Monday, December 31, 2007

my snowbaby

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Now this is the cutest snow man you have ever seen. It took a little bit of convincing to get him to sit in the snow, but once I did he liked playing in it. It is a good thing, since we got another 3 inches or so last night! I have never seen so much snow. We have had snow on the ground for the last 2 months!


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Ani and Ruston love sledding! Daddy pulls them on the knee board down the hill by the house. They both squeal the whole time!


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Look who is pushing who! You knew it wouldn't be long. Ruston had fun pushing Ani, but he wasn't too good at steering yet!

story time

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Somebody loves their TJ Bearytales that Santa brought them. It is so cute. Ruston will lay on his tummy an watch this bear tell a story.

Friday, December 28, 2007

We Miss You!

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On December 14th our lives changed forever when we lost Virgel's Dad, Buddy. For those of you that never had the pleasure of knowing Buddy, he was a kind hearted generous person, who loved nature and nothing more than spending time with his grand children. We are going to miss him so very much.

I thank all of you so much for your calls, cards, thoughts, and prayers. It has meant so much to us to have all of you there.

Papaw's hat

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Ruston found his Papaw's hat and had a good time playing with it.

Rocky, rocky

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I love my rockin horse Mamaw!

Our first snow

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This is a picture off of our back deck. It was still snowing. We got about 4 inches that day and we have had white stuff on the ground ever since.

Let it snow, Let it snow. . .

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Oh what fun it is to play. . . Ruston isn't so excited about getting cold, but they like the snow. Ani wants to make a snow man, but it wont stick together. Bummer.


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What is this stuff???

Angel. .

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She thinks this is proof she is an angel. I don't know. What do you guys think?


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Ani and her snow hair.


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Oh what fun!

Run Faster!

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Ani loves the snow! She wanted Daddy to run faster and faster! She would just scream as he pulled her down the hill!

Santa Clause

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On our way back from Arkansas we couldn't make it because they closed the interstate about 2 hours from the house. It was probably a good thing, since we couldn't see the road anymore and it was snowing pretty hard. We knew of a lodge not far from where we were. It was a great place with an indoor water park. When we got inside, Santa was there. The kids hadn't sat on Santa lap yet, so we let them. As you can see, Ani is no longer afraid on the man in the big red suit!

Ruston and Santa

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Ruston was not so excited about seeing Santa. Well, it is a picture with Santa.

Our tree

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Ruston loves the tree. He has done really well at leaving the tree alone. I just have to make sure he doesn't try to eat any thing on it!

Santa's cookies

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Ani helped me make cookies for Santa.

Momma, Santa Came

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and he brought me a car and he brought Ruston one too!

Ruston's car

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Ridin along in his car.

Ridin together

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Ani giving Ruston a ride. This is giving me glimpses in to the future, I think my sleepless nights might start now.

Too cute

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This is just too cute. Can you believe this car actually has a functioning radio? Yep, they were driving along listening to tunes!

Happy or what?

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Yep, I think it is official, he loves this car.


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Oh yeah! This is one of those photos that will end up his year book Senior year. He found Ani's princess hat in her room and had so much fun with it. Good thing I had the camera handy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

On the road again . . . .

Yup we are traveling once again and I am blogging while Virgel is driving and the kids are snoozing. We are heading to Arkansas to visit family for Thanksgiving. It is nice living closer to family again. I am excited for a trip coming up in December. We will be goin to Wisconsin to see my Aunt Lynda and her family. I think the last time I was there was around 1988. Wow. I am old! My cousin and her family will be there at the same time. We are all really looking forward too it. Ani has been very excited about our trip this week to Mamaw and Papaws house. When I picked her up at school today she literally screammed to her whole class "I go to Mamaw and Papaw's!!!". She has asked Virgel to please hurry up and drive faster tonight! She knows they live far away, but thinks once we get in the car to go there warp speed should take over. Oh, only if she was right. I guess I wouldn't be blogging at 1 in the morning! Don't get me wrong I am totally loving the days of "Mom, are we there yet?". Trust me, I know these are those very days to cherish. So, to each of you I send my love and heart felt Happy Thanksgiving. May you spend it with the family and friends that you love. Today, I am most thankful for all of you that love all us, especially my children so much!!!

Monday, November 05, 2007

family fun

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As you can see Ruston was fully aware the good stuff was in that bag!


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An astronaut, superman, and little red riding hood

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Trick or treat

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The kids had a great time. We went to trick or treat at our old neighborhood. It was a load of fun. Ruston figured it out quickly. If I tried to take the bag away from him he would pull it away and yell NO, MINE! Did I mention he is starting to talk!

Yup, I still love him

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We have been married for 13 years, have lived in 6 states together, bought three houses, sold two houses, graduated college together, have two beautiful children, had a few bumps, learned a lot, and fortunately I love him more today than ever before. I hope for another 50!

My fisher girl

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We found a great spot to fish where we actually caught a fish within about 10 seconds of putting a hook in the water. Ani was so excited to catch a fish. She just didn't want to touch it!

At the island

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Brad and Ani wore themselves out playing in the water.

Paddling out

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We were heading out of the canal out into the ocean in the kayaks.

Kayak trip

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Well we were visited by a the only tropical storm. Once it was finally gone and the winds died down, Virginia and I were able to get out in the Kayaks for a short trip. It was awesome. We went out as the sun was coming up and paddled through the kayaks. It was a great way to end our trip. Thanks for getting the boats out for us Joe!


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Me and my boy

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I just love my son. We had so much fun an island at Card Sound. He just didn't like having ANY sand on his feet. As long as he was on the blanket he was just fine and loved playing. What a cute sweet boy.


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Ruston was so cute. He climbed up in this chair and was ready for another boat ride. He is such a parrot. He will repeat anything you say or do.

The other great fisherman

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We didn't eat this one, the great fisherman had to send this one back to grow a little bit more!

My cute little bug

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Ruston loves the boat. He wasn't afraid of it at all.

Nice Joe

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Real nice Joe. Now everyone gets to see the real you!

The great fisher man

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We didn't catch dinner on this trip, but the guys did the next day!

My babies

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Babies on the boat. We had a great day. Ani and Ruston love being on the boat.


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After living in Florida all that time I always wanted to see a Manatee in the wild and never did. We went for a short boat ride earlier in the day and I briefly saw one. We stopped and waited to see it again, but never did. After we made it back to the dock and Virgel yelled at me in the house. This manatee came right up to Joe and Virginia's dock. It was so awesome. Yeah! I was so excited. Ani and Brad loved it. Brad called it a sea cow.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Vacation to Key Largo

We have made it back home. We had a fantastic time. We went out on the boat, Virgel went fishing and caught another shark and dinner. We went to Disney World. A tropical storm came to visit, a manatee came to the dock - way awesome. We saw dolphins out in the ocean, and we were able to spend a lot of time visiting with great friends. All in all it was a great trip. I will post pictures in a couple of sets so keep looking!

Happy Birthday Virginia!

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Virginia's birthday was actually in August, but we had her party the Saturday we got to Key Largo. It was at Gilberts which is a little place on the water. We had a great time.

It is GREAT to see you!

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To say that Tracy ( the one in the white) has been through a lot since we left is an understatement. Believe it or not she recently had brain surgery. Tracey your strength and fight are an inspiration to all your friends! It was awesome to see you and to see you doing so well! Love ya girl - and great party!

Dancing time

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We had awesome weather, so the party headed out side. Gilbert's always has a live band playing at night so. . . . with help from a little adult beverages, dancing followed. O.k. so this is a nice picture. . .

A day - almost on the boat

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We headed out for a day on the boat, but we didn't get far. Fortunately, Joe and Virginia's boat has two motors, so when one stopped we were still able to get back to the dock. We weren't even five minutes away. We figured out, a couple days later water was in the fuel tank. Virgel and Joe did an awesome job fixing the boat so we were able to go out later on in the week.

Disney World!!

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Virginia and I took the kids to Disney World. We had a blast. We were there for just one day and it was enough for all of us. We got there around 10 in the morning and closed the park. The park was decorated in these really cool pumpkins and giant one in the front of the park. It was really neat. The weather was cool and a little rainy, but we stayed out of the little bit of rain that we had and the park was empty. We walked on all the rides. The kids asked, can we go again - so we did. It was a lot of fun!

Dreams come true

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They were so excited to see each other again

What a day!

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They were totally worn out by the time I took this picture. Ani got that hat early in the morning and I could not get it off of her head. She wore it for the next THREE days. Even on the boat!


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This is what closing the park looks like for Brad!