Happy 11th Birthday to…


Today Laurel turned 11. We celebrated with German chocolate cake. Laurel also requested fried okra, but I ran out of time. Sorry, Laurel. May your year be filled with accomplishment and happiness, not necessarily in that order of importance.

cake gift time blurry pic

We’re awfully proud of you, and we hope you’re still a little bit proud of us. Happy birthday, kiddo. We love you.


I like going through the archived photos each year around the kids’ birthdays to see how they have changed. Laurel hasn’t changed a whole lot physically (other than growing tallllllllllllllllllllllller), but oh, how she’s grown in other ways.

July 2009:


August 2009:

Laurel's first day as a fifth grader

September 2009:

Before Departure

October 2009:

Laurel's Pumpkin

November 2009:

Jacked-up teeth before

December 2009:

Don't let her have scissors


January 2010:

On the way

February 2010:

Laurel eluded photographic capture.

March 2010:

Caught in the act

April 2010:


May 2010:

blue ribbon

June 2010:

At Wright Brothers

July 2010:

watching the storm roll in