Wednesday, December 6, 2017

an evening with anne

A lovely evening with some kindred spirits and all things Anne.  I love these two ladies and love the love we share for not just that spunky redhead but countless other things.  Thankful to The Story Shop for such a fun, grownup evening.

proper pleasing pumpkins

I love traditions and I love supporting our small town and I love supporting missions.  This outing did all three!  Another year picking our properly pleasing pumpkins at CFUMC.  They served us well this fall.

newton naturals

Connor was able to play on a travel ball team this past fall with some good buddies of his.  It was the first year for the Naturals and though exhausting, was full of great fun and experience.  Time will tell if it is something we will ever do again but he will always hold the best of memories for it regardless!

hurrican irma

Zach and the boys survived their first hurricane this fall.  The day before it was supposed to hit we burned all our our leftover limbs so that we would be ready for all the new ones that could potentially fall.  Logan at some point decided hurricane weather was similar to blizzard weather and donned a puffy coat, hat and scarf to stay safe.  He's such a nut!

Our little home was spared any damage.  Little limbs were everywhere.  Two large branches fell.  It took a day of circling the house with a wheelbarrow for the boys and I to get all the sticks.  It could have taken half a day if there were reminders every five minutes to keep working.  We were congratulated by an older neighbor on making our boys help with yardwork.  Mama ain't doing that mess by herself!

While the college down the street didn't have any structural damage, they lost 7 of their large beautiful oak trees.  We spent a morning on our bikes riding around the neighborhood to see it all.  Lots of big trees with sick roots came toppling over.  Just goes to show you never know what is going on inside.  Without a strong root system, any storm can knock you over.  Yet the trees with roots that are strong and deep can withstand the strongest of winds.  It was a beautiful thing to watch.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Friday Night Lights at my Alma Mater, Enterprise High School over Labor Day Weekend.

Always good, and weird, to be back!

sun trust park

We took our first trip to SunTrust Park to watch the Braves take on the Rockies.

In all honestly we weren't super impressed.  It's a beautiful stadium, but it lacked the fun family atmosphere of Turner Field.  The kids activities are all shoved in the back away from the actual game, everything costs something. and their was alcohol and party zones everywhere.  I know that's what makes them the most money, but a part of me was sad that the wholesome family outing to the Braves Game didn't quite feel the same.

Regardless, we had a memorable night because my Rockies loving Tyler Chatwood fanboy Connor was decked out in ALL his Rockies gear plus a sign with a shoutout to his favorite player.  Zach took him down to the Rockies bullpen to show off his sign and he was rewarded with a sweet little conversation and a signed baseball.  I love watching little dreams come true for my boys. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

solar eclipse

We played hooky on August 21, 2017, otherwise known as Solar Eclipse Day.  There was a great desire to drive to the path of totality so we were up early and headed out to Toccoa, GA to experience it all together.  It was the best!  

Sitting on the square in Toccoa after a fun morning of picnicking, antiquing, ice cream eating, frisbee throwing, and looking at the sun through our glasses every two minutes it was such a cool moment to cheer with the other thousands around as the sun was completely covered and we could see a beautiful 360 degree sunset or sunrise view.  

It didn't get completely dark where we were, one child had a meltdown during the brief two minutes which resulted in me only seeing about 60 seconds of it, but honestly it was all still magical as we witnessed this moment of creativity by our most creative Heavenly Father.  

The next Eclipse is already on our calendar and will most definitely be driving wherever we need to to experience it again with our then teenage sons.

I highly recommend you trying to do the same.  It is definitely worth the effort!