Our first Camping Adventure 2010

As most of you know we enjoy camping through out the season, however we always had to shack up with others. At the end of last years season we purchased a pop-camper and we took it out for the first time this Memorial Day weekend. We stayed close to home and went to Weldon Springs. Everything worked like a charm, ( minus the frig stopped working halfway thru the weekend- but that's ok we had plenty of coolers) It was Memorial Day weekend and we were a bit worried there may not be any sites left. Especially since we weren't pulling in until Friday afternoon. There were two- and one being handicapped. So we packed in with the help of our neighbors...and Tony set up in no time! Immediately we met our "neighbors" and found that we were surrounded by kids- mainly girls. Our girls had so much fun playing with them!

They broke out squirt guns and the kids had a BLAST running around soaking each other.
Avri here getting the hang of it before she takes off....doesn't take her long!

The kids fillin up.

They had so much fun, running around and giggling.

Our camper below. A/C worked great, we have a Bathroom and a small shower that the girls used and it all worked great!

One of the trails right by our campsite led us to a little Grille that sat on a pond with paddle boats. On Saturday afternoon at a pretty hot point in the day, we took off with our girls and a few others camping next to us and headed to get some ice cream.
Take a look...think Avri enjoyed it?

The girls enjoyed coloring off and on all weekend in the camper soaking up some of the a/c on a hot weekend!


And a perfect way to end the Holiday weekend. The girls were super ready to get out the slip n slide on Monday, Memorial Day. Even though it wasn't slip n slide weather.

Avri not quite as brave as her sister ...( thats a first!)

Abi turned the big 5 last week. The morning of her birthday, Tuesday, I sat on the edge of her bed, we talked and she sat up and said "See if you can still carry me now that I am 5." So I walked her around her room- Guess she is worried the older she gets mommy wont be able to carry her. She was so glad I still could. And then she told me she still "felt 4". She was a lucky girl this year with many birthday celebrations. She had her first "friends" party on Saturday, and then the family party on Sunday. Then on Tuesday, her actual B-day, we let her choose where she wanted to eat dinner at and she chose Texas Roadhouse. Tony, Avri and I gave her all our presents.

A few snap shots taken on Sunday.

Sunday Morning, bright and early in her pj's, she decorated her own cake. Mini Betty Crocker ya know.

Later that day,

She got alot of cute stuff, and one very special blanket. Gma handmade her this blanket for her cot at school and its Abi's favorite things- purple and glittery butterflies! She loves it!

This is her within two minutes of the last person leaving for her party. And I might throw in - if it got a wrinkle in it as she layed there watching a movie she requested Tony or I straighten it up. AND Avri was not allowed to touch it. Geesh! :)

These were taken on Tuesday evening after dinner.

This is her kick board for swimming Daddy picked out.

Legos from her sissy.

More to come of her friend party at Dynamite Gymnastics- she had a blast!

Happy Mothers Day 2010

Being a mother is the best "JOB" I have ever had. I say job because it is work, but the most rewarding job in return than any other job I could have.
My family is my everything!
This Mother's Day was so special! Tony was off for one, we started the day with an awesome church service and then played around outside and then took my Mom and Dad to dinner at Texas Roadhouse.

Tony and the girls surprised me with a mothers ring,with the girls birthstones. I love it!

random cuteness....

Abi is always writing....

Avri trying out her sissy's big girl bed. I think its getting time for her to have one- she sure likes it. Abi is reading her a story.

Last couple weeks Avri's favorite thing has been Abi's lip gloss bucket. Its kept in the kitchen and its full of different flavors, glosses etc. You can always find Avri playing in it while I'm cooking dinner. Here is how our second princess looks every night- think she may need some make-up pointers :)

The Prettiest Dancing Lion!

Abi has been taking dance lessons, by Decatur Park District Dance and she recently had her FIRST Dance recital. Here we are before we left for her recital. I cant tell you how proud and worried ( afraid she would get stage fright!) I was for her. She did great the "rehearsal"night, however lights were on, music wasn't loud AND there were just a handful of moms in the seats at the Decatur Civic Center. Dance recital day- the lights were out, music loud and not an empty seat! OUR little lion danced her heart out! I have to admit, my eyes were filled with tears watching Abi perform on stage- HAPPY tears, ( yes, I know I'm an emotional mommy) but I cant tell you how proud I was of her!!

Waiting for time to leave....

Abi and Sharon.

This would be Avri when we got home. I went back and forth on whether to take Avri to the dance recital. I knew I didn't want her to miss her Sisters big debut, however I was worried how well a 2 yr old could sit still through a lengthy recital, not to mention it was DURING nap time! Well, Both my girls came through this day! Avri was GREAT! She sat still taking turns on our laps, but watched and enjoyed the entire 2 hour recital! As each group came out, she looked for her sister.
But it obviously wore her out watching all that dancing- she crashed!
Abi the next day with the flowers she rec'd from Mommy and Daddy and Gma. SO Beautiful! I love you sweetheart!