The Great Blizzard of 2016

The Great Blizzard of 2016 came and went here in Southern Maryland. The kids were out of school for several days and we enjoyed hanging out, eating a bunch of good food, and visiting with friends. It was exciting to have so much snow and the kids and some of our dear friends had a great time sledding.

Yes, our children do need new snow gear.  They look pitiful in their too short bibs and rain boots.  Haha!  Everyone seems to have grown a foot in between last winter and this latest snow.  Anna and Lauren are almost as tall as me.  I have a feeling that before too long I'll be the shortest member of the family. 

Little Anna went sledding for the very first time!

I think she liked it!


11 Years of Lauren

 Today our little girl turns 11 years old.  Eleven years old.  It's hard to believe.  She is becoming such a beautiful young lady, inside and out.  She is smart as a whip, kind-hearted, tough, a nature lover, and a risk taker.  I was so proud of the way she stepped outside of her comfort zone this year.  She joined the band and auditioned for drama and got one of the leading roles in the play.  She plays football every day with the boys and comes out scraped up, bruised, sometimes bleeding, but happy as can be.  We can't wait to see where the next 11 years will take us. 
 We love you, sweet Lolo!
As I mentioned on Jacob's birthday, we're really not doing parties that much, but instead the kids pick the activities for the day.  Lauren's birthday wishes included a trip to Flag Ponds to search for shark's teeth, lunch at Outback, a mini-drone and a mini greenhouse with succulents.  Haha!  She cracks me up.  We started the morning at Flag Ponds.
 I'm not usually there at this time of year, but it was beautiful.

 There were a few cars in the parking lot, but there didn't appear to be anyone else on the beach but us.

 The day began a bit foggy and overcast, but quickly cleared up.

 I only managed to find two teeth today, but one of them was a really good one.  See it there below in the middle of the picture?
 Jacob also found a tooth!

 Anna and Jacob can only look for teeth for so long before they're just done for the day.  You usually see them gravitate toward driftwood and the building of a teepee after half an hour or so.
 Jacob lost a boot somewhere along the way...

 Our little Lolo doing one of the things she loves best...

 Doug found a fossilized crocodile tooth today.  It was a first for us!
 I asked Jacob what happened to his shoe and apparently he went in a little too far and filled one boot full of water.  He spent the rest of the morning in just one shoe waiting for his pants leg to dry.

 These two are becoming better friends each and every day.  I love to see them love each other.

 Maybe I had crocodiles on the brain after Doug found the tooth, but this log eerily reminded me of a croc.

By the time we began to leave the beach, the sun was completely out and the day was gorgeous.  Everything was so calm and still.

 Jacob and Lauren found the remains of a horseshoe crab on the way out.  He or she was a big one!

 We went to get the ingredients for Lauren's requested Red Velvet Cake, but she saw this character cake and decided it was a dog and needed to be hers for her birthday.

 Her mini-greenhouse...
 Jacob took his own money and bought Lauren a Nerf gun for her birthday.  These two really do love each other but they each have a tendency to annoy the other and even though she was thankful for the gun, we had to make her hug him to say thanks.  Haha!  Sibling love.  He was so proud though and it melted my heart.
 We've all gotten quite a kick out of this tiny drone.  Yep, that's it, in the box below.  It's just bigger than a quarter.  It's so cute!

Happy Birthday, Lolo!  We love you so much!!
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