April 11, 2007

Easter Babies

Easter Girl

Easter Boy

April 09, 2007

Happy Belated Easter

day 60/Easter Leftovers

March 27, 2007

Don't Tell

We all have our secrets...

day 49/ don't tell...

March 25, 2007

6 months

My little bug, you're already half-a-year old! How did this happen so quickly? Over the past month you have started solid foods,
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and just continued to grow.

You're talking all the time now. Long and loud cooo's. And don't get me started on your brother, you are already trying to follow him around, and you get the biggest kick when he's around and pays attention to you.
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Dad keeps saying over and over again how much fun you are now that you're developing your own little personality. You are not a cuddly bug that's for sure. But oh you're still doing quite well on the whole sleeping thing.

Happy half year Lilli Bug!

Lilli 6 months

March 24, 2007

"Waiting is the hardest paaart"

Our beloved Ms. Debbie is retiring in May. Kids, this throws a serious kink in things. I'm telling ya, just as you should automatically get a degree for being able to (successfully) schedule your college classes so you can actually get out of college in 4 years, you should also receive some sort of "prize" for being able to find suitable childcare (tho I guess finding the suitable childcare in the first place is really a prize).

I'm thrilled to death that some of you found success in daycares, but we couldn't take another day of the last and first thing we see when dropping/picking Conner up is him sitting on the floor and sobbing. Um no thanks. Plus a lot of these baby factories (what Adam calls them) usually aren't very flexible when it comes to part-time schedules. While it kills me to dole out hundreds of dollars a month for some other person to experience milestones with my kids, but I know they earn and deserve every bit of it.

Luckily, there seems to be a few things in the hopper* which will enable us to not need any more childcare in the near future, but I'm not holding my breath. (my knuckles are also raw for all the knocking on wood). Of course, right now I'm just interested in getting through this whole hellish debacle with some former employers.

I mean who wouldn't want to stay at home with this adorable face?

*a phrase that I often heard at my former job and hated. then i started thinking maybe I just hated it because of who said it, so to be fair, I tried to use it. Nope. Still hate it.

March 02, 2007

Foto Flashback Friday

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Wearing my dad's boots. Heck yes I'm cool. Gawd I would kill for that hair now, and look at my teef! That GAP, I had to have surgery to remove the piece of skin that connects your jaw to the lip there because it was "too meaty" gag. I remember the orthodontist saying those words to this day!

February 26, 2007

5 months!

Lilli-bug! You're almost a whole half a year old, I can't freaking believe it.

You're getting so big and gorgeous, with that lovely red hair, and your eyes, oh what a wonderful shade, just like your brothers. You sleep all night now and the milk is starting to not be able to hold you over. We tried a little bit of cereal on Saturdy, and pssh you've had better.

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It appears the only gene that you've gotten from me is the "nosey gene" you hold that noggin up so you can be in everyones business!

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At your last check up you weighed 11lb 11 oz! A far cry from the wee 5 lbs when you came to meet us.

I love the fact that you won't eat for your daddy as well as for me, and that you can always be comforted by the sound of my voice and the soothing touch of my hand.
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I love you Lilli-bug!

Conner and the Beast

took the boy to see Beauty and the Beast at Adam and I's old high school.

Fabulous job, really. Made me a bit nostalgic for my days in high school theatre, and making out with Adam in the light booth putting on some fabulous shows.

Conner and the Beast


January 23, 2007


Taken by my SIL Gwen...


December 28, 2006

Christmas ReCap

Whew. Is it over now? We had our (what we hope to be) annual Christmas Eve Open House on Sunday with a great turnout and a busy busy Monday.

Conner was feeling a little sick on Monday, so it wasn't the wrapping paper tearing blizzard I thought it would be, until I got a present from Adam that was a box from J.O. Endris. Woot! A pretty bracelet to match my ring. He still had fun though, and Adam and I had just as much watching him.


After morning with the family and naps, we headed off to my sisters and then to Adams parents. The view at my sisters house was truly a great display of American excess...


It was a great and busy holiday, and as rushed and stressed as we were, I'm never happy it's over. I love this season and getting everyone together.

I had a great holiday with my husband and my two wonderful children and I am so grateful.

Adam and I, Christmas Eve

Plus Conner got a Johnny Cash action figure!

Cash and Conner

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December 27, 2006

3 months

Happy three months Lilli-Bug! Gosh this last month has been busy. You've started smiling and cooing and really starting to form your own little personality. We've had a few challenges when it comes to sleeping and have had to pull out the old ringer and place you in the aquarium swing so we all keep our sanity, but once you fall asleep, generally you're out for 5-6 hours at night. It really is great. Your gorgeous hair is still coming in red, and you're already up to 10lbs 2 oz! Officially doubling your size from when you were born.

It's amazing to see you respond to mine and daddies voices and watch you turn your head to find us. Conner loves you more every day, and still likes to comfort you however he can.

This last weekend we celebrated your first Christmas, and you took it like a champ. True you were pretty much up all night Christmas Eve, but you're so cute, what are you gonna do?

We went to church with Dad and Conner on Christmas Eve morning, and put you in a gigantic puffy dress that your great grandma bought for you. YOu slept through the whole service, just perfect.


December 22, 2006

Reason for the Season

This past weekend, we took Conner to the local firehouse to drop off some toys for the Toys For Tots charity. We tried to explain to Conner we weren't taking these toys to be mean, and that Santa was going to take them to boys and girls all over that weren't going to get as many things as he was. We also talked about sharing and how good he is with Lilli. Whenever she's crying he offers her whatever toy he's playing with to soothe her.

When we got to the firestation he was a little shy at first but eventually started helping the fireman empty out the toys and then said, "Santa give these to everybody". Gah! I was so proud of him.

I think we'll make this a yearly tradition and hopefully build in him the importance of caring for your fellow man, and realizing how truly grateful we are.

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December 08, 2006


Lilli has been coming to work with me about three days a week since I've been back and most of the time it's been going pretty well. Of course some days she's in rare form and decides she's going to be awake for no less then 22 hours a day and demand that I hold her while pumping, working, being on the phone and typing emails and contracts. Luckily she doesn't seem to bug anyone else but me, hooray for my own office.

That's why I decided to jump on the sling bandwagon. I ordered this gorgeous pink paisley sling from Hotslings yesterday and I can't wait for it to get here. I also must give props to Jenna for being such a supporter of baby-wearing and it rubbing off on me.

Lastly, here is a delightful picture of Lilli and I at work that my boss took. And althoug it doesn't really look like it in the picture, since Ms. Lilli graced us with her presence, I've lost 25 lbs and am down a pants size from when I got pregnant with her back in February. Woot!

Lilli and I at work

November 30, 2006

Lilli had her 2 month check up this week, and she's already up to 9 lbs and 21 inches long! She's in the 5th percentile for height and weight and the 10th for her head size. HAH!

She got more immunizations and the new wonderful WONDERFUL immunization against the awful rotavirus.

I was able to get her first small smile out of her yesterday by playing peek-a-boo. She's even prettier when she smiles!

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November 27, 2006

2 months

Happy 2 month birthday little Lilli-Bug! You have grown so much over the last month. Now you are awake for longer periods of time and love to look around. We just put the Christmas Tree up, and the lights are fantastic! We're going to have to start feeding you steak as you're already eating 6 oz a feeding. I'm getting scared I won't be able to keep up!

You have filled out all over and now have a cute little double chin, chubby cherub cheeks, rolly-polly squishy legs and fingers and toes I love to eat.

You recognize mine and daddies voices, and Conner adores you. He hates to hear you cry and does what he can to comfort you.

We had a rocky start but you are growing by leaps and bounds and I love you so much!


November 22, 2006

I know it's a day early but...

Happy Thanksgiving

November 20, 2006


*I had this post written yesterday I swear! My wireless just won't let me upload pictures*

This weekend we went to the Festival of Trees and Lights so I could take pictures for the Christmas cards of the babies. Yeah, that didn't work out so well. Conner scowled the whole time. Adam jr.

Anyway, here is a crappy one of the whole family.

The family

It's a good thing our kids are cute.

November 09, 2006


She's getting so big, she even has a little double-chin (the one thing she got from her mama).

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November 08, 2006

Journey of the belly

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September 20, 2006

for me

Because a little nekid baby butt can cheer up anyone's shit day.


Healthy Parenting

I always said I'd never be one of those parents who bought their kids everything, it was a waste of money, I thought.

Ha. that flew right out the window the first time I saw how happy Conner gets. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I run out and buy him everything I see or he see's, it can something as big as a helicopter toy or inflatable spider for the front yard(I'll get to that in a minute) or as small as a new cup with spongebob on it, or even a piece of paper for him to put stickers on. Seriously, that kid grins and it's all over. This is also part of the reason Adam and I choose to work full-time, so we can buy him things that he wants and needs, and we can afford to go to the zoo with him, or take him to the fair to see the "moos", or go camping and rent a boat for him to "drive".

Of course, sometimes this backfires. Case-in-point, since the stores started putting out their Halloween crap while fireworks were still going off for 4th of July, I have been way ready to decorate for fall and Halloween. It's always been my favorite time of year, and with Conner it's even more enjoyable. At one store we visisted, they had a huge section devoted to the big blow up yard displays, and then he saw it. The big black and purple "pidey" with legs that moved and eyes that glowed. He was infatuated. We had to take several trips around the pidey every time we visted the store. I went back 2 weeks ago to buy it and it was gone. I don't know who was going to be more heartbroken, me or Conner. They manager said they "may" get more in, but he just didn't know. Happily they did get more in and I brought one home on Saturday. Conner danced around the box and immitated how the pidey moved when all blown up.

Adam asked Conner if he wanted to set it up in the living room. Then all hell broke loose. Conner flipped shit and did a total 180. My proud purchase and attempt to lure Conner over from the "dadside" had backfired, and I think I just scarred him emotionally now.

Once the thing was out of the box and blown up, we couldn't peel him off our laps. Adam and I each took our turn sitting next to the pidey and even fed it a dog. Nothing. Of course Adam was delighted. Conner also said his first sentence that day. Pidey back in box!!!


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September 06, 2006

Watch the F out!

I've been fighting it for as along as I can, but the snark is starting to win out.

I have a huge list of people who have contributed to the current state of snark, but since this is a public thingie, I shant screw myself over by posting it here. (hooray for old school written journals).

While most of this is probably due to hormones from the baby, I'm pretty sure its also a good indicator that I need to get back with the Lexapro soon. Believe me, I don't like having to be right and superior all the time people, it get's old!

seal snark central

August 21, 2006

roosevelt quote

This was on a banner at the entrance to the Indiana War Memorials Musuem, in Indianapolis. We were there on Sunday for Adam's graduation from his OCS class (which I'll talk about later).

This banner made me stop and ponder for a bit because it really sums up what, I think, being in the military means to a lot of these men and women.

They do something most of us could never do by serving in the armed forces, they sacrifice family, security and a lot of other things on the off chance that they will get to help someone just "be better".

As you walk through the musuem it starts at the beginning of our country basically and follows the conflicts up till the present day war in Iraq.

Several of the displays are about individuals in the armed forces who made a significant impact (most gave their lives) to the country and sometimes even world. And these are just people from Indiana.

It also made me question what I am doing to help others better their current situations. Is it everything I can bed? Is there something more?

This quote just hit me in such a way that I wanted to share it with you guys and I hope you can find some kind of special meaning in it too.

August 19, 2006

Snakes On a Motherf*&%ing Fan!

Now THIS is devotion kids!

August 15, 2006

Ambu-lar's Wedding

My friend Amber got married on Saturday, and I wasn't in the wedding. :-) Whatever, that's not the point of this post. The point is to say congrats and show you guys some cute wedding pictures. Also, I want to show off some of my "whack" photo-playing-around-with skills.

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August 14, 2006

30 weeks

Wow, she's getting so big (and so am I!) We are getting more excited by the day now. Only 10 weeks it feels like this pregnancy has just flown by!

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July 20, 2006

Happy dance

Hooray. Our ultrasound following up on LIlli's kidney went wonderful today. They said she still has a bit of fluid but it's nothing that is a problem. They will be doing an ultrasound once she is born, just to check out and be safe, but it's pretty good news!

She was moving around everywhere and the tech was just awesome. She even snuck us in a few 3d/4d pictures.

My God, Lilli is just gorgeous. She has the same nose as Conner did (mine) and, oh hell just see for yourself! Click on the picture for more!

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July 17, 2006

Birthday Party!

Yesterday we celebrated Conner's 2nd birthday. Yes it was a wee bit early, but Adam will be gone with military on his actual birthday so this just worked out better.

Here are some fabulous (read:cute to only me) and repetitive pictures of Conner enjoying the balloons and attention.

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July 14, 2006

take me out to the ball-game

Yesterday was another busy day, but strangely enough a day of firsts with the boy.

Right after work, we all had to hustle to church (while managing not to sweat off make-up and frizz-up the hair-well me anyway) for directory pictures. I was a little aprehensive as the boy has a tendancy to be well...spoiled. Alas, the photographer was great and knew just want to do to get the bean to smile. Make farting noises and have a stuffed animal fall off his head. We were also able to get a picture of Adam and I and a good one of Conner, perfect for his two-year pictures.

I had my glasses on for half of them and then took them off for the over half, you know variety and all. hah it turns out that when I don't have anything on to help correct my vision I have a wonkey eye. Now at least I know where Conner gets it. Saaah-weet.

After pictures we headed off to sweet our butts off at the Louisville Bats game with the fam. Adam went home to paint the primer on our trim.killjoy. it was hot, but worth it. The boy got to hang out with family and have a great time.

Conner and mom

*Conner and Rene', my sisters boyf, "Charging"*

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*the kizito cookie lady*

June 07, 2006

Stargazer Lilly

I got home from work yesterday and while outside messing with Conner and the pups, and noticed that my Stargazer Lilly had finally opened, on the same day we found out that, in October, our own little Lillian will be (God willing) gracing us with her presence. Here are a few shots I took of it.

My creation

May 26, 2006

Memorial Weekend

With this upcoming weekend being that of the Memorial kind, please take a moment to remember all of our service men and women, past and present. There are many who have sacrificed much. I feel my family is extra blessed when it comes to Adam's military life and what we've had to (and not had to) endure.

This is not about supporting or not-supporting this war or this president, but about taking a moment to be silent and grateful.
Thanks and enjoy your time together this weekend.

May 22, 2006

I'm back from Vegas

whew it was busy and went by fast. I'll post more detailed shiz later, but I had to share this with you guys ASAP.
Guess who I met in the airport?

Dermott Mulroney!! He was extremly nice and super hot in person. (you can tell in the picture that he wants me too)

oh yeah 16 week belly pic, Vegas style

April 26, 2006

Master/Reverand Bret

Last weekend at Thunder, Brit took some awesome pictures of the Con-Man. He can really kick some ass on the picture-taking business.

Seriously, he said some really nice stuff about Conner and it was the kind of thing that made me heart hurt because of how proud I am of Conner. Who knew how emotional this parenting thing could be?

If only Brit could take a decent picture of me.

April 07, 2006

12 weeks

Here be the baby belly at (almost) 12 weeks. Wow they are so right when they say that you look pregnant earlier with your second. I can't wait to get past the "just looking chunky" stage.


March 06, 2006

Mother of all that is holy!

What the hell is this? Eddie Van Halen? Looks like Eddie meets the Crypt Keeper!

Seriously, I freaking recoiled in horror. And is he holding his dentures in his right hand? WTF!!!

March 02, 2006


Conner and I had dinner at my grandma's house last week. It was good for all of us.
I honostly don't know how she stay's there. I can't be there without sobbing.

She made chicken and noodles and mashed potatoes (ahh carb's, Hill family favorites)

Since she doesn't have a high-chair, he usually sits at this bar-stool and eats. I swear he is never that messy in his high-chair at home. We finally got him all nakie (save the diaper) and wrapped a tea-towell around him and let him go to town. We all had a blast.

Then we played a rousing game of pass the stressball!

Enjoy, and try to ignore your womb yelling at you from the cuteness!

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February 28, 2006

speaking of pictures

I took these a few weeks ago.
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This last one, I actually cropped and had it blown up into a poster. I'll probably frame it and hang it in my office.

February 22, 2006


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February 2006

February 07, 2006

On a lighter* note

I got my hair cut on Saturday. Now I know this may not seem to be a big deal, but oh if you only knew the internal struggles I face everyday because of my hair, and when it is cuttin' time, get out the Pepto!

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January 27, 2006

Hot Dog Cookout!

Wednesday I had a meeting in Cinci for work. I had been dreading this meeting and got home a little late. Adam decided he was going to be awesome and start a fire in our outdoor fireplace and cook me some hot dogs! (i know i know it's sick but I love me some hot dogs).

It was a pretty funny scene when i arrived home. Conner had 2 paris of pants on, overalls and a hooded zip up jacket, he was running around the backyard(have I mentioned this kid LOVES to be outside) just tryinig to keep his balance.

Adam had the hotdogs on a stick and was holding them over the little fire pit. It was so funny.

This is the kind of stuff though, that I hope everyone get's to experience. It made me realize how lucky I am. It was freezing outside, and Adam HATES hot dogs, but he does it anyway. and Conner, well he's just pretty much awesome.
Here are some pictures for your Friday enjoyment...
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January 19, 2006

I'm Ba-ack!

First off, a big thanks to everyone who helped me and mine out in some way over, not only the last few days, but ever since my grandpa got sick.

The service was nice and had a lot of meaningful parts in it, some of his favorite hyms, some bible verses read by a close pastor friend of his, and I read my list. It was nice while I was reading it to hear some people chuckle at a few of the things and respond in a knowing manner. I felt I did a good job representing and summing up parts of him that made him, him!

It has been your prayers, thoughts, messages and visits that have made this bearable. Those that made the trip to come to the funeral home on Tuesday, just wow, you guys are awesome.

(does this feel like it's turning into an Emmy speech to anyone else...)

But seriously, it has been rough and still is, but you guys really have helped!

I have some pictures to post from Conner's dedication, and a few other cute ones so click below to see 'em

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January 09, 2006

Get my Picture Took

Sunday, Conner and I ventured the way of the professional photographer, not neccesarily because we need more pictures of the boy, but because I want a decent picture of Conner and I.

I think they turned out really really well, even though I didn't get a proof of the best one :-(

My only real complaint was that for some reason, his eyes look very dark instead of their normal bright blue.
oh and all these pictures are protected by copyright. there I said it, can't stop you beyond that (wink,wink)

January 03, 2006

New Year's Pics

It was a little weird with Aaron not being there :-( but people got drunk and stupid enough to take his place. Raech and I hardly had anything, Save a beer during catchphrase and the champagne toast. At any rate here are some pics from Tim's and then some from the family gathering.

*Daniel and I both spouse-less, Robin was at work and Adam in Virginia*

*Jess giving an excellent clue in a rousing game of Catchphrase*

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December 29, 2005

Christmas Day

Here are some fun pictures from Christmas Day...WHEEEEE!

*The brother and sister-in-law (don't they look like they are watching kittens being tortured?)*

*Conner and Gramerly checkiing out the loot*

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December 27, 2005

Christmas Eve Open House

And the crazy tendancies of my family members.

As you peruse through these photos take note of the following two things.
1) My family has an uncanny ability to look anywhere BUT the camera while having their picture taken.
2) My mom looks like she has just had the worst news delivered to her...ALWAYS!

*my mom-looking like she is crying. My Grandad- who the hell knows what he is looking at!*

*my mom-looking teary eyed-again, grandad- who the hell even knows. Wait are my aunt and cousin actually looking at the camera-and they look like they are having a good time! Thank God its on film*

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November 21, 2005



November 16, 2005


My mom's dad just moved out here from California.
He was having his new house built so he was staying with my mom and dad for a while, he just moved in this past weekend. Pretty good timing, I think the family bonding was about at it's peak.

We thought it was great though because he got to spend quite a lot of time with Conner.
So anyway, having everyone together was a great time for me to get some update pictures of everyone.

*Alicia don't be mad, I dropped the camera before I got a chance to take yours and moms picture with the boy*

Here they are:

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November 02, 2005


Conner was a chicken for Halloween. Not because he particularly likes them, or we have any special bond, but because he looked so damn cute!

Halloween started Sunday night at Gramerly and Pap's for a bonfire and lots of marshmAllows!

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Gwen, my sister-in-law, and I are sort of in this ride together. We both came into the Paris family from completely differant backgrounds, so when things get crazy, we will ride it out together. She, Raech and I "work: on the Sunday crossword together...haven't finished one yet

OK so maybe we had some more marshmallows...

BWAAHHH! He's just so cute!

Halloween night. The trick-or-treaters were out when I rolled in from work at 5:30! I tell you it was like something out of a movie! Kids were everywhere, it was so fun!

Views from the porch

Conner and Dad

Conner and our "nanny", Adam's unclie Jimi. He has been so fabulous. He adores Conner and Conner loves him! They go for 2-3 hour walks around the neighborhood everyday. It's great!

Conner found the jackpot! Everytime a kid would come up for candy, and we would give him some, Conner would just get this very disturbed look on his face, like WHY ARE YOU GIVING MY CANDY AWAY!

"But mooom, I wanna take it off!"

Good stuff

I swear to God, if there is an unflattering camera angle, Adam will find it

October 20, 2005

I mean if there isn't a website name that describe me more perfectly. It's no wonder I am a fan.
Mrs. Kennedy pretty much rocks my world. She has the most bitchen' first name- Eden. It's just so-so pretty! I luurve it. She can cuss without sounding like she lives in a trailor. She can describe birthday party scenes gone awry like nobody's business. Plus her hair rules, how many people can pull off that cute style?

So, in honor of, here are my obligatory Fussy shirts. Of which I have already had 3 comments and 4 funny stares today.


Of course the "holy shit look how big this shirt makes my boobs look" shot.

Now, if I could just jump on that writing well part...

October 18, 2005

Pumpkin Pickin' and Zoo Going

Here come a lot of pictures...

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Alicia, Conner and Hilary at St. James Art Fair

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Conner and I on the East Spring Street Neighborhood Assoc Float in the Harvest Homecoming Parade

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Conner at the Zoo!

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Watching the gorilla's!

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Look at me walking!

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" I swear I wasn't going to pour this on the floor!"

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Look at the chubby little cheekie-weekies!

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He does love me!

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Dancing to the Autumn Mix 2005, compliments of Sweetney

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At the Playground, doesn't this look like a childrens's catalog picture?

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Conner and Aunt Rae

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Conner and me going down the slide. Why do I look "special"?

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"Here I come!"

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On the Tractor ride that takes you out to the Huber pumpkin patch

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Conner and some punkins'

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Conner's pumpkin, that he picked out.

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Dad and Conner discussing the pumpkins

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The house all ready for Halloween!

October 04, 2005

Falls of the Ohio

We went to the Falls of the Ohio a few weeks ago to climb around and get dirty. Here are pics.

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September 08, 2005

Ziggin' it Ziggin' it!

I went to the Get Motivated Seminar yesterday with work and it was AMAZING.

I got to hear Steve Forbes, Zig Ziglar, Rudy Giuliani, Phil Town and others speak! It was so, so, MOTIVATING.

I even got to meet Zig Ziglar-he was on my list of people to meet!




August 04, 2005

does this work?