Thursday, June 9, 2011

Back In The Saddle

I could open this post with a profuse apology for our year-and-a-half absence from the blogosphere, but to be quite honest, I think we can all agree that the Splitty Family has had a lot going on around here and blogging just wasn't at the forefront of my mind. :O) Combine that with an usually frequent amount of computer and internet problems and you have a formula for "blog blackout". But at the behest of several family and friends, I have decided to give it another go and make the attempt to blog semi-regularly again.

It seems so long ago that I last blogged (well, actually, it really WAS long ago...) and there seems to be so much to catch up on, I feel like I will have to get back in the saddle again, so to speak. I have lots of great pictures I want to post, and I have a calendar I would like to get onto the sidebar again so that extended family members can keep track of the goings-on around here. This is another busy month for us, but perhaps not quite as crazy as May! As most of you know that are close to us, May was a bit over the top, what with soccer games and practices for two, Kindergarten graduation, Spring plays, Mother's Day Tea, softball practices, sports camps, hatching baby chicks, painting the house, etc. Now June finds us all at the ball field on many evenings, watching Maddie play softball and enjoying Kavan embark on his first year of T-Ball. We also have VBS this week, and swimming lessons right around the corner, not to mention Father's Day to celebrate and the garden to finish planting. Those are all posts that I will try to write separately so that I can include some pictures for each. For now I would like to make this a "welcome back" post, with a recap of our year and a half in pictures. I think I have them chronologically ordered, but truth be told I can get a little mixed up! These are starting from where we left off back in October of 2009!! I hope you enjoy the look back, and here's hoping that we will be visiting together regularly in this space for at least a little while!

Carving the Halloween Pumpkins '09

Pretty Renaissance Princess '09

Dashing Dino '09

Brave Batman! '09

A Gymnastics Birthday for Maddie and Kavan. November '09

Christmas Cookie helpers! '09

Snowed in for Christmas!! '09

A delayed and much awaited Christmas at Grandma's!

Emma's first crack at our Birthday Tradition of the breakfast candle! Jan 2010

Maddie's 2nd Valentine Adventure. Feb 2010

Bathtime Buddies April 2010

Memorial Day with the cousins, May 2010. Back when Lisa and I only had 7 kids!

Maddie's first year of Softball. Summer 2010

Brody's first time heading to school, preschool that is! Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!

Emma helping with the Fall chores. September 2010

Audrianna Jean joins our family! October 2010

Trying to get the basement bedrooms done, glad we have good help!

Happy Halloween 2010! And yes, we did grow those pumpkins!

Happy birthday again! Kavan turns 6 and Maddie 8. Nov 2010

Smiling already! Audri's growing fast, Winter 2010.

Christmas 2010. I know it's not the best picture, but I couldn't them all to stay still at the same time!! I have great separate pictures that I will add later in a holiday post.

Kavan's first Valentine Adventure, Maddie's 3rd and final time. Feb 2011.

Hammin' it up in the winter gear! Brody winter 2011.

Maddie as Mother Owl for her Spring Play. April 2011.

Best soccer goal celebration ever! Kavan and Maddie both tried soccer for the first time this Spring and they BOTH really enjoyed it! May 2011.

Audri pulling up to stand already! May 2011.

Grandpa Dave comes to visit with belated Easter Baskets which held great new swimsuits! Oh, and bubbles! May 2011.

Kavan graduates from Kindergarten!! May 2011.

Grandpa also brought an incubator and a dozen eggs, so exciting!! (Little did he know he'd be here to see them hatch!! Pictures of our freshly painted house coming soon!)

Thanks so much for stopping by, God's blessings on your week!
The Splitty Family