Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
While I was finishing making dinner, Jordan took Clara outside for a little photo shoot. Here are a couple shots from it:
After the pictures, we had dinner. Fajitas! Yummy!
This mess is just a preview of Clara and her cake.
After dinner, we cleaned up and Harry decided to give Clara a birthday kiss (with a little coaxing!)
Then Clara got to open her presents!
My parents have a ton of Little People toys at their house and Clara LOVED playing with them, so we got her the farm for her birthday.
This is how Harry felt about Clara getting presents. In 3 weeks, Clara will get to feel the same way for Harry's birthday!
While trying to get all the Little People out of their packaging, the box was more fun for Clara and Harry.What if you could actually buy little people like that?
Once the presents were done, we moved onto the cake. I made a double layer cake, then cut out the middle for Clara's cake and frosted them both so there was her little cake and a doughnut cake for the rest of us.
Clara wasn't quite sure what was going on, but she was excited!
And then it was time to dig in! The video is a little long, but really funny. If you don't want to watch it all, please skip to the end, it is worth it! But really, the whole thing is great!
At one point, Clara started picking up the plate and licking it.
Then she wanted to share it.
The park was so crowded, it was hard to take pictures.
While at Disneyland, one of my very best friends, Kelsey, who lives in the LA area, came to visit with me! That alone made the trip worth while! Thanks for coming to see me Kels! Clara loves her honorary aunt!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Again, I don't know how to rotate video, and I forget when I am taking video, so just turn your head for a minute! This is Clara and my mom playing with a fabric ball my mom made. Clara is learning to throw the ball back.
This was just a cute video. She is always so interested in the camera, so it was funny how she kept trying to touch it. Then when she got the paper, and I asked her what she had, she showed me! I love seeing her do things like that and know that she is learning and understanding me.
Another sideways video. My parents have this huge, amazing lemon tree, and they never picked all the lemons back in January, so there were still tons on the tree that hadn't fallen off yet. We have been having fresh lemonade every day. Yum! While we had a few tall boys around (my cousins), we went out to pick all the lemons. My nephew, Tyler was having so much fun. One of the boys would lift him up so he could reach a lemon to pick, or if they were too high, he would point out which lemon to pick. Then my cousin started shaking the tree so they would fall out and he would run around under the tree to pick them all up. It was very cute!
Lemon picking spectators
Here is one of Tyler being the boss, pointing out which lemons to pick.
My parents also have TONS of boysenberry plants, and lucky me, they are on right now! Every day I have gone out and picked bowls full of berries. We have made pies, cobblers, jam, and a cheesecake with them.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Grandma has buckets of toys for the grandkids to play with, and Clara is LOVING having new toys to play with. Can you see her new tooth?
Clara got to play with some cousins today. She and her cousin Sydney played very nicely together. When Sydney first came over to play, Clara handed her the toy she was playing with, then grabbed another one to play with. She is already learning to share (hopefully that will last!).
My cousins got their wisdom teeth out today. My dad and brother each did one, and they were pretty funny afterwards. They were out most of the day, and Clara thought they were a great jungle gym for her to climb over.
I found Clara by herself playing with all the toys, and I thought what she was doing was really funny:
I don't know how to turn the video, so I didn't even try, just turn your head side ways for a minute and it will be just fine! Clara and Sydney had so much fun playing together with Grandma and cooperated to play with this toy. It was so much fun to watch!
Just in the past couple of days, Clara is starting to smile for the camera. The flash still gets her, hence the closed eyes. This is her cheesey smile. Can you see her new tooth on the top? The other one is following right behind it!
Here is another picture of her cheesey smile. She plays so happily on the floor! Clara loves grandma and grandpa's house!
This picture is mostly for Jordan. This is Clara's cousin, Jacob. He is such a happy kid, and such a little guy compared to Clara. They are 5 months apart in age, and about 10lbs apart in weight!
Here is one more video of Clara. In the last month, she has started waving to people. She started waving to grandma while we were in the pool, so we caught that on video. You can hear Jacob blowing raspberries in the backround.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I also wanted to share a realaly cool story that happened on our flight. There were a couple of soldiers returning from Iraq who were flying home to Fresno on our flight. Once we were all seated on the plane, preparing for take off, the flight attendant came up to one of them (the one sitting near me) and said "Are you Burke?" and he said yes, then she said "A man in first class would like to switch you seats." The man came back and said that he really appreciated what this soldier did for our country and that he would really like to switch him seats and give him a more comfortable ride home. Another guy in first class did it for the other soldier too. I thought that was so cool! The soldier was so modest about it, and the guy who gave up his seat sounded so grateful. Anyways, it was a cool story! Stay tuned (or not!) to see what me and Clara are up to!
Friday, June 5, 2009
She loved it, of course.
The park was right next to the Scioto River, so we walked down to the water and I skipped some rocks to impress the girls, and then went to the playground were Clara went on the slide (with her parents) and sat in the swing. She didn't love the swing, but she didn't hate it as much as last time, either, so we're making progress. We found a kiddie swing big enough for the both of us! I've never seen one that big, but it was pretty cool.
Then, we walked back up to the car, and checked out the big statute of Leatherlips, an Indian chief who made a treaty with settlers in Ohio allowing them to farm on land that was once claimed by his tribe. The settlers were glad, but the other Indians were mad and sentenced wise old Leatherlips to death by tomahawk. His sentence was carried out a little ways north of the park (and we've seen that monument before), but a while ago this big statue was made to honor the man. Crystal honored Leatherlips with a kiss from her not-so-leather lips.
Finally, a fun random picture from this week. Clara loves spaghetti and meatballs!
*Which reminds me, I still want to see this movie.