Thursday, February 28, 2008


We booked a party at Build-a-Bear for the girls. We went up to Buffalo on February 16. We booked the party in honor of Ava's first birthday...belated first birthday. We left Saturday morning with Ava, Phoebe, Elaina, Beth, Sara, Jess, Madelynn, Laurie, and me. We went home with seven new stuffed animals.

Ava wandered around and so we picked an adorable monkey for her. We named her Thai in honor of Ava's given Vietnamese name. Phoebe picked the pinkest, sparkliest, brightest animal that they had and she put the pinkest, sparkliest, brightest outfit they had on her. Her bear was appropriately named Pinky. Elaina picked a light brown bear but dressed her up with a Hannah Montanna jean skirt and shirt. Her bear is named Miley. Bethany made a fuzzy bear with denim jeans and a cowboy hat. His name is Wyatt. Sara made a puppy for Junior Champion (Jessi's baby due in March). He is wearing jean overalls and his name is Champ. Jess and Maddy made a light brown 'allergy friendly' bear. She wears a blue and shite striped dress. Laurie made a floppy bunny wearing overalls, a polo, and workboots. She is sending him to her newest granddaugther down south.

It was a lot of fun. Our 'helper' was named Anna. She was wonderful with the girls and really made it special. It was a little overwhelming at first. I am glad we booked the party so that we had our own area and our own helper. Here is a look at our girl's day out. More pictures to come!!

Friday, February 15, 2008


This picture is from Matt's induction into the National Honor Society at Houghton Academy. He worked very hard to get in to Honor Society at a school where the academics are on a collegiate level.

Here is Matt and Ava enjoying the swings.

This is Matt and his girlfriend Carly. They have gone to several of the formal events at the Academy together.


Here is our handsome Army man!

This was taken the day that we moved Aaron to RIT. The background is his dorm room. It was really hot that day...just in case you couldn't tell by Aaron's 'shirt'!

This is Aaron and his girlfriend Steph. They both graduated in May of 2007. They have been dating for a couple of years now. She is a very sweet girl.