Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A few to prove we are still alive....

Hospital Ball 2009
Markie (my grandmother) takes all of the "older" grandchildren to the Greenwood Hospital Ball every year. It is AWESOME! She basically says anyone who can come down will be covered....all you have to do is get here, dance, eat and have a good time. It is so cool to be able to get fixed up and hang out my brothers, cousins and ROCKIN grandma at such a exquisite party! Greenwood does a really impressive job of decorating and catering the ball, it is something we look forward to every year!
This would be the Rocking Grandma I was referring too!

This years theme was Monte Carlo...=TOTALLY COOL!

My cousin Matt and his sweetheart of a wife, Tayler. (Married in October 08)
Cute little newly weds huh?

I love this picture! Lilla, my sister- in- law, and my cousin Sarah Todd. (Soon to be LeBlanc)
Yes, there are 3 Sarahs in my family...2 of those are Sarah Todd's so it can get a bit confusing...

This would be me and Sarah Todd the sister- in- law.
Aka the two HOT mama's on the trip!

Alabama for Easter 09
We just got back from Alabama yesterday. We went up to visit Chris's family. Especially, his grandfather who has been recovering from a stroke. It was an extra special visit. It could not have been more fun! We were blessed to get grandaddy out of the rehab center for the day on Easter and we had a blast getting to see the aunts, uncles and cousins on that side. Chris's two cousins, Terri and Kimberly, have 10 kids between the two of them. They are all under the age of 15 and there are no twins. They are some of the most well behaved children that I have ever been around. I took notes I was so impressed! They are the perfect example of Godly parenting and a strong foundation in a home. It was a blast to get to hang out with everyone...and an experience that Ava thouroughly enjoyed....as you will see!
We stayed at Allen and Terri's house. They have 4 boys so you can only imagine how cool there toys are to our little princess. She had never even seen a trampoline before this trip. She played with every car, plane, and ball she could find. Not to mention the treehouse, sand table and two labs....the list goes on and on and on...
Thank you Hawkins family we really appreciate the hospitality! It will be tough to match!
This is Ava, the day we left, giving Mollydog kisses bye.
(Mollydog stayed with Sam and Henry. They took extra special care of her!)

These kids really know how to do the "crazy face" shot!

I think there were a total of four egg hunts.

Grandaddy has not spoken much since his stroke. However, on our first visit up to the rehab center he said to Ava, "I love your beautiful dress." It was so sweet and tender!
They shared a little "tea party" as he ate dinner. This is Ava saying, "...you like it grandaddy?"

It was so touching to see how entertained they were by each other.

Trips to the park
Our trips to the park have been frequent and with lots of different friends and family. We are so blessed to have so many great places to play on a pretty day!

This picture freaks me out because the munchkin in black is my princess Ava. The other little cutie is one of her best friends, named Molly. PEOPLE...these girls could be TWINS. I get asked that everytime they are together. Even people at their school confuse them all the time. It is crazy how closely they resemble one another. At the end of the day, to us it is double the cuteness!

Gigi (my mom) pushing Ava and Henry. Such a sweet moment! Ava cherishes ever bit of attention she gets from gigi, it is ADORABLE.

Ava and the lovable "Coopsy". They could swing in the hammock forever!

More great pictures that Terri took while we were visiting the BAMA...
In this shot Ava was supposed to be napping in the bed...apparently, she found my suitcase as a more appealing spot for rest. We went up to check on her and this is what we found...HILLARIOUS!

Easter Morning...

Terri made this bread from scratch...YUMMY!

My child got dirtier and dirtier as the day went on...she was just having to much fun to stop her and clean her up. By the end of the day she was an exhausted, mangeled hair, dirt covered princess!

Hope this somewhat fills everybody in on the last couple of months. We hope everyone had a blessed Easter! Thank you to all our Friends and Family that fill our lives with so much joy!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wait for it...

Okay, I know you feel you have waited long enough for a post, with pictures perhaps...But I am posting to say the pictures are coming! I have taken plenty! However, it takes FOREVER to upload them to our blog. So, I just haven't made the time...Ava is in such a fun time in her life that it is tough to want to sit at a computer and miss out on reading or playing with her. She just brings us such joy! Also, I guess I am dreading the patience it will steal from me, but yet wanting to post too..such a tough battle! Regardless, it must be done because we have had a ton going on and there is so much to tell, here are a few things to look out for future post on...
1. Ava broke her arm.
2. She got an adorable pink cast that we called her "Princess Arm"
3. We put our house on the market. I could talk about this FOREVER...
4. We are praying it sells, so that we can buy my parents old house.
5. We have done the Fireproof series with our church that we TOTALLY loved and grew from!
6. We have changed our accountability to GOD. THAT IS HUGE! I could talk about this awhile too!
7. Ava has had a ton of playdates, with friends and cousins...
8. We went to Walterboro for some chill time with Grandpa Marvin and Gigi at the farm.
9. We feel so blessed right now that we talk about it more than ever...there is more to this...you will see...
10. And we are headed to Alabama to see Chris's Grandaddy and cousins for Easter. Keep this in your prayers. Grandaddy is not doing very well after having some medical problems. Therefor, he is in a rehab facility for people who have just gotten out of the hospital.

I hope you all are willing to "wait for it...." because I will be posting some more on the Majures soon. We love everyone and hope you all have a blessed Easter! XOXO