A Party for Savannah Summer

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.54.10 AMSweet Savannah Summer Joy turned 2 this month, and she had a fun Summer party held at her grandparents house in Stillwater. Full of water games and outdoor running… she and her cousins had a great time.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.56.10 AMIt wasn’t too many months ago we had quite a scare when a doctor misdiagnosed our little Savvy with something much more serious than the croup that she was struggling with, and we all spent that Sunday morning pacing and praying and quoting scripture for this sweet little girl.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.56.44 AMBut the Lord has a future and a hope for our precious niece… He had His hand on her all along. Our hope is in Him, and He has this curly haired little darling in His strong arms.

It was such a special day as we all gathered together to celebrate Savannah’s life.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.52.13 AMWe are all really enjoying getting to watch Ava and Savannah’s friendship blossom more and more each time they are together. :) The older they are getting, the more they are able to communicate and play together. I’m so happy that they will be so close as they grow through the years.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.51.44 AMOne jumps in and one falls out. :)

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.53.34 AMHappy little girl memories.

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Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.55.07 AMSwimsuit tushies.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 9.57.23 AMUncle Kogi in a rare moment without a niece in his arms. :)

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.03.07 AMBen shows the girls how to rock the slip-n-slide.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.03.46 AMAva’s first slip-n-slide run. She basically had to push herself all the way down… but anything that involves water is going to get and “A” in her book.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.04.59 AMThe look on her face says it all. :)

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.01.50 AMNick and Evan splash in the pool.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.08.48 AMAva and Savvy are ready for the water balloon toss. They had so much fun throwing them in the grass and watching them burst.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.10.21 AMI was happy to hide behind the camera for this game!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.34.08 AMUncle Jamie starting a war!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.12.41 AMBrian and Ruth’s adorable red-heads!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.11.58 AMNick with all of his winnings!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.33.05 AMSummer JOY!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.31.56 AMEmma Bear stays dry on Daddy’s shoulders.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 11.17.25 AMAll the cousins minus one camera-shy one. :) Uncle Kogi made this adorable cow for the pin-the-tail-on-the-cow game.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 11.18.08 AMThe girls discussing their “game plan” on how their going to win.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.37.00 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.36.14 AMUncle Kogi spins Ava for her turn.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.38.39 AMShe didn’t come the closest, but Evan was so nice to let Ava have the prize.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.37.39 AMThis is her “smile” face. :) Ha!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.39.24 AMSavannah and Papa.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.44.09 AMBrian lets Ava fly a kite for the first time. I was praying she wouldn’t let go!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.42.51 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.45.08 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.47.16 AMMike and Char have a gorgeous yard with lots of room for all the cousins to run and play.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.50.18 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.46.00 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.56.20 AMSavannah loves to laugh at jokes, so for her special day everyone contributed a joke to put in the jar. She usually laughs and laughs at the punchline, but she was a little nervous in front of so many people. She did like to pull them out of the jar for her Daddy to read, though.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.57.20 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.57.58 AMAva laughs and laughs at this picture of Evan. :)

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.48.00 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.59.00 AMBirthday cake for the birthday girl.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.59.39 AMPapa speaking with the birthday girl herself.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 10.55.06 AMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 1.05.25 PMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 1.05.50 PMScreen Shot 2013-07-31 at 11.00.55 AMMarmie and Papa with little Sierra.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 11.01.52 AMGift opening time!

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 11.03.15 AMThank you, Savannah for sharing your special day with us. We love you, Sweetie!

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  1. Melinda Nye
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Looks like an absolutely wonderful time!

  2. marmie
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    such fun memories captured, miss. that was an awesome day with family. the girls did well without naps and it was so much fun to watch them enjoy the day of special activities planned just for them. i’ll not forget the loving hug between savvy and ava when we first arrived. so excited, savvy ran to retrieve one and ava responded with gusto. our girls are such a blessing and gift to us. thanks for the log kept for future days to “remember when”.

  3. Holly Mitchell
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    I love these pictures! Looks like so much fun! What cutie pies… :)

  4. Angela
    Posted August 1, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Such a sweet and beautiful post of this special day! I am so glad you were all with us!! We love you very much! You captured so many precious moments! I would love some of these!!

    • Posted August 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

      Sure, Ang… Just let me know which ones you want and I’ll send you the larger file. The ones you sent to me didn’t come through for some reason, so I haven’t seen any of yours yet.

      Hope you all are having fun up North this week! We can’t wait to see you for the Fair!

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