Monday, May 30, 2011

Nana and Gisèle

These two were just made to be best buddies.


Friday, May 27, 2011


When Nana and Papa came to visit in February, Nana took the time to braid Gisèle's hair.  She loved being fussed over, and watched intently in the back of the mirrored brush as Nana weaved the braids.  Sorry your eyes are closed in the final picture, Nana, but I had to show the joy on Gisèle's face!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Home Again

We're home again after a few days spent in Georgia for Chris's wedding.  It was 2 long days of travel, with 2 fun and relaxing days in-between.  I'll get pictures uploaded within the next couple days, and will be back to regular blogging soon!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blackberries and Mangoes

These pictures are a few months old now (from February 2011), but they're too cute not to share.  Miles is so serious at the end, signing "more" before getting another helping!



Monday, May 16, 2011

Travel Curse!

I went to a conference last week with a couple of colleagues.  We flew to Dallas Wednesday morning, and back home again on Friday.  And we were cursed.  (It took a while to figure out whether it was me or my friend Therese that the curse was attached to, but we decided it was me.)

  • At the airport on the way to Dallas, I was manually patted down after the full body scanner deemed special attention needed to be paid to my waistband.  (And no, I was not wearing a belt.)
  • Our flight was late leaving Houston because the coffee machine was leaking.
  • Upon arrival, our rental car reservation was no good because they had "no cars."  In fact, all but 2 counters told us they had "no cars."  One of those counters was going to charge us $140 a day to rent there; the other would only rent us a car after we called and booked a reservation over the phone for $60 a day.
  • When we arrived at the car rental lot, the shuttle pulled up next to the 2 lone cars in the lot and said "We're out of mid-size, so I'll upgrade you to a full-size for free."  The car he pulled up next to?  A VW bug.  In what universe is that full-size??  Or even mid-size??  Luckily, the one on the other side was a PT Cruiser.  We took that.
  • We got to the hotel and we told that they were overbooked and would need to bump us from a 2-double-beds room to a 1-king-with-a-pull-out-couch room.  For the record, I do NOT recommend sleeping on the pull-out couches at the Hyatt.
  • That evening after the conference, we went to a mall that had a cupcake place I really wanted to try.  We walked in to the mall to discover there had been a power outage.  Only the main hubs were still open - just about every other store (including the cupcake shop) had closed early.
  • The next evening, we went back to the mall - the cupcake place had a hand-written sign out front: "Sold out!  We'll have more tomorrow."
  • On the way to the airport the next day, we decided to stop and eat at In N Out Burger, which we had Google-mapped.  When we got to the location, we couldn't find it.  We stopped a nice man and asked directions, and were told, "It'll be right here in about 2 months.  The only location in Dallas is at {such-and-such} location, and I waited four hours for a burger there on Wednesday."  We ate elsewhere.
  • When we got to the airport, I was "randomly selected" to be patted down by security.
  • Our flight left Dallas late.

Despite all of that, it was a pretty good trip, and I was very fortunate in my travel companions.  :)  Here's hoping, though, that our family trip to Georgia on Thursday goes much more smoothly!


Friday, May 13, 2011

The Memory of a 3 Year Old

Jamie, to Gisèle when she was in the midst of a tantrum:  "Gisèle, remember, you said you were going to be nice?"

Gisèle, emphatically: "No, I said I was going to be mean a lot!"


Monday, May 9, 2011

Love Hands

On the way home from school, Gisèle lifted her hands high in the air and proclaimed, "I love my hands!  That's why I call them Love Hands."


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Last of the Pictures From Oregon

"Uh-down!" ("upside-down")
Ben and Gisèle, getting ready to to give everyone their costumes

Daddy in his costume

Uncle Jeff starting a massive tickling session with all the kids
Uncle Jeff tickling Ben, Kyle, and Owen
Uncle Jeff tickling the kids
Uncle Jeff tickling and being tickled


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

More Pictures from Oregon

Miles playing the piano - he loved it!

Robin, Mavis, and Mindy

Mavis (Grandma) and Gisèle


Gisèle with her chiclet teeth


Ben and Gisèle

Ben and Gisèle being goofy


Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter in Oregon

Gisèle egg-hunting in the backyard with some help from Grandpa  (Kyle is in the background.)

Miles going after an egg

Miles having a blast hunting eggs

The kids listening to the Easter story, read by Uncle Jeff.  (left to right: Ben, Owen, Gisèle, Uncle Jeff, Miles, and Kyle.)

Miles and Daddy looking through Miles's Easter basket

Looking at Miles's new cup

Gisèle with her Easter goodies

Miles in his Easter outfit

Gisèle and Miles, ready to go to church

Gisèle in her Easter dress


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