Melissa, Geoff and Mina

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More hikin!

My sister Elisa, brother Danny and his wife Shawnee, my dad, Mina and I all took advantage of the beautiful weather in April to go on a hike.

family reunion

In April my family got together to celebrate the 8th birthday of my two oldest nephews. All of my family got to come and we had a great time. This first picture is of a hike we took. It was such a beautiful day with wildflowers and great company. Mina did really well in the wrap, too. She took a little nap and only at the end did she get a little restless so I turned her to face forward and she just let her little legs flap against me and loved it.

Gramps feeding Mina. Notice how her feet are nearly at the bottle. She likes to get them involved, too!

Hangin' with grandma and Ethan.

In this picture I'm holding Naomi, born last August to my older sister, my sister-in-law Shawnee is holding Mina, born in September, and my brother Danny is holding their baby Saffron, born in January. Three little girls all close in age. I'm excited for Mina to have cousins close in age. I have fond memories of getting together with my cousins growing up and hope she can have the same experience.

The three girl cousins! The only one missing is Ethan, who was born in July. Cute kids!


A Sunday morning looking for hair accessories for Mina. This one got stuck over her eyes and she couldn't figure out how to get it off, but wasn't fussy or anything, just turning her head back and forth like she was wearing a blind fold! I obviously got a kick out of it!
Cute Mina in her seat. We don't use a high chair but instead have this seat that attaches to a regular kitchen chair and it works great. The chair pushes right under the table when we're through so it takes a lot less room.

Ahh! A typical walk for the household! This was back when it was colder, but it is representative of how we enjoyed the outdoors with all 4 kids and a dog. You can't see Jacob but he's behind Ethan in Elisa's stroller. I just tie Gracie to Mina's stroller and it works great.

New haircut! I stuck the headband on for the pic but as soon as picture taking was done it was off. They don't stay on her head very well. I've actually got some small adult headbands that work great so I try to use those now.

This is my mother's mother, so Mina's great grandma. She came down for my family reunion in April and it was great spending time with her.

At the park

Mina loves going to the park. The first pictures were taken a few months ago when it wasn't so hot (and her hair was still long!) She wasn't so sure about the swing, but really enjoyed the sand, with me close by to try and prevent her from eating it. Hmm. I think I was successful 80% of the time!

These next pictures were taken last week. As you can see, Mina just loved having me push her in the swing. It was a perfect cloudy day for picture taking, too.


Mina got her first haircut a couple months ago and has since had it cut a second time. It's growing so fast! The first pictures are pre-haircut and the second 2 are just after her first cut. I think it turned out so cute! Thanks Heather.