Monday, September 22, 2008

Day at Tannehill State Park

Jake and I took the children to Tannehill State Park (or, as Gideon says, "Steak Park") Sunday. We had such a good time. I really love Tannehill. My family spent a lot of time there when I was growing up, so I have a lot of really good memories there. Gideon really loved the grist mill. I think he could have stayed there all day. Annalise was an angel. She smiled and laughed all day. As you can see in the photo she was very comfortable in her backpack. She snoozed for quite a while. Gideon and I played a lot in the spring. I think he just loves playing in water of any sort. (Unless it involves washing his hair) We sure did enjoy our day. I guess we just enjoy one another so much. Gideon was sad to see his Da go back to work today. But, I remind him and myself that Friday is coming again.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Trip to Mobile

We were able to go to Mobile to visit Dand'un and Grandaddy. Gideon was so excited about going, that he cried everyday when he found out that we were not going that day. So, I tried to occupy his thoughts with making projects for our family. The above photo shows him with Mr. Dand'un (the puppet he made for Dand'un). We arrived Friday night to wonderful hugs and wonderful supper. Saturday Jake and Gideon were able to ride Grandaddy's horse ,Ringo. Gideon loved that!! Afterwards, Jake, Gideon, and Donny went to visit a friend of Donny's in Mississippi. They looked at lots of property and horses. A perfect day for my two guys. Meanwhile, Annalise and I were honored to go to Auntie Kara's ballet class. She dances so beautifully. It was such a joy to see her in what brings her so much happiness. Saturday night was spent with the rest of the family with Caleb grilling hamburgers. They were delicious and we loved seeing Paw Paw, Aunt Trisha, Uncle Harold, Chris, Bethany, and the rest of the brood. We did not want to leave on Sunday. But, we never do. We miss you Dand'un and Grandaddy.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Family Birthday Party

Mama hosted a birthday party for all of the August and September birthdays. It was tons of fun. Gideon had a wonderful time. By the end of the night he was red faced and sweaty. Just like his Daddy likes to see him. I guess Jake thinks that it means he is having a good time and playing hard as all little boys should. Annalise was a little fussy and being an unashamed "Mama's girl" as she has a tendency to do. But, she did find a new favorite spot. Her Aunt Obbie's arms. I guess you can tell in the pictures just how happy she was. She was giggling. I can't say that I blame her since Obbie happens to be one of my favorite people in the world as well. Gideon was also thrilled to be able to feed Uncle Damon and Aunt Fran's orphaned calf, Annabelle. He was really excited. It was such a treat. She is such a beauty. I think that everyone had such a good time. Looking forward to the next get together.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Trip to the zoo

The children and I went to the zoo today. We decided a day out was needed after a rough night after shots and with two children teething. They both had a great time. Annalise was an angel and Gideon was just so excited. I think his favorite thing was the giraffes. They had a new baby and it was adorable. My favorite was the sea lions. (Which just happens to be my Mama's favorite animal at the zoo.) One of them kept barking. That was really fun. We got home in time for a wonderful nap. Of course no time for house work. But, hopefully the kids will not remember how filthy the house was. Time sure is flying by. We will try to enjoy each day that we have together.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Annalise is 6 months old

Hey everybody. Jake has been after me to start this blog forever. I have just been dragging my feet. But, these children of ours do such amazing things, I feel like I need to share it. So, here we go. Our little girl turned 6 months today. I can hardly believe it. How could that be? How can Gideon be 2 1/2 and going to the potty? Annalise had her 6 month check-up today. She weighed 16 lbs and 10 oz. Our doctor says she is doing great. She is sitting up and playing with her brother, she is taking a bath in the big tub, she is starting baby food, and she has two teeth!! Gideon is getting bigger everyday. He is obsessed with all things Thomas the Tank Engine, loves to play in the dirt, wants to do everything himself, talking like such a big boy, and he his cutting his last two teeth for a very long time!! They are such an incredible joy to us. In his prayers tonight, Gideon thanked God for his new slide, his sandbox, rocks, windows, walls, and while stroking my hair, thanked God for Mommy. Life is so rich.