Monday, October 31, 2011

BOO at the ZOO!

I have always wanted to take the kids to "Spooktacular" at the Jacksonville Zoo!
Jamie bought us a season pass this summer and we have really enjoyed going to the zoo.
(Lauren loves the zoo and loves animals! Caroline does too it is just that Lauren is a walking animal dictionary! (She loves to watch animal planet)
I wasn't sure what to expect but was really glad we got there early! (Usually Franne is always late...I don't like to be late but it just happens that way)
We bought our discounted tickets and waited in line for the gates to open for about 30 minutes. Thank goodness I got my time mixed up because as we were leaving the zoo that night we saw the hundreds of parked cars at local businesses and along the sides of the road! WOW! It does pay to be early....we got a front row parking spot and didn't have to walk a mile! Ha!
Waiting in line for the gates to open!
Local people carved pumpkins and brought to the zoo for display. It was so pretty to see them all glowing around the zoo!
I had to get a family picture!
I hate to ask random people if they mind taking my picture but sometimes you have to break down and just ask....the worst thing they can tell you is NO and that has yet to happen! However sometimes to do ask someone who has NO clue how to operate a camera! lol
Halloween is a hard day for me to enjoy but I am so thankful for my girls and my husband to share it with and make memories with!
(Halloween is Momma's birthday :( and I miss her so much and I wish she was here to let us celebrate her day) In my mind I imagine cooking her dinner, baking her a cake, making her something special, watching her blow out her candles the list just goes on and on!

My sweet family!

Lauren Anne (aka: our animal guide)

My sweet husband waiting on us to get off the merry go round....
Then get ready to go home! We had lots of fun at Spooktacular and hope we make this a tradition!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Truck or Treat!

We love going to the Mitchell's Annual Truck or Treat!

It is filled with fun, yummy food, a hayride, pinata, and lots a CANDY!
This was the first year I got on board and decorated our truck!
Thanks to Amie for lending me some Halloween scary decorations and a strobe light! Lauren carved the pumpkin and school this year and she made a cat! Super Cute! Way to GO Lauren!!!

Jamie waiting on the next TRUCK OR TREATER!
(he ate alot of candy while passing it out)
Caroline wacking the pinata!
My Lauren is almost to old to dress up! SO she made a costume out of Justice clothes ( baby is growing up way to fast)
Dorthory, Hoot Hoot, and Mullian
My girls!
The owl flying off the hay bale!
Preparing to take flight

Sister's are something special!
(That is when they are not fighting) :)
How cute!
I have a special little family!
Gabe and Caroline!
Some sweet friends! Judson and Savannah!
aka: Captain Jack Sparrow and Tinkerbell

I love to make memories and celebrate each and every holiday!
Thank you to the Mitchell's for inviting us we have so much fun and look forward to Truck or Treating with you and your family and friends!
The girls brought home much candy! We shared with Nana, Papa, Uncle Jerry, Daddy, ate some in our lunches, and mom took some to school to put in her treat jar!
Happy Halloween 2011!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Trenton Tiger Homecoming 2011
Spirt Day at School!
The 5th grade class had a float
Their country was China
My Chinese Girl!

Tiger Girls
Carsen, Presley, Caroline, Kiley and Braley

Ready for the parade to begin
Lauren and the other China girls handed out fourtune cookies
Mrs. Alina did a amazing job on the Tiger head with fire coming out!
The float was a lot of work and came together at the last minute! Forgot how stressful and how tired you get on the week of homecoming! The 5th grade class won 2nd place!

Super cute float!

Caroline and her friends road on the bronco of Cook Farms
Talk about thinking hot stuff...that is what they thought they were throwing candy out!
Not sure who had more fun...
Makenzie, Lauren, Christianna and Grace
Caroline, Makenzie, Lauren, Christianna and Grace
Parade is over and now it to go home and rest from the long week!

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Lauren decided to she wanted to show a Fat Steer this year at the Suwannee River Fair!
She is in 5th grade this year and will soon be 11 years old. So I called Mr. Larry to find her a steer! It was a little late notice so he had some work to do...he called a few contacts and found us a red maine angu cross calf. He kept it until the first weigh in to get him use to leading and so we wouldn't have to move him and stress him out more than we had too!
It was still dark when we got there to pick him up to take him to the weigh in that cold morning!
Loaded in the trailer!
Lauren named him Fireball!
(I hope it doesn't make him act like a fireball!)
He is so pretty to me! I love the color red he is!
He weighted 535! We have got alot of weight to put on before March!
These pictures I took of Lauren and Fireball for a 4-H project that would be entered in the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee
Fireball is so loving and always wants to lick you!
Too funny!
We have enjoyed the time we have spent as a family and the learning experience we gained from having fireball! I hope this teaches Lauren about hard work and responsibility.