Thursday, March 29, 2012


I think we had the most, fun, beach trip ever last weekend. We left for Oak Island after preschool on Thursday and got home at bedtime Sunday night. We went to the beach as soon as we got their Thursday and the girls were so excited. We then went back twice Friday and Saturday and again on Sunday morning. We had breakfast at the house and then ate lunch and dinner at all of the local restaurants. We didn't even leave the island. We played at the park. I got to ride the bike a few days around the island. Jovie took her naps after lunch at the house or on the beach. Haven explored for treasure and actually found a few. Jovie ate enough sand to fill a sand box. Jeremy and I just took it all in and realized we probably had the best possible weather for a beach trip. The temperature was perfect, the water wasn't too cold, and sun was shining nonstop. We are so blessed to have a wonderful place to stay at the beach.

Haven getting ready for action.

Jovie and Daddy spotting the waves.

The girls in their new suits.

Jovie realizing that this is going to be fun!

Haven and Daddy

Jovie crawled as fast as she could to the water.

Digging a pool.

Enjoying this easy life!

Haven flying the kite for the first time. She was so excited!

Jovie turned 13 months!

Haven's dead crab friend, Laney.

A beautiful but weird snail-like creature that we found.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

We'll miss you Uncle John

Uncle John and Jovie at Thanksgiving

Jeremy's uncle John passed away last week. He loved our girls and we loved him. We'll miss seeing him at holidays and getting funny messages/packages from him. I know our girls probably won't remember him and that makes me sad, but we do have a few good pictures of him that we can show them. Until we see you again, we will miss you UJ!

Uncle John and Patty

Uncle John, Maya, Jovie, and Jeremy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sweet Jovie

Jovial: cheerful and friendly

The name, Jovie, fits our girl perfectly. My sister, Wendy, took some pictures of her a few weeks ago. Aren't they precious?

The big kids, Pop, and Grammy filled bird feeders while wearing bike helmets while we were taking pictures. funny

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Around our house

main view when you walk in the the door

Our bonus room is complete. Well, except for a little more work done to the main door, it is complete. It took a really long time, but we have already enjoyed it so much. Jeremy got his drums set up, Haven has played a few rounds of Candyland, and we have all enjoyed the beautiful music coming through the surround sound. The wall color is a gray/green/blueish color that is just perfect. The carpet is a caramel/brown. Not that we needed another place for toys, but we have really enjoyed playing in there. I am trying to change the location of toys and also putting away a lot of them, so we can rotate them.

this door leads to the new attic space

toy central

comfy couch from ikea

I made this "Love God, Love Others" wall hanging out of branches from our neighbor's yard and watercolor paintings from my little artist, Haven. I want us to focus on those two things this year.

Jovie isn't walking on her own yet, but she is getting around the house so fast. She crawls and cruises around. She loves playing with this toy.

Yesterday was such a lovely day. Jeremy worked at home and the weather was absolutely perfect. Haven and I made a little garden under the playhouse. I have seen the cute little fairy gardens featured here and there, so I thought we would start our own little "found objects" garden. So far we have a mulch garden, little houses made out of the flower pots, and a brick tower. We planted two pansies and we will probably add a vegetable plant or more flowers in late April. We had so much fun making it and then playing in the yard.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Clean, Shiny Teeth

Jeremy's mom, Meems, cleaned Haven's teeth for the first time Friday. Haven went to the dentist with me last time and she seemed to enjoy it. Meems and Peeps said she did a great job and was the perfect patient. She is always really good at any type of doctor appointments, even the chiropractor, but sitting still for a teeth cleaning is a pretty big deal. I am so proud of her. Her teeth looks so white and shiny. She was really excited about the treats she got for doing a good job.