Thursday, March 27, 2008

Once there was a snowman

Spring snow is the best: it's beautiful, it's warm and it melts fast

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Matthew Benjamin

These two have such a sweet bond. Matthew absolutely adores Brooke and squeals every time she comes to play with him. I really see the little Mommy come out in Brooke as she finds him toys, helps him crawl and makes him laugh. They are especially cute in the car sitting next to each other laughing back and forth at their own silliness.

Matthew started crawling today (forwards that is) so I thought it fitting to make a post just for him. He's still working out some kinks (a combination of the worm, knees and feet) but he is finally getting where he wants to go!! Three children mobile now!!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Chamonix, France

In Europe Easter is a 4-day weekend so we went to Chamonix to ski with our friends (Hemmerts, Framptons, Malms, and Tomlinsons). While we were there we got about two feet of snow. At 8:15 AM, Ashley and Anthony were at the lift, hoping to get first tracks (while the Hemmerts were kind enough to watch our kids). Apparently we were the only ones that didn't get the memo that the mountain was closed due to high winds and avalanche danger. Eventually they did open part of the mountain and we had some of the most amazing powder skiing ever:

Unfortunately, a snow snake grabbed Ashley's leg and she had to ride down in a patrol sled and special medical gondola. (She's now limping around, but recovering just fine and no surgery required.)

On a positive note, they re-closed the mountain just after she fell, so we didn't miss out on any skiing, and we had a great time walking around town, playing in the snow and sharing fondue with our friends afterwards.

In the morning the sun was shining, and even more snow had fallen. Here's the view from our hotel:

It was a perfect day for skiing. Of course, it was our turn to watch the Hemmert kids so that they could ski. I was a pretty jealous, but I already had my powder day, and we all had fun sledding and eating snow:
At one point Dan Hemmert called me and said, "Anthony, if you can, you really should find a way to come up here. I've never skied in snow this deep before." (This coming from someone that grew up skiing in Utah.) Thanks, Dan. That's a nice image for me to think of while I'm down here playing with your 4 kids. Fortunately, the Hemmerts are better parents than we are and didn't want to leave their kids all day, so I got in a few more runs that afternoon:

On the way home Andrew and Brooke discovered that their blankets double as Spiderman masks, and we stopped in Lausanne for some crepes:

And in case you were wondering how we manage to travel around with three small kids, here's what our hotel room usually looks like:

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Catching Up

I've had quite a few drafts filling up my posting box lately and thought it was time to catch up. I'm still not completely caught up, but here's a start. Some of our adventures from the last few months:

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Old Town Zug

We decided to spend a relaxing Saturday in Old Town Zug. It was gorgeous weather and we enjoyed shedding our coats, admiring the charming buildings and throwing rocks in the Zugersee.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


We had fun at a friend's birthday party at this indoor play park. My kids were off playing before I even walked through the entrance. They'd come find me for help on the go-cart, a treat or for an occasional "watch this Mom." A place we will definitely go visit again!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Lech am Alrberg, Austria

Some good friends watched the kiddos while Anthony and I went to Austria to officially celebrate his 30th birthday (only a few months late). The conditions were not perfect (as you can see by the chairlift that seemed to be taking us up into oblivion, but we had a great day skiing, eating and experiencing wellness (European for "spa").

9 Months Old

Skills: Crawling backwards (still working on forwards), standing up in crib, hugging, kissing
Words: Mama, Dada, baba, hi
Loves: Dancing, being tickled, being thrown in the air, being naked, baths, his Podee
Favorite foods: Yogurt, pizza, cheerios, salami, carrots, bananas, Easy Mac
Favorite toys: Cars, balls, blocks, shoes, chairs
Teeth: 4 1/2
Laughs at: Brooke & Andrew

Friday, March 7, 2008

Spring Sledding

Anthony took a long lunch break to join us for a picnic and sledding. Now that the snow has melted we'll have to go back to look for Brooke's PBJ.

Clean as a Whistle

Sleeping Beauties

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Dog's best friend

This is a boy who loves his puppies, and thanks to Grandma Kathy, Andrew has three fury friends he sleeps with every night. The first one (on the right in both pictures) was his very first Christmas present (when he was just 3 months old) and two years of wear and tear definitely show on this little Ruff-ruff. However Grandma's idea of "replacement" just seems to mean "more" to Andrew.

(also another good before and after of the weekend haircut)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

I Want It All!

Those were his exact words when we reached the car aisle in the toy store this weekend. It was too classic to not get on film. (The saddest part may be that my comments to Anthony practically echoed Andrew's, "Can I spend 200 Swiss Francs on a Bob the Builder Lego set?")

For the confused few: this IS Andrew. We decided he was bordering white trash with the long hair and what started as a trim turned into a buzz. It was a sad goodbye to the luscious locks he was growing, but I had forgotten how gorgeous this little boy's face was. Here is a before and after:

Exploring spiders with homemade binoculars and Daddy's ski pole

Dolled up after church