Friday, June 27, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A few ways we've been spending our days lately.

Laundry. (It's never-ending.)
Thomas the Tank Engine.

Playing Games.
More games.
Staring into these blue eyes.

Hello, baby!

Taking Jackson to his summer class.

(He LOVES it!)

Watching Jackson play at the park. (While I enjoy a book in the shade with baby!)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

And more friends

Here's us with our good friends, Scott and Amy Cottrell who came into town from Cincinnatti a few weeks ago. Kirtis and Scott have been best friends since high school. I got to know them both better when I started dating Kirtis. We LOVE these guys. We have tripled in number since we all hung out that summer in Virginia before my mission.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Jackson's social life is beginning to be a big part of his life. He LOVES his friends and is so content when he has someone else his size to hang out with.
Here's him and Madelyn.
Here's both of them trying to wink. I thought it was hilarious!

Here's him and Ben. They are great little buddies.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wii love Wii Fit

Jackson is so funny on the Wii Fit. He is hooked. He loves "playing" skiing and soccer. It's hilarious to watch him! He's so fun to hang out with!

p.s. Mom and Dad love it too!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Dad's Funeral

Dad died one month ago today on May 18th. It seems fitting that I now post the pictures from his funeral.
Dad's funeral was on Thursday May 22nd in Sugar Land Texas. It was a wonderful celebration of his life. It was such a bittersweet time to meet with so many loved ones and share memories of our sweet dad.

Here are some pictures of the event.

My sweet Grandma Messick. My Aunt Juleen, Aunt Valerie, my sweet mom, and my cousin Tiffany.

I love this one of the pall bearers. I love the reverence and the somber mood their faces portray.
A dear family friend, Rebecca Morton, did the flowers. She did the flowers at my wedding and Rhonda's too. The flowers were absolutely beautiful, and it meant so much to us.
John Quinlin (foreground) was a wonderful home teacher and family friend for many years. Bishop Owens in the background.

My lovely sisters.

Dear family friends. Sherie Staub and Bill Moore. It means so much that they loved our dad so much.


The grandkids enjoyed placing flowers on the casket.

We miss you, Dad.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Conversations with a 3 year old

J: Mommy, Do we have a dog?
Me: No.
J: But what about Honey Babe?
Me: Well, we used to have Honeybabe, but she got old and died.
J: Oh.
Me: She went to heaven and lives with Jesus now.
J: But Mommy, Jesus doesn't have a dog!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

One good thing.....

....about having a baby, is that they come in handy when you don't want your picture taken!

Babies babies babies!

One of the things I have been looking forward to since Avery was born, was the chance for her to meet her new cousins! We got the chance as everyone in the family flew in for Dad's funeral. I can't decide which pictures are the cutest, so I'll post a bunch.

From left to right:
Ruby Gayle Harris (My younger sister Rhonda's baby) Born in March
Avery Jane Hill (our little cutie) Born in December
Alice Eliza Messick (My older brother's baby) Born in February

Collin Tyler (My oldest brother, Tyson's baby) was born last week, so we didn't get to meet him because he was still in his mamma's belly.

Welcome to earth little buddy. You will be a little outnumbered with all of these little girls around!

Sea World San Antonio

Yeah! We were so excited to get to Sea World! I have been wanting to take Jackson here for the longest time. He loves whales, dolphins, sharks, fish and all sea life, so I knew he would love it!
Look at that big cheesy grin!

Beluga Whale. So beautiful!

Go Shamu!
That night, we met our old friends from the Avenues (The Martinez family) for dinner and had such a fun time. I love the ambiance of the River Walk. There are Mariachi (sp?) bands serenading you while you eat and just tons of people walking around and enjoying the evening.

While we waited for our friends, Jackson kept busy throwing rocks in the river. The cheesy grin again.This was the look on his face right after he would throw a rock and it would splash! He's hilarious.

Avery was there too!
Sea World Day Two:
We woke up and I put Avery in her car seat while we were getting ready and she surprised us by sitting up on her own! So big!

Jackson's all ready for more fun in Daddy's sunglasses.
More Shamu! We sat up close the second day so we could be splashed! It was so fun to be so close to these amazing creatures, but Jackson got so mad when he got wet! He was crying and Kirtis and I were just laughing. Aren't we terrible?

We also fed dolphins and birds and Kirtis took Jackson on the log ride, but Jackson hated it. He kept saying, "Daddy, hold me tighter!!" We would ask Jackson if he wanted to go on any of the big roller coaster rides and he would VERY quickly say NO!
Both kids were exhausted by the end! Jackson got his big whale, so it was all worth it for him! We had a nice 3 hour drive back to Grandma's while the kids slept.