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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Friday Phone Dump

Happy Weekend!

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Merry Christmas!

These are all the pictures I have from Christmas day, taken by my mother.  Sometimes I want to experience the day firsthand rather than being behind the camera the entire time trying to capture those memories!  This was one of those days.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Friday Phone Dump

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Oh Christmas Tree

Cutting down our Christmas tree was one of my favorite holiday traditions as a child.  Not only did we cut down our own tree, we visited the tree farm in October to tag the one we wanted for Christmas.  We drank cider and rode the horse-drawn trailer back to our car and went home to decorate.  And probably ordered Pizza Hut pizza.

Chris and I have some small traditions (we’ve cut down our tree most years), but now that Smith is here I want to start some of our own.  She was super pumped for her first trip to Old Baker Farm.

Some of my other favorite traditions (past and present) & just Christmastime favs:

watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Christmas Eve

the Christmas Eve family service at Dawson – I love hearing all the kids and babies! 😉

making Christmas candy

SANTA! (which we get to start again soon)

christmas movies & music

our unique Christmas tree (we always choose one of the less popular kinds of trees…ours this year reminds me of the grinch who stole christmas)

Merry Christmas!

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