Costa Rica is probably Keith and my favorite vacation spot. Keith has been going for about 20 years to surf! I haven’t been since I was pregnant with Camp I was ready to go back! Spirit had great ticket prices, so we booked the whole family. When we told the boys we were going Camp said, “Um….. I’d rather go to Disney!” haha.

I took Camp and Crawford to Ohio on a plane two years ago but this was Crew’s first flight (out of my belly). They were super excited about flying. We had to leave the house at 6 am so we were all a little sleepy to start the day. We only let Crew have his paci and blanket in bed, but the day he flew he had it ALL day!
DSC_0647 DSC_0648 We were delayed in the Myrtle Beach airport for an hour and a half, so we occupied the boys by watching a lot of planes.DSC_0650                                                                                                      Camp being Camp :) DSC_0649Well, the boys liked the flight but Camp said it was too long and his ears hurt. Crew was the only one who got a little restless. I expected that from an 18 month old! We flew from Myrtle Beach to Ft. Lauderdale then straight to Costa Rica. The  flight to Costa was about 2 1/2 hours. Thankfully he slept some of the flight. IMG_1243_2DSC_0655 Keith went to college with a guy named Daniel who now lives in Jaco, Costa Rica with his wife Sarah and their 3 boys. He was so sweet to pick us up from the airport and take us to our condo. The Barretts are missionaries in the little town and have been there for a few years. If you would like to learn more about what they do there and possibly support them, you can check out Sarah’s blog! The Barretts in Costa Rica, It’s awesome to see the work the Lord is doing through them there in such a short time. We loved being able to be a part of their Sunday service and have their boys come play at the pool a bit. DSC_0658

The drive to Jaco from the airport in San Jose is about 1 1/2 hours. Daniel asked if we wanted to stop at the “crocodile bridge” before we got into town. Keith said it was neat to see, so we stopped. It was a perfect time to get out of the car for the boys too. The walk down the bridge made Keith and I both a little nervous with the boys. The walkway is very narrow and large trucks pass by at high speeds. The boys hung on tight to the railing and (other than the photo below when no trucks were coming) we held the boys’ hands very tightly too.

DSC_0660DSC_0663 Check out all of those crocodiles! We were high above them, but they still made me very nervous. They are giant and just super creepy!  Amazing, but creepy! DSC_0671 I hijacked this photo from a friend’s facebook page. Keith was telling me that there is a man who takes people on tours and he actually touches the crocodiles!!!! I do not want ANY part of that tour! 602718_10151248094919212_166702394_nJust a few photos from playing in the pool.
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We went to a little place where the boys were able to touch and play with all kinds of animals. We all loved seeing the cool frogs, snakes, turtles, monkeys and butterflies. DSC_0735The red eyed tree frog is so beautiful! It jumped onto my dress while we were checking him out. Frogs don’t give me the creeps, but for some reason I must have cringed a little because I noticed my curled up toes in the photo below! haha. DSC_0756
DSC_0766DSC_0776We wanted to take one home!!! Keith and I looked into getting one for the boys, but I think we will wait until they are a little older. DSC_0778Camp was all about touching the critters but Crawford stood back and just observed. DSC_0786Crew didn’t mind touching everything too. DSC_0791DSC_0792DSC_0801I love this photo. The boys were very intentional about watching every move our guide was making. DSC_0833
Crawford did agree to touch the turtles, butterflies and the monkeys. DSC_0874DSC_0896
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I have always wanted to play with monkeys. I have wanted to play with most cuddly animals, but have not really ever had the chance. This little Capuchin monkey is named Cesar. He is 8 months old and so adorable!

DSC_0704Little Cesar was excited to play with the boys too. Crew was so funny with the monkey! He kept squealing and saying “bite” when he would touch him. (He was not being bitten.)
DSC_0709Crew went outside and found a leaf to give Cesar. He played with it for a while and crunched it up. DSC_0726The condo we stayed at was awesome! We had 3 bedrooms and a full kitchen. We also had several balconies. Our place was on the 5th floor and then we had a spiral staircase that lead up to another balcony where we had an amazing view. The sunsets in Costa Rica are beautiful, and we watched them from our balcony several evenings.
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IMG_2326_2DSC_0932 Crew being goofy wearing Camp’s flip-flops.DSC_0679 We ate at some wonderful restaurants and the photo below was taken at Taco Bar. They have swings up at the bar that the boys thought were awesome! (Crawford did love it, he was just mad in the photo below!) haha.

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DSC_0692After eating at Taco Bar one night we walked over for ice cream at a highly recommended ice cream place called Pops. (Camp being goofy again! haha)
IMG_2343_2IMG_2346_2There is a little store that is right outside of the gates of our condo, so we were able to get fresh fruit and veggies for lunch every day. The boys ate their lunch and snacks on our lower balcony most days.
DSC_0689My birthday was January 28th. It was our last full day in Costa. We went into a town close by and ate breakfast at an awesome place! We explored a little before we ate. The boys found some coconuts.
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DSC_0973 At the restaurant waiting on our breakfast to come. Not too shabby to wait while watching the waves.DSC_0980 Crew smashing ants on the wall while we waited. On a side note, Crew was so hot in Costa Rica for some reason! We had to let him go shirtless to be comfortable several times. It’s a good thing they don’t require shirt and shoes for service there!DSC_1002 The boys ate banana pancakes and such yummy smoothies.DSC_1004 DSC_1007
When we finished breakfast we spotted an iguana. We went down for a closer look.

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They were very intrigued watching him (or her?). I assured them they were not allowed to touch him!! haha.DSC_1018The boys checked out some almonds in their shells. I have never seen them before. They are a bright green.DSC_1030Crew was so hot he had to nap in a diaper too. He doesn’t look like he minds! He is such a sweet boy!DSC_0969All of the boys had a little sweaty head several days! haha.
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More rosy cheeks from the heat as we ate a treat (Trit) in the town. 
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Keith and I went out for dinner by ourselves on my birthday and Kathleen came to watch the boys! Keith knows Kathleen from Pawleys and she teaches at a bilingual school right in Jaco. The boys had an amazing time playing with her!! We totally should have had her come to play a few more nights for Keith and I to go out by ourselves.
DSC_1031The place we ate at was amazing!! If you ever go to Jaco, Costa Rica you need to eat at Lemon Zest. It is fine dining and so good!! I really enjoyed spending the evening alone with Keith. I am so blessed to have him as my husband and celebrate another birthday with him!!

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Whenever we were deciding on dessert Keith said, “You chose, it’s your birthday”. Well, the staff delivered singing happy birthday. I was so embarrassed!!!

IMG_2357_2I tried to enjoy the vacation without having my camera strapped to my side, so I didn’t really get any photos at the pool or on the beach. The boys wanted to spend most of their time at the pool. I guess I can’t blame them! We have the beach here at home and there were 4 pools to play in at our resort! If you read on Facebook, one of my favorite thoughts from Crawford was when he said, “Where are all of the kitties?” when he was looking at the kiddie pool. haha. I snapped this photo of the boys in front of the kiddie pool right before we left to head to San Jose.

DSC_1033Here’s one angle of our view from our condo. The mountains are beautiful. I wish my camera could really show how brilliant and beautiful the colors are!DSC_0914Here’s a photo from when you turn around from the mountains. The beach is pretty too, but there aren’t really any shells to see. They have mostly rocks on their beach.DSC_0922On the way home. Crawford said he missed the cats and was ready to come home!! :)IMG_1321_2DSC_1037Oh…. I also forgot to mention that I experienced my first earthquake!! It woke Keith and I up from a deep sleep. It measured 4.9 and the kids slept right through it!!

The trip was great, but we probably won’t go back again until the youngest is at least 5. It will be great when they are all out of naps and a little more flexible in their schedules. We loved getting fresh air and sunshine in the middle of January. I can’t think of a better place to spend my birthday!

August…

So, the photos don’t always load properly when you click on my blog. I figured out that it may be because I’m not making the images smaller and the files are way too large. If anyone is a web genius, I would love some insight on how to make the images smaller on iPhoto so it’s super easy to import onto the blog.

Most months are fun in our house but July, August and September are especially fun because we celebrate all of our boys’ birthdays. August is Camp’s turn.

Camp turned 5 last year. He is so smart, funny and one of the most compassionate kids ever! He is also a deep thinker. The questions he asks and the reasoning he uses to come up with certain ideas amazes me. He doesn’t have the most “common sense” all the time, but I am hoping experience will teach him. As most kids do, Camp loves to open gifts.

DSC_0884 DSC_0890One funny thing about Camp is that he doesn’t care for cake or many sweets. 99% of the time he will not eat any cake at a party. I asked him what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday and he chose carrot cake. DSC_0909_2DSC_0914_2

Crawford is so silly! 
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He had a pool party and invited a few friends. It was superhero themed, Camp’s favorite right now. He did blow out the candles and soak up everyone singing to him, but did not eat any of his cake!DSC_0942_2 My cousin has a little girl named Sophi. She is one month older than Camp and we have loved getting them together since they were little. We are so happy they live in Cary, North Carolina so that it’s not too far to drive. They love the beach, and we are so happy for them to come all the time, if they can! The kids have a blast together. DCIM101GOPRO DCIM101GOPROFor Camp’s birthday, my parents got the boys tickets for the  Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach. It was really a great show and the boys didn’t hardly move because they were so into the show. They didn’t really eat much, but loved to watch the pirates and their acrobatic stunts.
DSC_0982_2Crew enjoying himself too. DSC_0977_2_2One of the highlights were the awesome pirate costumes my mom got for the boys to wear to the show. DSC_0996_2Sand angles.
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DSC_1040_2Camp and Crawford started back to preschool at St. Peter’s. Camp is so tall…. here is his photo from starting this year…
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And a photo from the first year he started when he was 3. 
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Here is Crawford’s first year (same age as Camp above) in the 2 year old class at St. Peter’s. He was so excited about going to school. I think Camp may have been even more excited Crawford was going so he could show him around and see him all day at school.
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This is Camp this year. He looks so grown up!

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Both boys outside of school. It was so foggy and there was so much humidity, I didn’t have time to let my camera acclimate so we have a foggy photo.

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Camp with his teachers Ms Heater and Ms Brandy.

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Crawford with his teachers Ms Catherine and Ms Chris. DSC_1077

 

July…

 

July is one of our favorite months around our house. It’s obviously Summer, which means it’s warm, Keith and Crew both have birthdays in July, we normally have family come in to visit, and we always look forward to celebrating the 4th.

We have been very blessed the last few years with not terribly hot 4th celebrations. Our tradition is to go out to the beach and play with a lot of our family and friends then go to the Pawleys Island Parade. We normally leave the beach and head home for lunch and naps. After we are rested, we head over to Keith’s Aunt Susan and Uncle Henry’s house for hot dogs and fun with family. This year Keith had to work that evening so I took the boys and then parked by the beach to watch fireworks.

Here are photos from the 4th!

From left: Asher, Crawford, Camp and Blaze. If you notice the big boys are all cool as they watch the parade start and Asher and Crawford are a little more apprehensive.
DSC_0400 Crew was a little hot and not too sure about all of the commotion. DSC_0415 Camp is so sweet and polite, of course he waved at almost every vehicle that passed. DSC_0432My sweet family.
DSC_0439_2 Grandma Kathy and all of the grand-boys. DSC_0475 I think this picture is so funny of Camp. He wanted to be buried and we put a little 4th of July decoration by his head. haha. DSC_0478 Crawford LOVES some Aunt Anna Grace!!! (We sure do miss her!!!…this little Light of mine).

DSC_0483Crew started really focusing on putting things together. (On a side note, his mullet was terrible- well, if you were trying to achieve a mullet, he actually had a pretty good one!)
DSC_0499 We celebrated Keith’s birthday. The boys had helped Keith open presents before we took the photo below. DSC_0504Keith hates to be sung to but will endure the torture just to get the cake!!
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DSC_0568 DSC_0583I took a few photos of Crew as he turned a year old. He grew so quickly!
DSC_0604_2Time to address the mullet once again. Crew got his first haircut. Normally I do all haircuts at the salon because of the mess, but we were having professional photos taken by CARTERelite STUDIO. (Abbie is AWESOME!!!! Book her!! :) We scheduled the photos last minute so it was a hair “emergency” to cut Crew’s hair. Poor boy was actually sick and running a 102 fever so he wasn’t excited about much. DSC_0639 He was ready for me to be finished. They always look so grown up with their first haircut. Maybe, as a mama, that’s why I wait so long to actually cut it! DSC_0645 I took photos of my boys every week in the same chair next to the same bear to see how they grew. I dressed them in the same clothes too. It was awesome to watch them grow weekly and even more fun to see how different each of the kids were in size!! Below was Crew’s LAST first year, weekly photos!! DSC_0662 On this sweet boys birthday we went to Caledonia for lunch.DSC_0669 He ate his very first sweet treat.DSC_0685 And loved it!! DSC_0715 He just loves to play. DSC_0730Here are the weekly photos I mentioned above. I printed them all of for his birthday party so we could see how much he grew and changed.

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He had a great time opening gifts. His big brothers did too!! DSC_0771 DSC_0778 He had a “real” cake that he didn’t really care for. I gave him another muffin he had from his birthday day that he loved so much. He wasn’t too sure about everyone singing to him. DSC_0794 DSC_0809_2 Camp is sometimes the only one who looks goofy in group photos. He just loves to be silly and make silly faces. DSC_0827 Now Crawford, he will turn on a smile. He won’t always look “natural”, but he will look normal! hahaDSC_0832 I love this photo below. My three boys just hanging out all together. I can’t remember, but I’m sure Crew didn’t stay still for long! It was that time in the afternoon where we chill out for a bit or the boys take a nap. DSC_0865 My tan baby! DSC_0878July was a fun month!! :) IMG_0319

June…

I’m back to catching up on 2012. Here goes June.

In June we went up to Fayetville, North Carolina to visit with our family there. Keith’s cousin Robin, Nancy, and their six children moved there from Georgia. We thought our visits would be more frequent with the closer distance, but we have been so busy with life we have sadly not been up there much. I am hoping maybe this year we can make a few more trips!!

When we went, for the photo below, we were celebrating their son Gabe’s graduation. It was so nice to see all of the family. Keith’s Aunt has a Yorkie named Annie. Crew LOVES all animals, especially dogs. It was so gross, but too funny to not stop him from letting her kiss him in the mouth before I snapped a photo. He thought it was hilarious!!

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Here’s a photo I had on Facebook, but too cute not to include for the month!

DSC_0314 Again, his love for animals. Sometimes it gets him in trouble. Our cats are super gentle but will give a fare warning bite to all of the boys. DSC_0299 Camp is such a good big brother. It’s so much fun watching him be a big brother to Crew (just adding 4 years age difference). He was helping Crew stand in the photo below. DSC_0322 We are silly around our house! IMG_0233 We celebrated Grandma Kathy’s birthday. My boys absolutely love birthdays!! They are always so excited to take part in a celebration. DSC_0289 My brother and sister-in-law came into town. They had so much fun playing together. DSC_0355I was excited to have my first billboard for the salon up and running in Pawleys. I have the space for a year and am happy with the location! I hear that people see it a lot, so I am hoping it is working to bring new clients into the salon.
DSC_0332 Crew is our crazy climber. He pulled out the chair to help himself onto the table. He still climbs all the time!! Makes me nervous!! IMG_0240 The boys play so well together. They were having electronic fun on the couch this day. Camp was playing his Ipod and Crawford was playing my phone. I think Camp was giving Crawford some new tips on playing. Camp is such a good and patient teacher!! DSC_0331 Another photo demonstrating our child with no fear! All I can imagine is him doing this on a motor cross bike….. makes me EXTRA nervous!!

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May 2012…

MAY 2012…

Every year St. Peter School has an event they call the Trike-a-Thon. The kids always look forward to bringing their bikes and scooters to school and riding with their friends. Camp actually started riding his bike without training wheels about a week earlier. We were a little nervous about letting him ride in the crowd, but he did awesome! DSC_0761 DSC_0766

Crawford wanted to be a part of everything so badly, he ran with Camp for a minute. He will love doing it himself this year!

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They had face painting… DSC_0787 DSC_0796

And Crew hung out and watched.

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They also had a Coast Guard boat to get on. Crawford thought he was doing something great as he sat next to this guy for at least 5 minutes! haha.

DSC_0807They always have a fire truck to get into and check out too! It really is such a fun day!

DSC_0811I also took the boys strawberry picking. We went to Thompson Farm & Nursery – Conway, S. It is so great out there. They really focus on education and there is so much to do out there! DSC_0824 DSC_0837

We always have to sample a few!

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The owners are always so kind and picked Crawford up to give him a closer look at the buffalo!

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Camp hung with all of the goats for a while, feeding them. As you can see, Crawford got out of there! haha. DSC_0903 DSC_0883

We also went to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They had an awesome dinosaur exhibit!
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Crawford was definitely nervous a lot of the time we were there! haha. DSC_0955 DSC_0963 DSC_0969 DSC_0972 DSC_0983

The boys are so sweet playing together! 
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I got to go to the special Mother’s Day Tea at school with Camp. He made me a bird house in blue because he knows it’s my favorite color.

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We also enjoyed the end of the year program Camp and his friends put on. He’s SO tall!!

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And the water was warm enough to swim at our neighborhood pool!! It was really Crew’s first time he could enjoy slashing around. He really likes the water.

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April 2012…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evidently I took a lot of photos in the month of April! Here goes the month of April 2012…

We continued to have lots of beautiful days where we were able to play outside. Crawford proudly put his own board shorts on… if you notice they are backwards.

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Crew absolutely loves the water.

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I helped out with Camp’s 3 year old class Easter party. It was so much fun and so easy because most of the party was filled with an egg hunt.

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This is a photo of Camp’s class. Once again, impossible to get a photo of that many kids looking at the camera. They are such a fun bunch and I am happy he has been with the same sweet group for the last few years.
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We went to the Easter Egg hunt at All Saints. They had different groups that moved through stations that included the story of Jesus dying and rising again, making “resurrection rolls”, a relay race, a craft and an Easter egg hunt. The boys loved every moment of it.

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Crew just observed. (His little chicken hair looks so adorable to me in the photo below.) 

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I think Camp found enough eggs! haha
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Crawford enjoyed finding the eggs and running around.
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This was the best family photo we could get. haha.

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Instead of dying eggs, last year we started decorating rice krispy treat (that I shaped like eggs). The boys really focused on decorating this year.
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My sister, Deanna, joined us with decorating. 

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For Easter this year, I did something a little crazy. I bought a ton of string and took it all the way around our neighborhood, starting at our front door. The boys followed the string until they arrived at our back porch where there baskets were waiting on them. I think this will be a tradition every year.
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Cousins photo from Easter. 

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Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Carl with all 5 grand-boys. We did an egg hunt at their house. 

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Then another egg hunt at my parent’s house. 

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My parent’s with our boys. I love how Crew is grabbing Camp’s hair. Look at poor Camp’s face! haha. 
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The best family photo we got from the day. 

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We went up to Market Commons and played. It’s a lot of fun up there. Playgrounds, hills to climb and lots of space to run around. 

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Crew hung out and watched as we played. If you have never seen his favorite blanket, here it is. I wish it were smaller so it were easier to tote around. He is usually only allowed to have it when he is sleepy or in bed. 

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Keith helping the boys climb. 

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We made a trip back to Columbia and visited the zoo.
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Crawford loved checking out the piranhas. 

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Camp was a little grossed out, but had so much fun feeding the goats. 

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We fed the birds and the boys had fun until they flew towards them. There was a little nectar in the hair because Crawford got a little nervous and threw his cup up.
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Family photo at the zoo.
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Camp tried the rock wall.

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Crawford rode a pony for the first time. He looks so funny to me because he is so tiny. DSC_0543Camp is a pro, this was his 2nd or 3rd time riding at the zoo. 
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Camp and Keith tried out the ropes course. 

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Blaze turned 5. This photo was from his birthday. Sweet best friends!
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Camp can ride a bike with no training wheels. We tried it out and he just took off! He is awesome on a bike. DSC_0707 DSC_0711

We have a tradition of trying to find ice cream trucks when we hear them. This one was a fun challenge. We rode all over Garden City and ended up getting in front of him and flagging him down to stop him. Crawford is a sweet eater, and Camp likes the idea, but never finishes what he gets. It’s all a mess with kids to me! haha. That’s why I keep wipes in the car. DSC_0737 DSC_0743

2012…

2012 has by far been the fastest year of my life! I have always heard that the years go faster as you get older. I wish I were able to slow down time. Enjoy all of the precious moments I have with Keith, Camp, Crawford and Crew. I am happy to be back to blogging so I can keep a record of of lives so we can go back and see all of the events that have flown right by.

Here’s some of what was captured by photos this past year…

I’ll post a couple of months at a time.

JANUARY:

There isn’t really a dull moment in our house. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Here’s a photo from my birthday last January. It’s from a phone so it’s super grainy. One of my gifts was a sleeping bag for camping. The boys tried it out with me.

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There was a lot of sickness at our house, and breathing treatments for all of the boys. Here’s Crew taking his first treatment.

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Crew had his first taste of “real food” and wasn’t really a fan. We didn’t start any food again until he was about 9-10 months.

 

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We moved Crawford into Camp’s room and Camp took the top bunk. They love sleeping in the same room.

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FEBRUARY:

We made a trip to Columbia and went to Monkey Joe’s for the first time. The boys had so much fun. (Well, Crew just hung out).

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Our sweet boys cuddling at the hotel.

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Funny Crawford was so proud of himself. He thought he did a great job putting “gel” in his hair. Lotion is not fun to get out! haha.

 

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Funny…

 

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We had some beautiful days to play outside last February.

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Yep, he fell asleep in a box..

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I took the boys to Milgrove Farms to feed and hold the animals and pick out some fun produce. We had a blast!! DSC_1000 DSC_1011 DSC_1034 DSC_1059 DSC_1072

Crew started growing into a little man.

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MARCH:

Crew started getting around with a little army crawl.

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More pretty days to play outside!

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