S: Our Family Album 2009
FC: Our Family Album 2009 | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
2: May this year be your best ever! | The Downtown Aquarium is one of our favorite places to spend a family day...so it was a great way to celebrate Tyler turning 4!
3: I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true.
4: Z O O | Very cold day at the Houston Zoo! 1/5/09
6: Ahoy, Matey! | All pirates were on deck for Tyler's 4th birthday!
8: Fun and games | Cameron and Haley
9: Fire Pit nights are a big hit on our street! Roasting marshmallows and eating s'mores! | Welches, Borns, and Eads
11: B R A Z O S B E N D | What a great day at Brazos Bend State Park. We saw so many animals, hiked, and had a picnic. The kids loved it, but the highlight was rolling down the hill!
12: 4 years old
13: 2 years old
14: BOWLING | Daddy's Bowling Team had to bowl in the middle of the day, so we decided to join them. You guys loved bowling! It was very cute to watch how excited you got when you hit the pins!
17: SOCK HOP | The Creech Sock Hop is always so much fun. The kids loved the music, pizza, and games. What a fun night!
18: RODEO HOUSTON
19: We had so much fun with Matthew and Kelley. It was raining so we couldn't ride the rides, but we saw all the animals! We also saw Tyler and Haley's first concert - Brad Paisley!
20: Sea World April 10, 2009
21: Haley's many faces... | We took a day trip to Sea World and had a wonderful time. The kids loved the Sesame Street show, riding the up and down ride, playing in the sand and playing with Mommy and Daddy!
22: Sendera | Baby Haylie | Carter | Cameron
23: Dying Easter eggs is a fun, family tradition. You guys really got into it this year and loved racing your eggs down the ramp! We also attended the Sendera Egg Hunt and found lots of eggs filled with candy!
25: The cousins spent the night with us on Easter Eve and we had lots of fun decorating cookies, dying eggs, and drinking Jello through a straw! Easter morning we hunted for eggs and then headed to Nana and Papa's. A very fun day!
26: Haley discovered dresses and every morning turned into a photo shoot!
29: ON ICE | Disney On Ice is always such a fun family outing. This year was no exception..... Fab Five, Lion King, Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan. What more could you ask for??
30: Tyler's 2nd T-ball season and he was on the Mets! Matt Levan (Kendyl's Daddy) was his coach and Daddy was the Assistant Coach. It was a great season and Tyler became a pro at "baseball ready".
34: This was Haley's last Mayfest in Mommy and Me class. She is so awesome on the bars, floor, and trampoline. She wore Maggie's leotard from her Under the Sea Mayfest! | Coach Stephanie
37: Tyler loves Mayfest and getting to "show off" his tricks. His favorite was doing flips into the pit! | Coach Jono | Coach Eric
38: We spent Mother's Day at the Children's Museum and then lunch at Spaghetti Warehouse Downtown. It was a blast! I love being your Mommy!!
40: Princess Beach Party | Haley's 3rd birthday was a Princess Beach Party. We splashed in the kiddie pool, ran down the slip and slide, had a limbo, and lots of fun. Haley helped create her two cakes and had an amazing time. 5/23/09
41: Kendyl | Baby Haylie | Christina | Cameron
43: This was such a fun day at home. We stayed in the backyard all day on the swings, on the slip and slide, and in the kiddie pool. You guys even talked Mommy into doing the slip and slide!! It was a great way to unwind after Haley's big birthday party! 5/24/09
45: May 31, 2009 | We spent Haley's 3rd birthday at Sea World. We had also bought Maggie a season pass for her birthday, so she and Mary came too! It was a great way to celebrate. Haley had so much fun splashing in the water, riding the "up and down ride", and seeing Shamu. Her #1 wish was to have Shamu splash her. We sat in the right place and waited the entire show to get wet...no luck. As we were packing up to leave, Shamu came by one more time and gave a huge splash, drenching all of us. Haley was on cloud nine!! We celebrated Haley's birthday with some ice cream and then drove back to Katy. | 3
46: Easy Bake Oven and Slumber Party
47: Ballerina Haley | Mermaid Haley
48: Happy Father's Day
49: Bowling and a nap.. 2 Father's Day Traditions!
50: Ready.. | Go! | Set.. | June 23, 2009 We love visiting the Museum of Natural Science and Butterfly Exhibit. There were so many "extras", such as insects, rocks, leopard skin, and much more to touch. It was a very educational and fun visit!
51: Houston Zoo...another summer favorite at the Welch house! July 2, 2009
52: 4th of July | 4th of July started out innocent enough with a parade in Nana and Papa's neighborhood. Then, it was back home for our 1st annual Wipeout Zone! The Borns and Eads joined in the fun and everyone loved getting trophies at the end. We finished the day with a potluck and swim at the Eads, watching fireworks from surrounding neighborhoods. Happy birthday, America!
53: Step 1 - find 10 army men in bubble bath | Step 2 - crab walk through cooked noodles & baby oil, while sponges are thrown at you | Step 3 - bounce back across the cooked noodles and baby oil | Step 4 - pick up 4 balls while swinging and having silly string sprayed on you | Step 5 - go down the slide covered in shaving cream | Step 6 - slide down the slip and slide and pose at the end | WIPEOUT
54: Go Astros! | Children's Museum | Health Museum | Lunches in the back of the car! | Summer Outings!
55: Houston Space Museum was a big hit! We had so much fun learning about astronauts, riding the tram, playing games, and playing in the playground.
56: Splash Day with our old playgroup!
57: The summer wouldn't be complete without some pool time!! Tyler was tall enough to go on the slides!
58: More summer fun... Bowling and Blue Bell!
59: Christmas in August! | The Disney Christmas Carol Train came to Houston. However, the line was incredibly long and hot so we headed over to the aquarium for some fun!
61: August 18, 2009 My birthday treat was to take everyone to the Downtown Aquarium for another day of fun. Daddy even got off work early and joined us! I couldn't have asked for a better birthday!
62: Disney World Sept 2009 | Disney World We met 85 characters in 7 days! What a trip! This was the perfect age for the kids to enjoy Disney (and close to the perfect height). We had so much fun and took full advantage of the free food with incredible character meals and a Hawaiian Luau. We also went to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!
63: Four Parks One World
64: TWRC Fall Festival
65: Nana loved showing you guys off at her animal shelter!
66: We had a blast carving pumpkins
67: Carve out some good times!
68: We had a spooky good time at the Zoo this year with Ashlyn and Peyton.
69: We had a Frightfully good time at Kendyl's Halloween party.
72: GOAL! | Fire | Little Ham!! | First Goal! | Always smiling! | Second Goal!
73: Rapids | All Smiles! | Tyler loved defending the goal! | Getting tips from coach | Last Game - All in Mud Bath (with Goalies)!
74: So many people to be thankful for!
75: We Give Thanks
76: December 4th Snow in Katy!
77: Throwing snowballs over the fence! | You guys had so much fun in your first snow!! We picked up Carter and Reagan from school early so we could all play! Daddy stayed home and led you both in a big snowball fight!
81: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days | Santa, I want a Lego pirate ship! | Santa, I want a Princess castle! | Lunch with Santa
82: Like friends, It's the Old Ornaments that mean the most.
83: Cookies with Santa
87: KVPAC Winter Gala Tyler was wonderful in his school play and we all loved seeing his artwork.
88: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
89: Christmas with the Ricketts | Army Uniform | Fancy Nancy
90: Cookies for Santa!
91: Christmas Morning...a child's dream come true!! | Santa brought Haley a Princess Castle! | Santa brought Tyler a Lego Pirate Ship!
92: Although it's been said, many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you! | 12/23
93: Welch Christmas | 12/25
94: Haley, what can I say about my little girl that these two pictures don't say for me!? You are the most adorable, exciting little performer in the house. You are always quick with a comment, silly face, or hug. Your laugh is contagious and you are beyond generous with your toys with your after school friends. I loved all of the fashion shows that we had this year and the many faces of Haley. You are going to be quite the performer when you get bigger! You are doing so well learning your letters, though your method is to learn how to write them before you know their names. It works for you! You aren't as excited to do homework with Mommy, so I think Preschool is going to be great for you in 2010. You are such a smart little girl and I can't wait to see you shine in 2010! I love you so much!
95: What a year! It has been so amazing to watch you grow this year. The most amazing change has been that you learned how to read just after your 4th birthday! You picked it up so fast, that by November you read your first chapter book - Magic Tree House. Unbelievable! You have loved Pre-K, especially the Art, Theater, and Music classes. You can't wait for Kindergarten! This has been a very busy year. You love having your friends over after school everyday to play with and doing your homework right along with them. We keep busy with gymnastics, baseball, and soccer.You are such a wonderful son and we love you so much. We love your silliness, your hugs and kisses, your questions, your desire to learn everything possible, and the way you play with your sister. You are a truly remarkable young man and 2010 is going to be a great year for you!