Saturday, January 31, 2009

Little girls

I love having a little girl.....

Now, if only I can get her to play with her dolls instead of her brothers' lightsabers!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Oh What a Beautiful Morning!

We woke up yesterday to such a beautiful morning. We decided to take the kids to the park to enjoy such a day. There is one thing that makes Phoenix's 6 month heatwave bearable. Yesterday was the reason! It was in the mid 70's and absolutely perfect! Who wouldn't love weather like that in January? Well, you won't hear me singing praises of joy in the coming months. Soon this perfect like weather will turn to the unpleasant days of summer! We will enjoy these days while they're here!

Katelyn quite enjoyed this spinning thing. It was kind of amusing to watch her become dizzy and disoriented. I did feel sorry when she was done as she could barely stand up straight!

The boys love their bikes and take the opportunity to ride them whenever the chance arises!

I love both of these pictures! So cute!

I thought I would just include this picture of Sadie. She always sticks her head through the kitty door as we leave. She must know that we are probably going somewhere fun without her! She didn't get to come to the park this time. :(

The kids love to go to the park. Here they are ready to go!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's a Jungle Out There!

The week of Christmas is rained quite a bit here. Not too long before the rain, we gave our lawn a second round of fertilizer. Well, we came back from spending just over a week in Utah and the grass was so very long! There were some areas where it nearly came to my knee!

Katelyn loves to go outside. We usually just crack the door open just a bit and she wanders in and out at her own leisure. The first day back from our trip, she had gone outside and I realized I hadn't heard from her for a little bit. I look outside and you can barely see the top of her head as she is sitting in the tallest patch of grass. She was pulling out grass and feeding it to Sadie. (this picture was from another spot she was sitting in.) I guess another thing to point out is that yes, in January it is warm enough to let my kids wander around with no pants on!

Here is the cat taking a break in the cool grass!

I just thought I would include these recent shots of Katelyn. When you take her picture you get two faces. This one where she scrunches up her face.

Or this one where she merely just looks at you! She is so cute either way!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Our Christmas Travels

We were able to go to Salt Lake a couple of days after Christmas. It wasn't in the original holiday plans, but we made it work! When we go to Salt Lake, I always have a long list of people to see and my favorite places to eat! It never fails that we don't always get to cross everything off that list! It seems like before we know it, it is time to pack up and head home. Even still, we had a fun time and enjoyed being with our family. Although we didn't get to visit our friends, you were definitely in our thoughts!

Here we are shortly after the 11 hour trip began. Notice nothing has been forgotten. All kids have their blankets and their pillows. Snacks, toys, books, movies. You name it, we probably had it! We even managed to find room for the dog and the cat!

Here Katelyn is having her 1 very short nap for the entire drive!

This is Flagstaff. We got here at 8:00 am and it was -4 degrees! This was also the first snow we had seen in a year, which was exciting for the kids. Well, except for that because they knew there would be snow at Grandma's house, the instinctively thought we had made our destination! Sorry kids, 9 more hours to go!

Carson enjoying a movie and Max enjoying the scenery. I know you must all be thinking that we are crazy for bringing our pets along with us. Honestly they are better travelers than any of the kids! With having just a little kitten, with claws still, I could only imagine what my leather couch would look like if we left him for a week!

Here are the two newest McFaddens, Sophie and Brynlee. So sweet!

My mom's birthday is on New Year's Day. We always get together and have her favorite, Grandma Davis' German chocolate cake.

Katelyn was a big fan too!

Here are the grand kids on my side of the family.

One of the highlights of the trip was watching Utah win the Sugar bowl! We all had a great time watching such a fun game!

My mom got so nervous during the game (as always!) She had to leave the room! Connor and Emma had fun helping Grandma with a puzzle.
We had a great time and it is always worth the 11 or so hours we spend in the car. Well, I don't always think it is worth it until we are done driving! It isn't always easy to pack the whole house up (animals included) and drive all day, but we always come back with fun memories, so it makes it all worth it!