Santa brought our son a Nintendo Game Cube for Christmas. Santa brought a game for Mom too.
Decorating the tree.
Making gingerbread houses.
Our daughter's first trip to the pumpkin patch.
When we opened our pumpkins, the seeds had already sprouted inside.
Ready for Trick-or-Treating.
In mid October, the kids had a week off school, Mike took a few days off work, and the whole family went to Disneyland for 3 days to celebrate Mike's and our daughter's birthdays. Grandma Loralee and Grandpa Larry came up for all 3 days. Grandma Karen and Grandpa Jerry came up for one day.
There was a big rain storm coming through this week. We watched a lot of clouds and rain out the window as we celebrated our daughter's birthday.
The next day was beautiful. Look at the snow on the mountains.
So we enjoyed a beautiful day
Our youngest daughter is crawling all over.
In October, Grandpa Larry, Grandpa Jerry, Mike, our son, and our daughter went to the Miramar Airshow. We saw lots of planes, including the Blue Angles.
More pictures of my new retaining wall. See below for the footing. Here we're building up the wall with tan colored, split face (meaning rough faced) cinder blocks. Marni's mom, Loralee, is the expert, but I learned fast and layed lots of blocks too.
Family pictures after Our daughter's baptism
Dad Posing while our daughter takes a picture
Our daughter lost another tooth
Our daughter's cool hairdo
Our son and daughter's first day of school
Here are some more pictures of our youngest. She's 6 months old now, eating baby food, and rolling over.
I'm is building a new retaining wall in the back yard to hold up the hill. First we pulled out the old wall that was made of railroad ties and 2x12's.Then we dug a hole for the footing. We rented a 1-yard concrete trailer to pour the concrete for the footing. Then we built the wall using rough-face tan colored cinder blocks.
More photos of our youngest, 2 and 3 months old in these pictures
Swimming in Grandma Lori and Grandpa Larry's pool with Uncle Scott and Aunt Jenny's dogs.
July 4th with the Grandparents and Mike's Aunt Janet. We played games in the Costco parking lot, waiting for the Legoland fireworks show.
In June we went to the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf convention in Anneheim. Marni's parents came to help us take care of the new baby while Mike and Marni were in their seminars. The older kids went to a great program with lots of field trips and fun games.
Our daughter's new do...
Our kids found a catepillar. See it on their shirts?
Our daughter's graduation from CCHAT, her auditory pre-school
Our son's 1st grade class at their end of year party
Here are Our daughter's 5 week old pictures. She is starting to smile!
Storytime is BUSY at the Blakely house.
Our youngest daughter was born on April 18th at 9:00am.She weighed 8 lbs, 14 ounces and was 19 and 1/2 inches long.
Mom and baby both did great. The whole thing only took 6 hours from start to finish.It went so fast, Marni ran out of time to get an epidural, so she just went without, WOW!We had our close friend and dula Nance Hoban there for the birth. She was a source of peace and courage for Marni.
For Easter this year we went to Grandma Karen and Grandpa Jerry's house. We had an egg hunt in Grandpa BEAUTIFUL garden,where all the flowers were blooming. The Easter Bunny brought candy and gifts this year. Marni's was very pregnant, her due date was 5 days away, so she relaxed. A couple days before Easter the kids dyed eggs.
In late 2003, at the fundraiserfor Our daughter's school, Mike's parents, Jerry and Karen, bid on a "dinner at a firehouse" prize, andthey won! We all went down to Spring Valley to the fire house fordinner. The firemen gave us a tour of the building, pulled out the pumperand let the kids squirt the hoses, pulled out the ladder truck and put upthe 110 foot ladder, then climbed up on top of the firehouse roof, and afterall that, they fed us spaghetti dinner. All 6 of us had a great time!! .
Our son is playing little league baseball again this year. He is in rookies and his team is the Rangers.
Our son lost another tooth. I think we've lost count how many this is.
Our daughter's school does dance on Wednesday mornings. She loves to wear her tutu.
Our daughter's class spent a week at school learning about astonauts, rockets, and space. She made an astronaut costume with overalls, boots, belt, oxygen backpack, beanie, and helmet. We played astronaut at home for several days.
Our kids are getting real good at rollerblading. See the videos section for a video of a rollerblading
Sometimes after we put the kids in bed, our daughter will sneak into Our son's room so he can read her a story
Pregnant mommies nap a lot.
Kitty cats nap a lot too.
Our son and Our daughter's Aunt Jennie and Uncle Scott own to standard poodles. a adopted the black one, Fortue, and s adopted the apricot one, Chance.
Our son and his friend building with Legos after a sleepover
With our 3rd baby on the way, we moved a wall and a closet to make Our daughter's room and the Baby's room the same size.We had to move everything out of Our daughter's room, so she lived in the family room for a while. Grandpa Larry (Marni's dad)did the framing, moulding, wainscoat, and the electrical. Grandma Lori (Marni's mom) did the drywall, wallpaper, and the paint.They also put in new ceiling fans and closet organizers.
Our daughter lost her first tooth. We have a purple pouch we use so the tooth doesn't get lost under the pillow.The Tooth Fairy can find the tooth much easier that way.
Our son turned 7 in January 2004. He had a small party with his friend.