Tuesday, September 30, 2014

13 years...and still going strong!

I can't believe it has been 13 years, since you got down on bended knee to ask me to be your wife.  I love the way you still look at me...like in this picture.


You still make my heart flutter...like in this picture.






We still know how to have fun with each other...like in this picture


You still bring so much laughter in my life on a daily basis...like in this picture.





I know in the hustle and bustle of our life with the Hootie Hoos, I don't tell you enough how much I love you and how truly blessed I am to be your wife.  But know that each day that goes by my love for you is growing stronger and deeper.  I Love yoU Very Much, Christopher!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Beach Trip

Well, we decided to have a spur of the moment beach trip on our way home from church.  We hadn't been to the beach yet this year, so the parental units thought, "Why not?"  So we got home from church, changed our clothes and ate a quick lunch before loading up the van.  The Hootie Hoos slept on our way to Wimington.  When we arrived at Wrightsville Beach, we had front row parking...it was as if it was meant to be!!  We walked to the beach and the Hootie Hoos walked in the water for about 30 minutes.  Some may or may not have gotten drenched...good thing that I packed extra clothes for everyone.  My hubby was very observant as he mentioned my whole demeanor changed to one of peace as soon as I felt the sand through my toes.  I don't know what it is about the beach, but I do feel so relaxed and like I have no cares to weigh me down. After going to the beach, we took them to Toys 'R Us.  I needed some green children's hangers...do you know how hard they are to find!?!  Then we stopped at Chipotle (for those of you who don't know...Chris has a slight addiction to this restaurant) and picked up dinner for the parental units.  We put it in our cooler and ate it after the Hootie Hoos went to bed while we caught up on our TV shows for the week...a perfect way to end our night! 

Please enjoy some pictures from our day

Hootie Hoo #4 couldn't make it fast enough to the ocean


Hootie Hoo #1...was in heaven to have his feet in the water...and later the rest of his body

Hootie Hoo #2...she had a blast in the water

Hootie Hoo #3...wasn't too sure about the whole waves crashing on her

Waiting for the wave to come

LOVED it when the waves hit him

Daddy trying to keep him from going out further into the ocean!

Two happy Hootie Hoos

She finally warmed up to waves

Those are A LOT of shoes!!

And Chris was in heaven when he saw this sign...it has been over a month since he last got Chipotle and let's just say he would get it once a week when we lived in VA

Monday, September 22, 2014

Family Pictures

Well, it has been almost two months since we had our family pictures taken.  You would think we have been busy with a move and starting school!! :)  I must give a shout out to Darian Iida for capturing our family so amazingly by using her God-given talent. Darian has a very special place in our family...she is loved tremendously by our Hootie Hoos (she is the WORLD's BEST BABYSITTER!!) and loved even more by us...we often call her our "other daughter."  So enjoy some of the pictures from our family pictures.


I love the way he looks at me..even after 12 years of marriage and four Hootie Hoos later.




I love this man to pieces and am beyond grateful for him!!


She adores her big brother


She melts my heart!


Love him and love these Hootie Hoos


This perfectly captures our family






She melts his heart, too!

Love this girl!


She melts my heart, too!


She loves her daddy

He loves playing with his daddy

The perfect completion of our family...for now...the next additions will be the children we will be adopting

This is the one who made me a mom

These two are two peas in a pod




              And now time for some REAL LIFE pictures with the Hootie Hoos! 


Even Mom and Dad need to let loose!

Yup, she pretty much does her own thing! :)


This is a normal conversation setting for us...with the four Hootie Hoos being silly in the background! :)
He was DONE with pictures!
                                                              
He brings out the silly in EVERYONE!

This is how I feel most of the time!! :)

Sophie and her many faces.

She can get her daddy to just about do anything!

Monday, September 8, 2014

First Day of School

Today was our first day of school at 268 Academy.   We continued our family tradition of going out to eat at McDonald's for breakfast.  I can't believe that Josiah is in 1st grade, Sophie is in Pre-Kindergarten and Kyrie is in Pre-school for 3 year olds!  While here in North Carolina, Tobias is going to spend some time with Daddy while the others are at school.  When Tobias is not down for his nap, Daddy works with Tobias on "Your Baby Can Read" videos and flashcards or plays with him. 

Continuing our family tradition of eating breakfast at McDonald's


Tobias ready to dig in!

Such a pretty girl!

Daddy with Hootie Hoo 1 & 3

So much sunshine

Can't believe how grown up he looks!

Such a clown...just like his daddy

Kyrie--Pre-school--I want to be Daniel Tiger

Josiah--1st grade--I want to be a paleontologist

Sophie--Pre-Kindergarten--I want to be a police officer

Time to walk across the street to our classroom...so blessed that Nana Pat & Mr. Larry are letting us use their extra room

Kyrie putting her finished work in her folder

Josiah working on his reading comprehension

Sophie reviewing "Pp"

Josiah reviewing "Aa, Bb, Cc"