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  

Independence Day

We had a great time celebrating with family and friends. Saturday morning we headed to the mall to use some gift cards and eat lunch at the food court. That evening we had the Henson side of the family over for dinner and fireworks. We had a great time!!IMG_2341IMG_2343IMG_2345IMG_2346IMG_2352IMG_2353IMG_2355IMG_2357IMG_2358IMG_2359IMG_2360IMG_2361IMG_2362IMG_2364IMG_2365This is what happens when you stay up late doing fireworks…she got up early then came and fell back asleep in our bed. 🙂 IMG_2368After church on Sunday, we went to lunch with the Broadwells. Don’t all the kids look so cute in their red, white, and blue? 🙂 IMG_2371After church this girl waited patiently until 4:30 for her sleepover with SA at Mrs. Kim’s house.IMG_2370They had so much fun swimming!IMG_2372IMG_2373While she was gone, we took Charlie to dinner at McAlister’s then to play tennis and then Momma cut his hair!IMG_2375IMG_2376The girls had a tea party.IMG_2417I should have taken an after picture…IMG_2377Tuesday morning Cortney and I got up too early and did the Born in the USA 4 mile race.IMG_2419After the race, my crew headed out to the peach festival. The weather was so nice during the parade!!FullSizeRender 18FullSizeRender 20FullSizeRender 21IMG_2388IMG_2390IMG_2391IMG_2392FullSizeRender 19IMG_2393IMG_2397IMG_2394IMG_2396IMG_2398That afternoon we headed to Granny and Papa’s pool then to their house for dinner and fireworks. It was a fun day!IMG_2400IMG_2403IMG_2411IMG_2412IMG_2413IMG_2414IMG_2420“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Published in: on July 7, 2017 at 2:05 am  Leave a Comment  

VBS Week

Last week was another great week of summer! Monday we went to the dentist, then swimming and lunch with the Freemans, then headed to the first night of Vacation Bible School at the Bonesteel’s church!FullSizeRender 16FullSizeRender 17IMG_2277Tuesday, while AC was at gymnastics, Charlie and I took Daisy to the vet to get her nails trimmed (she HATES having it done and we just can’t do it.)IMG_2279IMG_2303That night at VBS the kids brought M&M containers with quarters in them to go to those in need.IMG_2283Wednesday, while AC was at gymnastics, Charlie and I headed to the library to see a magician. Charlie got to volunteer. It was so fun! That night at VBS was water night…they got soaked but had a blast!IMG_2295IMG_2302IMG_2304Thursday we met my friend Jenifer and her kids, niece, and nephew at EdVenture. We had a great time before we headed to VBS that evening.IMG_2307IMG_2308IMG_2309IMG_2310IMG_2311IMG_2313IMG_2314IMG_2316IMG_2318One nice thing about the kids being at VBS for 5 nights in a row for 2.5 hours is that Devin and I had several date nights. Two nights we cooked dinner at home and 3 nights we ate out. One of the nights we went and walked the 14 mile creek trail in Lexington. 🙂 IMG_2319Sweet cousins at VBS:IMG_2323Friday we headed to the Whittington’s pool to swim with them and the Broadwells. So glad we went early that morning before the rain came! We had a wonderful time. 🙂 IMG_2329IMG_2331IMG_2333That afternoon the kids watched our wedding DVD with me. Can’t believe we will celebrate 13 years of marriage this month!IMG_2334Singing and dancing the last night:IMG_2337When we left there was a beautiful rainbow! A great reminder of God’s promise. 🙂 IMG_2338IMG_2339I’m so thankful for Northside Baptist and the wonderful VBS where my kiddos learned more about Jesus and had a fun time!

Published in: on July 6, 2017 at 3:04 am  Leave a Comment  

It Takes a Village

I helped lead a 2 week professional development for teachers from rural SC. Thanks to Devin, Melanie, Caity, Cortney, and my Momma, my babies were in excellent hands! The first week, Devin took Charlie to football camp at USC. He had a great time! Aunt Melanie took him the rest of the week since Devin was at a conference. While Charlie was at football, AC worked hard at gymnastics!IMG_2110IMG_2109IMG_2111IMG_2112IMG_2113IMG_2114The Bonesteels were at the beach, so we took care of Sophie.IMG_2118This was AC one morning…I think we all felt that way by the middle of the week! 🙂 IMG_2120Heading off to another day of football and gymnastics!IMG_2121One day they headed to the zoo (trip 1 of 2 during these two weeks). Keeping with our Dr. Seuss theme, we read Put Me In The Zoo. 🙂 IMG_2222IMG_2223IMG_2224IMG_2225For four nights in a row these kids slept on this pallet in Charlie’s room. Oh how I love them!!IMG_2141One day after football and gymnastics they went swimming with Aunt Mel at granny and papa’s pool. Another day they went to storytime at the library and saw the magician!IMG_2143IMG_2144IMG_2145Thursday evening we had a mother/son and father/daughter date night! Boys and moms went to Grouchos, watched Reece’s karate class, then to Pelicans. Girls and dads went to Chick-fil-A and got a limo ride!!IMG_2152IMG_2155IMG_2159IMG_2161IMG_2193IMG_2192IMG_2207IMG_2208Here we are again at the Bonesteels…playing outside and with Sophie. IMG_2163IMG_2162Oh my boy was so tired one afternoon. He fell asleep on the couch reading. I picked him up and let him sleep in my lap for 30 minutes. Love love love!IMG_2165We built a simple motor using a battery, some copper wire, and a magnet. So cool!IMG_2136Look at this sweet little kitten one of our fellows rescued during our professional development week in Calhoun!IMG_2147Friday night we took Daddy out to dinner at Longhorn and dessert at Kaminsky’s to celebrate Father’s Day. Oh we sure do love him!IMG_2195IMG_2194Saturday we celebrated Father’s Day with my Daddy, Pa, and Papa. So blessed!!IMG_2171IMG_2172IMG_2173IMG_2176Sunday we went to church and then celebrated Father’s day with Devin’s dad. I’m so thankful for such a wonderful father-in-law! And check out this adorable cake my sister-in-law made!IMG_2199IMG_2202Monday started the second week of my professional development which means the second week of my village helping out! Keeping with our Dr. Seuss theme, we read “Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose”…because these people helping me out sure do have big hearts! Devin took the kids to play disc golf. They had so much fun!IMG_2227IMG_2230IMG_2231Then to the zoo…IMG_2229Then, y’all, they cooked supper! Ahh! It was so good!IMG_2228Tuesday, AC headed to gymnastics and Charlie headed to hang out with Aunt Caity and his cousins. They had so much fun! They picked up AC at noon and headed to eat and play at McDonalds. When I got to their house, the kids were having so much fun…outside in the rain finding bugs. Seriously…love these cousins!IMG_2221Here’s the group I was with during those two weeks. 🙂 IMG_2245Wednesday, they both went to Aunt Caity’s and had a blast! Coloring, puzzles, slip-n-slide, pizza lunch, watching Rio, and playing! They didn’t want to leave when I got there.IMG_2232IMG_2233IMG_2234IMG_2235Thursday, they spent the day with the Broadwells. They played a lot, painted, jumped on the trampoline, ate popsicles, enjoyed lunch, watched Storks, and played some more!IMG_2246IMG_2247IMG_2248IMG_2249IMG_2250Thursday night they spent the night with Granny and Papa. The next morning they headed to the State Museum, out to lunch, and back to Granny’s house to watch the new Beauty and the Beast. After that, Devin and I met them at Pelican’s then we went out to dinner. Granny and Papa kept up with the tradition that my Ma and Pa started and gave AC a new charm for her bracelet and Charlie a new tool for his toolbox for doing so well in 2nd grade.

IMG_2259FullSizeRender 15That night when we got home, the kids went for a run with me. We were all so happy to be finished with such a fun but busy week.IMG_2256IMG_2258Saturday was glorious. I didn’t leave my house. We cleaned, relaxed, cleaned, relaxed…and then my man cooked supper. Y’all, I’m telling you, I could get used to this! 😉 IMG_2260After dinner we had a family lego night. The challenge was to build a motorcycle. Charlie is holding his, I don’t think I ended up getting a pic of AC’s, mine is the next picture, and D’s is the last. We were all dying laughing because we thought Devin’s looked like Rudolph. Love you honey! And supposedly mine was built upside down…shows what I know! Ha!IMG_2263IMG_2262IMG_2261Sunday we went to church, out to lunch, played disc golf again, then went to see Cars 3 in the theater. Whew! FullSizeRender 14I sure am thankful for my village.

Published in: on June 26, 2017 at 9:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Oh the Places You’ll Go

Over the years I have had fun doing a theme for our summer. Some of them have been colors, letters, fruits of the spirit, countries…this summer is Dr. Seuss. As you saw in my previous post, the cruise we took the first five days of summer break had a Dr. Seuss theme. So the kids and I have decided we are going to read as many Dr. Seuss books as we can get our hands on this summer. The first three we read when we got back from our cruise were “Oh the Places You’ll Go”, “Summer”, and “Fred and Ted Go Camping” which I thought were perfect as we are looking forward to the places we’ll go and the things we’ll do this summer.

We got back to town on a Monday, so the next day we headed to gymnastics for AC. She missed her team end of the year party while we were gone, so she got her trophy, tshirt, and award for most improved when she got to practice. She was so excited! After practice we went home to bake goodies and take them to our friends at Oakleaf. That evening Charlie ran with Daddy for the first time and did great!IMG_1955IMG_1970IMG_1971IMG_1978Wednesday Mommy and Charlie ran while AC was at gymnastics.IMG_1984That afternoon we headed to the library for the summer reading kickoff!IMG_1985IMG_1986IMG_1987IMG_1988That night we went to the Blowfish baseball game with their school for the reading parade!IMG_1990IMG_1994IMG_1992The next day was errand day and they were troopers…stopped by USC to get stuff from Mommy’s office, Honda dealership for an oil change, Lowes, then home to play the rest of the day!IMG_1998IMG_2002IMG_2004Friday was a day of relaxation at Granny and Papa’s pool!IMG_2005IMG_2006IMG_2007Saturday morning we headed out early to Dreher Island at Lake Murray. PawPaw and Grandma were camping (like in our Fred and Ted book by Dr. Seuss 😉 ) We had a wonderful day and didn’t get home until way past bedtime!IMG_2008IMG_2012IMG_2013IMG_2014IMG_2016IMG_2024IMG_2031IMG_2033IMG_2038IMG_2071IMG_2074IMG_2039IMG_2075IMG_2073IMG_2040IMG_2041IMG_2042IMG_2061IMG_2053IMG_2066IMG_2068IMG_2079IMG_2083IMG_2085Sunday we went to church and Chipotle with the Broadwells. After that, Daddy took the kids to play putt putt at Frankie’s Fun Park while Mommy got things ready for our next week. (no pics from putt putt, but both kids got a hole in one so they got a sweet treat afterwards…that’s their deal with daddy…anytime they play putt putt, if someone gets a hole in one, they get a sweet treat!) And here are a few pictures from around our home! Love our flowers and veggies!FullSizeRender

Published in: on June 26, 2017 at 3:34 am  Leave a Comment