Reagan’s 7th and Emmy’s 5th Birthday Vacation & Celebrations, 2013

Instead of spending a lot of money on the girls’ birthday party and gifts, we decided to take a short trip to Pigeon Forge.  The kids loved staying at the Wilderness Resort.  We also visited the Dixie Stampede, The Comedy Barn, Shadrack’s Christmas Lightshow, and the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

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We stopped for some yummy cupcake’s at GiGi’s Cupcakes on our way out of town.  Happy Birthday girlies!

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Gran had birthday cake for them both at two different Sunday dinners.  Here they are helping make Reagan’s cake.  This is the recipe that my Mamaw Peggy used to make for everyone’s birthday- we call it the Mamaw Cake.IMG_6291 IMG_6292 IMG_6331 IMG_63386B7A6010 6B7A6009 6B7A6007 6B7A6008 6B7A6006 6B7A6005 6B7A6004 6B7A6002 6B7A6001 6B7A6000 6B7A59996B7A0596 6B7A0595 6B7A0594 6B7A0593 6B7A0592 6B7A0591 6B7A0590 6B7A0589 6B7A0588 6B7A0587 6B7A0586IMG_6527 IMG_6528

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Beach Pictures July 2013- a SeaBrook Island sunrise…

We got the kids up and ready for pictures super early one morning during our vacation.  I really wanted to get some pretty morning light and try out a new spot on the Island.  The kids were actually really cooperative for me, and I was pretty happy with the outcome!

In a few words-

Reagan is six years old and in the first grade (home school).  She is very bright and has an excellent vocabulary for a child her age.  She enjoys expressing herself through art, crafts, and singing.  She has an amusing sense of humor and is quick-witted.  She is conscientious, and of course, an overachiever.  She is a hard-worker and dependable.

Emmy is four years old and is in preschool (home school).  She is very warm, loving, and kind.  She loves to show affection and is thoughtful.  Her smile will melt even the hardest heart!  She enjoys art, cooking, and spending lots of time at her Granny and Papaw’s house.  She is a “little mommy” and loves taking care of her baby dolls.  She, too, is very bright and amazes me with her desire to learn and work.

Max is three years old and pretty much does his very best to interrupt any progress we have going on during our home school time.  He is an uninhibited, unfiltered, active risk taker, attention seeker, rebel, tough as nails little soul.  And as rotten as he can be, there is an even sweeter, fun loving side that will charm me even in his worst moments.   I am still his #1 and that feels good.  He wants to know all throughout the day that I love him and he shows me in return by hugs, kisses, smiles, and sweet phrases like “Mommy, I love you.”  “Mommy, you’re my best friend.”  “Mommy, I miss you.”

The three of them together is a dynamic blend of personalities.  “There is never a dull moment.”  Really.  There isn’t.  Ever.  Just lots of fighting, competition, silliness, messes, love, and laughter!  As a busy, generally overwhelmed mom, I try to take it all in stride.  I am not perfect.  They know that, too.  We try to help each other the best we can.  That’s all we can do, right!?  Every morning is a new day and a new opportunity to be better than the day before.  Thank goodness for that!

I lift up my eyes to the mountains- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

The three greatest blessings of my life. ..

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Last days of summer…

As we start getting hints of fall temperatures and back into our school routine, we begin to bid summer goodbye.  Summertime was good to us.  We bid it a bittersweet farewell.

Here’s a video of random snippets from our summer-

We spent a few days getting our classroom ready for a new year.

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We are collecting a set of the state quarters.  The girls are doing etchings of them as we collect them.

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Max was super proud of the bag of apples he picked at Gran & Papaw’s house.

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Another loose tooth-

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You know it is time to pull your loose tooth when you can push it between your lips. ha

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Pink lipstick-

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Emmy found a dead butterfly in a parking lot and was really proud of her find.

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Scooter-riding at the park-

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2013 Beach Trip to SeaBrook Island

We are fortunate to have family that are so generous and kind to share their beautiful beach house with us every year.  It is always a wonderful trip.  We love Sea Brook Island- every thing about it!

We did have a minor setback in our travel plans.  My car pretty much broke down a few hours into the trip.  Our families were so kind to intervene and get us back on track by the next morning.  We were truly blessed that it worked out as well as it did.  We loved the rental car!!

We had a wonderful vacation.  So very blessed.

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We had a 4th child for our vacation- our nephew Jackson.  The kids enjoyed having him along.

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Emmy got too tired on the bike ride, and daddy had to bring her bike back.

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I enjoyed running every day while we were on vaction.  One morning, Daniel and I got up early to go for a run on the beach.  There were dolphins and sharks along the shore our entire run.  It was pretty amazing and the scenery was gorgeous.

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The kids sure loved their goggles.

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