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S: A Year in Pictures 2011

BC: The End Made with love by Mommy | Our Family's Scrapbook of Memories

FC: 2011 | A Year in Pictures

1: Our visit with Great-Grandpa

2: We bundled up to enjoy the snowfall and several days off from school. | January 2011

3: We'll frolic and play, walking in a Winter Wonderland!

4: Monkey Joe's | Play dates with family & friends

5: Great Wolf Lodge | Waterpark | The DiGaveros

6: Daddy made us heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast & surprised Mommy with a Keurig coffee maker. | L O V E | Happy Valentine's Day | Ava | Mommy

7: Celebrating Aubrey's 5th Birthday! | Happy Birthday! | Mrs. Karen's class | Aubrey

8: Chuck E Cheese (our first time going there) | For Aubrey's birthday, we enjoyed spending family time together at

9: Then, we went home for chocolate cake and presents! Aubrey loved her zhu zhu pets, Barbie, & horse.

10: Aubrey went to Jacob DiGavero's birthday party and had a blast! | The whole gang | Ray's Splash Planet in Charlotte, NC

11: Learning to brush my teeth! | Ava's new toddler bed | Big Girl!

12: On March 26, 2011, Great-Grandpa Buerer, almost 90, went home to Jesus. Mommy was reading Psalm 23 to him when he took a deep breath and very peacefully left us. His funeral was on March 30, 2011, and Poopaw gave the eulogy. We will always remember Great-Grandpa's smile, quiet determination, and love for his Lord. He lived his whole life as a godly example for us to follow. | Steve, Ruth, Nathan, Joyce, John, Virginia, Ken

13: We enjoyed a relaxing spring break in PA, visiting Poopaw & Grammy, Heather, Zach & Adam. | Spring Break April 2011 | Cousins

14: We visited the Reading Museum | Cheese!

15: Poopaw took us to a petting zoo, Travis & Ashley made us green waffles, Grammy planned a movie night for us, and Jess came to visit us with Emma, Ally, & Michelle.

16: At the end of the week, Daddy came to pick us up, and we celebrated Ava's 2nd birthday and Uncle Travis's 30th birthday with all of our family! | April 2011

17: Grandpa & Nanny Sopher, Uncle Jeremy, Aunt Jess, Emma & Ally came over to join in the celebration with us. | Happy Birthday to you!

18: Easter Egg Hunt

19: For Mother's Day, we savored a picnic lunch, hiked up to High Shoals Falls, and played in the creek at South Mountain State Park, NC.

21: Going to see CATS on May 24th | Aubrey's dance recital on May 25th with Mrs. Barb King David Christian Conservatory

22: Aubrey graduated from Hickory Grove daycare on May 27th. We could not believe our little girl's heading off to kindergarten in the fall! | Mrs. Karen & Aubrey

23: Sean, Donovan, Tyler, Emma Grace, Aubrey & Maya | We're proud of you!

24: She did much better on this trip, allowing the dental assistant to actually clean her teeth, and she had no cavities! We had a fun-filled week, playing at several parks, including the splashgrounds at Latta Park. | At the beginning of June, Grammy, Aunt Heather, Zachary, and Adam drove down to NC for a visit. Grammy joined Mommy and Aubrey on a trip to the dentist. This was Aubrey's 2nd time visiting the dentist.

26: Yummy ! | We spent the week playing!

27: Cousins' | Love | Keeping Cool! | Horsing Around!

28: Happy Father's Day! | June 2011

29: To celebrate, we spent the day at Dan Nicholas Park with Daddy, doing all kinds of activities!

30: During our summer vacation, we headed to Long Beach Island, NJ. | June 26 - July 2

31: Grandpa & Nanny Sopher rented a beach house with Uncle Kevin & Aunt Dee. (see separate photo book of beach trip)

32: We spent the week eating good seafood, enjoying the surf, and playing in the sand. | Nanny's Girls | Sunny Smiles!

33: The girls loved playing with their cousins all week! | Beautiful Sunsets!

35: Great-Grandma Sopher came to visit us for lunch one day. We also celebrated Grandpa Sopher's birthday while at the beach.

36: For our 10th anniversary, Ken and I returned to Cape May where we got engaged.

37: Breakfast at Jayson's Pancake House (coconut pancakes & omelet) Watching the surf at Sunset Pavilion (where Ken proposed) Lunch at The Lobster House (crab stuffed flounder with shrimp, shark, & escargot) Back in NC for dinner and a movie (final Harry Potter movie in 3D) Ready for another 10 years!

38: Saying goodbye to the Beach

39: And hello to Cousins' Camp 2011 (see separate photo book of CC 2011)

40: 4th of July | We celebrated at the Wyomissing 4th of July parade with Poopaw & Grammy

41: Family | Picnic | Ashley & her parents joined us for the picnic | Happy 4th of July!

42: During the summer, Aubrey took swimming lessons with Jacob and Abby DiGavero and Jamie. By the end of the summer, she was swimming on her own! | Concord Parks & Rec

43: She also enjoyed celebrating her friend Maya's birthday. | BounceU in the University Area

44: Ava grew a lot over the summer, too! She learned her ABC's, slept in the bunk bed with Aubrey, and moved into Mrs. Mary's class at school.

45: By the beginning of October, Ava was potty training! Art by Ava | Big Girl!

46: 24th August 2011

47: Mrs. Jeans & Mrs. Deen's Class | Aubrey's First Day of Kindergarten!

48: NC Apple Festival in Hendersonville | Fun Rides!

49: The Apple Festival is held during Labor Day Weekend. We enjoyed the carnival food, cool mountain air, and exciting rides. The girls especially loved eating their first cotton candy!

50: Happy Birthday, dear Mommy! | Boardwalk Billy's | Daddy made Mommy's favorite cream puffs!

51: We celebrated Mommy's birthday - boating, playing, and feeding the animals. | Feeding the ducks & swans | The Shoppes at University Place Lake

52: Aubrey helped Daddy make the cream puffs for Mommy's birthday and decorate the house for Mommy. | Celebrate! | Girls just wanna have fun!

53: The girls & Mommy had lots of fun roller-skating with the DiGaveros. | Ava was worn out!

54: September 23 (See separate photo book of the wedding)

55: Stirling Guest Hotel in Reading, PA | Travis & Ashley's Wedding

56: The weather started to turn cooler by October, though we still had days with 80 degree weather! | Cuddling by the fire... | Our first S'mores of fall

57: photo by Aubrey

58: Aubrey was chosen as the Student of the Week and made a poster all about herself! | All About Me

59: Enjoying one of Daddy's Sunday spreads while watching the Panthers!

60: Celebrating Thanksgiving at Hickory Grove!

61: I am thankful for my sister. | All dressed up for Thanksgiving

62: Happy Thanksgiving

63: This was the Thanksgiving that Mommy had shingles. She was thankful when they were gone!

64: We celebrated Daddy's birthday after Thanksgiving. | He loved the Panthers shirt we got for him. | Happy Birthday, Daddy!

65: We Love You, Daddy! | Yummy! | Daddy always wants an ice cream cake!

66: After Thanksgiving, we began the Christmas season!

67: Ever since Aubrey's first Christmas tree, we've picked out our tree at Martin's Nursery in Mint Hill. This year was Ava's first tree at home. The girls helped to decorate it.

68: the Christmas season was in full swing! We celebrated early before embarking on our annual trip to visit family. | From Ava's first haircut to Christmas parties at school to opening gifts at home...

70: Our trip to Nanny & Grandpa's in NJ

71: This year, we spent Christmas morning in NJ. | Merry Christmas!

72: Merry Christmas! | We spent Christmas evening in PA with family.

73: I'll be home | for Christmas | Reading with Grammy | Playing Monopoly

74: We all went to Shady Maple for breakfast the morning after Christmas. Ashley's parents joined us. | Amish buggy

75: We spent a relaxing Christmas vacation in PA (except for Daddy's trip to the ER for a sliced finger) before heading back home. | Merry Christmas to you!

76: Kindergarten project | "Things Aubrey Loves"

77: By Aubrey | Mommy's classroom white board

78: Ava's Favorites: Food - bananas & yogurt Color - still pink! Activity - swinging & dressing up in costumes Game - Hide the Sock Monkey T.V. show - Curious George & Clifford the Big, Red Dog | Ava's Favorites Memories from 2011: 1. throwing her first snowball 2. roller skating for the first time (with Mommy) 3. riding on her first carnival rides 4. eating Daddy's homemade pizza during family movie nights on Sundays Ava's BIG 2011 Accomplishment: Potty training and wearing BIG-girl panties (Dora and Princess ones) Ava's Funny Comment about cheesecake: "This is easily good to me."

79: Aubrey: "We were digging outside." Mommy: "For gold?" Aubrey: "Yeah, I saw some gold." Mommy: "Get as much as you can so we'll be rich!" Aubrey: "Actually, I'll be rich!" | Aubrey's BIG 2011 Accomplishment: Learning to Read! Aubrey's Favorite Memories from 2011: 1. eating wings with Daddy and watching the Panthers football 2. learning to swim 3. starting kindergarten at Hickory Grove 4. going to see CATS with Mommy at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center | Aubrey's Favorites: Food - wings & yogurt (does gum count?) Color - still purple! Activity - swimming, reading Little House books, and drawing Game - Hide and Seek & Monopoly T.V. Show - Word Girl & Wild Kratts on PBS

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