Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy 1st Heavenly Birthday to our beautiful daughter, Mattie Claire!

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Dearest Mattie,

I didn't think I could make it to this day.  I think you have been sending me the strength I needed day-by-day.  I know you are our special guardian angel now.  We should be planning the cutest little first birthday party for you.  We do have plans to celebrate you today, and I am sure the boys will help blow out your birthday candle.  Although your first year in heaven has passed, we will continue to remember you everyday and keep your memory alive for your brothers.  Today is a special day for us although it is sad too.  Your birth was as excitedly anticipated as any other in the world.  We longed to meet the little bundle of pink joy that we had already come to love.  Now, we must all await the day when we finally get to fulfill that meeting in our heavenly home.

This summer would have been such a fun one for you as we watched you learn to walk and talk and enjoy all of our fun summer activities.  You would have loved playing in the water with your brothers and splashing them I'm sure.  And how gorgeous and adorable you would have looked in your beautiful summer wardrobe.  Adorable bathing suits, summer dresses, and sandals.

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A special birthday outfit would have been a must for your party. 

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Cute pastel dresses!

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Adorable and sassy tops.
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And of course a cute pair of sandals would be a necessity.

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And a cute new bathing suit for our bathing beauty.  
We hope you will enjoy spending your special day with us as we do some special things to celebrate you!  If you ever doubt that my love for you will continue, please remember this:

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With all my heart,

Your Mommy

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Fun # 6 ~ Friday Fun Day!

Last Friday, we had a fun day together.  It involved a lot of driving for this mama.  First, we headed up to Daddy's office which is about a 30 minute drive to take him to lunch.  The boys love having lunch with Daddy.  It was a late lunch so we didn't finish and get Daddy back to work until about 2:30.  Then, we were going to head home and rest a little bit before meeting Daddy at a little event he was doing for a local church.  On the way home, Mommy decided that since she is never in this part of the city and since that part of the city has one of the only Hobby Lobby's, she thought it would be fun to stop by and let the boys pick out some crafts to do.  Of course, that little detour did cost us some of our rest time, but it was still fun.  Brody got a little nap in the car on the way home.  Daddy was doing a fun day event that night at a church a few miles south of us as part of their Vacation Bible School.  The theme was all about being rescued so they invited lots of rescue personnel, police, firemen, and Smokey Bear, to come out.  We don't like to miss an opportunity to see our pal Smokey, and we definitely don't want to miss a Friday night with our Daddy when he is "working."  Although Brody has developed a little phobia of Smokey lately, he still had a lot of fun playing in the bounce castles, blowing bubbles, and seeing firetrucks and police cars.

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The handsome little soccer players posed for a picture at lunch.

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Can't you just picture Evan being a professional soccer player one day? 

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Of course, Daddy wants him to be a hunter too. 

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Hunter in training. 

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The giant Smokey made quite a big impression.  Daddy has done a good job making his presentations look better over the years. 

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Smokey giving Evan a bear hug.

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They have been best friends for a long time. 

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A "family" picture.  Can you guess where Daddy was?

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One of Brody's first stops was the bubble station.

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He loved blowing big bubbles. 

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Evan helped Brody climb the big slide although he later did it all by himself. 

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Brody's turn.

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Someone had a blast!

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Going again.

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Brody decided to try the belly slide. 

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Brody didn't quite understand what he was supposed to do here.  He just wanted to stand under the parachute while the other kids ran through it. 

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Brother tried to show him what to do. 

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He just loved being under it. 

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Climbing that big "rock" wall was quite a feat.

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I thought he would need help from Evan, but he didn't.

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Evan came out, but Brody took his time. 

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He also took his time on the water slide while Evan ran through and was at the end before Brody even got started. 

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Still going.

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Almost to the end.  He didn't want to fall down and slide.

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A cute wet baby.

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I let him pick a sweet treat.  There were several food trucks there, including a local bakery, but he chose a Chick-fil-a chocolate chip cookie. 

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Evan wanted to shoot some hoops for a while.  

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We checked out the weather station and made little tornadoes.

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Visiting the fire truck. 

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I just love the way he is standing with his arms crossed like he is so big.

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Driving the fire truck. 

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Future fireman perhaps?

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Or will this guy be one?  He just loves to drive.

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Sweet boys

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The cutest little criminal ever!

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Evan the policeman

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Then, we switched it up so Evan could be the criminal.

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And the former criminal could drive. 

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Evan gave McGruff the crime fighting dog a hug to try to show Brody he was friendly. 

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No hugs but Brody did enjoy playing ball with him. 

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Playing catch.  

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Brody decided to climb the slide by himself while Evan was off doing something else. 

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And he did awesome!

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And was very proud.

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What a face!

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Brody playing ball in the bounce house.

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Trying to shoot hoops.

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And down Brody goes.

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Brody wanted to take this helicopter balloon home with him. 
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