Thursday, April 30, 2009

Air show, Part II

Enjoying hamburgers under the wing of a plane.

Anne in Daddy's lap.


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

At the Airshow

While Mommy was at Spring Daze, Daddy and the kids were at an air show. Here Bradford is with a pilot.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


This is the view from the front of the house when we purchased it in December 2007. Look at the left side of the picture. You'll see some blue rug juniper, which I can't stand. I had the brilliant idea to rip it up and replace it with a small wall and some pretty flowers. I bought the flowers, I bought the mulch, and then I got started...

Easier said than done! This is how it looks now, after I tore most of it up. I don't have a saw or anything like that, and the roots are fairly substantial, so that pulling just isn't working. I finally had to give up and get quotes from some landscaping companies to finish the job.

I decided to do this while Doug was away in Chicago, so when I picked him up at the airport, it went something like this:

Me: Welcome home!

Him: Thanks! I missed you guys.

Me: Remember that blue rug juniper that I don't like in front of our house?

Him: What?

Me: Anyway, it's gone, so you don't have to worry about it any more. Welcome home!

Him: Okay.

Me: Well, it's not entirely gone. You'll see.

Him (it slowly dawns on him that I'm preparing him for something): What have you done?

Me: Don't worry honey! I'll take care of it!

Him: I don't want to know.

While I was doing that, Bradford was collecting acorns and made a present of them to Daddy when he got home.

Actually, this whole thing reminds me of the summer when I was 16, Lyndsey was 14, Kel was 8 and Ben was 7. Mom and Dad were out celebrating their anniversary, and we kids had the brilliant idea to switch bedrooms and surprise them when they came back. We started moving furniture around, but there was too much and eventually it all ended up in the hallway, two kids were blocked in, and we couldn't move it anywhere. Then Mom and Dad came home. Surprise! They were thrilled beyond words. Literally.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Anne's First Headband

Usually Anne is a "bow-girl" but we found a headband and she insisted on wearing it all day that day. I thought she looked pretty cute!

The kids get water or iced tea or milk to drink--no juice. But you can see by someone's pink mouth that I left my glass too close to the edge of the counter...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Around the House

Take a closer look at her pajama top. Yep, she's got about 50 stickers on there. Ask me how hard they were to get off...

Doesn't Daddy draw a nice train?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Visit with Grandpa

I accidentally deleted all of the photos from Dad's visit except this one!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I accidentally deleted all of the pictures on my camera when I was trying to change a setting. Here are the only two pictures from Dad's visit (sent to me by Dad).

We took the kids to a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt. Last year there were a lot of big kids and a good amount of eggs. This year there were far fewer kids and even more eggs--Bradford found a ton!

Anne, however, discovered that there was chocolate in the eggs. So she would find an egg, open it, remove the chocolate, unwrap it, and eat it very slowly before picking up another egg. I think she found about five eggs compared to Bradford's 30+!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Voices of Liberty

Many years ago when I (Doug) was in college at LSU, Derrick Johnson came to my college church. When I first heard his name, he was introduced as the director of the Voices of Liberty at Epcot Center. Since that time, I have greatly enjoyed this group. They are an a cappella ensemble who sing the Music of America. It was my great delight to hear them three times while at Epcot (many thanks to Nicole and Kelly who allowed me the time to hear them!). Each time they were amazing. The young lady in the light blue dress was one of the finest soprano voices I've ever heard. Her range and agility were absolutely amazing. They sang with excellence, precision, passion, and a depth of professionalism that was inspiring.

The young man pictured to the right is one of the finest bass voices I've ever heard. The group sang Old MacDonald Had a Farm and his range was on full display. These musicians were top level, and I'm grateful that Derrick's legacy continues on with the Voices of Liberty. If you are ever at Epcot, make sure you go and listen to this group.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Shh! Don't Tell Bradford!

Sometimes Anne likes to play with his cars while he's away. She'll take them out of the red lunch box Bradford keeps them in, and stuff them all in her purse. I don't know about you, but that's how I carry my cars!

Thursday, April 09, 2009


Anne received this outfit for Christmas, but this is the first time she's worn it. After going to Disney, she recognized Cinderella and wanted her Cinderella outfit. The tiara broke after 10 minutes--no surprise there in the gentle hands of a two-year-old.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Here we are at the Living Seas at Epcot (I think it's called something else now).

Here are Bradford and Aunt Kelly investigating the sign. I don't think they're actually supposed to be up on the rocks, but oh well!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Too Funny

My brother Ben waited with Bradford and I to see Woody and Buzz while the rest of the family and Anne were elsewhere. When we finally got to the end of the line and met Woody and Buzz, the Disney photographer told Bradford to "smile at Mommy and Daddy!" Ben and I just died laughing, which is probably why Bradford is laughing as well. Don't we look anything alike at all?

Monday, April 06, 2009

Waiting to meet Buzz and Woody

There was a place to meet Buzz and Woody at Hollywood Studios. We must have waited 30 minutes in that line to meet those guys. In the meantime, we got to walk through "the set" of Toy Story and Bradford got his picture taken with the props.

Here he is, strapped to the rocket just like Buzz was.

Anyone want a little boy? He comes with Stinky Pete--mint in the box!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Meeting Lightning and Mater

These were at Hollywood Studios. The cars didn't talk but did rev their "engines".

Lightning revved his engine a little too loud for some of us!

Here's Mater with Grandma, Anne, and Bradford.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

At the Hotel

Eating toasted peanut butter and bananas.

Reading to her baby dolls.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Meeting Buzz

We saw Buzz Lightyear near the Carousel of Progress in the Magic Kingdom. Boy, were the kids excited!

Buzz was very excited to see Anne's Jessie doll--if you remember Toy Story 2, Buzz becomes interested in Jessie...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Even More Disney Pics

Anne and Grandma getting ready to head home for the night.

Uncle Ben and Bradford (who is trying to catch the last bit of the Spectromagic parade).

Grandma and Bradford coming out of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Our first lunch at Disney was...interesting. Mom, Ben, and Kelly decided not to pack a lunch but to buy food at the park. I decided to pack sandwiches. Bradford was less than thrilled when he discovered he would not be getting fries but was stuck with peanut butter and jelly. He smashed his sandwich into bits (and then we "talked" and he ate it), but his mood improved toward the end of lunch. He and Aunt Kelly danced to a song on the speakers.

Uncle Ben and Aunt Kelly.