Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Baths, BVI

So...we got our water camera's developed from our honeymoon. Actually, we had them developed awhile ago, but this is the first that I have sat down and downloaded the pictures to my computer. Actually, for disposable water camers (that cost $8 in IN and $22 in the BVI) the pictures turned out pretty good! :) The top two corners are pictures of Brian and I jumping from The Baths http://www.thebathsbvi.com/ It was an amazing day and we had so much fun! I would LOVE to go back because we didn't get to spend as much time as I wished we would have!

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Monday, July 30, 2007

My nieces...the photographers!

So, mom developed the pictures that Janae, Brenna and Senica took at the reception. Here are some of our photographers, Ben and Laura and our DJ, Blake! Seriously - aren't these so good? It's hard to believe that a 5, 3 and 2 year old took these pics! Talented, I'm tellin' ya!!! :)
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The Play...

When we went to April and Brian's last night, Janae "directed" a play. Brenna couldn't remember her lines, so Janae is whispering them to her. Her line was - "I wish I had a prince". In comes Janae as the prince...they somehow end up husband and wife. Senica enters (if enters means shoved by Janae) and is Janae and Brenna's child. She is told by Janae to go to her ballet class. From there is kind of fell apart and Janae took a bow and curtsied. (spelling??) Director and Lead actress...her ambitions are high! :) Anyway, I had to put pictures on because it was too cute! I wish I had a video of it! Also, Brian (April's) said I have more pictures of the other girls than Janae...so Janae is in 3 of these pics...so see Brian, there is no favortism! ;)

Gotta go...Brian just said he is going to bed and to wake him to do our devotions...guess that's my sign. :) Till tomorrow...
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Cutest girl in the Whole World and Earth

This was the statement made by Brenna last night. She LOVES to kiss Adria. She said in her cute little raspy Brenna voice...Yeah, I kiss her all the time! April concured! HA!! April is getting along great and is up and visiting family and getting out with the girls. Brian took Janae and Brenna over to his parents on Saturday so April could rest some...when I called her, she was sweeping the front porch! :) Look at how skinny Adria's legs are! Who is she related to?? Janae! That's for sure!!
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Fun in the Sun...

The Zartman's came over this weekend for a swim. First Senica had to sun herself...how cute is she? Honestly! Senica LOVES the pool. The beginning of the year she didn't want to get in without you holding her. Sunday she was swimming around with just her floaties all.by.herself! Meanwhile, Ty was busy eating the baby doll. Her ate her feet, her hair, her arm...he ate it all! The boy can eat. He also got to eat cereal for the first time this weekend and he couldn't get enough. Tonight at dinner, he grunted and made all kinds of noises! Anitra said, that's the last time she will feed him before we eat....he wanted everything! :) How cute are their precious little feet. Those who me well, know that that I hate feet....but these feet in these pictures, I could just eat them up!
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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Mark Schultz and The Weaver's

I am quite a few days behind on my updates. The past few weeks have been very busy! From camping - to Bible School - to the fair - to a new, adorable baby...we haven't been home much!

So, I am going to back-track a little. :) Our fair is free on Sunday, which means it's quite crazy with tons of people! Honestly, I would like to NOT go to the fair on free day because of the crowds, but the versper service is Sunday night and I did not want to miss it! Mark Schultz was the main entertainment and he was awesome!! This is the second year that he has come and last year was just as awesome! He has the crowd sing It Is Well acapella and just thinking about it now gives me the goosebumps.

Thinking about this concert makes me think of the Weaver's too! :) Last year we all went to the concert together! It was so much fun and although it was fun this year too, I missed them! They are the family in the picture above with Anitra, Seth and Senica. They are friends that Anitra and Seth met at church. They were in a small group with Anitra and Seth and they started praying for me long before I knew them and long before I made the big move into Anitra and Seth's house. And through the process, they became my friends too! Lane, Elizabeth, Luke and Grace -we miss you! Oh yeah - and Lane has an Aunt Addi...I don't know if she spells it the same, but how cool is that? :) It doesn't seem possible, but it's been almost a year since they moved to Kentucky! :(
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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rodney Atkins

This concert was one of the best the I have ever seen at the Elkhart County Fair. It rained. Was muddy. We danced. A great show! He's yummy..well, look at him! And a great entertainer! I told Brian, you're my husband and I love you, but look at that butt! He said, "Yeah, he's gorgeous." HA! I love that man - always making me laugh!
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AJ, BJ and AJ

How great does April look? She did such a great job - and still looks amazing!! Brian you look amazing too....and you guys make BEAUTIFUL babies!
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Bundle of JOY!

I LOVE this picture! She really is 'bundled' here and if I think about my first feeling after she was born....JOY! It's just so awesome!

How cute are her footprints?? Don't you just want to jump in this picture and hold her? I do!!
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Adria Justine Brown

She's here!!! Adria Justine arrived at 2:32pm today, July 25! She is ADORABLE! April did such an amazing job and it was one of the most amazing things my eyes have seen!
She is just beautiful and I think she is a good mix of Janae and Brenna. She was born with basically her fist in her mouth. She is VERY alert...and loves her fingers/fist in her mouth. She weighed 7lb. 4 oz., was 19 1/2 inches long and her head was 13 1/4. The nurse came in to give her a shot and she barely cried. It lasted less than a minute. :) She's tough already!! I took many, many pictures, so I will be posting quite a few over the next few days/years. ha!
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We're having a baby!

No Silly!! Not Brian and I! Brian and April - no, not my Brian, April's Brian! :)

April came in last night at 6pm to get induced. They gave her some meds and her labor started at 4:45am. She's doing well so far, but feel like it's moving slowly. Anitra then reminded her, she'd only been in labor for 2 hours at that point. April - having 2 previous labors that lasted longer than 24 hours! Keep her, the baby and Brian in your prayers today!

I will keep updating throughout the day! :)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Fair Parade

L.O.N.G. One word to describe the parade this year! Honestly, it was one of the longer parade's that I have seen. The girls loved it though and were so excited for it to start...but the time it finally did, they were starting to yawn (see Senica). Look at Brenna's dreamy eyes in the one pic. :) The girls got their candy, saw their friends on the floats, but the best part was seeing Papa walking and giving them candy. Those pics aren't posted, but I will get them on here. I love the pictures with the kids and their daddies! How precious. Even though the parade was 4 hours long, they didn't really complain (they let April's Brian take care of that aspect). The only thing Brenna was concerned about was that they fair and animal barns would close and she wouldn't get to see them. Our little animal lover! ;)

I love the picture of the girl's holding hands. Senica was telling Janae and Brenna to get up there b/c she wanted to show them something. I hope someday my kids have cousins that they are close with like this!

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

How fast they grow up...

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A conversation between Anitra and Senica today...

Senica: Mommy, I got a ring on, do you like it?
Anitra: Yeah, I do!
Senica: It's my wedding ring!
Anitra: Really, who did you marry??
Senica: Sawyer
Anitra: You and Sawyer got married?
Senica: Yeah, at the church (she had her Bible in her hand)
Anitra: You got married at the church?? Did you guys kiss?
Senica: Yup, we are going on our honeymoon. See ya later
Anitra: Where are you going on your honeymoon?
Senica: I don't know mom, he's little and I'm big. He's crying for me, I gotta go.

Away she runs, Bible in hand ring on finger...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


The one question as an aunt that I hear over and over again....Why?? Honestly, most of the time, I have no idea on how to answer the "why's" of my nieces! I am sure with Ty being the only boy, there will be many boy "why's" that I can't answer either. I can remember when Janae first entered the "why" phase. It was humorous at first...just so cute of her. Then it got annoying. You couldn't have 2 sentences without 10 "why's". Senica is just entering her "why" phase. Here we go again...

Today was a long day at work...actually it's been a long week! I have been helping Anitra with VBS, but I just couldn't go tonight. I was just.too.tired. So, I stopped by their house on the way home to drop off the stuff that I had in my Jeep for VBS. Seth had a meeting at Bethel with one of his players and his dad and Seth was going to take Senica and Ty with him. Yeah...ok, Anitra thinks Senica can't sit through a 20-minute Bible story at VBS. Senica in a baseball meeting for an hour...and Ty too! So, sorry to disappoint you...Cheryl, but I told Seth that I would take Senica if he would keep Ty. Senica didn't want to sit through a boring baseball meeting anyway! :) So, Senica came down, we swam, I gave her a bath, we dried her hair so it will be nice for their pictures tomorrow, ate dinner and Seth was back! Senica was an angel and it was almost effortless! :)

So, we go to get in the pool...
Senica: Addi, you don't have all the leaves out, we can't get in yet.
Addi: It's ok, we don't need them all out, we can swim with some of them.
Senica: Why?
Addi: Why, what?
Senica: Why, does BK take them out then?
Addi: Well, sometimes we like to have a clean pool when we swim, but we don't always have to.
Senica: Why?
Addi: Well, sometimes if we leave the leaves in the pool, it's kinda like the lake (dirty)and BK likes the lake.
Senica: Where is BK, is he at work?
Addi: Yes, he's at work, he should be home soon.
Senica: Why?

And so our evening went...Senica with her "why's" and me sometimes wondering along with her...yes, Why?

It made me think about this week at work. I had a patient who was quite unhappy.... she used the 4-letter word with me that would have cost her $.25 in the cuss jar if she had grown up in our house...and Dr. Poovendran came through with some education on the origin of the word. I thought how does he know that, who would know that? Dr. Poovendran is a bottomless pit of knowledge. It got me thinking...he must always ask "why". How else would he know all this trivia, if he didn't ask why. After my lesson from him on the 'naughty word'...he went on to tell us how the word "sandwich" came to be. Dr. Poovendran is the kind of person who if he wonders something he will research it and he will remember it...his memory is AMAZING! Really, people, I have never met someone with a mind like his!

So, anyway, in all my rambling, it made me think, when did I lose my ability to ask "why"? Not that I need to ask as often as the girls though. :) But honestly, I am going to make an effort in asking "why"... see what new things I can learn about. Useless knowledge? Maybe, but it will probably help me beat Brian in Jeopardy! :) (by the way, it's teen week...when I can get a lot of answers right!) he he

So, tonight I tried to pick out the pictures of kids - that looked like their captions would be "WHY" How do you like the one of Ty? His little eyebrows are raised! Too.CUTE!
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Monday, July 16, 2007

Reception pictures

When Brian and I got home today, in the mail, was a CD with all of our reception pictures on it! Ben and Laura Harrison did the photography and they are awesome! http://www.benharrisonphotography.com/ We were so excited. After VBS, we popped it in to look at our pictures again and to our wonderful surprise....there were even more than what we had thought! Some are candid and really quite funny. Brian said some of them are even blackmail pictures....of my mom making funny faces! ha! So, here are some of my favorites! Look at how grown up my girls are getting!! :)
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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Leah's Challenge

Leah, that I work with, had posted a challenge on her blog. Take one of your messiest places in your house, post pictures of the "before" and "after". So, Friday I came up with the idea to paint the basement in a day. (Like we need one more thing to do) Of course, my loving husband who always goes along with my crazy ideas agreed to do it! So Saturday morning after Senica left, we got to painting! We painted from 9am-2pm...took a break for lunch (a nap for me) and then back to business. We have the trim to do yet and some touch ups, but I LOVE it! The bottom of the wall is Tree Bark, the trim will be Carribean Walk and the top is Mongoose Green! It really looks great. Brian thinks it looks like a North Carolina cottage. HA! Seriously his thought process cracks me up. I will post "final" pictures once we get the furniture all back in place. :) Anitra came over to check her email and Senica "helped" Brian clean the brushes. :)
Today we taught during Sunday School and second service. We had no kids during Sunday School and 13 during second service. We were tired! Straight from church to Goshen to go to my cousin Dawn's house....they were having a pool party! It was great to see the extended family. It was a beautiful day and Janae was in the pool for over 5 hours with only a 15-minute break! I got some really great pictures that I will have to post later of that. Then, home quick...with a 30-minute nap. Get up, shower and head to Vacation (vocational as Brian said, he he) Bible School. We have a great class, 4-year olds, who did a great job with listening. I have to be honest, when I woke up this morning and thought about the day ahead, I was not really feeling the whole "servants heart" deal, but after seeing how excited these kids were to learn about God, It made me excited for tomorrow night!
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Happy Anniversary...date #1

Well, date #1 was with Senica! Thursday morning Anitra called to see if Brian and I could watch the kids so that she and Seth could go on an anniversary date! Tomorrow, July 15th is their anniversary. 7 years, as you can see in some of the pictures. So after work Friday, Senica and Ty came down to hang out with Brian and I for awhile. When they got there, I asked if Senica could maybe stay the night. Brian immediately volunteered sleeping on the couch. Poor guy! Last time Senica spent the night, he got kicked out of bed. Well, not really kicked out, but had 2-year old hands and legs all over "his side". he he So we grilled some hot dogs for dinner and of course made some mac-n-cheese. It will make Anitra happy though, we had pears too. :) Gotta have that fruit or vegetable. Then I started working on some stuff for Bible school this week. I am the craft lady and needed to make some crowns. I gave Senica my left over scraps to see if she wanted to make a card for mommy and daddy. She made that beautiful card on the black picture above. She did a great job!! Meanwhile, Brian held Ty and look at the precious picture I got of them! Awwww...how sweet!

Next up, bath time! We got Senica all cleaned up and Anitra and Seth called. They wanted to know if we were doing ok and if so could they get groceries? They got to have a wonderful dinner and even went putt-putt....and groceries with no kids?? That is a happy anniversary! :)

We finally made it to bed at 11:30pm! Senica was a complete angel all night. I love her cuddles when she starts to get tired. We were so tired, we both slept until 9 this morning! Kids are exhausting! ;)

Oh yeah - the pool pics are from earlier this week. Senica DID NOT want to get in the pool...just wanted to kick her feet. By the time we got her in, we were racing (I was losing of course) and in the end, she wanted to lay on the raft with me...with no floaty on. How brave is she??

Well, tomorrow is a BIG day! Church, Teach Sunday School, pool party at Dawn's, teach Bible school....I'm tired already!

Hopefully I won't be too tired to post tomorrow!
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Being silly!

Ok - so I found them! I found the pictures that I was referring to in the post below. The crossed eyes...tongue out! Of course, after I realized that she was doing it, I joined in too. With her new haircut she reminds me of one of the Lawrence brothers. :) HA! Oh, and she's not sweating....it's the body glitter that the girls had been playing with earlier.
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Janae Jolene

So, we are finally to Miss Janae! She was a hard one to find pictures for. She is at that age, where most "posed" pictures you try to take, the eyes are crossed...the tongue is out, you know, normal 5 year-old stuff. ;)

The picture in the middle is one of my favorites of Janae. It was in Florida on the beach where Brian and I got married. It's just so refreshing. The top right, is so Janae. She is such a poser, I mean, look at the arm on the handlebar. I didn't instuct her on how to stand...she's just a natural model. ha!

After Brenna was born, I didn't want Janae to feel left out because there was a new baby in the family, so we had Addi and Janae dates. Since I have moved to Mishawaka and gotten married, we haven't been on one. Last week when we were camping, I realized that this is something that I need to start doing again. Not just with Janae but all of the kids. 4 weeks in a month....4 kids (for another 20 days or so). Once a week, I could rotate! :)
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Please pray for my brother, Jake

Just wanted to post a quick note to ask for prayers for my brother, Jake. He is the oldest of Bobby's boys and this past weekend he had a stroke. Jake is only 33 years old. His wife, Karen is pregnant with their second child and they have a son,Billy, who will be 3 in the middle of November. If you all could take some time to pray for Jake throughout the coming days while they are waiting to hear back on some test results.

Jake is in the John Deere shirt in the above picture between Brian and Seth.

Dear Lord,
I just come to you tonight, to ask you to be with my brother Jake. Lord, you are the great physician and master healer and your power is amazing. I ask that you wrap your arms around him so he can feel you Lord. That he can feel your compassion and love that you have for him. Lord, you promise us that when two or three come together in your name, you are there with them. And even though we cannot physically be there with Jake, we are gathered here together to pray for him, and we know you are with us.

In your name, Lord
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Thursday, July 12, 2007


Tonight as I was going through my thousands of pictures and trying to get them organized...I got to the wedding folder. :) I LOVE these pictures from our wedding day. I looked at these pictures and I am so thankful for my husband! These pictures where I am laughing so hard....it's what our house is like everyday. Not that everyday is perfect... but we always end up laughing. For that I am thankful!
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Our little man...

Our little Ty Philip is growing so fast and so BIG! :) He is turning into such a handsome little man. He is such a happy baby and he loves all of the ladies in his life. His awesome aunts, cuddly cousins, super sissy and marvelous mommy! He is already such a heartbreaker and when I think about it, I really feel sorry for all the girl's hearts he will break. Oh and I know he will break some! I know it will take a very wonderful woman to not only win the heart of him, but also his mommy, Senica, Janae, Brenna, April and me! You know...we're a tough crowd! :)

Honestly though, he is just so much fun! He thinks Senica is just the funniest thing. She can get him laughing and that gets us laughing! I can also tell how smart he is going to be. He really takes in everything around him and when I say his name, he recognizes it. He's rolling over now and before we realize it, he's going to be running around the house. He is just growing, growing, growning! I am just the aunt, but I can't believe how fast they grow! :(
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Senica Lyn

Psalm 127:3

I opened my Bible tonight...not having a plan to read any certain part of scripture and the pages fell to this Psalm. "Children are a reward from God." How true this is and after being so lucky to have spent most of last week with all of my nieces and nephew, I realize more and more these precious little lives are one of the best gifts from GOD!

So many captions can go with these pictures...the first one, "I have not a friend in the world." :) The third one..."Let's see how dirty I can get before it's even time to get out of my jammies." The fourth one...."I could be a model!" The foot one..."How many layers of nail polish can I put on before taking off the other coats....I think I'm up to 8!"

The bottom, middle picture is after one of her baths....too stinkin' cute!

To copy Leah's "Quinn's Quips" I have come up with "Senica's Sentiments" :) One night while driving from the campsite to go back to the cabin to take a bath, the radio is off and it's pretty quiet in the car. Senica says "Know what Kristi?? My daddy doesn't want me to grow up! He says's (in her best daddy voice) Senica, don't grow up!!" This is followed by her adorable giggle!! I can still hear it now...and again, she makes me smile!

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Janae at Pokagon 2005 v. 2007

Posted by PicasaIn 2005 April and Brian stayed in cabin #60. The picture on the left is Janae in 2005. Almost to the date...2 years later, July 2007, cabin #60 was Brian and my cabin! :) So, here she is again, posing! That's our Janae!!
Also, I wanted to ask for prayers for Brian's (April's) family. His grandpa, Papa Gene, passed away Saturday night. The viewing is tomorrow and the funeral will be on Wednesday, so please keep all of Brian's family in your prayers during this difficult time!