We just got back from the beach Saturday evening. It’s good to be home but we all miss the beach. We had such a great time. I have a ton of pictures to go through!
Today we went over to Eric’s grandmother’s house to celebrate her birthday. Her birthday was the 23rd. She was born on the first day of fall. In case you are wondering Eric’s grandmother’s name is Emma but everyone calls her Maa. She is a very precious lady and we are all crazy about her.
Happy birthday Maa! We love you!
Ava is at the age where she is into everything! I took a couple of pictures the other day of some of her doozies. These were all on the same day and I’m sure I could have taken more, but I was too busy cleaning up messes!
First she thought she’d “try on” Mommy’s lipstick.
Then she moved onto the kitchen to see what kind of damage she could do in there.
Then she thought she’d try a little gardening.
She helped me reorganize under the sink in the bathroom.
We had to move the trash can into the pantry because we started finding random things in there. We recovered a baby doll, a drum stick, and some magnets. Who knows what we threw away without knowing.
This is why my house is NEVER clean and if it is, it lasts for two minutes.
I guess it’s a good thing she is so cute!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years since that terrible day. We all remember exactly where we were when we heard the news. I was in my first full day of class in the esthetics program at Tennessee School of Beauty. Our instructor had just started teaching us some basic facial techniques. We partnered up and I got to be on the receiving end first. I was laying there with cleanser all over my face when another instructor walked in and asked if anyone had family in New York City. We listened to everything on the radio. I remember how terrified I was when I heard that another plane hit. It was then that the whole world realized that this was not an accident. When the plane hit the pentagon we had the sickening feeling of . . . what next?
I called Eric. He was working as a police officer at the time and was a part time student at UT. He was heading to class when he heard the events unfold on the radio. He was immediately called into work. He worked a lot of 12 hour shifts for the next few weeks. I remember feeling worried about him going into work. I knew so many fire fighters and police officers had been killed that day.
This day changed our country forever.
I visited the World Trade Center when I was about 13. It was the summer of 1993 after the first attacks on the buildings in Feb. 1993. We were able to go to the observation deck on the top of the South tower. I remember being so amazed at how beautiful the view was!
I had several nightmares after 9-11 that I was on the observation deck when the plane hit the building.
I can’t imagine the pain of the families of those that lost their lives. Families who lost sons, daughters, fathers and mothers. I pray for all of those people today.
We will never forget.
In you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
This afternoon Reagan Christian Academy had it’s first field trip to the Fruit and Berry Patch in Halls. We took a wagon ride to the corn maze.
We stopped along the way so that all of the kids could feed the goats and sheep.
Ava was really excited to see the goats!
After we went through the corn maze, we got to pick apples!
There had five different types of apples. We tried to get one of each kind.
They loved it!
Ava couldn’t wait to try one.
We got to try some fresh apple cider. It was delicious.
The kids got coloring books. ( Wesley was annoyed that I made him pose with a coloring book.)
By the time we got home, Emma and Ava were suffering from apple hangovers.
It was an great field trip.
Yesterday Emma had her first professional haircut. I have trimmed her hair several times, and then there’s the time that she and her best friend Elliott decided to “trim” each others hair. ( I still shudder when I think about how bad that could have been.) I decided she needed a professional to even it out a little. I forgot my camera yesterday, so I took some of her this morning before MDO.
Isn’t she an amazing poser?!
I curled it a little.
Here it is from the back. I can’t believe how thick it is getting!
Yesterday we also got new shoes. Emma is supposed to wear tennis shoes to school and she didn’t have any. We found some that will look cute with dresses, since that’s pretty much all she wears.
Ava got a matching pair.
My poor girls have big feet like their Mommy.
But, they sure are adorable!
Saturday, we went to my Uncle Andy and Aunt Brenda’s house to eat and visit with family. It was such a fun day! My Dad and all of his siblings were together and that doesn’t happen very often.
We were all dressed in our orange and white for the game. Wesley left early for the lake with my Dad so they could do some kayaking. I took some pictures of the girls before we left.
The cutest UT cheerleaders ever!
While we were there, Ava fell in love with this little piano. I think we might have to add this to her Christmas list.
The girls playing “Rocky Top”.
We took a ride on my Uncle Andy’s boat.
Emma and Delaney “driving” the boat.
Cooling off with the kids.
It was such a fun day!