Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Our Trip to the ZOO!

Saturday we decided to take a family trip to the Jacksonville Zoo. Both the girls love the Jacksonville Zoo and with our season pass ole dad bought us it is one of top picks for things to do....We had a wonderful day and the weather could not have been any better. We stopped at a good friends of Jamie's that opened a "Jersey Mikes Sub Shop" for lunch which was delicious and kept us full until we made it to Lake City on our way home that night...well I did stop at the drive thru Duncan Donuts on the way home but hey I was driving!
The stingrays exhibit is one of the girls first stops!
Caroline and Daddy trying to touch a stingray!
(Caroline gets scared and snatches her hand out the moment they come close!)
Lauren is quite the pro, she circles the pool and touches as many as she can!

My two sweet girls....well most of the time! ha!
I just love a family picture....the rest of my family doesn't but hey I make them take at least one!
This is my favorite picture of the day!!!
I am very blessed to have my two girls and my husband!
I don't know what I would do without them making me smile :)
We cracked up at this buzzard....Jamie and I could not get over at the next couple of pictures....not sure what he was doing but we laughed and then laughed some more!
You see something new every time you go to the zoo! We are proof!!!
He then did that for a few seconds and then got back up???? Crazy right?
I got to try out my new lens this time to the zoo!
Thank you honey, I am in love!
I stole a picture of them talking and checking out the animals
Jamie says "this is one more weird looking animal"
Photographer in training! I hope she loves to take pictures just like me!

Jamie says "the ugliest animal in the world...poor thing"
On our way to the butterfly hollow!

Butterfly Hollow was beautimous!
We took so many pictures and had so much fun.
They did a really good job with the exhibit.
Jamie just sat and waited while we enjoyed our selves
Miss Priss Pot!
Sweet ole sisters
I was pushing my luck on this last picture.....I got a..... "MOM"!!!
The landscaping was gorgeous at the zoo.
I think we found a future tree for our yard!!!
Lauren checking out the coy fish
And this is all Caroline wanted to do....push the stroller.....she still rides however thinks she should be able to push it around the park when we decides she wants to walk.....smh
How stinking cute are they??
Love the penguins!!!
"THE END" of our family trip to the zoo! We loved every minute of our time spent together and enjoyed all the animals we got to see

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cakeballs, heart Crayons and Valentine's
Today is always super exciting when you are in school!
(It is still exciting for me as a mom!)
I love Valentine's Day and I always try to make it special for my girls, just like my Grandmother use to do for me when I was a girl!
Valentine's Parties, valentine's from friends...(even flowers from a boy this year for Lauren) :(

Anna, Lauren and Grace
big 5th graders
LOVE this girl!!!
I was able to run over to the middle school to join Lauren's class for the party!

Caroline's Valentine's Box this year!
We made the turtle out of a rotisserie chicken box, spray paint, felt and a sewing machine
With the help of Lauren we got it finished and Caroline was so proud!
I wouldn't give anything for the time I get to spend with my girls!
I woke the girls up with kisses and surprised them with a heart ring for Lauren and an owl charm for Caroline! I thought of my grandmother and how she would always surprise me with jewelry or something special on Valentine's Day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Our Day off!

We had off Monday and this is how we spent our day!
Jamie played the Wii! A little bit of boxing, golf and of course baseball.
See, the batteries had gone dead in the wii remotes and we (I) kept forgetting to pick some up.
Jamie got so into knocking out the opponents he could barley move the next day or get out of the bed Tuesday morning. I am trying not to laugh as I type this. (Ha!)
I woke up (about 9ish) and starting cooking chili and stew beef. See I was trying to get a head start on supper for Tuesday night.How nice would it be if I got home from AR to supper completed? My thoughts exactly! Oh and laundry done and the house clean? Lauren went to the cow market with her Papa William this morning about 10:30 and would be home about 5:00.
As I was cooking and cleaning up the kitchen I went to check on Caroline in her room and this is what I found....
She was cooking and feeding her new baby "Abby" she got from Nana and Papa for Christmas
I stood there listening to her talk to Abby and get her food ready.
So sweet to hear her change he little voice and take baby to Abby.
This kitchen set was Lauren's when she turned 5! How sweet to get to see Caroline playing with something Lauren use to love! I can remember sitting in Lauren's room and she would cook me food and serve me while pretending she was out of everything I ordered. (tears) my baby girl turned 11 this year and I can't believe she is not 5 anymore.

We had a great day off and it was nice to be home and spending time with my family!
Lauren got home from the cow market and we got baths and finished making Valentine's for her class. I will post pictures of that soon!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012!!!

Hello 2012!
We welcomed the New Year in at some friends of ours home.
It was pretty low-key...a fire, some oysters, buffalo chicken dip, chocolate chips cookies and lots of laughs. We actually make it home before the ball dropped but we won't tell the girls! Ha!
I wanted something to show it was 2012, so I googled 2012 printables, printed and threw it in my bag.
Jamie and Lauren wasn't so excited to hold my goofy sign! lol
My sweet baby girls! I had fun with you tonight and I am so blessed to have you in my life!
I pray for a healthy and safe 2012 with lots of memories
I love you and I am so proud of you!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas Eve!

Christmas Eve we got to eat lunch with my adoptive family!
So excited that Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday and everyone could come to lunch at Gaga's and Big Daddy's! We had lots of laughs and lots of yummy food! After lunch the kids rode the mule and played outside while the adults caught up while cleaning up (some took naps on the couch) After we got cleaned up we got ready to make our gingerbread house before heading home to get ready for Christmas Eve at Nana and Papa's
Franne, Bryn, Trip, Sheree, Major, Howell, Deen
Caroline, Mariah, Landen, Lauren and Matthew
Gaga and Big Daddy with the Grand's

Deen, Gaga, Major, Big Daddy
Lena, Matthew
Mariah and Caroline