December 30, 2015

Fox at Five Months

November 30, 2015
5 months old

recording all the firsts
  • Fox rolls over and over again until he gets where he wants to go. Sometimes we find him at the opposite end of the room or halfway under the couch. One time all the rolling wore him out so much that he fell asleep on his play mat. 
  • Fox smiles more and more each day. Everyone comments on how smiley and "chill" he is. 
  • Fox celebrated his 1st Thanksgiving. Our family ate out for Thanksgiving dinner, at Texas de Brazil, One of our waiters stopped and asked how old he was and raved about how cute he is. He gets compliments like that ALL THE TIME. :)
  • Fox ate solid food for the first time. We fed him oatmeal and he was interested but not very good at eating it the first time but the second time he was a little pro.

some of Fox's
Favorite Things
  • Being out and about. He loves people watching and smiles at everyone!
  • Diaper changes.
  • When mommy plays "patty cake" with him and sings to him and his brother at bedtime. 

some of Fox's
Not so Favorite Things
  • Riding in his carseat.
  • Finding himself all alone.

Eating oatmeal for the first time (at our friends, the Fosters home)

Funny faces with mommy.

Watering the lawn with daddy.

Fox, and his girlfriends, Nova and Avalon.

It's fall y'all!

For halloween this year Fox was a baby baseball and Finn was a Thai boxer. The plan was for Finn to be a baseball player but the jersey I ordered for him never arrived in the mail. I had to scramble last minute to put a costume together for him. Luckily, I remembered the boxing shorts we purchased in Thailand and it was hot outside enough that he could go shirtless. Ben and I threw on some costumes at the last minute before the church trunk or treat.  We kept up the tradition of making homemade root beer out of the trunk of our car. We need to come up with a recipe because each year we make our own concoction and don't remember what we did the year before.


Ben's brother Marshall came to town for work and visited with us for a couple of days. We took him to our favorite taco joint-Torchy's and to the Riverwalk.

We spent Thanksgiving with Dawn and the Fosters and a couple of the Fosters friends from Optometry school. We chose the easy/fun/best route and ate out for our Thanksgiving feast. This year: Texas de Brazil.

November 15, 2015

Oh Canada!

Finn is our little seasoned traveler. 
He rolled his suitcase along, hopped on and off the moving walkways and stayed close to his parents (for the most part) as we made our way around the airport. We landed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where we were reunited with Grandpa and Grandma Snarr (after a year of not seeing them). They are serving as missionaries in Victoria, located on Vancouver Island. We were excited to see them, for them to meet Fox for the first time, to see the sites and meet some of the people whom they love to serve.

Right off the plane and straight to the beautiful Stanley park to get all our wiggles out!

We strolled along the water and wandered along some trails. 
Closed our eyes for one second and Finn is goners… see if you can spot him!

Lee and Syd live in Victoria on Vancouver Island. We took about an hour ferry ride to get to the island. On the ferry there are things to eat, places to sit and watch tv, and places for kids to play.  On Sunday, Lee and Syd took us on another ferry ride, this time to Salt Springs Island, a much smaller place, where pretty much everyone farms, and where one of the worlds largest and famous artisan and food markets occurs on Saturdays. We spent Sunday there to attend church. This is a picture of, not the church we attended, but the oldest church on the island. Lee and Syd had just helped to repaint it. The ward we attended consisted of about 17 members. It was the ward Primary program on that day and so the 2 Primary children (brother and sister) spoke and the little girl even sang as her sister (the only young woman in the ward) accompanied her on the piano. It was such a sweet program. The ward is small but it is mighty with the spirit and we loved the people we met there.

Everywhere we turned there were beautiful views of either rolling hills, towering pines, leaves changing colors, mountains or the water. We fell in love.

Pumpkin picking adventure...

The Butchart Gardens are the absolute prettiest gardens I have ever been to. If I could I would plop my house down right in the middle of it all and take it in every single day. 


We strolled around downtown Victoria, ate the BEST fish n' chips at Red Fish Blue Fish, and took a Harbour Tour. (Notice in the picture above there is a plane that landed on the water.)

We met this sweet woman that Lee and Syd visit often. She has MS and so it was nice to be able to help her by raking her lawn and visit with her a bit. She was so sweet and friendly to us, we wished we had more time to get to know her. 

Our boys! Playing in the leaves and the trees.

The British Columbia Parliament Building