Friday, July 31, 2009


Ellie is really into dressing herself lately. I love to see the emsembles she comes up with. The black Nike ankle bands seem to be a favorite accessory.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

when mama's away, the streakers will spray

I went to check on the kids after I hung up the phone and this is what I found... they were fully-clothed and dry a few minutes before.

I promise my Twilight infatuation had nothing to do with my absence. :)

"But I don't waaaaaaant to go inside!"

Sunday, July 26, 2009

beach life

We had the best time in Pensacola this week. We got together with Kyle's family... 14 of us in this incredible beach house. Beach in front, fishing in back.

There were several firsts on this trip. Hayes, Embry and Ellie experienced their first plane ride... Mommy and Daddy experienced their first thoughts of leaving someone at the airport intentionally.... but I won't point any fingers. Just kidding. I think. :)

Embry and Ellie experienced the beach for the first time. They preferred the sand over the water. Hayes couldn't get enough of the water, which was a complete one-eighty from last year. Kyle and I loved watching him enjoy himself so much.

It was a bit crazy at times with all the kids, but it was such a special time that we are so thankful for... the walks on the beach, jumping across the dock with no one falling in, Peg Leg Pete's, celebrating Maddox's first year, color-shift hot wheels, the shirts that Laura made for the kids, the Hello Kitty dvd, Kyle's olives, catching flounder off the back dock, outdoor showers, collecting sea shells and relaxing on the balcony.

I think my favorite day was Friday. It started out with an off-shore fishing trip with the boys, followed by a massage with the girls. We had the best dinner that night at Flounder's... delicious food right in the sand.

Thank you Grandpa and Nana for an amazing trip.
This is the stuff memories are made of. :)

We love you guys,
Kyle, Trisha, Hayes, Embry & Ellie

Saturday, July 18, 2009

cicadas and toilet paper

In completely unrelated news...

"I accidentally used all of the toilet paper."

"How much did you use?"

"A lot."

"Hayes, we need to be careful to not use a lot of paper. If you clog the toilet up, it will cost a lot of money to have someone come and fix it."

"Well, we can just use the Turbo Snake. It has specially designed hooks that grab onto hair and gunk. You can also use it for the shower."

Friday, July 17, 2009

snow cones

Thursday, July 16, 2009

fit to be tied

"Ellie, you look so silly throwing a fit."


"Come on, you can do better than that!"


After a minute or two of encouraging these shenanigans, she started laughing and forgot all about the fit. She can be quite the little drama queen. She literally jumps up and down and flails her arms about... and occasionally falls to the floor. It can be quite the show.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

bed head

Thursday, July 9, 2009


"Mom, can you show me how to play the fiddle?"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

great wolf lodgin' it

Papaw and Minnie treated us to a couple days at the Great Wolf Lodge. What a neat place... water fun everywhere! Hayes even conquered one of the big slides with me and Papaw! The kiddos had a blast and couldn't get enough.

Oh man! Was the T-Rex Cafe the coolest place to eat or what? Right up Hayes' alley!

Ellie dishing out money from her new, beautiful T-rex wallet... tell me you had one of those cute, plastic wallets when you were a kid! The kids loved throwing coins in the water fountain. Later, Embry took a dollar bill and dropped it down a drain because apparently, there was water down there too.

Pooped after a great trip.

So I had some camera issues (more like camera operator issues...). Most of my water pics turned out blurry. The t-rex picture couldn't be zoomed out, unless I wanted to climb some rocks, or people. And I didn't. That's what I get for being lazy and only taking one lens. But it's all I got, so it's what you get. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

movin' on up

Yea for Hayes! He passed his swim class and will move up a level next summer. He is anxiously awaiting Daddy to get home so he can go to the store and pick out a new Lego set. We are so proud of you, sweetie!

And Embry and Ellie have been hanging out in the kiddie pool this week. Way more entertaining than beads and snacks!

who wants to play?

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