Sunday, July 26, 2009

Adventure Day!

We took our first "REAL" hike as a family yesterday! We explored a bit of the Tillamook National Forest and found some awesome campgrounds and trails to explore! Micah was a TROOPER! 1 hour uphill with only 2 stops for snacks! Not bad little buddy! :)

Shani, of course, rode in style!!! And was all smiles! She's an outdoor girl just like our boy!

Once we made it back down the trail, we conquered a STEEP embankment and found the COOLEST swimming hole! We weren't prepared for getting wet... but we are quickly learning that to a 3 1/2 year old... whatever clothes you have on... WORK!!!
What is that you are holding Micah? Hmm.... take a guess... and scroll down...

The big AWESOME surprise of our adventure was finding a massive population of pollywogs! Pure delight for Micah!!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Baby Dedication & Family Celebration Day!

We were blessed to dedicate Shani's sweet life to Jesus today at church! Both Micah and Shani did wonderfully up on stage in front of the "big church". Micah was so excited that he got to give Pastor John "knuckles"!!! (Thanks John!!!)

My favorite picture from the dedication... prayer time... 3 heads bowed (good boy Micah!!!!) ... 1 looking up to heaven and talking to Jesus himself I am sure! :)

Look at this angel in her first "full length gown"! We purchased this dress at the leprosy hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a special occasion for Shani! This was it! What a beautiful angel!

Thank you to all our family and friends who were able to share in this wonderful occasion with us! We are so thankful for your loving support, prayers and encouragement and so blessed by this precious life that we have been entrusted with!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I cried at the barbershop...

Ok... I know I have a soft heart... but last night I found myself watching my 3 1/2 year-old transform into a really BIG boy while sitting in the barber's chair. I believe my exact words were... "Maybe a little shorter for summer"... one swoop of "the buzzer"... AND...

... I found myself teary-eyed and looking at David and mouthing the words "I'm going to cry... I need to leave..." Shani and I rapidly excused ourselves for a short walk while the buzzing continued! Ok... he's seriously WAY cute! But I think that was one of the last stages of baby-hood for mommy's little guy!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

And the winner is....

The movin' and groovin' stage has begun! Check out this video... the official taste test!

That's my girl!!!!

1st Trip to the Beach!

We took our first trip to the beach over the 4th of July weekend!
First stop? Seaside Outlet Mall for some WARM clothes!!! We were dressed for the 90 degree weather in Forest Grove... not the 60 degree haze that greeted us at the coast! :)

Second stop? The Seaside Aquarium!

Shani tried SO hard to grab the fish in this tank. I held her here for about 10 minutes while she rapped on the glass (sorry fishies... it was just so cute!!!)!!!

Meanwhile, big brother Micah was REALLY enjoying the "touch me" bins! His favorite of course was letting the hermit crab walk all over his hand. REALLY... he is ALL boy! I love you my brave little dude!

Next stop? SAND! I call Shani our texture girl! She LOVES to explore all the different textures around her... (Example: she is fascinated where our carpet in our living room turns into the hardwood floor!) So, her response to sand? WONDERFUL excitement and total analyzation (is that a word?)!

Time for lunch! At our family tradition spot! Mo's! Bring on the chowder! Yummy for our tummies! Where's Shani? FAST ASLEEP!!!!!

4th of July Water Fun!

What are you watching cutie???

Oh! I see... you're looking at the Reece boys having a BALL of fun on the 4th of July! While we didn't catch any major fireworks... we sure did have fun outside in the yard!

Seriously... look at that face! TOTAL enjoyment! tee... hee... How many kids ARE in the Reece family anyway? :) Love you honey!