Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lately . . .

It's so hard to keep up with a blog now that Instagram is so much easier!

For posterity, this is what we have been up to lately.

Outdoor Fun: We love spring in TN. Every day, we spend tons of time outside. Both kids are loving scooter and bike rides plus visiting our favorite parks. 

Swimming Lessons: Henry is finishing up his third month of swimming lessons. He is doing great and we have met our goals. I am sure he will continue to improve over the summer and than we will begin in January. 

Birthday parties: I love birthday parties because now they are drop-off parties. Evie had two parties in the last week. One was a horseback riding party and the other was a bouncy house costume party. Both were super fun for her and I love having a few hours to run errands. Blurry pic but still so cute.

Learning to Dive: Evie is working on her diving skills and improves each week. 

Watching the Master's: We spent most of the weekend watching the Master's. I always cry at the end. It is so amazing to see someone reach their goal after lots of handwork and determination.

Wedding at Cana: It was a super fun night at church. We each brought an appetizer and had a contest. It was a fundraiser to bring water to those without.  I got to hold this sweet little nugget! No pictures but it was a night worth remembering.

Sneak a Peek: Evie had a ball being the big kid at Sneak a Peek. Cannot believe my sweet girl is heading to first grade soon. 

Charleston Cousins: Carl's cousin Courtney visited us with her girls last week. Henry and Evie thought this was spectacular! Mary is interested in Vanderbilt and wanted to check out the school. We would love to have Mary here for college. It was a terrific visit!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


We had a wonderful Easter with Carl's parents. I love Easter! It's one of my favorite holidays. Both kids woke up bright and early to check out their baskets. Easter Bunnies are really good at finding cool things! Evie received the game UNO, a craft kit, legos and some other assorted items. Henry received a new game of Spot It, a Rescue Bot and a lego kit!  Both kids were thrilled with their baskets and still playing with their goodies a few days later which is always good.

We ate a super fast breakfast of cinnamon rolls with fruit and got dressed for church. We were just a tad too early this year because the early service was not out yet. It was funny watching everyone trying to get it in at the same time. Carl found us a pew so that everyone could sit together - crowded but together nevertheless. Henry enjoyed his time in the nursery until it was time for communion. He obviously does not take communion but he receives a special blessing. I love to see my kids cross their little arms at the altar.  Our choir did an outstanding job with the music and it was a wonderful service. After church, we stayed for the egg hunt. Evie and Henry were in different age groups this year so that was a bit tricky. I took Henry with me and everyone else went with Evie.

We came home for some quick pictures. I wish we had taken more at the church but at least we got some! Henry was over it by the time we got home and Carl had lost his bow tie as a result of a certain someone playing with it. All of this will be fun to remember. Henry will probably have his own bow tie next Easter. 

I made a quick lunch nothing fancy! Carl and his Dad prepared the ham on Saturday so I just whipped up a few sides. We had potatoes au gratin, green beans, spinach with mandarin oranges, avocado and walnuts  with poppyseed dressing and rolls. Dessert was a chocolate cake from Whole Foods that was reminiscent of a Pepperidge Farm layer cake and so yummy without all the chemicals. 

I took a nap after lunch - all that food plus a busy few days caught up with me. It was a nice Easter and we really enjoyed sharing the holiday with Carl's parents. 

Easter pictures are so fun to look at for me and I was thrilled to see so many happy families enjoying the special day.