S: The Allens 2012 Edition
BC: A V E R Y I S F O U R | In your fourth year, you have become such a beautiful girl, inside and out. As once again we celebrate the special day that you came into our lives and took over our hearts, we are so very grateful for your presence and the joy that you bring to us each and every day. We love you so very much, Avery. Happy Birthday.
FC: The Allens
1: HOME | IS WHEREVER WE ARE, BUT WE CURRENTLY LIVE IN | VA | South Riding,
2: Geaux Blue | New Orleans - Sugar Bowl
4: snow day | Oh, Charlie, how desperately you wanted it to snow!! Before moving to Virginia, we heard from your Auntie Carol how much snow the DC area always got each winter. So Mommy bought you snow pants, snow boots, a jacket and hat. For Christmas, you got a sled and a snow tube. And then... we waited and waited and waited! All you wanted was enough snow to build a proper snowman... and of course, it was the first mild winter in years with most days being in the 50s! We did have an ice storm in January that gave you just enough snow to sled on the hill beside our house...
6: Indy super bowl
8: Super Bowl XLVI
9: february 2 0 1 2
10: Yacht Rock Revue | More Than A Woman Peg Baker Street Rich Girl Africa Hey Nineteen
12: Boys night out at the Verizon Center | Washington Capitals
13: L | Lego
15: We spent a super fun day in Georgetown shopping, eating, and taking lots of pictures
16: Lake Tahoe
17: St. Pattys day/outside pics
18: washington d.c. | a u g u s t 2 0 1 1
19: f r i e n d s i n f a i r f a x s m i t h s o n i a n t h e m e t r o s l e e p o v e r s t h e g i a n t c r a y o n b a c k y a r d b b q s
20: Cherry Blossom Festival
22: Indianapolis | children's museum
23: Mr. Potato Head Lego Exhibit Dinosaurs | march 2012
24: Indy cont
30: TO THE ZOO | Always one of our favorite places to VISIT, the Zoo did not disAppoint this year. We didn't Make it there as often as we usually do due to the long, hot summer, but that just made our few trips all the more special. THE opening of the african forest provided some new adventures for us at the zoo this year.
31: YOur favorite new addition was the giraffe feeding platform. You squealed as you fed a giraffe a piece of lettuce for the very first time. You also enjoyed visiting the new rhinoceroses (which you called dinosaurs) and chimpanzees which have both made our zoo their home this year.
32: Soccer for both
36: Nationals Games | Hey batter, batter, batter swing...
38: Great Country Farms Strawberry Picking
40: stable tour
44: Monuments in Washington DC
46: Emma's 9th Birthday | American Girl
48: BALLET RECITAL | your very first | Your first ballet recital was such a special day! Mommy, Daddy, JoJo, Pops, Kyle, and Christie were all there to watch you perform. You looked beautiful in your bright blue tutu, and you danced your heart out to "Bippity Boppity Boo" and "Cinderelly, Cinderelly." You made us all laugh between dances as you very loudly asked Ms. Erica what happened to your green practice wands. We are so proud of you, our little ballerina!
49: May 22, 2011 Stephanie's Dance Studio One Katy, Texas | Emma's real bday
52: Indy summer
54: Family photo shoot at butler
56: July 4th
57: Friends, fireworks, and firetrucks - what more could you ask for at a 4th of July celebration? After a day at the pool but long before dark, we met up with some of your friends at LaCenterra. After a few weeks of missing each other, your reunion with Addison was like something from a movie - sprint through an open field with arms wide open and all. After some games and some ice cream, the time came to find our spot to watch the fireworks. You were mesmerized!
58: Meghan visits
60: w e l o v e t h e | outer banks
61: c o r o l l a, n c j u l y 2 0 1 2 | s o v e r y m u c h .
62: outer banks | f r i e n d s | f a m i l y
63: s a n d | s a n d
66: Charlie Goes to | august 2012
67: Third grade?? REALLY? Every year, it surprises me how you've grown and are ready for another year of school.
68: Jenn mini session
69: Gravelly point
72: Stribling Orchard | Apple Picking | at
74: A Fall Photoshoot
76: cox farms | fall festival
77: One of our favorite fall traditions is our annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We know that each year when we make this trek that the holiday season has truly begun. You had so much fun running around with Brady and selecting the perfect pumpkins ... all nine of them ... for us to take home to paint, carve, and decorate the house with for fall.
78: IU Game | back to preschool at Pender Hill School | September 2012
80: to the | Harper's Ferry, WV
82: Halloween | A Super Mario
84: Hilton Head
86: c i t y | NEW YORK
87: In early October, you and Mommy kissed the boys good-bye and boarded a plane for Denver! We met Jessi, JoJo, Pops, Richard, & Mamie there to support Jessi running in the Denver Rock 'n' Roll half marathon. We had so much fun exploring the city, living life in a hotel, and experiencing the first big snow of the season in the Rocky Mountains. One afternoon, we took a ride on the Georgetown Loop Railroad. We saw snow, pretty fall colored leaves, and lots of beautiful scenery. It was such a special treat for Mommy to get to take such a fun trip with you!
88: Our Little Monster is | 3
89: Details | Friends
90: g | All the little things we do to get ready for Christmas - baking, shopping, and celebrating with friends and family. | e | t | t | i | n | g | r | e | a | d | y | ... | Christmas Traditions
92: CHRISTMAS EVE
93: December is truly the best month of the year in our house. Not only do we get to celebrate your birthday (and your brother's birthday!), but we get to celebrate Christmas too. For the second year in a row, we spent Christmas Eve at home with just our little family. We wrapped the last presents, baked the last batch of cookies, got all dressed up, and went to church. When we got home, you carefully selected a few cookies for Santa and sprinkled reindeer food from the front door all the way down the sidewalk. When we tucked you in that night with a kiss, you were full of little grins and confidence that you had made it on Santa's "nice list."
94: christmas morning | You most definitely made it on Santa's "nice list." He was very good to you this year. You were thrilled to see your "princess bike" waiting for you under the tree when you came down the stairs on Christmas morning. We spent the day at home enjoying each others' company, indulging in yummy food and treats, and surrounded by family.
95: You bought your own gifts for family members this year, and you were so proud to pass them out. Hard hat for Brady. Utility hook for Daddy. Princess comb & mirror for Mommy. Rubber mallet for Kyle. Flowers for JoJo. Rawhide for Lucy. Little Bill wallpaper border for Pops. Dora jewelry for Jessi. Doctor set for Christie.
96: Cooper for real bday
98: discovering... | discovering | science | with cousin Olly
100: Family visit
102: More | F A V O R I T E S
104: HAPPY 8th BIRTHDAY, CHARLIE!
106: shenanigans | the joy of watching you enjoy all that spring brings
107: Popsicles, sidewalk chalk, trips to the park. Sandboxes, watermelon, sprinklers, and art. Splash pools, swings, and fairy wings - these were the things that you loved this spring!
108: Dr. Charles Robertson, Future scientist
109: Your scribbles have begun to take shape. You can write your name, and I can't get enough of your big eared, bow headed, body-less stick figures. | Summer science experiments
110: big boy | bed | Henry's
112: FALL BALL | THE EXPRESS | LITTLE LEAGUE
114: welcoming | WESTON | Boston December 2012
115: and | OLLY'S | 2nd birthday
118: Mama's | F A V O R I T E P H O T O S
120: Chocolate Soup | It started out like so many Friday nights. We ventured out to the street after dinner. Being the middle of July, the sprinkler, splash pool, and sand box weren't far behind. And soon enough, little friends and big friends alike from up an down the street began to gather.
121: As you and your friends played round and round from splash pool to sand box to sprinkler and back again, you created a quite impressive batch of chocolate soup. And this night, like so many others, without any planning at all, turned into an all evening block party. Our street is so special. | J U L Y 2 0 1 1
122: To the park... | Ahhh, the first cold snap of fall! We drank it in on this Saturday morning in October with a bike ride to the playground nearby. We climbed, slid, and played the morning away in the beautiful weather. You love the playground, and it is a joy to see your imagination at work as you create all sorts of fun adventures. When we returned home close to lunchtime, you decorated our driveway with pumpkins. Fall is finally here!
123: O C T O B E R 2 0 1 1
124: FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR | Ferris wheels. Fun slides. Snow Cones. Giant bubbles.
125: The fair has always been a favorite fall outing for you, and this year, it was even better because you finally made it well above the 36" height requirement for most of the rides! You loved the ferris wheel, the roller coaster, the fun slide, and the bungee trampoline, but your favorite attraction by far was the giant bubble! You didn't hesitate at all when your turn came. You climbed right in and crawled, flopped, and flipped your way around the water while we cheered you on from the side. After you had ridden all there was to ride, it came time to eat, and a grape snow cone and foot long corn dog did the trick! | o c t o b e r 2 0 1 1
126: best friends | o c t o b e r 2 0 1 1 | best friends
127: It makes my heart smile to see your friendship grow. You and Addison have something very special.
128: you and your friends