Thursday, August 27, 2009

Boys Camping Trip!

Located in Upper Eddy, Pa (Bucks County)

Quaint cabin rental - forgot to move the car out of photo...

Thanks, Grandma and Grandpa for taking us to the
most awesome camping adventure trip ever!!!

Getting ready for a cool night of fishing with Grandpa!

Our little fishies underwater fun...

LOOK OUT! Though, Charles has pretty good form...

Always a family favorite... Miniature Golf

What's that? A mushroom waterfall? Cool...

Soaking it up!!!

More underwater adventures

Boys will be boys... gotta have some racing time.

Look ma I caught a sunny!!! Way to go Spence.

Hmmmm.... bad idea alert!! lol

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Anniversary To Us!

The Night of the Proposal - 2/14/2006

He is SO HANDSOME... Thank You Lord.
Look Tony, it the "salt n pepper" shakers - (Fireproof)
Though, they are VERY different, you always see them Together ;)

THE NIGHT OF THE PROPOSAL - Valentine's Day 2006
Yes, we planned our entire wedding in only 6 months!!! We met each other in November of 2004, ironically at another restaurant too, (we really love to eat). Then, in August of 2006, we held our ceremony in our very first house together on Mill Road in East Norriton, Pa and it was the most stunning, simple, intimate setting with family and friends and kids at our favorite place, home, then a celebration at the Blue Bell Inn. It was so meaningful to the both of us, as our children were our wedding party too! This was during a time in our lives where Christ was truly entering our hearts, minds and lives and leading the way for us.

We were dressed to the nines as you can see, because I had a feeling something special was taking place... then, Tony took me out to Sullivan's Restaurant (my most favorite place) it's an "old school" fine dining, jazz club and restaurant located in King of Prussia, Pa! and then treated me with the world's best Surf n Turf meal ever!!! Of course, the surprise ending - he actually got down on his knee in front of me and before the whole restaurant, that night too... I was teary eyed and said YES, of course, then we closed the evening with the most excellent kiss and dessert!!!

Today is our "Third Year" Wedding Anniversary!
Yes, we're still technically "Newly Weds" some might say...

I chose to share our special memorable photos particularly of our engagement, as this truly marked the beginning of a new life for us both (a second chance if you will), not only as becoming husband and wife, but walking with Christ together as a new family in full commitment and devotion to each other! I also want to tell everyone how much I absolutely love God for bringing me to a place in my life where I truly began sharing in life's adventures, joys, and struggles with the most wonderful man named, Tony who has grown along with me in loving Christ and building a stronger, lasting relationship with Him and in that growth has shown me the most amazing kind of love that I couldn't possibly mention in words to this very day!

Looking forward to many more years together along with our adorable children...

Happy Anniversary, My Dearest Anthony!
I am his and he is mine, my beloved and my best friend.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Just the Girls...

(Krystal and Me)
This is how we really are, no kidding! We get absolutely so Giddy,
when we're together, we can't even talk normal, its absolutely ridiculous!!!
My little sister, Krystal (she's in love by the way) and me
"posing" for the camera! lol
My mom, Linda and "we sisters" (yes, Krystal is really
that tall), just having a time
at Amanda's baby shower.

Amanda's Baby Shower - My Cousins

Yesterday, I went to my cousin's (you see, the one with
all the silly ribbons and things) baby shower,
held at Georgine's Restaurant in Bucks County (great food).
These are all the girls from my mom's side of the family,
though, one more is missing (Danielle) she jetted out earlier on...
(the girls always throw me near the center of photos because
I'm the shortest (adult) and we were running out of room for the camera
lens to stretch, "ha ha") but I do miss everyone so much
and was so happy to celebrate with them!!
Was also fun fun fun shopping for little girl stuff too ;)
This is Amanda... glowing, tearful and tired as you can imagine -
she is due in September.
It's her first child as a Newly Wed and we are
so happy for her! Ah, the joys, cries are only beginning... lol

My Three Sons

Joshua absolutely loves his big brothers!!! Can you tell?

Joshua on film!

This clip is 6 minutes, but worth every minute!
He is growing so fast and just too cute to keep up with.
He's now 4 mos. and 8 days @ a chubby"13"lbs - he loves holding
his new little toy zebra.
*Oh, don't mind me, I'm just a giddy momma
as you'll hear on the video.
Enjoy with me.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Road Trip to Indian Mountain Lakes

THE CULPRIT - Why Nana has to protect her garden! :)
The boys caught "mr. dear" here grazing around her yard.
AWESOME LILY POND (with fishies too) in backyard!!!

On Sunday, our family decided to take a trip to the Pocono area to visit the fam, my wonderful in-laws, The Allens! Nan and Pop-Pop (Tony's parents) didn't get to hold their newest little grandson, Joshua until yesterday! Nan was so excited, when we arrived she about fell over and cried with JOY - it was so great to see them! Pop kept it a "secret" that we were arriving for the day to visit :) It was hilarious because Nan loves to prepare for our visits of course as any Grandma (nana) would! But when she saw Josh for the first time she just loved him up with hugs and kisses. Josh was surprisingly delightful! Full of smiles and no cries... well at least for a little while!

I've included some pictures of our day together. My mom has such an amazing "green thumb" I'm so envious of... and I had to show off her beautiful "Garden of Weedin"! We did get to visit with Katie too, my sister in law and Jen, a wonderful friend of the family (sorry no pics of us) they were so sweet and glad to meet Josh too and even had a really nice quilted bag for me filled with baby goodies!!

The boys and I had a great visit! Everything from: homemade ice tea, pop-pop's cookin for lunch and dinner, some stooges videos, some cosmic catch (boys game) and of course a plethora of dessert choices! We are so glad we got to see them and spend some time laughing and enjoying the gorgeous day together!

Friday, August 14, 2009

SPIT-UP! SPIT-UP!... Its everywhere!

HELP... It's everywhere I look!
You'd think he wrote the book!
It begins with an innocent smile from his chubby face
then a warm, slimy gush takes place...

Mommy prepared with all the rags
figuring I have it all in the bag...

Suddenly, I feel more slimy warmth on my back
He got me with a SPIT-UP attack!

OH NO... its running down the front of me too
how many babies do I have?
Josh, its just YOU!

Thankfully that "yucky" moment has passed
and now, all thats left is "the GAS"...



Thursday, August 13, 2009

Run for Your Life - Video

Feeling a bit passionate today and came across
this delightfully moving video/message....

What has happened to our passion for Christ in the
church today?
I believe this man has the right idea... decide for yourself.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits,
whether they are of God; because many false prophets
have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1

Had to share this with you today as an example
of a leader out there who truly cares
for our eternal souls - as every good
leader/pastor would!

So, why aren't we holding our leaders and
pastors accountable?

For God so loved the world... but we are too
laid back in our freedoms today,
we've even legalized sinful behaviors?

Spiritual complacency is VERY scary to me
as I've been there
before not to mention, its quite dangerous
for our souls. We desperately need to seek
Jesus before, during and after worship services and
If we are NOT getting messages in church that convict
us of our sin, even in our safe Christianity,
then we need a serious wake up
call to our elders and pastors as they are
shepherding the congregations all over today and very
well could be leading us off of God's path!
"Matthew 7:13"

Stand up for The Truth, God's Word, before more
souls perish without Him. Do we even care?
God is SO Holy we can't even fathom
and our sin is SO serious to Him! We have a
responsibility as believers especially. Let's
help each other out more often and stop
allowing sin to reign free under our noses.
Stop (voting) for
immorality, feministic views, economic
"so called" security... lies and the list
goes on...we all know who and what they are!
We were not made to have our "ears tickled" and
live so comfortably as they say...
but to Live according to God's standards, period.
Dear God,
Let us get back to the 10 Holy Commandments
and realize they are not "10 suggestions".
Revelation is coming... and we need each other.
Will you believe and
make a real Godly change?

Here's some ideas to get started:
PRAY WITH ME: Awesome Lord of heaven, You are
wonderful and so forgiving, help
me to remember how Holy you truly are Jesus.
As we pray we are literally entering into
Your Holy Presence and should not take it
lightly any longer. Create in me a new passion
for You to seek You, to know Your Truth,
Lord, to take You more seriously!
So that I can be free to live to glorify You! The
world is pressuring us by the minute, we are
so weak and want to have You transform us
with Your Holy Spirit, the living water for our lives...
Thank You for this day and for Your Holy promises.

Monday, August 10, 2009

To my sister...with love

Free Christmas Clipart
The Faithful One

Father God,
Will you answer my sister's weary heart cry?
the days, the nights are long flying by...

Have you been preparing in her, a servant kind of love?
so that she may be ready to honestly, join "that club"...

Surely, you must know this young woman,
the faithful one who calls out your beautiful name?
truly, time is testing and can be an unfriendly game...

Father God, will you bless her along the way?
as she learns to trust in you day by day...

Will you let it be clear to her, oh, that "Special One"?
meanwhile, remind her that true love's work
has already begun...

With Love and Hugs, your sister,
Nichole Marie

Mommy and Josh

What a joy you are to me

Discovering new laughter here I see

Forever close you will be

Funny Face Josh

Not sure what this face was all about but... can you see the hilarity of it, no?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Valley Forge Trip

Tony took the boys (Charles and Spence) to Valley Forge
for some sight seeing and some history lessons. Father & Sons Day together!!!
though, I had my little man Josh at home relaxing in some air conditioning that day.

Look out for Charles!

Love my boys...they are so sweet.

Charles decided to put his hand in this photo...pretty neat!