Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Birthday Boy

Here are a few pictures from our weekend. Lucas turned 30 on Friday. We celebrated with his parents, sister and brother-in-law, cousins, and a big ol’ chocolate cake. It was a lot of fun to be together.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


This past weekend we were back in Providence for Mom's surprise birthday celebration. It was so much fun. We took family pictures, had a luau, and spent plenty of time in the pool. The winner of the 'dive-off' contest on Saturday night was too close to call but Luke's cannonball was quite entertaining and impressive- he drenched us all.

Ruby was so cute. We couldn't get over how much she is learning and how quickly she has started picking up new words. Her sparkly eyes and wide smile (with 4 little teeth showing) just melts your heart.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

5 months down

Here is a picture of Amber's 5 month pregnant belly and one of the stroller system that Luke put together this weekend. Slowly but surely we are preparing for the baby's arrival in November. Any advice on baby gear would be very much appreciated. What's neccessary and what is not? It's a little hard for us first-timers to determine.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Red, White, and Blue

Happy Independence Day! We very much appreciate our country, the freedoms we enjoy, and the ones who fought to protect those freedoms. We also appreciate (though on a much less significant level) the day off work. Lucas and I painted in the kitchen and worked on getting the trim laid at the baseboards and at the top of the cabinets. Our kitchen remodel has been stuck at the ‘almost-done’ stage for 8 months now and we realized we needed to put in a concerted effort if we had any chance of completion before the baby arrives. He is due in 18 weeks now! In the evening we went to the Hails for dinner, along with the Monterossos. As always, we had a good time.

Summer is definitely in full force here in Kansas. The sunshine stays up late, the humidity is high, and the watermelons are on sale at the grocery. We had the chance to travel almost every weekend this past month and it has been great to see family. The following are ‘catch-up’ posts. The pictures we took were being held hostage in the new camera Lucas got me for my birthday. We finally were able to download and share them.

Catch up 1

Last weekend we had a great time in St. Louis with the Dicksons. We had a lot of fun playing games, eating good food, and relaxing. We also got to see Uncle Vint, Sherry, Lexi, Dehlia, and Brandon who all came over for a visit on Saturday afternoon. In this picture, I’m holding up part of a birthday present. There is a set of three safari scenes featuring animals with their babies. We’re going to hang them in the nursery.

Catch up 2

Mom and Dad treated us to a wonderful weekend in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a lot of fun to visit with them and with Lea. We enjoyed the scenic drive to Narragansett and ate great seafood. Lucas and I went shopping with Mom for items for the nursery. Nana and Papa are already spoiling this little baby of ours!

Catch-up 3

One weekend we headed west to Dodge City and stayed with Grandma Dickson. She took us to Boot Hill where we toured the museum and restored buildings as well as witnessed a wild-west gun fight reenactment. We also drove to a spot where you can still see remnants of the Santa Fe Trail. On Sunday we got to visit with more Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins over lunch before we had to head home. On our drive back we were glad to have the opportunity to stop in Hutchinson to visit with Grammie Feerer, Aunt Liz, and Avery.