... but you can't take the 'Ham out of the Lewis: 06/01/2008 - 07/01/2008

... but you can't take the 'Ham out of the Lewis

What's going on up here anyhow?

Monday, June 30, 2008

Hot stuff

Theo and Penny are doing well in the heat. Today is so much cooler than yesterday, but it's still the kind of weather that makes you want to lie around a read a book until you fall asleep! Yesterday we had church, nap time, a wedding, and then Penny and I went to a baby shower. It was a busy, hot day and Penny eventually got rosy cheeks, a sweaty head, and wasn't smiling much. It was time to take off all of the kids' clothes and let them cool off. Theo took a cool bath and played in there until his feet got all pruney and Penny laid on a blanket all naked. She loved rolling onto her side (all of the rolling she does so far) and kicking her naked legs around. Today, Penny slept from 11-2:30 and Theo and Andy have been sleeping since 1:30 (it's 3:00!). It is a lazy, wonderful day.

Enjoy the sun!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Aahhh...Home Sweet Home

*These pictures are not in chronological order at all, nor do they represent all of the fun and exciting things we did/saw/ate/explorienced (that's right Jennifer....I have adopted explorience as a regular part of my vocabulary) while we were in California. For a complete, exhaustive account, you'll have to come over and talk to us in person. Can you tell we don't travel much? Who was ever this excited to go to California (and not even go to Disneyland)
We've been out of town for almost 2 weeks now and just got back home this afternoon! California was great (and hot). We thoroughly enjoyed seeing our old friends and being a part of Jennifer and Shane's wedding. The kids were real troopers and did incredibly well on the shuttle, airplane, and train that we rode while we were there. They also had no routine, no nap schedule, and no predictable anything while we were there. They both dealt with all of the change of places and faces with the greatest of ease. I am now completely convinced that we could take them anywhere with very little disruption.The only drawback of the trip was that I had convinced myself that I didn't miss our friends CJ, Jenn, and Seth so much. Now that I've seen them (and seen how fabulous they are with the kids and how much fun I have with them) I know that it will take a lot of effort on my part not to miss them horribly everyday. I will be saving up my pennies to make sure we see them before 2 more years go by. Thanks again Jenn and CJ for letting us use your house, car, food, showers, beds, dogs, backyard, sprinkler, TV, Wii, etc. etc. etc and for being so patient, loving and fun with our kiddoes. It was wonderful. Thank you Seth for being the very best buddy Penny will ever have. Even though she can't say it, I know she will miss you. Here are a few of my favorite pictures for those of you who weren't there!

Oh...I almost forgot to mention. We spent the last 2 days of our trip in the Port Orchard/Olalla area visiting family. My mom's birthday was on Thursday (Yeah, mom!), so we went over on Thursday afternoon to let Penny and Theo give her a big hug and kiss and to see all of the gorgeous work they've done on their backyard! The rest of Thursday and Friday was spent with Andy's family and his Aunt Bard and Uncle Ken (from Indianapolis) and his cousins, Sue&Travis (with Theo's new buddies, their sons, Carter and Austin) and Paul&Deanna (with their fun girls Alex and Sam....little Tyler (who is Theo's age) was all done with traveling (they drove from Boise) so he stayed at their hotel with his Grandma & Grandpa...I don't know how we would have managed two busy, little toddler boys!). It was a whirlwind visit, but I always enjoy seeing Andy's extended family and I love all of the energy and enthusiasm they take with them wherever they go!

Now.....enjoy the pictures!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

We are leaving day after tomorrow!

Happy Father's Day everyone! We had a great day full of church, bike riding, naps, pizza at Coconut Kenny's and packing! Are are 75% ready to leave for California on Tuesday! I am very excited (scared, apprehensive, elated, thrilled, etc.) to be flying with my family and to see our friends. Sandy came up to see the kids this week and to take care of them while Andy and I went to various end-of-the-year events. Here are few cute pics of Theo and Penny from yesterday!

It's a girl!

Our friends Nick and Jasmine (and their son, Jonah) welcomed a new baby girl into the world last Thursday. Her arrival was quite special. Here is an e-mail I received from her mom!

Amelia Marie was born this morning at 6:00am, weighing 7lbs 8oz, 19.5 inches long. Labor started at 4:00am, and proceded VERY quickly. We did not quite make it to the hospital in time. Nick had to call 911, pull over into the parking lot of a Haggen grocery store where the paramedics met us just in time for Amelia to make her arrival into the world in the front seat of our car! She is perfect and doing very well. I feel great and minus the location of her birth highly recommend fast and furious labor and delivery. With Love, Jasmine, Nick, Amelia and Jonah

Birch Bay with Aunt Nene and Uncle Randy

My parents rented a cute, little house up in Birch Bay last week. My Aunt Genine ("Nene" to the kids) and Uncle Randy were here from Wichita, KS and we had a chance to go up and stay a few days with them. It was so wonderful to be there, relax, cook, talk, and play way too much Nintendo DS. Theo had a great time splashing in the water (and fell in....that's what he's doing in the pictures with all of the crying and the snot!) and Genine spent several hours holding Penelope while she slept. It was so wonderful to see our kids being given so much love and attention. I hope you enjoy the pictures of this very fun time! Sorry I don't have any pictures of Penny or Randy or Me, but I must've only taken my camera to the beach. I'll post more pictures if I get any from my Mom! :)