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Monday, June 29, 2015

Super Bulldog Weekend

Back in mid-April we had a fun weekend trip to Starkville with Gran and PopPop. It's been years since we'd been there and it was fun to go back and see how things have changed and catch a few baseball games and the spring football game. We also go to visit with Uncle M and Aunt C on campus and had a great visit with the pastor who married us (our campus minister)...so amazing to see him 14 years later and introduce our kids! I'm including a series of pics of T and IS because I love how it shows IS's total commitment to displays of affection; he is very generous with his kisses and hugs! We really did have a super weekend!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, T!

While RL and I were on our little weekend road trip, the girls were at home busily mixing, baking, and decorating a birthday cake for T! They made a yellow cake from scratch and then decorated it with colorful homemade frosting...it was even more delicious than it was beautiful! T came home from work for lunch that Monday so we could celebrate with him...we are so thankful for him!

Project with PopPop

A few weeks ago I was planning to go "home" for a friend's baby shower and was planning to spend a night with my parents the night before. PopPop suggested that I bring RL along so they could work on some projects, and RL had a great time helping our while Gran and I went to the party. Among other things, he got lots of hammering practice by helping put together a picket fence. He loved it!

AG Turns 11

April 2 marked 11 years since AG arrived on the scene, beginning for us this wonderful and wild experience of parenthood. I remember bringing her into our house in her carseat and sort of wondering just what to do next! Definitely a unique experience as I look back on it! She has, since that day, grown into a lovely, bright, fun girl who brings so many valuable qualities to our household. She is a beloved big sister and has gained levels of creativity, thoughtfulness, and independence that bless us daily. We are all so thankful for this sweet, precious gift of a girl! We celebrated with her grandparents and Uncle D the Saturday after her birthday with lunch and then all had a ball going bowling. What fun! I, for one, was thankful for the guard rails:). Then later in the week her sisters accompanied us to get her ears pierced! She did great...before and after pictures are below.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Spring Arrives!

The azaleas peaked here around the end of March, just a week before Easter. I've learned over the years that they come and go surprisingly quickly, so we got some pictures of the kids with them while we could! And in capturing these background blossoms, the timing allowed us to also record evidence of a (thankfully) brief event for LL, her (barely) broken arm! After three weeks in a cast she was healed up nicely:).

Boys!

They are so much fun and so busy! Here are a few views of them this spring: IS in tub and with phone (saying, "'Lo!"), SA in a favorite set of pjs with his "bear an noah" and in a typical self-selected outfit, and RL with the bunny train and wild hair!

Friday, May 08, 2015

Holidays and Winter

Time waits for no blogger, and though I have lots of recent celebrations and pics to post, I will post a few from the holidays and other winter festivities: Boys at Thanksgiving, IS on scooter, Christmas stockings, mustaches with PopPop, Christmas at Grandpa and Nana's, T and girls, IS sliding (before and after!), Mardi Gras parade, and SJ's 1/2 b'day date.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Happy New Year!

SA keeps asking, "When will it be the new year?" I am having the opposite experience: January's already almost gone? Whoa. All's well here, but boy do the days speed by. We got a new camera before Christmas and have been enjoying it, but haven't stopped to upload many pics yet, so here are a few from the first batch...Christmas card photo day. Tonight AG was playing with IS after supper and told me, "You have to blog before he grows up." Point taken! He is too adorable to miss these days! He has grown alot over the last 6-8 months and is a cuddly, playful not-so-little guy! His favorite new words are fish (which sounds like "she" with a cute little question-like inflection) and choo-choo, which he just started saying today. In his more somber moments, he becomes very straight-faced and focused: left thumb in mouth, right hand fingers twirling the hair on the back of his head...it is serious business. However, he also likes to tease me when he knows we're playing and will stare me right in the eyes and dramatically put his thumb in his mouth, challenging me to playfully pop it out which brings wild giggles! He started walking at about 15 months and is sort of like an (incredibly precious) old man plodding around. We are all just loving him!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Summer

Can it already be late October? Needless to say, I haven't really caught up and I doubt I will, but life is coming so fast these days I can hardly keep up with the real thing, much less stop and record it with any consistency. I want to, though, so here's another round of pictures, this time from summer. We had a great one, filled with slower days at home but also plenty of fun: swim team in June, VBS and overnight camp for the girls in July, and a beach trip in August (pics of that yet to come!).