Franklin Five

Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Our First Night at the Beach

After a long day of travel, everyone was happy to be out of the car and excited to see the beach. Close to the restaurant where we ate dinner, we found a grassy area for the kids to run around and play. My brother got some amazing shots of all the kids. He's such a great photographer and I love the faces of each of the children.Will's first glimpse at the ocean

me and my baby boy

Davis and Hayley

Graham and Will



Graham-Graham-Bo-Bam (as Will so affectionately calls him)

Davis and Graham

in the sand where his heart is content

Monday, August 25, 2008

Celebrating Davis's birthday

Davis, Tim's sister's son, turns three this week, so we celebrated his birthday while we were at the beach. The kids enjoyed some craft time, ate dinner, had birthday cake, and then went outside to play with water balloons. Will enjoying the crafts

Will and Graham eating cupcakes

Patsy, Melanie, Davis and Hayley

Don't they look like little angels waiting for the cake?

Graham looks like his daddy with a go-tee.

the birthday boy

Beach-Part 2

Some of the highlights of our trip were playing on the beach every morning, floating on the raft with Wesley purring contentedly on my lap, getting ice cream with Graham, watching the kids play with water ballons, glow sticks around the ankles on the beach at dusk, laughing with my goofy brother, watching the cousins make great memories, going out to dinner with my hubby, and a birthday party for Davis.
Davis and Graham (Drew's hiding in the back.)

Hayley-the only girl on the trip-but she could keep up with all the boys.

Tim, Graham and Perpy

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Back from the Beach

We just returned from a great week at the beach with my brother, Tim's sister, their families, and Tim's mom. Six children 3 and under in one house made for a lot of excitment. The beach was beautiful and fortunately, God held off the hurricane until we left. Here are just a few pictures from the week. More will come later. Will and Graham spent lots of time pushing their dumptrucks around the beach.

My brother and Tim made a super cool sand castle and mote.

Tim's mom and sister with her family during our last night at the beach.

I love this action shot!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Facing the Sun

While in Memphis, Patsy took us to a Farmer's Market. Graham loved looking at all of the different fruits and vegetables and watching the pea sheller machines at work. If it had not been 100 degrees with a heat index of 109, we would have stayed longer. On our way home, we stopped by this beautiful field of sunflowers. I wished I could have gotten more pictures of both of the boys, but we were just too hot.

The End of our Trip

After we left Tyler, we stayed for a few days in Memphis to visit Perpy, Tim's mom. She took us to a wonderful park where we fed the ducks and turtles. Graham enjoyed it so much that we visited the park every day we were in Memphis.

Wesley is pulling up and cruising a lot more these days. It won't be long until he's walking.

Daddy met us in Memphis on Saturday after a camping trip he made with some friends. Check out his manly scruffiness. I'm not much into facial hair but I think he looks kind of cute! I was so happy to see my husband!

A Tyler Rose

My sweet friend, Anne, got married in Tyler last weekend, so I made the trip with my boys to be a part of her wedding. It was such a fun time to be with my longtime friends, Natalie and Christine as we celebrated with Anne on her special day. I wish I had more pictures so you could see what a beautiful bride she was. These girls have known me so long and we share many wonderful memories. I'm so thankful for them!
Here we are with our boys enjoying the water at a sprinkler park while Anne enjoyed the water in Hawaii.

I had a great time seeing my family while I was in Tyler. I'm so thankful my boys have such wonderful grandparents.

We were sad Tim couldn't go with us on the trip. I was extremely thankful for my cousin, Andrew. He rode along with us from TN to TX to visit his family as well. He did an excellent job retrieving pacifiers that were thrown around in the backseat and fixing DVD players. I don't know how I could have made the trip without him.