happy birthday, skylar wren

our one-and-only niece made her appearance today – about 3 weeks ahead of schedule.  malissa (mom) and skylar (baby) are doing just wonderfully.  spoke with paul (dad) tonight – he confirms that the love-at-first-sight deal that happens between a baby and parents is for real.

can’t wait to meet this little girl.

Breakfast time

For Sarah and I, the 15 minutes at the breakfast table before we head off to work is some of our best time together. We know things are going to change and can’t wait… but I know we’ll still love our time together just the two of us. -P

3/4 down

I’ve been neglecting posting belly pics regularly, so here we go with playing catch-up from the last month.

28 weeks (in Santa Barbara)

30 weeks (at Henry’s 4th birthday celebration)

31 weeks (at 4872, home sweet home)

these are awesome

During our California trip, we found two things that Colorado is sorely missing.

1.  Trader Joes.  I’ve known this for awhile, but our time in CA just confirmed it.  I got hooked on the TJ brand yogurt that our hosts brought us each a.m.  Not to mention the granola, the flattened bananas . . .

2.  It’s-It bars (see above).  I’m not sure if it’s just the pregnancy, but I thought these things were pretty amazing.  Takes an ice cream sandwich to a whole new level.  Really good vanilla ice cream sandwiched between 2 oatmeal cookies then covered in dark chocolate.  yum.

babymoon

Peter and I recently spent a few days away.  Our last vacation before baby F arrives.  After visiting Peter’s sibs in L.A., we drove up the coast to Santa Barbara to stay a few nights.  We found a lovely little hideaway in Montecito (thanks for vrbo.com) where we nestled ourselves in for a few days of rest and relaxation.  Only a block from the beach, it afforded us daily walks on the shore – usually in the mornings or evenings when it was still overcast and cool (the 60-degree temps in august  surprised us).  The last morning, as the fog rested on us, we sat in the sand looking out at the quiet waters, the small fishing boat that sat anchored a few hundred yards out and the dolphins swimming past.  It felt a bit like we were sitting in a scene from a storybook.  We talked about the grace that God has shed on our lives (and particularly our marriage) while also anticipating the huge (but wonderful) change that is about to occur.

To say the least, we greatly enjoyed our trip.  We have pics posted on flickr if you are curious about more details of what we did and saw.  For now, here are just a few of us in various locations in the Santa Barbara area.


l.a. times

this is our family.  ones that we don’t get to see often enough.

thankfully, we were able to spend a couple of days with them this past week prior to our babymoon getaway.

we got to see malissa all cute and prego before baby girl foley arrives in a few weeks . . .

we watched charlie on youtube about a dozen times with harper . . .

we splashed around in the pool a bit . . .

we played band hero . . .

and, more than anything, we did a lot of sitting around the table eating, drinking and generally appreciating being in the same room with each other.

lovely.

more pics on flickr.