Thursday, November 13, 2008


I'm having problems posting text with the slideshow below, so I just had to put it in a separate post.

We went to Bellingham, Washington in mid-September for a quick trip to visit our friends. I'm just finally getting around to updating our blog, finally, and also just learning how to do this slideshow thing. I have a ton more to update on our activities from the last month and a half, so I'll just start with this. Bellingham was beautiful, green, and cool - a far cry from the hot 100plus degree weather we were having here at the time. The kids enjoyed just playing outside, walking through the beautiful state park and beach, and going to the local park right on the water. They also got to play with our friends' sweet daughter, Mona, who is just 7 weeks younger than Catia. Juan got to go mountain biking twice while we were there, and it was so different than it is here. He said it was so foggy in the dense forest that it was like riding into a dark mist and there were times that he could hardly see. He had a great time and said that it's much softer landings than the rocky landings he has enjoyed on South Mountain here in Phoenix. :)

Bellingham Visit

October Happenings

Here is a collection of random happenings from October. Catia loves to play piano and play dollies. We just got this cradle that used to be my niece's, and Catia loves to get into it with her dollies and rock it back and forth and say "wa, wa, wa" (rock, rock, rock). Dominic took a sports class through parks and rec - it was basically just intro skills for soccer, basketball, football, volleyball, etc. On the very last day of class, they let the parents come in and play dodge ball with the kids (don't worry, the dodge balls are super soft). That's his coach in one of the pictures with him. At the end, they always do a huddle and say "Soccer rocks" or "Dodgeball rocks". It's too cute! We've been loving getting back outside as the weather gets cooler. Our favorite thing to do is go on bike rides down to the little park in our neighborhood. Juan and Dominic ride their bikes, and I push Catia in her stroller. When we get to the park, Dominic doesn't even take all his gear off. He just parks his bike and is off to play, helmet, pads, and all. We also did a fun craft with him where he got to watch this little tree "grow". He really liked that.

Pumpkin Patch

We took a trip to the pumpkin patch at the farm near our house in the beginning of October. I guess it's not really a patch, but, you know out here in Arizona, a big dirt or grassy area with a bunch of pumpkins plopped down is about as "pumpkin patchy" as we get. But, the kids had fun riding on the wagon, petting some animals, picking out and decorating some pumpkins, and going through the hay bale maze. Catia didn't like sitting on the hay bales, though, as you can see in her face in one of the pictures.