Friday, July 23, 2010

Goodrich Family Reunion

This past weekend we had a family reunion in Utah with Jason's family. His parents rented a cabin with five bedrooms and six bathrooms near Altamont. We had two private ponds near the cabin. The girls had a great time going for canoe rides and fishing with Jason and Grandpa Joe. Although it took a little bit of convincing to get Lindsey in the canoe at first. Both girls really enjoyed playing with their cousins. We all had a great time and it was so good to see everyone. It makes me really wish that we all lived closer together. Thanks for Joe and JoAnn, and Jody and Bret for planning such a great reunion!

On the drive to Utah, we saw these two big horn sheep running by the side of the road just outside of Thermopolis. I think that they were fighting when we first drove up on them. We got some great pictures of them.

Be jealous, Jeff! Do you think you could have taken such a great picture?
We stopped at the park in Lander to play for a bit while Jason did a little work. Such a fun park!
Sisters and best friends.
Playing on the tightrope.

I was really surprised at how well Megan did on this.

At the cabin, Lindsey got more birthday presents from Grandma JoAnn and Grandpa Joe. Here she is showing off her new "Neverland" movie: Alice in Wonderland.
A baseball glove and bat. You can also see that she got a pile of clothes! Thanks, Grandma JoAnn!
Eating birthday cake with Andrew.
Happy birthday, Little Girl!
Megan, Johanna, Andrew, Lindsey, Joseph, and Josh. Most of the cousins.
Jason's grandma, Nina, came to visit one night for dinner. Lindsey talked her ear off for about 30 minutes, but I really think that Nina loved it. Aunt Margie, Johanna, Grandma Nina, Lindsey, Megan and Grandma JoAnn.
Our family with Grandma Nina.

One of the activities that was planned was to do a shaving cream "do" on the dads. Each kid had a can of shaving cream, and we able to pile it up on Jason's head. Well, okay, Jason's legs and arms were more covered than his head, but we all had fun. Here is a bit of the aftermath.
As you can see, this activity got pretty messy, but easily cleaned up with a dip in the pond for Jason and some water for the girls.

Four years old!

Happy 4th birthday to my precious princess, Lindsey! It's hard to believe that four years have gone by already. She is such a joy to have in our family. Her favorite things to do lately are color, play with Playdoh, and ride her tricycle. She loves to go to the pool and the park, and is becoming very confident in the water. She isn't quite to the point where she will put her head underwater, but I think she will be there before the end of the summer. She is also a very big helper and is going to be a great big sister to her new baby brother. She talks about how she is going to help feed him and change his diaper and rock him to sleep. Lindsey is very excited to be going to preschool this fall. I think that she is ready, but it will be hard for me to let her go. She is so smart that I think school is going to be great for her.

The night before her birthday I made cupcakes, and we had an impromptu birthday party for her with the neighbors.
Everyone wanted to help blow out the candle.

Lindsey and Megan couldn't wait to blow up balloons.

On the day of her birthday, we drove to Cody. We had another small birthday party with Grandma Sherry and Grandpa Lyle at Pizza on the Run. The girls love that place because of all the play equipment.

Good little climbers.

Grandma Sherry and Grandpa Lyle gave Lindsey a Toy Story drawing pad. She was pretty excited and has already gone through about half of the paper.
We gave her a portable dvd player. I think this was more for our sanity in the next couple of days than it was really for her. She loved it though.

Big Horn Trail Run 2010

I ran the Big Horn Trail Run on June 19th, so it has taken me awhile to get these pictures posted. I had been training for this race since December of last year, so when we found out that I was pregnant in March, I decided I was just going to run it and not worry about my time. I am glad that I did. It was a great run, and I feel so good about myself for finishing a 30k run at 18 weeks pregnant. My time was just a little over 5 hours, which I think is awesome considering the downhills were terrible on my knees and I had huge blisters all over my feet. Even though I was hurting the next few days, I would really like to run this race again next year. The weather was beautiful and the race was very well organized.

It doesn't look like it in this picture, but I did finish the race running.
It was so fun to have my baby girls there at the finish with me. Lindsey ran the last little bit with me barefoot, but they wouldn't let her in the finish shoot with me. They did let Megan though.
Soaking my feet after the run. The cold water felt so good!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Being silly

While I was taking pictures of my flowers, the girls and I had an impromtu photo shoot. Had I known that they were going to let me take pictures of them, I would have cleaned their faces a little better. Still, dirty or clean, I got some fun pictures.

Eskimo kisses.

My flowers

The last few years, we haven't had much luck with our landscaping. Almost every tree we plant seems to die, and we have lost more bushes than I can count. But, one of my favorite things about spring and summer are my flowers, so I have to show off how well they have bloomed for me. They make me smile.

This is the iris that we got from Jason's grandmother. We planted it a few years ago, but this is the first year that it has bloomed. We also have a white one, and I love them so much.
We call this one our "snow-ball bush" because the blossoms are big white balls. I'm not sure of the actual name for it, but it is very pretty.
Our beautiful hostas. These ones are so much fun to watch grow because they grow fast. Looking back, I think that Jason would have planted more of these because they seem to be the only ones that we could keep alive.
My potted barrel. My mom always had a few barrels out in front of the house, so I feel like my house isn't complete without one. Mom always planted petunias though, and last year I did as well. This year I decided to try something different, and I really like the results.
I'm not sure of the name for this plant. I don't even know where we got it from. The only thing that I do know is that it is one of the only plants that has come back year after year for us. We love it because it gets so tall and full.
My front flower bed. Jason likes the antlers.

Fishing with Daddy

I understand that it has been quite awhile since my last blog post, so unfortunately, these pictures are a couple months old. A few months ago, Jason decided to take Lindsey and the dogs fishing. Lindsey, of course, had a great time, but so did Luke. Luke loves to go fishing. He is in the water immediately trying to help catch the fish that we snag, but also trying to catch one of his own. Most of the time he isn't very successful, but he sure has a great time.

The great fisherman, Luke.