Happy Easter (a few days late)!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! The weather was BEAUTIFUL here in Virginia! After celebrating our risen Savior at church, we went on a family picnic.  The kids had fun fishing (even catching a few using JELLY BEANS for bait!), playing ball, and the younger ones enjoyed an egg hunt.  

I love making memories like these and am thankful beyond belief for my family and the time we get to share together!

Happy 12th Birthday Ryan!

Ryan’s birthday was Tuesday and we surprised him with an overnight trip to VA Beach (Justin had a free night with Marriott 🙂 ).  We also had a small family party tonight with cake and ice-cream. Here are some pics of our week:

 (Don’t be alarmed at Brook’s pictures….she was “enjoying” her first taste of ice cream – LOL!)

Happy Birthday Ryan – we love you!  Next year we will be the parents of TWO teenagers!!!

2014 Egg Hunt #2

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I am LOVING this beautiful spring weather! This afternoon the boys and I went to my parents’ house to celebrate Easter and my dad’s birthday. The kids were so excited to hunt for eggs! Brendan even agreed to “play along” since it was just family 🙂 …I don’t think you’re ever to old to have fun!  I’m very thankful for my family and for the wonderful memories that we are creating together –  thank you Grammy and Pappy for being fantastic grandparents – we love you!!!

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Happy Birthday Brendan!

Look who's 14 !!!

Look who’s 14 !!!

Getting ready for his birthday dinner.

Getting ready for his birthday dinner.

Brendan's favorite meal: steak and sweet potato.

Brendan’s favorite meal: steak and a sweet potato.

Plus some sweet tea :) !

Plus some sweet tea 🙂 !

What is it B ?

What is it “B” ?

Seriously???

Seriously???

Dad says, "Welcome to manhood!"

Dad says, “Welcome to manhood!”

This is the perfect shirt for you buddy!

This is the perfect shirt for you buddy!

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Really???

Really???

Brendan's main gift will be here in a few days.  I'd explain it, if only I knew what it was - LOL!  Something to do with computers...right up his alley!

Brendan’s main gift will be here in a few days. I’d explain it, if only I knew what it was – LOL! Something to do with computers…right up his alley!

Lighting his own candles.

Lighting his own candles.

The ice-cream cake Brendan requested!

The ice-cream cake Brendan requested!

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

We hope you had a great day Brendan!

We hope you had a great day Brendan – we love you and are so proud of the amazing young man you are becoming!