Monday, July 21, 2014

Fun at the Park

Maddie and I have always enjoyed visits to the park.  We are both enjoying Lillian on these trips now.   The weather was so cool last week that we were able to enjoy a couple of early mornings at our park here. Lillian is at the most precious age now.   Maddie is (usually) very patient with her, and they have lots of fun together.  I love watching how they interact together!

Lillian is very adventurous like her sweet sister!

Maddie got up quite early and immediately put her swimsuit on.  I had to convince her that a trip to the park was first on the agenda.

Love my sweet girls!!

Our second trip was even more fun than the first, because Miss Cathy and her kids joined us!!  These children swim with the girls in the afternoon, so they have become buddies!

I am going to miss these girls and their sweet brother like crazy when school starts!!

Giddy up!!

The weekend can't get here fast enough!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Best Uncle Ever!

Uncle C had a meeting in Tuscaloosa late one afternoon this week.  When it was over, he and Taylor made a quick trip over to visit with the girls.  They were thrilled!!  They truly love Uncle C, and the feeling is mutual!

We didn't know he was coming until he was almost here.  When I told the girls he would soon be here, they lined up their chairs and waited not so patiently.  Maddie rushed to make them a special sign. (Excuse the iPhone pictures!)

Who cares if you have your suit on?  It's time for the box and airplanes!!

Sometimes you have to take a break and have a little chat!

Two for the price of one!!

Even Uncle C's shoes are fun!!

Sometimes surprise visits are the very best visits!!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Reed and I recently hosted a get together for our church's children's group "Bold" and their parents.  The goal was to introduce everyone to our new pastor. The only problem with that was that our new pastor and his sweet wife are really just special friends that God has lead home.  We are thrilled to have them back, and were happy to be just a part of welcoming them back!

I didn't take lots of pictures, so I didn't get pictures of lots of people that were here!  So sorry!……….  

Hotdogs, ice cream sandwiches, catching up and swimming made the night lots of fun!!  Lots of these children were some of my former daily swimmers, so it was great to have them back!

If you weren't here, please know that you were missed!  Welcome home Tim and Terrie!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

And He Grows

Lindsey and Maddie spent a recent day working in her classroom, and Lillian and I spent the day snuggling with Reed.  In the pictures, he looks much bigger than he actually is.  He's quite the eater, so I am expecting him to grow rather quickly though.

Is there anything in the world more precious than a sweet newborn?

His big sisters think he's pretty special, too!!

I am headed back this Tuesday to visit and bring the girls back!  Fun times are ahead!!  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Snuggles, Swimming and Such

We made another quick visit to snuggle on Reed a little, and to bring the girls back with us for the fourth.  I can't say that he has really grown very much.  He probably weighs around 8 pounds now, but he is still tiny.  I think that snuggly newborn stage is the greatest of all!  You blink your eye and they're grown!!

Pop is in heaven with his buddies!

 Reed has two great big sisters!!

Anyone want to wager how spoiled this one's going to be by his Pop?


At the beginning of the summer, Maddie enjoyed the pool, but wouldn't put her face in the water.  Now, she has exceeded all of our expectations!  Today she mastered going to the bottom of the deep end getting rings!!

She also offers free rides to turtles!!

As I've said many times before, "God Bless Maybelle".  Her pedigree leaves lots to be desired, but she's  an angel with the girls.  

Back to swimming, as Lillian watches over as lifeguard, Maddie conquered the slide.  She had first said that she would only do this with Uncle C, or when she turns 6!!  Today she let Pop catch her a few times, and then told him to go to the shallow end!  She's a pro now!!  They celebrated the accomplishment with a popsicle and a little snuggle!

My summer is flying by this year!!  I wouldn't trade a second of it though for all the wonderful memories we've made!!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Family, Food, and Fun

The Fourth of July has always been a special holiday to Reed's family, and we are so thankful that we can host it now.  Ribs and chicken were cooked on the pit, everyone pitched in and brought something, and the fun began.  My favorite is simply being together and watching the cousins play!  Hopefully, they are making special memories that will last forever!

Lillian loves Kris!  Wyatt, Papa and Lee just hanging out!  The pit masters are getting everything ready!

Papa and Reed taking a little break from cooking.  Lillian was keeping a close watch on the ice cream as it was making!

William and Maddie spent lots of time chatting!

Josey and Lillian had lots of fun!

Sweet Memories!

Maddie and Lillian both love the "big girls".

Rylie will soon be making her entrance!  We can't wait.  Reed will have a playmate his age!

Lillian was a little upset with Cade, but he gave her a cookie and they quickly became buddies again! (Check out that photo bomb from Uncle C!!)

Austin and Lane joined us and got in on a little "Chicken Fight".  From what I could tell, Josey won this battle.

Lillian and Maddie both had a ball!! Maddie especially enjoys cousin visits!!

Caleb always gets to celebrate his birthday a little early at the barbecue! You may notice that a piece is already missing.  Lillian decided she couldn't wait!!

All of the great grands, except Baby Reed and Rylie who's not quite here yet!!

Another great holiday is in the books!!