Friday, July 10, 2009

It's About Time

I'm not even giving excuses for not updating our blog. Suffice it to say we've been pretty busy traveling across the country, trying to plan a move, and buy a house. I lied; I guess I will give a few excuses :)

Without further ado, I'd like to catch ya'll up on a few things. I get to say "ya'll" again, even though I'm not officially a Texan yet.
First off Mike graduated with his MBA in early May.

But, before he did, my parents came out a week prior to graduation to celebrate with us.
Here are some of our adventures with Grandpa and Grandma Black:
Fishing at Lake Monroe. We didn't catch anything, but we all had a good time being outside in beautiful Indiana.

Riding a train in French Lick. Jonah loves trains, and he loved this hour and a half train ride through French Lick, Indiana. French Lick is home to tomato juice and Larry Bird. Who knew?

We loved having my parents here.

A week later, Mike's parents came and he graduated!!

Here he is an all of his graduation regalia

and with the family. Mike's parents came out for graduation, and then treated us to an awesome trip to Nauvoo.

We were all able to go to the temple, go to Carthage jail, and visit downtown old Nauvoo.

We had a wonderful time with Mike's parents and are so glad they came out for his graduation.

We celebrated Mothers' Day in Nauvoo, and Mike surprised me with tickets to see Mary Poppins in Chicago. Anita stayed a couple extra days so we could make the trip up to Chicago without dragging Jonah along for another 8 hour drive in the car. It was a fabulous show with some of the original cast members from broadway.

A few days later, we all hopped on a plane and headed to California to see the rest of the Lowes. We were able to stay two whole weeks and could've stayed all summer. The weather was gorgeous and we spent a lot of time outside.

We went to a Stanford baseball game with all of the older grandkids,

to the beach,

to L.A. to visit Mike's grandparents,

to a Giants baseball game with Joe and Meg Field (we had rockin' seats by the way. What can we say other than: we KNOW people)

and celebrated Charlie Drummond's fourth birthday with a Cowboy-themed birthday party. Here's Jonah in his Cowboy attire. He learned to say "Hee Haw" ... we'll have to work on that one a little more.

After visiting the Lowes, we headed to Utah for another two weeks of family and fun. While we were there we went to the Orem Fest Carnival. Jonah rode lots of rides. He was pretty serious about the whole thing.

The only way we could tell he was having any fun, is that he cried when we had to take him off when the ride was over.
Here's Jonah checking out a helicopter with Dad.

Jonah loves helicopters, planes, any type of truck, buses, trains...basically anything that goes.
We also went to an aquarium. Jonah loved watching the fish. Here is with Uncle Nathan, or "Nah-Nah". Jonah LOVES "Nah-Nah"

We also had family pictures taken by Amanda Peterson while were in Utah. They turned out great. Here's a few:

We're now back in Indiana with tons of free time on our hands. We're enjoying spending time together, especially because we know that we won't see a lot of each other once Mike starts school in August.
We took a trip to the Indianapolis zoo on Wednesday.
Jonah rode on a train,

saw lots of animals,

and even got to ride a horse.

He is the greatest little boy.

He makes me laugh everyday. I can hardly believe he is going to be turning two on the 25th of this month.

We've bought a house in Texas, and will be closing on August 6th. It's a great little house and we feel so blessed that it fits our needs and is in our price range. I'd love to post pictures, but I'm lame and didn't take any when we went to Texas to look at it. You can go to this website though and check out a slide show:

Until next time!


Laura said...

I'm glad you updated! I was getting worried. :) Looks like you are having as much fun as possible before starting school again. I'm glad you found a house! Congratulations and have fun in Texas!

Chrispy Critter said...

I thought Jonah had a spoon hanging out of his Booty in that last picture! I forgot to tell you to check out Mikes cousin Liz's blog that is linked to mine. I think it is SLC Hughes or Liz, she had quite an experience a few weeks back! See you on the 20th :)

Jeanette said...

Hey... so good to see the update. You have some great pictures on that post. So cute. You can sure tell that Mike just loves being a dad to Jonah! Good luck w/ the M&M cake!

Jedda said...

Congrats on the house! The last photo is a keeper for his wedding video! You guys have been all over the place-whew!

McKenzie said...

LOVE all the pictures! Looks like you guys had a great time!

Laura said...

Congrats you guys!!! Finishing an MBA is such a big accomplishment -- for the whole fam! Miss you guys a ton! Your family is absolutely adorable! I can't believe how big Jonah is, he is such a handsome little guy! Congrats on buying a house too - that is so exciting!!! :)

Mandy Rasmussen said...

Loved all your pic's! I really like the family one's..too cute!! Congrat's on your new home! It's cute!