Saturday, February 28, 2009

Story Time

Every Tuesday Emily and I go to the library for story time. Before I joined the world of Momhood I had no idea there were so many community resources for little babies. Well maybe not ssoo many, but the library is so quality it seems like a lot. We pull up to the library and Emily squeals and kicks her legs with excitement because she knows where we are. Then for a half an hour little she and other oneish year olds get together sing songs, read poems, clap their hands, play with bubbles, play with musical instruments, and toys. We usually even get a free book to take home! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

San Diego Wild Animal Park

Last Saturday Justin, Emily, and I went to the San Diego Wild Animal Park. I've mentioned before Emily loves animals, so we like taking her to see them even if she doesn't fully understand what's going on. We saw all kinds of cool animals- like lions, cheetah's, rhinos, giraffes, tons of birds, and zebras.  We even went on a little tram ride "through Africa." One of the fun parts of this trip was teaching Emily. She has been watching Signing Time movies and learning signs. Just recently she watched "Zoo Train." So it was fun to see an animal and quiz her on the sign. Her best performance was Rhinoceros. Once again we had a fun time, hanging out enjoying life as a family.

Grandpas, Grandpas, and More Grandpas

Last weekend was the missionary farewell for Justin's cousin Brett. After sacrament meeting all of the family got together to visit. There were so many people! I think out of the entire family we were only missing two people. I meant to take a lot of pictures, but well was too busy enjoying myself. I did get this nice photo for genealogy sake. Here is Emily with all of her daddy's side Grandpas. From the left there is Great Grandpa Paxton (Patch) Lockhart, Great Grandpa Ron Black, and Grandpa Kris Van Dusen. Oh and of course stuck in the middle is miss Emily herself. It was a great party. 

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Future Heart Breakers

Watch out mothers of little boys. Aren't these girls too cute! My friend Julie (Derek & Julie blog) was in town last week visiting her family and we were able to go out to lunch and take our little girls to the park. It was wonderful! Julie is such a sweetheart, I miss our college days. Anyways, thanks for a fun time Jules and I can't wait to see you again.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!!

Ah Valentines Day. The day of Love. I love Valentines Day. I haven't always. It's not that I was bitter and boycotted it, I just never really cared too much about it. However, I really like it now. It is such a fun concept- appreciate the Love you have and receive from your family and friends. I think it really is a great holiday. (Granted I don't appreciate upping the price in flowers and secret demands from spouses for perfect gifts. That is lame, but the message behind the holiday is good.) Okay enough ranting.

This year I wanted to do something nice for Justin. He is the sweetest husband and dad and really was deserving of some loving. So I decided to surprise him with a fun-focus-on-him valentines date this year. I planned for us to go to an Anaheim Ducks hockey game. I wasn't going to tell him where we were going and just shock him. Unfortunately I blew the surprise by checking my email next to him and a reminder about my hockey game email was in the inbox. Oops. However, we still had a marvelous time! I love spending time with my sweetheart. (Special thanks to Grandpa Kris for being the babysitter for the evening.)

Of course Justin can not just let me spoil him, he has to spoil me as well. He did it perfectly by surprising me with a bouquet of chocolate covered fruit, beautiful roses, and a strawberry creme cake. YUM. (My next post is going to be me trying to burn off calories). Anyways, it was a wonderful valentine celebration in our family this year. I sure am lucky to have so many wonderful people to love!!

Happy Birthday Nash!

Here is the background: Jamie Robinson (blog Jared & Jamie) has been my friend for a long time- basically forever. We were in the same ward in Arizona and then really close friends while we both lived in Provo. We got married about the same time and had our first little babies about the same time too. I was so sad to move away from Utah because I was excited for our babies to grow up together. But life goes on. Jamie told me they were going to be in Arizona in February for Nash's birthday and I needed to go to Arizona to visit my Grandma Alice so I planned it the same weekend as the party. It was so good to see them! We had such a good time having delicious bbq and cupcakes and enjoying pony rides. Happy Birthday Nash!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Chocolate Face

We haven't posted in a few days so here is a little picture of Emily. We made a chocolate dream pie the other day and let Emily enjoy "licking the spoon" for the first time.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


Justin is the author of this post. I normally don't write too much on the blog but I had an exciting day so I thought I would share. My day was looking a little dull with Allison and Emily currently in Arizona and it being all rainy. However, I recently received an email from the producers of the show Wipeout saying that they were having casting calls in Anaheim today. For those of you who haven't seen the show, Wipeout is a program on ABC in which contestants compete against each other doing all kinds of crazy stunts to win the grand prize of $50,000. Since we're on our way to dental school, we don't have tons of cash sitting around, and it just sounded like fun I thought I would give the casting call a shot. It was pouring rain the whole time I waited outside in line (about 3.5 hours) and I thought I probably didn't have a chance against some of the crazy characters that were in line with me. When I finally got inside I told the people from the show who I was and why I wanted to be on Wipeout and ............................(drumroll)..................... I got a call back for next week!! I was a little shocked but I pretty much skipped out with a big grin on my face. Everybody be watching your television next season because you may see me falling off big red bouncy balls into a giant mud pit. Yummm!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Snow one Day- Beach the next

Friday, January 30, 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gotta love going to the beach on the last day of January.