Monday, August 27, 2012

Gulf Shores 2012

In July, we took our annual family vacation with the Pooles to Gulf Shores, Alabama!!  It's always such a fun time... with SUCH good food!!  :)  I took most of my pictures on Wade's phone, so I'll have to e-mail those to myself eventually... but here are few I caught with my camera!!

Bubble bath time with Savannah, Brother, and Abigail!!

Loving the beach for the first time in her life!  Haa!

Brother looooved the water!!  He is definitely a pool boy.  Haaa, get it??  :)

Sister was working hard!

Adventuring out into the water...

And then Daddy Shark appeared!!!

So sweet.

Wade took me on a ferris wheel ride at sunset!!!  It was sooo fun (and even more hilarious to watch Wade get scared when I started rocking our seat.  Hahaa!!)

Our first ferris wheel ride together!!

All the cousins who came to play::
Abigail, Benjamin, Andrew, Matthew, Ashley, and Savannah!

My little Andrew Paul!

After a week together, the kids were very sad to say goodbye!

No trip to the beach is complete without a little Lambert's.  :)

I love my Poole family!! We had such a good week together and Wade and I enjoyed getting to go on quite a few dates alone, which NEVER happens!  It was such a treat and we so look forward to our return trip!  :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Landry Faith Knotts

We have had an incredible amount of friends get pregnant this year and I am OVER THE MOON excited!!!!!!!!  I love this stage of life where we have all seen each other fall in love, get married, get settled...  and are now starting to begin families!
Our precious neighbors/cousins/friends, Casey and Alan, found out the gender of their baby and then had a precious gender reveal party to announce to their friends and family what Baby Knotts was going to be!!!

Will it be pink??  Or will it be blue??

Pink and blue cookies...
where one of them has been filled with either pink OR blue icing!!

The spread!!

Brother trying to figure out if his cookie is the one to spill the beans!

Playing the right and left game!!  Who will end up with the RIGHT cookie???
(Actually, KARA did!!  The pregnant lady in the orange shirt!  Pregnant momma's unite!)  :)

The precious parents, who are having a GIRL, with Casey's sister!

We are soooo happy for our sweet friends and absolutely cannot wait to meet our newest little friend, Miss Landry Faith!  Landry, you are prayed for, appreciated, and loved already.  You have the sweetest parents and I can't wait for all our parties/sleepovers/walks down the neighborhood!  You are such a little miracle and knowing you is going to be such a blessing.  It will be like looking at God's very own fingerprint.  You are so precious and we love you!!!!!!!

Summer Lovin'

Summer + Babies = ADVENTURES!!!!
Summer 2012 has been filled with lots of time playing in the hose at our new house (YAYYY! Finally, the kids can play in their own backyard!!), growing our summer garden (remember those baby pictures a few posts back??  Wait until you see what it looked like in full bloom!), and trips to Alexandria to see our favorite Uncle Nathan hard at work at the Loisiana Safety Expo!

Here are a few of my favorite things! 
Blasting Brother with the water!  Haa!

Frozen yogurt on my chinny-chin-chin!

Watering the garden with her new elephant watering can!  :)

Ahhhhh!!!!  This is our zucchini!!!  It grew from a seed!!!
This was soooo exciting!!!

Our baby watermelon patch... that quickly took over the whole garden!  Ha!

Squash and zucchinis!!
Or as Van calls it, "Squash and bikinis."

Our very first harvest!!  :))))
And it was the best dang zucchini we had ever tasted!!!  :)))

Uncle Nathan worked the Safety Expo and we spent a day with him and playing with all the fun safety equipment.  (I like to be friends with the State Police.. And by the amount of times they pull me over, it seems they are working really hard to be my friend, too.) ;)
Cutie little Rylie!

Ireland came to play!

Beautiful Callie!!

Sweet Sadie!!

Sneaky Savannah!

Adorable Andrew!

Board meeting with the little sargeants.

State Police Chopper! 
I sure could use this thing every now and then when I need to make those trips to Shreveport to visit my daughter-in-law!!!  :)

They look half excited and half petrified.  Hahaaa!

Wouldn't you feel so much better if you saw these 4 beauties coming to your rescue??

You know what I've noticed??  I've talked a lot about loving being a stay at home mom for all the big moments that I get to be a part of...  the first words, first steps, first time sleeping in a big bed... all the major accomplishments.  What I've come to recognize this summer is that I love being a stay at home mom for the smaller achievements.  They are just as important and just as cherished as those big moments...  and maybe even a tad bit sweeter because they are such bright moments during the daily grind.  I get to watch Andrew dance in my dirt piles after I'm finished sweeping.  I get to see him become so proud of himself when he throws something away or when he splashes in the tub and the water sprays into his face...  the huge smile and the round of applause he gives himself are priceless moments. I get to watch Van become a little woman, helping me water the garden or snuggling with Brother in the mornings or telling me how she will take good care of him when Wade and I aren't there.  She loves to help me cook, she loves to help me clean, she loves to talk and have real-life conversations with me about her day, about Jesus, about my friends, about her friends.  The relationship I have with my children is something I wouldn't trade for any dream house, any new car, any high-dollar pay check.  How could I trade something of eternal value for something so trivial, so minute??  It's not always smiles and giggles, but it is ALWAYS love and loyalty, friendship and trust.  Those daily achievements, those little things...  it's a big part of why I'm a stay at home mom. 

The New Poole House!

Wade's family recently bought a condo up at Toledo Bend and y'all!  It is so cute, so comfy, and so fun to have a quick get-away that's under 2 hours away! The first time we visited was right around our 4th wedding anniversary, June 14!  Wade and I had a romantic night of spicy crawfish and fried pickles, followed by a weekend of boating on the lake...  It was an absolute blast and I can't wait for you all to come with us!!!!!!

Fant's Crawfish.  Best.thing.ever

The cutie little condo!

One of the 5 porches.  And I'm not kidding!  Haa!

Ready for their campout!

Heading out on a tour!

Love family vacations!
(Especially when they are free!)  :)

Meet Freddie the Fox who greets everyone as they ride around the camp site!
Seriously!  We see him everytime!  Savan is obsessed!  :)

Did I mention there is a golf course??  Beautiful!!

The poooooooool!

Pooles Rule.
Yes. Yes they do.  ;)

Pool House!  This is where I stayed most of the time with a book...
In the shade. 

This is screaming, "JENNNNN!!!"

I am so my mom.  I love the landscaping!!!

View from the condo!!

Beautiful Husband invited me to go on a hike with him!!! 

How cute and quaint is this??

Picture. Perfect.

As fun as this looks, it was actually swarming with wasps.

Scenery on our walk!

Entrance to the Prayer Garden!

There are rocks with Scripture verses engraved on them all throughout the Prayer Garden!

An old fountain in the center of the garden!
So pretty!!!

Posing with the angels...


I found my favorite verse!!

Mom thinks this is what heaven will smell like...  Gardenias!

Somebody is building a house there
and this is their back porch...

...and this is their view!

Love adventures with my bear!

Food.  Duh.
Wade's Club Sandwich!

My Southwestern Salad!  Phenomenal!

On our way out...
Who even knew this gorgeous place was in LA???

We can't wait to go back and bring all of you with us!!  Seriously, it was so fun and there is tons of room for everyone!!  Let's pick a weekend and go!  :)

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.