Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A first time for everything

And for Morgan today it was rice cereal! I was able to capture some pictures to document this occasion.

Here she is before.

She has no idea what is coming next.

About to take the first bite.

"What the heck is this?" Ha ha this face cracks me up. Needless to say she wasn't a big fan.

She kept picking up her bib and rubbing her face. The next thing I know she has cereal up her nose.

She is such a sweet, silly little girl. I couldn't really get her to eat much today. Maybe tomorrow will be more successful.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Salvation Mountain

On our way home from Glamis we took a detour. We headed down hwy 111, towards Niland, California, to a place called Salvation Mountain.

Does this look familiar to you? If so, you might have seen it in a little movie called Into the wild. I have seen the movie and read the book so it was pretty cool to see this up close.

This Mountain was hand build out of tires, hay, sticks and basically any other scraps that could be found by a now 90 year old man named Leonard Knight. It has a pretty simple message. God is love. People have been so touched by what he was doing that they donate money and materials and some art students will come donate their time. They help him touch up the paint and keep it fresh looking. We actually got to meet Leonard and he was so excited to show us what he had done and tell us how he did it. What a neat way to be remembered after you are gone. That all you wanted to do was spread a simple (and in my opinion true) message.God is Love.

Morgan's poor little cheeks are so red. The desert was so dry that her skin reacted to it.
That is Leonard in the cowboy hat. He is explaining to us how he is expanding everything.
Here Kerry and Kevin are walking up the "yellow brick road".

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The men in Kevin's family have all gotten into off-roading. Each family it seems own a side by side and head up to the desert whenever their schedule allows. I have never been and Kevin hadn't been since he was like nine. SO..when Kevin's father invited us to accompany him this past weekend we jumped at the chance.

We camped in Kerry's motor home and soon after we arrived we were joined by 7 or 8 other families. The trailers made a circle, a friendly little community of people there to relax and have fun.

Here is our view from the motor home.
 It may not look like it  here, but those dunes can really be intimidating. The first couple of days I was kind of freaked out by the big stuff, but since I told myself I would try (ALMOST) anything I decided to suck it up and let the fear go. Plus, it didn't hurt that our 5 year old nephew was riding in the back of one of them. I figured nothing bad can happen. They aren't gonna put him in serious danger. :)

 You know, riding in the dunes is sort of like a choose your own adventure book. You never have the same ride twice. Man, I loved those books when I was little.

You see a lizard run in the sand. To keep driving turn to page 40. To stop and try to catch it turn to page 23.
 After you set the lizard free you spot a memorial in the distance. To drive by turn to page 48. To stop and take pictures turn to page 53.
 Apparently, when you go camping with the Shaw's you have to experience one of their family traditions.
Behold the chili size.
It is chili served over a hamburger patty. Before I met Kevin I had never in my life heard of such a thing, but it surprisingly wasn't bad.

 Poor little Morgan was such a trooper. It got pretty hot out there and we tried our best to make sure she was cool. Oh and as you can see she is sucking her thumb in this picture. We don't know what happened. One day she traded in her pacifier for her thumb and she never looked back.

 Kerry thanks again for inviting us. It lifted our spirits and let us have a little fun during this rough time. We love you! Oh and don't think I forgot about the picture of you and sophie. :)
 This is Kerry driving the motor home with his dog Sophie on his lap. She would try to do this off and on the whole trip. I don't think she realizes she is a wee bit too big to be a lap dog. I don't think Kerry minds though. You can tell that she has become a good friend.

Monday, April 12, 2010


We went up to Kevin's parents house for Easter. I had really planned on taking more pictures than I did. I was hoping to get a nice picture of the whole family outside, but nope didn't happen. I also bought Morgan little bunny ears to wear and I realize I didn't even take her picture with them. Oh well....Maybe next year.

OH and I have to says Thank you again to my Dear friend Elizabeth. She made Morgan this adorable dress.  Even though it may be a tiny bit too big for her. I thought it made a perfect Easter dress!

4 months

Morgan had her check-up when she was 3 1/2 months instead of 4 months, and here were her stats.

Height: 25 inches-90% 
Weight: 14.2 lbs-77%
Head circumference: 16.5-75%

Here are a few recent pictures. I'm sorry I wasn't trying to turn this into a baby blog, but Morgan brings most of my excitement these days. :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010