Thursday, April 23, 2009


We planted two artichoke plants 2 years ago-- yet have not had a single artichoke from these plants. I don't have the greenest of thumbs & figured I had probably killed them or something. But then... one morning I walked by & noticed a little green bud. Now one plant FINALLY has 4 artichokes & the other has one. The kids seriously LOVE artichokes & Savannah thinks it is so cool that there are now some growing in the backyard. Hopefully they taste good!

1st Trip to the Dentist

Savannah had her visit to the dentist today. She was a little nervous and shy in the beginning, but warmed up and did a great job! She didn't have any cavities & the dentist gave her props for taking good care of her teeth. Then she got to pick a toy out of their treasure chest-- her favorite part of course! She is getting so big...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Like most of California-- it has been unseasonably warm in Napa! Savannah LOVES the warm weather-- mostly because she can wear sundresses & flip-flops. Dylan is super into shoes & when he saw Savannah's new flip-flops he kept trying to steal them-- can you blame him? They are pretty fabulous! But we couldn't have our sweet little BOY running around in hot pink, bedazzled flip-flops... so we got him his own.There is something so cute about little feet in flip-flops...

Praying for Stellan

I stumbled upon this a blog a while ago ( It belongs to a mother of four, whose youngest (Stellan)  is suffering from a serious heart condition. The blog has quite a following & has touched so many people, including me. Today Stellan is having a very risky surgery to help correct his heart condition & the mother has asked everyone to wear orange in support. Here is our show of support for Stellan & his family!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter with The Israels

We spent Easter this year again with the Israels. It is always fun to see all the boys home from school & take part in their annual egg hunt & egg roll. Savannah made $26 in the egg hunt-- not too bad for a 3 1/2 year old. I think Hailey bartered with her though & was able to gain a couple of bucks in exchange for a cool pair of Hannah Montana sunglasses :)

Savannah & Daddy watching the egg roll

Dylan's 1st egg roll

Savannah & her new Hannah Montana glasses

Travis, Ryan & Dylan

Easter Pictures

I tried so hard to get a good picture of the kids together on Easter-- they looked so cute!!! Normally I have pretty good luck & can get at least one good shot throughout the day-- not this year! Here are some samples of my efforts... even though they aren't both smiling, they still look pretty darn cute :)

Egg Hunt

Every year there is a big egg hunt in Napa at a local park. We took the kids on saturday & they had a blast. Dylan was absolutely in love with all the characters & would not take his eyes off them-- literally, which is why we did not get a great shot with the Easter Bunny :)

They had all sorts of fun activities, including a fire engine. Savannah insisted on taking a picture in front of the fire engine to give to Uncle Steve (he makes fire trucks). She told me, "Uncle Steve will love this. He can put in his office & miss me all the time" :)

Again, Dylan LOVED the characters!!!

Dylan waiting for the egg hunt to start. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of Savannah at the egg hunt because they split them up by age group-- and I was with Dylan with the camera.

Dylan STALKED this penguin-- I am not kidding! He followed around this poor person holding up his arms & saying, "Up, Up, Up!!!" until the penguin picked him up. He was thrilled!