Thursday, July 29, 2010

The 18 years of Emily – video.






I had some trouble with making this video, not just the tears I shed or the pain staking ordering pictures with no dates, but the software I was using kept crashing. This is the completed video that is not as perfect as I the one I had intended. Maybe I will go back and make the changes that were supposed to be there someday. This video is about 10 minutes long. There were so many pictures I could not leave out… and so many that I did to make this manageable. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy 18th Birthday Emily!

Today is Emily’s 18th Birthday. It is so hard to believe how much time has passed since I first held my sweet baby girl in my arms.

Reflecting on the day she was born:

Labor had to be induced because she was 12 days late. She arrived after just 5 easy hours of labor completely natural. A perfectly healthy 7 pound 5 ounce baby girl at 2:10 pm. She was (barely) 19 inches long. With a beautiful perfect round head. ( all of my nurses in post partum kept telling me she looked like a c-section baby).  I had never been happier in my life since I had her.

Thank you Emily for inspiring my life and being the perfect daughter any mother could ever ask for.







Since we are on vacation I will be posting pictures later.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

We spent part of this weekend celebrating Mark’s Father’s 65th Birthday!




Here grandpa is with Sofia and Maddie and Parker.

Of course the boys never cooperate. Alex and Joey refused to cooperate to be in the picture and poor nap deprived Parker was done for the day! Emily is excused because she was working.

The little ones are getting some Skills.


Sofia in the background…. is really becoming quite the swimmer.


Joey getting ready to show off some of his own skills.

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Happier Moments of Parker with his Daddy.

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Our July 4th Weekend

Happy Independence Day Everyone! This is how we spent our weekend.

On Saturday we went to Mark’s Uncle’s for a party in Abingdon.



Mark and Maddie with her Firecracker crown we made.


Maddie holding cousin Parker.

IMG_6683I just love this little face even though he is SUPER ROTTEN!


Amy and I at Uncle Mark’s.


Mark holding Joey and Parker.


Joey and Sofia. Sofia always has to have a silly face when taking her picture. Hmm I wonder where she gets that from?!


On July 4th we spent the day at my parents then went to the Carroll County Farm Museum for Fireworks! I didn’t take a ton of pictures that day but here are a few good ones I did take.


My beautiful Mother who will never look at the camera.

( I know I am going to get yelled at for putting this picture up!  Say a prayer for me :) )


Beautiful Sofia. This was taken at the fireworks. She has the most gorgeous eyes!


Jenny and Aunt Ebby waiting for the fireworks to begin!

As usual I have no pictures of Emily or Alex because they won’t let me photograph them. UGH. Emily only likes pictures she takes of herself. Teenagers! That is all I will say :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

River Valley Ranch

Last weekend we spent our Saturday at River Valley Ranch in Manchester, MD. ( for Summer Saturdays at the Ranch. The last Saturday in June is the kickoff weekend with the best fireworks display around. This year both Joey and Sofia enjoyed the fireworks and were not scared at all.

Below are a few pictures from the Rodeo they have at 4pm. The Rodeo are all of the teenagers that spent the week at the Ranch for camp. 



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On Sunday Mark and the kids and I went to Mark’s parents to swim and visit. Here are a few pics from our visit.


IMG_6639Cousin:  PARKER

9 1/2 months


IMG_6641 Water logged Joey