Thursday, July 30, 2009

At the Zoo In Northern CA

Luke and I have been in Northern CA this week while Nathan was driving to Houston (he made it safely on Wednesday). We have enjoyed seeing grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, and friends.

Today we went to Micke's Grove Zoo to have a picnic and see the animals. I have fond memories of the zoo from when I was a little kid. Luke was especially enamored with the lemurs and the turtles. We also went in to see the lorakeets.
Tomorrow, we drive to Berkeley to spend our last night in CA with the Torgusborg bunch. They have graciously offered to host us for the night and take us to the airport Saturday morning. Nathan will pick us up in Houston. Boy do we miss him!!
Here are some pictures:
A thoughtful pose after eating some carrots:
Sharing some fried chicken with grandpa:
In with the Lorakeets:
Happy, but tired on the way home:

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Prayers for Sick Baby

Well, the move had gotten to Luke. He began running a fever today and has been one sad baby! I am not feeling 100% either. Please pray for us as we move.

Monday, July 20, 2009

One Week to Go

That's right, we are only in Southern CA one more week. Next Sunday afternoon Luke and I fly up north to see my family before heading out to Texas. Nathan and Evan are driving our cars out beginning Monday morning. I only say "beginning," because it will take them 3 days!

The goodbyes are getting more difficult as the move draws closer. On Saturday, we all went over to go swimming with a family from our church. They have a little boy (the same one who asked me if Luke had "hatched" when I was pregnant) who shares the same God-parents as Luke. He discovered this one Sunday and declared himself Luke's God-brother. Well, I guess that is so. :) Anyways, we had a great time swimming and Luke had a great time crawling around and watching the boys play. When we had to go, his God-brother went inot his parent's bathroom and wouldn't come out. He didn't want to say goodbye to Baby Luke; they were just beginning to be such great buddies.

I about cried at that point. I understand a little of what he was feeling (though from the other side). I too feel like I am leaving behind developing friendships. We will do our best to keep in contact from Texas, but I know things cannot be the same.

So that this is not just a sad post, I have one cute Luke story to relay: I was holding Luke yesterday as we were singing our last hymn at church. He liked it so much that he began singing along too. It sounded like "laaaaaaa.....laaaaaaaa." He has done this before, but this time I could hear him trying to match the pitch. He was also trying to hold out his note a long time. I was amazed, and he looked very pleased with himself.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Time is going by FAST! Luke is going FAST! Fast describes our life right now. For instance, today I packed several boxes, got 4 new tires on the Avalon, got pre-approved for a home loan, went on too walks with Luke, took all of our recycling in, went grocery shopping, and read a little.

Tomorrow will be a slower day. We have church in the morning and I will pack while Luke naps in the afternoon. I think that I will spend the rest of the afternoon just with Luke. He seems to be aware that everything is changing around him. Maybe all the boxes in our living room a re a hint. :)

Here is a video of Luke crawling on hands and knees. He is so fast!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Still Alive

We are still alive, just busy. Busy packing, busy seeing family and friends that we will miss terribly, busy getting ready for a yard sale to get rid of excess stuff..... the list goes on.

Last weekend, we all visited Nathan's family and celebrated the 4th. We had a great time seeing all the family and enjoyed some excellent burgers. Luke enjoyed playing with his cousins Clara and Paul, and enjoyed lots of cuddles from Grammy and Papa.

Yesterday, we had a yard sale and sold lots of things that we didn't want to move to Texas. It was a great success!

Luke continues to amaze me. This week, before he went to bed, I carried him around and had him say goodnight to everyone before I put him down. After doing this a couple of nights, he began waving and saying "nigh-nigh," and then put his head on my chest. Oh so sweet! He did this yesterday when he was ready for his afternoon nap too. I love how much he can communicate now!

Pictures will follow soon.