Monday, November 8, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

To the Best

Happy Father's Day Jesse- you da bomb.

-picture taken by Madeline

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Penny Baby

Wow, I can't believe Penelope is 1. That year really went by fast. It is so hard for me to even imagine life without her- it feels like she has always been around.
Yesterday we decided to head out to church on our bikes. To our surprise it started to thunder storming right before we were about to leave. As crazy at it was to carry 3 kids soaking wet in the rain and have wet bikes all over our newly mopped floor, I wouldn't have had it any other way. Our friend (and soon to be new roommate) was riding back with us to have birthday dinner and all 6 of us were singing "Happy Birthday" as loud as we could while biking in insane rain. I will never forget that birthday memory- and can't wait to tell Penny every year about what we did on her first birthday.






Of course Penny loved her birthday cupcakes. I loved that we were surrounded by good friends that love Penny so much.
A funny thing that she adapted yesterday was to smile for the camera. She has never done that before, and i think that it is just fabulous. I remember Jane making the cutest most crinkly beautiful faces for the camera- she would eat it up.

I don't think a 1 year old's birthday would be complete without a birthday bath to wash away all the chocolate. I think that was maybe only the 1st or 2nd time she has ever had the whole bath to herself. She loved it.



Monday, May 17, 2010

Ontelaunee Park Intertribal Powwow

Carina told me about a Native American powwow that she wanted to go to in the Pocono's this weekend, and at first I the thought of going with all 3 girls (sans Jesse) was a bit too overwhelming to even entertain the idea. After thinking upon the layout of the day and recruiting 2 more amazing ladies (Bess and Nelly) the decision had been made- GO!
It was an hour and half drive up there, but well worth it. I wasn't sure what to expect, I had never been to a powwow before, but it was unbelievably moving. We stepped into a different culture and watched their ceremonial dances, it was beautiful. Not to mention all the sweet dream catchers we scored! The girls had a great time too.

This video is "Traditional Men's Dance."

Powwow from Lois Keenan on Vimeo.



This is my girls learning the steps and pretending to be the scarf dancers:

Madeline and Jane Dance at the Powwow from Lois Keenan on Vimeo.



And of course, Penny joining in any way she can:

Penny at the Powwow from Lois Keenan on Vimeo.




I was in awe total of this woman. She was the head woman's dancer and her name was Hummingbird.


This girl was Madeline and Jane's favorite. She was a scarf dancer and the girls tried to copy all the dances she did by lifting their dresses, Ha!


Overall it was a fabulous day. I really was truly moved and overwhelmed with love for these people.


More pictures by Carina

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Garden Update

The garden is really looking drastically different. Wow! Hard work pays off!


Friday, May 7, 2010