Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More Fall Fun!

Fall is my favorite season for many reasons, but I think one big reason is because of all of the fun, family activities we are able to enjoy!  I wanted to post about each of these events separately, but I think it will be easiest to just put them all in one post so that I will be caught up and ready to put up our Halloween pictures and post before Thanksgiving! haha 

A few weeks ago we had a blast at Boo in the Zoo!  This is a fun event where you are able to view the animal exhibits, but also leave with a bag full of candy and other treats for the kids.  Since Lydia had Emmersyn to pal around with we only thought it would be fair for Mackaylan to bring a friend so Hope went with us as well.  I love being able to make memories as a family, and sharing these special moments with friends is always an added bonus. 

Since the beginning of September we have been meeting with our Bucket Group each Wednesday night.  This is a small group through out church where we are able to develop relationships as we dig into God's word and live life together.  Last week we joined up with another group that meets nearby for a bonfire.  We had a blast!  I love a good bonfire (especially when marshmallows are involved!) and being able to share it with friends made it even better! 

On Saturday, we went to Clemson to tailgate and enjoy the game with some of Mickey's work crew.  This was Lydia's first Clemson game, and even though Mackaylan has been before, I think this will count as the first one she actually remembers.  The girls loved all of the excitement at the beginning of the game and Mickey enjoyed being able to teach Mackaylan a little about football and Lydia how to do the Tiger cheer!  We only stayed until halftime, but we enjoyed every minute we were there. 

Whew, that's a lot of fun for one family!  And to think we haven't even made it to Halloween weekend! :) 

Friday, October 24, 2014

He Survived the Big 3-5!

Last week Mickey turned the big 3-5!  I had the day all planned out in my head in order to make it special for the man I love.  That was mistake #1.  Everytime I have it all planned out something always goes wrong!

Anyway, the girls and I woke up a little early and headed into the kitchen to make one of Mickey's favorite breakfast treats:  Monkey Bread.  I had found a recipe for Monkey Bread Muffins on Pinterest and the girls and I got to work.  All was going well until.... the house filled with smoke b/c the brown sugar liquid was running all in the bottom of the oven.  Instead of just taking the muffins out and calling it a wash I decided that maybe it would stop so I let them continue to cook.  (Have I said before that I do not always make the best decisions in the kitchen?!?) 

Needless to say, we had to open all the doors and windows and probably woke up the rest of the neighborhood when the fire alarm started going off!  This was the first time this has happened in  our new home so we didn't really know how to get it off.  All I can say is thank goodness Mickey was home or it might still be going off! haha  After that, the girls and I retreated to the back porch and decided breakfast would consist of our usual....Bojangles! 

After church we headed to Mickey's race to continue the birthday celebration!  Mickey loves racing his 4-wheeler and we do not always go, but it was his day so we joined him at the track.  It was rainy and very muddy, but it always makes me happy when I get to spend time with Mickey doing something he loves.

He had a great start and actually took the hole shot, but shortly after that he flipped off when he ran into a tree!  (Hence the title of this post, He Survived the Big 3-5!)  Being the tough man he is, he brought the 4-wheeler back to the truck, made a few adjustment, and continued the race.  Thank goodness all that was injured was his wrist and maybe a little bit of his ego! LOL

Following the race, we had an impromptu family party at our house complete with cake, ice cream and presents!

All in all it was a great day because we were able to spend it with those we love most!  I'm so blessed to have this man in my life.  He loves us unconditionally and we love him with all of our hearts!  Happy Birthday, Mickey!  Here's to many more....

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Fun

The past few weekends we have been trying to be very intentional about spending time as a family doing fun activities together.  When Mickey was working in Raleigh we were very intentional about making the most of our time together and we both agreed that we wanted that to continue once we decided to return home.  However, we have found ourselves slowly slipping back into our normal weekend routine.  So.. when some of our besties asked us to join them at the apple orchard nearby we jumped at the opportunity.

We had a very fun time taking a hayride and picking apples.  Plus, to top it all off, the apple doughnuts were to die for!!!  Mackaylan was mesmerized with the horses and Lydia was thrilled to be with her two "best friends!" The apples that were available for picking were slim, but we still had a great time being together with our friends.


Last weekend, Grams joined us at Walnut Grove Plantation for their Fall Fest.  There was a battle reenactment and lots of hands-on activities for the girls.  Mackaylan is a history buff so this was right up her ally.  It was all a little over Lydia's head, but she loved the small animal petting area and getting her face painted.  Both of the girls loved getting to pick out a little rag doll to take home as a memento and making their very own corn husk doll. It was a very fun morning!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday Favorites

Hey y'all!  This post has been sitting in my phone waiting for me to post it so here it goes! 

 I hope you have had a great week. The weather here hasn't been the best, but as long as all the rain ushers in cooler weather I'll deal with it! Here are a few faves from this past week:


I have been able to French braid my hair for a while now, but haven't been very successful with braiding Mac's hair. However, on Saturday, the stars aligned and it happened-- on the first attempt! The best part was she loved it! It totally made this Mama's heart happy! 


We had a great time last weekend celebrating Rory's 4th birthday with family! The kiddos enjoyed swimming and playing outside together while the adults were able to spend time catching up. Of course, the food was also delicious and the cake from Publix was awesome!! 


We had plans to go to the fair last Friday, but the rain kept us away. So... we packed up and headed to the movies. We went to see Dolphin Tale 2. Mackaylan actually visited Tampa this summer with Grams so it was pretty neat for her to see it on the big screen. We all enjoyed the movie and Lydia did okay, but sitting still and quiet for over an hour is definitely not her thing! Lol :) Overall, we had a fun night and loved being with each other! 


Mackaylan is trying to save money for a new American Girl doll and I must admit that I have been using it to my advantage! On Sunday I told her that we would pay her $5 if she would play with Lydia for an hour and a half and let us take a nap. The only stipulation was no one could go outside and we didn't want to hear any crying. Well, two hours later, I went upstairs and found Lydia sweetly tucked in for a nap and Mac was watching a movie! SCORE!! Needless to say, she earned $7 because they had played well together AND Lydia took a nap!! 


There are no words to describe how much I love this picture and the people in it!  Lydia is definitely a mama's girl, but she loves her daddy so much!  She is such a cuddle bug and loves to give hugs and kisses! 

Well, that's it!  I hope your week is off to a great start! :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend started off under the Friday Night Lights!  Lydia participated in Cheer Camp this summer and all of the girls had the opportunity to perform a few of their cheers at halftime of the first home game.  I love our small city and the way everyone gathers together to pull for our boys! It's always great to see former students and also adult friends at the games.  Many of my friends from high school still live in the area so each home game is kind of like a "homecoming" in itself.  

On Saturday morning, I'm not sure what hit me, but I got up and the girls and I made a wonderful breakfast... eggs, sausage (not the frozen kind! ha), biscuits, and homemade gravy.  It was delicious and everyone enjoyed it.  I always love it when my gravy turns out because it reminds me so much of my Papa Huell.  It was always such a treat when he would make gravy.  I have so many wonderful memories of my Granny and Papa and they all come rushing back when I eat gravy!  While I thought mine tasted pretty good, it was nothing in comparison to his!  

On Saturday evening, we enjoyed a wonderful evening downtown at Summer Sizzle.  This was a FREE event sponsored by our church and the city of Landrum to love on our community.  We had hotdogs, drinks, popcorn, icees, face painting, carnival rides, jump houses, and more.  We had to have people go around and put up FREE signs at all of the booths because people couldn't believe it was all free! There was also a local band that played and we had a wonderful fireworks display to conclude the night.  It was amazing!  I am so excited to see God at work around us and blessed that we are able to join Him in it! 

Our Sunday consisted of church, lunch, LONG naps, and time as a family of four! Mickey even treated us all with a trip to Brusters to wrap up the night.  

After a weekend full of family, friends, and community, I thank the Lord that we were able to stay in town and not move away.  While we were looking forward to the adventure, I can't imaging not being right here right now.  God is so good!