Friday, May 22, 2009

1st Birthday Bash

It's birthday time! There is nothing better then celebrating a 1st birthday and witnessing the confusion, excitement, and mess that comes along with it. START WITH SOME PRESENTS!




The presents were a little much to process at the beginning.

So we put them aside and started with the cake. You knew exactly what to do with that!

Once you were fed and happy, opening presents was a piece of cake. We ditched the clothes and let you at 'em.

mid way through presents you discovered a half eaten tart on the ground and decided to have another little snack. I'm sure glad we waited to put you in another outfit.
A party wouldn't be a party, if you didn't try out the new toys.

Happy Birthday Camden!! It has been a fantastic year. Thanks for being such a sweet, adorable, giggly, goof of a baby. We love you.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Finally Updates

Wow! I didn't think I would ever be able to blog again. Our computer was down for two weeks. Then It was partially working for the next week, but it wouldn't allow us to upload pics. And now, it has finally been restored to full functionality. So here we go baby! buckle in for a whole mess of updates and boring Bui blunders.


Don't mess with this little boy when he is hungry. He will find a way. I turned around to put something on the cupboard, and when I turned back, this is what I found.

Yep! You have been caught. But I'll let you stand there a minute while I take a few pictures. After all, you are so darn cute.

Spiritual enlightenment

My man has been hard at work. Now that he has been called back into the Elders Quorum Presidency as 1st councilor, a fire has been lit under his behind. Preparing to teach a lesson is now a full week event, and hours of computer time. I am so proud of my worthy priesthood holder. This is what my living room looked like this past week.

Normally I would be ticked that such a mess could ruin the flow of our front room for such an extended period of time. But to see the joy on his face as he left for church knowing he was fully prepared certainly trumped the clutter. It was also a great privilege to hear numerous compliments on how wonderful his lesson was. Maybe I should turn family home evenings over to this spiritual giant.

Swim Lessons

It is the time of year to get the kids ready for pool time and splashing happiness. Peyton has been terrified of water for several years now. When I told him that we were heading to the pool that day and he would be having a swim lesson, he broke out in tears. He cried for a good 20 min. As the day progressed, he slowly warmed up to the idea. It started with:

" maybe they will only stay in the shallow end mom."

Then progressed to:

" I bet they will play some games."

and finally ended with:

" I think I am going to have fun"

And indeed he did!
Peyton trying to look confident and putting on a brave face.

His first taste of floating on his back.

At the end of each class they have to jump into the deeper end of the pool. His first day was a bit intimidating.

Alyssa of course was a pro. She loves to swim and could hardly stand to wait for her class to begin. Unfortunately all of the other pics i took turned out way too dark. Sorry Lys!
Since these pics were taken, the kids have had 4 weeks of lessons. Peyton has made enormous strides. He loves to put his head under the water. At the end of class, he jump unassisted into the deep end and doggie paddles to the edge. He adores putting on a life vest and practising his free style and back stroke abilities.
Alyssa is an under water swimmer. She prefers paddling down deep and breast stroking her way through the deep of the pool. But lessons sake, she has swiftly conquered the back stroke and free style and looks forward to taking on the water slide on her own on Wednesday.

scooter man

Why should the big kids have all the fun? Camden is almost walking, why not add scooter expert to the table. Chet made a few adjustments and he was off.

Where's your face monkey?

Oh Ya now we have it under control. Rock on baby!

Tulip festival

Each Year, the small community of Woodburn holds a tulip festival. The town comes alive with brilliant colors and fantastic views. The local outlet mall experiences a massive influx of patrons. City folk take the time to hit the Walmart ( since it is the closest one available ) and stalk up on cheap diapers, baby wipes, and summer clothes for the kids. For a small moment we all get the chance to feel like expert gardeners and small town hicks. In essence, it is a day without cell phones, television, neighbourhood children banging on my door, or sibling squabbles. AND WE LOVE IT!

Horsey ride anyone?

The fam, just chillin!

Future farmers of America Poster!

Taking in the view

I can't tell which is more gorgeous, the girl or the flowers?