Friday, June 29, 2012

Pool time in Florida

Kids are really enjoying the swimming even Owen is learning to love the water. Yesterday we saw 27 alligators in the wild and the kids held a two year alligator at a backwoods zoo. Alligator pictures will have to wait til we get back home.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

She is 9

Happy Birthday to one of the sweetest most wonderful daughters there ever was.
Nine years old and she is becoming a beautiful young woman inside and out.
She loves her little brother and takes great care of him.
I can count on her no matter what.
Straight A's and a great reputation at school.
A quick wit and playful personality (although this is a must growing up in our house.)
A smile and chuckle that makes me chuckle too.
A fierce competitor.
A temper that flares but mostly only at her older brother.
Willing to try.
Tender Hearted.
She is a gem in our home and to all who know her.
We love you Anna Louise and we look forward to what lays ahead.
You will create an amazing future for yourself and all who get the chance to know you will be blessed.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!!!








My baby 6 lbs 10 oz. Not very big when she was born but she has made a huge impact already.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Owen is 2

I will have to mark his birthday with a better post. But he did have fun on his first go cart ride. He has now spent his first two birthdays in Michigan Wonder where his next one will be. He really enjoyed his Dairy Queen ice cream cake that he shared with great grandma Anna Ben and aunt Liz celebrating all our June birthdays. Happy birthday to my baby who is really turning into a big boy.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ben's birthday cake

Just another reason I love my husband. He wanted a chocolate cake for his birthday with homemade chocolate frosting. I made the cake and he made the frosting, he frosted the cake himself too. I love the little things we do together, the memories we make, the examples we set for the kids. It was one of those moments I'll always remember. Happy birthday Ben a few days early.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Owen's Help

Owen loves to help so when our backs were turned he started painting. He didn't get far before Ben noticed and redirected him to painting paper. It was still messy but most of it stayed on him. He almost turned into a smurf.


We started some projects last week. Beau and Anna are painting the day bed, I love how ingenious Ben is with setting it up for the kids to paint with minimal mess. He amazes me. I also started stripping an old table we found in ben's grandparents barn attic about 5 or 6 years ago. It is going to be something we treasure forever and it will be a labor of love getting all stripped, sanded, fixed, and restained. I love having time and space to work on projects again.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Afternoon in the park

We had a great day at the park. Owen just keeps getting braver and braver, he climbed everything and finally went across the suspension bridge but he insisted on somebody holding his hand every time. Beau Anna and Luke we're always right there to help him. I love watching my older three help their little brother, and they are all willing. They all seem to have a lot of fun today now I hope Owen takes a good nap. Beau and Luke swung forever and Anna did her own thing but stuck by Owen a lot to encourage him. Almost didn't venture out today but do glad we did.

Summer Mornings

I am really enjoying the kids being out of school. They're sleeping past seven and Owen is sleeping through the night. Luke loves to make Owens breakfast and then they all go off and play because they are banned from the basement till Cody wakes up. Today they are all watching TV in my room but this is the first time all summer. Owen and I shared our morning coffee I finally got smart and made him his own cup. His is just almond milk and creamer. We will get our morning chores done and then we'll go to the park for the afternoon or some other fun outing. Definitely enjoying our summer mornings so far.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hiking Kennesaw Mountain

We have been wanting to see where Cody works so the kids and I went to hike the mountain. Cody hiked it with us. I backpacked Owen and when I let him out he promptly ran and fell and got all scraped up. It was a good trip anyway and something we will do again.

Monday, June 4, 2012


We introduced Owen to finger painting a few weeks ago today he turned it into body painting. All the kids love to paint.
Cody came home from work and helped Owen make sure his back got colored too. He did his own handprint on his face and giggled when his back was painted because it tickled. He was crying because it was time to wash but mommy wanted a full effect picture first.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

From my phone

Cheese mommy got a new phone and she thinks it's fun.