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Riding "Neeeeeeigh" to pass the time

October 25, 2007

We were getting a bit of cabin fever today–John is still home due to the fires and there are hazardous air warnings for our city–so we loaded up and headed to the only place we could be indoors and still do some walking… the mall.

Troy could NOT have been happier to get out of the house.

When we said, “Okay, let’s go bye-bye now,” he grabbed his diaper bag, dragged it over to the front door and repeated, “Go! Go! Bye-bye! Go! Go!” about half a trillion times.

I think he’s sick of us.

He was thrilled when he saw the carousel at the mall… and for the first time, instead of making the low grunting sound he normally does when we ask what a horsey says, he was shouting, “Neigh! Neeeeeigh!”

So, we couldn’t resist. He had to take a ride.

The slightly confused look is a result of Mama saying, “Look at Daddy–smile!” rather than an indication of the fun he was having. He was, in fact, bouncing up and down the entire time and cracking himself up the entire time.

Except, that is, when he was trying to push my hands away so I wouldn’t be holding on to him. He thought that being high on a moving horse with nothing but a small strap holding him in was perfectly fine.

Independence, thou scarest me.

He played for almost an hour in the kids’ “playtown,” along with all the other million and one children who have been cooped up at home the past few days. Some friends from church happened to be there too, doing the same thing we were–hoping for a good long nap when we got home.

After lunch, we tried to take a self-shot family picture to commemorate what will probably be our last outing like this, just the three of us… but, um, yeah. It didn’t quite work.

Notice Troy wearing his fireman overalls, in honor of Grandpa Dule, who was fighting fires as we were playing? He loves ‘em both–the Grandpa Dule, and the overalls.

I am happy as could be to report that the fires closest to us are, for the most part, under control, and most of the evacuations in our area (including for all of our friends) have been lifted. This certainly doesn’t mean that the whole fire situation is taken care of… there are still others raging, such as the one my dad is still fighting in Running Springs. My brother talked to him a little bit ago… they were just ending their “shift” (now they’re separated into a day shift and a night shift, instead of just working for days straight with little-to-no sleep) and were going to find some food and head for bed. We really have no idea when he’ll be coming home… when the fires are finally out, the job still isn’t done. There is always a ton of clean up and other stuff to do.

And, in baby news…. there isn’t much. Except for the fact that my dear friend who was planning on watching Troy just got word that her dad is very ill in the hospital, so we’re praying for him while trying to figure out a plan B. Not knowing lots of people in the area can pose a problem now and again. But, hey, I have a few more days till Due Day… so maybe NONE of this will be an issue.

And now, we’re headed off to church. We have to leave in about 15 minutes… and I am typing away here, not even kinda ready to go. Great planning, eh?

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  1. Mishel says:

    Aww, I LOVE the pictures!! I sure miss you all…



    October 25th, 2007 at 8:10 pm

  2. Pam says:

    I think the famiy self portrait turned out *cute*! I’m so proud of your dad! Bless his heart!

    As I read your post, I thought I might mention my niece’s blog. She is a missioanry wife in Paraguay and has a little girl who just turned two. She also recently gave birth to her second little princess. She recently posted some hilarious stuff about toddler life! If you feel up to it, you can check out her blog at
    I think that’s correct. If not, feel free to visit my blog then link over to her from my side bar where her blog is titled, “Babies, Books, And Blessings” Enjoy!


    October 25th, 2007 at 11:55 pm

  3. Debbie says:

    It is nice the three of you were able to get out and do something fun. It is a blessing to hear about the fires not being as bad by you!


    October 26th, 2007 at 10:06 am

  4. Tiffany says:

    I love it I got a fire update and a baby update all rolled into one. So then I guess I dont have to text you today to see whats going on. Im sorry if Im doing that much but I just want to make sure all is well. I love you and I can wait to see you!


    October 26th, 2007 at 11:35 am

  5. Pioneer Homemaker says:

    You have kept us entertained and brought back many memories of when mine were little. They are now 13 and 11! Watching the news is a nightly thing and for the kids to read a blog with someone actually there has been fun (if you can call a fire fun!) for them. Fun isnt the right word but ya get the picture. Hope you continue to stay safe!


    October 26th, 2007 at 12:09 pm

  6. Rebekah says:

    Glad you guys will be O.K. The Santiago fire got pretty close to us, but not, like, see-the-flames close. Hope everything will work out!


    October 28th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

  7. BrittLeigh says:

    Wow… it was a bit “scary” to catch up on your blog this afternoon!!!! :) I am praying for you and your family as the fires are being fought. I hope all goes well for you with delivery as well–and that all avenues to the hospital are clear for you :)


    October 29th, 2007 at 1:01 pm

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