Sunday, December 11, 2011

Look Who's 6 Months Old!

I don't know where the last 6 months have gone!  We are so thankful for this sweet girl and are enjoying each moment.  We better....they seem to just fly by too quickly!  Elizabeth loves to be held, loves attention from her brother and sister, but Anna can really get her to smile and giggle.  Here are some more moments we've recently enjoyed.

Hats for all on a chilly day....yes, the pink flower headband even went OVER the hat.  It's Anna's token accessory and completes any outfit she dons.

Joshua made his own version of the Nativity...

Elizabeth met her great-grandparents in VA at Thanksgiving.  Below, with my grandmother and her namesake.

My Go Gran and 4 of his 10 great-grands!

Sunday, October 16, 2011


2 Friday evenings ago we had 12 children under 6 years of age on our couch. A wonderful combination of Childresses, Golbys, Starlings, and Spahrs.

A happy Elizabeth, or, Bibiss, as we call her here.  Thanks, Joshua, for a cute nickname.
So hard to believe she's 4 months now, though these photos are from a few weeks ago.

She's too cute!  Must take more photos!!!

Anna ran her first race on Columbus Day.  A 50 meter Fun Run with her school.  Gotta start somewhere. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Anna's Newest Adventure


I can't believe the day came for my little companion to go off to school. Anna hasn't really left my side in her whole 5 and a half years. Anna's first day, and the days since have been a success. She goes off every day like she's done it all her life -- cool and confident is that little girl.

So far her favorite part of the day is recess....and coming home to snuggle with her baby sister. Who wouldn't love that?!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Beach Memories

This is about all Elizabeth did the whole trip, with some feedings in between nappings. Sweet baby!!
We found many treasures in these tidal pools
When we weren't on the beach...

They had a whole ocean to swim in, yet they chose the way-too-little paddle pool!

"Let's look for starfish!"
Can anyone name this lighthouse?

We wish we were still there!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Just Photos

Joshua's loot at the 4th of July parade
Elizabeth's first parade. Next year she'll be looking for candy!
We love our cadets, oh yes we do!
Hooray for the 4th of July!
Thank you, Granny, for spending 2 weeks with us!

...Because that's all everyone wants, right?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Welcome, Elizabeth Jane

n Saturday June 11 at 10:50 pm we welcomed our third little blessing, Elizabeth Jane. She weighed 6 lbs, 15 oz and 21 inches -- matching her big brother in birth weight, but beating him in height by an inch. We are all enjoying her as we adjust to being a family of 5! Our cup (and our car) overflows! Thanks be to God for this beautiful, healthy baby girl.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Make Way for Ducklings - A Tour

Memorial Day weekend found us in Boston. We were so excited to do our own version of a Make Way for Ducklings tour, as this book always seems to make the regular stack of favorites. The only problem was, in typical Marie-fashion, I neither charged the camera battery pre-trip, nor did I bring along the charger. Thankfully, we got some good duckling shots in before things got shut down. Thankfully, the fun didn't end with the battery, and we had a most wonderful weekend exploring the great things of Boston.

We found a great place to stay in Beacon, just a short waddle (literally, for me) from the Public Garden. So we had many a morning walk around the pond saying hello to the residents and checking on the youngest family of ducklings. They were SO tiny, but they could swim amazingly fast. Anna nicknamed them the "dabbling ducklings."

The New England Aquarium was a hit for our little folk. Though interested in the touch-tank of rays, Anna was NOT at all willing to do any touching.

Joshua got up close and personal with one of his passions: FISH. He was agape at this multi-level tank filled with all sorts of swimming things. "Ish! Ish! Ish!"

And that's all the photos I've got, friends. But I'm so thankful for new memories made and the fun that was had. It was a great way to spend a little time together before we make way for our next little duckling. The due date is a week away and we are very excited to meet her. Besides fish, milk, water, cars and other things that go, Joshua also has a hard time staying away from babies. We pray that love will gently transmit right to his baby sister, whom he thinks is in his tummy, oddly enough.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Still Thinking of Easter

We've just packed away the plastic eggs and baskets this week; the candy is pretty much gone, but we're still talking about Easter here. Our colored-in pictures of palms, baskets of eggs, and a resurrected Jesus still grace our windows and fridge. We've talked a lot about God's power over death, and how eggs can be a symbol of new life, and the eternal life that Jesus gives us.

An added blessing this year was being joined by family. I mentioned to John as we prepared for their arrival that we hadn't had guests for Easter since Anna was a baby and John was deployed! My brother and sister-in-law and one of their daughters, Haley, made the trip up and we were thrilled they had agreed to let us keep Haley for a few days of her spring break following Easter Sunday.

We enjoyed a beautiful Sunday morning at Cadet Chapel with them. After a yummy lunch and a backyard egg hunt Uncle Ezra and Aunt Suzie had to hit the road, but the fun was just beginning for the girls.

We couldn't let a girl come so close to NYC and not show her some of its wonders. In one day we checked off Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, followed by the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building. It was an ambitious itinerary, and we were tuckered out that night, but it was all worth it. Thankfully, Joshua has gotten over his strange fear of elevators. Good thing, or we would've just paid a lot of money and stood in long lines to torture our poor little guy.

Anna was a little tired -- and sad she had to be picked up to enjoy the bird's eye view.