Say "Cheese!"

Anna Grace at 8 weeks! First photo shoot... (well, mom and dad's attempt at a portrait studio look)


Cousin Abuse!

This past week, while Eric was in Panama, Anna and I went to stay at Grammy and Poppy's. For a few days, we were joined by cousin Hailey. As you can see in this picture, the girls are already having conflicts! Uh-Oh!

(Just a note: Hailey is actually sweet as pie and would never intentionally punch her dear cousin Anna in the face!!!) :)


A Whale of a Tale

Fish have always been a part of our relationship. While we were dating, Eric and I would spend time walking around PetSmart looking at fish (not much to do in Temecula!) After we were married our love of fish continued... we even spent several hours in a fish store while waiting to go to the airport to leave for our honeymoon!

A few months into our marriage, I bought Eric a 20 gallon aquarium to fill with his very own fish! This birthday gift was a huge hit. After a successful go at building and establishing an aquarium, Eric and I purchased a large 75 gallon aquarium... it was beautiful.

Not long ago, we decided after many expensive trips to the Aquarium of the Pacific, to become members. It was very exciting to receive our membership packet and get ID cards! We now can go to the aquarium anytime and we even have our own special entrance (we feel very important).

While in labor, we made a trip to the aquarium that proved to be the transition from easy labor to agony! And so, it was only fitting that we take the result of that agony, our beautiful baby girl, to the aquarium for her first encounter with our beloved fish!

Clearly, she loves it! She especially enjoyed the Baja California exhibit.

A father imparting his hobby to his firstborn.

Taking a break in the Scuba Cafe (surprising, the aquarium cafe has great food!)


A Pain in the Neck!

Early Monday morning, I was awakened by the sound of Anna crying from her crib. I sat up in bed, ready to go pick her up, and I felt a horrible pain radiating from my neck. I tried to turn my head, but it was too painful. I slowly lay back down and tried very hard not to move my head or neck. I have no idea how it happened, but somehow I threw my neck out during the night. Eric only had a few minutes before he needed to get to work, so I quickly dialed my mom! Eric was able to stay home for a few more hours and help with Anna, and my mom arrived at my place soon after he had left for work. Thank God for Grammys!

I was able to get a chiropractic appointment soon after my mom arrived, and he did a quick adjustment. For the rest of the day, I was basically on the couch, trying not to move... it was AWFUL! My mom ended up staying the night and helping with Anna which was such a blessing! (Thanks Mom!)

During the course of the day, we were able to snap this picture of Anna smiling at my mom! She had begun to smile a little before, but this was the biggest smile yet and the first one we were able to capture on film.


Anna's First Trip to the Beach

Today was a beautiful, sunny Saturday, and Eric and I decided to take Anna and meet up with Chad, Mindy and Hailey at the dog beach. We love Huntington Beach in the summer and I just recently bought a little tent for Anna to nap in when we go! She was awake for about an hour and a half and then it was time for a nap. She looked so peaceful snoozing on the beach! And Hailey and Anna took turns sporting an stylish pair of pink sunglasses. Scarlet was miserable, of course, and when we got home Scarlet and Anna each had a bath!


A Lazy Morning...

Today we have no plans and began the day just hanging out... the three of us. Scarlet really enjoys the baby, and is constantly trying to get close to her. We have to monitor their interaction, however, because Scarlet doesn't seem to realize that her paws and claws can hurt the baby... but I think they will grow to have a special bond, and I am really looking forward to that!