We will remain confident in the Lord's direction for our lives....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving at Disneyland

We pray you each had a very blessed Thanksgiving.  I must say the Aldrich family enjoyed a very memorable one.  We surprised the boys with a day at Disneyland.  Below are some of our favorite pictures from our day.....

We're going to Disneyland boys

We're headed down the road

My first visit pin

The family in front of the Disney Castle

Do you think they are having fun?

Mickey ears

Meeting Mickey Mouse

And Goofy



Me and My boys

Garth canoeing


Buzz Lightyear ride - my favorite

The end of the day - About how we all felt  :)

A truly magical day

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thankful at Three

Recently while I was at a MOPS meeting, Jaydon was in his class busy making a Thanksgiving placemat. It is "remember" worthy because it has a list of what he is thankful for at three. The mat is a laminated piece of construction paper with a cut-out of a turkey and a couple of leaves glued to it. It also has his hand traced on it. On one leaf is says "I am thankful for...." and on the other it list the following:

1. Mommy
2. Stickers
3. Blue blankie
4. Batman
5. Star Wars

That about sums up our boy at three.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Landon has Arrived!!

Landon Lloyd Willis arrived yesterday.

Nissy is doing great and is a glowing mommy.

Blake is a very proud daddy who can't stop smiling.

I feel so blessed to have been here for the BIG day.

More to come................

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A short note to my little sis

Dear Nissy -

I can't believe you are about to be a Mommy. I am about to go crazy because every time my phone rings now, I think it could be you or someone calling to tell me you are in labor. I know you want little Landon to hold off another week or so, but I just don't know how much longer I can take it. It seems just like yesterday that you sat across my dining table and announced you were pregnant. I will never forget that special moment and am so glad it worked where you could tell me in person. Then you guys found out you were having a boy and I got to see pictures and the video of my sweet little nephew. I have enjoyed watching Dylan and Jaydon talk about having a boy cousin. Dylan says there are no girls allowed in the cousins room in CO. And Jaydon is looking forward for Baby Landon to escape from the cave. I am sad that I haven't been closer to watch him grow and been able to go with you to register for your stuff or be at your baby showers, but I am thankful for Ichats and pictures and phone calls. I am sad that I won't be in the waiting room when he arrives and one of the first to hold him, but I will be there as soon as I can.

I just want you know that I think you are going to be a fantastic mom. It is going to be fun watching you and Blake begin the journey of parenthood. You are blessed to have God as the center of your little family and as long as He remains there everything will be good, not always fun or easy or even perfect, but it will be good. God has entrusted you with little Landon because He knows you guys need Landon and Landon needs you. Try to relax and enjoy the parenthood ride. It continuously has its ups and downs, and I am learning that it never stops, but it is also something you wouldn't trade for the world.

I'm looking forward to the phone call. I can't wait to board a plane headed for TX to meet Landon when he arrives. Thank you so much for making me an aunt!! I can't wait to jump into that role.

You are dearly loved and I am blessed to have you as my little sister. Can you believe the next time I see you - you will be a MOMMY!!! I am so thankful we will now get to share that Motherhood bond. Sweet times, sweet times.

I love you!!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Have you ever felt...


That has been the word of the day lately for me. I feel like my life is at a standstill. Actually, I am very busy right now. I am busy raising boys, keeping a household, organizing the logistics of life for the next few months. But, I feel like I am at a standstill. What is the deal?

What am I doing with my life? Am I using my time and efforts wisely? Am I available for God to use me? Do I feel God is using me? Why do I go day after day and feel absolutely no sense of reward or accomplishment?

Well this Sunday a children's choir from Uganda sang a couple of songs during the worship service. You know, I have heard better choirs, but it was just beautiful to see those kiddos singing about and to Jesus in their native tongue. Someone told those kids about Jesus. They sang with joy and feeling and smiles on their faces. It was very touching for me and I had to sit there and hold back my tears. Ridiculous I must say.

The choir finished up and and I remember telling the Lord - "I want to be used by You. I don't have to go to another country or do anything BIG on the spiritual spectrum. I will, if you want me to, but I really just want to be used to fulfill Your ultimate plan." About the time I finished those thoughts the worship leader asked us to stand to continue our worship and as I stood the world STAGNANT rang loud and clear in my head again.

Instantly the music began and the song "Living Rain" came back to haunt me. I began singing and as I listened to the words I was singing the tears began to flow. What the heck?? Control yourself Lynita. You and all your friends are sandwiched on this row like the old Youth Group days. FINALLY, the song ended. None to soon either.

I have been reading my Bible and praying and really trying to press in and seek after the Lord. But after all my efforts, I still feel like nothing is happening. Like, surely the Lord placed me on this earth for more that this. I've come to the realization that it is very much like running on a treadmill or a stationary bike. I get on the bike everyday. I work hard. I sweat. I hurt. I ride till I'm out of breath and my legs don't feel like they will move anymore. But, I don't go anywhere. After 30 minutes I'm still sitting in my living room. I do this though, so that when the time comes and I get on my trike and have the opportunity to ride I will be able to ride, to go the distance, achieve my goals without growing weary.

I will continue to pursue God even while I feel stagnant. Hopefully this is like a training period. Prayerfully, this is an opportunity for me to become strong in Him, get my armor on for what may come, wait before Him for the right opportunity. Be prepared and be ready so that when He does call upon me with my special mission, He will know He has the right woman for the job.

Dear God, Rain on me. Rain on my life. Thank you that you are the living rain, life changing rain. During this time of stagnation in my life, keep me focused on you. Prepare me to fulfill my destiny in You. Most of all - take as long as you need. I know you have plans for my life, but it is all in your perfect timing. Thanks God!!! Amen

Monday, October 12, 2009

Living Rain

We sang this song at church on Sunday. I love the words especially the chorus. I pray these words speak to you also and you will make them your prayer.

Living Rain
by Parachute Band

We Your people come
In desperate need to You we run
Called by Your great name
With humble hearts we seek Your ways

We believe in faith
Your promises will never break
Turn from wicked ways
To live as Christ for all our days

Oh God high up in heaven
Won't You heal our land

Living rain, fall again
Over my life over my land
Living rain wash my heart again

Open wide, heaven skies
Over my street oh Spirit reside
Living rain flood my life again

Come back, back to your first love
Back to your first love
Back to the Cross

Come back, back to your first love
Back to your first love
At the foot of the Cross

Its Great to be Eight!!!

Or at least we are about to find out!


Eight years ago today, I was supposed to be heading to my baby shower. Instead, my water broke early in the morning and off to the hospital we went. We arrived at about 9:30 am and at 10:25 am our little 5 lb. 5.6 oz baby boy was born. He was almost 3 weeks early, but perfect. Dylan Walker Aldrich entered the world and totally transformed us from Garth and Lynita to Dad and Mom. He made us parents and for that we are thankful. We love watching him grow and mature. He is all "BOY" and constantly on the move. He is loving and a pleaser. He is tenderhearted, but everything extreme. He loves me, but absolutely adores his dad. He is a
Daddy's boy 100%. God knew we needed him and he needed us. We wouldn't be complete without him. We are so blessed to call him our son.

Dylan age 4

We celebrated his birthday with a few buddies from school on Friday night. Dylan had a Star Wars party complete with pizza, cupcakes, a pinata, and glow sticks. He had a great time having his friends over and hanging out. Garth was a trooper and played football with the kids and at dusk took them out for the glow stick fun.
Today he gets to share some Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches with his class and then gets out a bit early for an exciting........ wait for it........ well-check appointment and flu shot. Yes, I rock as a mom. We're playing it up that he gets out of school early and then off for some ice cream or something special when we are done.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Random thoughts

I don't have anything to report today. Just letting you in on some random thoughts.....

1. I am reading my Bible - in case anyone was wondering. I try to read it daily and have probably missed about 5 days since I started. I am currently caught up with my daily reading. I find myself wanting to read the Bible now. I do have a problem though with wanting to remember the things that speak to me. I think I need a journal or something to collect those passages and then the disciple to note it.

2. The most recent verse that spoke to me was Proverbs 4:9. The chapter is talking about wisdom and how it is supreme and the benefits of it. Well, I long to live this life and deal with issues in a way that exemplify grace. I feel that most of the time, I just trudge through and hope for the best not always handling myself appropriately. So I read Prov. 4:9 and it says "She will set a garland of grace on your head, and present you with a crown of splendor." BAM!!! Hit me like a ton of bricks. By gaining wisdom through reading the living word of God, I receive my garland of grace!!! Bring it on! So I will continue to read, learn and grow.

3. Today, I'm thinking parenting isn't that great. Why don't I want to play with my 3 year old every minute of the day?? Or, help my 2nd grader with his homework when he wants to do anything but homework?? Why does "I want to paint mommy" from Jaydon really mean I want you to sit here and I will tell you how and what to paint? Could I please get just a little bit excited about planning a Star Wars 8 year old birthday party?? Seriously!!! Most of all, could someone please tell me how many more years I have to endure this wonderful brotherly bickering? GEEZZ!!!

4. I'm sad that we missed another year at the State Fair of Texas with the family. We'll be back one day Big Tex...

5. I miss my little pregnant sister. Landon is growing so much and I experience it through pictures and iChat. As Napoleon Dynomite's brother Kip said, "I love technology." We are just about one month away from our nephew's arrival. I can't wait to meet him.

6. I am in anticipation of what God is doing the the LAW family. I am not in the heat or front lines of any of it, but watching the puzzle pieces come together is so exciting. It is great to see the Lord working in my parents' lives. About the time you would think they would start slowing down a bit, God had something else in store. I anticipate lots of wonderful stories developing the the future.

7. Our little family is thinking about things and dealing with situations I never thought we would encounter. We are praying for perfect timing, direction, and protection.

8. I am loving this fall weather that finally arrived in Southern California.

9. Last but not least on the list of randomness - What is for dinner???

Friday, September 18, 2009

The sun shines brighter

In the morning when you wake up think about what makes 
the sun shine brighter on your day.

Or something like that.  Jaydon and I popped into Starbucks today and as we were waiting on my drink, we were talking about the decor - colors, shapes, etc.  One of the pictures had that written on it.  Obviously it kind of got me thinking about what makes the sun shine brighter on my day.  I have contemplated it for awhile.  I have concluded that simply counting my blessing from God every morning - not that I do it - makes the sun shine brighter.  I am so blessed.  Here are a few I have counted today - 

1.  My Boys
I am blessed with a wonderful husband who loves me and his boys.  He gets up everyday and goes to work so he can provide for us.  I am blessed that we are okay.  I don't have to worry about my marriage being on the brink of disaster.  He is a great father who throws the football with Dylan and plays "Batcave" with Jaydon.  He makes me laugh.  My little boys provide lots of life and activity.  There is never a dull or boring moment.  They tell me they love me and give me wonderful hugs.  My boys are a blessing.

2.  My Family
I am blessed to have a fabulous family.  My parents are the best in the world.  They still love each other after many years of marriage.  They would do anything for their kids and grandkids.  They bring smiles to my boys faces.  My sister and brother are great.  I love watching them "grow up" and following their adventures in this life.  I am better because of them.  My sister and bro-in-law are about to make me an aunt.  (I can't wait.)  It will be so much fun to watch them enter the world of becoming parents.  I am blessed that we are so close and love each other so much.  We have shared tears of joy and happiness and tears of sadness and pain.  We have shared hugs and high-fives and lots of fun and for this I am blessed.

3.  My Health
Surprisingly I find blessings in my health.  I am blessed because I have hope in the midst of the pain and confusion.  I don't know how I would have made it these last 10 years without my feet on the Rock.  I have taken more medications than I care to admit, been a pin cushion for countless nurses, initialed shoulders, elbows, and hips so a doctor would know which joint to work on, and sat waiting rooms being the only person without grey hair.  I never imagined this would be my life course, but it is.  I don't like it, but I am better for it.  I can see God's hand in my life and will gladly share it with anyone who will listen.  I am blessed because I know God is forever with me in the valleys and on the mountain tops.  I am blessed because my Saviour is my bright light amid the darkness.

So this is a brief list of what makes my sun shine brighter in the morning.  I could go on and on, but it is hard to write when a three year old is demanding my attention.  I am thankful I read those words this morning and will try to more often remember the things that make my sun and the Son shine brighter in the morning.  I hope you will think about it too.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Action Award

It's time to brag about Dylan.  Thankfully this come so naturally.  :)

He received an award at school today.  This Friday teachers of 2nd and 3rd graders were to choose students from their classrooms who exemplified one of the characteristics from the Pyramid Blocks.  The students were awarded for one of the following:

Team Spirit
Self Control
Hard Work
Personal Best

The Pyramid Blocks are posted in the office and the student's picture is placed on the Pyramid of Success.  Dylan's name was called for being awarded the Action Award.  We then went to his classroom and Mr. Stansbury read the following explaining why he received the award:

Dylan Aldrich earned a place on Abby Reinke's Pyramid of Success for his daily action.  Dylan does his personal best every day.  He is ready to take action because he is prepared to learn.  He is not afraid to try.  He gives 100% and gives his all everyday.  When action is needed he heeds the call and never stalls.  He takes action and does not waste time.  He gets moving and takes action so he can succeed.  He does his personal best.

We are so proud of Dylan's efforts in 2nd grade.  We know he will accomplish great things as he continues to grow in all areas of his education.  We pray he continues to work hard and has a great year.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Growing, growing, growing

We took Jaydon to his three year old check up yesterday.  We pulled in the parking lot and he said, "Not this place.  Oh, man!"  I was a bit surprised he remembered because the boys rarely get sick and we are usually at the doctor only for check ups.  We are so blessed to have healthy boys.

I won't bore you with all the details, but he checked out to be a healthy three year old boy.  The doctor asked him his name and he said, "I, Jaydon."  She then asked how old he was and he said, "I, Jaydon.  I, two."  He then looked at me and said, "No, I three."  He jumped up and down and hopped on one foot and was very interested in all the tools used to check his eyes, ears, and heart.  Well, the 6 lb. 4 oz. 19 1/4 in. baby boy I held in my arms for the first time on August 10, 2006 has grown to 37 lbs. and 38 in.  So if your asking how does that compare to other little boys - 94th percentile in weight and 60th percentile in height.  He may never be a football player, but he certainly looks like a miniature football player now.

All the more to love!!!  And we do love him so much.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Reason #289 Why 3 year old boys ROCK

#289 - They can't go to bed without their super hero cape attached to their pjs.

I picked up Jaydon to take him to bed last night and he wouldn't go until he had his Batman cape attached to his jammies.   Fast forward to this morning and it wasn't Jaydon I said "good morning" to, it was Batman, of course.

After coercing him out of his Batman pjs, he is now wearing his Superman t-shirt.  

Now these are the moments I do love.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Challenge #2 - What I'm reading...

Tomorrow is September 1st which begins my challenge to myself to read the Bible every day.  I have been praying about what to read and really haven't come to any wonderful conclusions.  I have had suggestions of doing something topical like read verses pertaining to the Holy Spirit or grace or love.  Other ideas include just pick a book of the Bible and start reading and doing a read the Bible in a year program.

I didn't feel a direction or nudging either way, so I am going for the yearly reading program.  I don't want to go buy a special Bible for this (I think we have too many at our house already that don't get read) so I am going to use Biblica.  It is an online resource that has the reading program lined out for you.  All you have to do is set the start date as September 1, 2009 and it will adjust the reading program for you.  I think you can also sign up to have an email sent to your computer ever day with what you are to read.  This makes it very accessible and leaves me no excuse to know what to read.

I will admit that there isn't much appealing to me about reading straight through the Bible.  Yes, I just said that.  I like devotional studies and Bible studies with people who help me understand and give me fresh insight.  So why am I doing this?  Well its simple really.  God calls us to hide His Word in our hearts.  We are to dig and find nuggets of wisdom from His Word.  He also calls us to be equipped like warriors ready fight the Good Fight of Faith.  This got me thinking about the soldiers who train and get ready for battle.  Most do not like the do drills over and over or sweat or feel pain just for practice.  But it is mandatory to do, otherwise when they go to battle they will fail for lack of preparation.  All the work behind the scenes pays off when it really matters.  

So, if this interests you at all join me in reading through the Bible this month.  I know the Lord will bless you for taking the time to read His Word.  He says His Word does not return void.  

Let me know if you are going to try to get in the Word a little every day.  I would love to pray for you and help encourage you.

Challenge #1 - 2 weeks down

How is everyone doing with the 30 Days Green Smoothie Challenge?

I am prepared to give an honest report of the last two weeks:

1.  Drink at least 16 oz. of green smoothie a day

I was doing so great until this past weekend.  I had one every day up to Saturday and Sunday.  I have missed two days so far of drinking a green smoothie.  I find the weekends are harder for me to stay on track.  I think it is because we get out of our everyday routine.  I also let my fridge get quite bare and I find it harder to make my smoothies if I don't have a well stocked fridge.

2.  Do some sort of activity for 15 minutes ever day.

Nailed this one so far.  It really helps that I walk Dylan to and from school, so if I get no other exercise the rest of the day I at least got that.  On the weekends I get a little walk in or ride my bike.

3.  Add a salad with lunch or dinner.

Once again, so good until the weekend.  I think I have had a salad at least once, sometimes twice a day up until this weekend.  Once again, out of routine and an empty fridge.  However, I can now manage a salad without ANY salad dressing.  :)

4.  Stop drinking pop.

I didn't drink soda in the first place.  Check!!!

5.  Cut out all white sugar.

I have failed here.  The first couple of weeks I was doing so good.  Then I watched the boys and a couple other cuties so Garth could go to a movie and he brought me back an iced mocha.  I gave in.  I am so weak I know.  Other than that I have managed to go to an ice cream social, birthday party, and MOPS meetings and say NO to all the yummy looking sugar-filled treats.

So there you have it.  Today is a new day and I have already downed my green smoothie for the day.  I am hoping to get to Costco today for bulk fruits and veggies.  I also need to find something to snack on to keep those sugar cravings at bay.

I hope you are having better success than me.  Stick with it and the benefits will so out-weight that delicious iced mocha you are craving - OR at least that is what they tell me.  :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Challenge #1 - Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of the "30 days of Green Smoothie" Challenge.  It is always a good feeling to get one day checked off.  I attained all the goals on Day 1 for the challenge.  

I walked Dylan to/from school and came home in the morning and made a green smoothie made of spinach, coconut oil, grapes and frozen pineapple.  I had a salad for lunch and spaghetti and salad for dinner.  I made Garth a smoothie after dinner and enjoyed his leftovers.

I didn't have any sodas or sugar.  

I find my hardest challenge so far is substituting green tea for a mocha.  I am addicted to caffe mochas.  I either get one at Starbucks or am spoiled and make one here at home with my espresso machine.  I miss it a lot.  Hopefully it will get easier as the days go on.

I hope you at least gave it a shot.  There are a lot of great resources out there to help.  Check out Happy Foody and read a few posts.  She gives info on recipes, books that are helpful and just tricks to help your body make the transition to healthier eating.  You can do it!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

First day of 2nd Grade

Dylan has started on a new adventure.  He began 2nd grade today.  He has been so excited this past week to get started mainly so he could wear his new clothes and really cool shoes.  

Sunday we attended a Back to School BBQ at the park with some friends.  It was such a neat time.  I think there were about 21 kids from 8 families.  Each child stated who their teacher is and what grade they are going into.  Then we prayed over our kids and their teachers.  What a neat way to kick things off, huh??? 

This morning I could tell Dylan was talking himself into the fun of going back.  He wasn't hungry for breakfast and his poor little nerves were really showing.  We headed for school and got to walk with a few of his friends.  We went by to wish his 1st grade teachers a great year and then found his class.  His teacher is Mr. Stansbury.  He is really excited to have a male teacher.  He found his seat and introduced himself.  I gave him a kiss goodbye and that was it.  I think he was holding it together pretty good.  Sadly none of his little buddies from 1st grade are in is class, but he does know about 4 kids already. 

 I have enjoyed my time without him today, but I am also ready for 3:20 to roll around so I can go get my boy.  I'm ready to hear about his day and make sure everything went well.  I'll keep you posted on his progress.  Hopefully this year's adjustment we be much smoother than last.

How about those shoes????  AND NERVES???

His first day went great.  No tears - YES!!!  He really enjoyed his teacher and being able to see all his little buddies.  He actually couldn't hardly wait to get back to school today.  He has also already started the after school activity of having friends over or going over to friend's houses.  Friend here yesterday, he goes to a friend's house today, and we already have plans for after school tomorrow.  He is back in his element.  Thanks for all your prayers.  The Lord heard and is faithful.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Is POTTY time!!!

Yep we are going there!!!  Wish us luck.

Trying, trying.......


Challenge #2

I'm full of it today, I know.

After talking with some family members, who will remain anonymous, I wanted to challenge myself to read the Bible at least once a day for a month.  So starting September 1st, I am going to try to set aside some time to get into the word for 30 days.  I hope by disciplining myself, I will just be able to continue.  I don't have any specific book I plan on reading or a devotional or bible study in mind or even an amount of time to read a day.  I'm just committing to read.  So, if this is something you struggle with and think a little challenge might help, then join me.  You have a couple of weeks to decide how you want to approach the reading.  If you decide to join, leave me a comment and let me know.  We can be accountability blog buddies.  I'll post throughout September and let you know how things are going.  If you are already on top of this area in your life, then I ask that you would pray for the rest of us and let us know what helps you get it done.  Okay, pray about it and let me know.  I'm excited!!!  Let's start digging....

Challenge #1

I'm going to start this challenge: 

We will begin on August 17 and end on September 17. Here is what you are committing to:

  • Drink at least 16 oz. of green smoothie per day (a quart would be even better!)
  • Do some sort of activity every day. This could be an intense workout, or just dancing with your kids around the living room. It could be a 15 minute yoga session or a walk around the block.
  • Add a green leafy salad to your lunch or supper (with light dressing…stay away from the creamier sauces).
  • Stop drinking pop.
  • Cut out all white sugar.
I follow this blog called Happy Foody and this is something she is challenging people with.  I already drink a green smoothie almost everyday and I don't drink soda.  I am going to concentrate on adding a salad once a day and avoiding white sugar.  It's only for one month.  Anyways, I'm on board!!  So, if you care to join me let me know.

We can do it.

And He's Three!!!

We have a three year old in the house!!

I can't believe three years have passed so quickly.  We are so blessed to have Jaydon in our lives.  He is a live wire.  He has many expressions - both good and bad.  He loves to drag out all the books and look through them.  He enjoys pulling all the puzzles out and putting them back together.  Superheroes anyone??  He is all things superhero.  He loves his Superman pjs and you can usually find him acting like Spiderman or Batman.  He is also a huge Star Wars fan.  He has watched all six movies - ALL six, many times.  He can tell you who the characters are and oftentimes gives you a weapon of some sort and challenges you to a duel.  He likes to roughhouse with Dylan and already knows what buttons to push to get him going.  That said, he misses his brother when he is at school and is Dylan's best supporter in all his activities - GO DYLAN!!  Jaydon is currently taking swim lessons once a week and throughly enjoys them.  We just started "potty training" - oh, the joy.  My favorite time of the day with him is at night before he goes to bed and we are having some down time.  I love holding his little body in my lap while he rubs his lips with his ratty, blue blanket.

We love this little boy and look forward to watching him grow.  We love you Jaydon!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Yep - I got a new ride.  The RA has caused some problems with my foot, so I have had to give up running at least for now.  I can't ride an upright bike because of my replaced shoulder and messed up elbow and wrist.  So, I got a recumbent trike.  It is called a Catrike Expedition.  I took it out on a quick ride tonight for the first time and really enjoyed it.  I got a lot of looks on it.  :)  How do you like the green?????

Jaydon's turn for a ride - 

I think he liked it.

Garth's turn to take it for a spin -

Friday, July 17, 2009

In the news

Dylan made it into the local newspaper.  I know  no one is surprised by that.  I have attached the link of the story on the athletic camps that the city offers.  Dylan participated in the multi-sport camp last week and also the football camp this week.  The city offers all these great programs for the kids.  He really enjoyed both of them.  

Click on the link and he is in the last picture on the right.

Isn't he cute??  Look at the determination on that face.  He may be little, but don't count him out!!!   We really love and cherish that boy.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Quick Snapshot

I just haven't been in the blogging mode lately.  BUT, I do feel the need to update you on some of the Aldrich happenings.  So here it goes.......

We officially have a 2nd grader on our hands.  Dylan finished up his 1st grade year mid-June.  Grammy and Granddad came for a visit to help celebrate that weekend.  We enjoyed their stay as always and are looking forward to seeing them again soon.  During their stay Dylan had a flag football game, we visited a car show in Escondido, and made a trip up to Palomar Mountain.  Thanks for the visit Mom and Dad.

Two weeks later we enjoyed a weekend visit with Grandma Sue.  She treated the boys to some great new toys and video game and a couple of wonderful new sleeping bags to use when we go camping.  We enjoyed some swimming at the neighborhood pool and time at La Jolla beach.  We are so glad she took the time to come out to see us.  We look forward to the next visit.

In the mean time, I have just been trying to keep Dylan busy.  He has enjoyed a Bible School at the Methodist Church and one at our church.  He also enjoyed three days of Art Camp at Painted Earth.  I haven't seen his creations yet.  I think I get to pick them up tomorrow.  This week he has been involved in multi-sport camp.  He attends from 8:30am-10:30am.  The kids have played baseball, dodgeball, kickball, flag football, basketball, and volleyball.  He has really had a blast participating.  He finishes up the camp on Friday and then starts flag-football camp on Monday.  On top of all that, both Dylan and Jaydon are taking swim lessons once a week.  Jaydon can now put his head under water and is much more relaxed when he is on his back.  Dylan is progressing nicely.  He has already moved up from level 3 to level 4 and I was told that in a couple of weeks he will be moving on to level 5 where we will learn other strokes like the breast stroke.  They both have a lot of fun are and improving all the time.

That gets you quickly caught up on our life.  We are looking forward to celebrating Garth's birthday this weekend, camping next weekend, my birthday the end of the month and planning for a big 3 year old birthday in August for our little Star Wars Jedi. 

The biggest news is that Nissy and Blake are having a BOY.  Hooray for boys.  We will be blessed to be an aunt and uncle to a little boy in November.  We are so excited and they are very loved.

Well, I hope to be back sooner than later!!!