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sunny days are here

do you think there is anywhere, in any language,

a world billowing enough

for the pleasure that fills you,

as the sun reaches out, as it warms you

-mary oliver

{smith at 11 months}


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memorial day weekend

We had a great Memorial Day weekend!  We swam in the pool at Mimi & Papa Joe’s in Dothan…

Went to church…Chris had to drive back to Birmingham to work, so Smith & I drove on to Pensacola Beach…Enjoyed some watermelon…Then face-planted in the sand…oh yes, we did leave the sand on to take a picture.And went blueberry picking on the way home.  Note to self:  do not get hot and sweaty blueberry picking then continue to drive three and a half hours in the car. Not a fun ride home for Smith or myself.

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.      1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The sweet girl that made me a Mama.  

Chris and his beautiful Mom in Panama City Beach, 2007.

My wonderful Mom and I in Spain, 2006.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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smith @ nine months

Smith loves her swing!

Out to dinner with MiMi, Papa Joe, & the Millers!

Cousins are so fun! At the beach with Aunt Rae…this was the first time Smith loved the beach!  She had a lot of fun in the sun and sand.

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Life of Smith

I haven’t frequented many zoos in the past years of my life, simply because I’ve never lived near a great one and I had no children to take.  Smith’s getting older now and we thought it was time to give it a try!  Going to the zoo always reminds me of one of my favorite books, Life of Pi by Yann Martel about a young boy who is the son of a zookeeper.  So I’ll share a favorite quote from the book:

Just beyond the ticket booth Father had painted on a wall in bright red letters the question: DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL IN THE ZOO? An arrow pointed to a small curtain. There were so many eager, curious hands that pulled at the curtain that we had to replace it regularly. Behind it was a mirror. (1.8.4)

We were invited by our sweet friends Maile and Addison.  Smith didn’t have much of a reaction to the animals, but definitely watched them like she does our dog, Stanley.  Once she gets a little older, I’m sure we will visit her animal friends more often.

sweaty little girl at lunch!

she's not quite big enough for the "live animal" box.


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first easter

We spent Smith’s first Easter in Pensacola. My mom declared Easter “her holiday” several years ago, so we have been going to Pensacola every year to celebrate the weekend.  Chris ended up having to work the weekend and Smith was up screaming all Saturday night (probably just teething), so we didn’t even get to attend church.  It was still a wonderful weekend and we enjoyed the time with family and friends.

***7/1/12 update…looking back on these pictures, Chris delicately named this her “little piggy” stage…she has definitely thinned out a bit since these pictures!  LOL, my sweet girl!

sweet Amy girlgood times with Nana DurhamUncle Barry & Aunt Dene

How cute is this pic?

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Friday Phone Dump & A Birthday Greeting

Today is my Papa Durham’s birthday…he is truly the most selfless man I know and we all love him so much!

I have been a terrible blogger lately.  I have much to catch up on, then hopefully some updates will happen!  Until then, here’s a little phone dumperoo for you.

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