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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Where mundane touches sacred

Thought this was a great encouragement for Moms from a blog I enjoy reading!


Hope it encouraged you too!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Rock Ranch 2011

Yesterday we spent the day at The Rock Ranch with friends and family.  We have never been to The Rock Ranch before so it was all new to us!  There's SO much for the kids to do here, and it's fun for the "grown-ups" too.  It's owned by Truett Cathy, which says it all!  

The Rock Ranch Mission:
The mission of The Rock Ranch is to use all the resources entrusted to us by God to cultivate positive life memories in a safe agricultural environment that fosters fun, education and growth.

Here are some pics from our day!

Walker flying high with Aaron - there's Addison on the ground waiting for her turn!
Here's my mom and Dana's mom on the zip line - they are wild women!
We took the double stroller - that thing is a lifesaver with all these little people running around
Goo-Goo and Andoo - or Rachel and Andrew - what a cute couple!
Me, Walker and Marlee the Owl.  Her hat came from this etsy shop.  It fits just perfect and was a great deal  Check out her shop when you get a chance.
Lolli and Walker
The whole Zakeri clan - this is about as close as we can get to all looking at the camera
Mr. Blue eyes himself
Lolli and Dana's brother Seth in Tiny Town
Here's our bonfire site.  We brought food for lunch and then roasted hot dogs and s'mores for dinner.  It was SO nice having a fire to return to during the day.  I LOVE the smell of a fire especially on a nice crisp day!
Aaron guarding the sign...very serious he is
a little 6th Anniversary smooch...don't tell the kids
Terri, Dana, Me and my mom.  My mom and Terri have known each other since they were teenagers and Dana and I were womb buddies!  I would say we all qualify as lifelong friends!
Dana has 3 little girls and is expecting their first little boy in April!  Bless his heart!
Me and my precious Moma.  She's the best!
Walker and Dana's dad.  He and Walker instant instant buddies.
Dana's 3 girls.  4, 3 and almost 2
Marlee sticking her tongue out at the paparazzi!
Daddy and his little owl
Walker and one of his ladies, Taylor
Dana and Matthew our long-lost McDonough friends
The Rock Ranch at sunset
Our blazing bonfire - there's Matthew and the girls roasting marshmallows in the background

If you and your family ever get a chance to make it to The Rock Ranch, it's totally worth the trip.  I think it's an affordable place to spend the day and supports a wonderful family business.  There's a ton to do, it's super-clean and there's plenty of beautiful scenery.  We had a great time and would love to make it a Fall Family Tradition!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Walker Monroe - Full of Life!

Walker and I played outside earlier this week while Marlee napped.  The weather has been SO mild, so we are soaking up as much as we can.  It also helps him burn off some of that 2-year-old energy that he seems to have an abundance of!  

We played his version of baseball, ran in circles in the back yard, then took a break for a mini photo shoot.  He didn't last long, just long enough for these little shots.  None of these photos have been edited - that's why I love them so much!

 Reaching high
 Examining a leaf
 Just keeping it real.  
 Love my babies in white!
 Those eyes!  
 Such a handsome little man - full of life!
 Sweet smile rolling in the leaves
 Throwing the leaves up
 Letting them fall!
What a blessing you are to me, Walker Monroe!

It's hard to believe how fast he's growing and changing.  Talking so much, making me laugh constantly, proving to be a wonderful big brother, showing compassion to others, pushing my buttons, and stealing my heart all the while.

He's been taking himself to the potty lately - he will come running through the house announcing that he's made a "big doo-doo and a yittle one too"  His excitement isn't limited to the house - he also likes to announce his pottying in all public places as well, and ask others if they have "tee-tee in pants"  I'm so proud of him for doing so well potty training, and so thankful to not have 2 in diapers!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

6th Anniversary St. Simons Island

This year in celebration of our 6th Anniversary we headed to St. Simons, GA.  My dear college friend Rachael was getting married also so we were able to celebrate with friends! 

It was a little cooler than we anticipated, but we had a lot of fun visiting the sites on Saturday.
 Aaron was VERY excited to visit the Lighthouse - as you can see!
 World's largest magnifying glass apparently!
 Like my "big smile"
 Check-out that ear!!

 Brooke was testing out her new fancy camera - she'll be a professional in no-time!
 Here we are in front of the Lighthouse and Museum
 Marlee Grace while she wasn't crying!
 Nice light
 Nice Lighthouse!
 St. Simons Shore
 Old-Fashioned Bottle Warmer
 Aunt Brooke keeping Marlee warm
 Modern-Day Bottle cooler
 Raw Oysters, no thank you!  There's Brooke's husband, Cory (pr his right arm anyways) somehow I have no pictures of him - but we were thankful to spend time with him too!!
 Marlee stretching our for a bit at the wedding.  She was SO good for us!
 On our way home we stopped off in Savannah for some sites and food...of course, more food!
 Savannah candy kitchen
And here's 3/4 of our family,  Walker stayed with my mom and had a blast riding 4-wheelers, eating corn-dogs and doing all things boy!