Friday, November 30, 2012


There is a group of us that have been hanging out since our babies were 2 months old!  This year we decided to have Thanksgiving together - called Friendsgiving.  

Jacob, Katelyn, Tessa (who is on steriods here for her bone cancer treatment) (Avi and Tessa have been friends since the womb!), Macy, Kendall, Aveah, William

Tessa was SO happy this night - she was feeling pretty good and all her friends were playing and pilling up on her dad!  I've never seen Avi have so much fun either!

Poor Casey! But he loved it!

Where's Casey?!

Cousin Doug and Sarah hosted - thanks!

Sarah Roos always entertains the kids!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

October Photo Shoot

Mila is growing so fast, that I don't even need an excuse for a photo shoot - time and pounds on Mila is enough reason!

Mila loves exploring her hands in her mouth - here she gagged herself with her own fingers!

Sometimes even the best models have their moments...

Oh, all she needed was a little food!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Side by Side

Already, it seems like my girls love being side by side together!  If Avi picks out stripes to wear, she wants Mila to wear stripes, too.  As soon as Aveah wakes up she wants to see Mila.  Mila smiles and turns her head in the direction of Aveah's voice anytime she's around.  They are inseparable already!  Here's some "outfits" they've shared by passing down...
Aveah 10 days old.

Mila 10 days old.

Aveah 5 months old.

Mila 5 months old.

Aveah 3 years 4 months, Mila 5 months. Both silly.

And now for something really silly.  So when we first moved to Tierra Nueva Maren grew a garden and sort of let it go untended for a while - and she came back to this huge zucchini which she thought must be as big as Keeta... So, the summer Mila was born, Maren's garden also got slightly ignored, and viola - a Mila-sized zucchini grew!  So, remembering the Keeta picture, Maren had to do the same with Mila.
While on the subject of dogs as children versus humans as children... I never thought I could love anything more than my dogs.  I was so wrong.  Now I am like, "Dogs? They are just dogs."  When Aveah was growing and developing so much that first year or two, I would sometimes find myself thinking, "Keeta wouldn't be able to grasp that with her paw." or "EZ wouldn't be able to laugh like that!" or "My dogs wouldn't be able to make words like that."  Now, thoughts like that don't even enter my brain - my kids are so far beyond any comparison!  Geez, I'm so glad that I took the plunge from "parenting" dogs to real parenting.  I love it!

Maren's 33rd

When my thirty-third birthday came around I decided to make my day with all my favorite things: family, hiking, good food at Marisol, beach time, and spa-ing!  Michael spent the whole day with me - thanks, Love (even after I accidentally shut the sunroof on his hand while he was driving!) - sorry, Love!
At the top of Ontario Ridge overlooking Avila Bay.

Avi running around while we ate at Marisol.

Michael wearing Mila at the beach with Sarah and Halle in the background.

Avi at the beach near Marisol.

Halle and Sarah.

Aveah and Kendall walking back from the beach.

Nolan and Aveah in the group spa pool at Sycamore.  Ahhh...

Happy family!  Mila was hanging out in the stroller nearby.  Thanks, Mila!