S: Joleigh Mae Smith 2011
1: My ladybug, my dancing queen, my rock star, my diva, my perfect little princess, my beautiful girl, my favorite little person... you are my everything,... you are my world!!! God knew what he was doing when he sent you to me! You are my life! I am so proud of the little person you are becoming & I grow more in love with who you are EVERYDAY! I can't wait to see how much you will grow and change this year...you truly amaze me with your independence & uniqueness. Thank you for being you!!! You have changed my life in so many ways. I can't imagine a moment without you & can hardly remember who I was before becoming your "momma". You make me want to be the best person I can be. I want to lead you by example & be someone you are proud of. I pray that you know that I will always love & support you in anything & everything that you do. I am your biggest fan & will always be! I am the luckiest mommy in the whole world to have you!!! Thank you for picking me to be your mommy! Continue to learn, grow, love, & be your amazing self! Love, Momma 7.21.2001
2: "I knew when I met you an adventure
3: 2006 -2007 | was going to happen" -Pooh
4: "We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open" -Harry Edwards
10: Friends are the families we pick for ourselves.
11: Rose & Joleigh We sure do love our Rosie! These girls have laughed, cried, played, slept, & bathed together since they were just months old! And just like their momma's they have their own launguage! Thank God they love eachother, we (their momma's) have been planning on them bein' BFF's since we were pregnant with them! Best Friends 4ever!!!
12: The Augustine's & The Grote's
13: The Smith's
15: Dance like no one's watching...
16: My friends NEVER stop amazing me. Jenny invited Jo & I down to her parent's condo. We had an AMAZING time... It was Joleigh's first time & "boy we sure did have a LOT of fun, yes we did"! It was the perfect getaway for a weekend with the girls. Fun, sun, water, food, & drinks...what else could you want/need? This is probably gonna have to become a yearly tradition now. xoxo Jenny, we love u.
17: Summer | fun
19: CityMuseum | The
21: CHICAGO | You said for you wanted to go on a train ride so I thought a four day adventure to the Windy City by Amtrack would be PERFECT! The train ride was a lot of fun! I have been to Chicago quite a few times but watching the big city through your eyes for the 1st time was amazing! The aquarium was amazing, Navy Pier was fun, we ate at the Rainforest Cafe which was great, & we went to the Chicago Children's City Museum! You thought the taxi rides were awesome and said it was "a magical" place! Everytime we go on a new adventure we have a blast! Aunt Rayna ended up comin with us too which was great since she had never been to Chicago either! The three of us girls had a great trip together! Full of fun & memories!
22: Even though I'm a city girl there is no place in the world that can compete with the farm. I moved around a lot as a kid but the farm was always there to come back to...to play, run, "help grandpa", go four wheelin', fishin', and eat literal "home grown" food. Maybe it's because I moved so much as a kid but there is a calm & a peace that comes over me when I get to the farm. I was so excited to share the farm with you this summer...it was like I was putting the happy memories of my childhood into a bottle and handing it to you. The look in your eyes when you ran forever in barefeet, when you ate your first plum right off the tree, picked your first green bean, took your first four-wheeler ride, "pet a cow", ...priceless! I feel blessed to know this generation of hardworking farmers...today it's like a lost treasure not many people know about unless they live it every day. You little ladybug are gonna grow up one lucky girl to understand how life on both sides of the world works! Don't ever forget where you came from...because one day you will rely on the roots that helped you grow...believe me, I know! | Going Home... the Farm
26: The Butterfly House
27: Since Papa is a "scientist" we decided to meet at the Butterfly House for his birthday! Joleigh fell in love with the beautiful flowers , butterflies, & bugs! We had a relaxing picnic & had a blast watching Joleigh enjoy her first time at one of my favoirte places.. That evening when I asked her what the favorite part of her day was she said "I like the House with the Butterflies but seein' my Papa was the best part!"
28: I can not believe it was time for you to go to pre-school this year! The first couple of weeks were rough...you cried everyday when I dropped you off for school for about a week or two! But then you realized you had some old friends there from dance class (like Livi & Ava) and met some new friends too! Soon you were looking forward to going to school everyday to learn and play!!! Your favorite thing to do at school was "art time"! You learned so much this year and got to do a lot of fun things like go on feild trips and put on concerts!!! Ms. Avery and Ms. Everett thought you were and amazing little girl! I can't imagine how much your going to grown and learn next year in kindergarden!