Tuesday, March 17, 2009


So as you can tell, I like pictures and I have a really hard time picking the best ones. We had so much fun and I got some really cute pictures of our family and I couldn't choose just one or even 5 so I put them together in this collage.
We live in a neat area in that we are surrounded by lots of national forests, state forests and state parks. Just about 10 miles up the road is Torreya State Park. It is known for it's bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River. Since we've lived here (September '04) we have had small children or babies who are not big enough to actually hike any of the trails. We go to Torreya to play on the playground or to have picnics. A few years ago we took the boys, when we were only a family of 4, for a hike with them in the wagon. Well a mile or so hike through the woods pulling two small boys in a wagon is not my idea of fun. So we decided to wait until our kids were older. Well the boys are older now, but we've added two girls! We decided to go out to do something one Saturday. We ended up at the park to go for a hike. We knew not to bring the wagon with us so we let Anna walk and took turns carrying Elizabeth. The kids had fun looking for things on our scavenger list and eating our snacks we packed. On the way back up the hill Dan carried Anna and I carried Elizabeth. Half a mile through the woods going uphill with a 26.5 lb child was not my idea of fun, but it was a good workout for my legs. Since then we have bought a hiking backpack! (I was excited b/c I got a good deal on it at a consignment sale!) Not sure when we'll go hiking again exactly but I hope to make good use of that good deal soon!
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Playing Together

Jonah and Anna were playing doctor together the other day. I can't really say Elizabeth was playing along, she was kind of observing but more interested in eating!
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My New Sweater

Do you like my new sweater? And my wrinkly knees! My Auntie Dante' got this sweater for me at a mom's group clothes exchange. My mommy thought I looked so cute on Sunday when she dressed me in it! I turned 3 last week. I am becoming a big girl now. I am working hard at going potty in the big girl potty. I love playing with my ponies, my doll house, outside and with playdough. Elizabeth and I are becoming better friends everyday and I can't wait until she is big enough to play with me rather than take my toys and run. I really love my boys (or brothers) I want to do what they do and say what they say. I hope you like the little picture collage that mom put together. ~Anna

Isn't she cute? We had fun posing for these pictures and I thought the progression needed to be shown. She's a sweet girl, full of life and energy and her own will. She brings much to our family with her sweet, stuborn nature. We so love her and who she is turning into. We pray that she becomes a Godly woman who uses her will for his glory. We love you Anna! mom & dad
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Sunday, March 1, 2009

St. Augustine Trip

I love this lady and how she loves my family! Thanks for being such a great friend!
I fell in love with Dan a little more yesterday when we were in St. Augustine. I don't know if it was the "magic" of being in the Oldest City in the U.S. or if it was watching him with our kids or watching him explore history. Or maybe it was the sunshine and warm weather. I am not sure, but I do love him I love how he loves our kids. I love how he loves my friend, I love how he is willing to go hang out and drive yet another 3 hours for me. You are a great Daddy and husband and friend. I can't wait for more experiences that we can share like this, exposing our kids to history. I love you Dan!!
I love them! need I say more. :)
Do you think we can make money from Minute Maid for some advertising?

We went to visit Aunt Becky this weekend. We had a great time! Thanks for the suggestion Beck! (I know these pictures are sideways. I will repost them later the right way. I am out of time!)