Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Seven years of Forever.....

looks like this......

Celebrating 7 years today with this beauty as our daughter!
I told her I wanted to do a little "photo shoot" to mark the day and my little fashionista quickly ran to do her own hair, make-up and jewelry!
Could not love this child more!
Our lives were forever changed the day she became ours!
Happy Forever Family Day my precious Jaida Ruth!
So very blessed to be your Mommy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sweet 16

July 14th my beautiful Julia Irene turned 16!

I am not sure just how the years went so very fast?

 Sunday night we celebrated with a swim and outdoor movie party with a few kids from her class.

 The soccer goal was transformed into a giant movie screen!

Setting up music on the speakers

The little girls decided to go ahead and start dancing!

 The ping pong table was moved to the end of the driveway

The pool was filled with balloons.

Food and drinks set up on the back porch with lanterns and lights strung across.

All ready and waiting for the 17 teenagers and 2 twelve year olds to descend upon its serenity!

Sam had a friend over to make it fun for him too!

The Littles watching it all from the porch.

 The movie began at dark and we passed out popcorn to all. Date Night was the featured presentation! Such a FUNNY movie!!!

 Everybody left about 11:15 and peace was restored. I wanted to just sit and have a glass of wine under these magical lights!

Monday morning we opened presents from family and friends

 We surprised her with steamed buns from her favorite Chinese market.

However, she had to cook them herself as she has mastered the steamer!

Checking out her new computer. The orange hat was a joke from her friend..heee heee!

Throw in soccer practice for Julia and Sam where we surprised her with popsicles for all and sang Happy Birthday!

We then had dinner at her favorite sushi restaurant.

Me and my original baby!

We came home and celebrated with cake and more singing.

These two nuts adore each other!

Happy Birthday Julia!  I loved celebrating you! You are a delight to parent. A true blessing to us and I love you so very much! Hope your Sweet 16 was filled with memories you will always treasure!

Monday, July 7, 2014

4th of July Fun

So thankful for so many things over the weekend that left me with a full and grateful heart:

My parents the fabulous hosts and grandparents!

The freedom we celebrate on this day.


Smiling faces


My beautiful Jaida

Special beautiful hands

Silly boys

A kind hearted son

My baby

A farm to remind me of God's gifts in nature

My amazing Sam

My first baby

Laughter in a blow up pool

Water gun fights

A beautiful view

Sponge fights

Happy healthy children