28 April 2013

Springtime = Zoo Time

We LOVE the Zoo here in Fort Wayne! One of the best investments we ever made (aside from purchasing our home) has got to be our Zoo membership! During the spring, summer, and early fall we go several times a week...picking and choosing which sections we visit.  The areas they have are African Journey, Indonesian Rain Forest, Australia, and the Indiana Farm. Annalyse loves to look the animals.  She has two favorites #1 the Tigers and #2 the Lions.
April 20th was the Zoo's opening day, but it was cold and rainy so we didn't go, but we did go this past Monday and Saturday.  The weather was just too beautiful not to go. Between the two days, we went to each of the sections and saw all of the animals!
Mom & her Bug with Bill and Ina (the Lions) in the background
Lions' close up

We ran into one of Annalyse's newest best friends
Of course, the two of them were inseparable!
Just as we walked up to the Alligator, he moved right up to where Annalyse was sitting
At first, she was scared but seeing the gator so close was really neat too

Talking to someone from Australia-she kept answering his questions & loved it

Whenever we go to Australia, she has to get in the 'pouch'

Playing on a statue

When we go, we don't always take a ton of photos anymore because we have so many, but it's been a lot of fun to watch Annalyse grow as we go to the same place each summer (this is our 3rd summer). Each year, she remembers different things she's learned from the past.  Even she has started to get trips mixed up in her mind. 

16 April 2013

Photos from the past few weeks!

When I wrote my last post, I didn't have the camera handy to add photos. Here are just a few photos from the past few weeks.  Somehow, Trinna managed to avoid getting her picture taken when she was here!!
Me, Jessica, Annalyse & Kirsten at Fro-Yo

Tonya, Tommy, Jessica & Me! Hanging out by the park

It always takes her some time to warm up to Uncle Tommy, but once she does she's in love!

Another group shot with the kids

Ryan and me by the Gazeebo, Tommy took the photo!

While the girls were swimming, Tonya & I hung out :)

Uncle Tommy, Kirsten, & Annalyse-laying in bed!

Tommy crawled into bed with Ryan. 

Tom, Yasumi, Luna, Annaylse & me at Disney on Ice

Happy Birthday Tom!!!

Us after the Temple Session (Tom & Yasumi were there too, but had to leave before the photo was taken)

Annalyse & Luna coloring at the Mexican Resturant

Our Crazy Little Life...

We have been so busy since our announcement of the babies! We're so thankful for all of the congratulations and well wishes and are thankful for such good friends and family!!

The weekend following finding out about the babies, we had planned a trip down to Mississippi to visit my family.  We hadn't seen them since October when my sister moved down there.  It was so good to visit with them! We had a lot of fun being with them and celebrating Easter with them.  Whenever we go down there, there is never enough time to do or see everything.  Annalyse had a ton of fun being a shadow to her older cousin, Kirsten. The weather was a nice break from the cold that Indiana offered too.  We were definitely trying to squeeze a lot of outside time in :)  We decided to drive down and really the drive isn't that bad...except when you're me and you have a terrible time sleeping in cars! Annalyse was really good for the majority of the drive!!

The following weekend, we had visitors at our house-Tom, Yasumi, & Luna came up to visit us & we all went to see Disney on Ice!! The show was so much fun!!! Later, my sister Trinna, who was visiting from Nevada to meet a new nephew, also came up to stay at the house!! It was so much fun to have everyone over.  I love having a house full of people! I know it stresses some folks out, but not me.  People don't make it up to our house to stay the night often so it's a treat :) I normally try to make something good to eat and we just hang out.  This time...the food wasn't gourmet or anything (sometimes cooking doesn't set well with me these days), but we still had a ton of fun.  Miss Luna makes me laugh and smile so much...I love seeing how much she's growing and changing! Luna loves to follow her big cousin around, and she LOVES our dog, Millie!! Because Luna is so small, it's sometimes easy to forget that she's nearly 18 months old and that's she's not really a baby anymore!!!  Aunt Trinna & Annalyse had a camp out in the family room, which was a huge hit!! Family room camp outs are one of her newest things!!

This past weekend, Ryan and I went to the Columbus, OH Temple with Ryan's family.  Ryan's sister, Sarah, received her mission call to serve in the Philippians and she went through the Temple this past weekend in preparation for leaving in June. Attending the Temple is one of my most favorite things to do.  I think it's even extra special when you're going to be with someone when they're going through for their own ordinances.  While at the Temple, we also did a sealing session for ancestors who have already passed away.  (click here for info about LDS TEMPLES) It was a special session where the spirit was definitely there and there were times when I felt as if those who's work we were doing were present.  We are definitely ready for when the Indianapolis Temple will be built.  It will be a much closer, easier drive for us and we'll be able to (hopefully) attend much more regularly!!

I'm thankful that we've been able to be so busy! I'm grateful for friends, family, and the opportunity see and do so much!