Wednesday, May 14, 2014

4th Grade Citizenship Awards

Emily and Ashlyn are always much-loved by their teachers in school, and by their many friends as well.  This year they both got Citizenship awards for being such good school citizens.  We're very proud of them for being who they are, and for helping others to be successful in school too!

Lexie's 20th Birthday!

Wow, another child in their 20's.  Lexie has grown into a wonderful young woman and mother.  She certainly keeps us on our toes, and we love her so much.  Happy Birthday honey! 

Best Friends

Cara and Evie just love spending time together.  Whenever Evie is over at our house, Cara follows Evie around, or Evie follows Cara around.  They share toys and sing together.  It's just the cutest thing!  I'm so glad they love each other! 

Holy Cow, Emily is 10!

She's our tiny, spunky little girl, and now she's 10!  I can't believe I have another child in the double digits.  Emily is just so much fun, and cute as a button.  I can't imagine my life without her in it.  For her birthday we went and saw Frozen with some of her friends, and had ice cream afterwards.  Everyone had a great time.
Happy Birthday beautiful girl!

The Girls' School Talent Show 2014

This year, the girls performed in the school talent show again.  They just love to show off their dancing talents, and to have fun with a all their friends.  They did a great job as always.  The family was there to cheer them on, and a great time was had by all!

Girlie Clothes!

I thought my days of having a little girl to buy girlie clothes for were over, but then along came Cara!  I just have so much fun shopping for her.  I know she doesn't usually care much at this point, but I just love the fluffy stuff and big flowers.  And how could I not buy adorable things for my adorable little dolly?

Annie and the Little Girls

Emily and Ashlyn used to be called the little girls, but now we have 2 more little girls.  Here's Annie doing super sister and auntie duty and holding both Cara and Evie at the same time.  They're all just so cute!

Cara at School!

In Jan. Cara started attending a developmental preschool program.  At first she was a little unsure, but after just a couple of days, she couldn't wait to go!  She now brings me her backpack all the time and tries to put on her shoes so she can go to school.  She's learning so much having so much fun, and we're just thrilled.  I hope this continues throughout all her school years!

Lexie and Evie

Lexie is such a great mom to Evie!  I'm so proud of how she puts Evie's needs first.  Here is a picture of them both.  Evie definitely got Lexie's smile!

Marq and Evie

All the kids just love little miss Evie.  And seriously, what's not to love? 

Hospital Time

In Jan. 2014, Cara had to have a g-tube placed.  It's a tube that goes from the outside of her belly directly into her stomach that we can feed her through.  She just wasn't eating enough orally and we needed another way to get nutrition into her little body.  It was not fun at all, and Cara was in the hospital for almost a week.  But in the end, everything went very well and she's gained weight steadily since the surgery.  Cara was a little trooper through it all, and even smiled a few times.  In this picture, she had an n-g-tube going through her nose and into her stomach.  She hated that and we were so glad when it was removed and the regular g-tube was placed.  Being Cara's mommy is certainly a learning experience for me!

Brantley's Amazing Cake!

Brantley cooks and bakes all the time - and he's so good at it.  This is a cake he just made on a whim one afternoon.  Amazing, huh?  

Christmas 2013

We had a great Christmas filled with family, food, and laughter.  It was an especially great one because it was Evie's 1st Christmas, and Cara's 1st Christmas with our family.  Cara and Evie didn't seem to know what to make of everything, but they both seemed to have fun!