Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Texas Trip Part 2: The Zoo and then some...

After the Reunion, we daughters took my momma out to eat for her birthday before Shantel and my parents headed back East. Then, I spent another week and a half at Michelle's house in Garland hangin' out and havin' loads of fun. We hung out around the house a lot, but did venture out a few times. We went shopping at Grapevine Mills. We went to the Dallas Zoo (upon arrival, we discovered that kids were 1/2 off that day - bonus!). It was really hot, but there were lots of places to cool off, and we had lots of drinks and even ate some ice cream. We also went to Chuck E Cheese for lunch one day. And, before I left Michelle's house, we met with some old friends: Vanessa and Cristina (wish I had a picture). It is so much fun to reminisce and catch up with such great friends. I was so blessed to have such a fun and great group of friends to grow up with. :)

Hangin with the sisters and momma. I love my momma and my sistas!

Brooklyn, and cousins, Alysa and Brynn, ridin' the carousel at Grapevine Mills, after some fun shopping.

At the Dallas Zoo with the Countrymans:
Watching the penguins.
FYI: Brooklyn chose her outfit for the day... just in case you were wondering. :)

Posing on the elephant statues.
Josh LOVED these elephants.

Feeding the giraffes...

Really enjoying the bird show. Look how amazed they all look!

Josh next to the biggest snake
I've ever seen!
Michelle and the girls riding a camel.

 Hangin' out at Chuck E. Cheese:

Hangin' out at Aunt Michelle's house with cousins:
Josh and Cayden
Brooklyn, Alysa and Brynn playing Barbies.

Lovin' cousins!

We had such a great time at the Countrymans' house and were very sad to go, but our trip in Texas was far from over....

Friday, September 16, 2011

Texas Trip Part 1: The Reunion!

We left South Carolina on July 29th and rolled into Texas the next evening (on our anniversary, mind you), to participate in the 2nd Fisher Family Reunion. It had been 4 years since our last reunion and this was long overdue, not to mention 8 new little ones had been added since then. My little family stayed with my sister, Michelle, and her family in Garland. The rest of the families stayed with the other Texans spread about the metroplex. We got together everyday for a week and had LOTS OF FUN!

We started with Sunday church (we took up three whole rows), and ended on Saturday with a trip and donation to the Dallas Childrens Hospital. In between all that, there was a water park, a talent show, a treasure hunt, lots and lots of games, crafts for the kiddos (and the kids at heart), a day at the lake (with jetskis and all kinds of water toys), a swimming pool, Jumpzone, a Ranger game,  loads of family pictures, too much food, and more memories than we could handle (thank goodness for photographs). It was a lot of fun spending so much time with our entire Fisher crew once again. Here are just glimpses of how much fun we had:

Thank goodness our babies can sleep
pretty good in the car.

All the grandkids (19 total) after church.

The Mayberry portion of the Fisher Family Reunion Talent Show.

Playing Secrets with all the grown up kids.

Matt and Brooklyn on the jetski at Lake Ray Roberts.
Building a human tower at Marc and Sarah's pool.

At Cimmaron Park in Irving:

Playing games and having fun:
The VERY proud Grandparents.

The Family pictures:
The Grandkids.

The Whole Family!

The bigger we get... the sillier we get, too.

Thanks to all my brothers and sisters for making this reunion so much fun and such a memory for us all. I love you all so much and miss you terribly. I can't wait to see all of you again!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

July, in a nutshell...

July was mostly spent caring for and treating one thing after another, some of which were a little strange. On top of it all, I was preparing for our month-long vacation to Texas (photos/posts to come later). It started with Brooklyn catching a wicked cold... in the middle of the summer, no less. Then Josh caught it, and had his usual croup. They both got better, but then only a few days later, Josh developed a high fever that lasted for about 3 days followed by a horrible rash all over... mainly his legs, though. Diagnosis: roseola, but I had my doubts as the rash was pretty horrific and he was pretty uncomfortable. A week later, Brooklyn developed high fever, vomitted once, and then had a few spots show up days later, but no real rash, and because she was much older, it was determined not to be roseola, but just some other virus. Then, that weekend, Brooklyn's eyes swelled up, alternating back and forth all weekend ~ very strange. We did take her to the ER, and confirmed that it wasn't anything serious, but they did think it was weird. Finally, after all that, we all developed a bit of cabin fever (can you blame us?), and decided that the best cure was a day at the beach. :)

The beginnings of his rash... it got worse than this, too.

Brooklyn's swollen eye in the morning.
Even her ear was a little swollen.
She woke up looking the same the next day, too.
By the end of the day, both days,
her other eye was swollen like this.

Our beautiful lillies and snapdragons.

A picture Brooklyn drew of our family - had to share. :)