Saturday, March 28, 2009

My New Bag!!

After the birthday party we met my parents at the mall. I chose a new bag for our Disney trip!! I have read so many great things about the Vera Bradley hipsters that I had to check them out. I just LOVE Vera Bradley bags--my current purse is VB and Claire's diaper bag was a VB, etc. I wanted a different pattern from what I had already (Mod Floral Pink). I finally decided on one of the new patterns--Cupcake Pink! Check it out!! I LOVE my new bag!

straight on shot

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Happy 3rd Birthday Taylor!!

Today we celebrated Taylor's 3rd birthday!! Her party was at our church gym. It was a princess/bounce party!!
Ally coming down the slide
Taylor's cake
Taylor and her family were in Disney World over Spring Break so her mom decorated the tables with pictures from their trip!
Princess Taylor sitting on her throne
Ally posing in the bouncer
Claire wanted to get in the bouncer sooo badly. She didn't know what to think once she got in!! Ellie is letting her know that everything is ok!!
That face says it all!!my climber
The whole crew posing for a picture
Princess Molly
Princess Claire
Amy stamping everyone's hands
Princess Ally showing off her royal stamp
singing Happy Birthday
blowing out the candles
Claire has discovered Belle!!
Brent swinging Claire
opening presents--a Bitty Baby!!
Heather holding Claire
more presents
Molly playing with one of the presents--a princess phone
What is it?!
A Cinderella castle playset!!!
3 Generations
A Bitty Baby Birthday set
Drew received a gift, too!!
A Barbie!
Taylor opening our present--a Sleeping Beauty bathtime Barbie, a Sleeping Beauty clippie, & a handmade card from Ally
thanking everyone for the gifts
Princess Ally
Happy 3rd Birthday, Taylor!!!

Thank You Uncle David!!

My brother, David, recently got back from a trip to London & Paris. He always picks out something for the girls on his trips. This time he sent the girls adorable stuffed bears!
Ally & her bunny bear
Claire checking out her bear playing a bagpipe
Claire is ready to take her bear for a ride in the stroller
Thank you Uncle David for our bears!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Gaither Vocal Band/Signature Sound Concert

Tonight we took Ally to her very 1st Gaither Homecoming Concert. It was at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, MS (an hour drive from our house). My parents came to stay with Claire while we went to the concert (thank you Mom & Dad)! So we drove down to MS, ate dinner, and headed over to the concert around 6:00 p.m.
We decided to walk around and check out the booths before the concert started. We were so excited to run into 3 of the 4 members of Signature Sound (Tim, Doug, & Ryan--not sure where Ernie was)!! Ally just had to get her picture taken with them! I told her we would have to Photoshop Ernie's head into the picture! :)
They were so very nice and gave Ally a special light with their picture on it. (Ally used it throughout the concert, holding her light in the air and waving it to the music!!)

Ally & Daddy before the concert
Ally & me before the concert
The concert started at 7:00 p.m. and lasted until 11:00 p.m.!! The first hour was different Homecoming friends/soloists.
Then came Signature Sound!! Ally was sooo excited! She just LOVES this group (she calls them the "singing boys").
Ernie Haase, Doug Anderson, Ryan Seaton, & Tim Duncan
They are VERY entertaining as you can see!!
Next was the Gaither Vocal Band!!
David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Mark Lowry, Michael English, & Bill Gaither
(Gordon Mote: pianist--he is blind and is absolutely incredible!!)
This is one TALENTED group of guys!
David Phelps singing a song in Italian
Mark Lowry singing Mary Did You Know
There was a 15 minute intermission around 9:30 p.m. During that time Ally had 2 people come up to her and tell her how much they'd enjoyed watching her sing & dance. They also commented how amazed they were that she knew almost every word to every song!
When the concert started back, they had everyone back on stage for a singin'!
Ernie hamming it up onstage
Tim Duncan & Michael English
Michael English
Bill Gaither & Wes Hampton
The end of the concert
(right after we sang Happy Birthday to Bill Gaither--he turns 73 tomorrow)
The concert was just absolutely fabulous!! What a wonderful night of worship! It was really late so we headed home and Ally fell asleep before we even left the parking lot. We ended up getting home around 12:15 a.m.