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Easton is the cutest little boy we know! He rightfully earned the nickname 'BEASTY' when he was a baby and it has stuck with him. He is such a sweet little mommy's boy and we are ALL at his Beck and call. Easton loves cars, snacks, and playing outside. He is talking up a storm and it seems like he learns something new every single day. He is at such a fun age. We LOVE LOVE LOVE this little guy!


Ainslee is the baby and she just turned ONE!! This child is a handful!!! She hasn't quite grown out of the difficult phase.....that she has been in since she was born, but we still find ways to find her sweet side! Hearing her baby giggles and watching her discover & learn new things make all the whininess......just a little easier to deal with. Aaaahhh, we love this Ainslee Girl!!


Oh our cute little Avery! With her blue eyes & blonde hair, she is one of the cutest 4 year olds around!! This girl is stubborn! She definitely keeps us on our toes. She is quite unpredictable, which makes for a lot of laughs! Avery is our TREAT-FREAK! We can always guess what is on her mind. My favorite thing about Avery is her smiles. She always has one for us no matter what and that makes everyones day just a little better. She attends preschool and says she doesn't like it, but secretly we know she does ;). We are so lucky to have this cute girl in our family! We can't get enough of her.

Kobe Dylan

Kobe Dylan
Kobe is our first child, born in 2004. He was 4 months early and weighed a whopping 1 lb. 4 oz.! We got to be with Kobe for 4 wonderful weeks. I feel so blessed to have been chosen to raise one of God's perfect children. We love him and thank Heavenly Father everyday that he is part of our family. We have a treasure in heaven.
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Dr. Jones

Dr. Jones


Quinnie just turned 6! She is growing faster than we can keep up with! She loves going to first grade and is doing really well! She picks up on things very quickly and LOVES learning. She's seriously a sponge. Her favorite thing to do is write notes and draw pictures for her friends & family. You should see our continual stack of papers. Quinnlyn is creative & spunky & totally independant. We love her like crazy!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Now that they have been gone a while....

I figured it was time to do the post. So my family flew in last Friday & we had fun showing them around Indy. Here's a little recap of our week (and a picture overload too....I hate slide shows for a couple of reasons, so I don't do them):

Saturday we went downtown. We were gonna go to the monument & maybe hit some museums, but we ended up riding the PADDLE BOATS down the canal. It was a little tiring, but fun. We rented two boats to split between the nine of us, and we tried to have a race...but the boat I was in was we lost. Next time we'll get one that works :) After we got done on the boats, we walked to the downtown mall & got something to eat. We got home & went to our pool to do a little SWIMMIN. It was a little chilly, but it didn't bother the girls.

Sunday we just went to CHURCH and hung out. It was my little sisters B-DAY so we had ice cream cake & celebrated a little.

MONDAY all the girls (minus the 2 little ones) went and got a PEDICURE. I've only ever had 2 pedicures, but I don't think I like them very much. It scares me to let someone use sharp tools near my toes!!! But, our toes did end up looking pretty cute with some sparkly nail art. We then went to lunch at PANERA BREAD (have you been there? You should really go if there is one near you. It was really yummy!). While we were out, Brett, my dad, & Quinnlyn & Avery went BOWLING. The girls loved it, and to top it all off, they went to MCDONALD'S for lunch (can it get any better?)

TUESDAY was spent down in BROWN COUNTY STATE PARK. It is about an hour and ten minutes from our house, and it is really pretty with TONS of trees! We grilled hamburgers & had a little PICNIC, then we went HIKING on a couple of trails (even though we were all wearing Flip-Flops). They have cute little cabins you can rent, playgrounds, a pool, & a couple of lakes. We will definitely have to take another trip down there sometime. I'd like to see more park than we were able to see. That night my two little sisters went to a young women activity in my ward, & the rest of us just RELAXED.

WEDNESDAY was our SHOPPING day ( of them). We spent a while at the mall and didn't come home with a whole lot (isn't that how it always happens?), but we still had fun. At least, us girls did. I'm not sure the guys enjoyed it so much.

THURSDAY we attempted to go STRAWBERRY PICKING so we could make freezer jam. It had been raining, but we were prepared for the mud. We got to the farms, got our little boxes, and headed out to the muddy fields. Unfortunately, we didn't realize it was nearing the END of strawberry season so the strawberries were TINY. It wasn't even worth picking any. Plus, we had to wade through standing water and that was just GROSS! So after about 30 minutes, we paid for our one pound of ITSY BITSY berries (that we picked between the nine of us) and decided to go to one of our Indianapolis Museums & watch a 3D IMAX movie. It was an 'UNDER SEA ADVENTURE' and even Avery watched it with her glasses on....of course she was a little freaked out at times saying "SHARK!". Quinnlyn just tried to catch all the little fish since they looked so close. But before that, Brett was DESPERATE to go to lunch at his favorite mexican place GUANAJAUTO'S so we indulged his craving.

Friday we had another SHOPPING DAY but at a different mall. Everyone came home with a little more merchandise this time, but still not as much as we should have after spending almost 3 hours there. That night my little sister Madison was nice enough to watch our girls while the rest of us went OUT TO DINNER. It was nice to just get out without having to worry about watching EVERYTHING the girls did!!! Especially since Brett & I RARELY get to do anything without them since we don't want to pay a fortune for a babysitter!

And then came SATURDAY. The day I had been DREADING since the minute my family arrived at the airport. We woke up and cleaned the house a bit, & got everyone's things together & enjoyed the last few hours of their stay. We drove them to the airport at 4:30 that afternoon....and yes, we all cried. Except for Brett who basically told me to BUCK UP (I'm not sure he has much emotion these days). It never gets easier to say GOOD-BYE to my family. I know I have done it 4 times now, but if anyone tells me that it gets easier, I won't believe them. In fact, I think this time was much HARDER, for two reasons: ONE...because I don't have a 3 hour plane ride to keep me busy, & TWO....because I don't know when I will see them next (the earliest would be X-mas, but I'm not sure we will even make it home then). The one thing that does help is that my sister WHITNEY is staying with us until July so that will be fun for us!

Thanks for coming to visit DAD, MOM, DANIELLE, & MADISON (and WHITNEY who is still here). We had tons of fun & hope you did too. Also, thanks for staying at my house instead of a hotel. I know it was a bit crowded, but it wouldn't have been as much fun. WE LOVE YOU!

P.S We missed seeing you TAISHA. We wish you could've come too, but I guess drill team is a good enough excuse for you to miss the trip.


Erin said...

How FUN! I'm sure it's so much fun to have family come and stay at your house... that never happens when you live close. At least I'm looking forward to that. On the other hand, I'm definetly not excited about having to say goodbye!

Bethany said...

I was hoping for a close up of Brett, but I enjoyed the pic of the mohawk. Glad you had fun with your family.

Christie said...

Don't worry I will be there soon!

McKay and Amanda Jones said...

Looks like you had a ton of fun with your family! Gotta love them!

[tai] said...

well looks like you kids had fun..........and no i didnt get to go to lagoon or anything gosh dangit!!

[whit] said...

hello i said nothing has happened EXCEPT that im here. that means this is exciting. duh

Clenece/Good Or Free Deals said...

I am so glad you got to have your family come out and visit. It looked like you did GREAT in keeping them entertained! Way to go!