Thursday, September 23, 2010

Random Videos

This isn't a video, but it's the first time in a long time I've gotten a good picture of Luke.

Usually when I tell him to smile, he gives me
a weird fake smile & won't stop moving.

Back to the Videos...

Luke having fun "blowing" on Aubrey's belly

Aubrey has finally started walking in the last week,
she can walk all the way across the room,
but won't "perform" for the camera,
so here's a couple short videos of her walking.

Aubrey was quite amazed by Luke's new tractor toy

Friday, September 17, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

We spent Labor Day weekend in Indiana
visiting Ryan's family.

The weather was magnificent, '70's during the day and low '50's at night, it was a shock to come back to scorching temps in the south!

Although it was beautiful outside, for some reason I only took pictures when we were inside.

Aubrey playing at the gate

Kellen chillin' in his jumper
Bigg playing dominos with all the grandkids

For some reason the kids were all into blueberries that
weekend, they went through 2 boxes in 2 1/2 days
Bigg trying to teach Aubrey to share the blueberries
Even Kellen got into the blueberry eating action
Aubrey giving Bigg some lovin'
4 generations of Sparks' men
(Grandad, Ryan, Luke, & Bigg)
Granny, Granddad & all the greatgrandbabies

The weekend ended with the BEST fireworks show I have ever seen, and it was put on by none other than
Ryan's Dad, uncle, and cousins.

There were fireworks going off non-stop for a good 30+ minutes and they were all really big and colorful!

Bigg & the kids singing the national anthem
before the firework show
Aubrey & Daddy watching the fireworks

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mr. Chatterbox

Recent conversations with Luke:

Luke was watching me fix my hair one morning and upon completion, he looks at me and says excitedly,
"Mommy's hairs looks pretty!".

Luke was staring at Ryan's face, he then points
to Ryan's nose, and says very seriously,
"Daddy, that's yours nose, your big nose."

During dinner one night, Ryan asks Luke
if he wants some more Lima beans.

Luke thinks for a second and replies, "ummm...I'm sick".

This morning Luke was playing in the basement
for a while, after he comes upstairs,
this was our conversation:

Luke: "I want my yellow golf pub (club) up here."

Me: "Ok, just go downstairs and get it,
then bring it up here."

Luke looks all the way down the stairs, then up at me and says, "I'm berry (very) tired of this, you go get it".

Me: "I'm 'bery' tired too, if you want it, you can
go downstairs and get it".

Luke loves his little sister very much, he likes to give her a hug, kiss and say, "I wuv Aubrey, I take care of her".

Wordless Wednesday

War Eagle!

Monday, September 13, 2010


Although Aubrey is still not yet walking,
she is quite capable of climbing into, onto, and
down from just about anything.

Aubrey started climbing the stairs at 11 months, and once she figured out that we didn't want her to climb up the stairs, it became her favorite thing to do, and we would often find her sitting at the top of the stairs.

So, we decided to teach her how to master getting down the stairs by herself which she is pretty good at, and has only fallen down the stairs a few times :)

She loves to climb onto anything from the couch, fireplace, into the kitchen cabinets and she even climbs down from our bed which is probably twice her height.

Aubrey's new favorite climbing apparatus
is the slide Luke got for Christmas
that we still have in our living room.

One day last week I saw her climb onto the first step and before I knew it she was sitting at the top.

So proud of her accomplishment

She can almost climb all the way up this way too

I'm afraid we have a fearless child on our hands!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Scavenger

We have a new nickname for Aubrey: the scavenger.

When she's done eating (or I make her get down from the table because she would sit and eat all day long if I let her), she will go to whoever is still eating
and beg for food from them.

Aubrey could care less who's food it is,
she just wants to eat.

Case and point:

Sunday we were having a cookout
at Ryan's parents' house; Aubrey had fruit, crackers,
corn, and chips, more than enough for a 14 month old,
so I let her down and go fix my plate.

A few minutes later, I find this
She went and found Uncle Dave who was still eating
and begged him for some more corn

And she was very pleased that he obliged
So, if you're ever around Aubrey during mealtime
and you don't want to share,
make sure you finish before she does!

Thursday, September 2, 2010


When Ryan and I first started talking about having kids, he was very adamant about not wanting a girl because he would have way too much to worry about.

He said that there aren't many quality Christian guys out there, and he didn't some monster trying to weasel his way into the life of any daughter of his.

When we found out that our second baby would be a girl, he was excited, but I could tell he had some fear about the unknown of her future.

From the moment Aubrey was born,
she had her Daddy wrapped around her finger,
and I know that she always will.

Ryan often talks to her about what kind of man she needs to choose for a mate one day, and what kind of "hooligans" to stay away from.

He makes sure to point out to her that she will give him a heart attack if she does not choose her guy wisely.

Nothing pleases Ryan more than to know that his
baby girl is provided for and protected.

As of this coming February, Aubrey will not only have a Daddy and big brother to watch out for her,
but a baby BROTHER to protect her also!

Yup, that's right, at my first doctor's appointment,
we learned that I am a couple of weeks further along than I thought and that we are most definitely
having another BOY!

A warning to any future suitors of Aubrey Lynn, you will have quite a crew of strong, protective, and discerning Sparks' men to go through before you ever get to her.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Watching Veggie Tales on Daddy's computer.