So much fun!

We are loving our summer break from school and are making the most of this last week before we begin another great year of school! Here are some fun things we’ve done this summer that haven’t made it on the blog yet…EdVenture story time at the library, IMG_2903IMG_2908IMG_2910IMG_2924Helping Mommy at school registrationIMG_2921Fun at HiWire!IMG_2923Emoji movie 🙂 IMG_2990Doing a little work around the house. 😉 IMG_2967More fun at OakleafIMG_2970Playing at home. IMG_2994Look at our watermelon…we have 3 growing!IMG_2997Cucumbers from our gardenIMG_2998Driving range one evening after dinnerIMG_3006IMG_3009IMG_3015Waterfall Junction, rock wall, carousel, and ice cream.IMG_3020IMG_3022IMG_3023IMG_3025IMG_3026IMG_3027IMG_3028IMG_3032IMG_3033IMG_3034IMG_3036They are SO in to American Ninja Warrior and love setting up their own courses.IMG_3037C was teaching AC to play blackjack. Haha!IMG_3038The kids went with Devin, Grandpa, and Parker to a fishing tournament. They had a blast! AC caught 6 fish and Charlie caught 8. He actually placed in the competition and was able to go to the Colonial Life Arena and go on stage to get an award! It was so cool!IMG_3062IMG_3063IMG_3064IMG_3065IMG_3066IMG_3067IMG_3040IMG_3044While Devin and Charlie helped load up the rest of Aunt Melanie’s stuff and play golf, AC and I went to a tea party at Nana’s house. It was so fun!IMG_3049IMG_3050IMG_3051IMG_3052IMG_3053IMG_3055Now we will enjoy our last week of summer break! 🙂

Published in: on August 15, 2017 at 3:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Family Fun

When I was in middle school I took a class called Service Learning. I walked through the woods from my middle school to the elementary school and worked with a second grade class. A little while after I had been there, a new student came. Her name was Spencer. She was a cute, smart little 7 year old. I worked with the kids individually in the hallway doing math flash cards or reading books. It was a fun experience. Little did I know that one day she would be my sister-in-law! Anyways, the other week, she took AC and Parker on a “cat dress date.” 🙂 haha! She bought matching dresses for the girls and they went out for icecream and to play with kittens and a local pet place. They had so much fun! IMG_2892IMG_2894IMG_2895IMG_2897IMG_2898While the girls were doing their thing, Charlie had fun at dinner and then playing guitar hero with Uncle Brandon. 🙂 IMG_2893IMG_2900IMG_2901Remember that cute little 7 year old I told you about. Well she has a sister who is a couple years older than her. Unlike Spencer, Caity did not like me when we met. It’s kind of funny to think about now since she’s one of my best friends, but seriously, the girl didn’t like me…her brother’s girlfriend. 😉 Well, fast forward a couple years, my kiddos had a blast at Aunt Caity’s house playing with their cousins. They made homemade pizza, played pie face, watched a movie, and so much more fun! Love them all!IMG_2950IMG_2949IMG_2948FullSizeRender 32That same weekend, we celebrated Aunt Caity’s and Uncle Chadd’s birthdays. Check out that cake her kids decorated! 😉 🙂 IMG_2952IMG_2951FullSizeRender 27IMG_2955Sweet cousins…(I told them if they smile and look at the camera then they could have cake! haha!)IMG_2956Other family fun…We celebrated my Meme’s 86th birthday!! Love her!IMG_2856IMG_2858IMG_2860IMG_2868IMG_2854IMG_2865 2Loved this view out my window the other day with papa helping Devin with plans for our screen porch!IMG_2943AC had a sleepover with Granny and Papa…we went to the DYW program, TCBY, then they played with granny’s barbies from when she was little! While she was having fun there, Charlie was having a sleepover with Grandpa so they could get up at 5am to go fishing!!FullSizeRender 29IMG_2852IMG_2849IMG_2851Last but not least…swimming with the Bonesteels, playing at home, fun at the movies in the reclining seats, baking bread at Oakleaf, and a collage of pictures from National Twin Day!FullSizeRender 30FullSizeRender 26FullSizeRender 31IMG_2887IMG_2886IMG_2882IMG_2929IMG_2940

Published in: on August 13, 2017 at 2:56 am  Leave a Comment  

Road Trip

Devin headed to Las Vegas for a work trip, so the kids and I hopped in the car and headed to Florida to visit the Brazells (they just moved there from NM…yay!). The first day was travel day. We got on the road about 10am. Y’all…I’m pretty sure my least favorite place to travel through in the US is Atlanta, Georgia(Sorry Cortney!)…and I’ve driven in Washington, DC and NYC! The traffic is just so crazy. It took us 4 hours to get from our house through ATL. Anyways, we finally made it to Alabama! AC and Charlie have been to SC, NC, VA, MD, PA, NJ, GA, FL, Bahamas(Freeport and Nassau), and Cozumel Mexico. So this was their first time in AL. We had to drive through Auburn to take a look around then we grabbed lunch in the car and finished our trip. IMG_2632IMG_2635We were so happy to pull in their driveway. The kids went straight upstairs to play! IMG_2638IMG_2639The next morning Jordan had his 18 month well visit so the big kids and I ate breakfast, climbed trees, played with bubbles and chalk, and then had a water balloon fight! Since they were already wet and in swim suits, we made our tie dye shirts. After lunch the kids baked brownies and had a tea party. After quiet time, we headed over to Destin to eat at Lulu’s. It was so good (even though the wait was too long!) and the kids had a blast playing in the sand while we waited. IMG_2642IMG_2643IMG_2645IMG_2646IMG_2648IMG_2649IMG_2650IMG_2651IMG_2653IMG_2654IMG_2657IMG_2658The next morning we packed up and went to the beach! It was a beautiful day. We ate lunch, played some more, then headed back to their house for the littles to rest. IMG_2661IMG_2668IMG_2670IMG_2675IMG_2680IMG_2681IMG_2684Before they got up from nap, Bekah and Justin headed out for a date! They got to go on a helicopter ride, eat dinner, do some shopping, and even get dessert! While they were gone, we mixed up some sugar cookies and decorated them, ate pizza, watch Descendants, then walked down to the bay to hide the rocks they painted. When we came back everyone had to help bathe Jordan. 😉 Then we played some more, read books, and went to bed. IMG_2689IMG_2690IMG_2693IMG_2696IMG_2698IMG_2699IMG_2702IMG_2708IMG_2714IMG_2716IMG_2717IMG_2720IMG_2719The next morning we packed up and headed back for more swimming, canoeing, and exploring. Two very exciting things stick out in my mind…Grace *really* learned how to swim today…it clicked! She was under the water and moving like a fish. 🙂 Charlie found some hermit crabs…4 to be exact. He was terribly sad when I told him we couldn’t keep them. So he and I took a walk down the beach to talk about it and calm down. Well, this was totally a God thing, we found a hermit crab habitat. Seriously! Hundreds of crabs. Charlie was so excited and he and the girls were exploring with their goggles. He got the 4 he found and returned them to their home. IMG_2722IMG_2723IMG_2725IMG_2727IMG_2728IMG_2729IMG_2730IMG_2731IMG_2734IMG_2736We went back to their house for lunch and rest time. After that the kids played inside and outside and Justin grilled burgers and hotdogs for dinner. Then we went out for ice cream. We walked back to the bay from their house and got to see a dolphin, flying fish, an egret, and watch the sun set. It was a great end of the day. IMG_2737IMG_2739IMG_2741IMG_2742IMG_2747IMG_2751IMG_2754IMG_2755IMG_2758The girls had a sleepover that night so Charlie slept with me. The next morning, bright and early, I had a bed full of little ones and I sure did love it! We ate breakfast, packed up, and hit the road. We had a wonderful visit! FullSizeRender 25We met Aunt Mel halfway because the same day we were leaving she was coming to visit. IMG_2765IMG_2768We were so happy to see Daddy when we got home. He had a great trip too!!

Published in: on August 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

July

Since AC had a sleepover with SA at Mrs. Kim’s house at the beginning of July, C had a sleepover with the boys the next week. While he was gone, we took AC out to eat, she and I baked homemade cinnamon rolls…I think they were better than the canned kind. 😉 C had a lot of fun too!IMG_2424IMG_2425IMG_2426IMG_2427IMG_2429IMG_2431Devin and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary! IMG_2605FullSizeRender 24IMG_2609IMG_2610IMG_2611IMG_2612IMG_2614IMG_2608IMG_2615IMG_2616IMG_2624IMG_2628Charlie participated in the basketball camp at WK High and had a wonderful time!IMG_2519IMG_2535IMG_2528IMG_2561While he was at basketball camp, AC went to gymnastics and we also had some girl time!IMG_2521We’re reading through the Harry Potter series…IMG_2527A little learning…IMG_2530IMG_2532Fun at the library…IMG_2537Celebrating Aunt Melanie’s birthday!IMG_2540IMG_2548IMG_2549IMG_2551Saving some lives. 🙂 IMG_2555Just playing at home…IMG_2556Beginning our deck renovation!IMG_2567This sweet girl loves to bake. This time it was a brown sugar pound cake.IMG_2569While Charlie was at the Connor Shaw football clinic AC had fun playing at home after she baked her cake.IMG_2570IMG_2572IMG_2575IMG_2576IMG_2577Chess with Daddy…IMG_2584Skating with Mommy…IMG_2585IMG_2588IMG_2597More fun with our friends at Oakleaf Village…IMG_2629Oh I love my babies!IMG_2776Fun at Frankies with Nathan while AC was at gymnastics practice…IMG_2779IMG_2780IMG_2784IMG_2789We love it when Papa stops by for lunch!IMG_2792Sweet best friends…IMG_2801AC and Parker going to see Beauty and the Beast!IMG_2807IMG_2810IMG_2816IMG_2817C & D joined nana, grandpa, and granny at the panthers training camp and had fun!IMG_2819IMG_2820IMG_2821IMG_2822They finished their summer reading and earned their medals…IMG_2823Charlie’s lego creations at Lego Storytime…IMG_2825IMG_2831Free icecream at Chick-fil-A and free arcade tokens at Flight Deck as rewards for their summer reading from the library!IMG_2833IMG_2834Whew! What a wonderful month!

Published in: on August 4, 2017 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Marvelous Mountain Getaway

**read all the way to the end so you can hear a funny story**                                                Last week we packed the truck and headed to the mountains. We got to our cabin around 1pm and unpacked. The owner left goodies and a note for the kids. They had to find a hidden Indian. They had so much fun looking for him!IMG_2435IMG_2436The view was beautiful! The hummingbirds love those feeders on the porch too!IMG_2437IMG_2439IMG_2442After we got settled in we hiked through the woods from our cabin to the Blue Ridge Parkway.IMG_2444IMG_2445IMG_2448IMG_2449You can see in the picture above that the owner has painted rocks along a pathway, so AC and Charlie found rocks and painted some to add to her collection. 🙂 IMG_2451That evening we went down the mountain for dinner.IMG_2450And then we enjoyed some time in the hot tub that evening.IMG_2453Y’all, the weather was wonderful. We had the doors open and the breeze was so nice! The kids watched a movie and we had s’mores before bed.IMG_2455IMG_2456IMG_2490The next morning we got ready and headed up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We made a couple stops on our way to Waterrock Knob. We hiked all the way to the top! The kids were awesome! It is the 16th highest mountain in the Eastern USA.IMG_2459IMG_2461IMG_2473IMG_2470FullSizeRender 22Once we made it down the mountain, we grabbed lunch at Brick House pizza and then did some shopping.IMG_2467After lunch we headed back to the cabin and of course the kids wanted to hop in the hot tub. 🙂 IMG_2483IMG_2486A storm came through for about 2 hours, so the kids played and we sat on the porch and Devin grilled chicken for dinner. After the rain stopped, the sun popped back out.IMG_2484IMG_2485That evening we definitely enjoyed a new adventure…we went to a rodeo! It was a BLAST! The kids got to ride sheep which was hilarious!IMG_2498IMG_2506IMG_2504IMG_2505IMG_2514The clowns, barrel racing, bull riding…it was all so good! Charlie even got his picture taken with the winner of the bull riding contest.IMG_2507IMG_2517We didn’t get back to the cabin until almost midnight! The next morning the kids and Devin did a little target practice. 🙂 IMG_2512IMG_2515IMG_2508After that we went to Soco Falls. Last summer we were in Maggie Valley with my side of the family and we went here. It is so beautiful!IMG_2511IMG_2513IMG_2501There were two bunnies around the cabin that were so cute!IMG_2495We went to a playground close to the cabin. We created our own American Ninja Warrior course. It was fun. Let’s just say, it’s a lot harder than it looks!IMG_2493IMG_2492IMG_2491IMG_2447Once we finished, we headed back to the cabin about 1 and had a late lunch. The kids played, watched some cartoons, and we packed up and hit the road around 4:30. We had a wonderful time away. We’re looking forward to our next visit! But before I end this post, I have to share a story that is funny now, but oh boy I was mad when it happened…

There are many elk in the woods around the cabin. One afternoon, the kids wanted to go looking for them. Devin was grilling so obviously I had to be the responsible adult and go with my kids so they wouldn’t be in the woods alone. I made it very clear that I didn’t think it was a good idea. Y’all, I was so scared. I mean seriously, if we ran into an elk, what were we going to do?! Anyways, we went out, down a path, where we saw big ole tracks. Then Charlie wanted to go further. We went down a different path and all of a sudden we heard a sound…it sounded like what we think an elk would sound like. We FREAKED out! AC was gone. She took off running so fast. I grabbed Charlie’s hand and started running up the mountain. When we got to the top and the cabin was back in our view, my husband was in stitches…laughing so hard because he had climbed down in the woods and that was him trying to scare us. Then! I realized my phone was gone. Somewhere in my madness of running away up a mountain from some imaginary elk, I had dropped my phone. Thankfully I had the walk back down the path to find my phone and cool off. I’m literally laughing as I type this story now, but it was SO not funny then. 🙂 I love you Devin!

 

Published in: on July 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm  Leave a Comment