Friday, July 31, 2009

15 months old

We went yesterday for Claire's 15 month check up. It is so hard to believe how fast she is growing! We got a good report and some booster shots. I can't say enough what a blessing Claire has been in the past 15 months. She fills my day with joy and excitement. She is so sweet and loving. She has gotten really good a giving kisses and saying thank you. I am a very proud mother!
Weight: 20lb 13 oz (25th percentile)
Height: 31in (50th percentile)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Beach Pictures

Baytown Warfe

Playing in her pool on the beach

Our attempt at some pictures

Claire and Colton on the 'horse'

Grandma and Granddaddy in the beautiful water

Berkley, Callan, and Claire in matching swimsuits

Berkley, Callan, and Colton

Berkley, Callan, and Claire

Claire and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Destin with Mr. and Mrs. Street. We stayed in the same complex as Bucky's cousins and aunt (the Streits). We had so much fun. Claire really enjoyed playing with her cousins and on the beach. We enjoyed a lot of good food and company. As always, the Streets were more than generous. Thank you to everyone for making it such a fun trip. Can't wait until next year!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Weekend with the Wilsons and Jowers


Kate and Claire playing in Gran's backyard

Will and Daniel

This is how Will and Daniel play together now. Wrestling.

Claire gathering toys

Enjoying popsicles from the ice cream truck
We had a fun weekend in Bham with my whole side of the family. We went up Friday afternoon to stay with my mom and dad for the weekend. We mostly played at Gran and PePaw's house and ate out some. We went Saturday morning to the Farmer's Market at Ross Bridge. It was fun and low key. I would recommend it to anyone who lives close. We enjoyed seeing our cousin, Rusty, who lives in Virginia now. I haven't seen him since our wedding (I think). He came Saturday with his wife and step-son. That was a nice visit. We went to eat Mexican food Saturday night. We always have fun when our whole family is together. It is a lot more hectic with all of the kids, but we love it. You can see Claire's face in most of the pictures is confused. She is used to quiet adults so when she is around active little boys, she makes some faces! Claire and I left Sunday to go to the beach with the Street/Streit side of the family. I will post some pictures of it tomorrow or Friday. We had a great time with all of our family. We are more than blessed and happy to be home safe!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Birthday/Fourth of July Weekend with the Stanfields

Claire (14months) and Levi (17 months)

Happy 4th of July!

Claire actually fell asleep riding in her stroller at the flea market!

Me, Claire, Selah, and Jenny

Claire, Bucky, Brian, and Levi

Saying 'ooh' at the fireworks

Brian and sleepy Levi

Selah (3) and Bucky (30)

Bucky and Selah

Getting ready to go see fireworks

Playing in the front yard. Do you see their view?

Getting ready to go swim
Claire's serious face

We had a great long weekend in Blairesville, GA with our good friends the Stanfields. They were nice enough to invite us up. We left Thursday after work. Bucky was especially excited because we took the horses with us. I was not too thrilled about that, but it ended up being okay. We got up there late Thursday night and went straight to bed. Friday we got up and Jenny cooked an incredible breakfast. Brian and Bucky went into town to run some errands and do some work. We played with the kids, they took naps, we ate again, and got ready to swim. We took the 3 kids to a local pool and they had a blast. There was a baby pool which was a big hit. We came back and all took naps. That was great because I never get to do that at home. Bucky and Brian rode horses all afternoon in the mountains. Jenny cooked another wonderful dinner of steak and potatoes. She is an amazing cook and literally cooks 3 meals a day. She then made a cake and pie to celebrate Bucky's 30th and Selah's 3rd birthday. We packed them up and went to watch fireworks. They didn't start until after 9:30. The kids were tired, but held on pretty good. We had fun eating cake and watching the fireworks. We came back and went to bed.
Saturday, we got up and ate another great breakfast. We got dressed and went to the flea marked in Murphy, NC. I really love going to it. Claire didn't nap in the car so she ended up falling asleep in her stroller. She has NEVER done that before. That was kind of nice so I could look at stuff. I got a few things and Bucky really racked up. We left there and ate some pizza for lunch. We came home and took naps while the men rode horses again. Jenny took us to a local farm to get some fresh eggs. Claire got to see chickens, peacocks, pheasants, and bunnies. She said 'ooh' and 'wow' a lot! Jenny and I cooked hamburgers for dinner. After Claire went to bed, we sat by the campfire for a little while.
Sunday, we got up and guess what, ate again. Bucky and Brian went for a short ride. We loaded up and headed back home. We made it back thanks to a little thing called a portable DVD player. I think Claire watched 4 movies (short ones) while she was awake. We came home, got unloaded, washed, and went to the store.
We went over tonight to meet John Neighbors. He is our good friends, Phillip and Lynsey, new baby. He was born on Thursday (Bucky's bday) and is doing great. Lynsey is a natural already.
We look forward to watching him grow.
Overall, we had a great long weekend. We are so thankful to live in a country where you can worship God, work hard for a living, and spend time with family and friends. Those are the things that make us a family. As Bucky would say, 'God Bless America!'