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Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Magic Kingdom

Disney World is a place I have never been before. I was at Disney Land in California about 14 years ago but never experienced it like this.

This was our first glimpse of the Magic Kingdom.

One of the very first things we did was watch a show at the castle with a lot of the Disney characters. I think the older kids enjoyed it but they wanted to play it cool. Sophie? She just ate. it. up. She wanted to live in the castle.

And here are our own character’s dressing up for the camera show…..
They were as happy as a smiling elephant.

I love to see children smiling!

It makes me feel warm inside!

Here are some funny bones…
This kid can’t pose for a picture without hammin it up.

Or this “goofy” guy~

I wonder where they get it???

More to come….

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The littleone turns 7

We celebrated the little one’s birthday in Orlando…..

She turned 7!

My baby girl….Oh goodness!!!

She is quite the little sweetie pants.

She can twist my arm into lots of things with these brown eyes…..

These girls really do love each other!

So we went out for Mexican food.

Creative tortilla art.
She has it mastered don’t you think?

She was serenaded by 6 singing men…They were quite good. And then she got to wear this hat:0

She kept telling me she wanted this one thing…..

She wanted little dots put in her ears.
She is a dressing up, pearls, lace and pretty cheeks kinda girl.

Here are the nervous eyes….

And here they are several seconds later.

She said she didn’t even feel it.

One of our traditions has always been to speak words of blessing and kindness on the special birthday person.
Sophie has become quite the little witty girl. I am thankful for how easily she makes friends and how sensitive she is. I love how she gives love freely.
So thankful for my sweet Sophie!

I love you up to the moon!

Fish Fry and Games….

One of the cool things about this trip was that my parents are living in Florida for the winter. So we got to spend some time with them.
My dad loves to fish so he had caught a bunch before we came.

My mom fried the yummy pucker lips in delicious
BUTTAH!!!!


Look at all that glorious golden grease!!!

And of course we played lots of table games…Late, Late nights…..

My nephew Mike and his friend Hannah were here this week as well so we got to spend some fun times with them…..
Can I just tell you this kid is so funny! There is never a dull moment when he is present!

We love you Mike!!

And Micah enjoying a scrumptious cupcake for dessert.
It wasn’t even his birthday but I’m afraid he may have eaten 3!

Yeah, give me the bad parent award…

But…

we’re on vacation!

Siesta Key….One of God’s best creations

It turned out to be one of the coldest weeks we’ve ever spent in Florida but that didn’t stop me from getting beach pictures.
We tried to take our sweatshirts off for the shot but can you see our teeth chattering?
It was quite chilly indeed!!!!

The little one

Little brother

Big Brother

Big Sis

I have so many pictures I am overwhelmed!

I apologize if I blog on this for several weeks….

My husband, My friend.

Hello Sunshine

Sunny Florida…..
Notice I didn’t say warm Florida.

We are taking Sunny this week.

On Monday we had the nicest tempature of the week so far

and it didn’t quite reach 70.

The kids didn’t care they had to be in the ocean at least a little bit.

Playing a little football with dad…

The pool was a little warmer…


A daddy and his girl….what a beautiful sight!

And a walk on the beach…

It really has been a good week.
It’s been a little disappointing that we don’t have summer weather but we feel so fortunate to be together.

The Conference that we have been attending has been so amazing! God has been speaking to my heart in powerful ways and I am moved beyond words at what he has been showing me.

We have one more day left here and then we head for Orlando.
Why does time always fly on vacation?

Headed to the place where snow is not????

Headed to the place where snow is not????

Well that was our intention.

To head somewhere warm when we knew Indiana would not be.

But I think the whole world is cold!

Jason has a conference in Florida next week so a year ago we told the kids that this would be the year….

And they have anticipated this for the WHOLE year.

We are actually planning on including a trip to Disney which will be a first for our family.

We decided we wanted them all to be out of diapers, and strollers before we went~

So yay for them they all officially go to the potty all alone…:)

Okay so it’s been a few years.

So we started out yesterday and made a stop in Indy to see my nephew Benji.

Benji has a disease called cystic fibrosis.

He is Jalen’s best bud and they are only 3 months apart.

We are so thankful for the care that he gets at Riley’s but we miss him when he has to go in for his “tune ups”.

Benji’s mom, Cindy is my only sister and she usually stays with Benji. If you have ever experienced on going care for a loved one you can feel with her the exhaustion and pain as you watch the one you love have procedures, pokes, and IVs.

Besides she always leaves 3 boys and a husband at home who have had to live a very different normal then most of us.

But tonight we got to surprise him.

I think he liked it:)

So after the kids played some games and J and I chatted with Cindy, Allen and Tyler we hit the road again….

And all night like this for the kids…..

Jason and I took turns driving And let me emphasize it was mostly Jason’s turn…In fact I’m not sure mine could even be considered a turn except I took the part of the trip that I most dread and always seem to get…the mountains:(Bleck! Nerve ME up!!!

But it’s always around 3 or 4 in the morning and J is usually just shot so I’m ready to help out and it isn’t until I start the climb that I realize I forgot how much I dislike this…

Especially in snow or rain.

And after we were through the mountains J woke up and said…”I’m ready to go again”. So I politely let him take the wheel and immediately drifted off into another world only to wake up in Atlanta to THIS!!!!!

It certainly was BEAUTIFUL but it really wasn’t the look we were going for…

We just want the warm breeze!


When we take long trips like this, there is only one place to stop for breakfast~ although I heard some bids for McDonald’s which can only be responded to with laughter~

Oh how I love you Cracker Barrel with your warm crackling fire and yummy food and little shop that makes me smile~ And How I love you even more in the south where we are greeted as we walk through the front doors after passing 35 rockers on the front porch with….

“How y’all doin?”

Happy smiles from J and Micah they don’t even look like they’ve been traveling all night!!



Well, maybe I spoke a little too quickly!

That does look a little strained.

We are currently singing our way through the alphabet….

What games do you play on trips?

We are now past the snow and the sun is shining brightly. I don’t even care if it’s only 50 as long as I see the sun and have to take off my sweater cause I’m feeling the heat, I’ll be great!

Snow Day’s

We are enjoying our first snow day of the year.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time!

I get to be home with the tribe!

Micah said, “Mom, it’s like a miracle, we didn’t have any snow days until today and you get to be with us”.

Love that!

So today they are all home and they did a lot of veggin and then had some homemade pizza for lunch….then the big mean mama said, “Time to go out and run off some steam”.

So they did….

For about 45 minutes….

And then they came in and made a big fat wet mess all over the floor at which the mama scowled and said, “get some rags and clean up this wetness off my kitchen floor”.

And then Hot Chocolate was served to all the snow bunnies and they all beamed with chocolaty smiles and toasty tummies.

In a couple days we will be in the warm sunshine and this snow will all seem like a distant dream….