Wednesday, September 28, 2011


We spent this last Saturday enjoying some good eats, treats & conversation with friends as we said our final goodbye's to the Bokatuis Family! They will be moving to China in early November. With Mario being from Germany, they had to celebrate their final October with a little extra fun. Yummy pretzels, bratwurst, and German beer were all on the menu. Pool time, a bounce house and all kinds of kids toys were available for lots of fun! We all had a great time and wish the Bokatuis family safe travels & exciting adventures in the next 2 years!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Baby Girl.....

Isabelle Jane is the light of our lives! She is our everything and with a the fast approaching date of our new baby, Andrew & I have begun to really appreciate how wonderful & amazing Isabelle has become. This is not to say that we haven't always felt this way, it has just become so apparent now that we know our attention will soon be divided between two little babies.

Honestly, I have begun to feel bad that I will soon be devoting a large amount of my attention to our new baby instead of being able to give it all to Isabelle. Isabelle means the world to us and I have no idea how I could ever feel this way about another baby, but I know as soon as I meet this next one, I will understand.

Isabelle is everything to us. She is spunky, energetic, dramatic, affectionate, smart, stubborn & LOVES TO SLEEP. I know everything my little girl wants: a "Mil" (Milk) as soon as she wakes up, second breakfast everyday, potty breaks at every store & during every meal, "Nigh Nigh" with a book, binkie, blanky & bunny, tons of hugs and kisses to everyone, no sharing, always wants a "treat" or "happy", always game for a movie. loves to "Pay" (Play) with her best buddies Niko & Layna, always changing, always learning, always challenging us....but most importantly Isabelle Jane is always good for a big hug or kiss or cuddle with mommy & daddy. I love this little girl. Isabelle is better than any child I could have imagined. She is the perfect representation of Andrew & I (with all of our stubborness).

We just love her to pieces and I hope with the lack of sleep that we will soon be coming our way and loss of time for specifically Isabelle....I just hope she knows that she means the world to us. She is the most perfect, most wonderful baby girl we could have ever asked for. Thank you God.

We love you Miss Isabelle Jane. Please always remember no matter what you do we will LOVE YOU FOREVER AND EVER. To the Moon & Back.

Love, Mommy & Daddy

Zoo Trip

Last week, Arizona experienced some extreemly beautiful fall weather (80-90 degrees), so a few of Isabelle & Mommy's friends decided to hit up the Zoo! Surprisingly in 3 hours, we only saw 5 or 6 different animals, but the kids had a blast sharing snacks & playing at the splash pad. Thank you to our wonderful friends!!! Looking forward to a few more trips out this fall(I hope we can continue to have fun mornings like this one with another little on in tow)!!!
Love, K&I

Jacob, Isabelle & Conner

Sweet Girl

Animal Crackers!!!! (Madison, Lizzy, Ally, Conner & Isabelle)

Splash Pad Fun!


Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband and father to our two beautiful children!!!

Andrew turned 28 this year on Sept 8th and his mother was in town to help make fantastic food & "Happy" (cake)! We had a lot of fun shopping for Andrew together and making a Carrot Cake that Isabelle was SO SO SO Excited to eat. She now refers to any baked goods or "treat" as "Happy". We couldn't quite get the "Birthday" our of her, but she definitely had "Happy to"!!!

We had a lovely evening and then had a date night (THANK YOU JANETTE) the following evening at Mellow Mushroom & the ASU Football Game. We had a blast and I am so excited we decided to see this specific game, because it was a good one!!! We didn't get home until 1:30am and sadly, I'm fairly certain I have not been out that late in about 4 years. Wow! It was so much fun to spend an evening out enjoying the company of my wonderful husband and a few friends!!!

I love you Andrew and I am absolutely certain your beautiful daughter does as well! You are becoming such an amazing man and father. I feel so blessed to have you as my partner in life. You are charming, intelligent, challenging, opinionated, compassionate, competitive and extremely HANDSOME!!! I love you forever & for always. Happy HAPPY HAPPY Birthday!

Love, Kat

Isabelle's Gift to Daddy

The Anticipation was Killing Her!

The Little Helper

Enjoying Nana Janette!

"Black Out" Night at ASU!!!!


Monday, September 5, 2011

Flagstaff Surprise!!!

My own father's birthday was last weekend and as a fun surprise my stepmother, Karen, purchased tickets & planned a whole weekend for all of us to spend in Flagstaff together! It was awesome! Escaping the heat was reason enough, but we were able to eat some fantastic food, hike, catch up, and explore Flagstaff & Sedona together.
Isabelle was SO PLEASED to have all of the "Gr Pa" & "Gr Ma"'s attention. She was the bell of the ball and boy did she know it. She conducted everyone and got everything she asked for. She just LOVED it. Isabelle has a fantastic ability to remember all of her Grandparents from such an early age and she has most definitely learned how to use this to her advantage.
Andrew & I loved the down time and catching up. We really wish we could have family near by, but we feel so blessed that all of our parents make an enormous effort to stay a part of our lives and most especially Isabelle's life! We are so excited to be bringing another bundle into our loving family!
Thank you a million times Dad & Karen (aka Grampa & Grandma)!!!!
Love, AK&I

Photos from our Adventure Together....

Isabelle was so PLEASED to discover a "Par" (Park) in the backyard!

If Isabelle was bored she never failed to forget to ask to go "ou si" and play!

"Gr Pa" is the FUNNIEST!!!

Cococino National Forest

An amazing and educational hike...

People actually lived on these cliffs!

Isabelle was so pleased to be out of the car when we reached Sedona

Daddy & Isabelly

Hanging with her Grandparents