Saturday, September 20, 2008

I am an Aunt again!!

I just can't say it enough! I am an aunt again! I will hopefully be saying it again and again over the years!!
My sister, Kati, and her husband, Josh, had their first little girl Thursday night. Marion Lea arrived at 10:22 PM, weighing in at 8lbs 5oz and 19.5 inches long. She is named after her great-grandparents. I LOVE her name and think it is absolutely perfect!
She is absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to meet her.
This is the only picture I have but as my sister says, "The cutest picture ever!" I completely agree!
Please pray for their new little family! Not only is adjusting to motherhood difficult but especially with no lights and in the situation Houston is in right now!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Rafting Trip

The ladies in the family got to go rafting one afternoon while the men folk watched the youngins. It was a nice break to get away and have some quiet time.

My mama and I. She said she could have pushed me and I would have rolled down the hill I was so big with all the clothes on. Thanks, mama!

Amanda (Al's wife), Aunt Janis, and mama

A brown bear we saw. That was probably the best part!

If you look close enough you can see the bald eagle. The other best part of the trip.


Fishing in Alaska

You know we didn't go to Alaska for the wedding. The REAL reason we went was for the fishing. Fly fishing!!!! This is of course according to the men in our family. I do believe they fished every day we were there except for the wedding day and the day we left. I could be wrong but you get my drift. They absolutely LOVE it! I honestly believe Darren would live there and fish everyday if he didn't have Isabella and I. Here are just a few pictures of how beautiful it is there but the beautiful fish they caught.

This is Al and Brent fishing on the Kenai River or the Russian River.

So, Darren, Al, and Brent got to go on a guided fishing trip......with a WOMAN! My husband said a woman had never taken him fishing before. This is the woman guide and Brent. Apparently, she did everything for them. Tied their lines, held the fish, and all. I do think they caught less fish then when they were fishing by themselves though. Which is the most important thing!
I love Brent's face!!

Darren and Natalia(I think this was her name!)

Al and fish! LOVE the hat!

Darren and a rainbow trout.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Alaska, Alaska, Alaska

Alaska......where do I begin? First of all I have tried for 2 days now to do a slideshow on here so that I could post more pictures. I, of course, can't figure this out so I will only be able to do a few at a time. If I had more time I am sure I could but my time is limited. I have decided though to split the trip into sections starting with the wedding. We took over 200 pictures and spent 10 days so I think one event at a time sounds good.

I need to start off by thanking the Lord. He got us there and back safely and without killing one another. (well, close) We are so thankful to be home! I am without a doubt a Southern girl who loves her Mississippi. We all had a good time and glad to be home safe and sound.

I should start off with the wedding.......the whole purpose of the trip. My youngest brother, Brent, got married to a precious girl named Bregitte. They really are a precious couple and you can tell they are meant to be with one another. Brent is the last of the four of us to get married. Kinda sad we won't have any more weddings for a while. Now time for all the grandkids. I know my mama(Marme) and Mr. Doug(Pap) can't wait! Marme has mentioned in the past she wants 16! Ha!
Anyway, back to the wedding! It really was a beautiful day and everyone around said it was the best day of the whole summer. The sun was out and there wasn't a drop of rain all day. The bride and groom looked great and were very pleased with how well it all went. If I haven't said it before Bregitte is from the Phillipines but has lived in the US since she was a toddler. She is the oldest of five so you can imagine there were a lot more of them then there were of us. It was great to meet all of Bregitte's family though and see a different culture in action. They are all a lot of fun and love her so much!

Here are just a few pictures from the day!

This is the lodge where we stayed. Bregitte's family was in one cabin and we were in the other.

Darren, Isabella, and I at the wedding.

Our family with the new addition. My sister is unfortunately missing. She wasn't able to travel up to Alaska for the wedding since she is so far along in her pregnancy!

This is where they got married. It was overlooking the Kenai river and mountains. It was absolutely breathtaking.

This chalkboard was outside our cabin door and one of Bregitte's family members wrote on it!

Hopefully, I can get some more on here later!