Monday, March 23, 2009

Sweet new pictures




These are a few new sweet pictures of the kiddos. I just love the one of Gideon at the stream in the park. And the one of Annalise in her backpack. One of her most favorite places to be. :) The picture of Gideon at the table was taken because it was his first time setting the table. We have a new chore chart that he follows. It is not really a reward chart, but he does place a sticker by the chore when he completes it. He is learning to make his bed, feed the cat, take his dishes to the sink, set the table, etc. He absolutely loves doing the chores and begs to do more. ( That may not last very long...but, we will enjoy it while it lasts!)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Annalise's 1st Birthday Party




We celebrated our precious little girl's first birthday on the 14th. She had a wonderful time. She is becoming such a special little girl and it meant so much to us to have our friends and family with us to celebrate. She received so many sweet gifts and is enjoying all of them. Her pretty ladybug dress was made with love by her Aunt Obbie who is always so generous. God has been so incredibly good to us, granting us such sweet children and family and friends that treasure them and enjoy them with us. Thanks to everyone for helping us celebrate. We love all of the gifts, but love all of you even more. Big hugs and kisses from our sweet girl.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Children at the park





We recently had our first playdate with some sweet friends. Gideon and Annalise were able to meet and play with Bryant and Sophie Boemer. They had such a good time. And since I forgot my camera, Mrs. Jamie(Bryant and Sophie's Mama) was sweet enough to take some beautiful pics and share them. I love the one of Annalise and Sophie. We had a great time and are looking forward to the next time.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Such sweet gifts from such sweet folks.



Mr. John and Mrs. Kathy are sweet friends of our little family. They are so kind to my children in every way. They are so sweet and loving to both of them, and are so thoughtful. The children both just had a birthday and we received the best presents from Mr. John and Mrs. Kathy. Gideon received his first batch of moon sand and I have to say he has hardly played with anything else. And, I have enjoyed it quite a bit myself. :) Annalise received a beautiful red and white summer outfit. She looks so gorgeous in it. In fact we will have more pictures to follow of her in her sweet outfit that our sweet friend Mrs. Jamie took in the park. So, a big thanks to Mr. John and Mrs. Kathy. We love the gifts but love you even more. Your generosity is only exceeded by your sweetness.

Pictures of camp out and soccer game



Saturday, March 7, 2009

A few firsts..

This is the first time that I have ever posted anything without pictures. One reason is that Jake took my camera on his second round of his "Man Adventure" and I forgot to download before he left. Second reason, I forgot my camera for one event completely. Now... on to the Firsts this week. Annalise is such a big girl now that she is one. I am not completely convinced that she loves it. As I mentioned before, she had her shots on her big day. She ran a 102 degree fever the next day as a result. And, now she has discovered that turning one means leaving the paci behind. So, that brings us to our first First. Annalise had her First night without the pacifier. I am not convinced that she agrees with our decision that the paci goes at one year. So far, being one probably seems like a downer. Oh well, we will make it up to her. Gideon had his First dentist appointment. If you could just give me a little time to be an unashamed bragging mother... he did so great. He never even hinted that he would cry or even get upset. He went willingly with the dentist and had his teeth cleaned and examined without a single complaint. I was more than proud to say the least. Such a fine big boy. After his First dentist appointment, he had his First camp out with his Da. He was so excited he didn't even eat his hotdog that we roasted on the campfire for him. (Or his marshmallow.) They stayed out all night and he came in beaming. This morning we got up and headed to our First soccer game. Gideon had sooo much fun. He laughed and ran and was a willing player. He still doesn't seem to get exactly what he is doing. He very politely stopped and allowed the opposing team to kick the ball. HAHAHA!! Such a sweet little man. His coach had to explain that soccer matches are not really the time to share. :) Oh, well. There is always next time. We do have pictures of the campout and soccer game but, I forgot my camera for the dentist appointment. And, I assumed it would not be very kind of me to take the pictures of Annalise's first night without paci. But, just wanted to catch everybody up on what is happening with the Franklins. My little ones are a source of pure joy. I take joy in everyday with them and love watch them grow and advance in this life. I rejoice with them as they accomplish all of their Firsts whether joyful or hard. I am proud that they are mine.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Our Little Lady is one!!




How could she be one? I have been remembering all week. The excitement of her coming. Dandun being here with us. So many sweet memories.Annalise is getting so big so fast. She is turning into such a funny little girl. Her personality is really starting to shine. She woke up to find her birthday balloon that brother chose for her. She LOVED it. Her party is not until the 14th, but Gideon was ready to celebrate. We got out the party hats and had a celebratory bagel. Of course, she may never forgive me for scheduling her doctor visit on her birthday. Pretty bad to get shots on your big day. But, we will make it up to her. Such a big girl!!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Man Adventure





Jake just went on his first Hog Hunt with Pete and Jeremy. They had so much fun. We called it the "Man Adventure" so much that even Gideon was asking when "Da would be home from his Man Adventure". And, no they did not get any hogs this time. But, no one seemed to mind. I think they truly had a wonderful adventure. Jake and I are ready for a spring and summer of adventure with the kiddos. Gideon is talking about camping all of the time now. And, I am anxious to get some camping and canoeing in myself. Gideon has been practicing "sleeping" in our sleeping bags. He is very excited about an upcoming camp out with his Da on the property. Life is so good and an adventure in itself.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow on the mountain




We had so much fun today playing in the snow. It snowed very close to 4". It was amazing. The wind was really blowing and with the snow still coming down it felt like we were in a blizzard. (Or as close to as a blizzard as we will ever see!) We went out the first time fairly early. It was really cold and I had Annalise on my hip so I could not play with Gideon as much as I really wanted to. We came inside for a break and to throw all the wet things in the dryer. Round 2 was much more fun because I put Annalise in the backpack and had my hands free to have what Gideon calls "snow battles". After our "battle" I put Gideon on a trash can lid and pulled him all over the yard like a sled. When you live in Alabama, you have to improvise a bit. We had to go in before Gideon and I were ready. Our sweet little girl decided she had enough wind and wet snow blowing in her face. But, we made lots of sweet memories. Just wish that Da could have been with us. But, he was on an adventure of his own. I really enjoyed hearing everybodys snow stories today. (Especially hearing about you making snow cream, Mama. Next snow we are definitely going to do that!)Lots of fun.