Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

We spent Thanksgiving in Page this year.  I made two jello deserts, three pies and a vegetable bake.


Carminda (Dana's sister) set the tables nicely...




Carminda also made all of the girl cousins Thanksgiving shirts...


Olin and Lori with all of their kids and spouses...


We took a ride out to Alstrom Point.  I've been once before and forgot how long and bumpy the ride would be.  I got pretty sick along the way and was regretting my decision to go.  Being pregnant on that ride was not fun.  The view is breathtaking though.

Can you see Aiyana and Clara?


Lake Powell and Navajo Mountain







Friday evening, the family played Minute to Win It games.  I was bummed to retire for the evening, but after the four wheeling journey earlier in the day and two photo shoots, I was done.

Here's Clara and Carminda playing one of the games...


Gabrielle taught the girls some of the native hoop formations...

Eagle


Earth


Eagle


The girls wanted to do an eagle hug...


Earth


We also celebrated Thanksgiving out at Masani's house in Inscription House.  It was a beautiful evening and a beautiful sunset.


The girls with their grandma, Lori, and great grandma (Masani), Della.


Masani had a lot to say to the girls.  Earlier in the evening she smiled and called Clara awee' which means baby in an endearing way.  I tried to record their goodbyes.  Masani said "I love you" in Navajo.  She smiled and laughed when she heard the girls say "I love you too" in unison.


On the last evening, Lori pulled out all of her jewelry and wanted the family to take turns picking pieces. The process brought tears to my eyes, but the look of joy on her face, seeing each family member choose and admire her jewelry, was something I'll never forget. We chose some pieces that were gifts from Masani and very old pieces as well. Many of the pieces, we will hold on to until the girls are older. We know our time with their grandma, my husband's mom, is limited, but we hope and pray for her to stay with us longer.






Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Aiyana's 3rd Grade Music Concert

"Star Spangled Banner"


"Read, Read, Read"


"We All Need Peace"


"Who's Hootin'?"


"Crunchy Leaves"


All ready to sing...


Beautiful little girls...


Nana came to watch...




Friday, July 29, 2016

Aiyana's 8th Birthday Party


Aiyana with her friends.  Missing from the picture is her friend Isabella who arrived after the group picture was taken.


Aiyana & Rubi...


Aiyana and Clara...


Aiyana with Grandpa Timmerman and Adriana...


Aiyana with Nana and Tom...


We love her so much...


Aiyana with Isabella...


Kandyce, Reigna, Clara and Rubi wait for their turn to bowl...


They all had so much fun bowling.  Here's Melia, Sophia and Makenzie running to grab a ball.


Everyone enjoyed pizza...


...and cake.  Chocolate cake of course because chocolate is Aiyana's favorite.


Ready to blow out the candles...


Singing Happy Birthday to Aiyana...


Opening presents...

A kids camera from her Aunt Alisa.  She brings that camera everywhere and I must say, she has taken some great photographs with it.


Aiyana had so much fun playing games with her friends.


Aiyana and Melia...



She got what she wanted...

Aiyana begged for this for quite some time.  I had no idea what it was until I asked a lot of questions to piece it together.  When I found out that it was $100 I told her no, but we decided to pool together the family and get her one big gift instead of each of us getting her something individually.  She was surprised and excited to say the least.


Here she is opening it.  You can see the look of awe in her face.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

California Vacation | Day 3

On day three we decided to head to the beach.  First, I needed something healthy after all of the junk we ate at the park.  Organic juice was the perfect breakfast.


Look at this super cute 6 year old ready to spend the day on the sand...


Aiyana was ready to build sand castles...


Something about kids playing on the beach makes my soul happy...






Th girls love to find treasures in the sand...