Sunday, May 25, 2014

Gracie can walk!

Grace took her first steps a couple weeks ago, at about fourteen and a half months!  She still prefers to crawl, but she is practicing her walking skills more and more each day.
You go Gracie Girl!

Welcome to our family Sadie!

While we were on our mountain trip, we visited the local farmers market. There was a dog rescue organization represented there and we met a sweet beagle who needed to be adopted. Steven's heart went out to the sweet dog and he felt that she would be a great fit for our family. So after prayer and much consideration, we came home from the mountains with the dog!  We named her Sadie Mae Mauney, and she indeed has been a wonderful addition to our family.

Sadly, on the day we returned from our trip our cat Oreo passed away. We know now that God provided Sadie Mae as another pet for our family knowing that we would lose our beloved Oreo. 

Sadie is three years old and was a stray dog that animal control had captured. The rescue organization rescued her from animal control in Ashe County, North Carolina.

When we brought her home we took her to a vet to be looked over and also had her spayed.

At first she did not bark and was very shy and seemed very nervous around us. We think that there may have been abuse in her background.  However recently she has begun to bark more and is more energetic around us. She does not like it when we leave, but she does seem to be content in her crate overnight and occasionally during the day.

She is a very sweet dog and our entire family loves her.

Here are some pictures from her first couple days in our home:

Tweetsie Railroad 2014!

A few weeks ago we took a trip to the mountains with my parents. During our trip we visited Tweetsie Railroad. We had a wonderful time at the park!  Elise especially enjoyed the petting zoo and Isaac's favorite part was driving the cars (which he did about 10 times!)

We left the park for lunch and had a picnic at Julian Price Park where Isaac and Elise were able to play in the creeks.

Here are some pictures from our day at Tweetsie:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Build-A-Bear and a Carousel Ride!

Earlier this week, Isaac and Elise's friend Abbie turned 5.  To celebrate, we were invited to her birthday party at Build-A-Bear at Concord Mills Mall.  We hadn't ever taken the kids there, so they were excited about this new adventure.  They both enjoyed the process of making their own furry friend and washing/fluffing it.  Elise made a dog named Sparky with a mint scent, and Isaac made a bear named Lovie with a cotton candy scent.

After this experience, we went to the food court to have cupcakes and ride the carousel, which they also loved!

What a fun party celebrating a sweet friend!

14 Months!

Gracie is 14 months old now!  She has learned to stand on her own and does this every so often.

She also loves to flip through books and says 'book' every time she finishes nursing. She often wakes up in the morning and says 'book' as her first word of the day.

This girl is so loved by our family and we are blessed to have her joyful heart with us everyday.  She is such a treasure!

Easter at church!

This year, Grace had a fever of 102.9 on the Saturday before Easter, so Steven stayed home with her while I took the big kids to church.  Our church had Easter parties in the kids' classes, the Easter Bunny showed up, there was an Egg Roll, and we got to participate in a photo booth!  It was so much fun!  Here are some pictures from the morning... 

Fun with Harry

The last time we were in the store, both kids wanted to ride this green guy.  Since his price was recently lowered from 50 cents to one penny, we obliged. ;)  They had a blast!  

Elise's new friend!

Elise's bug-loving days weren't a phase last summer...  Again this year, she has shown her propensity for playing with insects. This is the latest little buddy she found.  She imagined a whole story about 'her'.  That her mother was missing and that Elise gave her a passy.  

We love our little bug-loving girl!

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