Sunday

September 28, 2013 by Becky

Sunday was our first full day in Mexico.  We knew we wanted to go to church in Playa and had looked up the local meeting-house location and times.  One ward met at 8 AM and another at 12 PM.  We of course chose to go at 12 since we were still on California time which is two hours ahead and 8 would have felt like 6!  We had a leisurely morning and took a dip in some of the pools at the resort.

Our private hottub

Our private hot tub

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Happy naked baby!

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Having fun in the Big Pool

After the kids swam for a while they dried off in the hammocks that they have all around the resort.

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“Hanging out”

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Posing

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Silly Goose

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Lovely Lydia

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Mummified

It was raining pretty hard when it was time for church so we dashed into the building. We knew we would not understand most of the things being said but there is a nice feeling knowing that you understand the structure of things because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same no matter where you go in the world.  We sang an opening song that we all knew the tune to, just not the Spanish words.  There were two baby blessings that morning and then we sang the Sacrament hymn and partook of the Sacrament after it was blessed and passed by the Priesthood.

It was Sept 1st so we knew that the first Sunday of each month is Testimony meeting where members of the congregation get up and bear their testimonies of the Gospel .  Tim translated to whoever was lucky enough to be sitting next to him at the moment.  I had to go out in the hall a few times with Levi.  The building was built differently than the ones we have in the States.  The Chapel had no actual pews, but only tile floor and fold up chairs.  The one thing that surprised me the most was that only one person spoke to us while we were there.  I had anticipated the people being friendly and inviting.  Tim told us later that some of the people who had gotten up to speak had encouraged the ward members to be more friendly and inviting.  I think the Spirit was speaking to them.  :)

 

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Levi’s Taxi

After church we went to a street market in Playa that is only on Sundays.  It’s basically a flea market covered by tarps along a street.  They were selling everything from used clothing, to $5 sunglasses (Tim and I both got a pair), to local fruit, to threaded bracelets that they spell your name in.  We bought bracelets for Catelyn and Lydia and they got to choose the colors they wanted.  As we walked down the length of the street the guy was making the bracelets and when we came back he had them done.  The funny thing was that when we got back to the spot he had been at he was gone.  He found us easy enough though.  We stuck out on that street like a buffalo in a rain forest.  We were all in our church clothes and Levi was riding on Tim’s back in this:

Tim says lots of people were commenting on the hiking backpack.  That thing is the Cadillac of hiking backpacks and I’m sure many people had never seen the likes of it before.

Anyway, the guy making the woven bracelets said that he had to move because he didn’t have a permit to sell on the street and a police officer had come by and told him he had to move.  He had moved his “shop” behind a row of other vendors and their tarps.  It was kind of fun!  Haha.

After that adventure we went back to our room and relaxed a bit until it was time for dinner.  The next place on my list of restaurants I wanted to visit was near downtown.  We all ordered horchata again and decided to go with a big platter with many selections to make your own tacos with.  It was as good as it looks!  Such a fun experience!

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Talent!

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Service with a smile!

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We ate most of it before I remembered to take a picture!

After dinner we walked along 5th Street which is designated for pedestrian traffic only and that the locals call “Quinta” which means “Fifth”.  We hadn’t brought the backpack so Levi got a ride on Daddy’s shoulders.

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Daddy Taxi

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He’s got a good handhold

 

 

Riviera Maya

September 8, 2013 by Becky

It is obvious that I have not been good at blogging our life’s great moments these past few years.  My baby was born.  No blog post.  My 1st Anniversary.  No blog post.  The wondrous blessing of our family being Sealed for all Eternity.  Still no blog post.  My baby turned 1, my 2nd Anniversary, camping trips, family reunions, Tim starting his own company, moving.  Nothin’.

But now the time has come for me to buckle down and type this story out.  This past week our family vacationed down on the Riviera Maya in Mexico.  We had so many adventures and took so many fun pictures of those adventures that I feel the need to document it all.  One of most exciting parts of this trip for me was the opportunity my children were being given to experience another culture and I want them to be able to look back and recall all the fun adventures we had.

Our flight left on Saturday Aug. 31st from San Francisco nonstop to Cancun.  We all woke up at 5:30 AM and had to drive down to the San Mateo bridge because the Bay Bridge was closed that whole weekend in preparation for the new expanse being opened.  We were able to see the sunrise over the Bay!

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I had done a lot of research on flying internationally with children (especially a toddler) and had packed a whole “bag of tricks” complete with little “presents” I had wrapped up for them to open at opportune times throughout the flight.  Nothing major, just something that was new to them.

Levi got a barrel of monkeys, the girls some new funky colored Crayons, Cooper a Mathdoku pad.  That sort of thing.  The picture to the left is of Levi opening a new car toy.  He ended up enjoying ripping the wrapping paper more than the toy!  Haha.

The kids were all super great on the flight.  Because there are so many of us now in our family, we had to take up two rows of seats.  Cooper and Catelyn sat in front while Lydia sat with Tim and I and we wrangled Levi back and forth between us.  Levi eventually took an hour nap about 3 hours into the flight and then it was time to prepare for arrival!  Mexico here we come!

After landing and going through Customs we were ready to go outside and find our rental car.  The humid air hit us and the kids were a bit taken aback at how hot and sticky it felt.  Tim said “Welcome to Mexico!”  :)  Our rental car agency brought a van around to pick us up and bring us to their lot.   Tim spent the 20 or so minutes we were waiting for the van shooting the breeze in Spanish with the rental car agent.  When the van finally came we all piled in with a young couple from North Carolina who coincidentally the wife worked at an Architecture firm.  They were really nice and said they didn’t have kids yet but they both thought that 4 kids was a good number.

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Too late for a Christmas card

January 14, 2013 by Becky

I always have a hard time getting organized enough to get a picture taken, order prints and address cards for Christmas so this year I’m sending out Valentines cards. This is the link to what I will be sending out.

Stationery card
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On Being a Dad: Part II

September 22, 2012 by Tim

I find that one of the most interesting parts of being a Dad is watching as my children discover who they are.  Cooper struggles at times with his awkward and inappropriate sense of humour and Levi is just discovering that he has hands.  As a Dad over this past year I have loved watching the kids grow into themselves and develop into such wonderful people.  Indulge me as I share a bit.

Cooper Reading to Lydia (9/19/12)

Cooper

He would never admit it, but he is a deeply caring boy who at times can show a tremendous amount of empathy.  He is confident in his abilities and is very matter of fact and honest sharing with others things he has learned.  Whether it is mathematics, grammar, the necessity of baptism, or the importance of democracy, he will gladly share what he knows.  His 10-year-old sensibilities about fairness can be a struggle for him at times, but it also means that he is generous in giving credit to others when due. That’s good for me because I still get lots of hugs from him.  I’m lamenting the day when it isn’t cool to hug dad anymore.

Blanket Pile (6/21/2012)

Catelyn

Proudly proclaiming a love for all things “boyish”, Catelyn is the girliest girl in the house.  Her love for mud, Legos, soccer balls, and a propensity for injuring herself is balanced by one of the sweetest and most generous of personalities.  Catelyn has the ability to make friends almost instantly and she will literally give you the food off her plate or the clothes off her back if she feels you are in need.  Her love for art, music, and singing fills our home with a constant energy that is noticeably absent when she is away or engrossed in a book or reading The Friend magazine.

Lydia

Of late, my little princess has dubbed herself the quietest child in the family.  This is mostly true between 9pm and 6am.  She says she is quiet because she is thinking.  And she does!  At times she will break her silence with completely off topic questions or statements, but often she will interject with a perfectly timed and thought out one-liner that will have us all laughing.  Her developing sense of humour is not too surprising in a home where her big brother and dad are always trying to one up each other on the funny scale.

Levi

My angel baby is a miracle and a joy that I am so grateful for.  His complete dependency and innocence are a tremendous responsibility and privilege.  The way his face lights up when he sees me melts my heart every time and watching the way Becky works so hard to care for him has made me love her more than ever.  Levi has a distinct advantage of having three siblings who dote over him and cant wait to teach him everything they know.

 

Our children continually delight and surprise me.  As Becky and I count down the days until are family is sealed in the temple we are very aware of how truly blessed we are.

 

Art Project

July 3, 2012 by Tim

A lot has happened with work lately but my Sunday afternoon project these last two weeks was to make a little art piece for the baby’s wall.   It’s made entirely out of construction paper and was a lot of fun to make.  Nothing supper fancy but it’s better than a blank wall.

Sun = Lydia’s hands
Fish = Catelyn’s hand
Trees = Becky’s hands
Little boy fishing and snake = my thumbs
Giraffe = Cooper’s hand

 

Happy 1st Father’s Day Tim!

June 17, 2012 by Becky
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Meet our baby boy!

March 9, 2012 by Becky

We had our big 20 week ultrasound on March 8, 2012 and got to see our new baby BOY!  He looks great and the technology they have now is just amazing!

I’ll Follow You Anywhere

February 25, 2012 by Tim

We were messing around this afternoon and decided to share our fun with the world. This is our version of the Death Cab For Cutie song “I’ll Follow You Into The Dark.”  Enjoy!

Sunday Afternoon

January 29, 2012 by Tim

This afternoon is a rare time when things are quite around the house.  Becky is resting, Cooper is playing Lego’s, Catelyn is eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and Lydia is playing with dolls in her room.  This is all in stark contrast to how things…. wait…. just as I’m writing this Cooper came down to show me his Lego creation, Lydia started singing at the top of her lungs, and Catelyn started to yell math problems at a calculator.   Don’t ask me why she is doing that, she likes math and she like to be heard, that’s all I know.

A lot has happened over the past couple months, here are some highlights:
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Wedding Reception pics!

November 10, 2011 by Becky

I’ve been meaning to post pictures from our wedding reception for a while.  I’m sorry it’s taken me so long.  We really had such a great time and want to thank all those who came and helped make it so memorable.  For those who couldn’t make it: ENJOY!  :)

 

Wedding reception