Thursday, November 6, 2008

4 kids

The picture in the next blog is the only known picture of the four of my kids together. I just realized why that is. Because if ever I attempt something posed. . . this is the sort of thing that happens.

First Snow

We had our first snowfall yesterday. The kids even managed some mini snowmen. "Snowkids," they called them. I was impressed with their tolerence for the cold, even Cael. I must be raising them right.


Cael was more interested in the experience of going up to people's doors and talking to them than he was in the actual candy.

Halloween 08

Ah. Halloween marks the one year anniversary of this blog. Time flies. Here are the Halloween pictures. My question is: How can little girls painted so scary still be so dang cute? I'm biased, I know.

So, yes, the girls sprinted from house to house just like last year. But this year even Cael was totally into it. He carried his own candy bucket the whole time (and it was getting heavy!), and he managed a decent "ick- ee"(trick-or-treat), and a respectable "ank-oo"(thank you) at each house. And for all those who make fun of parents who let their toddlers trick-or-treat -- of which I am one -- yes, I did eat almost all his candy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Everything's a bat and ball.

Sidenote: I love how I took a huge bite of. . . something unhealthy I'm sure. . . right before I pushed record on the camera, and the whole time I'm narrating I'm smacking and swallowing. But I didn't want to miss the moment!

The Big News

Maga and Paga are treating us to Disneyland at Thanksgiving time. I have never encountered three more thrilled girls. Maga sent them a brochure to appease their appetites for more stories of Disneyland, and we read it as their bedtime story the night it arrived. This is the scene I encountered early in the morning when I walked in the door after jogging the next day. (This picture is not posed.)


There's nothing like discovering an unexpectedly sleeping baby. I stuck Cael in front of the TV while I showered, and this is what I found when I came down. It's especially notable knowing that this little boy NEVER falls asleep anywhere but in his bed, and occasionally the car. I like how he's still wearing his hat and shoes.


No reason for this picture. I just think Bailey's cute.

Anyone notice the theme here?

Up until this point, Cael's been a perfect angel. But recently he's started to find some mischief. He has a thing for taking anything messy and painting it on his face. . . nail polish, glue stick, lotion, ink. . . I don't know why it always ends up on his face. He can't even see it there. Well, I guess that's better than the walls and carpet.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Brace yourselves. I'm posting a long series of cheerleading films. Alyssa and Bailey just finished up their summer cheer program. They both had a blast. You can see that Bailey's just having fun, and Alyssa's. . . intense. I know you're all asking, "Where's Katie?" She chose to do Tae Kwon DO this summer. I'll have to post pictures of her in her uniform. I think it may have been the biggest draw to the class, though when asked she said her favorite part was "the punches."


Alyssa and Bailey had their summer cheerleading performance yesterday.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Our hotel in Phnom Penh was really nice, although all the beds we experienced in Asia were quite firm. Also, during one of my jetlagged moments of wakefulness in the middle of the night, I encountered a cockroach in the bathroom, and I quickly remembered how much I hated those things as a kid in San Antonio.

These pictures were also taken at Wat Phnom. There was an elephant ride some of the people in our group took, and the elephant was wearing shoes! (I got a kick out of that, even though I claimed to take that picture for my kids' benefit). One of the most fascinating things about Cambodia was the children. School was only a half day, so they could go either in the morning or afternoon, and so there were always children selling in the shops, especially at the tourist traps like Ankor Wat. Also, a lot of the younger children wore very little, especially since May is the hottest month of the year there, being the last month of the dry season (there are only two seasons, the wet and dry). And there were no diapers. The little boys walked around in just a shirt or nothing it all, and the little girls just wore dresses. They were so stinkin' cute, though I'll forego posting their pictures on the internet =) The children in these pictures were selling snacks and fruit, and the one little girl is balancing a container of flat bread on her head.

Kung Fu Movie

We were shopping in Stanley Market when we ran into a group of German filmmakers shooting a Kung Fu movie. I'm thinking it's going to take some serious digital enhancement to make much of this.

Hong Kong

Here is a picture of us on a quick boat tour of the harbor, some shots of a floating restaurant, and some colorful scenery at Repulse Bay.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Hong Kong and Phnom Penh

I'm finally getting a chance to update this entry. We were on a trip to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Cambodia from April 23rd to May 5th. We went because one of the classes for Brandon's MBA program was an international trip, and I wouldn't let him go without me.
I posted these pictures with no explanation from our hotel in Phnom Penh, just to get something up, but it was late, and we had a time limit on the hotel computers, so I gave no info. This was a shot of the Hong Kong skyline from Victoria's Peak and here's us in front of Wat Phnom, a Buddhist temple in Phnom Pehn.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

The girls have been on a leprechaun kick ever since St. Patrick's Day when they saw a Disney movie, "Luck of the Irish." I said, "Did you guys know Grandma Tillman is from Ireland?" and Alyssa said, "She's a leprechaun?!" so I said, "No, but she was born in Ireland." Katie said, "Does she just eat Irish cheese all the time?" I don't know where that came from, but I said, "No I don't think so," and Alyssa said, "Does she do Irish dance?"

Although Grandma Tillman probably could do a mean Irish jig, I have never seen her.

Photo Night

Alyssa's choice for a Sunday night activity was having a family photo shoot. So we had fun making use of the timer, and Bailey set up this pose. We thought that the first four heads in the row really looked like two sets of twins.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Cael Discovers Swinging

Cael has four loves: balls, magnets, containers with lids, and now. . . swinging.

Cam's "Red" Birthday

Cam's "Red" Birthday

Scary, aren't they?

I am posting this photo at the demand of those pictured. . . against my better judgement.
Explanation: Katie and Alyssa discovered a bag of a few singlets left over from when Brandon coached Orem Junior High. Now they suit up every night and wrestle best two out of three take-downs to see who chooses the bedtime story.
Is it just me, or does this photo bring to mind the phrase, "I'm an animal!"