Monday, April 26, 2010

Here are a few pics from myka's birthday! More on the picasa site! :)
love to all!

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

finally a 2010 post! ;-)

Ok, so I swear that I have posted since the beginning of the year, I mean come on it is March already! But apparently that was my other phantom self and it didn't take ;-)

Here we are at the end of Spring Break, (which honestly I am still in denial about) and the Pixie is going to be 2 in less than 2 months (again, MAJOR denial)

She is talking up a storm! My favorite is when she very purposefully spits her binky out and then looks at me and says "My binkie, where did it go?"
She absolutely loves to read and will very often bring a book to Mike or I and say "read book please", she also loves any sort of puzzle or something she can take apart or put together!

School is going well. I can hardly believe we only have 10 weeks left until summer!! I only have two classes left to complete my master's degree -- graduation is May 8th! :-)

Other than that, just enjoying the warming weather (it is supposed to hit 80 for the first time this week!) It has been rather wet and rainy lately, so the sunny weather is nice!

hopefully i will post more frequently now!! ;-)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cold (for Phoenix anyway)

Ok, so it finally feels a bit like winter -- well winter for phoenix anyway.
There was a huge storm (the one that snowed in the majority of my family in Iowa yesterday) that hit here on Monday -- it was rainy and cloudy and absolutely lovely!! Monday night or more technically Tuesday morning however it seemed like a hurricane had landed right above our house. I woke up to the windows shuddering at about 2AM and looked outside to see sheets and sheets of rain blowing down the street, I was seriously thinking that our windows may not make it through this storm as they are the original windows circa 1965. The pixie woke up as well and slept snuggled up next to me or Mike for the rest of the night. It really amazes me how a 19 month old baby can take up the majority of a California King size bed! :-)

Getting to work on Tuesday morning was an adventure with downed trees and non-functioning street lights (the one on 19th ave and Indian school was the most interesting!) Luckily the school's power was functioning! However, they have yet to turn on the heat in our building so when I walked in today it was right around 50 in my room (yes I measured) and now even with the kiddos I think it is a balmy 55 or so. Now, I'm not asking for it to be 90 or anything, but i would like to be able to teach without gloves and my coat on!

Attempting to type with gloves on,

Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Had a wonderful trip up to St George! Got to see a lot of family, and will see the rest of the Strong Clan next weekend :)
The drive was kind of crappy, because of the damn, maybe next time we will go through Laughlin. . . .
Stayed home today with Pixie today, she tossed and turned all night last night which made for an exhausted mom, dad and pixie. . . So, I decided that she and I would stay home today. Hopefully she will be better tomorrow!

The last part of this week I get to go to the NSTA (national science teachers association) conference that is here in PHoenix -- I am really excited about what I am going to learn and get -- yay freebies!!!!
Got out some of the Christmas stuff today and Pixie was all excited after she got up from her nap -- can't wait for the tree and everything to be up! It is going to be so much fun this year!!!
Well, better go, class is starting!
Love to all,
Erin, Mike & Myka

Monday, October 26, 2009


Early pics of the Halloween costume!

We spent most of the afternoon Saturday looking and figured we should get some pics of it when we tried it on (just incase the Pixie decides that she doesn't like it on Halloween)

Had a great time in Iowa for fall break -- next time Michael needs to come with us! :-)

It was lovely to see everyone and the weather, while cool was a nice change. Here are the pics posted on Facebook.
Life is pretty much the same here -- just work and school and work and school. Myka is talking up a storm! I swear she says a new word or two everyday. Coloring and blocks are some of her favorite things! I can hardly believe she is already a year and a half. . . and can't wait for the holidays (they are going to be so much fun!)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

utah trip

So we had a great time traveling up to Utah over the 4th!
It was great to see everybody -- next time the Colorado Strong's will have to make it over and then it would have been complete!!!!
Mykaela really enjoyed seeing everyone, but by the end of the trip was on overload. She was a real trooper though!
Attempting the whole Smilebox thing to post pics -- we shall see how it works

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pics are also posted on facebook. It was great to see everyone, but it is nice to be home too. A couple of days after the trip, Myka layed in the middle of the living room floor "spread eagle" and didn't move for about 5 minutes! The look on her face said "thank you I am home!!!"
Hope all is well with everyone, school starts again in about a week and a half -- where oh where did the summer go?
erin, mike & myka

Monday, June 29, 2009

Independent Baby!

So I know this will come as a big shock, but Mykaela is becoming a super independent little girl. She loves to feed herself and usually won't let you feed her anything, even if she is starving.

Not an issue really, but sometimes (especially with applesauce and mac & cheese) she gets just a little messy. Had to take a pic of it today as she had both :) Then one of her after we washed off in the tub!!

Can't wait to see all the Utah folks this next week - looking for tickets to Colorado to visit the ABCD strong's!!

Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Renee!! Hope you have a great day :)


Erin, Mike & Myka