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Thursday, July 31, 2008


We haven't had an accident for one week!!!

After those accidents you can't believe how ecstatic I am.
Is that a light I see.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Swinging around

Ethan showing me what he calls his "Trick"

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

More family visits

July seems to have been a month of visitors because we have just had to say goodbye to some more family. Of course their visit went by quick but we had fun and I know Ethan and Gracie enjoyed being spoiled. Eric’s parents and his brother drove up for a week and probably left more exhausted than when they showed up. While they were here we went to the Alamo, San Antonio Zoo, visited the quaint town of New Braunfels and saw more scary movies than I have wanted to see in my lifetime (Thanks, David). However Eric, Ethan and I got to go see Space Chimps. It was Ethan’s first time seeing a movie on the big screen and he was all wide eyed due to the huge screen. He liked the movie and he was so funny laughing at all the funny parts. When the previews started he had his hands over his ears telling me “It is too loud Mom” but I explained that it was supposed to be that loud and he got over it once the movie started. He seemed to enjoy himself and his own special date with us but I am sure the big box of gummy bears was his favorite. It was a great visit and we hope too see them soon. I think we still have more visitors coming this summer but we will just have to wait and see.

Ethan at the zoo

Train ride in New Braunfels with Grandparents and Uncle Dave

Gracie Playing

Ethan, Grandpa Dan and Grandma Teresa at the Alamo Garden

Ethan in Front of the Alamo

Sitting on a canon

Now that Gracie can roll onto her stomach she seems happier to be on her stomach.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Family Vacation to South Padre

My parents, brothers, sisters and all of their kids came up for a family vacation. We all drove down to South Padre Island for a couple days of rest and relaxation. Well, maybe not that much going on seeing how the kids outnumbered the adults but we did have a lot of fun and it was great to catch up. I always feel bad that I can never spend enough time with my niece and nephews due to living far away and that when we do go home it is always around hectic holidays. It was nice to play with them and I know Ethan enjoyed playing with them. We tried explaining that they were his cousins but he just kept calling him friends. We went to Schlitterbahn Waterpark one day and the beach the next day. We also spent one day lounging around in the pool at the place where we were staying at. On the last night after our little ones were all sleeping our parents were kind enough to allow us one night to experience the South Padre night life. It was so nice to hang out with my siblings and we enjoyed "our" time. The next morning my voice was gone from all the laughing and talking we were doing. By the time we all left we were exhausted. Some of us got great tans and some of us got burned. I being the latter no matter how much sunblock I put on :( Eric and I did learn that Ethan is defiantly not afraid of water. He was jumping in the pool, running into the ocean and swimming all over the place. Our daredevil was loving it! I am happy that he loves the water and is not afraid of enjoying it but I have to keep a close eye on him because he will not wait for us. You guys, I had so much fun and hopefully we can do it again sometime soon, especially before all of our little ones grow up.

Grandma Margie and Grandpa Jerry with all of the Grandchildren

Ethan with his cousins under the raining mushroom

Ethan having fun

Gracie in her float

Gracie and I swimming

Ethan and Eric with Jacob and Trevin

Barbecue Duo

Swimming with Dad

He loved the wave crashing in on his feet

This video is of our kids jumping into the pool (Ethan is on the far left)

Swimming in the ocean

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

4th of July weekend

This weekend was a busy one for us and we still are not going to be slowing down. For the 4th of July we had a barbecue and invited over some people from Eric’s Squadron and our neighborhood. Ethan had a fun time playing and was even brave enough to do some sparklers. He only tried two and then was done with it. However, he sat on my lap with his hands over his ears while we watched our neighbors light their fireworks. He didn’t want anything to do with it. Then the next day our good friends from high school, the Bolin’s came for a little vacation. Due to the military moving us in different directions it has been 2 ½ years since we have last seen them. Thankfully, we are living much closer now. Both of our families have grown by two kids since then so it was nice to finally meet their little ones. Our kids got along pretty well and the boys have acted like they have always known each other. It made for some really cute moments. Ethan has seen pictures of them on their family blog but now he knows who they are. While they were here we got to take the kids to Sea World. It was a lot of fun and they enjoyed all of the animals. We had a great weekend and visiting with old friends is always really fun. We have one day of rest and then a whole new set of visitors and fun are coming!

All of our kiddos

Ethan and Cody watching a dolphin

Playing in the water

Kayla and Ethan about to watch the VIVA show

Ethan's expression after seeing Shamu

He loved climbing this thing, I was exhausted.

Gracie and her ponytail

Kayla with the twins in their pj's

Here is a video of Ethan Swimming. It was about 3 feet deep which means he couldn't reach the floor but was just loving it.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Kid's Rooms

I was just going to put Gracie's room pics up because this is her first room and Ethan has already had his turn but Ethan kept asking me to take his picture in his room. "Mom, take my picture too!"

Tuesday, July 01, 2008