Saturday, July 5, 2014

Henry Turns 3!

We had a terrific day celebrating Henry's third birthday! How this kid can be 3 already? I have not figured that out yet!

We got a slow start this morning but left around 9:30 after presents and doughnuts.  Our destination was Fall Creek Falls. Gorgeous waterfalls! We enjoyed the scenery and played in the swimming hole.  I always have a BIG awakening that I live in Tennessee when we leave our county. Whoa, we saw some characters! Evie is a mountain goat even on slippery rocks and was the family champ at navigating the waters. Henry was content stacking stones. What a gorgeous day!

After the waterfall, we decided to check out Cumberland Caverns. What a treat to spend the afternoon underground while getting a nice workout - 350 stairs! Henry's feet did not touch the cavern floor until the end when they needed a volunteer to shimmy through a box. Both of our kids were up for the challenge. Henry asked the tour guide where the kitchen was in the cave. He found out there was not a kitchen so he invited her to our house. Henry already likes the pretty girls! Evie thought every thing about the cave was hilarious and is such a nature girl.  The tour guide led our group in singing Happy Birthday to Henry! He loved it! 

We stopped for Mexican on the way home. Cheese dip and margaritas never tasted so good! Henry was excited about the cookie cake for dessert - so excited that he had two huge pieces. Birthdays are special - two pieces of cookie cake at 9:00 sounds about right!

We love our sweet boy so much and had a blast exploring some cool Tennessee spots on his special day!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Henry's 3rd Birthday Party

Sweet Henry is almost 3 and we celebrated early with a party at My Gym. They do an amazing birthday party without any parent help - love that!!!

Henry had a blast and enjoyed himself so much. He even came and sat with me during circle time. That made me happy. Henry thought it was wonderful to have all of his friends in one spot. He best little friends are Anderson and Nicholas - they were both in attendance! Of course, we were thrilled to have  everyone there to celebrate our little Henry!

One of the preschool teachers made the cupcakes for me and they were delicious! Chocolate with blue frosting - Henry's choice. 

Party favors were simple - pirate booty, pirate stamps and stickers and lollipops. Henry eats a lollipop every single day.

Henry thought opening presents was super fun and was really excited to get pool toys along with lots of other cool stuff. We have enjoyed building with squglies, playing Sneaky Squirrel and playing outside with all the new toys. 

What a terrific third birthday party! Still cannot believe my baby boy will be 3 on Saturday. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Catching up!

Celebrating our 9th anniversary!

Hanging out with her baby doll!

Anderson and Henry hanging out - everything is more fun with friends even a CAbi sample show. 

My little buddy at the WannaBeatles concert!

Queso is her love language! Mine too!

I love this face!!

Growing way too fast!

Hard at work catching fireflies!

She talks to her fireflies and it is so hysterical. "oh little buggie - it's okay do not fly away."

These flowers have tons of fireflies and Henry tries to smoosh them. 

My loves!

Waking up Daddy on Father's Day!

Come eat your doughnuts, Daddy!

Breakfast time!

Summer has been really busy so far! Between swimming lessons, camp, playdates and catching fireflies we have been on the go. There have been some lazy mornings at home and afternoons snuggled up watching movies together. It is much easier this summer with an almost 3 year old and 5.5  year old. Love their ages right now!

It's hard to believe that our summer is already 1/3 of the way over! I am not ready for Evie to start kindergarten although she is going to love it! Her confidence has grown so much since she has become a swimmer and she makes friends at the pool every day. Kindergarten is going to be right up her alley.

Henry loves having Evie around more and asks "where my Evie go" anytime she is gone for longer than a few minutes. He is so protective of her and they are still the best of friends. Henry was running interference on Evie's doll last week at our playdate. A little boy kept grabbing it and Evie did not mind. Henry was determined that no one get his sisters baby. He kept saying, "that's the rules" to everyone. Poor Carl lives in a family of rule-followers. He is a lot more laid-back and sees life in shades of gray. Evie and Henry are like their Mama not exactly laid back.

Hope your summer is off to a terrific start! We love these hot days filled with popsicle drips, afternoons reading books and a dip in the pool. Cheers to Summer!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up!

We had a nice weekend! Hope you did too! Friday night was super fun with a joint birthday party for Campbell and Christian - two of our favorite boys. They chose to have their party at the zoo and it was perfect. Huge jungle gym, pizza and doughnuts - cannot beat that! Evie and Henry both wanted to sit next to the birthday boys without realizing the birthday boys were in demand. Evie did squeeze in next to Christian. 

Saturday, we spent the day at the pool! Evie passed the swim test and we tried to coax Henry in the water. He's a little more leery ever since he fell in the pool - yikes! That was scary for me too! He will forget about that one day soon but we will keep getting him in the pool. It is so nice not being stuck at home for naps. Henry is quiet when tired - I can deal with quiet. We packed a lunch and enjoyed it pool side. Evie adores swimming and would stay all day if we let her. She thinks her swim bracelet is her key to every thing that she wants in life.  Carl grilled dinner and we caught some fireflies.

Sunday, Henry woke us up just in time for church. Our Rector retired recently and church is not the same. Summer is always a slow season with church attendance and a missing Rector brings the numbers even further down. We went to coffee hour but only a few people showed up - nice to have good conversations with a few people but sad to see people not building community. After lunch and grass mowing, we headed to the other pool - Evie passed the swim test at this pool too. YAY for Evie!!! We are so proud of our big girl! She had a ball sliding down the water slide,  jumping off the diving board and swimming in the designated "wrist band" area. Evie thinks she is big stuff now!

We headed over for the summer concert and it was a packed house. Henry and Evie love the concerts and eating alfresco.  It's a lot of work to get over there with food, drinks, chairs and a blanket but always worth it. Both of our kids love dancing and people watching!

That wraps up another wonderful weekend! Hope your week is off to a magnificent start. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Our South Carolina Tour

We had a wonderful tour of South Carolina last week! It really made me want to move back to the Carolinas. Nashville is a wonderful place to live but too far from our family and friends - including our friend the beach. All four of us are big beach fans and we would love to be closer.

After Evie's graduation, we hopped in the van for a 615 mile trip to Pawleys Island.  Way too far away from beach.  We drove from about 3:00 to 10:00 stopping once for dinner. Our kids are rock star travelers! Give them a movie and some snacks - they are golden. We spent the night in Columbia to break up the trip. Our kids love hotels and were in heaven in the Embassy Suites.

Wednesday morning, we hopped back in the van for the rest of the trip to Pawleys. Three hours felt like nothing after the previous day. We were all thrilled to arrive at the beach. We rented a house with our friends the McDonalds! It was a blast. Their kids are 3 and 5 which is perfect for built in playmates. Lots of delicious meals, beach time and good conversation. Carl and Ben were Kappa Alphas at the College of Charleston and some of the guys came over to visit with their families. 

Friday around lunch time, we headed to Charleston to visit some of Carl's family. Aunt Anne and Uncle Rusty hosted us all for a fun poolside dinner. Aunt Anne introduced us making her one of my favorite people! Evie and Henry had a blast playing with their cousins. Neither one of them wanted to  wanted to leave! Evie and I had a little date together when we returned to the hotel. I took her to Kaminski's for dessert- delicious cafe on Market. My Mom still raves about the place 10 years later! It's that good. Evie selected a black/white cake and we had some good girl talk. Hope she continues to love being with me because I sure love being with her. After cake, we took a rickshaw ride through the beautiful city of Charleston. Evie was super impressed by the old City jail and kept asking me to tell her creepy stories. It was a night that I will remember forever!  Carl and Henry hung out together and their big event was getting ice. That thrilled Henry's heart and they got some good bonding in too!

Everyone slept super late the next morning, we barely made checkout but sleep was important after several late nights and car naps. We took the kids to check out the College of Charleston. I would love for one of my kids to be a Cougar one day! Evie was super impressed! Carl and I felt super old walking around campus but it seems like just yesterday that were students there. After our walk down memory lane, we headed to another cousin's house for a BBQ lunch and some good conversation. It's amazing for me to see how quickly time passes. Courtney's kids were my kids ages when I met them and now they are in high school! Slow down time, I am not ready for my kids to grow up quite yet.

After lunch, we headed to our final destination - Lake Keowee to visit Carl's parents. His brother came too with his family. Evie and Henry love their cousins, Mary and Lucy so much. We had lots of pool time, yummy meals and even had a photography session. Cannot wait to see the pictures. Henry did not exactly cooperate but he rallied for a few pictures. Henry loved going on the boat and they both enjoyed the fireworks. It was a super fun weekend with Carl's parents! I did not take pictures because I was too busy having fun.

We left early on Memorial Day to head back to Nashville! Kids did great again - we are so grateful for our little travelers. Glad to be home for awhile but already counting down to our next beach trip!