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*I wrote this a few days ago and then had some technical difficulties when I tried to post it.  A little late, and the tree’s not as full anymore.

We have this gorgeous flowering cherry tree in our front yard!  We planted it five and a half years ago in memory of our daughter, who was stillborn.  I love seeing it bloom in the spring and being reminded Lilly.  It’s sweet to me to have our boys that God has since given us sitting under the tree.  God so gracious and good to us.

Hilarious face on Abey!

This one’s for our moms!  Look at those curls.  Maybe he’ll have curly hair (if so, we won’t cut it too short!).

Happy guys!  It’s so beautiful outside!

I’m sure many of you don’t really care that much about seeing a picture of Charlie and me.  We are grown-ups after all, and you come here for pictures of the kids!  🙂  I was thinking about how we don’t often have pictures of the two of us anymore since we’re so busy with the kiddos, so one night I got out the camera and took a some self-portraits.  Nothing great, but we had fun and now I’ll remember what we looked like together in March ’11.

My attempt at a good picture of us.

I love my hubby! (Charlie’s arm is much longer so his picture turned out better.)

Don’t worry, here’s a baby picture for you!

*Warning:  prepare yourself for a post that is jam packed with pictures.

Sammy, Eli, Abraham and I went to the parade this past Saturday with Nana.  Unfortunately, Charlie had a funeral to perform and he had to miss out on the fun.  We were sad, but somehow managed to still enjoy the day!  We met our friends, the Kellams, downtown and the kids (Sammy especially) had fun sitting together to watch the parade.  We arrived early and Abraham made a new friend:

Well, I’m not positive Abey realized that Ronald McDonald is friendly but Sammy was happy enough.  Eli referred to him as “the clown”.

Sammy spotted these Sheriffs and wondered who was in charge.  I suggested he go ask them, to which he quickly replied, “okay!”.  He returned pretty excited about the fact that they each had a gun and a knife strapped to their legs.

Nana and the big boys having fun (note Teddy has come out…Eli’s feeling a little tired and intimidated by all the strangers).

Sammy, Elliot and Liesl watching the parade and, more importantly, ready to catch some candy.  (Aren’t Liesl’s braids adorable??)

If you can’t read the back of the car, it says This vehicle donated by a local drug dealer.  Thought that was pretty interesting.  I guess they confiscate cars from dealers and then show them off in parades.

Lisa, me and the kids…missing Charlie, of course.

We saw a lot of bagpipe players in kilts.  Very fun, but always makes me miss Grandpa Bob.

Eli crashed hard.

The kids after the parade. The people in the background are the most interesting, I think.  Eli asleep with a blanket as a sun cover.  Brenda holding Abraham.  Andrew with two hats on (his and Elliot’s).

Thanks for hanging in there for all these pictures!  We don’t often have fun plans on a Saturday so this was really fun!

Abraham is very busy these days dragging himself all over the house (much faster than crawling), pulling up on things or people’s legs, keeping up with his big bro’s, and trying to climb the stairs (he fell off them this morning!).  It’s a tough job being almost 9 months old.  As a result, this is how I found him at 10 a.m. today:

They’re so sweet when they’re fast asleep!

We have some urban pirates around here.  It’s a little confusing…they’re pirates, but also the penguins from Madagascar, but also fighting villains from Batman.  You really have to be on your toes around here!

Pirate poses, according to Sammy and Eli

Attacking the camera

Cute pirate face from Eli

Sammy’s really enjoying himself!

Aunt Carol and Uncle Harold sent a package that we received today!  Sammy has been inspecting all the super hero goodies since we opened the box.  He’s poured over the coloring books, stickers, magnets, band-aids, and even cold packs.  Here’s our recent conversation:

Sammy:  Momma, I think I have a bruise on my knee.  Does that look like a bruise?

Me:  Oh, yes.  Should you put the Spider-Man cold pack on it?

Sammy:  Yes, I think so.  (see pictures)

“I need to hold it on while I count to ten.”

Sammy tried to convince me he needed a Band-Aid after icing his knee, but I wouldn’t buy it.

Abraham got an adorable summer outfit which I, of course, put on him immediately.  It’s weird, but I love seeing my kids in new seasonal clothes.  I feel like they look so different and cute!  Abey wanted to show off his skills so here he is standing at the couch:

He has one tooth so far, and I was able to crop one picture enough for you to (hopefully) see it!  Look closely.

Then he went down.

Hey, is this Kermit on my overalls???

The best part is that Carol sent on Kermit outfit in 12 months, and one that’s 2T.  Cousin Wyatt will be wearing 12 months next summer (Brittany’s due at the end of May) and Abey will be 2T so I can’t wait for a cousin picture next year!!!  Thank you, Carol and Harold!


Eli was very proud of his creativity.

Our second son always makes us laugh!!!


Abraham looking adorable for the camera.

I like how Charlie and Abraham are kind of making the same face.  Or maybe I’m just crazy.  🙂


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