Friday, August 31, 2007

The Stool

When we were touring the house, the builder took us into the bathroom and said, "this is where the 'stool' will go." Maggie and I had fun with that one. When I was picking out a kitchen faucet, there were some "stools" in a convenient location for sitting, so Maggie took the opportunity to snap this picture. "point of interest," huh, Maggie? :)

So, I'm back home. My flight was delayed an extra day on the way home. All in all, I can say that I will never fly United again...argh.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Shopping in Minot

I am in Minot "house-hunting" with Maggie. Originally, the trip was sceduled as a house hunting trip, but I found a house before I got here, so it has evolved into a shopping trip. The house is new construction, so I needed to make many selections for finish work, appliances, etc. Maggie and I are having a blast and I'm so excited about our new house. Here are some pictures of the house... like my "Mary Poppins" stance?...Maggie had quite a nice time with that with the realtor and the builder

...and the back of the house...

We have had so much fun together; I'm never so crazy as when I'm with my sisters; it's such a bummer to live so far away. We had some fun with the self-timer thing on Maggie's camera....

And here's us pretending to be normal. It was a rare moment.

Saturday, August 18, 2007


Don't you just love the way kids say things? Henry calls Pinocchio "pwokey-nose"

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Curious George

Henry loves curious George. In one of the books, George eats a banana and puts the peel on his head like this and Henry has been asking to do it for weeks. Finally, the other day he was about to have a bath and we let him do it. He thought he was the coolest thing.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Blowing out Candles

I love birthdays. When Phil and I got married he just didn't get it. He didn't know that I HAVE to have a cake. Then, he didn't know that I really need candles on my cake and not just the candles with the numbers on them, but I need as many candles as I am years old. That is a non-negotioble item.

I don't know how it started or who started it, but it's a tradition in the Kercher family to lick the frosting off your candles. Maybe everyone does this; maybe we're wierd. I don't really care. I am training my kids in candle licking. Sometimes we even double lick. Egads!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Paris with Addy

I hoped Addy would be able to see Paris before leaving Europe, but I just didn't think we were going to fit it in when we got an invite to take a weekend trip with friends. The trip left three days after the Speeds left and the day after our movers packed us, but we snatched up the opportunity, anyway. We really had a good time, in spite of me being totally exhausted at the get-go. Addy was a trooper, though, and never complained; except about the prices! :) The tower is just so grand in person. It's one of the few structures I've seen that's actually bigger than you imagine it to be.

Our main priority on this trip was to see the monuments. We managed to get the main ones in, but that meant a TON of walking, even though we used the metro, buses, a boat, and the train. Paris is just so huge and the weather was really hot.

The Notre Dame

La Sainte Chapelle - first the outside and then the inside...amazing amounts of stained glass

and Addy on the mosiac on the floor...lest they leave something that isn't over the top!

Addy, Rachel, and Rebecca

is she not the cutest 9-year-old ever?

The Seine River was just too cool. We took a cruise down the river on the first evening so we could see the Eiffel tower all lit up, but one of the unexpected fun things that we saw were so many groups of people just sitting along the river, some partying, others seemed to be relaxing and then there were even three different groups of dancers, all literally dancing to a different beat, one group was doing the tango, another African music and the third...can't quite remember... it was just really fun to watch.

The setting sun was reflecting off these buildings; I just love European architecture

This year Addy and I studied the French Revolution, which was so incredibly interesting. Addy took an interest in Marie Antoinette and has been reading a lot about her. We decided to detour from our friends and spend some alone time at Versailles, outside of Paris. I was really tired, so we spent a leisurely day strolling around Marie Antoinette's gardens and estate. Addy was thrilled to get to see some of the history that we have studied. I was thrilled to spend time with my daughter!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Visit with the Speeds

Our awesome friends came from Japan for a two week visit. They used to live here and then they moved to the States for a little over a year and have been in Japan since October. We felt so loved for them to fly all the way here just to see little ol' us. Some of you who keep up with my blog know them and for all the rest of you...well...I thought you'd love to see such a beautiful family. We love them and so should you. :)

Erin was a joy to be around. She's such a little individual. Our favorite thing to quote was something she said the first night. Mommy and Daddy made her eat one piece of cooked zucchini and she threw up on the table and said, "Oh, I'm sorry! That's called THROW-UP." We laughed about that for two weeks solid.

Rob is 12 days younger than Henry. They pretty much ignored each other, but now Henry keeps talking about "Robby."

Just HAD to show this this not kid?...just being a bugger even though all the rest of the time he's totally sweet and happy.

Is this not a beautiful baby? This is Avery Kate. She was born last year on Kate's birthday and my kids and I are TOTALLY in love with her. I took so many pictures of her while she was here. Those eyes and that perfect face and skin are just asking to be photographed.

This is pretty much what C's life looks like...hey wait! That's pretty much what MY life looks like!

...and a raucous game of duck, duck, goose...

We had so much fun just hanging out. We had a couple obligatory 'Smore nights...if you look closely you can see all the kids in this picture.