Camden’s First Soccer Game

Camden had his first Upward Soccer game on Saturday.  He loves it and he gets to play on the same team as his cousin Ethan.

Casey is the Assistant Coach for a team and Tyler has his first official job as a referee for the games all day.  Our Saturday mornings just got busy!  (:

(Ethan is the one who always has the big smile)


Our Baby Dancer

Aliana had her first Dance Class this week.  She was so excited and I even found her sleeping in her dance shoes one day.  She is the queen of priss and flits and twirls all over the house in her “Aliana world”.  This will be so much fun for her.

Unfortunately, it was at the same time as Kindergarten Open House/Curriculum night so Jeff I both missed it.  Two classrooms equal two parents at school.  Joy filled in for me and took her with both her girls.  The three of them are together so much anyway, so it was fitting that they are taking class together.

Aren’t they precious?  So much baby love.

Back To School – Bigs

The bigs started back to school and it was a rough day for me.  It was hard to watch Jordyn walk out the door for her Senior year.  All I could see was her smiling face on the first day of Kindergarten.  She’s grown up so fast.  I wasn’t prepared for the time to go by this quickly.

Unfortunately, the boys are right behind her and I will be going through this again in the very near future.  Tyler started his sophomore year and Casey entered the world of high school this year.  So far we are off to a wonderful start.

Playing Catch Up

So I’ve spent the summer away from the blog.   We enjoyed our summer and it flew by so fast.  I have a lot to catch up on and I’m not sure if it’s best to blast the blog with posts or to post one incredibly long post.  I want to put the important things down because I want to make sure I have a record of it to remember.

Our summer could pretty much be summed up like this:

Summer Camp – Casey

Summer Camp – Jordyn


Summer Camp – Tyler



Visit To My Parents

Mission Trip – Casey


Beach Trip

Braves Game/Atlanta

Weekend at The Lake


Wow, we had a great summer.  The 3 littles learned a lot around the pool and Maia started swimming.  They are definitely little fish!
We have tons of great pictures from the beach, but here a couple of my favorite:

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Five Years Old

Happy Birthday Maia Faith Lan-Thi

Our beautiful precious gift from Vietnam turns five today!  Happy birthday sweet girl.  We hope your day will be filled with all your favorite things, and that you know how much you are loved.

And may the people who gave you life in Vietnam feel a peace today in knowing that you are healthy, happy and a bright shining light in our lives.


Happy Birthday Jordie

My big girl is seventeen today.  SEVENTEEN!!!!  That’s old.  I mean in kid years, anyway.  She is a Senior this upcoming school year and then before I turn around she will be off to college…. sniff sniff.

She’s at camp this week so we will be celebrating her birthday after she gets home.

We love you Jordyn Mackenzie!!!  I hope your day and your year is absolutely fantastic!!!  Happy Birthday to the one who made me a mommy.


Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to my dad – one of the strongest, most patient, loving and dedicated people I know.  He’s one of a kind and I love him so much.

(one of my favorite pictures)

And Happy Father’s Day to my sweet husband.  Being a father to six busy children is not the easiest job on the planet.  His hard work and sacrifice is what enables us to keep this crew running (and fed and clothed).  I love him so much and don’t know what I would do without him.  We are a team.

The End of Preschool

Preschool ended today for Camden and Maia.  They had a big day of jumping in the inflatable jump house and lunch at school.  They will miss their friends and teacher but we can now say that summer has officially started.

Here is a comparison picture of the first day of preschool to the last:

Maia on September 7, 2011 – First Day of Preschool

Maia on June 1, 2012 – Last Day of Preschool

 Camden On January 2, 2012 – First Day of Preschool

Camden on June 1, 2012 – Last Day of Preschool