Monday, April 28, 2008

March For Babies

On Saturday Ben, Julie and I participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies. It was a four mile walk around Shelby Farms here in Memphis. We were a part of a team put together by a couple of our friends in memory of their twin baby girls that were unfortunately born too early and passed away too soon. They hope to raise money and support for the March of Dimes to help further research to help all babies to be born healthy someday. We had a really good time and enjoyed the walk. It was a beautiful morning, we couldn't have asked for better weather. Thank you to each of you that helped by sponsoring me for the walk!!

Here we are walking! Well, Julie is having a bottle at the moment, but she did get to walk a little bit of it, with Daddy's help.

After the walk, we had some lunch with some of the team members and then Julie got to check out the geese that are usually hanging out near the lakes at Shelby Farms. She wasn't quite sure what to think. We had some Cheerios that the kids were feeding the geese but Julie kept picking the Cheerios up off of the ground instead of letting the goose come to it to eat. She had a good time.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Shelby Farms

This morning we went shopping for a bicycle for me and we found one! We have a jogging stroller that Ben uses to take Julie with him when he goes for a run and now I can join them on my bike. We went to Shelby Farms this afternoon to try it out and we had a lot of fun. It was a beautiful day, perfect weather for a bike ride/jog. We stopped at the playground for a little while to let Julie play and she had a great time. Here are a few pictures from the playground.

Visit with a new friend

My best friend Diane came into town last week for a work meeting and I got to watch her little girl, Ava, on Thursday morning. Julie, Ava, and I had a great time together. It was my first adventure in watching two babies at once and I think it went pretty well. Ben came home at lunch and helped me feed the girls. Julie loved getting to know her new friend. She kept trying to hug Ava but I'm not sure that Ava appreciated it every time. They did pretty well playing together. Diane had Thursday afternoon and evening off so we hung out and had a really good time catching up together and playing with our daughters. Ben volunteered to watch both girls so Diane and I could go out to dinner together so we took him up on it! He's the best husband ever!! It was so good to see Diane again. Diane, come back anytime!!

I got Julie's bumbo out of storage so Ava could sit in it if she wanted to and Julie thought it was a brand new toy and kept getting in and out of it.

She really wanted to sit in the bumbo with her Pooh bear but couldn't quite figure it out. She sure tried hard!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Redbirds Baseball

One of our favorite things to do here in Memphis is to go to watch some Redbirds baseball games downtown. Today our homegroup went together to watch the game. Some couldn't make it, but those of us that braved the cold weather had a good time. And the Redbirds won! We sat out on the bluff so the kids could play but once it started raining on us a little, we moved to some seats for the rest of the game. On Sunday afternoons, they let the little kids run the bases after the game is over so Ben took Julie out for her first run around the bases. It was cold, and a little rainy, but overall we had a good time hanging out together and watching some baseball.

April and Jackson, Ben and Monica, and the three of us watching the game.

A sweet hug between Julie and her friend Jackson.

This is a picture of Ben and Julie crossing home plate as they finished rounding the bases after the game.

Julie and Daddy posing for a picture with Rocky the Redbird.

Wonderful Green Tube

Julie really has a good time playing with her green tube that she got for her birthday from her Aunt Robin and Uncle Chris. And all three kitties have been caught playing in it as well! Only Mugo plays with Julie in it though. And they have a good time chasing each other or peeking down the tube at each other. It's really cute. Here are a few pictures I've been able to snap as they have played together.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Spring Day!!

Since it was such a pretty day, Julie and I spent some time this afternoon outside in the backyard playing with her slide, picking the little flowers, and playing with the kitty, Tate. It's so much fun watching her explore her world.

Checking out the little flower.

She had a good time playing with Tate too. He loves it when we are outside with him.

Having a good time!

Julie's Birthday, Again

On Julie's birthday, we went to the Incredible Pizza Company to have some pizza and check out their games and rides for Julie. They had a couple of things for the little ones like her but she was still a bit small for almost everything. We did get her on a couple of little rides and of course played a couple of games of Skee Ball. She's a bit young for this sort of thing but we still had a good time as a family out for her birthday.

With Daddy close by, she rode in a froggy that played music and rocked back and forth. She really didn't know what to think about it. She didn't seem frightened, just confused and unsure.

She wasn't sure about the little carousel either but she gave it a shot.

She didn't stay on long, but at least she tried!

I'm starting early, passing on my love of Skee Ball to Julie. One day she'll thank me. : )

Look at all those tickets!!