Monday, November 8, 2010


My, oh, my! These girls have got way more fashion sense than their mama! Check out their amazing ability to accessorize:

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Summer Fun

The girls and I had a lot of fun while Brent was at his Air Force training this summer. Here are a few pictures, but you can also read more about our summer fun adventures over at Because Babies Grow Up!

Friday, August 20, 2010

And Baby Makes 5

Many of you saw the announcement on Facebook quite some time ago. But if you didn't see it, here's the news: we're adding another baby to our family!

We're really excited for baby number three and Sammi is thrilled with the gender! If you want to find out, check out my post over here. You'll also find ultrasound pictures and you can even listen to the baby's heartbeat.

Sorry to reroute you, but it just looks so good over there!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baltimore Trip

We took a fantastic trip to Baltimore to visit Ann and Andrew. They worked really hard the whole time we were there to make it to "favorite" aunt and uncle status. (Others beware: you have a hard act to follow!)

Now that we live in the middle of nowhere, no trip to a big city is complete without a stop at Target. Sammi insisted on getting her picture taken on this big red ball outside the store. So of course little sister, Elli, also insisted she get her picture taken on the other one! They are quite the pair. Sorry, we only had our phones for pictures so most of them aren't that great.
While in Baltimore we visited the zoo on a ridiculously hot and humid day. Unfortunately, we weren't the only ones who thought to go and the zoo was overrun with school groups. It was Brent's worst zoo experience and my second worst (the absolute worst for me involved a lot more crying.) We also visited the Science Center and had a fun, fun time there. We loved the dinosaurs and the lie detector test and the science in action room. Oh, and we had tons of fun in the little kids room with a water table, a play zone, a building area and a giant thing where you push the pins through back and forth and make hands, faces, feet and all kinds of shapes.
We spent a fun day in D.C. We made the mistake of asking a police officer the best way to the Smithsonian museums. He sent us up a boring street about 8 blocks. Only to find out when we got there that we had been one block from the museum we wanted to go to when we asked him. Must have been his first day. We walked 5 or 6 miles that day, but we got to see one museum, eat lunch in a quaint little burger joint and see the Washington Monument lit up at night. The girls were troopers with hardly any complaining or fussing from them. They loved the strollers and the times the chose to get out and run around. It was a long day and there was so much more I wish we could have seen. But in the end, we loved what we got to do. (Which also included visiting with a former companion of Brent's from his mission. We chatted for about half an hour in the shade outside the White House.)
Brent and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the D.C. temple, thanks to great babysitting by Aunt Ann and Uncle Andrew. We needed to do some laundry so our church clothes would be clean. We were a little behind schedule with that and the dryer was taking longer than we thought. We were worried we'd miss the distribution center and we desperately needed to make a stop there. We kept checking the clothes and they weren't dry. Then at the last moment when we could still make it, I checked one more time. My skirt was dry, Brent's pants and shirt were dry. I checked the rest of the clothes. NOTHING else was dry. It was all too damp to wear! We felt the like the Lord blessed us with that little miracle so we could get to the temple and the distribution center before they closed. We had a lovely time and were able to do sealings. We were a part of a family file set and witnessed a whole family, mom and dad and their son and 6 daughters, sealed together. The mom of that family was also sealed to her parents. It was so cool to see a whole family at once be sealed together.
Sammi's highlight was playing blocks with Aunt Ann and Uncle Andrew. And she loved attending the baptism with them on Sunday after church. My highlight was all the friends and family we got to see who happened to live out there as well. Brent's was discovering my friends' media center and making plans to build his own (probably not actually his highlight, but the most talked of thing since we've returned.) And Elli loved going to the park across the street and all the chances she had to play, play, play.

p.s. We're looking forward to seeing more family in a few weeks!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

So I've been lovingly and severely reprimanded by people who see me every week about not updating this blog. So, for them but most especially for those who don't see us every week, here are some pictures from our Earth Day today.

These {above} are from the park. We had lunch there and then played till nap time.

We cleared out the tomato garden from last year and prepped the soil for planting flowers. There's still a bit more to do before it's ready, but hopefully Brent will be able to dig up the rest of the grass to make the area bigger. I took the ones above and Sammi took the ones below.

There were at least a dozen of her feet. She was so pleased to be taking pictures of herself.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Christmas Presents Are Up!

We had a great Christmas. We only took a few pictures during our whole trip. I can't believe all the photo opps I missed. Ah well, I've got great memories.
Here's a picture of the Passey Christmas morning tradition. I've heard all about it and it was so fun to be a part of. Before any one can go down and see stockings, everyone lines up at the top of the stairs. The youngest are in front and we arranged ourselves by age with the oldest in the back. Now, I am the oldest of ALL the siblings, but I pulled the mother card and got to stay in front to help Elli down the stairs. We waited there until Grandma or Grandpa rang the bell then we all filed down to the family room to check out our stockings and open presents. So fun!

We got a few presents to hang on our walls. I got them all hung up yesterday and this morning. I'm very impressed since we have other pictures that have been waiting since we moved in to be hung! And as you can see, we still have a few empty frames that I need to print pictures and fill.
Claire gave us the picture at the very top. It's a collection of architectural details that together spell PASSEY. I think it's a great addition to our family picture wall.
Mom and Dad Passey gave us the FHE assignment board. We're doubling up on assignments for now. We may or may not end up with enough children to divvy out all the assignments :) So far in 2010 we are 100% with doing FHE weekly. Man, that feels good!

This picture cropped funny so excuse the great white space above! Mom Passey sewed pillows for our bed when we moved out here. For Christmas she made matching window coverings and framed some of the fabric. Our room looks a little more designed now. It's look totally professional if it weren't for the piles of laundry that need folding!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. I'm looking forward to 2010!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Giveaway and a New Button

There's another album we're giving away over at Because Babies Grow Up. Sammi liked this one, as well as Brent. I think it's clever and catchy. Come enter for your chance to win it!

Also, I finally have an updated button for the new look that Brent helped me put together at Because Babies Grow Up. He got it done just before school started. He's my hero, as always...