I've Got Something to Share with You...
The above video contains a special announcement from Abby and Enoch!
This Christmas my parents come up from Search, Arkansas to spending the holidays with us. We had a good time catching up with them enjoying the Christmas season. On Christmas Eve we had a birthday Party for Jesus where we had a special foods and then we went to the Christmas Eve service at Fellowship Bible Church. On Christmas morning we watched the kids open their stockings and Abby handed out the presents for everyone to open. The rest of the day we enjoyed watching and playing with the children.
This is Abby's 4th birthday. Last year Abby had an Ariel themed pool party and she had such a good time that she wanted another one this year!
Friends and family came to celebrate with Abby. Andrea enjoyed making the Ariel birthday cake. I think she did a great job.
The kids played several games in the pool and we all enjoyed the cake!
We had a great time celebrating Enoch's 1st Birthday.
Andrea's parents, Aunt, and paternal Grandparents came to our house along with our good friends the Guinness family and Talley family.
We presented Enoch's 1st Year video that I've been working on the past couple of weeks. I think all in all I put in over 40 hours preparing and putting together his video. It was hard work, but it was well worth it!
Andrea made an amazingly delicious healthy carrot cake for everyone and a special little one just for Enoch. We also had hot dogs, black bean salad, and lots of fruit.
As I mention at the end of the video... Enoch, you are truly a blessing from the Lord!
Chic-fil-a had their annual dress like a cow day. This year we did it and got three free combo meals!
My sister, Alissa, let me borrow two cow costumes for the kids. Abby and I had fun making cow masks and putting together a costume for me. Fun times.
We had another great 4th of July! This year Enoch was able to participate in the 4th of July parade in our neighborhood. All the kids decorate their wagon, bike, tricycle, etc... and we all make our way up and down the main road.
At the end of the parade we are all awaited with watermelon! Then we headed to the neighborhood pool party with hamburgers, hot dogs, cookies, and swimming fun!
Abby has been taking swim lessons from our next door neighbor, Michael.
We're so thankful to have a pool in our neighborhood. Our other neighbor across the street, Mary, has been learning to swim with Abby and Michael, too.
Abby has done well and enjoys the lessons, but going under water is not her favorite part. Maybe next year will be easier.
Abby and I went around to what seemed like a million garage sales surrounding our neighborhood in search of a big girl bike.
We found the above pink Barbie bike with training wheels, helmet, pads, etc... for $20!
As you can tell, she is very excited about her new bike :)
Enoch just turned 11 months.
He is now crawling on his hands and knees (instead of the inch-worm crawl), he has started to wave goodbye, he is clapping his hands, and he can also "give you a five" if you hand out your hand to him.
As long as he is holding something, he can take steps (like if he is holding my hands or the couch).
We love Enoch and he continues to brighten our day.
After several weeks of not having a second car, I finally bought a commuter car!
In the meantime, I've been carpooling or just taking our family van.
I was looking for a small commuter car that has a history of being reliable and one that has good gas mileage.
I had my eye on the craigslist website for about a month and finally ran across a smoking deal.
I ended up getting a Ford Focus ZX3 as you can see in the above picture.
A big thanks goes out to Kevin Talley for giving the car his stamp of approval.
My maternal grandmother, Lura Mae Skelton, passed away at age 93.
The funeral was a sad, but wonderful time to remember her life and all she did to help others.
She was such a hard worker. I remember helping her pick vegetables from her garden in the summer time, and swinging on the front porch swing. She'd make scrambled eggs, and chocolate gravy and biscuits. Yum!
I'm so thankful to have had such a wonderful example of a Christian woman in my life. Can't wait to see her again in heaven!
Andrea's sisters were in town and they had some very special time with Abby and Enoch.
Abby enjoyed Alissa painting her toenails and having tea parties.
Anna and Abby made puppets and a house for them to play in. Abby continues to play with and enjoy the puppet house even after Anna left for home.
On numerous occasions, Abby has asked if she could get on an airplane to go visit Alissa or Anna.
We are so glad that she loves her Aunts.