Archive for December, 2011

What do fish say?

Posted in Family outings, Family visits, Molly, Video on December 2nd, 2011 by c-had – 1 Comment

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While at the aquarium, Molly started talking to the fish. Then Emmie joined in.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Posted in Family outings, Family visits, Leah, Molly, Trip on December 2nd, 2011 by jen – 1 Comment

Our last morning in Gatlinburg a few of us headed to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. It was literally down the hill from our lodge, so we decided to check it out. Molly and this fish appear to be seeing eye to eye.

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Emmie and Leah enjoyed watching the seahorses.

Peering into the tank

This aquarium had a long tunnel with a slow moving walkway that allowed you to go under the sea. The tunnel was small enough that you really felt like you were right next to the animals.

Underwater tunnel

Look, a sawfish!

Molly and Leah wanted nothing to do with these guys, but Emmie was up for petting this horseshoe crab.

Petting a horseshoe crab

The aquarium was full of little tunnels you could crawl in to get up close and personal with the undersea life.

In a fish tank

Our last stop was to see the penguins, up close and personal.

Penguin, up close

Looks like Christmas came early

Posted in Celebrations, Family visits, Leah, Molly, Trip on December 1st, 2011 by jen – Be the first to comment

Since we won't see my family in December, we posed for our family Christmas photo Friday morning.

The 9 and a half of us

We then headed inside and exchanged gifts with G'Mom, Grampa, Uncle J, Aunt 'Chelle, and Emmie. Molly is shocked by these socks.


She was also very excited to get a Belle doll.


Chad sometimes sticks a little Lego man on his camera to give the girls something to focus on. After using it for the pictures, Leah wanted to play with it. Even after getting a bunch of Christmas presents, she kept coming back to playing with the Lego man.

Leah and a Lego man

I love this picture of Leah opening her ornament from Grampa.

Opening her ornament

Emmie had to check hers out from all angles.

Emmie and her ornament

After the gift giving had concluded, Leah took a minute to teach Grampa a bit about how to use the iPad.

Teaching Grampa