the big sister

Inez felt the baby kick last night. She got the cutest, most excited look on her face and just squealed. Then she ran off to tell everyone else.
My oldest girl—getting older each day—feeling this new little life forming inside me. Well, it was enough to make me tear up.

hot, hot, heat

We are grateful for sprinklers, shade and air conditioning!

And I am grateful for these girls who are becoming two buddies.

these boots are made for walkin’

They are also made for this two-year-old to wear every second of the day.

Sometimes hand-me-downs are a good thing.


Inez found this quail nest in our backyard today.

a work in progress

Last night while Dave and I were watching a movie, I pulled out a lot of my fabric stash. I haven’t been able to look at it or think about it since I first started feeling/being so sick with this pregnancy.

It was like finding a hidden treasure! I took a few fat quarters that I had and am attempting some sort of little quilt. I don’t have a pattern so I’m just kind of winging it. I have no idea what I’ll back it with yet, but I just loved all these colors and decided to throw them all together. We’ll see how it goes. It’s small, so hopefully I can keep the momentum and actually finish this quilt!

Also, these days I am awash in tutus. I’m fairly addicted to making them. But I just can’t store them all. I’m thinking about putting some in my etsy shop. Anyone interested?

the orchard, part 2

Bribery and touchable bubbles for the girls, more practice for me.

different points of view: six months

This is Dave’s view

and this is mine.

Also, Dave felt the baby kick last night.
As uncomfortable as I’m starting to get, I’m also starting to get pretty excited.

called to serve

What a cute missionary couple.

I have the cutest parents. I may be a little biased, but it’s also 100% true.

The Utah grandkids there see Grandma & Grandpa Kewish off.

The kids were pretty good at keeping themselves entertained while waited for them to be checked in.

Gwen’s good at keeping others entertained, too. I think she learned this pose from her cousin, Tori.

This is her new smile she does for the camera.

The sendoff party

Grandpa telling Inez to not grow up while he’s gone.

1-2-3, BYE!!!

We actually did “1-2-3, BYE” (a Kewish family tradition) about four or five times as they made their way through security. I miss those days at the gate, the security line just isn’t the same when having to say goodbye.

We are so excited and proud of Mom & Dad for their decision to serve a mission in Hong Kong for the next 18 months. We will miss them terribly, but know that the time will pass quickly. I mean, it’s already been 2 hours, 36 minutes and 10 seconds…but who’s counting?

two two-year-olds in tutus & a tea party

and a few of the five-year-old, too.

chairball and goodbyes

Sometime over the holiday weekend, the guys invented a new game called
Chairball—rhymes with hairball (that’s the official name)
It kind of evolved from tossing the ball around/having the ball thrown at you while sitting in a chair, relaxing (five adults and one teenager are easily entertained).

The guys watching/reacting to someone’s throw

Some of the onlookers

Before we knew it, our time with the Indiana Kewishes came to an end. We’ve had such a fun time with them over the past six weeks.

This was taken almost three years ago, three of the four cousins that are the same age—(L-R)Tui, Inez & Joey.

This time around, Inez wasn’t as eager to pose for a picture with these handsome guys.

I think Gwenie’s expression sums it up for all of us—so sad to be parting ways for another two years, and let’s hope it’s not going to be that long again.

Thanks for all the fun, Joe & Liz! And I think it’s safe to assume that I can speak for everyone when I say thank you for introducing us to Bananagrams!