Why We Cancelled Our Family Vacation

Why We Cancelled Our Family Vacation

I’m supposed to be camping in the mountains right now.  Did I tell you about that?  Back in March, Chris and I decided that it would be super fun to take the family camping just outside of Gatlinburg the first week of summer vacation.  For several weeks, I pinned every Pinterest pin possible (say that five times fast) about what to do with kids in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  I even came up with a little schedule for our vacation. And then May and June happened. I don’t know about you,…

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When Floridians Vacation

When Floridians Vacation

This weekend, we took our family to Treasure Island with some friends of ours for a beach weekend.  It was heavenly, and just what I need to get me through the last seven days of school (SEVEN!). It was a perfect weekend filled with just the right amount of family, friends, kids, adults, beverages, adult beverages, pool floats, boogey boards, staying up late, sleeping in, and even a birthday cake thrown in there for fun.  It just hit the spot. Sadly, while we were playing in the Gulf on the…

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Spring Break Staycation: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Spring Break Staycation: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Spring Break for our schools was last week, and we left no stone unturned.  I love that I get the same breaks as my kids do because it means I’m super excited to be out of school, too!  We spent most of our week just hanging out and running errands.  We swam in our swimming pool for the first time this year, went to the dentist, visited Nana and Grandma, finally got Gracie’s bedding for her new big girl daybed (Ikea, of all places!), and did some spring cleaning and laundry….

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Aunt Kakie

Aunt Kakie

This weekend, I left the kids with Chris and my mom and I headed to Atlanta so that I could meet my sweet niece, Faith, for the first time. And let me tell you, babies smell even better in person than they do over the internets. I’m not sure who was more excited about our visit – me or Faith. Since Faith is only six weeks old and since I really only wanted to sniff her head all weekend, we took it easy. We did go shopping on Saturday at…

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Vacation Pictures, Part Two!!!!!

Vacation Pictures, Part Two!!!!!

(This is a continuation of our vacation to the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.  See it from the beginning here.) At the end of our awesome first day of vacation, we came home to the mountain cabin and roasted marshmallows with Big Molly on the deck.  The kids love to roast marshmallows, but they don’t really like to eat them, so I selflessly consumed about 10 pounds of roasted fluff on their behalf. Which is why I am eating carrots and lettuce this week, like a rabbit. The next…

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Pop Some Popcorn! It’s Vacay Picture Time!

Pop Some Popcorn! It’s Vacay Picture Time!

Oh, imaginary friends.  Come.  Sit on my couch and hold my photo album in your imaginary laps while I explain every single vacation photo to you in detail. There are 428. Seriously.  That’s how many I dumped off my camera today.  But, I am giving you the abridged version on the blog for the next couple of days so that I don’t have to purchase additional server space just to show you 84 pictures of Bean shooting his bow and arrow. But I’m getting ahead of myself… Let’s start at…

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Life Happens

Life Happens

Oh, imaginary friends!  How I have missed you this past week!  I did not intend to take a break from blogging, but sometimes life just happens.  And, boy, was it happening last week!  I have so many things to share about this week!  We had weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthday parties.  Get ready for lots of pictures this week on the blog! Let’s start in chronological order with my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta. Are you ready? Are you sure? There are lots of pictures. We might be a while. You…

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Where Happiness Is Found

Where Happiness Is Found

Last week, I realized that I had a random four-day weekend at work for MLK weekend.  I also realized that Chris was going to be in tech rehearsals all weekend.  This instantly changed a four-day weekend into a four-day stress-fest.  So, my mom and I planned a last minute road trip to Atlanta with the kiddos to visit my sister and her family. It never takes much to convince Nana to visit her grandbabies! We had such a great visit while we were there! Ginny made plans for us to…

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Christmas Recap – Part 3

Christmas Recap – Part 3

We finally made it home… well, almost. After a week of traveling, we made it within an hour of home. We stopped to spend a few days with my sister, Ginny, her husband, John Michael, and my super cute nephew, Tillman. Who my kids will forever call Baby Tut Tut. Baby Tut Tut had gotten so much bigger than the last time we saw him! He is walking now… and tackling… and running… and wrestling… and babbling very important nonsense words that he really wants us to understand. He is…

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Christmas Recap – Part 2

Christmas Recap – Part 2

The day after Christmas, we headed to Pensacola to spend a week with Chris’s family. We pulled in my mother-in-law’s driveway at 7:00pm after an entire day of driving, and within 15 minutes, we were knee deep in presents again! The kids thought it was the greatest thing in the whole world – “You mean we get MORE?!?!?” After seven hours in a car, this was as good as it gets for kids… and for parents, too! Jackie and her partner, Charles, are such thoughtful people. They always make our…

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