Saturday, July 11, 2015

Loaded Down and Beach Bound

We were up and ready to head to the beach at 5am on Saturday morning.  Mom arrived, we loaded her stuff and headed out. We were naive to think any of the children would go right back to sleep after waking them up.  That dream didn't happen.  Really the drive down wasn't too bad.  SK did scream for about 1-2 hours collectively of the 9 hour trip to the beach. Not bad at all.  The boys were exceptional and just couldn't wait to get to the beach!

This sweet girl FINALLY fell asleep.  We had to put some of Henry's pants on her because her legs were getting cold and she wouldn't keep a blanket on.  She slept for 45 minutes of the 9 hours ride.  OMG.
Florida!  We made it!

And you know I couldn't pass this thing up!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Amy's wedding!

The day we've all been waiting for!  Amy's wedding!  Catherine and Amy picked me up at 7am, we grabbed Michelle and then headed to pick up breakfast for all the ladies.  We made it to the salon at 8am and got right to it.  We all got our hair and make-up done and even added fake eyelashes!  I felt like I was going to claw my eyes out by the end of the day! :)  It was so much fun having the girly time with friends!  But, most of all...celebrating Amy and Daniel!!



Her hair looked soooo good!

I loved mine too!
Ready to head to the church with the bride!

This is the first time Neil and I have been in a wedding together.  We loved every minutes of it.



Getting ready to walk down the aisle.  Thanks to Nana for taking these.


Bob and Amy almost ready to walk down that aisle!


And done!  Here is Neil with Elizabeth, the bridesmaid he got to walk down.

Thankfully, Mom, Nana, and Granddad took care of the kids while we were in the wedding. 

Reception time!
Father/Daughter dance
Henry loved the bubbles and the tambourines. 
Cake cutting time.  The cake was DELISH.
My dreams of having a professional photo taken at the reception by the photographer vanished due to limited time and this is all we got. Cloudy, fuzzy, and blurry.  
mom and me
The cake!  OMG!  Every layer was a different flavor and each layer had a layer of cheesecake.  Yes.
Amy and Daniel about to throw the bouquet.  
garter throwing time
She even had sno-cones at the reception!
Me and the beautiful bride!  

Congrats to Amy and Daniel!  Neil and I were honored to be a part of your special day! 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Amy's Rehearsal Dinner

We had a great time rehearsing for Amy and Daniel's wedding.  Beau and Leigh came and picked up Bennett and Henry and kept them over night while we rehearsed and dined.  How sweet of them!  Mom had SK and all was right with the kids.  I love knowing they are all well taken care of.  


We began the evening at St. Joseph's.  Catherine, Michelle, and I made bouquets for all the bridesmaids, mothers, flower girl, and Amy for the rehearsal out of all the ribbons and bows Amy received at her showers.  It was a great idea if I do say so myself.  


Marriage license signing
The blushing bride!  So happy!
Neil and me!
Bob, Amy's dad is so sweet and sensitive!  

After we were rehearsed, we headed to Silver Star for a delicious meal, sentimental toasts, and lots of tears and laughs.  Amy are Daniel are so loved and it showed on Friday and Saturday night!

Tea Partyin'

Amy's bridal luncheon was just the sweetest thing.  It was at the Glenwood Tea Room and we all wore hats.  I love a theme!  We had yummy chicken salad, tea, fruit salad, and scones.  Amy passed out what Catherine called an "Oscar swag bag" of gifts to everyone.  It was so nice!  


She gave me a monogrammed clutch, earrings, a sweet, embroidered handkerchief, a bracelet, enclosure cards and a tank!  Wow!



pretty girls and their hats

Amy and Tina

Amy and me

The whole tea party

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White, & Boom

Ellerbe Road Baptist Church does an amazing firework display.  I mean HUGE.  I thought it was over when they paused about 20 minutes in, but they came over the speaker and said "stay tuned for our REAL fireworks display!"  WOW.  I cannot say enough good things about this fun, community event.  A great time was had by all of us...even the ones who plugged their ears the whole time.




Sis fell asleep too.  Thankfully, Mom was there to help us!

The boys covered their ears the whole time.  Henry fell asleep with his ears covered.  The music was fabulous that went along with the display.




Saturday, June 27, 2015

Amy's Bachelorette Party!

We've been planning Amy's bachelorette party for a few months now.  Let me just say that it was the most fun bachelorette party EVER!  We had a whole day of events in town so it made it to where different people could come to different parts.  So fun!  Amy wanted to lay out, go to the spa, and have a lingerie shower.  We made it all happen!

I told Neil to pretend I was out of town because I had to stop by the house to shower and change a couple times.  It was such a no stress day!  Thanks, Neil for taking care of the kids so I could celebrate Amy.

We started the day by Catherine's fabulous pool.  Amy wanted to get some sun and relax.  Everyone was invited to everything.  We had about 15-20 people join us for the pool time and brunch type foods.  We had mini pancake muffins, donuts, mimosas,  fruit infused water, and mini quiche.  
Some of the ladies enjoying the sun and fun.


Next stop was the spa.  Amy got a pedicure and a blow-out.  We are all getting our manicures the day before the wedding so we opted not to get  manicures today.

The bride to be!




Our last event was a lingerie shower at Michelle's house.  All the bridesmaid's brought a mini food.  We did it just like Emily's a couple years ago.  It was adorable!  We had about 30 girls for the lingerie part.  So fun!  Amy played a "how well do you know Daniel game" and she got 11/20 correct.  Pretty good if you ask me!
Amy, me, and my romper! :)


Since most of us hadn't been out in ages, we decided to hit up the Rockin' Rodeo for some late night fun.  We danced until 1am!  I don't remember the last time I stayed up so late!  How fun!

This is the group before we went in.  They let us all in for free because of the party!

Dancing the night away!

And this was the group after. Whoa.  Some went home and 3 of them stayed out until 4am!  I like how Marge is wearing the veil at the end of the night!




Saturday, June 20, 2015

Camping at Daisy State Park






Neil decided that he wanted to go camping for Father's Day.  I loved camping as a kid!  The boys were so excited!  Rebecca and Daniel kept Sarah Kathryn for us and I am so glad they did!  She would have not enjoyed camping in a pop-up with no A/C and no place to crawl around.  Thanks, Rebecca and Daniel!


We drove up to Arkansas on Friday afternoon.  It was an easy drive and we made it in a couple hours.  We stopped at Nadine's for dinner.  We noticed that all the restaurants in the small Arkansas towns were named after someone.  We got to camp and Neil started setting up the camper while I occupied the boys.  We checked out the bath house and our camping neighbors.  The next camp site over had a 9 year old boy from  Bossier and 2 down from us was Lee Sims, a teacher I taught with at CSHS!  Small world!  Can't get away from anyone!  The boys stayed up and played until 10.  Neil took Henry for a shower and we all went to bed. 

We got up the next morning feeling sticky and hot!  Neil and Bennett went to Darlene's restaurant to get coffee and then came back and made breakfast.  Mmmmmmm..nothing like breakfast at camp.  Those are my aunt's words...not mine!  It was delish.


Camp Chef...he is good-looking and a good cook.



We were up and at 'em by 9am.  Our neighbors weren't even awake when we left for our day of adventure!  We stopped for a quick picture and then headed to the Crater of Diamonds state park.

We didn't know that the Crater of Diamonds was having their annual Gemboree this weekend!  There were lots of people, games, and prizes.  The first game was "Diamond Toss" which was really just bean bag toss.  They had different age groups and the Lewis brothers both won their age groups!  Lewis brothers sweeping the competition!!!!

Henry won first place in 3-5 year olds and won that sweet water gun.  Here he is with the park ranger.
Bennett won 2nd in the 6-10 year olds.  He won some water grenades.
Off to dig for diamonds!  We didn't find anything.  We were very unprepared.  We brought some beach toys and a sand sifter and no.  Just no.  I guess diamond digging isn't for us!



We hung up our shovels and had a picnic lunch while we waited for the pool to open.  After a hot morning, this is just what we needed!  The little water park had slides, waterfalls, and rocks.  So fun!  Except they told the boys they couldn't play with their toys that they won there.  Hmmm.. weird.  There was some great people watching, too!





Our next stop was Dino Dig.  It was a pawn store that had a room with sand in it with buried rocks.  It was a delight!  The a/c was blasting and it was heaven.  It was so clean too.  We had a family competition to see who could find the most rocks.  I think they dug for 2 hours.  I fell asleep in the chair at one point because it was so quiet because we were the only ones there.  Delightful!

















After digging and swimming...this 3 year old needed a nap.  We let him nap in the running car for 2 hours.
We got back to camp and it was the perfect time to break out my sweet scavenger hunt bags.  I printed off a list, taped it to a bag, and added a pencil.  I thought they were pretty sweet!  We even had one for the next door kid. 
After nap sleepy boy.
Water gun fun.
We met another little boy from up the street.  He was 8 and I don't remember his name,  What I do remember is that we never saw his parents and the kid was always around us.  I guess I am just paranoid, but I like the know where my babies are at all times.
S'more.  mmmmmm.



This boy loves marshmallows!


The next time I go camping I would like a camper with A/C or maybe just a different time of year.  It was nice not wearing make-up for a couple days!


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