Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer’s last hurrah pt. 1

the ocean. the breeze. the crashing waves. children playing contentedly. sweet treats. tropical rains. beautiful sunsets. the smell of carolina pines and fresh cut grass mingled with the intoxicating scent of sea air. sunkissed shoulders. sandy toes. digging for clams. building trenches and burying friends in sand. bocce. cards. board games. tree frogs. chlorinated bleached summer hair. pink lips. laughter. smiles. long runs. grins. meaningful conversation. carefree plans.

All these are why I love the days we have at Myrtle Beach.  We hit the beach with our great friends, the Letners, Bryan, and Mom.  Between the families, we were blessed with 6 adorable littles – 7, 6, 5, 3, 3 and 1.5.  Talk about excitement!  I really can’t put the fun into words, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking….There’s a ton of favorite memories!


Monday, August 29, 2011

Big first grader!


‘Nuf said.  (Because I can’t, because I might cry…)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy garden

Came home from vacation and this what my happy self found in my happy garden.  Know it isn't much compared to some gardens, but it makes our tummies happy!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hudson throws first pitch!

Hudson got to throw the first pitch at the Barnstormer’s game thisDSC04842 evening.  Grandmom is one of the head-honchos at a Dr.’s office that sponsors the team, and when they asked her if she knew someone that would like to throw the first pitch, she said, “My grandson, of course!”  So we travelled the distance to meet her and watch Hudson’s historic “first” pitch in a big stadium.

I asked him why he threw it underhand, and he responded,

“I have better aim underhand, Mommy.”

Good reasoning, right?  Being on the field was pretty cool, and here are a few pictures to round out the evening.DSC04845DSC04848DSC04849A big congrats from Cylo for a great first pitch!IMAG0373  Aunt Dana, Katelyn and Baby Josh met us for the evening too!


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sunday night....

This little man was at urgent care Sunday evening for poison ivy on his face. Who knew he could get poison? I've never had it, so it never really crossed my mind that my children were susceptible to it. Apparently at least one is. We had a great time on the rail trail, but this wasn't the best souvenir. After some mad crazy doses of steroids, he is already looking almost normal if he acted normal! (just kidding - I am glad my kid has got spunk and quite a personality!)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

what a weekend!

IMAG0338We certainly packed it all in this weekend – beginning with family Friday…which actually turned into Mommy goes to work and Hudson and Anna come along morning.   For the incredible reading audience of tens that I have, most of you know that I recently took a very part time job teaching music at a local music and play center.IMAG0337

I like it. A lot.  It’s doing something that I enjoy, with an age that I love, and I even get to take my kids with me – as long as I am not the primary teacher.  So, when the opportunity came up to assist in the Monkey Mania camp, we were in!  The 3 hour morning was full of jungle play, art projects, letter work on “M”, puppets, snacks and, of course, singing & instruments.

The crazies had a blast – and they wondered when they can come with Mommy to work again.  Unfortunately, Hudson won’t be able to, as he is too old to attend regular classes….but I can take Anna almost any time.

IMAG0347Friday night we hit the rail trail – look at Hudson on his bike with no training wheels – and the kid rode 5 miles!  We took a break in the middle at turn-around, but what a champ!!!!IMAG0349

After riding for that long together, what does a family need to do on a beautiful summer night with cicadas singing and breeze blowing?  Go to the local dairy for FRESH HOMEMADE ICE CREAM! All the ice cream is made on-site and after you eat yourIMAG0350

fill, of course you go and pet the cows and run through the corn maze.  I personally was in heaven with my summer time fave of banana ice-cream.  Don’t knock it til you’ve had the heavenly treat – my grandparents used to make it for every Kentucky birthday I celebrated with them….mmmmmm.

Think we’re done?  We’re just getting started (I LOVE SUMMER WEEKENDS!!!!)  We participated in a huge service project with our church family in the city.  Over 400 volunteers served the city school district with painting, mulching, destruction of old school furniture (awesome, right?), weeding, etc…IMAG0351

Our small group wanted to choose a project that we could involve our kiddos in, so they can see the tangible gift of sharing the love of Jesus through service.  See?  Even little hands can serve!  They pulled weeds, swept, mulched, & carried trash bags.


IMAG0355No project is really a project until someone gets hurt – wanna guess who?IMAG0357

So sad, but after a Sally CARS band-aid, life was better…..and then came snacks, and life was definitely better!  And yes, germophobes, we had anti-bacterial wipes that were sufficiently used to eliminate most of the gunk – some germs are good for ya!

After much needed naps for our gang, we headed out to our Saturday night venture….a swim in the pond and a cookout on the farm!IMAG0361

We got to spend the evening with great friends and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation in these parts of the country – seriously, how many kids can say they live in such a beautiful area and get to do awesome things like swim in a pond in the summer….IMAG0360      IMAG0363

or go on bike rides…or have big picnics all summer long…or get poison on your face?  (That’s tomorrow’s story….and that’s how we spent our Sunday.)

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

One more peach, mama?

Today was the 3rd annual peach canning fiesta! I think we are getting faster....or it could be our children are a bit more self-sufficient now. Whatever the case is, we managed to fly through 1.5 bushels of peaches with only one 2 minute interval of pure chaos. (3 children crying: one bee sting, one bleeding, one with a puffy eye - unrelated).

And the request we heard most often from Anna and Sam? "Can I have one more peach, mama?"