Boats and swings, joy and sadness

Last weekend, we went to our friends, Billy and Julie's, house on the lake for a wonderful 40th birthday celebration for Billy. The weather was beautiful, we were surrounded by friends and family, and the girls had their first boat ride. They had a great time playing with their friends and cousins and were so tired out, they fell asleep the moment we pulled out of the driveway to leave.

Jonathan and I took the girls to the park a few days ago for what we think was their first experience on a swing. They were a little hesitant at first, but soon warmed up and loved it - as long as we didn't go too fast. We are having such a great time with them, sharing all these new things and watching them embrace each new experience with such joy and wonder.

On a very sad note, we lost a dear member of our church family last week in a tragic accident. We will miss our friend Jimmy, and our hearts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to Karen, Diane, Carrie and Andy and all their family.

The girls loved their first boat ride

They didn't much care for the life jackets however

Just a little restricting, but necessary

Brooke helping Eleanor drink some water, with Daddy in the background with LK

Savannah, LK, Maddie and Logan

I love this shot of Savannah and Eleanor

Three gorgeous girls - Savannah, Eleanor and Lexi

Mommy and Eleanor have fun at the lake

LK is loving the swing

Eleanor loves it too!

Mommy and Eleanor

Daddy and LilyKate

Eleanor in her red shades

LilyKate is too cool for school and she knows it

LK hanging in her umbrella stroller

Eleanor doing the same


  1. oh they are too sweet!

  2. Awww...they're all just too cute!

    I especially like the ones of the girls in the life jackets, the big smiles while swinging and the ones with them wearing their sunglasses.

    So sorry to hear about your friend. His family & friends have my deepest sympathy.

  3. How do you get anything done all day? I'd just sit and stare at those two and then hug them over and over again. They are adorable. Those sweet faces, awww!! My little ones are two months apart, and it's almost like having twins.

    I keep coming back here because their little faces cheer me up when I'm having a downer day. So know your blog cheers up another China mom in Missouri.

  4. I swear we thinking with the same brain lately. We took Sophia to the park for her first playground experience this week. She had a ball take a look my blog tomorrow

  5. OH the girls look adorable in those life jackets by the way

  6. Susan & Jonathan, all of those pictures are adorable! I especially LOVE the ones of them in the life jackets!! I just want to reach through the computer screen and squeeze those adorable little cheeks! :)