Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Lights

James loves Christmas lights! He can say it reasonably well and he loves to point them all out and talk about all the different colors. We are really enjoying this holiday season with him as he discovers new things and learns new words every day. Last night, we took a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Holiday Lights display at Thanksgiving Point (Thanks, Pop) and James was mesmerized. First it was the "horsey" pulling the carriage, then the lights themselves, and then he discovered the carriage wheel just below (of course). After the carriage ride, we checked out the reindeer on loan here from Santa. James was done after about 2 minutes and ready for the next thing. I guess if Rudolph isn't there, he's just not that interested.
Our chariot awaits

James held on the entire ride!

Can't believe how many lights there are!

Checking out the reindeer

Getting a lift back to the car

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Thanksgiving at the Shenk house this year was awesome! We had Auntie Jen (Jill's best friend) here from Florida, the food was delicious, the fireplace was going, and football was on! What more could we want?! Oh wait, there was also ROCK BAND! Even James wanted in on the action...
James is almost ready to rock
Giving thanks for books
James loves his Auntie Jen!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Grandpa Landers

The Shenk Family said goodbye to Grandpa Landers on Saturday. After getting laid off from his construction job and losing the housing they provided for him, Grandpa came to stay with us in June 2009. It's been great spending time with him and we all miss him already, especially James, since Grandpa let him do whatever he wanted (apparently that's in the Grandparents' Handbook...). Good luck and we love you!
Grandpa and James July 2009
Grandpa and James November 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


This year, we dressed our little punkin as... a pumpkin! Seeing as how "pumpkin" was his favorite thing to say for the whole month of October, we knew he would love being one. Pretty darn cute!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

James discovered his love for pumpkins this year. He learned to say "pumpkin" and would happily point out every one he saw, no matter how big or small. So, we took him to the pumpkin patch and let him pick out his own little pumpkin. He literally ran through the place shouting "pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin". It was really funny. You can watch him in the video below and Jill apologizes for talking close to the camera through the whole thing...

Happiness is a pumpkin patch
Getting a closer look  

Trying (and failing) to pick one up
Finding one much more his size
Bringing home his treasure

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


This one doesn't have any pictures. It's just an update to tell you that pictures are coming.
We've just been so busy lately! We took a fast weekend trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and then Jill took a solo trip to San Francisco for a girlfriend's wedding. Whew! Exhausting but fun!
Pictures coming soon... (but if you get pictures then you can't come to our house because it will still be dirty.)

Friday, August 13, 2010

From our garden

For the first time ever, the Shenk Family is growing their own food. Woo hoo! Unfortunately, we're not very good at it... yet! (Here's hoping that experience will be the best teacher next spring.) We had a small amount of success growing peas and we were able to harvest about 3 spoonfuls. Yes, that's right, 3 whole spoonfuls! Being the darling of our little family, James got most of that and here he is eating them up with a big smile on his face because they were delicious!!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Taking a Hike

The Shenk Family celebrated the 5th of July (wait, is that not the right day?) by taking a hike up in the beautiful mountains near our house. Our great friend, Norm, is visiting us again and so we had to show off what makes living here so awesome! Unfortunately, it ended as all of our hikes do now... with James screaming bloody murder from the backpack because he is absolutely done being on a hike and we are still 2 miles from the car. Ah, the sounds of nature...
 How cute are we!

Norm enjoying the gorgeous weather and scenery

Beautiful Utah!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Cozy Coupe

Apparently, Chris's obsession with cars (and yes, it IS an obsession) started at a fairly young age. There are stories of the obvious matchbox car love, something about sleeping with a tire, and the first car he could drive- the Cozy Coupe. That little plastic car was born in 1979 (the same year as Chris, must be kismet) and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2009 with a special edition version (the same year James was born). Can you see where this is headed? I'm pretty sure James was destined for the Cozy Coupe from the time we learned we were having a boy, and it doesn't help that he appears to be as obsessed with cars as his father. Who am I to fight such a destiny? So, on Father's Day 2010, the Shenk Family got it's newest member. We are now the proud owners of a Special Edition 30th Anniversary Edition Little Tikes Cozy Coupe and James has promptly forgotten he ever loved anything else.

Chris (left) and James (right)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shenk Family Reunion

Our Shenk Family took a weekend trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia to meet up with other Shenk Families to celebrate being one big Shenk Family. Dan and Naomi Shenk did an incredible job hosting and ensuring that a good time was had by all! James had a wonderful time with his cousins, who kept him entertained (thanks, guys!), while Chris enjoyed driving some of the kids on the go-cart (an excuse to drive it for sure) and Jill lounged on the grass with some of the other moms and chatted about the kids. It was a wonderful weekend, albeit a quick one. Here are just a few of the millions of pictures taken...
Taylor and Hope take James for a walk

Daddy lets James drive (sorta)

James discovers bubbles

James and Jackson hang out

 Mimi and Papa Shenk with all of their grandkids

Thursday, June 3, 2010

First Hike of 2010

Warmth has finally arrived in Utah! Woo hoo! It seems we might actually get to spend some time outdoors now in warm-weather apparel... wait, did I just jinx us by saying that?
To celebrate this properly, the Shenk Family (and Grandpa Landers) headed up American Fork Canyon for a little hike. Nothing strenuous, just something to get us up in the mountains to enjoy the quiet of nature (until James arrived anyway).

James goes "hiking" with Dad
Grandpa Landers can't believe he can stand in snow Memorial Day Weekend

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Vacation in Seattle

The Shenk Family has returned from a wonderful week on vacation in the lovely city of Seattle! We enjoyed spending time together as a family, both relaxing and sight-seeing, and would like to thank the people of Washington for their incredible hospitality, as well as The Maple, for being a great place to stay while there. Too many pictures to post here, so be sure to check out our Picasa album for the rest.
Seattle skyline as seen from West Seattle/Alki Beach
Self-portrait at Pike Place Market
Self-portrait at the top of the Space Needle

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tulip Festival 2010

Thanksgiving Point Gardens, here in Lehi, Utah, hosts an annual Tulip Festival that is just wonderful and has such gorgeous flowers! The Shenk Family went yesterday, despite the 50-degree temperature (seriously, where is spring?!), and took lots of pictures of all different kinds of flowers. It was very difficult to narrow them down, so there are quite a few here. Enjoy!


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Chris!

Yesterday was Chris's birthday, and we celebrated with a delicious dinner at our favorite Indian restaurant with our fabulous neighbors/friends. In honor of his special day, his lovely wife baked him an Orange Ribbon Cheesecake from scratch! Truly a labor of love...
Isn't it pretty?!

James helps read the card

Happy Birthday, Chris! We love you!