Monday, August 29, 2011

Ansleigh Turns 4!

    Today was Ansleigh's 4th birthday!! I can hardly believe it! I was there the day she was born, like actually there in the room watching it all go down, and I remember it like it was yesterday! It's so crazy how fast time flies, I've missed out on a lot over the past couple of years with her, but have really enjoyed getting to know her again. This girl has such a personality! It's been fun having her around because she's into all the girly things that Sophia wasn't into (until Ansleigh got here) like Barbies, baby dolls, playing dress up.... we've had a lot of fun with her over the past  month.
    She is so proud to be 4 years old now! She has been telling everyone all day that she is a "grown-up girl" it's so cute. We had her party today, and even though a lot of people couldn't make it because of the hurricane, we had a blast! When you have 4 kids in your house you don't really need to invite a lot of extra to have a party :) Here are some pictures from her birthday.

Haha! Trying to put her hat on

Ben, the only boy at the party (other than Eli)

Showing off their party hats

Waiting to play cornhole

She was obsessed with  Baby Jaelyn! 

My little man :)

She was pretty good at this!

Beautiful Ellie

We grilled hot dogs and had a picnic

Baby Jaelyn

Ansleigh got her own jumbo cupcake

She was so excited to have everyone sing to her!

Make a wish!!

Me and Derek with the birthday girl

Present time!

Opening her Barbie (for the second time, ha)

All of the kids... not cooperating

Friday, August 26, 2011

Vacation 2011!

    There is a massive hurricane headed towards us at the  moment, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. We have a ton of things to do to get ready, and I am expecting to lose power for a few days....
     We just got home from vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC with Derek's family and it was a MUCH needed break!! We have had so much going on here with the girls coming to stay with us and rearranging everything. Having some extra help for a week was SO nice!! (Thanks to Mimi, Pops, Lori, and Greg for the extra hands!) We spent a lot of days out on the beach, ate some delicious seafood, had a small birthday party for Ansleigh, and went to the Alligator farm; but most importantly, we got some quality time with family :) I picked out my favorite pictures from the trip and will post the rest to my Flickr account. (link is posted on the right side of this page)

puzzle time with Mimi

hanging out on the balcony

gotta love matching PJs :)

how cute are they?!?

group time out. it was too funny not to snap a picture (thanks for taking this one Lori!)

they loved the ocean!

the girls :)

all ready for the pool!

checking out the turtles at the alligator farm

petting a snake

Mimi and Pops

feeding time!!

at the Alligator Farm

she woke up from her nap to a party and was so excited!

her party set-up

Lori decorated this awesome cake!! it's pretty good huh?

playing with Pops

happy birthday Ansleigh!!

us with the birthday girl

he's learning to crawl!!!

my boys :)

The whole fam.
(PS, Pops got me a remote for my camera, so no more running back and forth to set the timer!!)