Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WV visit

We traveled to WV for several days to see some of Jamie's family.  Papa Ed and Nana Lois were gracious enough to share their home with our rowdy bunch for the visit.  (Thank you!!!)  We ate brunch out several times (which our kids loved!); we played in a public pool (very crowded) and some sprinklers; the kids ran around a great park with some of Jamie's cousin's kids; and we generally had a grand time away from home.  I don't think the kids wanted to return home yesterday, but we all were very tired and slept well back in our own beds last night! ;)

1. Thank you, Papa Ed and Nana Lois, for everything!  We love you guys!

2. The kids enjoyed playing at Aunt Jan's house one afternoon.

3. Our kids had a blast with cousin Brett's kids...

7. A couple of weeks ago...Yep, Callie wore her diaper with princess shoes, and the boys think they are cool beach boys without shirts! ;)

9. I've taken Nana and the kids to a couple of kid movies at the theater.  (The theater offers $1 movies in the summers.  Woohoo!)

10. Sprinkler fun and watermelon at Mimi's and Poppy's house...

11. Callie, you are such a silly girl!

12. We love swimming with friends Joshua and Micah!

14. We went with friends Joshua and Micah to a local library's story time recently (books about bats), and the kids got to show off their "batman moves" and punch a hole through a tissue paper wall to win prizes.  The kids loved it!

17. Here are some pictures from the past couple of months from my dad's camera that I just had to share... Strawberry picking...

19. The kids love playing in the water!

20. Pics from our Memorial Day / Callie's birthday...

24. And because they're so cute... Here's sweet Nana with her great-grandbabies.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Happy Independence Day

We had a fun-filled independence day yesterday.  We went to a local parade (which the kids loved because we met friends there and they got lots of candy!), played at a fun park, enjoyed a yummy cook-out with friends... And last but not least, Jamie took the boys to their first real fireworks experience.  Fun, fun!

Oh, and I have to mention that we did VBS at a large church in Greensboro this past week (where Jamie and I met), and the kids loved it!  I was nervous about how the kids (especially Callie) would do, but they did great!  Yes, Callie did cry when I dropped her off, but she was just fine and playing within a minute.  VBS was from 9:30-12 every day, and I volunteered to help out with snacks.  Because there were SO many kids, it was kinda crazy, but it went remarkably well.  The boys have been asking when they can do it again! ;)

We're also going to our neighborhood pool a LOT these days.  I probably take the kids up there for 1-2 hours 4-5 times a week (often with friends).  Cole is swimming for short distances on his own now.  He wears goggles all the time, and he either swims in the shallow where he can touch, or he swims close to the side in the deep, so he can take breaks when he's tired.  I love that he also jumps with abandon in the water!  Chase and Callie both wear puddle jumpers, and they swim all over the pool in those.  The kids are all doing great in the water this year, which makes my life a little easier. ;)

1. Waiting on the parade to begin...

2. Our kids LOVED their friends Joshua and Micah, and they were thrilled to spend much of yesterday with them!

3. These are just some of the kids at the cook-out... Missing Chase and a few others...

4. Our big boy thought the sparklers were fun. ;)

5. Doing a water balloon and sheet game...

6. Thankfully the kids aren't too scared of the loud little train now. ;)

7. It was a nice, but still hot summer afternoon at the park last weekend.  And yes, Chase spilled water all over him. ;)

11. After some rain this week, the kids couldn't wait to put on their boots to look for some puddles to jump in!

13. They LOVE book time with Daddy!

14. Having a little bath time fun... (Cole is mostly taking showers on his own these days, but he'll still occasionally get in the bath with the other two.)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Busy June!

I realize it's been about a month since my last blog post, but jeez, this has been a busy month.  We went to visit Aunt Alison and her family the first week of June (we stayed in a fantastic Embassy Suites for almost free using credit card points - woohoo!).  We've also had lots of things going on the last 3 weeks, but what has really taken all my "free time" lately has been homework!  Ugh!  For anyone not yet aware, Jamie and I are currently taking a 6-week class (mostly 2 nights a week, 3-hr classes, with lots of homework and paperwork!) to become foster parents.  If you're reading this, please keep us in your prayers for this new journey!

1. We had such a FUN time in FL with cousins!  The kids LOVED it and really didn't want to come home!  We went to the ocean, swam in their apartment complex pool every day, and generally had a blast with the kids!  Here is Callie with 3-yr old Molly...

2. Alison's boys are beach boys, and they like to go without shirts - therefore, our boys did too. ;)  This is Cole with 5-yr old Jack...

3. Cole, Jack, Molly, Brennan, Chase, and Landon watching a video...

5. Molly, Callie and Hudson...

7. Landon had an audience as he put on a magic show.

8. Unfortunately, Callie did run a fever for 1.5 days, and then Cole did too our last day there.

10. Snacks by the pool...

14. While Alison's kids were busy one morning, our family went to St. Augustine for a couple of hours.  The park there is great, but it was a hot day (and we realized that Cole was getting sick)!

15. Visiting a pirate museum...

16. A couple of my friends and I met at the zoo recently.  We all have new zoo memberships that we want to use.  I think the kids were more excited to simply run and play with friends over actually seeing the animals. ;)
Here's Cole, Joshua, Callie, Chase, Eliza, Micah, and Jacob...

21. We always have time for silliness with Aunt Steph!

24. Chase, you make me laugh! ;)

25. Last week, the kids and I spent 2 nights with my parents in a cabin at Hungry Mother State Park (yep, that's the name of it!).  It's a wonderful place with lots of things for the kids to explore and play with.

29. The kids' favorite part of the entire trip was probably the s'mores we had both nights! Yum! ;)

31. Yep, you definitely make me laugh!