A moment in the life of Miss Ava Grace............

Monday, March 31, 2008 | 2 comments

For my out of town friends and relatives who have asked me to capture some of that "Ava personality" that I talk about so much.........here ya go! (although, I am bummed because by the time I thought to get out the camera, the BEST material had already happened.....but this is still good!......oh, and just excuse the dropped laundry on the stairs......oops!!??:-)
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ON GUARD! YIKES!!

Saturday, March 29, 2008 | 0 comments

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What's Friday movie night without a little kung fu?

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On the way.......
Highly anticipating the movie for the night!
Aaahhhh.....nothin' like a little kung fu chuey!

Of COURSE we did not escape without injury.......as if!!

Their protective huts out in the wild wild yonder........
Inside the hut..
Ava takes shelter in the smaller hut!


Last night we went to the Dover's for a little kung fu fighting and movie night! After seeing the boys with their "swords", Robin and I decided that we must seriously be OUT OF OUR MINDS to be taking these animals on a road trip this summer!!.....Don't worry aunt Teresa, they can sleep in the garage.......we have NO problem with that! Nor do we have a problem with tossing scraps of food out to them for them to fight over and devour! With any luck, the damages will be minimal........

The movie of choice tonight was Enchanted.......and I must say that it is one of my favorite movies!......We have been waiting for this one to come out ever since we saw it in the theatre way back at Thanksgiving!! Awesome!

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My baby lost his first tooth!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008 | 0 comments


Finally Carter has LOST a tooth! It seems like just yesterday that I was saying "Carter GOT his first tooth!" Where does the time go??
Anyways, he had been so upset because all of his other friends have lost several of their teeth, and he hadn't even lost one!! When this tooth became loose he was so excited........the problem is that he was then too scared to wiggle it and his adult tooth was already growing behind it!................................Today in school he finally pulled it out! (it's about time, it's only been loose for about three or four months now......)
I'm sad that he doesn't have that "toothless gap" that I think is so cute,........but maybe next time!!

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Finishing my A.I. rant......................

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 | 1 comments

It's just my opinion but,.............it was too early for Chikeze!! He didn't have a chance of winning, but there were others that should have gone before him!!..........I'm just sayin'!
A great big HMMMMMPPPHHHHHH for this week!! ha!ha!

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Random rants about A.I.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | 0 comments

Oye! Of all nights for Kristie Lee Cook to pull one out of her BEHIND.... it had to be tonight! The week that she probably would have gone home if she would have performed LIKE SHE HAS EVERY OTHER WEEK!! Ugghhh!! Can you tell I don't care too much for her or her singing??
And while I'm ranting.........Go home dred boy or pick up the tempo!......He is getting soooo boring, and his interviews are like fingernails on a chalkboard..........ewww!!!
After tonight I have no idea who will go home. My guess for the bottom three might be Ramiele, Jason, and........Kristy? Chikeze?..........hmmmm, guess we'll know tomorrow!
Here are my favorites in the competition...
David Cook, Brooke White, and Carly Smithson.

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I wonder what their Sunday school lesson was about??

Monday, March 24, 2008 | 5 comments


Ok, a friend just sent these pics to me, and I couldn't resist posting......Leave it to these three to be ..........."creative"! ha!ha!ha! Too funny! I guess the bff's have just added "experienced BUCKET HEADS" to their resume!

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Happy Easter!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008 | 0 comments









Well, we ended our fun weekend today with a GREAT message this morning in church about marriage and relationships. Part 1 of a 4 part series. Then we went to Craig's parents house for a yummy Easter lunch. Wonderful day!

Through all the "Easter bunny" fun and egg hunts, we DO take time to discuss the real meaning of Easter with our children.

Thank you Jesus for sacrificing your life for us on the cross, and then rising from the dead on the third day! By believing in you and accepting your free gift of salvation, I know that I will some day live eternally with you in heaven! Thank you for the true meaning of Easter!!

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Family Easter egg hunt!!

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Yesterday we had the BEST time as a family!! First, my mom and dad and Craig's mom and dad did a big egg hunt for all the kids by the lake in our neighborhood. Of course they loved it and had a blast!! Then we wanted to feed the ducks and noticed that they were on the other side. Well, I knew that there was a trail that went all the way around the lake, so I suggested that we all do the hike...........ok, I had never actually DONE the trail, so I had NO idea how long it was.........oops!................it was quite long.....sorry!

Of course getting out of the "public eye" and into the deep terrain...(ha ha, yeah right!), Craig pulled his norm and started doing things just for shock value!! Those of you who know Craig, know EXACTLY what I am talking about.........Anyways, one of the swan paddle boats had drifted to the other side of the lake as well, so we sent Craig down to rescue it, and he fell in the lake! ha!ha!......That's what he gets for being ridiculous!!

After our hike we went back to our house to decorate Easter cookies...... I seriously thought my brother was going to eat the entire container of cookies! Ha!..... I also think he had the most fun decorating them. It was really funny and also really cool because Carter thought that was the greatest thing ever that Uncle Pete sat there with them and "decorated"! ha!ha! ( aunt Hollie caused some trouble of her own with Carter....as you will see in the video!)

We have decided that this is going to be a yearly event, and so I can't wait till next year! We had a great time! I love my family!!

Here's a little taste of our fun day!
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Hit for the cycle!!!!.......(i just learned that term!)

Saturday, March 22, 2008 | 2 comments





Carter had a FANTASTIC game today!! He hit a single, a double, a triple, and a home run!! It was AWESOME! They still lost the game, but Carter was definitely the star player! Uncle Pete, aunt Hollie, Hope and Addie were there to see too! Way to go Carter! You Rock!


Here are two of his hits....captured on video!



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Totally LOST!!......Totally!

Thursday, March 20, 2008 | 1 comments

(What exactly does S.O.S. stand for anyways? I know it's some sort of help call,....but whatever!) Anyways, I am 100%.................

What in the world are they going to think of next? I am so rattled after tonight's episode! I practically have to save up ALL my brainwaves for the ENTIRE week just to watch one episode!
The problem is that I have watched every episode since it started 4 years ago, so there's no way I can quit now.
Anyways, I can't believe Sayid ratted out Michael! Nor can I believe that I am actually starting to think that Ben is a .........good guy??? Yikes!
Well, my brainwaves are trembling from so much activity in one hour, so I am going to give them a much needed break and drift off into dreamland...........I just hope I don't dream about getting shot in a jungle! Nighty night!.........(oh, and any insight on the show would be MUCH appreciated!.....I would particularly be interested in what my good ole' buddy and pal "Phil Herrick" thinks of the current turn of events!)

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Carter's Easter egg hunt at school!

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Poor Carter....Ava thinks she has to "monitor" his every move!
Not such a pleasant moment when Ava started snatching eggs!
The party was not intended for YOU Ava!
Good thing they love eachother so much!
Today was Carter's egg hunt/party at his school, and Ava and I went to join in the fun.
Ava always finds a way to insert herslf into the activities, but Carter really does love her, and he loves having her come to his parties with him. One time I got someone else to watch Ava so that I could just go to his party by myself, and he was really upset that she didn't come! Go figure!
Anyways, Carter is such a good boy and an awesome big brother!!
(I can only HOPE and PRAY that Ava returns the love! ha!ha!ha!)
We had a good time today, and look forward to more Easter activities this weekend!



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There is NEVER a dull moment with this chick!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 | 2 comments

Here she is in the middle of a restaurant, asking me to take her picture!..........no joke!
Umm, I did not put that hat on her.....she snatched it right off the shelf as we rolled by. She definitely knows what she likes and what she wants........hmmm, that MIGHT remind me of someone else I know!:-) oh, and btw, we are in the shoe department here.....hence the "serious" look!.............Don't MESS with her shoe passion! ( and that I did NOT teach her.....she must have aquired that from her aunt Hollie)
Like I said, never a dull moment with this one.........here she is "smell testing" the coffee that she later approved and matter a factly said that she would like to buy for her daddy. WHERE DOES SHE GET THIS STUFF???
Never tell your three year old she can wear whatever she wants...........there's one small problem here, it's a very rainy, somewhat chilly, totally sunless day, and THIS is what she came down in.................not to mention, she needs a few lessons on how to walk in "high heels".....she about busted it just stepping off the fireplace!....oh,and LOVE the hair!
Well, why WOULDN'T she do a little dance before "marching her little hiny upstairs to put some warmer clothing on, and removing the deathtrap shoes"???................ey yi yi!!

Yesterday we did a little spring clothes shopping, and of course Ava succeeded in keeping myself and my mother in law laughing most of the day! I am so thankful and blessed to have Ava as my daughter. She is truly one in a million, and she keeps me laughing every day! Both of my children are the joys of my life! Thank you Lord for such amazing gifts!

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Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Monday, March 17, 2008 | 0 comments

Happy Anniversary

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A little Sunday fishin'

Sunday, March 16, 2008 | 2 comments





Miss thing had to come over and give her two cents worth about how Carter was fishing, and Carter was pleading with me to make her leave! Ha!
Carter and his best friend Lilly!

Lilly took off when Carter wasn't ready, and I just happened to capture the moment! It was so funny!! Thank goodness for my camera skillZ!! ha!ha!

Well, why not?
Wow! She's so proud of herself for FINALLY returning the favor!......yep, and that lasted for about oh........30 seconds!
After church today we took advantage of the amazing sunshine and beautiful weather by doing some fishing by the lake, and some bike riding on our street. We also (ok, I also) decided to see if Lilly could swim by pushing her in the lake..............................well, after a little dog cpr, and scheduling of some dog therapy, thanks to Craig's dog rescuing skills, I am happy to report that Lilly is resting peacefully now..................................................................but, let's just say I don't think we (I) will be doing that again anytime in the near or not so near future!!............once again......OOPS!

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