Monday, August 15, 2011


Last night I was fishing for compliments from my husband (don't hate, you do it too) and here's what I got: "Babe, your heart is enormous." We laughed really, really hard and then I waited for him to tell me my brain is equally enormous. I'm still waiting.

Well guess what, Curtis Jones? I figured out how to import pictures from my iPhone to my computer. So clearly my brain IS enormous.

Prepare yourself for some exciting pictures, people! Although if you follow me on Twitter (@AmandaMoJo) (MoJo is for Moore Jones) you have probably seen a lot of them. A few may have been on the blog before but I've slept since then. So just go ahead and cut your excitement in half.

This is how I found Annabeth one day while she was watching Tangled for the 99th time.

Here she is at her first movie - Cars 2 in 3D. She lasted about 30 minutes.

This is when we took our living room back from the kids. The coffee table came downstairs, the toys went upstairs, and we bought a new chair from Marshall's that just happened to match the 3-year-old pillows we already had. Score!

Here's Beckham J. on his 7th birthday.

One day we had a Chickfila picnic in the front yard. This must have been in June because mama doesn't like to go outside if water is not involved during July and August.

This is where I had my quiet time when we visited Curt's family in Missouri in May.

My handsome daddy cleaning fish on the driveway. This is how I picture my dad when I think of my childhood.

Annabeth putting her babies in time out.

I checked this out at the library for Jackson early this summer and he loved it. One day I heard him mumbling and he told me he was making up a poem. He still talks about this book.

My sweet girl with her purse and her baby doll. Ready to run errands!

As in the picture above, she is wearing some of her brother's old shoes that she fished out of the bottom of his closet. Not only are they hideous with her turquoise bubble, they're on the wrong feet.

My mom avoiding the sun while we had a girls day at the pool.

This is the beautiful leafy plant I bought for my front porch a few months ago. When I got it home I realized it was potted lettuce. It became known as Caesar. I enjoyed it's offerings on a couple of sandwiches before its untimely demise when we were in Florida.

This was when Annabeth got a hold of my lipstick for the first time. She's crying because I sort of overreacted when I found her. But she did a pretty decent job!

This is how Jackson held his nose underwater in the beginning of the summer. One finger in each nostril.

My friend Corey at her adoption garage sale. She's sporting her grandmother's fabulous coat.

On this day Annabeth earned a new nickname - Urchin. Again with Jackson's shoes.

Annabeth and Angela on our church's first ministry day in Spring Branch. We were blessed by the man with the ice cream cart.

I took this after finally perfecting this little corner by the staircase.

The kids playing Wii together. Annabeth didn't know she wasn't really playing.

She asked for these two bows.

Our first Rolo McFlurries.

Watching the last space shuttle launch on my laptop. Jackson asked me if everyone was going to watch him when he flies into space. I didn't have the heart to tell him...

This is my daddy with the DVD players that my sister and I accidentally both got him for his birthday.

Annabeth pushing Ellison in her baby brother's stroller.

This is a picture of a picture of me holding my cousin Zach.

We saw my friend Jenny and her boys at the pool a few weeks ago. I had to get a shot of our kids together. Jenny was my very first friend in kindergarten.

This was Annabeth sleeping in a big bed for the very first time. We were in Wyoming and didn't have a pack-n-play like we thought we would. She was sleeping in Jackson's shirt because her bag was temporarily lost by the airline. I admit I nearly freaked at the thought of the bow collection it has taken me 2.5 years to collect being lost.

The Mister being silly.

Jackson and I had a special date while Annabeth went to day camp. I took him to breakfast at McDonald's and then we went to Splashtown. So much fun.

At the pool again, where we'll probably spend most of this week.

6 more days left of summer...


Jennifer said...

So much fun and Annabeth is getting so big. I can't believe that Jackson (and my little girl) will both be in Kindergarten!

Alison said...

Cute pics!!! Unfortunately our summer has already ended! My big kids started school last week! I already miss summer!!!

Deidre said...

I love all of these pictures as well as the post before this one. The Lord is faithful as promised! Praying for you all and so excited about September 11th.

amybhill said...

i love the babies in time out - lol! carolyn is doing this thing lately where she is "a different mom." if you call her carolyn, she quickly corrects you, "I'm not carolyn, I'm a different mom." :) this age is fun!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a summer! I love that your son made up his own poems! Your pictures are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

LOved your pictures! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Amanda said...

The pictures are cute!! Annabeth looks so much like you!

My best compliment that I got from my sweet (but not so great with words) husband was "You have a lovely head." Yep...we laughed, and still laugh about that one!

Meggie said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now, but just decided to comment. This post was so cute! I loved all the pictures and all of your funny captions! Thanks for sharing. =)

fuzzytop said...

You DO have an enormous brain to go with that enormous heart! Even if Curtis has not got around to telling you so yet...

Love the photos! It looks like y'all have enjoyed a marvelous summer.


Mary Frances S. said...

Such cute pictures! I wanted that plant until I realized that it was lettuce... and then I still kinda did :)

DGSandBJSMOM said...

Wow, looks like your summer was a blast! We have not been in a swimming pool in 2 years. Your pictures make me want to go.

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

LOVED looking at your life through pictures!! Beautiful family you have! Just one do you keep your floors so clean???

Kristi said...

Thank you for sharing!! Our little two year old girls are kindred spirits, I am pretty sure :). May God bless your new endeavors with your family! My husband's sister and her husband are embarking on a similar journey. Scary, but exciting!! It is neat to see God working :).

Tara G. said...

Love this! We were on the other side of the world watching the shuttle launch on our laptop in the kitchen, too! :) I miss CFA and green grass...

Shelly said...

I just ran across your blog. I love your header...and the picture of your little girl crying is all too familiar at our house :) Enjoyed reading!

Maryland Magnolia said...

Cute pics :) Looks like a very full and fun summer!

Rachel said...

So cute! And your brain must be enormous! I have no problem complimenting you. :)

Traci said...

Girl, your brain is eNormous if you got your pics from your iphone. I have been working on that for a year!

LOVED your pictures. So much happiness. I miss my babies being so little.

P.S. I look just like your mom at the pool :-)

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

And your beautiful brain is brilliantly GINORMOUS! :)

I couldn't figure out how to import or export or deport :) ...

And this?

I'm with Jackson -- who can forget this? Gr. 2 when I read this and oh, I *wish* I could forget it! :)

I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don’t like it—one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It’s nibblin’ my toe.
Oh, gee,
It’s up to my knee.
Oh my,
It’s up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It’s up to the middle.
Oh, heck,
It’s up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It’s upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff…

... so my boys wanna know -- can we come read the next crazy poem in that book with him? :)

And sweet Annabeth can use my lipstick all she'd like, because I'm pretty crummy at it and could use lessons? :)

Miss you, friend.

Thank you for who you are... MoJo with all the heart and brains :)

All's grace,

connorcolesmom said...

Aww I love those pictures! It is so fun to look back at the sweet memories made over the months.
It looked like AB might be snuggling with the "SHHH baby is taking a SIESTA" blankie :)

I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer - we are already back in school :(
Much love

Amanda said...

Ann, you have won the award for best comment of all time. I still have one of the poems almost memorized, but not quite. That is awesomeness.

Shellie Paparazzo said...

I should have avoided the sun like your mom, so I wouldn't have been suffering from 2nd degree sunburn for the last couple of weeks! Can you say Ouch!!!!