Tuesday, May 26

31

Creeeaaaakkk. I managed to get my old bones over to the computer. Now I just need to find a place to set my cane...

I had a great birthday! We celebrated on Sunday, since Zach is freaky busy studying for boards, but we decided six years ago when he went back to school that he wouldn't do homework on the sabbath. (One of those that you look back and, just like full tithing, think- man we've been blessed for that!) So after church I got my card with Mia's scribbled "I LOV3 YOU MOM," and the present we decided we weren't going to get.

He spent his left-over Christmas gift certificate, and both our birthday gift money on a digital drawing tablet, and called it a business investment. ;) I can't believe how often I've thought how useful it would be to have one of these- I don't say "wished I had one" because, really- it is something I would never even have dreamed of having. It is so exciting!!! And awful, because he did this last time. We say no presents and he gets one anyway. Twerp... with a halo...

On Memorial Day we went to our ward picnic at the park and had a nice time- our ward is full of awesome people, the heat wasn't too bad, there was a nice cool breeze, and tons of yummy food.


Zach "watching" Bree and listening to medical lectures on his new i-touch. Yay for mandatory tuition-paid school technology! This thing amazes me- he downloaded an application with all the hymn lyrics and scriptures; we stick it in a pocket on our way to church and voila! the diaper bag is a couple pounds lighter! There's even another application that gives you access to hundreds of thousands of books- (including one I've been trying to read for the first time, Stephen Covey's Seven Habits- I'm sure I'll post about it later.. ;D) Anya and Bree getting their games on. Not quite sure what game that is, but at least it isn't video...


Mia and her best bud.
This is NOT a typical Anya-in-the-car-face.

Ah- heeeere we go.

And this is how we all felt by the end.

12 comments:

cari said...

Happy Birthday Summer! What a cool gift. You'll have to post some of your creations.

The Waits Gate said...

Happy Birthday! I realized too late yesterday that it was your birthday. Not today. Glad you got to have good weather for it!

Kelly D. said...

Happy, happy birthday!

Oh, man. Isn't technology the greatest? Especially when it comes as a surprise gift? (Carter just got me a Kindle and I am just besotted with it. I NEVER thought I'd have one. So I know exactly how you feel!) I'm happy you got just what you wanted!

Hollie said...

Happy happy birthday to you Summer Gale Van Wagoner.

The Garber Family said...

Creeeaaak! 30s just around the corner for me. I better order that cane.

You guys are so tech savvy -- don't even know what a digital writing tablet is, but it sounds really cool and with all your talents, I'm sure you'll use it to it's fullest potential!

That iTouch sounds cool. Anything to lighten the diaper bag!!!

Mitchell Family said...

Happy Bday! Looks like it was a fun one! PS love that last picture...exactly how I feel at the end of a long day!!!

Megs said...

Happy BIRTHDAY!!!! Don't you love those art pads?!!?! Mike got me one for Christmas :) First thing I did was think of you. I've used it, and it works great with photo shop....but I'm not as good as you are. If he hadn't given it to me...I probably would have sent it on to you. It is cool though! I'm glad you got one! Such a thoughtful hunny :)

I love the pictures of Bree and Anya playing "games" Anya playing Basketennis, and Bree looking like "I'm over heeeeeeeeeeerrreeee!!!" :)

GUESS WHAT?! I'm going to likely be in Ohio again for Halloween with my speedskaters! Maybe I can come up again and just spend a day with you guys.

Brooke.Serial.Scrapper said...

Your little girl look so tiny in those huge SWINGS! Glad you had a good b-day!

Magirk said...

Happy birthday to you! And to Zach too, apparently. Sheesh, maybe I could get my tired tooshie over here ONCE in a while.

You guys have stuff goin' on! Looks like you're all having a lot of fun. I love all your photos. (And your 'new' blog design - I say 'new' because I have no idea how 'new' it is, sorry if it's, like, 'old' already.)

And I hope you enjoy your new gift. ;-) What a sweet husband you have.

Leah Southwick said...

Lara-saults! I love it. Your girls are so cute and sooooo big. What a fun gift. What kind of writing tablet did you get?

Blog Stalker said...

Park days with the ward? AWESOME! and I totally recognize the van ride. Seen it! Lived it!

I totally NEED one of those I-pod touch's! Seriously, lol

Have a great day!

Blog Stalker said...

Oh, and 31 is nothing. You are still just a spring chicken who has a little life experience under her belt.

Have an even greater day!