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S: Summer 2011

FC: Westcott Family Album Summer 2011

1: June 3 is rehearsal night. The girls sit on the couch and wait for their turn to practice. | The girls only practice 1 time. Michaela isn't used to performing without a mirror and twirls across stage and out of line. But Linze brings her back in and the show goes on! | B | allet | Rehearsal

2: Ballet: The Secret Garden | June 4, we arrive over an hour before show time & have to wait till the last act to go on! So the Marigolds eat snacks, create crafts, and watch movies while they wait!

3: The music starts and the Marigolds are on! The sweet twinkle toes twirtl onto stage! And just like the night before Michaela steals the show by spinning on and on until she is brought back in line. | The audience loves her performance and sroars with delight! The rest of the dance goes without a hitch! Afterwards Michaela is given flowers by Mom, Dad, & Granddaddy. Then Grandparents and Auntie Bekah and Uncle Blale go the the DQ for a little celebration!

4: Our home away from home! Michaela wanted to live at our beach home forever! | We stayed at Emerald Beach Resort. It was perfect! We had plenty of room& a great view! | Beach Vacation

5: As soon as we arrived, we ate supper and headed out to the waves! Michaela is like a mermaid when it comes to water, she loves it! Makenna didn"t know what to think of the ocean. She liked the waves okay but didn't care for her life jacket! The jacket was bulky and a bit confining!

6: After playing in the waves the girls played in the sand! Michaela was all about building sandcastles! She decorated them with sea shells and seaweed! | Makenna liked the sand for a few minutes at a time. She didn't care to much for it sticking to her! | Fun in the Sun

7: Our daily routine was to each breakfast on the balcony and head to the beach! After spending the morning on the beach is was back in the hotel for luch!

8: Michaela & Makenna pose for beach pictures. We tried for 2 morning to get them to look at the camera with little success! | Makenna looks at me but with no smile! | Beach Babies

9: Both girls actually look at the camera but they are not happy about it! Michaela makes a cute picture holding up her dress so it doesn't get wet by the ocean waves! | Sweet Feet!

10: PoolSide Fun

11: Every day after lunch it was out to the pool! Michaela loved swimming in her floaty and went all over the pool! Makenna loves the mushroom splash in the pool. But after a few minutes she gets comfy in her floaty and takes a nap!

12: In the evenings, we went out for supper, shopping, and fun at Pier Park. Michaela played at the jumpie park, rode the train & jumped high on the super trampoline. | Pier Park

13: We also took the girls to the Miricale Strip Fair at Pier Park! | Makenna played in the shade and Michaela rode the rides including the TiltAWhirl & Ferris Wheel.

14: June 15, 2011 Makenna turns 1 ! After watching Patrick & Chirsty's wedding, we came up stairs for the birthday song & cake! Makenna was amazed at everyone singing to her! And she dug right into the cake! | Sweet 1 | S | weet One!

15: First thing her birthday morning we took her outside to show her the big Birthday Present! A Playhouse! So loves opening & closing the door & ringing the door bell! | Makenna opened presents from Mommy&Daddy (a bday book, keepsake cupcakes, & shoes) And she opened a present from Gran & Pawpaw (a engraved necklace)

16: Rubber Ducky You're the One! | Makenna's First Birthday Party June 18, 2011

17: Mommy made the Rubber Duck Cakes for Makenna's party! Makenna was in awe as her guests sang Happy Birthday!

18: Makenna's 1st Birthday is a Big Splash

19: Makenna had a Rubber Ducky themed 1st Bday Party. So of course we had a few pools in the backyard for the kids to splash in. Everyone had a good time. It did rain for a few minutes at the beginning of the party but we weren't rained out. We just partied on.

20: We splashed first, ate second, and opened presents last. Makenna wasn't that interested in her presents but the other kids were. I let Makenna open as much as she would and let the other kids help open the big stuff. | Gift Time

21: Makenna hugs a Minnie Mouse from Kaley & Karissa. Then she just talks on the phone that came with her playhouse. | Makenna stayed awake and happy throughout the party. But when the last gift was opened, she climbed in my lap and fell asleep. It was a great party.

22: Michaela take Swim Lessons | June 20-30 Michaela took swim lessons at the YMCA. She and cousin Kaley took lessons together just as their mommies did almost 30 years earlier.

23: Michaela missed part of her lessons the first couple of days because she was too busy swimming underwater! Michaela did great after she was told to listen to her teacher Ms. Chris. She learned to use swim arms, make big kicks, ride a noodle as a seahorse & how to jump into the water. After the 2 weeks were over she recieved a certificate. Michaela was so proud of herself.

24: Birds of a Feather | One early summer evening I took the girls to the Falls for a picnic & to feed the ducks. When we walked over with our 1/4 loaf of bread the ducks just flocked to us! There were at least 50 hungry ducks! I had never seen that many at one time! | Ducks waddled right up to Michaela and almost took the food right out of her hand! Makenna was so excited! She was grunting and pointing! It was amazing to all of us! Just another moment of wonder that God gave us!

25: PlayHouse PICNIC | The girls & I have a picnic lunch inside the playhouse! Michaela did great but Makenna is still to young for this! She wiggled and made quite a mess!

26: July 1 The girls & I headed to Fort Payne to spend the day with Emily. We ate at Zaxby's, played at the park, shopped at Goody's, & had a frosty from Wendy's. Back at Emily's house Michaela was amazed by the pet bird Pebby! | Time with Emily

27: M | O | V | I | E | S | Drive-IN | July 1 We went to the Sand Mountain Twin Drive-In to see Cars 2. | We got a cheese pizza there & carried our own popcorn, candy & drinks. | Mark packed the truck with comfy blackets &pillows. We picniced & enjoyed the show.

28: 4th of July at our house. Our traditional Watermelon pics! And BBQ & waterbattle!

30: Summer at the Falls | This was picture day! Rebekah helped me get some shots of the girls in different outfits!

31: One this day the girls & I eat a picnic before going in to ride the train & walk through the pioneer village. | While we were walking through the Wilson Building we heard Shelia roar! A first for us! When we got to her she was just yawning!

32: Keeping up with the Jones'

33: We met Beth, Matthew & Mary at the Falls. We spent the day exploring the pioneer village, riding | the train, petting & feeding the animals. We had lunch at Jack's & played at the playground.

34: I took the girls to the Imagination Place a couple of times this summer. I got them to pose for a few cute pics! Michaela really enjoyed it this year! Her imagination truly took over! She shopped, dressed up, played to doctor & patient, plus worked on a construction site. | Imagine That

35: Michaela plays with other kids very well. Makenna was amazed and played in the kitchen & grocery store. Of course, I had to keep telling her not to put the toy food in her mouth!

37: Sweet Girls of Summer

38: Makenna eats with a fork for the first time! | Makenna makes a friend at the Jumpies! | More of Makenna's Firsts | Forward facing for the first time!

39: Makenna plays on a splash pad! Makenna's first vacation! | Makenna rides in the Kiddie Kars for the first time!

40: David Reece is Born | David Reece Jones Born: July 18, 2011 Weight: 8lbs 4oz Length: 21 1/2 inches

41: Michaela is a natural at holding babies. Makenna just thinks he is a toy & her first reaction is to swat him in the face. | Having had plenty of practice at being a big sister, Big Cousin duty is a breeze!

42: Summer Days at the WaterSlides | Michaela loved the big slide and would go up & down as long as I would let her! Makenna wasn't as impressed and got bored in about 30min! Makenna liked playing on the step to the picnic area best!

43: We got to go to the Waterslides 4 times during the summer! And twice we went with friends. Once with Kane & Ezra and once with Kaley & Karissa!

45: *We spent a day at Kane & Ezra's house. They swam, jumped, & relaxed! *Michaela had fun with paints on a summer day! *Mommy, Daddy, & Michaela went on a Big Sister Date night to see Winnie the Pooh. *The girls play pirates at Zeke's birthday party.

46: Desoto Park | During the last week of summer, we spent a day at Desoto Park! | The picnic | Gran & Pawpaw came too! We picniced in the forest. And went for a hike. Michaela loved climbing the rocks. Makenna enjoyed picking up leaves!

47: Gran & Pawpaw even got in the pool. Pawpaw said it had been 15 years since he had done that.

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