Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Girl's Week Out

Payton and I just got home from a wonderful week visiting one of my very best friends, Tamela, in Virginia (about 4 hours north of Roanoke, I think!) They are pastoring a growing church there. Melvin and Tamela were gracious hosts, and we had a fabulous time catching up and enjoying quality time together.

One afternoon we went to a big outdoor shopping center. Payton LOVED this big fountain!

She was ready to jump right in!

Meeting "Callie" the kitten. Payton quickly fell in love!

Amazingly enough, the kitty did too! Payton loved carrying it around. We (and the kitten!) had to quickly teach her that carrying it by the tail or neck was not the best of ideas!

We were trying for a photo shoot...very difficult with a wiggly 18-month-old and a squirmy 8-week old kitten!

Payton was broken-hearted at being separated, even for a few minutes, from her new little friend! This picture made me laugh!

Payton loved playing outside every evening. So nice to not worry about pesky mesquitos, and to just be able to enjoy the nice weather!

Payton really got into the PS2 football game! Melvin gave her a disconnected one, and she thought she was big stuff!!!

Melvin and Tamela took us to the Smiths' farm one afternoon so that Payton could take her first "real" horse ride!

She would only pet the horse with one finger...so funny!

She was nervous at first...

but loved it as soon as they started moving!

"Thank you, Melvin, for such a good time!!!"

Then it was off to feed the chickens....Payton loved it!

Watching the ducks cool off...

Back from the farm...Payton thought she needed some boots, too!

Packing up to head home...

Telling the kitty good-bye...

My friend, Tamela, and I. I am looking forward to going back again sometime!
Thank you, Melvin and Tamela, for treating us to such a fun week!!!!!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Trip to the park with Rhoda and her girls!

One really great thing (there are many!) about Chad, Jennifer, and the boys moving to Indiana is that they only live about an hour and a half from Robb's sister, Rhoda, and her family. It is so great to be able to visit both sides of the family in the same state--seems like everyone is so spread out! Rhoda, Brooklyn, and Brittany met us halfway at a nice park on Monday morning. Payton, of course, loved the attention from her big cousins, and Jennifer, Theresa (Jennifer's mom), and I had a great time visiting with Rhoda! The kids were moving too quickly to get very many pictures, but here are a few...
I told Rhoda that I would love to bring her two girls home with me for awhile! They are so sweet and careful with Payton...and all three of them love it!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Payton and her cousins...

Indiana 2009

Payton and I are thoroughly enjoying our week in Indiana helping my brother and sister-in-law move into their new home. You wouldn't know it from the pictures, but we have been working hard! But, we've taken plenty of opportunities to just have fun, too!

I had quite a few pictures, so I made a facebook album again. You don't have to have a facebook account to view the pictures...just click on the link below and enjoy!