Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
More pictures of the wedding in our Picasa web albums, just click HERE
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It kind of made me sentimental to think about the day she'll be wearing her own white wedding dress! Which leads me to the next wonderful thing about our trip.... We stayed with our good friends the Squires while we were in town, and Bella and Jacob quickly grew attached to the hip with one another. Megan and I were pregnant together with our first kids- and Jacob is only about 3 weeks older than Bella. To make a long story short, Bella was instantly smitten, and Jacob promptly asked John when he could marry Bella. The rest of the weekend Megan and I laughed as we watched our two kiddos laugh and play together like little sweethearts. Wouldn't that be awesome if someday they did fall in love and get married?? Megan, we would be in-laws!
I have sooo many cute pictures and a funny story to share about how Bella took care of Jacob when he got a fat lip (we still aren't sure of the actual story of how it happened...) but I don't have time to write it all out right now, so check back soon for more. I honestly wish the weekend hadn't been so packed with activity because we had such a good time with Brad and Megan, and really left wishing we could have spent just a little more time there! Hanging out with them was like no time had ever passed, and it made us realize how much we miss them!
And as a little plug for my sweet friend- if any of you are in the Sacramento area and need a good photographer- Megan's your girl! She spoiled us by taking some pictures of the kids while we were there, and trust me- she works incredible with kids, and is very talented (see her family blog site and her photography blog by clicking on Squires family on my sidebar). So there's a little brief catch-up. The kids are napping, so I really should be working to check things off my to-do list! I will dedicate some time to blogging and uploading pictures later, I promise. And thanks again Brad & Megan, we love you guys!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
In the morning we let her open Grandmas presents first, then she got to choose her breakfast of choice.. Dunkin' Donuts of course. We then spent the afternoon at Amazing Jakes where Bella rode all the rides (at least twice) and we got to enjoy sharing the day with Isabella's godparents Matt and Heather (and of course sweet baby Allie too). The birthday girl got to also pick her birthday dinner- so we capped off the night at Peter Piper Pizza and then (finally) headed home. At home, Bella opened all her presents from mom and dad, and then got to play with a few before calling it a night and heading to bed.
But the celebration wasn't over yet! The next day we had a little summer pool party at our house, and we also had a little celebration for Bella as well. More presents, more cake and more fun of course :-) John and I tried to get her a Barbie pinata, but we soon realized that all the toddler pinatas were operated by strings that you had to pull to open the trap door and release the candy! No hitting required! Whatever happened to the good old fashioned pinatas that you whack until it breaks open and dumps out candy?! We let her and Ty take a whack it it anyways :-)
Once the presents were opened and we sang to her with another cake, the kids were tucked in and the adults all jumped in the pool for a massive game of volleyball. Sadly, my team lost the tournament 1-2. But no worries- I'm sure there will be a re-match in the future. Toasting marshmallows by the fire pit was a nice way to cap off the evening with friends. Thanks you guys for such a fun night, and also for making Bella feel very special!
We love you Isabella! Hope you had a fabulous birthday! For more pictures of Bella's birthday, see our Picasa web album here : http://picasaweb.google.com/Bri.and.John/BellaS4thBirthday#
Thursday, August 13, 2009
And also showing us how old she will be tomorrow....
I just adore being her mom!! Stay tuned for more posts coming up about her birthday celebration, some fun times with friends, Bella's 4-year old pictures and more...
Lots going on in the Anderson household- but it's a happy one indeed!
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I've been convicted lately to stop the "I wish I had..." or the "If Only..." disease. Even if I had all the things that I think I need (scratch that- things I want), there will always be something or someone bigger and better, right? So when does the cycle end? When will I jump up and down and squeal with delight like my kids, over the things I already have? My girls' bible study knows about this all too well. We just finished a book that we read together about contentment. So with them as my witnesses and accountability, I am vowing to start finding the joy and appreciation in the little treasures in my life.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
First, my sister moves here, and makes my life (and our kids') so much brighter! It's really such a blessing to get to see this face almost every day :-)...And I've watched with delight as our kids have blossomed into little friends with one another. Tyler really takes on his own personality, and Isabella is becoming such and adorable, loving little girl. Here's a new habit Bella has picked up....she talks with her hands now. As in, waves her hands around and uses them to get her point across when telling a story or talking to us. Hmm, where did she get that from ?! ;-) This morning, for the first time, Bella and Tyler walked to the car after getting our Saturday morning donuts- holding hands. No one asked them to. They just held hands and walked together. **Gush!** What precious little people they are.
And what are summer evenings without dinner with friends and a *friendly* game of pool volleyball?! Right Robinson's? We enjoyed an evening at a new restaurant 25 Degrees (highly reccommend!) and then challenged each other to couple vs. couple in volleyball. Even long after us girls gave up, the boys continued the game until they were exhausted and it was pitch dark outside.
Although we wish the summer weather was shorter...I have been loving this summer, and wouldn't mind it continuing on just like this!
*for more pictures, check out our picasa albums under Summer Fun 2009 and Friends and Family* http://picasaweb.google.com/Bri.and.John