Friday, September 13, 2013

Sad to see them go - early morning trip to airport

On Saturday we woke up really early and left our house at 6 to take Don & Jenny to the airport. Our friends let us borrow their mini-van so that we could all ride together and not have to take 2 vehicles! We might have to invest in a vehicle that holds 7 or more people for times like these! We had such a wonderful time with our friends. It is so hard to believe that one week ago our house was extremely lively ... Here are some pics of that day!

Such beautiful blue eyes! I am going to miss this mischievous, busy, silly little girl! Jaina, I hope we get to see you again real soon!

Don holding his girls

I think they were pretty tired ...

... so tired in fact that Ava didn't want to walk - but none of us had extra arms to carry her. So, she got the sweetest ride of all of us! She loved it too!

Me holding these gorgeous girls. I wonder if I'll be able to hold them both at the same time when we see them again

Dennis and Jaina Mae

Ava being goofy - doing the chicken dance or poking Jenny - whatever it was - this pic cracks me up!

I think Jaina is going to miss Dennis too!

We had a similar pic taken in TX before we left in January of last year. 

A little bit blurry - but our January picture holding the cuties!

This is a blurry pic but we stayed for a little while to watch them weave their way to security. On one turn back towards us, Jenny had tears in her eyes and pointed to Ava and said that Ava was crying. Ava told her mom, " Mom, I really miss Jen." So, yeah, that made me cry too! But, then Ava needed to use the bathroom - so she got out of line and she and I ran ... it certainly lightened the mood. Soon after that, Dennis and I left and went to breakfast. We are so grateful that we got to spend so much time with our friends. I wish that we didn't have work obligations, low vacation times, and expensive plane tickets, or many many many miles between us. But ... I am looking forward to the next time we get to see you - wherever it is! Please come again as soon as you can - and we'll try to do the same!

Dennis' surprise birthday party

September 6th was Dennis' birthday and Don & Jenny came to stay so we could take them to the airport early Saturday morning. It just seemed to make sense to plan a surprise birthday party for Dennis. It was just the perfect size of a party for this year! Dave, Cheryl & Oscar Plews came - we sure missed you, Lucy. Also, Jodi, Colton and Sorren came - we're so happy they're back from their summer spent in AK. We missed them! Here are some pics of Dennis' birthday party, with a few pics (a couple of days earlier) of Dennis opening the present my parents got for him. We had such a great time with our friends! We also had a camp fire - but I didn't get any pics of that. Fun night!

Ava picked pretty flowers for me!

Posing with her flowers!

I love this picture because you can see that Ava was twirling her skirt as she was walking. She loves to twirl! 

Hi Justin! Justin, Jodi's husband was driving home from Alaska! 

There goes Jaina! 

Ava holding her hands like a princess! 

Colton, Ava & Sorren with Cheryl in the background

Don, Dave & Jenny

I think she has a future in singing. Maybe she'll be on The Voice or American Idol! Or, better yet, be a beautiful singer like her mama!

Jaina feeling Jenny's co-girl boots!

Jaina being busy

Bringing my sandals to me - or for her to try on - Jaina loves shoes!

She is so into everything and so funny 

Blurry hand - swinging the BBQ brush!

Hi Don!

Sorren looking to see what Ava is doing 

Ava & Sorren smiling!

Dennis, Jaina, Don & Colton in the background

"Chalking" on our fence

Dennis drew a heart for Ava

Even Jaina got in on the action

This one is super busy!


Ava & Sorren

Dave, Oscar, Cheryl, Dennis, Jaina, Jodi & Jenny 

Ava being a goof!

Dennis trying to get some air on his fire

Ava & Sorren again!

Happy 32nd birthday, my love.

Watching him blow out the candles - the group

Singing Happy Birthday!

He blew out all 2 candles!

Jaina wearing one of Ava's sandals - cute!

Dennis holding Jaina 

Jaina laying on the floor - maybe she was tired?

Dennis opening the gift from my parents

The girls want to help

Such good helpers!

Jaina is onto something else - this unwrapping business is boring!

A blower!

Dennis, Jodi & Sorren! 

Dennis laughing at a card

It was a really funny card ... Don was the one who picked it out. I almost posted it on here but ... I think I'll pass!

Ava & Cheryl

Jaina being busy again as usual! 

 Ava & Cheryl

Dennis opening gifts with Jaina supervising!

To everyone who came to celebrate Dennis' birthday party - thank you so much! We had such a great time. It was fun to surprise Dennis and have such good friends to come over too!