Christmas 2012

Sorry for the long absence on the blog.  I feel like we’ve been super busy lately and blogging has not exactly been a priority.

This is the first year since Abigail was born that we’ve been able to visit family for Christmas.  Raymond’s new job allowed for about 2 weeks of Christmas vacation! So we took full advantage and visited both families!

Our first stop was with my family in Mississippi.  We spent 4 days here, which included Christmas Day.  For a lot of my extended family this was their first time seeing Charlotte in real life!  Both of the girls did a great job with traveling and meeting so many new people in such a short span of time.

The second stop was with Raymond’s family in Alabama.  Since we didn’t get to celebrate Christmas with them we spent about 6 days with his family. Abigail had a great time interacting with her cousin Mattilynn, who is one year older than Abigail.  And we are getting ready to add a 5th grandchild (the first boy!) to Mrs. Pat’s legacy as Cortney is closing in on her due date (middle-ish of March).

Here are a few of the better pictures from our camera.  There are quite a bit more…but those pictures are on other cameras, so please forgive us for the insufficiency of these photos.

Charlotte turns 1 in just a few weeks so look for a pretty full update on her next!

Thanksgiving Photo Shoot

Yesterday our local up-and-coming photo-guru, Caleb Drahosh, did a photo shoot with our family. As always, we are more than pleased with his work. Enjoy the photos

More Pictures

Here are some more pictures from recently.

My grandparents came to visit us several weeks ago and we also tried taking a few “Fall”-y shots at a park near our house that’s really beautiful this time of year.

An Update via Pictures

Sorry for the super long absence! I feel like we have been exceptionally busy lately and, at the same time, the days and weeks seem to go by without even saying hello or goodbye :)

So here’s a selection of pictures from our life as of late…Enjoy!

Abigail’s Pool

At the beginning of August, Raymond and the girls and I headed down to Destin, Fl.  My dad was already in Destin enjoying a little vacation for his birthday and he had no idea we were coming to join him for the week!  We had a fun time surprising him – Emily and Robert picked us up from the airport and we snuck into the house to wait for him to come downstairs :) We all had a great week together relaxing and enjoying the beach.

Abigail wasn’t a big fan of the sand – she liked playing in it, she just didn’t want it to touch her feet.  And, of course, she LOVED the ocean! I think it was our second time walking over to the beach that she pointed to the water and shouted, “Abigail’s pool!” Just so you know, Abigail has claimed the entire Gulf of Mexico for herself :)

Its really great getting to see Abigail interact with family at this age.  She can still list everybody’s name from that trip :)

A Day at the Pool

Mrs. Beth invited us over for a few hours at the pool today!  And Abigail LOVES anything to do with water so she had a ton of fun.  Once again, we left the pool with a baby who was kicking and screaming because she didn’t want to leave the water :)

We’ve learned that water activities wear Abigail out! She fell asleep for her nap almost immediately :) We also learned that Raymond should never be in charge of making sure all our bags are in the car.  He ended up running over our bag of clothes and towels…luckily a crushed apple was the extent of the damage :)

Here are some of the pictures we took from today:

Memorial Day Fun

For Memorial Day weekend we were able to get together with my Dad’s side of the family at my Uncle’s house in Columbus, MS.  Their house is right on the Tombigbee River so we spent the weekend on the jet skis and boats.

Abigail had a blast playing in the river!  She just couldn’t get enough of splashing in the water :)  We were nervous that the noise level would scare her a bit (not just boats but barges also traverse this river) but she didn’t seem to be bothered by it at all!  There were several times over the course of the weekend when we literally had to drag her back on to the boat kicking and screaming because she wasn’t ready to leave.
And it was the first time for a lot of the family to meet Charlotte, so everybody was sufficiently loved on :)

Here are some pictures from the weekend: