Friday, November 13, 2009

The Zoo with Grandma & Grandpa Jones

We always love a trip to the zoo, especially with Grandma & Grandpa. And since it was late October, the kids could actually touch the turtle shell statue!

The whole place was decorated for the Halloween festivities.

...sharing a ride on the peacock statue...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

UmpLumpa Dance

I took this video at the Halloween party, and promised (threatened) to put it on youtube. Instead I'll put it on this blog. It's a bit more discreet. Kind of.

Halloween party

Finally getting around to posting halloween pics. This set is from a party at our friends the Slivka's. We played games, ate food, and admired all the great costumes. Check out the other costumes at a friends site.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Grandma and Grandpa Jones visit Tucson!

We are always thrilled to have Grandma and Grandpa Jones visit us! We begged them to stay longer, but farm duties called them home at the end of a very short week.

They showed up on Friday mid-day, and within 5 minutes of walking in the door, Naomi threw up all over me. Dad pulled Gabe-distraction duty while Mom catered to Naomi's needs (translation: read books) while I cleaned up. We tucked Naomi in bed, had dinner, and then the parents came to my soccer game. We played less than stellar, but parents never mind that sort of thing. :) They'd never seen me play soccer before, so that was fun.

With Naomi being sick, our activities were somewhat limited early on. After a couple days, Naomi felt well enough to drag about, so we walked around the block to see some Halloween decorations.

We played at a park...

...played in the backyard...

...ate terrific dutch oven food (thanks, Dad!)...

...played lots of Settlers of Catan...

...visited the zoo and Old Tucson (pics coming in another post soon)...

...and had a terrific time overall...

Please come back!!

Tweezer play

I'm not actually trying to leave ridiculously long periods of time between each post. In case you've wondered.

As I was looking through pictures to decide what to post, these ones caught my eye. They're so simple...Naomi playing with tweezers. I think I like them so much because they show a child's curiosity about how the world works. To me, tweezers are pretty boring. To Naomi, they offer a world of possibility! (Think Little Mermaid coming up with crazy uses for human implements: the possibilities are endless!)