S: Sophia Marie 2011/2012
BC: Happy 6th Birthday Sophia!!! We love you so very much! Love Mommy & Daddy
FC: Sophia Marie 2011/2012
1: Look at me..I am FIVE now!
3: We can't believe that you are 5. Where has the time gone. You will be starting kindergarten soon. you just loved all of the gifts you received for your birthday! We love you!
4: You got a little walking kitten, a new baby that coos, an umbrella and purse and lots of other neat stuff. When it came time to sing you Happy Birthday, you got a little shy!
6: We had such a fun time when we all went to New Salem, Illinois. It was fun to see the Lincoln site and all of the old time things.
8: Having fun at the duck pond at Fairview Park. We were swarmed by ducks. August 2011
9: Our annual end of the summer craft and picnic. This year we decided to add in some shaving cream fun. It was so great!!!!
10: My first day of Kindergarten
11: You were a little nervous about starting your first day of school but excited at the same time. You had so much fun!
13: Having fun miniature golfing and riding a go cart with mom. September 2011
14: Fun times at Black Bart's Pumpkin Patch: picking out pumpkins, getting hot cider, and a pumpkin cookie, playing, feeding the goats and going through the corn maze. You were too afraid to go through the haunted house, maybe next year. Then we had to come home and paint our pumpkins. YAY!!!
16: A fun day at Curtis Apple Orchard
19: Happy Halloween
20: You got your baby doll all dressed up and read to her. Here you are having fun dancing with Megan, visiting with Mallory, and making us dinner with your play food. It was so yummy!
21: Mismatch day at school and having fun with all of the dress up outfits with Samantha, Emma and Megan.
24: December is always a fun month, we got to visit Santa and make sugar cookies as a family. You also got to sing for the first time in the Christmas program at school. You did such a great job. Look at this mess Randy made all over the Christmas tree. He was up to mischief this year!
25: You had so much fun at your school Christmas party. You got to ice your own cookie, make a neat candy cane ornament & play some fun games. Then, the day wouldn't have been complete without a visit to Aunt Sandy who had a present for you.
26: We had fun with the Girl Scouts singing Christmas Carols to the people at the nursing home and looking at all of the trees.
27: Spending time with Grandma and Grandpa Thompson before Christmas
28: Grandma Collins had me, Emilee and Megan over for a fun little Christmas party with our special dolls. We had so much fun with them.
30: We went to the City Museum in St. Louis. It was really big inside with lots of stuff to do. I was afraid to do a lot of it. We got to stay the night in a hotel and go swimming and shopping. It was a celebration for the last time I had to visit my kidney specialist in St. Louis. | December 2011
32: You had so much fun making your gingerbread house. Daddy joined us this year, so we all made our own. It was a fun time!
33: We celebrated Christmas Eve by going to mass. Then we went home and had a snacky dinner with a movie. Then of course Daddy had to read the traditional "Twas the Night Before Christmas "book to you girls and then left a note and cookies and milk for Santa.
34: You were so happy on Christmas morning. You got lots of nice presents. You and Megan both really loved the Barbie doll house!!
35: We went over to Aunt Pam and Uncle Rodney's house this year for Christmas. We had a good dinner and got lots of presents.
36: What a special day we planned for Grandma C. A special tea party with all of the granddaughters and their special dolls from Grandma. She was completely shocked when she walked through the door. We had such a fun time. A day to never forget! December 2011
38: A fun day at the Bloomington Children's Museum
39: HAPPY NEW YEAR
40: Having a little tea party with your American Girl doll, Kit. Megan and her doll, Felicity came too.
41: We always have a good time when we go to Next of Kiln. This time we took Josh W. with us since he was going to be moving soon. We had fun. You were so proud to become a Daisy Scout. This is on your first day in your vest. You had fun.
44: What can I say about my sister Megan? We always have fun doing things together. She does so much for me and I love her!
47: Spring 2012
50: Mommy & me
51: Daddy & me
52: You had a lot of fun at the Mission Walk this year. You were excited to participate in it. You just love your little friends. You also got to walk with Mrs. Miller and have ice cream for a treat.
53: You were so excited when you got in the car that it was your last day of school as a kindergartener and are now a first grader. We celebrated by going to the park in Warrensburg, having a picnic and playing on the playground!!.
55: Just lots of fun pictures of me.
56: My very first airplane ride. I was very excited and a little nervous too. We had to get to the airport really early in the morning. Once I got up in the air I realized how much fun this is. It was so neat seeing all of the buildings from up so high. The clouds looked like cotton balls. | May 2012
59: We had a lot of fun at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom despite all of the rain. You rode on Alladin's Magic Carpet ride, met Tinkerbell, Rosetta and Goofy, rode the Dumbo ride in the rain and rode your first roller coaster. Both you and mommy didn't like it. Got to see a neat parade, got to meet Princess Aurora, Princess Belle and your favorite Princess Cinderella. We rode on the It's a Small World ride, you liked that a lot. Overall had a really fun time.
60: This was our hotel in Orlando. You and Megan got to sleep in bunk beds ad each took a turn on the top bunk. We got to swim in the pool for a while even though it was raining the first day. We had to make the best of it. It was fun.
61: Well you and Megan got princess makeovers. They put a lot of this princess hair gel in your hair which held your hairdo in for two days. You got to pick out your crown, makeup, nail polish and even your little jewel for your face. You loved being pampered.
62: Feeding the dolphin | You wanted to pose for this picture | Oh no the shark ate us! | cool shark | stingray | We had lots of fun at Sea World. There were so many neat fish, sharks, dolphins, stingray, seals, whales and lots of other fun stuff.
63: Shamu the whale and his friend | Shopping | On the carousel | Spraying myself trying to keep cool while Megan & daddy ring the roller coaster | Jellyfish spinning ride | Shamu smiling | Me & my new friend, Snowy
64: We had lots of fun at the beach. It was neat digging in the sand to look for shells. I loved playing in the sand & building sandcastles. I didn't really like going in the ocean. Just enough to get my feet wet. I liked the pool a lot better. We really liked walking up and down the beach and watching the sun set over the ocean. It was just beautiful.
67: Is was so neat to be able to visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium because "Winter", the dolphin from the movie Dolphin Tale lives there. She got trapped in a crab trap and lost her tail. She lives at the marina now and uses an artificial tail for part of the day and also swims without her tail. She was really pretty. Then we went to this neat place called Pier 60 with lots of fun stuff to do.
69: Clearwater Beach, Florida on our last night there. We had so much fun. June 2012
70: We found lots of seaweed & shells to decorate our sandcastles. When we got back to our hotel room our bed looked so neat. We loved how they fixed it all up.
71: We buried Daddy in the sand and then went to the pool and went swimming. I loved it because they had a little pool just my size.
72: June 2012
73: It was so neat to go to Springfield and visit President Lincoln's Tomb. It is said that you will have good luck if you rub the nose of his statue. Then we went to the Old State Capitol and got to tour all of the rooms. Then off to the home of President Lincoln. It was neat to see some of the furnishings that were actually used by the Lincoln Family
74: Chance and Reese came over for a picnic lunch and then we swam in the pool and slid on the slip n' slide. We had a lot of fun running and jumping in the pool too. | IN THE SUN
75: Here are Megan & I all decked out in the outfits and hair we did by ourselves. Shaley & Tyler came for a visit this summer. We had a picnic lunch, went swimming & went to Next of Kiln and painted. Here I am with my modeling clay. I made a flower, two balls & a starfish. Samantha did our make-up for us when she babysat for us.
76: June 2012
77: We met Miss Jen & Mallory at Starved Rock State Park. It was a hot day but we managed to hike for about 2 1/2 hours. We hiked to the top of Starved Rock & many different lookouts. We even got to go down into a canyon. Although the waterfall was dry. We had so much fun seeing them again!
78: Fun at VBS | TRUST GOD!
79: After VBS Samantha, Emma and Emilee came over to have lunch, swim and slide on the slip n' slide. We had a lot of fun. | TRUST GOD!
80: July 2012
81: Aunt Pam & Uncle Rodney invited us to go camping. The first night was just me, Megan and Josh. The second night was Emilee, Emma, Samantha, Megan, Josh and me. We had so much fun. We ate s'mores, played games, went on a hike and went to the playground.
82: We had fun at our annual 4th of July cookout at Grandma & Grandpa Collins house. There was lots of good food and we had fun in the pool and slip n' slide.
84: Look at me sleeping away, hugging Gramps, lovin on Daddy, having a sleepover in Megan's room (the cat decided to join in), a tea party hosted by Megan and making a cool lava lamp with water, oil, food coloring and alka seltzer.
85: It had been so hot out that we waited until 7:00 p.m to go outside and play. We had so much fun digging up dirt and putting them in pails to sell to mommy & daddy, We got a little dirty and a lot sweaty.
86: Summer wouldn't be the same without a trip to Scovill Zoo. They made this new really cool sign, I got to ride on the elephant on the carousel, look at this turtle, the meerkats are sunbathing, look at this cool crane bird and of course beautiful me.
87: We got to pet this adorable baby goat that was two weeks old. We tries to feed the other goats but they mauled me.
88: practicing my kicks | my back float | water bobs | swimming on kick board | Practicing arm circles | S WIM LESSONS
89: Practicing arm circles, front float, jumping in water & going off of the diving board. | July 2012
90: I got to go to a Fairy Garden Tea Party for Bianca's birthday. It was so much fun. We got to listen to a really nice story about fairies. We got to take home some lavender plant & a lambs ear leaf. The fairies use them as little beds in their houses. They are super soft. | Telling us about the fairy garden | A fairy who has frozen since people are around | Looking at the fairy and house | Shaking the bells on our wands, fairies like that sound, | They put a mirror on the ground for the fairies, they like to look at themselves in it. | Getting fairy dust to sprinkle | Sprinkling my fairy dust | Listening to more about fairies | Blowing bubbles for the fairies | Getting a flower from the butterfly bush | Looking at the little elves and their houses. | The elf and house | Getting a leaf from the lemon verbena bush | Posing in the herb &/flower garden
91: We got to go inside & have some punch, cookies & little sandwiches. After we were done Mommy a& I were leaving & went out the door and noticed that the fairy sitting outside the tea house was gone. It must have flown away after we all went in. Then we went to the herb garden where the elves were and I couldn't believe it, they were gone too. How magical.
92: I got to go on my first boat ride with Jackson, Lauren,and Megan. It was hot but I had a blast! Megan and I got all dressed up to take our babies for a walk. Look at me riding in the stang.
93: I had lots of fun playing miniature golf. Dad helped me out a lot. By the end of the game I was doing just fine on my own.