Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy 4th Birthday Vienna!

Our sweet little Vienna turned four today.  What a wonderful little girl she is.  She has the biggest heart and loves everyone.  I am so glad she came into our lives four years ago.  I don't know what I would do without her!  I love you Vienna!
Jaron's mother made this beautiful dress.  She is very talented.
This is at the Oakland Temple.  It was a beautiful day.
We were lucky enough to have had my parents visit for the weekend.  It was pure joy!
Vienna had a great birthday!
Here is a picture of her gifts.  Looks like a good birthday!
Jaron's mom made Clark this apron and my mom gave him a motorcycle so he wouldn't feel left out.  It was a fun day for everyone.
A friend gave us this puppet theater so I sewed some puppets.  The kids thought it was great!
Jaron's parents gave Vienna this cute styling set along with a craft kit.  Just what a little girl loves!
For Vienna's birthday we went to Chuck E Cheese's "Where a kid can be a kid!"  Vienna is showing off her new birthday shoes.  She used some of the money Jaron's Grandma Lewis sent to help buy them.  Very cute!
Clark loved this place.  This horse really moved up and down like a horse.  Clark really got into it!
The kids had a blast.  It was a good choice.

Clark is a very happy kid! All in all, it was a great birthday.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

On Wednesday before Labor Day the kids and I went to a children's museum.  It was right next to the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.  The view was amazing and the kids had a great time.  The theme was ocean and fishing, which was really fun.
Here are the kids in the bird's nest of a ship.  
Clark was the captain.  He would get mad if other kids tried to take away his wheel.  He could have driven that ship all day!
Here is Vienna at the top of the fishing boat.  The kids had a great time playing on this pretend boat.

Vienna got to help build the golden gate bridge.  She thought she looked like her dad in the construction gear.

Clark is our little digger.  He loves trucks and shovels.
They had an art section and the kids loved it.  It was really messy, but so it is with kids!
For Labor Day we went north a few hours to the Fort Bragg area.  It was beautiful with lots of redwood trees and the ocean was beautiful.  Here we are Friday stopping at a local diner.  It was in a cute old house on main street.
The kids loved that we were next to this huge moose.  
On Saturday we took a four hour train ride on this old fashion steam engine.  The train took us along a river through a redwood forest.  It was so much fun.  I was just taken aback by the beauty.  To have this beautiful steam engine puffing away next to a beautiful forest, it was the best!
One of the cars was open and you could stand out in the air while riding the train.  We loved to stand out there because the smells were wonderful.  Also, the trees were so tall, it was cool to see them against the sky.
We walked through Fort Braggs and found this gigantic redwood.  They said  it was planted in 100 AD.  That is amazing!
We went to Glass Beach.  Long ago people used this area as their dump and the waves took the glass and turned them over until they became smooth glass.  These pieces were all mixed up in the rocks on the beach.  It was pretty cool.
Here is us standing on glass beach.  The waves and rocks were amazing.
We hiked along the cliffs above the ocean.  We saw some beautiful views.

On Monday the little town had a parade for Paul Bunyan.  It was very small townish, but really fun.  
On our way home we stopped at a light house.  This is the house of the keeper.
That is the lighthouse in the background.
This was a beautiful place.  It made me wish we lived at a lighthouse.

Here we are standing at the edge of the cliffs by the lighthouse.  We had a great weekend!