Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's been a while . . .

Hello Everyone!
I know, I have been a complete slacker in the blogging department, but I plan
on getting better at it this new year.
Well, a lot has gone on since Avery first started school, which was the last time that
I blogged : )

Right around when hurricane Ike came through, I found out that I was PREGNANT!!
Hopefully everyone reading this already knows and doesn't come as a surprise.  If so, I am truly
sorry : )  

Everett started soccer and loved every minute of it.  We all loved going and seeing him play.  I think that he will probably play again this spring.









For Halloween, Everett was spiderman and Avery was Snow White.  They were so cute and had so much fun.  We went to Teryn and Ryan's and all the kids ( Konner, Kaeson, Everett, Avery, Preston, and Tessa)  all went Trick or Treating together and went to a church festival.  They all had a great time and we all ate way too much candy, as usual.







We had Thanksgiving in Dallas with Ryan's family.  It was nice to see everyone there and visit.  Hope everyone is doing well up there in Dallas.


We had a great Christmas.  We went to Waco for my mom's side of Christmas.  It was so good to see everyone since we don't get to see each other very often.  The monday before Christmas we went to Ryan's parents and exchanged our gifts.  Christmas day we stayed home and had our own Christmas with the kids.   Santa brought them lots of new toys.  They had a blast and it was so fun to see their reactions.  After our own Christmas we went to my parents house and spent a few days their with my brother and his wife.  It was a very eventful holiday and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Although, it was tiring and at times stressful.  It was good to be with family.






We spent New Years with Ryan's family in San Antonio where his brother lives.  We were there for 3 days and enjoyed being with family and the kids had a great time with their cousins.


Now for the big news and to finish this post off!  
December 23rd we had our ultrasound to find out what this little one inside is going to be and turns out it's  a ..........................
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..   BOY!

We are so excited and very blessed.  I feel like it is just what God had intended for us.
We only need one little princess in our household : )





So there ya have it, a small recap of the last few months that I went into hiding in the blog world.  I hope to really stay on top of things from now on.  If I don't, I expect yall to kick me in the rear and tell me to stop slacking.

Hope everyone had a blessed holiday and a Happy New Year!
Talk soon !  : )




Tuesday, September 2, 2008

My little Avery started School Today!



Avery started her 2 day Mother's Day out program today!
She was so excited and she had a great day.
My babies are growing up too fast!

Friday, August 29, 2008

My little soccer player : )



Everett is starting is first season of soccer with the Cy-Fair Soccer Association.
He is so excited and he has been practicing in the back yard.  Ryan made a mini soccer field
in the back with spray chalk and he has two goals on either side.  It is so cute to see him out there so determined.

Yesterday was his first team practice.  There are 6 boys on the team and they are all really good. Ryan is the Assistant Coach because he will not be able to make all the games.
His games are on Saturdays and I believe that there are only 6 games.  So, if you want to come and cheer him on just let us know and we will let you know when he is playing.  
Here are some pictures from his practice:





Monday, August 25, 2008

First day of Kindergarten!

Well, today Everett started Kindergarten and I must say that I had a 
harder day than he did.  I fell apart after putting him on the bus this 
morning.  He was so brave and such a big boy.  When he got on, he sat down
and looked at us out the window and waved to us smiling.  It was really cute.
It felt like a movie moment.  I think I am better now that he did return home 
safely.  He had a great day and he is looking forward to the days to come.
Avery was sad today too : (  She really hasn't been apart from him like that.
She asked about her big brother every 10 minutes ( it seemed).
Here are some pictures from his big day:








Friday, August 8, 2008

Our little Dancer . . .

Avery loves to dance and sing and one night while we were 
watching So You Think You Can Dance ( my favorite show 
ever) she joined in on the dancing.  It was so cute!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sea World Trip


Before our Trip to the Dominican Republic, we went on a family vacation
to San Antonio.  We stayed at the Radisson Hill Country resort.  We went on a 
Wednesday and stayed until Friday.  Wednesday after getting to the resort, we 
swam at the pool for a few hours and then headed to the Riverwalk and ate at
a Mexican restaurant.  When we got back, the resort had a movie going outside projected up on the building.  They have a bunch of fire pits with chairs surrounding them.  We took advantage of the smores kits that you could buy.  So, we sat around the fire pit eating smores and watched Alvin and the Chipmunks.  It was really nice and relaxing.  Thursday, we went to Seaworld all day.  It was a long day, but we had a great time.  The kids loved Shamu and all the different shows that they offered.  We also tried out the waterpark there at Seaworld.  It was all so much fun.  We came back to the resort and had dinner at the resort and watched Finding Nemo outside on the side of the building.  Friday we packed up and headed for a shopping center.
All in all, we had a great time.  We recommend Sea World to anybody.  



Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Day 3 in the D.R.

Today was our last day for visiting the Compassion International projects.  We went to a more rural area today and visited with the children there.  At first we went to one of the kid's homes.  His name is David and he lives with his parents and his two siblings.  We were just so stunned at the living conditions here.  The pollution was just hard to even describe.  They cannot drink the tap water in fear of getting diseases and illnesses.  Today's visit really was heavy on my heart and my heart went out to all of these kids.  It was really hard to take in all that I saw and the amount of pollution was just unbearable.  



David and his tutor at Compassion with his two sisters at his home.





After our visit with David, we went back to the church/Compassion center and played with the kids outside.  Some played soccer, while others played jump rope.  A group of girls came to me fascinated with my cameras and wanted me to take pictures of them.  They loved for me to take the picture and then show them.  What is so humbling for me is that in these pictures, these kids look just as normal as you would see in the U.S., but when you visit their homes, you see how they live and it is nothing short of tragic.  You can see God shining through their smiles and joy illuminates them because of this incredible opportunity that Compassion has offered them.  They have hope for once in their lives and can possible dream a big dream for themselves.  I am so blessed to have witnessed these past few days and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.  I am a changed person because of this and after seeing what I have seen, I feel I have a responsibility to be a voice for these kids.  I hope that your life will be changed just by seeing these beautiful faces.












This is it for now, but I plan on trying to put together a video of all the photos and video footage that we took.  I am eager to show you all just how much this experience has impacted me.  

Goodnight and God Bless  :  )

Leslie