Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crafting Success

Our friend Grace came over one day last week and I got crazy and tried crafts with them. We dyed eggs and we did a little Easter craft I found on Pinterest. I am happy to say we were successful! I was so excited to do something that both of the girls enjoyed. I am hopeful for more successful projects in the future.

Catching Up

Wow! It's been awhile! Sorry for the hiatus but we have been busy. Good busy, but busy. I will try to catch you up on what's been going on with a few different posts. Lots of fun times!

We've had lots of dinner guests so that has meant making lots of desserts. Eliana has become a great helper in the kitchen.

We also spent a weekend in Hickory and had lots of fun with Mo and Papa and with Noah, Luke and Baby Seth.

Our first attempt at the big kids all sleeping together...yep, it didn't work! Maybe next time! 

 Mo dyed eggs with the kids.

Seth is so sweet and content to just chill out even though craziness is all around him.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Springtime fun

Yay for beautiful weather! Finally! Yesterday we went out to the lake and did a little fishing and then went on a hike. I joined them this time and we all three had a lot of fun. The fish weren't biting but it was still fun getting out and walking around. Being at the campground just bring back memories of my childhood and feels like "home" to me. Feeling blessed!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Beautiful Day

Just enjoying the beautiful weather after a long, cold, wet weekend! Thank you Lord!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


on March 25th...in Virginia! Really, it is time for spring!

Saturday, March 22, 2014


This weekend we had our first of four beach trips we are making while in the US. We headed down to Carolina Beach and stayed at our family beach house. We had a such a great time! The weather was beautiful and got warmer each day. Eliana had a blast playing in the sand and even getting her feet wet in the freezing water. We made a trip to the aquarium and pier. We had some awesome burgers and onion rings from a little restaurant we'd never tried before. Yeah, it was great! I love the beach so much and it is one of the things I miss the most when we are gone. We are so blessed to be able to go and are extremely excited about our other trips!

Enjoy some pics from the weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Silly Girl

Eliana is becoming funnier and funnier all the time. I wanted to take a picture of this one thing she is doing because I know I will forget it.

She thinks it's so funny to put her toothbrush in the holder upside down and even more funny to put her toothpaste in the holder. Silly girl! We are having a lot of fun these days!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blake's 30th!

This weekend we were able to celebrate Blake's 30th birthday together! Yay! I was so excited we were all able to coordinate a little time to celebrate since life is so busy and we don't get these opportunities very often. 

Blake and Melissa came down and spent the night on Friday and then we had birthday lunch on Saturday- Drew's famous ribs, mac and cheese, roasted asparagus, carrots and rolls. Then we had hot fudge cake for dessert! Delicious!

Eliana thoroughly enjoyed having Uncle Blake and Aunt Melissa around and we were encouraged and blessed by their presence. We are looking forward to our next time together!

My glass is blocking the view of the amazing ribs! Maybe it's better that way- you won't be so jealous!

Blake's friend, Jason, was also able to join us.

That's a lot of candles!

Despite her look, Eliana really was happy to be there!

And if you dare, here is the video of us singing to Blake. We have a tradition of singing really silly for birthdays so beware!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Overcoming Fears

Eliana is far from an adventurous child. Overall, this is okay with me because we aren't concerned about her doing crazy stuff, but it does mean that sometimes you have to take drastic measures to help her overcome her fears. Grandpa helped in this area last week by taking a ride in the wagon so Eliana would do it. He definitely took one for the team but it worked! She did it!