Sunday, September 14, 2014

Welcome to the world baby, Emery!

Friday night, at 9:23pm, our family welcomed it's newest member. My sister B, and brother-in-law Matt, added this SWEET 7lb. 12oz tiny miracle to their precious little family.
B and Matt now have two boys and TWO girls.
 Emery Caroline evened things out for their crew, and Brooklyn (finally) got the baby sister she's dreamed about!!!
On Saturday afternoon, after Riley's season opener, we headed up to the hospital to meet sweet Emery!
We were ALL dying to meet this newest bundle and
as we made our way into the hospital room, my kids were bickering with one another over WHO was going to be the FIRST to hold Emery;)
There should be NO surprise as to WHO ended up getting first dibs;)
Riley got to hold her next and from the moment she was placed in his arms...
 he was completely SMITTEN!!!
As his turn came to an end, he wasn't quick to let go and begged to hold her a little longer.
Others were waiting, so he reluctantly passed her along.
But as she made her way around the room from person to person, 
Riley stuck close by.
He just ADORED Emery!
Hudson was pretty proud of his newest cousin too! 
He giggled with joy as she wiggled and kicked in his arms.
My amazing parents are now the proud(est) Mimi and Papa to a grand total of NINE grand babies.
Oh, what JOY new life brings!!!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Apple Picking Fun, 2014

 On Saturday, Corban had a soccer game scheduled in the mountains of North Carolina.
The fields were about two hours away from our home.
So instead of just driving up for the game, and then right back home again when it was over, we decided to make a day of it.
 We realized that our very FAVORITE apple farm was only a short 30 minute drive from the fields where Cor played.
So as soon as the game was over,
 we loaded up our little troop and headed to 
Sky Top Orchard.
This was our fourth year visiting Sky Top...

and it's certainly become one of our family's favorite fall outings.
 I mean nothin' screams "FALL!" more than a fresh picked apples, right!?!?
The weather was a bit dreary, but the cloud cover kept us cool as we made our way through the orchard. 
The kids (and Shane) were great at hunting for the ripest and tastiest of apples.
 Sometimes finding the BEST meant a little taste testing was required.
 And with so many helpers picking...
 it wasn't long before our two big baskets were full to the brim!
Just as soon as we picked our very LAST apple, the clouds opened (as if right on cue) and the rain began to fall.
 The kids thought it was great fun as we quickly ran for cover, all while doing our best not to spill or bruise the bushels of apples we just picked.
Once under the covered porch, we sat down and enjoyed a HOT apple cider doughnut!
 Forget the apples...
 these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth doughnuts, are what keep us going back to Sky Top year after year.

  I may or may not have had TWO;)
They are THAT good. 
And now that we're home, I have 35 pounds of sweet and delicious apples that I need to do something with.
So...bring on the crisps, pies, muffins, and breads.
The temperature outside may not quite "feel" like fall yet, but at least my kitchen will SMELL like it;)  

Friday, September 5, 2014

Adios to Summer

We enjoyed such a FUN summer. It was slammed packed and we loved every.single.minute of it. My only complaint was that it went by WAY...too fast. 
Oh well, all good things must come to and end, right. 
And our summer was definitely GOOD. Actually it was GREAT!
So here's a little "catch up" post on how we spent our last few days of summer vacation...

A trip to the Columbia Zoo!
 We were joined by our dear friends, the Robinson's, for an exciting day of sightseeing and animal lovin' fun!
 The kids had an absolute BLAST seeing all the different animals!
But the high ropes course, 
and feeding the animals were definitely THE highlight of the day!!

The last week of summer, we also made sure we visited the Panther's Play 60 Kid Zone at Freedom Park!
It's such a great place and so...different than any other park we usually frequent.
My kids just LOVE it! 

But the grand finale to our summer vacation was an AWESOME weekend camp out to Cane Creek Park.
We hiked,
 we swam, 
we roasted hotdogs,
and made s'mores!
  It was the PERFECT way to say goodbye to such a fun and memorable summer!

Back to School!

Last Monday morning, our alarm went off bright and early. It was the signal that summer was officially over and it was back to the "old grind"! No more sleepin' in and no more lazy days sittin' poolside! It's time for our fall activities to begin and our days to once again be filled with homework and soccer practices;).
It was time to hit the books!
Corban headed to fifth grade this year, and Riley entered the third. 
CRAZY huh?!?!
They are turning into little men right before my very eyes;)
They BOTH have A-MAZING teachers this year and I have no doubt this is going to be one of their best years yet!
 And get this...little miss thang headed to...Kindergarten!
Yup, that's right, my baby girl is no longer a BABY, but a BIG KINDERGARTNER!!!!! 
Y''s still hard for me to believe.
Soph LOVES school, ADORES her teacher, and has already made LOTS and LOTS of sweet new friends. 
She'll be running the entire school before too long. HA!
This cutie patootie entered Pre-K this year, and headed back to the same wonderful school she was at last year. She continues to benefit greatly from early intervention preschool and speech therapy services which she receives four days a week. She too LOVES her teachers and enjoys being back in the classroom with so many of the sweet friends she made last year.
This little guy has helped me send off (year after year) each one of his brothers and sisters to school, while patiently waiting for the day it would be HIS turn. Well, Tuesday was HIS day...finally! On Tuesday, my sweet HudHud went to school for the VERY FIRST TIME ever!! Boy, am I going to miss my mornings spent with this little guy, but I have no doubt he is going to ROCK T-K! 

 Before school starts each year, we sit down together as a family and chose a theme verse for the year ahead. 
This year we chose 
Matthew 5:16
 "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

I praise the Lord for each one of my precious children He entrusted to me and am so excited to watch them learn, grow, mature and SHINE this coming year. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Terrific Tuesday

 Yesterday, the kids and I headed to Imaginon in uptown.  
We met my sister, B, and her sweet crew there too, and enjoyed a fun morning out together. 
Sophie's BFF, Zoe, came along with us as well. 
We had tickets to see their "Terrific Tuesday" show called COLD BLOODED ENCOUNTERS, where the kids learned all about lizards, frogs, tranchulas, and snakes. 

After the show, we had a nice picnic lunch outside before heading back in to explore the rest of the library. 
They have an AWESOME fairy tale exhibit on display right now and
the kids had a blast dressing up and jumping into stories like Cinderella,  Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), and the elves (from The Elves and the Shoemaker)!

What a fun way to spend a summer day!