Sunday, December 27, 2009


It's good to be home.

To have break from reality.
(It's MUCH needed breather.)
To see family and friends we love.
To let Cache roam free. The dogs will watch him.
To trade clothes with my sisters. Why did I even pack?
To go on LONG dates with Devin and not think about the babies.
To go running for 45 minutes and not see one single car or person.Oh except Grampa Calvin.
To see my dad,

asleep in church.
Home is good.

Naomi, begging Grandma Orton for a treat.

Good old Grampa Orton.
Working off Christmas dinner.

So all these pictures of are Naomi. Cache, I haven't seen a whole lot, he is always running, eating, playing with cousins! More to come. One of these days. When I feel like it. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dear Grandma Tractor:

It is warm here in Arizona. But that doesn't mean it's not Christmas!

Aunt Cindy got us matching lightening McQueen Slippies.
They make us run super fast.
These are our babies. They like to boss each other around.

Can't wait to come to your house Grandma and Grandpa.

Love, Cache and Claire

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Free snow here
thanks Becca. :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

yah, Uh HUH. we were there

at the Macey's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

We dressed the children for bed, loaded the car and took off at 8pm on Tuesday. Drove through the night, 14 hours to Angie and Camerons'(Devin's older sis in Pennsylvania). We left later than planned and as we bussled around the house packing, this is what Naomi did:

She raided the food bag. Even trying to hatch a box of fruit snacks or somethin in there. :)

Cache slept like a log for 8 hours. Naomi, jabbered for most of the night.
We recovered and slept the day away Wednesday and ate and played with neices and nephew.

Thanksgiving day, we woke up at 4am and headed into New York. Even that early, we wouldn't have found a good spot, Luckily we had the CUTEST couple in the whole city saving us a spot...

Devin's cuz Elisabeth and her husband Tyler.

That is a spot that we could elbow our way into at least. New Yorkers don't allow you to "save spots." It's a eat or be eaten type place.

Luckily there was a little alley way behind us that they could play around and throw the football a bit while we waited the hours for the parade to start. The rest of us held our ground,talked and observed all the fun people in New York.

This is Cache's crazy new smile... seems like most kids develop on of these within some point and time. He is either, scowling or doing this crazy smile... Oh well still stinkin cute. Love him.

I might have enjoyed watching Cache and Naomi's reactions to the
parade even more than the parade.

I am so annoying with my camera.
I want to take pictures of everything.
I can't help it.

Cassidy really, really had to find a bathroom. A clean one is not an easy thing to find in the City.

Santa Clause was my favorite part of the whole parade:
I'm pretty sure this was the real one.

It was an unforgettable experience !

After the parade, we took a stroll through Central Park...

I love this next picture. Cache was a little obsessive about Dakota, and Dakota was really nice to him all week. Cache had to sit wherever Dakota sat, sleep where he slept and do what he was doing...

Central Park is GORGEOUS. Really, movies don't do it any justice. I could have taken pictures all. day. long.

Then we went and visited the giant toy store FAO Schwarts... That was incredible. Every child's dream.

We walked down 5th avenue. I really want to go back and shop the streets there.
Then we walked by the temple. So cool.

I took a picture of Julliard for you Ash.

After lunch we took the Stanton island ferry, to see the Statue of Liberty. Very cool.

Cool "pirate ship" Devin and Cache loved.

Cache was looking forward to seeing the Statue of Liberty, and was very excited. Thus displaying his new wierd/cute smile.

On the way back, we figured out we could go out on the deck. Luckily no one else on the ferry did and Devin and I enjoyed a beautiful warm ride looking at the Brooklyn Bridge and city lights. Gorgeous and Romantic. If only I knew how to use my camera and take night pictures...

Here is Uncle Cameron with Dakota, Cassidy and sweet Kadyn and Lady Liberty. We were so lucky to have him as our driver, tour guide and company. Thanks to his skills we made it through the city in record time, never paid for parking (or parking tickets) And Cache was lucky enough to sit on his shoulders for much of the parade. Angie stayed home with baby Kelsie. She was a bit sick and doesn't like crowds.(Kelsie not Angie)

We had our Thanksgiving dinner on Friday. And by the end of the week, Kelsie even let me hold her without screaming. Worthy of a picture! I let her play/eat newspaper...that was my trick. I really didn't' know she was eating it.. I thought she just liked me.

True to Naomi, she LOVED the dog and tried to follow it everywhere. She only tried to follow him in here once.
She learned her lesson. Silly Nay.

After thanksgiving dinner, we welcomed in Christmas by making Ginger bread houses.
So Fun.

I took some family pictures that will come later after I edit them. But we did have such an unforgettable Thanksgving/first trip to New York City. I can see why people fall in love with that city. I can't wait to go back someday! Really. Hopefully at Christmas again. I guess you could say I only got a small bite of the big apple and I need a bigger bite. :) We watched the parade on TIVO when we got back home and as we were watching the Rockettes do their thing(I love the rockettes), Cache was watching them kick in a circle and his only comment was: "It's really hard to walk sideways."

I heart NYC.

{Thank you Acors for such a grand time. It really was the best.}