The whole time you are walking through a tube of solidified lava. It is really cool! It had been monsooning a few days before so there was a HUGE puddle so Jake couldn't resist using our 4 wheel drive.
video

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

We're still here!

So I thought I would finally post to let you all know that we have not fallen off the face of the earth. We are all alive and well.

Jacob is still working hard at Purina and is still the best husband and father. He loves playing with the boys and is so supportive of me and everything I do.

Jessica is doing really well. She has been taking some new nutritional supplements that have really been helping her manage her MS. She feels really great. She is taking voice lessons again and is so glad to be back doing music. Her teacher is having her try some graduate level pieces so she is hoping she is up for the challenge.

Kurtis is now in 1st grade and continues to love school. He is so smart and just loves learning. He has started piano lessons and is improving. He doesn't like practicing so much, but mom made him a special practicing chart and so now he is more motivated to practice. He has even practiced without mom reminding him. He loves playing with his brother and is a great big brother.

Sean continues to be as cute as can be. He is starting to say more words. He seems to be able to communicate with mom better, which helps everyone be happy. He loves playing outside. Mom has caught him outside in the backyard sitting in the dirty, freezing, rain water in the kiddie pool. He just felt like playing in the water. So what that the water is freezing and dirty. He is so fun. However, mom can't wait until he is old enough to go into nursery so she can enjoy church again, instead of walking the halls the whole time.

I think that is just about it for us this time. I will try to post more often. We love you all.

Jessica, Jake, Kurtis and Sean.