Saturday, January 21, 2012


Tyler and Ava Grace built a snowman

trying on Toms coat
silly girl... 

I was taking some new passport photos for the boys
and Ava Grace wanted her picture also 

Andrew was helping Ava shovel,
or was Ava helping Andrew?
I think Ava Grace is a great worker!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ava Grace is 3

Ava Grace, what a girl

Ava Grace is 3 years old

Ava Grace has had a birthday in Russia (IF they even celbrated her)

Ava Grace had a 2nd birthday in USA

Ava Grace had a 3rd birthday in Jamica....

hmmmm I see a patern, maybe every year she gets to celebrate in a different country.  Great idea:)

We got to celebrate Ava Grace with her Meema, she wanted brownies instead of we made them..Ava got to lick the extras..

showing 3 fingers

excited to see the candels 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What a week

While I was looking at my calendar in the early part of December, I noticed something strange...I had a week with nothing on it for the boys, what???? no purple for Andrew, no Green for Trevor, no Blue for Austin, no Pink for Ava, no Red for Tyler, and no Black for Tom or I....what did my brain just see but yet an open week where we had NOTHING to do....that week happended to fall from Dec 26-Jan 2...

I started looking on line and calling a travel agent and lo and behold a plan started coming into place.  A beautiful plan, now only if the kids would like it.

I asked all the boys if instead of doing presents we would take a family vacation, a cruise!  They all said ABSOLUTELY, except Austin wanted these $26.00 headphones!  So plans were made and I have to tell you, it was so nice not doing ANY presents for the kids....ok Ava got a few Barbies, smiles abound on Christmas day just watching Ava opening her Barbies that the boys gave her.

Royal Caribbean, Mariner of the Seas

Ava looking out the window during breakfast

our first stop
Cozumel Mexico
We went to the Ibeorstar and we
swam, snorkeled, kayaked
and Ava loved the fruity drinks 

feeding the fish hot dogs in Cozumel

our first Formal Night dinner

our next stop was
Grand Cayman
We booked a private tour (I did it ahead of time from home)
to go to Sting Ray City
Snorkel the reefs
Starfish Pointe
It was great, AWESOME,
God created a world
that is so beautiful and unique

our next stop was Jamaica
Ava turned 3 this day.
to celebrate we went Zip Lining

can you see her smile,
She LOVED it!
fast daddy, go fast 

Avas 3rd Birthday photo
she was working the camera

then we had New Years Eve/Day

the next 2 days, we layed by the pool, ate, read, ate, swam, get the picture.

It was a great family trip, one the boys will remember, and I hope Ava will also!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Oh what a night....

Toms Nephew got married on Friday December 23...

Instead of throwing rice, or blowing bubbles,
they handed out these super long, really cool
sparklers!  4 minutes worth.
It was so pretty watching the Bride and Groom
run thru the line

Tyler was an usher, so he helped out

Ava Grace loving the sparklers 

Toms mom and ALL of her grandchildren
Matt even was able to be home from Iraq

Tyler with the other usher

have you seen the movie Courageous
if you have, you know that this brought tears to my eyes!
Ava Grace loved dancing, and her daddy loved dancing with her
Congratulations Jared and Karen, your wedding was beautiful and we were happy to be a part of it!  May God bless you and keep you, May He make His face shine upon you and give you peace!