Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankful...

Thankful for so many things....

'Smores in the backyard.





Teeth.


Family day trips.












Cousins.




And so much more. Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Soccer is Over and Maisy 'Almost' Walking

Well the soccer season has come to a close. It was a good experience- but not quite "Afton's sport". She loved the practice but didn't enjoy the games.  The whole part where you have to get a little aggressive and take the ball didn't appeal to her. 


The weather was freezing cold on Saturday!!


But we had fun hanging out with friends, being on a team, and of course enjoying celebration at the end of season.

 Afton and I made special soccer cupcakes for the team.
 We were so surprised at the size of the trophies! Afton even said, "I can't believe I got a big trophy since I barely played." Ha- I think she takes after me when it comes to team sports....
 This is when she 'thanks God and her family' for all the support throughout she season ;)
 Two silly blondes!

And miss Maisy is still "almost" walking, here is a video of her practicing. What a sweet baby--I think she needs bigger feet!
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And a short of Afton singing "The Lord's Army"
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Oh- one more! I think this is funny because Afton really is never jealous of Maisy.... except when it comes to her Daddy and "camera time" .

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Love my Girls!!!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

North Carolina!

This week the girls and I loaded up the big suitcase and hopped on a plane to North Carolina. Grammy had planned a visit to Amanda and kindly offered us tickets to join her.  Both girls did well on the plane and it was nice to have Grammy there to help.

Amanda (or as Afton lovingly calls her- "Manda") lives on Fort Bragg with her husband Preston. Preston recently returned from a year long deployment in Iraq. Now he is off again for more training- but this time he is in the US and will only be gone for a month. Unfortunately that month fell during Amanda's birthday. So 'us girls' had to come see her and help to celebrate the big "24"!



While in NC we toured some old air force planes, went on nature walks through the forest, and went to the Fayetteville Children's Museum.






Their home on Post is clean, cozy and adorably decorated.



 Her dog Patch has grown so much- but he is very gentle with the girls. Reminds me a bit of "Nanna" on Peter Pan.


The highlight of our trip was to the North Carolina coastline. We had lunch on the river in Willmington and went shopping at some local boutiques.



Then we continued on to Wrightsville Beach. The girls LOVED the beach. It was so fun to be there on a 'chilly' day. (I felt a bit like Danny from Grease sporting my leather jacket in the sand!)



 Afton didn't stay dry for long. The water wasn't as cold as we expected (although all the surfers were sporting wet suits.) I think the sun and excitement kept her warm! 
 Maisy loved splashing in the surf and chewing on a large shell. It was her very first time to see the ocean.
Amanda and I also got to go on a run together through Post. And I went to one of her yoga classes. Amanda is an awesome yoga instructor- and despite looking so sweet, she is pretty hard core. She had us hold some intense poses for...ev...er!

I am so proud of my sister. She has grown into such a caring, loving woman. Being an Army Wife is not an easy job! But I am happy for Amanda and Preston- and the life they are building together.
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