Sunday, April 5, 2015

An Egg-cellent Day!

Yesterday, our sweet friends, the Robinson's, hosted their annual Easter EGG-travaganza!!!
It's such a hit each year that my kids look forward to it almost as much as they do Christmas morning;) 
Not.even.kidding! 
 And one thing is for SURE...
Bryan and Juli KNOW how to have an Easter egg hunt!!!
They filled and hid over 800 eggs for the kids to hunt this year.
SERIOUSLY...800 Easter Eggs!!!!!!!!
 And while most ordinary egg hunts are over in a matter of seconds... 
the Robinson Egg-travaganza lasts for nearly a half- hour!!!!!
The kids usually have to take a time out at some point during the hunt in order to dump their baskets out so they can have room for more eggs.
It's crazy FUN!
After the hunt, the kids had a blast playing a few Easter games.
"Can you guess the flavor of the Jelly Bean?" was a hit with the big kids. 

 And everyone enjoyed a round of Egg Hunt BINGO!
 Corban and Sophie's team WON! They were just a tad excited;)
 We are certainly blessed to have such wonderful friends in our lives. 
Friends who love us, and invest so much time and energy into loving our kids!
We are BLESSED!!!!
Happy Happy Easter EVERYONE!

HE IS RISEN!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Life Lately

Life lately has been BUSY!!! Our BIGGEST and most exciting news is that we're...MOVING!!!! 
Well, we have to sell THIS house first (minor detail), so if you (or anyone you know) is looking for a GREAT house in an AWESOME neighborhood (just outside the Charlotte area), send them our way;) 
We are definitely getting super duper excited about this new adventure though. 
We've already found a GREAT house, with a huge yard (our number one desire), that's actually not too far from where we are now. Our fingers are crossed we can call it HOME soon. Getting our house ready for the market, and keeping it show ready (with five kids) is NO joke. Prayers it sells quickly would be GREATLY appreciated;)
The weather has definitely not been optimal for house hunting, but the kids sure have LOVED the snow and the snow days that accompanied it. 
School was canceled for several days last week, so we enjoyed cozy days at home, reading books, watching movies, drinking hot cocoa and munchin' on popcorn. 
The kids all returned to school on Friday, just in time to celebrate the Terrific Kids breakfast. 
Riley was chosen by his third grade class as one of the Terrific Kids this month for exemplifying the character trait, kindness! 
We couldn't be PROUDER of this sweet guy!
Although he will ALWAYS be "Terrific" to US;)
After the celebration, the big kids participated in their school Boosterthon Fun Run. 
Thankfully, the weather cooperated and the sun actually attempted to peak out behind the clouds for us. 
Each grade took their turn running their laps on the track. 
Since I have three kids in three different grades at the school this year, Hudson, Addy-Kate and I got to take in THREE solid hours of Boosterthon FUN;)
Good times, I tell ya! Good times!
And this girl may or may not have done more cartwheeling/twirling than any actual "running"! 
(SIGH) 
I was dizzy just watching her;) 
Here's Cor getting ready to run his laps. 
He has been BLESSED with some of the sweetest friends this year. They are all such good boys, who really have fun being together. I can't even tell you how thankful I am for this awesome group! 
Riley totally ROCKED out his laps as well!
It was a l-o-n-g morning, but the kids had an absolute BLAST!
Saturday morning, the boys headed one way, and us girls headed another. 
Shane took the boys go-carting. They met up with my brother, dad, and brother-in-law, and had a great time. Shane came home with a SECOND place title as well as a CRACKED RIB!!!!!
The CRASH and broken rib were just a small detail in the story of how Shane came in second place and beat my Dad. 
Boys will (forever) be boys!
The girls and I (thankfully) had a much calmer morning. Sophie attended a fun cooking party to celebrate her sweet friend, Averi's birthday.
And YES...she wrote the name "Elsa" on her hat. That is what she insists we call her these days;) While she was at the party, Addy-Kate and I enjoyed some rare one-on-one time. 
We did a little shopping and then enjoyed a quick lunch before we had to pick Sophie back up.  
From there, the girls and I went to watch our sweet friend (who we affectionately call) "Big Sophie", preform in her school musical, Cinderella.
My girls absolutely LOVED the show and were completely mesmerized the entire performance.
TWO sweet Sophie's;)
TWO sweet smiles;)
Two sweet girls!!!!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A "Southern" Snow Day

So yesterday, the Carolina's were hit by a wintry "storm"! 
We don't usually get much snow around here, 
but after so many down right frigid days this winter, it's was a fun and welcomed treat to see a little of the white stuff! 
There wasn't much snow, and most of it was ICE, but it was all that was needed for school to be cancelled!!
YES!!!
We LOVE us some SNOW DAYS!!!!
There is an AWESOME hill up at the kids school, which was coated in the perfect mixture of snow and ice. 
It was the best place for sledding. 
We may not have been able to build a snowman (this time around), 
but we did have hours of sledding fun to keep us busy.
And how sweet is this?!?
A "free" hot chocolate stand set up on the corner by some of our precious neighbors. 
After several hours out in the elements, a nice cup of hot cocoa totally hit the spot!
Days like this are PERFECT for fort building, dress up and playing pretend with friends.
So thankful for sweet snow days, cozy time at home and the FUN memories we made while it was here!!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Our Valentine Weekend!

 We've enjoyed such a wonderful Valentine weekend! February 14th is also my birthday, so that kind-of makes this day doubly sweet! 
The kids have been so precious and have showered my with lots of birthday wishes, hugs and sweet kisses all day long! 
 Friday night, Shane and I were able to score a DATE NIGHT!!! My parents kept the kiddo's while we enjoyed a nice dinner out! After dinner, we headed over to a local pottery place to try our hand at their new glass fusing. We had a ton of fun being creative, while working on a serving platter together. I can't wait to pick it up in a few days and see how it turned out!
 Saturday, we did a little park hopping and spent lots of time outside. 
 And since it was Valentine's day, we snacked on the heart cookies Mimi made for us, while playing on the playground! 
 I seriously don't think there's a sweeter way to spend my birthday than outside with these guys!
 They make my face smile and my heart melt. 
Saturday night, we enjoyed our traditional Valentines Day dinner.
The kids had a blast creating their own heart shaped pizza's
and adding their own personal variation of toppings. 
 Hudson isn't a huge fan of the crust, so he decided to put his toppings on the edges ONLY
"So it would taste better."! 
Ha!
 I think he may be on to something;)

 Growing boys sure can EAT!
I seriously think this boy has hollow legs;)
 After dinner, we had fun playing a few Valentine themed "minute to win it" games!
 Shane totally beat me in the conversation heart stacking game. 
And check out that sweet cutie patootie cheesing it up in between us. Sigh...I melt!
 For dessert, we pulled out our chocolate fountain and enjoyed some delicious fondue!

 Yup...hollow legs, for sure;)

 My sweet Sophie girl LOVES her some chocolate!
 And how sweet is this?!? ALL this beautiful artwork was made especially for ME, by my sweet kiddo's, for my birthday. It was on display when I came upstairs after cleaning up the kitchen last night. That one on the far end...the one that isn't colored, well, that's for me to color WITH them later on;)
 And I just LOVE this precious picture with they change taped to it. It's from my sweet Hud! He wanted to give me some birthday money so I could go buy myself something special!!! 
Oh...I just LOVE that boy of mine. 
I am one blessed girl;) 
Blessed with another year of God's abundant grace, 
and blessed to share such a sweet day with these little LOVES! 

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!