Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tommy Turned 1!

April 12th was Tommy's first birthday.  We kept it simple with a party with just the five of us.  
We all adore this kid and his kissable bald head so much.  Here are a few reasons why.
He LOVES balls and will beeline it across the room to play with one.
He has incredible strength and can climb about anything.
He loves to laugh with his sister and play with his brother.
He likes being outside and enjoys the taste of dirt and rocks.
He is happy and content as long as he is being held (preferably by his mama:).
He can down half a box of Mac and Cheese.
His head is so soft and just begs to be rubbed.
He loves sea world and sits transfixed in all of the shows.
Ever since he was born, strangers have commented on how alert he is and how he watches everything that is going on.
He gives the best hugs every morning.
Love you so much Tom Tom!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Weekend Getaway

 We traveled to Sea World San Antonio over the weekend to meet up with John's childhood friend Bill.   We have Sea World figured out now and it was a blast!  The trip was pretty care free and John and I felt like a couple of kids again.  Good thing because we are outnumbered with these three.  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

 There were beautiful butterflies (and smooshed caterpillars) all over the place.  
 This time we wore our swimsuits so we could sit in the soak zone.  Despite being prepared, Shamu decided not to splash us.  Murphy's law.   

 My blue-eyed baby Beluga.  

 A special activity was dining with Shamu.  It turned out to be a nice break because of the private setting, and the kids were thrilled and on their best behavior.  Tommy was intensely focused on the whales.  If only a whale could join us for every meal!  
 Tommy has two teeth with another one on top coming in.  The trainer said she was entranced with his big eyes and smile. 
 This will always be a wonderful memory for me.  
Shamu showing the crowd a big grin.  These animals are so beautiful.
John's friend Bill and wife Laurie.
The next day we went to Sea World's Aquatica.  The whole place catered to kids.  Here you swim under a waterfall and end up in an aviary.  
 We felt like we were back in the Bahamas!
James loved all the water park slides.  We are entering into a new fun stage now that he can go on most the rides.
I am so glad we bought an annual pass.  I'm already dying to go back!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Here Comes The Bride...

My friend Jacqueline got hitched last week.  She didn't have a photographer so I stepped in.  A wedding this precious and pretty needed to be documented!  I'm glad I did.  It was a fun day and Jackie and her family were so gracious.
Her kids were adorable.  I was so impressed with all the detail of her flowers and decor.  
Jacqueline and her new hubby were baptized last month.  I hope we can repeat this day next year when they go to the temple.  
Ha ha.  I haven't been to a wedding for awhile.  I was cracking up at all of the iphones. 
Jacqueline and her family are from Belize.  I love their island style.   
Far left is my good friend Joi.  These ladies are both a breath of fresh air and I am so glad they go to my church! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Living Wild and Free...

Last week James and I slept in a tent in the backyard.  It was all the fun of real camping (dirt, stars, birds singing in the trees) minus the stress and mess. 
These are the song birds outside our upstairs window.
I woke up to the sweet smell of honeysuckle growing up our fence.  It was marvelous!  
One of Tommy's first words is bird.  He LOVES balls and has the most contagious smile.  
This goldilocks is always on the go.  She makes us all smile with her constant costume changes.

When we were about to fall asleep James asked me to tickle his face and sing to him.  He said my singing makes him soooo happy.  He made his mama's day!
I can't seem to get enough of the open sky lately.  That is where my spirit soars!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Wishin' About Fishin'...

James got his first fishing pole to take to Father and Son camp out.  The church camp out was rained out but that hasn't stopped him from keeping it "reel."  He is patient and precise and as soon as he has a stocked pond he is going to be a bass pro!

James also rode his bike all the way to the grocery store Saturday morning without training wheels.  He is a big helper to his parents, has a sensitive spirit, and we couldn't be more proud.  Love you James!
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