Sunday, August 21, 2016

Operation: Big Girl Bed

This sweet little thing was shocked to find that her beloved crib had been SOLD! So, unexpectedly she was introduced to sleeping on a mattress in her room - and after a bit of fussing - she seems to have settled in OK! 

We're in the process of MOVING (will blog about that SOON!) and this weekend moved out most big pieces of furniture in the all that's left in her room is a twin mattress. She looked extra tiny as we were leaving the room tonight - her on this big mattress! (It's probably for the best. If left to her own doing she'd have pulled out every.single.item in the dresser!) 

Hard to believe that Georgia Grace will be TWO by weeks end. 
Where, oh where, has the time gone?! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Life's been a little crazy lately. 

However, that hasn't stopped these kiddos from making time for fun in each day. 

Making breakfast muffins. 

Making/decorating a cheesecake for Daddy's birthday! 
(Mostly eating!) 

Happy Birthday, Dad! 

Specialty braids from fun cousins. 

Visiting our family in Maryland! 

Playing with their new-to-them Wii. 

And, of course, looking like this - at every opportunity. 

Cowboy meets football player meets farmer meets cutest boy on the block. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016


The kids and I took an overnight trip to visit friends and spend time with Aunt Meghan and Uncle Luke! 

We met my good friend, Laura, and her family for lunch. It was so good to catch up with them! We enjoyed lunch and tried to talk (as best as we could with 5 kids at the table =) I always love seeing her and the family...we've been friends since the 4th grade...lots of memories together over the years. I am incredibly thankful for her life and friendship! 

After lunch the kids and I headed to Blowing Rock, stopped by our friend's new store that she opened in town, spent a few minutes catching up with her, picked up ice-cream, checked out Aunt Meghan's office, then ended the afternoon at the park!

Luke took the boys exploring at their property on the mountain, Meghan and I took the girls blueberry picking, then we met up for dinner at a little cafe in Banner Elk. 

It was so nice to get back to Boone! 
And even nicer to spend some quality time with the people that I love! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Reunited...and it feels so good!

It was a super fun surprise to have Uncle Josh, Aunt Erin and the girls come this weekend for a visit! 

The kids were over-the-moon excited to have their cousins stay the night. Lillianne recruited the boys and spent most of Friday decorating, organizing, planning and preparing for their special guests! They stayed up til near midnight giggling and talking. I'm thankful for their friendships and I'm so glad for their close relationship. Nothing beats time with cousins! 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Creation Museum

Another full day in Ohio!

This morning we went over to the Creation Museum. It was very crowded! ( I think the Ark has brought a lot of attention to the AiG ministry!) We enjoyed touring the exhibits and it was a great review for the older kids who used this curriculum in school for three last two years. We especially loved the Buddy Davis area and dinosaur section 😊

After the museum we spent a couple of hours at Dave & Buster's, a gigantic arcade! Then we hit the international supermarket, Jungle Jim's, for quite the culinary experience! What a neat store!

After dinner and one more stop for icecream(!), we ended the night at our hotel pool.

It's been a great little getaway! We've enjoyed our time away and have made some fun memories in the buckeye state 😉

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Ark Encounter

What a fun day exploring the Ark!

We're exhausted after a fun full day visiting the Ark Encounter! It was as massive as you would imagine and the museum was very well done. It was full of very realistic animal sculptures, biblical/historical displays, and their research on what parts of the ark might have been like for Noah and his family. It was very busy but we were able to enjoy several hours there. My favorite part was the section at the end which included Bibles from all over the world and from many dates in history. They included a special grouping of items from Hudson Taylor's mission work in China (a favorite of our Hudson, whom he was named after!) That was a neat surprise!

Tonight we headed into downtown Cincinnati to watch the Reds play the Braves! It was a beautiful night and the boys loved watching the players up close and personal. Meanwhile, it was well into the second inning before Lillianne asked when the game was going to start. Ha! It ended up being a good game for the Reds; we were able to watch a few home runs!

And a night in Ohio isn't complete without stopping for a Graeter's ice cream 😊

What a fun day!