We had Karri's birthday celebration at Mana's house and got
the traditional porch picture of Karri and the kids.
As part of my present to her, I had found the original 'Shala' doll
from when we were kids and returned her to her rightful owner.
I caught this cute moment. Finley was 'reading' to Melody.
Melody had been eating a cheese and crackers packet before I gave her cake, so
she ended up using the red stick from the pack to eat her cake!! Such a funny girl.
Melody loves to snuggle up and watch movies, and so does Mara.
She loves to wear necklaces and hats.
She also loves books and was so happy to have daddy read her a book before bed.
I was sitting with Melody and she started to hand me all of her stuffed
toys. I felt like Sara from Labyrinth, getting buried in a pile of old toys.
Melody is obsessed with eating Go-gurts right now. To make it easier on
everyone, I squeeze them into a bowl so she can feed herself. She does
pretty good with a spoon, but usually ends up using her hands at the end.
We were able to go to Seven Peaks one evening with Karri and use her camera again!
Jaina loves to use the tubes, but can never stay in one for longer than a few minutes.
This is by far one of my most favorite pictures from this summer. Pat loves to take
Melody under the waterfalls in the lazy river and I caught the perfect moment.
She was just watching the water in the kiddie pool and I loved her little shadow.
Xander and Mara just love Melody so much and want to play with her all the time.
We headed over to the wave pool to play around for a bit.
Melody is really loving the water finally and we even taught her
to 'kick kick' in the water and she will kick her feet behind her.
A sad attempt at a family picture.
I love to sit on the 'shore' of the wave pool and had fun with the camera while enjoying the waves.
Since we had Karri with us Pat and I went on a waterslide together. I really don't enjoy water slides
because they are too fast and when I'm in a tube I'm worried that I'm going to tip out of them, so it
makes me really nervous. Of course we went down the dark one, so I didn't know what was coming next,
and going down with my husband that loves this sort of thing made me extra nervous. But I survived!
Back to the lazy river.
Thanks for hanging out with us Karri, we sure love having you with us.
This girl loves her binkys and found both of them before her nap.
My friend that I've known the longest, Aileen Robins Naranjo was in town from Texas and we were able to get together with other friends from high school for a night out. It was so great to be able to catch up with Natalie, Jenna, Aileen & Dorothy. It even ended up that Aileen and I talked in the parking lot until midnight!! It was so fun to be with her again, to talk about our kids and our lives as mothers. I love you Aileen!
Melody is starting to want to sit at the table for meals and
not in her high chair. She's just getting too big too fast.
Pat and I were able to enjoy a morning at the Provo Temple while Roger and Tammy watched
the kids. It's been a long time since we were able to go to the temple during the day.
That night we were able to go with Mana to her work party in Woodland Hills at her bosses house. We
went last year, but Melody and I didn't swim, so I was excited to be able to enjoy the pool this year.
Here's Jaina after jumping off the diving board.
We put Melody in a little tube to see if she would float in it,
but she hated it and was screaming until we took her out.
These kids just love to have their picture taken under the water.
It was quite chilly when we got out of the pool so we wrapped Melody
up in a few towels and she was quite content being bundled up.