Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Assorted cutes and funs

With only a month to go, Ellie is practicing her curtsy for Christie's wedding. We think she'll be just fine with the task of scattering flower petals, but she also demonstrates her classiness twirling Mish's bridesmaid parasol.

Thanks to Kyle's new (and almost old) job at RCWilley, we scored free tickets to Lagoon, Utah's prized amusement park and enjoyed an exhausting day there yesterday. Coming from Portland's ghetto Oaks Park, I was quite impressed with their repertoire of rides, as was Ellie.

Here we just flew down the log flume ride, similar to Disneyland's Splash Mountain, minus the music, characters, and magical ambiance. We still thought it similar to a romantic gondola ride, though.

Kyle and I embraced (me with reservations) every screamer at the park, and there were more than just a few thrillers. Fortunately for us, Mish shuns the roller coaster genre so was kind enough to watch the kids while we submitted to every moment of insanity these coasters offered, and let me tell you, human kids are getting harder and harder to scare...

These next few shots are Didi's first photographically-captured smiles. He is now at the age where gas has no relation to some of his smiles and we just can't get enough of those gums, not to mention the little dimples that emerge from his tubby cheeks. Speaking of which, at his recent doctor's appointment the kid weighed in at a whopping 13.11, which happens to be in the 90th percentile. It's quite a shift from our little runt of an Ellie, though we find both extremes to be quite adorable.

Last week Ellie experienced her first non-kiddie swimming pool, and the novelty ceased to wear off for the entire hour or so she was in there. She was the only person under 20 in the pool (it was my friend Kjerstin's birhday party) so she soaked up plenty of attention, too, which is what Ellie's do best, of course.

Bryce celebrated his 26th last Friday (the same day our darling new niece Nora was born) with a manly night out to steak dinner and the new Transformers movie and topped it off with this manly strawberry cake.

Only a week and a half until we make the finishing touches on our permanent departure from Provo... and Ellie's exploring that fourth of Chinese that must be in her somewhere. We can't wait to see her running around preschool in a chi-pow with a load of Asian babies. We think she'll blend right in.


Bethany said...

Such cute kids! I'm sure all the Chinese kids will love to see Ellie's blond hair when you get there.

he qing tian

Zugman said...

Man, was that ever the cutest, most huggable post I've ever seen!

The Bluths said...

Ok I found your blog thru my brother's thru the smith's thru your sister's and then here. Whew! It was a long journey but I made it. Long time no see!! Your family is adorable! Are you working? Going to school? I live in Arizona now, for who knows how long. I have a little boy named Logan who is 2 and am pregnant with #2 due in March sometime. You can check out my blog for all the other fun stuff :)

vhneal said...


Great to see your beautiful family! I know you're a wonderful mom. Whereabouts in China are you going to be? My brother Spence lives in Shanghai. If you're in that area I'll let him know. Check out my blog when you get the chance. I've got 4 kids already!

your cousin,