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New Blog

Hey everyone!

I promise new pics of the girls are coming soon!  But I wanted to interject a little plug for my new blog here.  I’ve been wanting to start a new blog for a long time and finally got around to doing it.  While juliaandalex is mostly about my family, the new blog is going to be more about the things I am doing personally.  I hope to include recipes, book reviews, cake decorating, etc etc etc.

The new blog is I decided to go with blogspot this time (even though Alex loves wordpress) because while juliaandalex is mostly for family and friends, I hope to get a larger following on neighborjulia.  So if you read it and like it please tell your friends and link to it! Or facebook about it or tweet or whatever it is you crazy kids do these days! 🙂

Hope to see you (and your comments) there!



Abby’s Blessing

Abigail was blessed on Aug. 1st, 2010.  We were so excited to be there for her big day!

Josh and Kaylee “help” get Abby ready!

Here is her pretty dress and bonnet!  What a sweetie!

I think this picture is so cute with her little tongue kind of sticking out!


We’ve added 3 grandkids since the last Baker family picture so it was great to have the whole clan together for a photo shoot!

Here’s a pic of Abby and some of the men that were in her blessing circle!  Both her Grandpas, her dad, and her uncle Alex!

And  finally the whole Given family!  Congratulations you guys!

Tiny Town

One day while we were there we got to go to Cafe Rio and then to Tiny Town!  Both were great!  Here are some pictures from our trip to Tiny Town USA.

The covered wagon letting us know that we’ve arrived!

Logan looking on the roof of the general store!

They had little bench areas in between most of the buildings.  The benches were one of Emmy’s favorite parts!

Here come daddy and Emeline down main street!

Josh liked the barn dance!  Inside there were a bunch of barbie and kens dressed up like cowboys!

Kaylee takes a look in the flower shop!

Emmy peeking into the grand mansion of tiny town!

Told you the benches were Emmy’s favorite part!  She loves little chairs for her Kaylee.  Like when we go to Costco and they have little picnic tables set up that are her size she will sit there for hours!

The light house!  So interesting facts that I was reading about tiny town.  It actually opened in the early 1910s and was flooded like in the 50’s or something like that.  This lighthouse originally sat over the actual stream but I think was moved after the flood.

Alex is an opera star!

The airport!

Tiny town also has a train that circles around the park and lets you see some of the other houses that you can’t just walk up to.  The girls loved it!  (Alex just told me that right after our trip one of the trains actually derailed and some of the passenger got hurt!  Scary!)

Here’s a pic that Beth took of Emmy and her daddy on the train!

Trip to Denver!

Our new niece, Abby, was blessed at the beginning of August!  We got to go up for a long weekend and celebrate with her family!

Here we are meeting Abby for the first time!  The girls are ecstatic to have a girl cousin!

Emeline loves babies!  She wants us to have twin boys next time so that both she and Kaylee can have their own baby brother and not have to share!

Kaylee loves babies too!  She carries her baby doll around everywhere and was kind of surprised that this little baby could move! 🙂

Uncle Alex holding Abby in her adorable elephant jammies!

I got to hold her for a bit while others ate!  I was in baby heaven!

Kaylee and Emmy keeping Abby entertained 🙂

Every time Abby was sleeping Kaylee would put this baby doll on Abby’s play mat as a place holder I guess!

Kaylee enjoying some of Josh and Logan’s awesome toys!

Emmy loved this fireman hat too!

Children’s Museum

We also took Christina to the Children’s museum in Albuquerque while she was here!  We’d taken the girls once before when Kaylee was still crawling!  Now she was old enough to do some damage and she was in heaven!

Here are daddy and Kaylee just walking in to the museum!

Kaylee surveying all there is to do!

Emmy blurs past us on her way to the next game to play!

They have this really neat fountain in the front lobby that shoots water out of perfectly smooth pipes at high speed and makes perfect streams.  The girls can push buttons to make different pipes shoot at different times…they loved it!

Uncle Christian!

One of Emmy’s and Kaylee’s favorite exhibits was a wind tunnel that could blow dixie cups in the air!  They built different cups for about a half and hour…which is really long in the world of a 4 year old and an almost 2 year old!

Here’s one of Emeline’s creations hovering!  She was definitely working up a sweat running around the museum!

Here’s Kaylee flying a plane!  This was one of her favorites!  It was one of my favorites too because to make the plane fly it had a bunch of giant fans blowing straight toward you and it was a hot day!

Kaylee in the captains chair!

A hall of mirrors!  This was giant hit!

Which one is the real one??

Even the ceiling was a mirror!

Aunt Christina about to drive a bike across a cable wire!

There she goes!  She is up above the first floor in this pic.  So when you are down in the exhibits you can look up and see people biking over your head!

And we finished the day off with some giant bubbles. We love going to the science museum and hopefully we will get back soon!