Thursday, June 30, 2011

Week in Photos, just for my Gram!

Last Sunday we stayed over at the ranch so the kids could spend some time with their busy Dad. Addie took these pictures of Niles while we were out there...When he's snarfing his hand, that means "I'm so hungry!"

On Monday (and most days) we went swimming a thte city pool in the afternoon. Buying a pass was the best idea this summer because the kids all swimso well and see lots of friends each day. I can read and watch the baby and take short dips myself adn it's really nice.
Our two bathing beauties

Addie getting on her raft

Heidi relaxing

James in the shallow end, pretending to be an Elasmosaurus

(that's a water dinosaur--think Loch Ness; he cracks me up)

James again


On Tuesday we went to the library's kick off of the summer reading program, "One World, Many Stories" in which the kids will be taking weekly "trips" reading stories form other countries. It was fun. Then we went to the dollar matinee show of Rango (which isn't really a kids' movie and wasn't as funny as I hoped it would be with Johnny Depp as the lead & all--oh, well. I loved the mariachis, though). After the movie we met Daddy for family swim time and had burgers at Mark's In & Out--and IDEAL summer day.

The kids swimming with Dad

Addie's leg--she's practicing her hand stands


The girls usually have piano on Tuesday afternoon, but this week it was bumped to Wednesday morning. Heidi & Addie at Carrie Kling's house, ready for lessons

Last Thursday, Rich's Aunt & cousin came to visit from Colorado. When we walked them out to say goodbye, this is what we saw!

That's Aunt Carol & Cindy with me & Niles on the porch, under the rainbow.

Niles was telling me a little story out on the porch. It's so cute the way he's trying interact and communicate these days!

Just hangin' out with mom enjoying the rain from the porch.


(and thanks Aunt Amie for the cute outfit)

Our crazy kids ran through the gutters in their jammies

Down the street...

...and back home again, looking like little duckies.

The first ten days of summer have been fabulous. We are so glad that AZ finally got some rain! We are excited to have all our Melin cousins together this week, excited for the Independence Day festivities, and for Niles' baby blessing & celebration on Sunday. We wish all our loved ones a fun holiday, too.


Don't forget to check out the RANCH BLOG again, too. We're almost officially done (just finishing up the deck & log work and we're ready for guests).

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day & Such

We actually didn't take any pictures of Father's Day. And none of Rich's (40th!) birthday, either, which we spent at the ranch, and then went out to dinner in Bozo at Canyon Burger Co. But trust me, it was a great weekend celebrating the guy who made these adorable children... We had a quick little family photo session on Friday night...

Addie, Heidi, Niles, & James

Melin Kids!

(had to include this one cuz James is so funny)

Addie's turn to hold the baby

(believe me when I tell you that half my waking hours are now spent refereeing whose turn it is to hold the baby and who held him the longest and who gets to burp him and who gets to sit by him in the car...bloody heck, it's worse than the sleep deprivation sometimes)

The Big Three


My Crazy Girls
That's me talking to Niles, who was not enjoying the light sprinkle of rain we were having.

Niles thinking about crying.

(I can't help but notice that since I had Niles, my smile lines have multiplied...doubled, in fact. Weird. Also, my hair is getting brittle and all that extra dark hair I grew is falling out again. Shucks).

Our Family!


On Wednesday afternoon it was warm enough to go swimming at the city pool. We can't have snacks in there, so James, Niles, and I went out in front of the pool and had a snack while we looked out on the lagoon...

...see? It's so pretty down by the river/pool/lagoon/park!

Scene from our pool adventure: Niles asleep while his sisters swim


On Thursday night, the girls concluded a week of Sports Camp (which is really Jesus Camp--Vacation Bible school with sports and coaches and gospel victory songs) with a block party social/talent show/revival at the park. This is Heidi singing a song with all the camp kids...

Addie sang, too...

James enjoyed the snow cones & cotton candy!

Even though it dipped down to 50 degrees or lower, the kids kept on eating snow cones!


On Saturday after working at the ranch all day on his birthday, Rich took us all to dinner, then bought the kids these fishing poles as a Fathers Day gift to himself because he wants to take his kids fishing this summer. They practiced casting down the stairwell last night (Yes, he is the world's awesomest daddy). (And yes, I jumped into the picture to ruin it, but I just made it hilarious).

Casting away!

Addie with her "fish."


Thanks for the awesome weekend, Rich! We are so glad you were born--you're AMAZING and I love you & our fun life (and these 4 fantastic children- thanks for making me a mama)!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This Week So Far

On Monday cousin Danny came over to play and have a sleepover. I took a shower Monday afternoon, and when I came out, this is what the kids were doing--a nativity play with Niles as baby Jesus. Little kooks. James was a cow, Addie was Mary, Heidi was a lamb, and Danny was Joseph. Nice.
Niles/ Baby Jesus was not so thrilled.
Later that night he crashed out on my lap on his boppy cute!

Also on Monday night, we had the missionaries over for dinner. Elder Moya is from Houston and Elder Haymore is from Tucson. Yep, we grew up in the same ward and I know his whole family and my grandpa gave Elder Haymore his patriarchal blessing. Great connections!

Moya, Haymore, & Heidi hangin' after dinner...


My MIL, FIL, BIL Mike, and nephew Danny are flying down to Texas this weekend for Cousin Liana Melin's baptism, so Mom Melin wantd to celebrate Rich's 40th birthday before they left. We had a little Hawaiian dinner at their house last night, topped off with chocolate birthday cake.

Heidi helping Rich make a wish!

Niles snuggling with Aunt Angie


And finally, here is a little snapshot of today...the girls are at sports camp, I am editing Primary pictures & blogging...

Niles is swinging and sleeping...

...and James is having a PBJ with chocolate milk and playing Handy Manny on the computer in the office with me...

..."The sun is up, the sky is blue

It's beautiful & so are you

Dear Prudence, won't you come out to play?"

Yes, I think I will.

I gotta go get ready to take the kids swimming this afternoon--I hope it's warm enough :)

Have a great summer day yourself!




PS: Watched this movie this morning and I highly recommend it. I really liked it.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Last Week in Photos

Somehow I didn't take any pictures of our visitors last week, not even our trip to Chico with Nana on Memorial Day or Aunt Laura with Niles at our girly party last Friday. Darn it. Here are a few I DID take... Niles' belly button finally healed up & his clamp fell off on Sunday 5/29, so he had his first bath on Monday 5/30 and he loved being in the water.
So snuggly!

Here he is stretched out on my bed

Angry Face!

Contemplative Face

(he makes this face a lot, just peacefully gazing around the room, taking it all in)

Heidi with Niles

Addie with Niles


On Friday, Rich and James went with Uncle Mike & Cousin Danny on the Stake Father-Son Camp Out on the Madison River near Three Forks. We girls and the baby stayed home, and Aunt Laura came to visit us from Helena- handbasket! YAY! We had steak and shrimp for dinner, then went on a drive out to the ranch house, then we watched "Gnomeo & Juliet" and had a nice sleepover.

This was our fancy dinner

And this was the boys' fancy dinner in the tent trailer...

Brats & Beans--YUM!

Addie took this pic of Niles on her lap on Saturday

And I took these pictures of Heidi pushing Niles on his first stroller ride after we had dinner at Applebee's in Bozeman on Saturday night.


It was a lovely weekend.


PS: Don't forget to check out the RANCH BLOG...I'm updating that next and lots is happening out there!


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