Thursday, August 23, 2012

Photo Restoration

Collin's Little Gram passed away at the beginning of May. 
Florence Nelson was an amazing lady, she lived to be 102! 

Since she passed away Wendy (my MIL) took upon herself of gathering all of Little Gram's pictures
and passing them out to the people who are in them or their surviving family members. 
And of course we have some AWESOME pictures that just about everyone wants a copy of. 
Like Little Gram's high school graduation class picture

among many others. And MANY of these pictures have not weathered the years as well as others.
So now I get to put my editing skills to work and restoring some of these pictures
Here are some examples of ones I have done so far.

They have turned out pretty good if I say so myself!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Spaghetti Ice Cream

Once a month my Arizona Hurst family get togeather and have family dinner. We rotate each month on who's house it will be hosted at; and that person get to pass out food assignments! 
Michelle is our culinary artist;
Michelle with her most favorite niece Zephia

 she usually is in charge of dessert when it is not her turn to host. She has brought some amazing things for dinner. Half I can not tell you because I do not remember names. Only that they are delicious and not your common "lets bring cupcakes, cookies" types of things.
Michelle, her manly friend Dana (AKA her husband who she has yet to wed)
Gretchen and Trace (her mom and dad)
all went to go visit their favorite person in the world Zephia!
Who happens to live in Germany with her mom and dad (Caitlyn and Robert)

Michelle brought home a bit of Germany in her dessert and made us

Forgive me, the pictures are all out of order and taken on a cell phone late at night. And this blog was published on my phone and won't let me rearrange the pictures.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Noah went to Kindergarten

 This is my Noah. Yesterday he grew up more in one day then ever before. 
He started Kindergarten. 
He is now officially a Titan.

I awoke at 5:30a to this

So I got up got dressed  and we had his requested pancake breakfast.
Then he rushed off brushed his teeth and came back to announce that we were "LATE FOR SCHOOL!!! HURRY!!" Then I reminded him that we had an hour before the gates would even open up for school. 
Finally as 7:15 rolled around I told him we can start loading up for school. He allowed me to take a couple of pictures (but not to many because I would make him late)

 Hence this face

 Here he is outside of his building

Meeting a new friend while in line


Holding a bubble with his duck tails
Walking in to his first day of school!!!
Noah had a wonderful first day of school! He played on the computers, got to see the whole school, went to music class, read stories and even got homework!!

He was so excited for his first "real" homework and I wonder how long that is going to last.

And then when it came time to go pick him up the little mister was supposed to wait till it was 
my turn to pick him up. Instead as soon as he saw my car he raced down the sidewalk
as fast as he could to come meet me!

And to make his day even better we got to go have lunch at his most FAVORITE place ever! 
Native New Yorker.

(I think he like it because there are TVS on the wall)

All in all he had a wonderful first day. 
And mom survived the first day... somewhat.

UPDATE (8/24/2012): 2nd day of school did not go as well as the first. He did get a note sent home for not listening and not following directions. But on a happier note, we have NOT received anymore notes since. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happy Birthday T!!

This is T. aka Peanut

He lives in Las Vegas and I miss him all the time. Today he will be my favorite nephew; partly because 
1. 2 of my 4 nephews don't read. and 
2. My other favorite nephew who lives in utah doesn't read my blog.

Taylor is my first baby. I say this because he is the one who got me ready for motherhood. Who introduced me on how to rock a baby to sleep, how to change a diaper WITHOUT getting peed on as well as how to change a diaper on a wiggly toddler who does NOT want to wear a diaper. 
He taught me the importance of finding those bottles that little kids have a way of hiding. Of putting stuff up high and learning to let go when they do get into stuff that they shouldn't. 
I was lucky enough to watch T just about every friday night for the first year of his life. I loved it. We got to have Auntie and T time. 
He was there when we got to see the first ultrasound of Noah, and the look on his face as he tried to make out if we were lying that there really was a baby in my belly because it does NOT look like a baby. And then he turned his attention to my toes and asked why I had a bug on my foot (my star tattoo)
When T got ready to go to kindergarten I remember think how grown up he is, I can't believe how old and how big he has gotten! Then I promptly convinced him that at kindergarden he would learn how to become a tree because he was a boy and all the girls learned how to become flowers. 
Then once he finished the school year and he still didn't know how to become a tree I told him he had to go back and repeat kindergarten until he learned.

One of my favorite things to do when I go to Vegas is go pick T up from school. My boys and I play on the play ground and then watch and see if we can surprise T that we came to get him. And without fail I am always surprised to see this big goofball of a kid run up and give me a hug! 

Now T is turning 9. 
I look around amazed how tall he is, how smart he is and how my little munchin could be as tall as I am.
How we wear the same size shoe, and how everytime I look at him I think he should only be 4yrs old. 
T I am amazed and that man you are becoming, the heart and the strength that I see in you. I love you and your sense of humor and thankful that both my boys consider you one of their best friends. Thank you for being my favorite nephew who can read in Las Vegas. I miss you and love you more than you will ever know. Happy Birthday from your FAVORITE Aunt (who lives in Arizona)