The girls received some beautiful dresses from Mar-mar


Daddy Daughter Camp Out 2010

Audree looks forward to this every year, and this was Juliette's first time joining us.

It rained a little on the way up to Smithville Lake (and stormed like crazy back home, we even had some water make it into the ceiling of the kitchen)

Things started off great!

We cooked some hot dogs and s'mores, did some swimming in the lake, played with friends, and gazed that the stars.

But come bed time Juliette was 100% convinced that when she was in the tent there was a monster outside of it and screamed/cried her head off. I finally calmed her down, and just our luck right then a rustling outside spooked her. She let out a shriek and scared whatever critter had made it's way up to our tent. Seconds later we smelled exactly who it was. Mr skunk had sprayed.

In the pitch black darkness with a crying toddler I broke down the tent, packed us all back up into the car and drove us an hour home. There wasn't enough time to properly stow the tent so I just crumpled it into the passenger seat. The skunk didn't get a direct hit but the wind must have wafted some on the exterior because we would catch a good whiff every now and then in the car. We show up, back at home, at 2am.

Till next year...


Dog Bites

Our girls love animals, and wouldn't you know it, they both have ample reason to be scared of them.

Audree was bitten by a dog on her face and after she settled down one of the first things she wanted to know was if the dog was OK.

Well, now it was Juliette's turn. She was at her sisters horse riding lessons and petting one of the barn dogs when it turned and snapped her right on the cheek.

Luckily none of the marks were too deep and should heal up nicely over time.


Romping in the rain


Future as a banana gatherer?

Audree has always had a knack for climbing. Be it the rope in gymnastics, trees, street signs, the walls, and now the light poles in the neighborhood.

Think this kid has a future as a banana or coconut picker?


Horse Camp

Audree attended a summer horse camp this year. She had a fun filled week of riding, learning about and even decorating horses.

Good little pony... pat pat pat


4th of July!

Another spectacular 4th of July. We started at Jeff & Aby's who hosted a great get-together, and then headed over to Independence for a great show.

Earlier in the day Audree dropped an apple pie off at the fire station.
They let her take over for a bit.



It's been 10 years! We couldn't be happier.

We took the night off. Perhaps it was only half an hour from home but it might as well have been half way around the world.