Saturday, February 23, 2008


We decided to try out model rocketry. The other day Pap picked a rocket out for us. Eamon and Dave set it up. Today we all enjoyed launching it. Admittedly we were a bit disappointed that we only had three engines. Eamon suggested going to the hobby store tomorrow to buy 5 more packs (of three). Eamon and Aine took turns launching, retrieving the rocket and wadding, and playing in the nearby mud puddle.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Party Hair

One of Aine's favorite songs is My Hair Had a Party Last Night by Trout Fishing in America is a favorite, because she often wakes up with CRAZY hair.

Saturday, February 16, 2008


We have been lucky enough to get a visit from Pap. With an extra day off, Dave thought it would be nice to check out Jerome. We packed up the minivan and headed out.
On the way to Jerome, we also checked out Tuzigoot. At Tuzigoot, we walked around the ancient village thinking about how the Sinaqua lived. This peaceful people were farmers and are believed to have left the area around 1400.

From Tuzigoot, Jerome is a quick trip up the mountain. Jerome is coined the "Largest Ghost Town in America." We learned a bit about mining and saw a few of the old buildings.
Checking out the "Sliding Jail"

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Rural Education

Checking out Farm Machinery with GrandDad and Malia

Monday, February 04, 2008

Quilt II

I made another baby quilt from the Bend the Rules book. It is such an easy blanket to make, so I decided our wee one needed one. I am not sure about it. I wanted gender neutral, since we do not know if the baby is a girl or a boy. The colors are a bit muted, so I may need to make another one. Everyone asked says it is gender neutral and nice, so I may give it to a friend who is also expecting her third.
Laying it out while the kiddos played with playdough
Finished Product

Thanks, Uncle Petey and Antie Lori

We have been busy lately creating things. In anticipation of a Mardi Gras party with friends, we decided to make some masks. Luckily Auntie Lori and Uncle Petey had given us a mask making kit for Christmas. The kiddos really enjoyed handcrafting their masks.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

3 Years Old

Happy, happy, birthday, dear Aine!

Today your are three years old. My how the time has flown. You refer to yourself as a big kid and often announce your new accomplishments with glee. You are always willing to try new things and astound us with your feats.

You love your doll babies and can often be found playing house with your brother. You are often the "big, huge sister" as opposed to your current role as little sister. You are very excited to become a big sister and talk about the new baby often.

You can climb and swing with the best of them. You amaze us with you agility and strength. You like to hang upside down on the bunk bed and flip yourself on our legs. You are trying to master hand over hand. Your tricycle and scooter are your favorite means of transportation in the backyard. You like racing around with your brother. You also enjoy climbing the Palo Verde tree in our yard. You can go very high and like to shout to the neighbors like a bird.

Right now you take Irish Dance. You LOVE it. I am not sure if it the social aspect or the dancing. You are mastering the skipping and like to prance about with your dancing. Inspired by Grandma Williams you also LOVE LOVE LOVE the chicken dance. It is unfortunate that we will miss your cousin Emily's wedding this year. I think you would thrill everyone with your rendition of the chicken dance.

Singing is also one of your talents. Your life currently has a soundtrack. You often break into song throughout the day and make up ditties to go with even the most mundane activity.

You have started to color and draw again. You stopped for a bit unsure of your abilities, but you have come back with a vengence. You are continually looking for a paper or art supplies to make all types of pictures. Playdough is also one of your favorite craft activities. You can mold and sculpt for hours.

As always you are a happy, bright kiddos who is a delight to your family and all who know you.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Happy 3rd Birthday, Aine

Aine celebrated her third birthday at the park with friends and family. She had a good time running around the park, digging in the sand, blowing bubbles and writing with chalk.