Monday, April 25, 2011


I don't remember the last time I dyed eggs and had an Easter egg hunt.  It was so much fun... that I don't know if we can wait another years before we do it again.  I think next year Maggie will have a better idea of what to expect.  It took a lot of coaxing to get her to find all the eggs, especially since her basket contained plenty of candy.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


We feel extremely spoiled.  Grandma T. made Maggie's her Easter dress.  It fits perfect and matches her personality.  Between grandparents and aunts there is hardly an outfit in her closet we purchased.  She definitely gets to dress like a princess.  Thanks Grandma...  we love the dress!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Yoga Master

Don't try this stretch at home.  Paige captured this wonderful series of images at National Yoga Championship.  It looks almost like baseball... but in fact this is Professional Yoga... it is a new Olympic sport.  Every Yoga Master gets a number, a cap, mitt and tights.  The mitt is used for balancing and extremely delicate, almost ballerina like, moves.  They are judged on their balance, rhythm, foot placement and mastery of one-foot movements.  The new sport has been criticized for its similarity to the American past-time sport, baseball.  But other that the field and outfits, these two sports are nothing alike.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Ever wonder where your day goes?  I love the scene from "About a boy", where the jobless bachelor Huge Grant breaks-down his day into various activities and then he wonders how normal people fit a job into their lives.  Most days it is struggle to get everything in.  I was so excited to have a day with nothing on the schedule.  I was going to get so much done, including cleaning the house.  I cleaned the bathroom and I seemed ahead of schedule.  Then we went out to the garage and I worked on a project.  Then we went on a bike ride and to the park.  Then we ate a late lunch.  Then we took some pictures.  Then Grandma called and said she was almost here.  And then Sara called to say she was coming home early.  Somehow I had neglected the rest of the house, it was a disaster.  There was paper all over the floor and furniture thrown about from the photo-shoot. None of dishes had been washed.  The floor still needed to be vacuumed.  Breakfast and lunch was still on the table.  Maggie's toys were everywhere.  I was sweating bullets for the next twenty minutes.  Who knew I could move so fast.  Okay, the dishes didn't get cleaned but the house looked nothing like it did twenty minutes prior.  Whew!  Anyway, I threw Maggie in some old mismatched clothes because we were going to the garage but later we ended up taking a slew of pictures... and I was thinking about the lighting and everything else but FORGOT she was in this awful outfit.  Anyway, she currently doesn't care what I dress her in, besides she was too busy with her puzzle  and barely noticed the camera.  Moments later, it would be one more thing I would be scrambling to pick up.  Of course, Maggie's outfit was the first thing Sara noticed when she walked through the door... and that was a good thing!

Monday, April 11, 2011


Maggie invented this sign for stuck.  We often wonder where all these things come from.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Maggie's Artwork

 Okay, they are just scribbles but these are beginning to turn into something.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Paige is the word

Maggie has been excited the whole week anticipating Grandma's visit, but without fail every time we mentioned Grandma she would ask for Paige... go figure!  Paige is the only name she knows by heart.  Despite the misunderstanding, she was happy when Grandma Richins showed up today... even if Paige wasn't there.  I guess she can wait another week for Paige.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Things break in threes

It started with the water heater.  A small drip was puddling in closet outside making its way inside... osmosis .  I think Clarke and I spoke more this month than in the entire year of 2010.  I called him a dozen times with various questions.  I installed an energy efficient water heater from GE.  It took a little bit of a day.  I ended up taking the door off the closet.  It was such a tight fit that I had to kick it through the doorway and then gently maneuver it around the gas outlet that projects ten inches into the closet.  It was a tight fit but I was so happy to see it light up without the house exploding.

It was followed by our dishwasher breaking.  I pulled it out and tinkered with it for awhile and order a part, which came but didn't fix the problem, which took me back to square one.  We have resigned to washing our dishes by hand... quite aweful, I know:)

Then in an effort to get a banana off the counter, Maggie dropped my camera on the floor.  The lens hood snapped in half and the fall warped the mounting bracket on the lens ($1,800) and who knows what else.  While taken apart the lens a small spring fell out.  I picked up all the small screws and spring and put them in bag.  Last week the new bracket arrived in the mail and I managed to get it all back together after several attempts.  I still will need to send it to a service center to repair the internal seal... which is well beyond my mechanical skills... but at least it works and seems to take pictures without any major distortion.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Another one of my favorite pictures of Taya with her cousin Megan.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Taya and Maggie

This is one of my favorite images of Taya with her baby sister.  I planned to post a series of images of her during her birthday week but I lost all my steam.  This picture was taken under my favorite tree in Fairview, in front of Grandma and Grandpa's old house.  I think my Mom planted the tree in her childhood.