Monday, June 23, 2008

Kicking Off Summer

Wow, were we totally unprepared the evening Devi announced "potty?" Pat looked at me, and I looked back at him puzzled. What do we do? Like any proud parents, I grab the baby and Pat grabs the camera and we document this momentous occasion, which by the way, produced results on her first try! This is still a work in progress, but we are surprised more and more each day with how much she understands. Smart girl :)

Sound to Narrows Run, June 14th, 2008

A long standing tradition in our family is participating in the local running race. The whole Sound to Narrows race is a 7.4 mile hilly course that takes you through our local Pt. Defiance park. This is the first year in many that I decided not to run (chicken?) but Devi "ran" in her first diaper dash. Heat two, the under 2 years category was very competitive...not because of the children? Parents were elbowing each other claiming personal space as their own as we cajoled our children from the start to finish line. Notice all the cameras!!! It was a hoot! I love the photo where she is looking back for reassurance from daddy at the start, thumb in mouth!

Father's Day, June 15th, 2008

So proud of the crown she made for daddy, Devi just couldn't wait to present it to daddy. His morning started out with a little "quiet" to actually read the newspaper - a past time that rarely occurs these days, while Devi helped momma make smiley face pancakes for dad. Operating a spatula at age 18 months is a little shaky, but daddy loved his breakfast. Once our tummies were full, we headed out to a local festival for a bit of sunshine and dancing. Devi loves live music...I think she experienced her first crush - on the trumpet player from one of the bands that was playing.

First Road Trip, June 20-22, 2008

Looking at "ishies" with Uncle Bill in the pond.

Reading "Green Eggs and Ham" with Uncle Howard

Meeting Aunt Sandy from Tallkeetna, Alaska for the first time.

Devi's first road trip was to attend a wedding and visit my mom's sisters' family in Oregon on their Century Farm. The wedding ceremony took place in a clearing in the trees atop a hill overlooking the country side. A beautiful setting with beautiful scenery and perfect weather. Devi missed the ceremony however, due to her short attention span and extreme interest in cows, which she could see in the clearing below! Moo!!!!

Before the ceremony we spent our afternoon at a park chasing ducks and blowing bubbles. It was fun to explore the park, part of which is a cemetary filled with very old head stones dating back to the early 1800s.

In the morning, my aunt Kathy invited us all back to the farm house for a hearty breakfast before hitting road for home. The farm holds special memories for all of the cousins, as we all have spent summers there over the years helping to hay, lay irrigation pipe or help my aunt cook. Although we haven't been there in years and our time spent there as kids was really not long, this place feels like a second home to all of us. The farm house is one of those places where you always feel welcome and although not overly large, it's walls can always hold just a few more. The food was delicious, as always, complete with homemade cinnamon rolls that I have been told hold no calories! Time to go is always met with hugs and tears. My Aunt Kathy and Uncle Howard are always such gracious hosts. With a full belly, Devi slept the first 2 hours of the car trip home. A successful weekend!


Peter and Nancy said...

Woo hoo! Sign that girl up for the potty-training gifted program! (I'm sure there's one somewhere!) I love the photo of Devi running into your arms, Julie . . . it speaks volumes. She is such a darling.
Love from her WI pal,
Anya Rashi and Nancy

Cindy said...

WOW Devi... you have been a busy little girl lately!!

You are really beautiful and such a blessing to your mommy and daddy!!

Loved the diaper dash--how cute was THAT!!!!

The Labontes said...

She looks way too grown up! The diaper dash sounds like such a cute event. I can't believe how quick these kiddos grow up :(

Glad you're enjoying summer and family.

Amy said...

I LOVE all the pics! Devi is so precious! The diaper dash is a cute idea too! Glad you are enjoying your summer with your little girl.

Sandy & Butch said...

It was so great to see ALL of you! Meeting Devi was like the little cherry on top of my sweet sundae weekend with family. I got some great shots of Devi that I'll send to you too. What a blessing to see you as Mommy & make outstanding ones by the way. Hugs & Kisses Sandy

Shad and Maggie Alsworth said...

Yeah Devi!!! What a great start to summer!!

What a beautiful little blessing you have Julie!! I'm jealous!! :)

Waiting at #15

Anonymous said...

What an amazing girl Devi is and we always knew she would be an excellent athlete based on her early age movement and accomplishments! Beautiful family memories....I am so glad you share them with us. They bring such pangs of missing you guys and such joy witnessing the happiness that you have as a family.
Michele in VA

Kristi said...

Love the picture of Devi sitting triumphantly on the pot!!! Blackmail material for later??? ;)

Glad you are enjoying your summer over there! Devi is growing up so fast. Was it really almost a year ago that you brought her home? Wow.


Slade said...

wow what an amazing blog! I saw your name on Nate and Tricia's comments. Devi is just BEAUTIFUL!!!