June 30, 2011

Dancing Time!

Gelsey recently performed in a jazz recital which was a huge success!! Great job Gels!! She can certainly pull that color off better than I would be able to : )
XOXO -Amber

June 27, 2011

My Seattle Randomness

Me and Josh took a trip up to Seattle and Gig Harbor a few weekends ago and had the BEST time!! I could only laugh when I uploaded my photos at the randomness of what I decided was picture worthy but here it is.
We went to visit Josh's grandmother who really doesn't like to be photographed so here is the one that I got of her : ) I have more to say on that matter but I'm saving it until I've wrapped my head around it a little better.
My favorite flower EVER which lasts maybe all of one day in a vase here and definitely will not grow outside. The peonies were everywhere!! You can buy them for $1 a stem at Pikes Place and they are stunning, I have to admit I was a little jealous. It's probably a good thing we don't live there as I would bankrupt us filling our house with flowers : )
We also enjoyed the fresh fish while we were there. We had some Chinook River salmon and sampled the smoked salmon at the market, which was soo good we ended up buying some.
We spent the first night in picturesque Gig Harbor where we had dinner at Anthony's.
Josh even got us a seat buy the window : )
I had the tastiest cup of hot chocolate I may have ever had at a coffee shop in downtown Seattle. I'm pretty sure it was a Seattle's Best, it was a blend of dark and white chocolate and it was Yummy!!!
We also visited Josh's Aunt and Uncle who live nearby. I can't believe I don't have a single photo of that night. They seriously live in Stepford, it's the prettiest neighborhood ever! Josh's cousin Molly graduated from high school this year and we were celebrating : ) Anywho, we had a good time and I will post more pictures from Josh's grandmothers place when I can. Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber

June 21, 2011

Fathers Day

We had a fantastic Father's Day at the Murphy house. Josh got a sweet new bbq grill and an umbrella and stand to keep the sun out of his eyes while he's grilling. We also just kind of hung out and enjoyed a relaxed day with him.
Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber

June 16, 2011

Girls and Gardens

In 14 short weeks we'll be adding a new little girl to our family. That's right, it's a GIRL!! This pregnancy is kind of flying by and I am super excited to meet our new family member : )
At the end of school Jillian was induced into the National Junior Honor Society. She is very deserving of the honor as she is a very hard working and wonderful young lady.
We were all pretty excited for Jillian and went to the ceremony to support her.
Our garden has been doing fantastic!! We've gotten several batches of green beans, TONS of tomatoes, some squash, okra, eggplant..... Here was one of our first harvests.
Josh and Frank also did some work pruning in the back yard. Wherever Josh took his wheelbarrow Frank was soon to follow with his. He parked it touching Josh's and did everything he could to help.
The tomato bed
The green beans, eggplant and a couple of okra plants
Our squash bed, the Blue Hubbard is doing GREAT!! It has a few squash on it too. Our fourth bed has more green beans, okra and a really big Moon and Stars watermelon plant which has about 3 or four mini melons on it. I am super hopeful that the melons will grow and do well.
Here's our latest harvest. We got black russian, brandywine, green zebra, roma, early girl and sweet 100 tomatoes. We also got our first red okra which turned green when I cooked it. All of these were quite tasty. I liked the tang of the green zebra tomato but the black russian tomatoes were incredibly juicy!!
Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber

June 15, 2011

Round Two at the ER

Here is my daredevil son, Frank. He broke his arm, both the radius and the ulna (forearm), while he was playing on the ottoman. Same ottoman as the previous tooth incident so we're getting rid of it! Really not an interesting story to go along with this injury. Me, my mom, and Josh were all sitting right next to him when he jumped from the sofa to the ottoman, lost his balance and fell. It was obvious to me right away that his arm was broken because it was shaped funny. He cried a bit but mostly was pretty calm and aware that he had, in fact, injured himself. The ER put him in a splint for five days to wait for the swelling to go down and we went back for his cast today. He looks really somber in in this photo but he thinks it's pretty cool and keeps telling people he broke his arm.
Since he broke both bones in his forearm he has to wear a full arm cast for the next two weeks. Then we'll have it cut off, x-rayed again and hopefully a short arm cast after that for 2-4 weeks. It couldn't be a worse time to have a cast in Phoenix because there is no swimming : (

He thought the casting process was pretty interesting and was intently watching every step. He didn't seem phased when the person next to us had their cast sawed off, but it definitely freaked me out a smidge.
Here's his splint the day of the incident, he hasn't had a shirt on since.
Anyway, so so sorry for the lack of posts lately. I have tons to talk about and I will try to get on here a lot over the next week to catch up!!
Hope all is well!! XOXO -Amber