Sunday, August 4, 2013

Random Thoughts

Newlywed Flashback Picture: I can't believe it has been more than 11 years since I married Gabe! Sometimes it feels like we've known each other for ever and other times I still feel like a giddy newlywed. I am so glad to have such a supportive, funny and loving husband.

 It has been a busy summer with swimming nearly every day, hikes every week, and lots of short little trips. Last month, we took Persy to Colorado and went white water rafting, biking and hiking as a family. Persy loved it!

 Our adoption process continues. I pray constantly that a birth mother will be drawn to our family. We are so ready to embrace a new family member, it is hard to wait and wait and wait for this miracle to happen.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Beautiful Mexico

 Mexico is one of our favorite countries to visit.  It is romantic, charming, has gorgeous beaches, friendly people and is filled with excellent food!  Last week we were in Puerto Vallarta with friends.

Our dear friends and travel companions.  Favorite activities on the trip included zip lining in the jungle, scuba diving at Los Arcos, and just exploring the local culture.  We also did a LOT of swimming at the pool and playing on the beach.

 Persy and her friend, Luke.  It was so fun to hear these two speaking Spanish with the locals and to see that her time at the Spanish immersion preschool is paying off!  After this trip, I am even more committed to helping her become bi-lingual. 

 We were fortunate to stay at a stunning beach side resort thanks to the generosity of my folks.
Persy and Gabe exploring this charming city.  We ate at tasty local taco joints every single day.  Mmmm, I love tacos al pastor and pozole! 
 I came home with a dozen sunset pictures.  We stood on our balcony and were stunned by the spectacle each evening. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Snow Fun

This year we've discovered the joy of snow shoeing as a family.  We live next to the most majestic mountains and I find it so peaceful and quiet to get away from the city and do some exploring.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Life Lately

I have been an absolute slacker with our blog lately.  Here's what we've been up to lately. . .

1. Halloween with the world's cutest parrot

2. Romantic weekend in New Orleans with dancing and eating to our heart's content.

3. Thanksgiving road trip to visit family

4. LOTS of Christmas activities with gingerbread making, school programs, seeing the lights, playing in the snow, and making Christmas cards.

5. Daily reading lessons with mommy have Persephone reading beginner books.  This girl is going to be Kindergarten ready!  I'm so pleased that she shares our passion for books and learning.
6. Typical family giggle time and all out silliness! :)

7. Wendy started volunteering as an Anthropology gallery interpreter at the Natural History Museum, and Gabe is prepping for a big jury trial coming up in January.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Zoo Day with Daddy

 We had a perfect morning at the zoo last week.  The polar bear was being especially playful and had Persy was squealing with delight.

The infamous elephant statue still scares my normally daring little girl. :)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall is My Favorite

 Spotting Witches

 Pumpkins, hay rides, and fall fun at Cornbelly's

 Playing with Daddy-G

 Hikes with Friends

Exploring caves with my little Adventure Buddy.  (She was a champion hiker on this steep hike.)

Friday, September 14, 2012


Lots of tasty shave ice

 Visiting an archaeological site where there was human sacrifice.  These are just a few of the cousins.

 My cute folks
 Persy tries to do poi balls at the Polynesian Cultural Center without whacking herself in the head!
Gabe is all geared up after scuba diving.  We also did a lot of snorkeling.
Laie Lookout

A jungle hike and swimming underneath a waterfall

We had a fancy dinner on the beach with my siblings.

Stopping by roadside fruit stands for fresh banana, pineapple, guava and mango