Friday, December 10, 2010

Message from Santa

A few days ago Kallie received an email from Santa. I can't even begin to tell you how excited she was. It made her day. I have to say Thank you to Shelby for passing on this web-site. I have you to thank for the message from Santa.

The Big 4




We had a small last minutes birthday party for Kallie to celebrate her turning 4. I can't believe she is already 4 years old...it seems only as though yesterday she was a baby and now she is a little girl. It's amazing to see how far she's came in 4 years, as a baby you think you know or can pin point what they will be like, but I am not so sure that's true. Kallie is into Disney Princess' like you would not believe and is more girly girl than I thought she would be. She is determined this year to kill her a buck or doe with her BB Gun. Don't tell her she can't because she is gonna do it. We have to laugh and she has already tried but chalked it up to missing. All I can say is the deer better watch out because in a few years she really will kill one but it won't be with her BB Gun. It seems unreal that next year she will be 5 years old but I know it will be another great year full of many wonderful memories of our little princess.

Most Beautiful Fairy Princess









Princess.........we were going to be Sleeping Beauty but at the very last minute our little princess changed her mind and decided she wanted to be a beautiful Fairy Princess. So it was and she was definitely beautiful. We went trick-or-treating with my nieces Bailey-the Bumble Bee 2 years old and Karleigh-Minnie Mouse-2 years old. The wagon was a must have, the girls do good for a while but then wear out and riding it is. We take blankets for when it's cold and they bundle up in between houses. They are funny. We had a blast. This year Kenneth, my Dad, Kyle(my brother) and Chris (a cousin) went along and if I am not mistaken I think they had just as much fun as the girls. I think they were making plans for next year, scary plans! One house had music blasting and lights flashing and let me tell you when we hit that house the girls could have cared less about candy, they were some dancing fools so....we spent a lot of time there. We all laughed and had fun watching them dance.

IGOR the Jack O Lantern




In October we had a booth in the Craft Fair at the Liberty Hill United Methodist Church. They have a large pumpkin patch and lots of kid activity's, so my Mom brought Kallie up to play. The mistake my Mom made was letting Kallie pick out her own pumpkin. Oh she couldn't just have any ole' pumpkin, no it had to be the biggest one there was, so my Dad bought Kallie her pumpkin to which we named Igor. Mind you that when I was growing up my Dad NEVER would have bought us this pumpkin, but for the grand kids....well things are different. And that's okay because Kallie loved this pumpkin. We had to research on line what kind of face Igor was going to have......and she found one so we set out to letting her clean out Igor. Then Daddy helped carve the face and Igor came alive. We set a large candle in him and he shinned so bright...oh Kallie was so proud of him. The day we had to dispose of Igor was not a great one for her, she couldn't understand why Igor was getting soft and stinky. Can't wait to see what our little Princess picks out next year although she is going to have a little brother to contend with.


I am behind by SEVERAL MONTHS....so here we go







Lets see were do I start. Since I have last posted on our blog.....Kallie has had a birthday and turned 4 years old, we enjoyed Fall and Halloween, getting ready for Christmas and most important Kolby's due date/birthday is around the corner.

Since Kallie's birthday is November 1 we always do trick-or-treating and her party kinda together. It also happens to be my favorite time of the year, something about the winds getting cooler, pumpkins and pumpkin spice candles burning, leaves falling....well you get the picture. I truly love this time of the year. While at Leander we went up the road from my parent's house to the little Methodist Church to their pumpkin patch and took some Fall/Pumpkin Patch pictures of Kallie. The older she gets the easier she is to photograph, which is a blessing because when she was little, good luck it was pretty much out of the question. My sister Amber and her little girl Bailey came along to take pictures of their own too. Above are a few pictures we took.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Family Fun
















A few weeks ago we had one of my Family Reunions on Lake Buchanan. It was HOT.......did I say it was HOT!!!!!!!! We had fun even through the heat and managed a little water time. Kallie loved riding in the boat and swimming in the pool. Kenneth took me for a ride in the boat and it was beautiful. There are amazingly huge houses on the lake, beautiful water falls, and United States and Texas flag in the middle of the lake. We did manage a little fishing, apparently we didn't have the right bait so better luck next year. My Mom managed to get on the jet ski for the first time and well I think next year she needs another round on them. Can't wait for next year.

Happy 50th







We threw my Mom a semi-supprise 50th Birthday party. We had family there and it turned out great. Happy 50th Birthday Mom AKA Mawmaw......and may you have many more Happy Birthdays.

Fancy Nancy











The Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council gave a Fancy Nancy party for little girls as well as showed off a beautiful doll collection. Each little girl could dress up as Fancy Nancy as she could and enjoy the party. So I wanted to share with you our Fancy Nancy who I happen to think is a pretty special Fancy Nancy. We had a blast and the party was great. It was decorated beautifully for little girls and each of them wore smiles on their faces the whole time.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day
















Memorial Day is a day of remembering and thanking the soldiers who have fought for our freedom. It also is I think the unofficial start to summer. We spent our Memorial Day weekend just trying to relax and have fun. Kallie sported her red, white and blue outfit her Me maw bought her. We blew bubbled, cooked out on our new gas grill and had fun. The park here offers movie nights on the weekends and the old tractor will come by and pick you up, if you would like a ride up to the theater. We had to take a picture, the gentleman driving the tractor had the biggest straw hat on I have ever seen. Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend and remembered what the weekend was all about. I pray that we keep all our soldiers in our prayers, I am truly thankful we have soldiers willing to give their life for our freedom.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Spring Flowers

Butterfly House









We are blessed to be in such a wonderful RV Park here in Maryland. They are so family friendly and kid friendly, but one of the most beautiful things they have done is to plant such beautiful flowers all over the park. With it being Spring there is beauty everywhere. Kallie and I took a walk around the park and tried to snap shots of the many flowers. God does beautiful work and paints such breath taking pictures if we would stop long enough to look.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day 3 of Sight-Seeing

Barnes' Family and the Capital
Inside the Smithsonian Castle

Kallie and the Wright Brothers


Well on our third day of sight-seeing we took off to see the Smithsonian Castle, Air and Space Museum and American Indian Museum. Kenneth had the day off so we brought him with us, this was his first day to sight-see. The Smithsonian Castle was beautiful with all of it's architectual work...truly a sight to see. Then we headed off to the Air and Space Museum and if you haven't been there and you get the chance you really need to go. It had everything from the Wright Brothers and their planes, War planes, Space Ships and a really cool kids hands on area. Kallie loved it but to tell you the truth I think we all enjoyed it. At the end of our day we walked in front of the Capital, took pictures and headed back from the train and home. So much to see and do up here, WOW!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Day 2 of Sight-seeing

WWII Memorial
Lincoln Monument

Jefferson Monument


One of the many FDR Statues with Falon his dog



Water Fall at the FDR Memorial Island




On Monday we headed off for day 2 of sight-seeing. We decided to start out at the Holocaust Museum and then take off walking to the Monuments for some up close pictures. My favorite part of the Holocaust Museum was Daniel's Story-For the Children. All I can say is WOW, it will bring tears to your eyes. Once done there we headed out for the Tidal Basin. It is surrounded by Cherry Tree's. Along the way we got caught in traffic due to our President traveling by in his motor cage, on his way to the Baseball Game to throw out the first pitch. He was 6 feet away from us, that was pretty cool. After they opened things back up, off we went. I bet we walked 4 or 5 miles but it was worth it. To see the Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial Island, Lincoln Monument, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial and Vietnam Memorial is amazing. I know Kallie doesn't understand anything she is seeing now, but when she gets older I think she will cherish these pictures, at least I hope so. We have a couple more days of sight-seeing coming up. I am so excited to see Ford Theater where Lincoln was assassinated, American Indian Museum and more.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hoopy Easter







This year we were in Maryland for Easter. We missed the Easter Egg hunt at Hamilton with our family but we couldn't let Kallie down. So shopping the Easter Bunny went finding eggs, candy, more candy and a few surprises for Kallie. Much to the Easter Bunnies liking Kallie had a blast with her own egg hunt. It is such a joy to see her have a ball hunting eggs and the sheer excitement of her face.

Sight-seeing











The History in Washington DC is overwhelming to say the least, but I want to see it all. So when Kenneth's Mom, Janice got here for a visit we decided to tackle the sights. If you are not from this area the Metro(subway) System can be confusing, but we were sure we could make it. We got all our tickets (Bus to the Metro, Metro tickets and sight-seeing Bus tickets) and off we went. Luckily we had a couple from the park where we are staying help us out. If not for them I think our trip downtown would have been bad. We saw some Monuments, the White House and Federal Reserve, but the best part and majority of our day was spent at the Arlington National Cemetery. Standing and seeing Kennedy's grave will humble you if you are not already humbled by the acres and acres of white headstones showing you how many soldiers have given their life for you and me. If you ever get the chance you need to go. Seeing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will touch your heart. God Bless America! And Thank you to all who have given their life for us!!!!!!!!!

National Zoo











Kallie had been asking for a few weeks to go to the Zoo and see the monkeys. Yes, that's all she pretty much cared about. So when Kenneth finally had a Saturday off we loaded up and took off to the Zoo. Wouldn't you know it though the day we went to the Zoo it was cool and even cold at times. Due to the coolness the animals weren't out in their habitats and didn't feel like playing. The highlight of the day was seeing the baby gorilla.....Kallie loved it. Other than that I would have to say the trip to the Zoo was disappointing. Oh, well.