Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mother's Day

Something happened between this picture and the others. I don't know what, but we couldn't get a good picture of me and both girls.

This is what we got instead:

Trying to grab 'em.

Holding 'em really tight.

Release grip and make some adjustments.

Daring her to run away with my motherly stare.

Grab her again and smile quick.

She'd going no matter what, so I might as well ask for a kiss.

Jared's Birthday

You may not believe it due to a lack of blog posts, but Jared had a birthday between Chess's and mine. He is not big on BDA (Blog Displays of Affection), so I'll just say the girls and I like him a whole lot and we are very glad he is in our family.

Happy 33rd Birthday, Jared!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Eating cake pops.

Opening Easter goodies from Grandma and Grandpa.







These two sisters sure do a lot together. I am so thankful they have each other. I love them!


We had a lot of April showers. This is one of those.

Look at the joy on Lera's face.

Helping Lera step in a puddle.

Hmmm, wonder how my umbrella broke?

Addendum to Chess' s Birthday

Mimi and Chess after Mimi took her to Build-a-Bear for her birthday.

I got to take Chess on a little date to get her pictures taken at the mall.

Playing by the fountain.

Isn't she pretty?

Her birthday chocolate cupcake.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


This is a picture of me and my parents exactly 30 years ago.

This is the year of 3's. Chess just turned 3, me 30, and Jared 33.

I have now lived three decades. We'll see if some "switch" happens and I start feeling more mature. Maybe now I will listen to talk radio or get news from somewhere other than facebook* (I know that is sad).

To document this special day, I am making a list of 30 things - things I like or have accomplished or just random facts. You will not hurt my feelings if you don't want to read this list.

1. I am named after my dad - his middle name is Allison. My name has one "L" b/c in the baby book my parents read, the boy version of Allison had two, and the girl version of Alison had one.

2. I am also named after my grandmother (her maiden name) and great-grandmother (her married last name). My middle name is Joy.

3. I love my thermos water bottle. I use it every day and carry it with me everywhere.

4. I love my job as a mom. I would not trade if for anything.

5. I don't step on the drain when I take a shower. I think it's gross.

6. I wanted to be a veterinarian for years when I was little. It was in middle or high school that I decided I wanted to be a teacher.

7. I got my first cavity this year, at 29 years old.

8. I love to create and make something beautiful out of something old or messed up.

9. I love Jared.

10. I was a cheerleader in middle and high school.

11. I went skydiving twice.

12. I have the best parents and parents-in-law ever.

13. I am addicted to chapstick.

14. I loved my pets growing up, but don't want any now.

15. My favorite books are the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia.

16. I am a very picky eater.

17. I have the best girls imaginable. Have I mentioned I love being a mom?

18. I love going to plays.

19. I change clothes as soon as I walk in the door to be more comfortable. Even if I'm wearing jeans - jeans are not comfortable to me. I'm talking elastic waist - oh yeah.

20. My eyes used to be blue when I was little. Now they are blue around the pupil, then a ring of green, then yellow around the edges. I usually just say green for short.

21. I am terrible at history. The only class I ever got a B in in high school was U.S. History with Mr. Coffee.

22. I love gymnastics. I took as a kid, for cheerleading, and classes in college. It is also my favorite sport to watch.

23. I have worn a size 10 shoe since I was in 6th grade.

24. I gave birth to two huge babies naturally.

25. I don't have a big desire to be a world traveler. It would be neat to see the world, but I'm happy going driving distances mostly (I would love to go to Hawaii though).

26. It is hard to think of 30 things about yourself.

27. I taught 3rd grade for four years in a very low-income school. I loved my sweet kids there.

28. It has been way too long since I have seen Tommy Boy (got rid of the VHS tapes).

29. I currently teach the nursery kids at church.

30. I am looking forward to the next 30 years!

*I also get news from Jared. He is very good at keeping me up-to-date on the most important things going on in the world.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Easter Sunday

I know there are a lot of fun things to make and do at Easter. But I am really excited that Chess is now old enough to get what Easter is really about. At least some of it. I have been talking to the girls a lot about how at Easter we celebrate Jesus' life and that he died for us and was resurrected. I am so thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and loves all of us. I am so grateful to be able to share this truth with my girls at Easter time, and hopefully all year long.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Easter: at Vogel (and a Birthday Party)

We had our Easter eggs hunt on Saturday and also had our family party for Chess's birthday. We went to our favorite place, Vogel State Park. If you've never been there, you really should go. It's lovely.

Be prepared for many pictures.

Twin T-shirts!

Chess, in her brand new pink chair from Mimi and Poppy.

Look at this cousin staircase! Can you believe we got this picture?

This one cracks me up. Chess knows the plastic eggs have candy or other treats inside. She also knows the hard boiled eggs, created with love and care, do not. Here, she is generously giving Lera one of the hard boiled eggs she found.

Raven's first egg hunt.

What do you see in there, Lera?

A necklace!

Mimi and Poppy with all the grandkids.

This is how Lera eats cake.

Thank you, everyone, for the great presents.

Finding (and eating) jelly beans.

He's a good Daddy.

Chess found a friend to play in the river with.