Friday, June 20, 2008

Girl of summer

Yes, we're surviving the 107-degree heat, barely (read more about the heat vs. me and Natalie). Here are some pics of Natalie, the lucky toddler who gets to run around shirtless and splash in a tub that's just her size.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Happy birthday, Hattie Rose!

Happy birthday, Hattie, and congrats to the Millers on their daughter's first year!

Believe it or not, that's sand--bright purple, sanitized play sand. It was really quite pretty, and the kids seemed to love it...

Natalie paused for a moment to share her glee.

The birthday girl and Natalie took advantage of the shaded play area in the Millers' backyard.

Hattie vs. the beautiful birthday cake...

Natalie couldn't resist the temptation of such a lovely (and delicious) birthday cake.

Natalie (and Bret and I) had a wonderful time at a truly beautiful birthday celebration!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Catching up with June

June is nearly half over?! Yikes! Here are some photos from the past 13 days of this month...

Last week, we got to hang out with our friends, the Oakeses, who were visiting from Nashville. Hattie Miller and her family joined us for dinner... Here, Sera Sage, Natalie, and Amelie welcome Hattie after she arrived for the party.

Natalie's first bubble-bath goatee.

Natalie shared her riding toy with her friends, two of the three stuffed gnomes.

If the shoe fits...

And mommy can't help but take a little pride in the fact that some of Natalie's favorite toys are pens, pencils, and paper.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Wedding pics

My friend's wedding was a blast. The very organized bride didn't have much for us to help with, though we arrived Wednesday afternoon prepared to be put to work. Instead, we enjoyed some quality time with Shannon and Jim, her betrothed. Bret, Natalie, and I even had time to wander around downtown Mountain View and enjoy the local restaurants and shops (especially Book Buyers, a HUGE used-book store).

Natalie and Bret were quite the troopers. Daddy and the very tired little girl survived more than six hours away from mommy, the longest separation yet. Natalie had a hard time winding down to sleep, which meant that Bret missed the entire ceremony and half of the reception.

When I could, I stole Natalie away to a quiet room and made sure she could get a nap. After she was sound asleep, I put her in the Ergo carrier and joined the party.

Here waits the bride. We actually had a couple hours of downtime before the ceremony, and the bride waited as patiently as possible.

Natalie left her mark on one of the programs I'd made for the occasion.

Other people had left their marks, as well. At least the program had the honor of being smudged with the delicious chocolate cake.

The most talented Lisa Maksoudian was the photographer for the occasion, and I'll keep you posted as to whether other photos become available.