Monday, March 23, 2009

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day this year was so much fun!! We decided to get some of the "cousins" together and have a St. Patrick's Day party. We started off with a scavenger hunt that led us from our house, to the golf course, to Aunt Michele's, to the park, to Kira's and finally to Grandma Great's. This is where they found their "treasures" and then we had a green lunch complete with shamrock shaped grilled cheese, green jello jigglers, green pears and green punch. Who could ask for a better day!!! The kids had a blast and have lots of fun memories. Thanks to everyone who helped coordinate all the activities!!!

Baylee's Birthday Party

Sorry this is so late, but we wanted to say "thank you" to all the friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, and "greats" that sent Baylee birthday wishes. She had a great birthday...and is still talking about it. We took some of the neighborhood kids, along with the cousins, to Chuck E. Cheese's. They had a blast, but unfortunately I forgot my camera so I didn't get any good pictures.
Hopefully you can tell by her expression in the pictures that she loved all her presents. THANK YOU!!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Boo!!

What can I say about little miss Baylee...I love her so much! Today she turns 6 years old and I don't know where the time has gone. She is growing up so fast, I wish I could slow it all down. Baylee is mom's little helper, Avery's protector (and second mother), and Daddy's little girl. Dave and Baylee have a special bond, no matter what he does...she thinks he is amazing.
She is such a special girl, so sweet and extremely sensitive...I don't know where she gets that from. She has the biggest heart and would do anything for you. She considers everyone her friend and is a joy to be around. I remember right after she was born wondering why I was so lucky to have this sweet litte baby girl in my life!! She teaches me every day how to be a better mother and friend, and will always be thankful for this.
We love you Baylee...Happy Birthday!!!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The eastern caribbean...

We had so much fun on our cruise...words cannot explain. I felt like we were taking pictures the whole time, but when we got home it seems like we didn't get enough. We actually didn't get any pictures of the ship itself...which was incredible. They had a huge movie screen out by one of the pools so during the day you could lay by the pool and watch a movie at the same time. Then, at night they played a movie ("movies under the stars") which was one of our favorite things to do.

One thing that I learned about going on a cruise by yourself is that you don't have anyone to take pictures of you together. As you can see...I was the photographer most of the time.

The weather was perfect, with the exception of a few windy days at sea, but overall we couldn't ask for anything better.

Dave on the ship before we left Ft. Lauderdale

Dave in Coyaba gardens in Jamaica

more pictures in the gardens...

bad picture, but someone offered to take one of the two of us so we couldn't pass it up.

Dave took off his shoes and walked out into the waterfall. What you can't see is that right over the edge it drops down about 100 feet!!

Pictures at Dunn's River Falls

This river runs right out to the's beautiful!
This picture was taken moments before the huge down pour that lasted about 30 minutes and soaked us from head to toe.

Dave on the boat ride out to Stingray City in Grand Cayman. This was the most memorable part of the trip. We actually took a 45 minute boat ride out to a place called Stingray City where hundreds of stingrays let you swim, touch, hold, and feed them. Hopefully, we have some pretty awesome pictures on the water camera that has yet to be developed. We had such a blast and were amazed at these 6 foot stingrays that were so gentle and kind. They are wild stingrays but have been around humans for years now and are very friendly.
Both of us on the boat

These pictures are from the boat after we got back in. You can see the shadows in the water but can't really tell how enormous they were.

Then we went to Cozumel and did some snorkeling but apparently forgot to take pictures. I know...lame!

Dave in the Bahamas. The Princess Cruise line owns their own island in the Bahamas called Princess Cays. It was the most relaxing day laying on the beach, playing sand volleyball and swimming in the ocean. The water was amazing!!! At this point we missed the girls TONS, but didn't want to come home...we just wanted them to come to us.

This is one of our favorite pictures from the trip!!

Hopefully you can tell that we had the time of our life. We are so thankful that Ron and Linda could come out and watch the girls so that we could enjoy this time away.