Thursday, March 21, 2013

Neighborhood BBQ

We have loved living in our neighborhood, not because our apartment is super nice (although you can't find a better cost for the size), but because the people are amazing.  You know it's spring time when the block parties start to happen and the Albrachts fire up their grill.  So many fun memories are made out behind our apartments with friends and yummy food.
One of the downsides to living on Virginia Hills is that there is a high turn around, since most are young families either in school or starting their careers.  It's been hard to say goodbye to so many dear friends over the past few years of us living here.  I guess the blessing, though, is that wonderful friends continue to move in as well.  They can't take the place of those that have moved out, but the new members of our "block family" can teach us different things and experiences along the way.

It's been so fun to see Daxton grow and become more aware of his surroundings.  He absolutely loves watching other children.  He finds them fascinating, especially the older boys running, swinging, climbing, and jumping off of anything.

One of Daxton's little buddies, Kaden, is six months old and continues to be one of the happiest babies I've ever seen.

We were able to have a block Skype session with our friends, the Marshalls.  They moved at the end of October to Cozumel, Mexico.  They are loving life in the sun and at the beach.  We were able to sing "Happy Birthday" to Heidi and let them know we miss them and love seeing pictures of their adventures.

Just a few of the fun faces from our block... Jane might be one of the most beautiful babies ever!  I'm thinking she might like an older man...say 6 months the future.  Not that I'm already betrothing my son...
I just want to kiss those cheeks!

I love baby interactions.
It's mostly just staring at each other, poking and grabbing every once and awhile, with a few grunts and squeals in general directions.  I loved watching Daxton's and Kaden's conversation take place... 

Love the sequence of pics below!

We've loved the addition of Tom and Tasha to our ward.  Tasha is Daxton's babysitter and is so sweet with him.  She is one of the cutest pregnant women and has been such a great friend.  
Aubrey and Shawn holding little Kaden...trying to figure out if they want to add another little one to their brood.

Daxton's most serious moment came as he was watching the swing.  He's grown quite attached to it and was waiting patiently for his turn, although his judgey stare says otherwise.  He's rocking his BYU Tshirt from my New Zealand girls.  I love all the expressions he makes.
Finally got his turn in the swing.
Sarah was such a sweetheart and pushed him for awhile.  She is one of the most loving girls and is going to make an incredible mom someday!
It was such a great afternoon with incredible friends!

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