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Popping In

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Hi friends!

We are back home for a few days and it feels so good to be here. The kids call home “the brown house” and were so excited about coming home for a few days. I’ve been busy cleaning out closets and they’ve been busy rekindling relationships with old toys, dolls, and books!

I thought I’d share a few pictures from our 4th of July weekend while I’m here. The one above kills me. Rover’s favorite face to make/game to play is “hawk” and he tips his chin down and gives this “I’m gonna get you” glare. In the process of doing “hawk” I think he realized he could cross his eyes and well, we have a few pictures like this as a result! He’s kind of a ham and as you’ll see I have a few extra pictures of him!

We had Justin’s parents in town over the 4th weekend. We had great weather and an absolute blast introducing them to Perdido Bay.

Our weekend looked a little like this…

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Justin and his dad had a great couple of mornings on the water fishing. They came home with these two one morning, JM was almost as excited about the fish as he was his new Cars 2 swim trunks for his grandmother brought him for his birthday, we may never get them off of him!

Be back soon with a couple recipes!

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  • JulieJ
    July 21, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I love the shot of your little man with his killer bathing suit and the fish. Such a “boy” picture 🙂 I feel like I’m living vicariously through you this summer. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to spend a whole summer at the beautiful Gulf Coast! Thanks for sharing your summer with us, Darby 🙂

  • JulieJ
    July 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Oh, and I’m excited to see the recipes whenever you get a chance to post them. Since I’m a teacher and not working this summer, I’ve got plenty of time to cook. I’ve been trying to make one new recipe each week, and I’d love some new ideas!

  • Melissab74
    July 21, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Look at that fish! It’s as big as JM! Your children are just absolutely precious! They will always remember this summer and the fun things you’ve done! Love that photo of the dock at night. Absolutely gorgeous! You really have an eye for taking some great photos!

  • Lindsey
    July 21, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I laughed out loud when I saw that photo of JM crossing his eyes. He is so funny!! Love all the photos and so glad you all are having such a fun summer. Yay for the fishies!!!

  • Alexandra
    July 21, 2011 at 8:45 am

    This first picture cracks me up!! Thank you Darby for that!

  • Nelle
    July 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

    That kid is precious! Your photos are incredible as always Darby. Glad you are enjoying your summer with your family. All the best from Baltimore.

  • Melanie
    July 21, 2011 at 9:04 am

    such fun! I am cracking up at the picture of Rover….my boy does something like that. He calls it dragon and he says “I’m gonna eat you up”!

  • Brittaney
    July 21, 2011 at 9:09 am

    The cross-eyed picture of Rover is hilarious- he’s getting so big. Looks like y’all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend.

  • Kat
    July 21, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I laughed at loud at the first pic! Too funny! That fish is beautiful!!

  • Christy F.
    July 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

    All of the pictures and stories are great, but I love the picture of Paige and GiGi!! Totally frame worthy! Miss you so much!

  • mommasis
    July 21, 2011 at 9:47 am

    rover KILLS me. what a total squirrel. love the pics!!!!!

  • Dianne
    July 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Love seeing these pics. You are certainly having a summer to remember.xoxo

  • Katie
    July 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    How fun – Rove with his BIG fish! He’s such a cutie!

  • Cherish @ Southern Soul Mates
    July 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

    That first picture is SO funny! All of the pictures are wonderful as always. So glad y’all got to spend some time with family on the 4th. Love that pic of JM with the fish! Enjoy your time back at “the brown house” 🙂 Have a blessed day! xoxo

  • Amanda
    July 21, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Aren’t those lifejackets the best? My oldest loves hers. The baby isn’t crazy about not being able to lift her arms but we get by.

  • kathleen
    July 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Is that a yellow fin tuna?

  • Amanda Wells
    July 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Yay for recipes! I’ve been missing your recipes!
    http://www.amandadovewells.com/?page_id=45

  • meaghan
    July 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Rover is the sweetest! Amazing photo.

  • Niki
    July 21, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    I read your blog when I can and although this isn’t very deep, had to say that I rarely see children (other than my little girl) with brown eyes and light blonde hair. I love it! On another note, I was sorry to see that your friend had passed away and just loved her note. What a true believer she was…and an inspiration!

  • Taylor@WiseFamilyLiving
    July 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    My oldest calls all the houses in our family colors. The pink house (brick), the green house (historic victorian), and also we have a brown house. It is hilarious how kids do that. What do they call the house you are staying at his summer?

  • Lexi
    July 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Where do you get those arm floaties from?

  • Deanne @ Delighted
    July 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    It looks like your kids are having a blast this summer! I’m sure they’ll always reminisce about their fun and adventure-filled summers as kids when they’re all grown up.

  • HannahJ
    July 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Holy Huge Fish!!! and he is super adorable:) what are those fabuluos swimmy/floaty thing sthe kids are wearing????

  • sherry
    July 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    oh my goodness!!!! I glanced at the top photo, then started reading, then glanced back at the photo and couldn’t stop laughing! My kids crack me up constantly, yours come in a close second with them and I don’t even know them! Thanks for the laugh and wonderful posts!

  • Whitney
    July 22, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Darby! I love that all 3 of your kids have life preservers on. Growing up my mother convinced me that it was the law to wear and life vest until you were TWELVE YEARS OLD. She told me if I didn’t she would be ticketed by the marine police. I wasn’t even a bad swimmer… Boy did she take advantage of my trust. I was the only 12 year old on Lake Guntersville who wore a life vest.

  • Beverly Atkins
    July 22, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I don’t comment often but I do enjoy your blog. I’m going to try the breakfast treats from the following blog which I read first. I just have to say that two of my favorite pictures were on this day. Your daughter looks like she loves her grandmother more than anything in that picture on the boat. AND then there’s Rover-he is the cutest little boy and I just love the picture with his eyes crossed. Thanks for sharing. You’ve given me smiles for the day.

  • Anne
    July 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    John’s been trying to get some of those tuna all summer…they’re hard to come by here…hope you guys enjoyed it…they are good!

  • Christine
    July 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    We just discovered the puddle jumpers this year ( we have the orange kissing fishies) and it seems like we see them everywhere! My daughter loves the independence she has with it (as much as a two year old can have in a pool) :). Great pics! I always look forward to your posts!

  • kat
    July 23, 2011 at 8:22 am

    JM is totally hilarious! What a gorgeous place to be spending your summer!

  • Courtney
    July 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    My son has the exact same Cars swimming trunks, and we love our Puddle Jumpers, too! Great photos.