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!

Monday, August 18, 2014

1st Day of 4th Grade

Today was Mackaylan's first day of 4th grade.  It was also the first time that she has started school without me.  I am working at another school in the district this year and it will be an adjustment for us both to not see each other in the hallways, cafeteria, and classroom.  However, we are blessed that she is in a school full of teachers that I know love her like their own.

We didn't have a lot of time this morning for all of the picture ideas that I pinned on Pinterest, but we did snap a few pictures to document this special day.  Despite the bags under our eyes, we were both excited and eager to start the 2014-2015 school year. :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christmas in July

Yesterday was a day that we look forward to all summer.  July 25th.  Otherwise known as Christmas in July at the O'Shields' home!  We started this tradition a few years ago, but we weren't able to celebrate last year because we were away on vacation.  I love making memories and establishing our own family traditions and this is one we can call our own! 

We always start by putting up a small tree.  Thank goodness the tree and a small bag of ornaments were easily accessible in the storage area right off of the family room.  The girls and I enjoyed putting up the tree and reminiscing about the memories that the ornaments conjured up. 

Lydia was in charge of setting up the nativity and Mackaylan made a special display with her Barbie dolls and Mickey Mouse nutcracker. 

After we had the decorations in place we went to Wal-Mart to do a little shopping.  The girls each picked out one gift for each other and then we picked out something for Mickey.  It was kind of hard to "surprise" me since I was the one paying, but I picked out two books and let Mackaylan choose which one she thought I would enjoy the most. 

After a delicious spaghetti dinner we spent the evening together opening our gifts and watching The Polar Express.

Another Christmas in July for the books.  What a fun family tradition!