Archive for 2008

Growing Up With Cousins

Posted Monday, July 7th, 2008 by Mollie

What a difference 6 months makes!

January ’08:


July ’08



Maybe next time we will remember to take the group picture when everyone is rested and happy? 🙂  The kids had a great time together for the 4th of July weekend!

Come on, People…

Posted Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 by Mollie

Andy told me we had record numbers of subscribers after last week’s post! Yay!

However, we did not have a record number of comments. What’s up with that?

I’m thinking about blogging more, as I have lots to say sometimes, but the lack of feedback is pretty discouraging. If you read a post, at least leave me a comment so I know you care!  It’s the polite thing to do in the blogging world.

Thank you to the regular commenters… you know who you are, and so do I. We’re really glad you enjoy our pictures and news! 🙂

Now, a few pictures from this past weekend… it was a busy one! A wedding shower for my friend Bethany (complete with toilet paper wedding gowns… Natalie was in paradise) and a trip to Oceanside to visit the JCJC Wilkinsons (they have some cute pictures as well! Check them out and leave a comment!).




(That’s my team’s dress, which won the contest, by the way… just had to brag about that!)



Exciting News!

Posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 by Mollie

Please log in to your subscriber account to read a private post!

If you don’t know how to do that, follow the directions here.

We’re Moving!

Posted Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 by Mollie

It’s not 100% official yet, but it looks like we’ll be moving within 1-2 weeks! We have been patiently waiting for God to lead us to the perfect house, and it looks like we found it. Please pray that everything works out smoothly– we will hopefully sign the lease next Wednesday. I wanted to share a few pictures with you because I know everyone will be curious.

Living room:




Nata’s (huge!!!) room:




Back patio/yard (very toddler safe):



13 Months Old

Posted Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 by Mollie

(Prepare for a picture overload!)

Life is pretty good for our 13-month-old girl. She is really enjoying life and learning so much! Her favorite thing to do is play outside. I say, “Natalie, do you want to go outside?” and she gets a huge grin, throws her arms up and says, “buh-bye?”

Other words she is saying are Mama, Dada, Nata, hi, hello, all done, and dog. A few times she has said something that sounds like “outside”. I think she is working on that one.

00042sm1.jpg sm00050-2.jpg

sm00009.jpg 00032sm.jpg

There she is hanging out in the our backyard. We spend a lot of time back there these days. Note: The hat she is wearing is like a newsboy cap that is too big for her, NOT a bonnet (someone thought it was… Laura I think) . Notice she isn’t looking at the camera in any of these pictures? She’s way too busy to stop for the camera… most of the time. Occasionally she’s really into posing…

sm00016.jpg sm00015.jpg

An acquaintance who works for Disney sent Natalie a huge bag of Disney merchandise, including these sparkly shoes and pink princess purse. You can tell Natalie feels SO special in them!


Shopping and texting? Just like mama. She also pretends to talk on the phone.

I call Natalie my “little mommy” because she is so sweet and loving to her stuffed animals. She loves to hug and kiss and pat their backs.


Again, she’s SO THRILLED to be OUTSIDE! The arms over the head is another new thing

.sm_n556718659_472770_9255.jpg n556718659_472769_8950.jpg





In that last picture she is waiting impatiently for Andy to get home for work. She gets so excited when I tell her that he’s on his way home. Like my makeshift baby gate? Our screen door finally broke for good. If you have opened or closed our screen door in the last 6 months you know what I am talking about, haha.
We took a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo for Natalie’s 1st birthday, a McLaughlin family tradition. She loved it! Her favorite was the anteater. She kept exclaiming “Dah, dah!” (dog). She loves animals.


Another big “first” was her first trip to the beach! It was kind of cold and windy, but she enjoyed it.

simg_4756.jpg simg_4764.jpg

Hopefully that has caught you up with what Natalie has been doing since her first birthday! She is a very busy little girl who keeps her parents constantly entertained.