Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Reese's 3rd Birthday

We went to Abilene to celebrate Reese's 3rd birthday, Graham's 1st birthday and to be with all of our family on the 4th of July. Abilene had their big fireworks show on July 3rd, so Matthew finally got to be with us to watch fireworks before he took off to New Orleans with the youth group. We celebrated Reese's birthday on the 4th with hamburgers, homemade ice cream, swimming, and tons of presents. Her favorite presents were the swimming mermaid doll, Barbies, wedding dress up clothes, mermaid cup and all of the art supplies. 

Will did a really good job helping and Reese did a good job sharing.

On her actual birthday, Matthew was already gone, so I took the kids out to get frozen yogurt. 

Get ready for photo overload....I could not pair it down. There are just too many pretty photos. 

Favorite Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Favorite Breakfast Food: Cheerios

Favorite Fruit: Strawberries

Favorite TV Show: Ninja Turtles

Favorite Movie: The Little Mermaid

Best Friend: Aunt Kiki

Favorite Toy: Barbies

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: Doctor

What I Like To Do: Play with toys

Favorite Toy from my Birthday: Belle Barbie

Where I Like To Go: Zoo

Scared Of: Bears

Favorite Animal: Flamingo

Favorite Color: Pink

Dear Reese, we love you so much. I am just mesmerized by you. You are so full of life, energy, and joy. You love to sing and dance. You are so funny and have a smart sense of humor. You love to pretend to be a family with Will. You are a wonderful mother to your babies, which makes me believe that you will make a great mom someday. You are an adventurous eater, and you have the most expressive eyes I have ever seen. You are gorgeous. I love the gray/greenish color of your eyes, and you amazingly perfect curly/crazy hair. I love when you wake up in the morning and your hair is all over the place. Right now, you are definitely a momma's girl. I love all of our cuddles and kisses. I love rocking you when you wake up from a long nap. I pray that God will bless you with Christian friends who will love you, a Christian spouse who will love and take care of you, and that God will transform you into a servant who will bring Him glory. We love you so much! 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Africa 2016 Part 2 of 2

We were so blessed to take a 3 day safari into the Serengeti and down into the Ngorongoro Crater while we were in Africa. We saw every type of animal that we wanted to see! Lions, elephants, cheetahs, a leopard, the black rhino, zebras, the great migration of wildebeests, tons of gazelle, flamingos, giraffes, and ostrich. 

Monkeys on the side of the road before we even left town. 

Ngorongoro Crater: Created by a volcano, super cold & windy

Entering the Serengeti ("The endless plain")

I loved these acacia trees! 

These beautiful birds were everywhere! 

Can you find the cub?

The coolest thing we got to see was a mama cheetah super close with her 4 cubs. 

60+ hippos in this one pond.

The lions were too close for my comfort.

The rest of the amazing photos were shot by Grace Mahaffey....

The Great Migration

FYI...baby cheetah cubs chirp like birds. Did not know.