Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Playing Catch-up

It has been a while since I have been able to update this blog, with the birth of a new son, Christmas, and birthdays all jammed into a time frame of little over a month we've been a tad bit busy!
So, with out any further delays, let me introduce you to our newest addition:
Ethan Pierce Snowden
November 30, 2009
7 pounds 15 ounces
20 inches long
Ethan has just turned 1 month old and he is growing like a weed! Newborns are so sweet and on top of that, they give me even more opportunity to photograph my favorite subjects!
December was a very busy month for us! Ethan was born on the last day of November and the first weekend in December is Christmas on the River. We had promised that we would take Mackenlee to the Children's parade that Saturday afternoon, so we loaded up and drove to a friends house where we could keep Ethan inside and away from the cold air and Mackenlee and Logan could watch the parade. Logan was thrilled beyond measure because pretty much every float was pulled by a John Deere "tact tor".
The middle of December marked Mackenlee's cousin, Molly Katherine's, 4th birthday and Mackenlee's WEE School Christmas program. The kids had a great time at the carousel birthday party and Mackenlee sang beautifully in her program. She really loves being on stage. This might be scary later on!

On Christmas Eve, my parents drove over and we had an early dinner and opened presents. We were on a time schedule due to the weather and my parents ended up driving home in 40 mph winds and heavy rain. We were thankful that they got to come over and spend Christmas eve with us. We spent our first Christmas together in our new home and it was wonderful! Outside of the migraine that I battled all day, it was so much fun to see the expressions on our children's faces when they woke up to find that Santa had come. Logan was shy but very curious when he saw that Santa had brought him a wonderful train table and Mackenlee just dove right in and started playing with her Barbie towne home. These kids must have been really good this year! After we opened presents, we loaded up the car and headed to Meridian to eat lunch with Brian's parents. After lunch and presents, the kids spent the rest of the cold afternoon outside playing with snap n pops, something that has become a tradition on Christmas day.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and a happy new year. I hope that 2010 brings you many blessings!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Duck. Duck, Duck...

I had promised Mackenlee that if she took her nap today that after dinner, we would walk down to the little duck pond to feed the ducks. Well, as you can see, she did take her nap and we had a great time feeding the ducks. They gobbled up half a loaf of bread as fast as we could give it to them! They definitely know how to mooch off of little kids. They acted like they haven't been fed in weeks! (Which I am almost positive is NOT the case!) Mackenlee and Logan had a great time. Logan watched from his little Cozy Coup. I wouldn't let him get out because his face is about beak level with some of the ducks and I wasn't sure how aggressive they were. They seemed pretty tame and Logan really loved watching them but that is no suprise since he loves animals so much. He even hollared out "Duc" in excitement when they were coming over toward him. Brian and Daisy went with us on the walk, but Daisy had to stay away because the ducks are not dumb. They recognize a bird dog when they see one...or any dog for that matter!
Mackenlee feeding the ducks
Logan watching from his car
watching a duck get a piece of bread out of the street
He wanted out soooo bad!!
Mackenlee walking with the ducks back to the pond
waving "bye" to the ducks. All the bread is gone.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

While the Cat's away....

apparently my little mouse sleeps all day!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Lots of pink...

We went outside yesterday to run around old houses and play on gravel roads while wearing a lot of pink! I thought you might enjoy some pictures from our little "escape".

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Model Behavior

Mackenlee now has these adorable crocheted hats that she absolutely loves! She wears the pink one all day every day and if I would let her sleep in it, she would! I snapped some pictures of her wearing it this morning. She was very happy to model her new hat and her new dress. I think she is the cutest 3 year old I have ever laid eyes on. Don't you agree?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Splashing Time!

Me and the kids drove over to Clarko State Park yesterday to try to beat the heat! We had a great time playing on the wonderful splash pad! There were no other kids there to play with but my 2 didn't mind! We are guessing everyone else was in school. After about 2 hours of running and splashing we decided it was time to head home and play with daddy. Of course, they slept all the way home!

Monday, August 10, 2009

sneaking away!

We finally closed on our old home on Friday! We were so excited to have finally gotten that burden lifted off of us that we loaded up the car and headed to Birmingham for a quick over night trip. We thought it was perfect timing since this past weekend was Alabama's tax free weekend for clothes and school supplies. So we quickly loaded up the car and got to Birmingham just in time to go eat at Logan's and then check into the hotel and go for a swim. The kids had a great time swimming in the pool Friday night and Saturday morning. I brought my camera with me but I managed to only get it out once and it was specifically to get a picture of Logan's mohawk that he sported all day Saturday. No matter how hard we tried, we couldn't get it to lay down, so we embraced the mohawk and let him wear it all day. At least he looked like he had hair!
Sunday started with a great morning of worship and ended with a great time at the FUMC movie night. We watched Minnisota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella and ate pizza and had a great time all around. It was a great way to spend mine and Brian's 6th wedding anniversary.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

get-a-way day!

This past Saturday was spent in Montgomery, AL visiting the zoo and the city splash pad. We had to get away and spend some time with just our family, outside the 4 walls of our house. With 3 weeks of moving, tending to sick babies, and being sick ourselves, we needed a break from the everyday routine. So we packed up a cooler, loaded up the car and headed to Montgomery for a day at the zoo. Once we arrived, we went inside and found a nice picnic area and ate our delicious lunch that we had packed. It is so great that the Montgomery Zoo allows you to bring food inside and you don't have to purchase the expensive meals that they have at the cafe'. We spent about 2 hours at the zoo, walking around and then playing on the nice playground that they have. When we got back to the car, we noticed it was still a little early and we had time to go one other place. I had discovered on the internet that the Montgomery Riverwalk has a brand new splash pad...and it was only 5 minutes away from the zoo! So we drove over to the Alabama River and found the splash pad. The kids had a great time cooling off. Mackenlee found twin boys to chase around and she had a great time! Logan loved the water spashing up from out of the ground. It would about knock him down and he loved every minute of it! I have told Brian over and over that I believe that a splash pad would make a great addition to the Demopolis Riverwalk. They are such a great place to take the kids!
Mackenlee admiring the giraffes
Brian and Logan taking a break from walking
Mackenlee playing in the mist machine at the zoo

Moving Day!

With a new baby coming in December, we figured it was time to buy a new house since we were nearly busting at the seams of our other house. We were so lucky that we didn't have to search long before we found a house that we knew would work for us. God was so great to us by providing a buyer for our other house pretty much as soon as we found our new house. We will close on that contract by the 14th of August! A BIG thank you to Matt and Meredith and my mom and dad for coming over to help us move our furniture. You were such a big help and we couldn't have done it without you! The kids had a great time playing outside in the pool and the beach ball sprinkler. It was a great way to cool off on such a HOT day! We are now mostly settled in. We have a lot of renovations to do downstairs but the kids are now settled in their rooms and sleeping well at night! We love our new neighborhood and once it stops raining and the days are soooo hot, I will enjoy walking around the neighborhood with the kids. Walking outside in this heat while pregnant is not fun! So sorry that there isn't any pictures with this post. I guess I didn't take any, which is very suprising! Apparently my camera is not glued to my eye, like Brian thinks!

Monday, July 27, 2009

4th of July!

The 4th of July was a great weekend! It began on Friday when we had 2 of my dad's siblings over for dinner. My dad cooked ribs and they were awesome! We had a great time visiting with everyone. Saturday added even more fun when my grandmother came over, and my dad's other sister came over. That evening Brian's parents, grandparents and Matt and his family came over for catfish, fries and fireworks. The kids had a great time fishing and swimming in the lake. After we had eaten all we could, we went outside to watch the AWESOME fireworks show that my dad, Brian and Matt put on for us. They were beautiful and riveled any fireworks show that Meridian POPS concert or Demopolis fireworks show! We were all very impressed!

Molly, Mackenlee and Logan with Mumzie watching some of the louder fireworks from inside

Logan wanted to sit on the jetski after watching his sister ride it
Matt and Meredith with their children
Mackenlee's 4th of July picture...3 1/2 years old
Logan and Mackenlee (Logan 14 1/2 months, Mackenlee 3 1/2 years)
Logan in the hammock
Logan's 4th of July picture
sitting in Poppa's golf cart