Sunday, June 29, 2008

Gracie- Our Very Own Singer-Songwriter

Gracie is always singing and playing her guitar with her Daddy. She's been doing it since she was one. Her "originals" have gotten more abstract as she sometimes just sings sounds like she is making up her own words. That's what she is doing on the last song. She has really gotten into Jimmy Buffet lately. She asks me to play his CD every time we get into the truck. She can name each song and what number track it is on the CD. She even does the "Fins" with her hands while singing along to "Fins" at the top of her lungs. I love it! I grew up listening to him and it's just so cute that she likes him too! Sorry it's such a long video, but she has gotten to be quite the ham! Swim lessons start tomorrow (Monday), so I'm sure we'll have lots of pictures to post soon...

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Gracie has been obsessed with the TLC show "A Baby Story" lately. She wants to watch it every day. She started after I had Harrison. So, this morning, she is laying beside me with our fluffy comforter piled high on top of her. She says, "Mommy, my belly is BIG!" I agree, then she says, "I'm having a baby!" Before I know it, Gracie is grunting with everything she has and lifting her hips off the bed while she does this. After three or four pushes, she says, "OK. I had my baby, see..." She pretends to hold the baby in her arms. When I ask if it's a boy or girl, she says it's a girl and tells me her name is "Super Lulu" (The same name as two dolls and one of her imaginary friends)... She says I should hold it, but only for a minute. Right away she asks for the baby back because she says, "I have to nurse her." Then she lifts up one side of shirt and proceeds to do so! She cracks me up!! Oh, and she also told me that now I have to stay with her at her house for a while!

I have worried that it is too mature for her, but they do a really good job of blurring out graphic stuff, and she still believes that the baby comes out of the belly!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Making Father's Day Gifts

We went to see Harry's sister and her family near Mobile last weekend. Gracie LOVES her cousins (so do we) and we always have a great time with Kim and Jody. We took the girls to Lowe's so they could make measuring tapes for Harry and Jo-Jo. Gracie's Morris Moose from Maine (thanks, Sophie!)came along to help.Corie Beth works the hammer.
Morris supervises! Safety first!
Finished product
Vroom Vroom!!! (Corie really had to work hard to get her long legs in there, but anything for Gracie!)
Thanks Uncle Jo-Jo, Aunt Kim, Hannah, and Corie for a great time!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

VBS - "Outrigger Island"

Our church's Vacation Bible School theme this year was "Outrigger Island." Gracie was in my class, and we had so much fun! We all wore tropical clothes/accessories and did the hula while we sang about God. I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures while the kids were singing. Below is my very own special monkey (born in the year of the monkey.) She picked out her dress this day. I had something else in mind, but she really wanted to wear this one.

Singing and praising Him with Tanyah and Hannah Grace.

They got to use (new) flip-flops as musical instruments to play along with the song.
Here they are "being waves" with the music and streamers... moving with the tempo and pitch (slow and low, etc...)
Mommy and my little Hula Girl. She's growing SO fast!
*** Oh! and I just want to clarify that I don't feed my kids tons of junk! On the video post below, I mention ice cream and a cookie... In my defense, we had celebrated Daddy's birthday! I know you were all thinking, "Ice cream AND a cookie!!??!!" ;-)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Speak the Truth, Live the Truth, Know the Truth!

Gracie was cracking me up tonight as I tried to get her into the tub. She has a cold, but she sounds so cute! We finished Vacation Bible School last week and she has been shouting the Motto, "Speak the truth, know the truth, live the truth," all day like we did in the worship rally each day. She does that at the end of the clip- only I called a Bible verse. (Oh, and Super Lulu is one of her imaginary friends!) Happy EARLY birthday to Daddy! He'll be 35 tomorrow...

Friday, June 6, 2008

Family Dinner Video

Enjoy my baby boy! (Excuse my sing-song voice. I sound like a munckin from Oz)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Sunday Family Dinner

Our Family has a dinner/cookout each weekend rotating between houses. This past weekend was at Stacy and Billy's (my best friend and her husband adopted into my family). The kids always have a blast. They swam and played in the bouncy thingy. Below is a rare picture of my nephew, Austin, who is in constant motion. This is the best of 3 attempts. "Funny Faces on 3...1, 2, 3!"
Harrison in the bouncy ball pit

He ALWAYS has something in his mouth!
Aunt Lulu with Aidan and Harrison (7 weeks apart)
Dripping-wet Gracie

Monday, June 2, 2008

I've Been Tagged

My blog buddy, Tracy, at: tagged me, so let me give it a try...

The rules: Posted here at the beginning. The player answers all questions. The player then chooses six people you want to know more about and tags those people by listing their names at the end of the post and going to their blog and leaving a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog. Also, you let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.

1.) What was I doing 10 years ago?
I was 8 years into a marriage with my high school sweetheart not knowing that it would end in only 7 months because he found someone else he thought he wanted to spend his life with. We owned Subway Sandwich franchise(s), and I was starting my student teaching.

2.) What are 5 things on my to do list today? (in no particular order)
Well, since I'm about to go to sleep, I'll give my list for tomorrow: Workout (YUCK!), take the kids to meet Daddy for lunch, work on organizing my family reunion, clean the kitchen, supervise Gracie as she paints/decorates a wooden planter box she made at a Lowe's Build and Grow workshop.

3.) What snacks do I enjoy?
Milky way Caramel, brownies, a bowl of Lucky Charms cereal... (This is OBVIOUSLY why I need to workout in the morning!!!)

4.) What are some places I've lived?
Fort Myers and Cape Coral -both in SW Florida, Troy and Dothan -both in AL

5.) What things would I do if I were a billionaire?
I would pay off all of our bills, buy a house big enough for all the kiddie/baby gear, help out family, go to Italy and Greece with the family, adopt again, hire a nanny, a personal trainer, a personal chef, and a cleaning woman, give alot of money to charities helping missionaries and Chinese orphanages, and for sure shop (since none of my clothes fit me anymore! (Are you sensing a theme here? ;-) )

I'm supposed to tag 6 bloggers by leaving a comment at their blog, but I'll just name them here and they can decide if they want to do this. I am tagging:

Christine at

Lisa at

Julie at

Connie (AWESOME blog fixer-upper) at

Krista at

Amy at

I hope you'll all play! I can't wait to read your answers!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Happy Children's Day!!

To celebrate Children's Day ( A Chinese holiday), our group had a pool party/ cookout at Madi's house. The girls (and parents) had a blast! They played on the swing set, jumped on the big trampoline, played a few rounds of Duck-Duck-Goose, swam in the pool, and ate some great food. It was a great way to celebrate the wonderful children we are very blessed to have in our lives. Ally, Leah, and Gracie
The girls all sat under the big trampoline to get instructions for each round of the scavenger hunt that was so sweetly organized by Madi's big (11 year old) sister, Mary. After Mary gave hints and instructions, the girls would scramble out to find the hidden treasures. Once found, they would all run quickly back under the trampoline. There were a few bumped heads, but fun was had by all!
Getting instructions from Mary...
Hunting for the treasure
Gracie was so proud of herself for jumping in the deep end and going all the way under water... over and over and over...
Big H and Little H
Harrison's first set of wheels.
The entire group (except Ally) piled onto this float before it capsized! Happy Children's Day to all the wonderful children who brighten our lives every day!