Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Break

My mom, sister, and the boys ventured up to the Raleigh area to spend a few days of Spring Break. We have had a great time showing them around and eating at all of our favorite spots. 

On Tuesday we met them at Southpoint Mall in Durham for lunch and a little shopping. That mall has two of my new favorite stores: Crazy 8 and Naarjte Kids. After a few hours there we headed home to relax a bit and then we continued our "Taco Tuesday" tradition at Fiesta Mexicana. I adore the Spicy Ranch sauce that they give you. While the service was slow, the food did not disappoint! Muy bien! Once we got home we all settled in to watch Frozen... again! ;)

Wednesday started out with breakfast on Broadmoor of pancake squares, sausage, and sausage balls. Around 11 we piled in the car and headed to Cary to go to yet another mall (Do you see a theme here?!) we ate lunch and then the girls and I rode on the carousel and the indoor train and the boys headed to Dave and Buster's for lots of fun! After a short late afternoon nap we headed back in to Raleigh to eat dinner at Burgerfi. It. Was. Awesome! I love the food and the atmosphere. Super cool! Currently mom, sis, Lydia and I are relaxing upstairs while Mickey am the kids are engaged in an intense game of Monopoly. 

Life is good.

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Start of Spring Break

Today was the first day of our Spring Break. We are spending the week in the Raleigh area with Mickey. Words cannot explain how wonderful it is to have my family together. Mickey walked in from work tonight and the girls came bounding down the steps yelling, "Daddy's home! Daddy's home!" It was awesome. I'm so ready to have my family of four back in tact. Until then, we will cherish every minute of this week together. 

Mickey met us for lunch at the NC State Farmer's Market. The restaurant was decorated in all things NC and the food was delicious! The girls, of course, were intrigued by the horse statue outside and the sleigh inside. I think they would have eaten in the sleigh if that would have been allowed! ;)

After lunch, Mickey returned to work and the girls and I ventured up to Barnes & Noble so that Mackaylan could spend the gift card she received for her birthday. She is such an avid reader and I will venture out in the rain anyday to continue to foster this love of books! 

Tonight for supper I tried out a salad recipe from one of my Pinterest boards and it did not disappoint. It was super simple and delicious- SCORE! 

At this time, Mickey and Mackaylan are snuggled up in the recliner watching Yogi Bear, Lydia is watching Team Umizoomi, and I am blogging. 

A super start to Spring Break 2014!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Here's the Deal...

Living in a small town, and having a social media presence (FaceBook, Instagram, and right here on the blog), most of you probably know that this past summer Mickey accepted a job in Raleigh, NC.  At the time, we decided that the girls and I would stay back for the school year until we could get a better feel for the situation and what the future would hold.  Over the last 8 months, we have sold a house, moved in with my wonderful in-laws, and spent many hours in earnest prayer.  I’m the type of person who likes a plan.  And I really like MY plan.  However, God continues to teach me that He is the one in control and that it’s not always about what I want, but what He wants.

say all of this to say that at the end of the school year the girls and I will be relocating to the Raleigh area to be with Mickey.  This was one of the hardest decisions that we have ever had to make, and we know that the really hard part is yet to come.

Over Christmas break we moved into a house that we will call home in a suburban neighborhood outside of Raleigh.  As we were preparing for the move, my dad was quick to remind me that the one thing missing was the view of Hogback.  He was right.  However, to me, Hogback is not just another beautiful mountain.  It is a feeling.  It is friendships.  It is family. 

The next few months are sure to be full of ups and downs as we begin to make our home on Broadmoor.  I won’t lie.  It is scary.  Very scary.  It is sad.  Very sad.  But it is also exciting.  It is an adventure.  It is full of opportunity.  And we feel it is God’s will for us at this time. 

My family and I covet your prayers as we continue to spend our weeks apart, make the drive to be together on the weekends, and settle into a new community.  Please pray for the family and friends that we are leaving here and the family and friends we are yet to make.  Pray for our girls.  Pray that they will make friends quickly and that through this all they will see us live out our faith and total dependence on Christ. 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Five on Friday

I knew today couldn't be too bad when it began with a warm cup of coffee and a Bojangles butter biscuit! Granted the biscuit was leftover from dinner last night and the coffee wasn't from Starbucks, but it was a great way to start the day nonetheless!!

I love watching Mackaylan and Lydia play together. It is not always without a squabble, but they really do get along quite well despite the 6 years age difference. Last Friday we all had a blast playing "Say Yes to the Dress" after watching it on TLC. Mackaylan was the host and designer while Lydia was the model. It was so funny!! They always keep me on my toes (and sometimes in stitches!) 

On Wednesday of this week we had Word Day at school. Mackaylan chose the word "enchanted" and I chose the word "masquerade." It is such a unique way for students to learn new vocabulary words and share in making memories with their classmates and teachers. I consider myself so blessed to be able to love what I do!

It is hard to believe that this sweet face is almost three! She is so spunky and full of life just like her big sis! I posted this pic on Instagram with the caption "Just a girl and her grits.." She would eat them for every meal if I would let her. And...look at those pigtails!!! Love her!!

I am so ready for tonight when Mickey comes home! It's hard to believe that we have been doing this weekend thing since the end of July! Just a few more months to go.  His only request for the weekend is homemade biscuits so I hope I can pull that off. We shall see!! Trust me, if that happens, I'm sure it will be "blog worthy!" Lol

I hope you have a fantastic Friday! If you have a Five on Friday post let me know so I can check it out!!   Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Heart is Full

As I sit here snuggled on the couch on this Saturday after Valentine's Day my heart is so full. 

After a week of snow and no school the girls and I made the trip to Clayton this weekend to be with Mickey. It was so nice to be able to travel during the day and to not have to worry about traffic jams and construction! 

We opened the door and were greeted with gifts. We are spoiled and we are okay with it! 

After reading our cards and checking out our gifts, the girls and I got to work on our project- to give daddy a "heart attack!" We all wrote reasons why Mickey was special to us on paper hearts and we taped them all over the bedroom door! 

The rest of our Valentine's Day consisted of dinner out at Cracker Barrell, a trip to Dollar General for a few groceries, watching the movie Brave, and bedtime. 

Today the girls and I stayed around the house this morning organizing and playing while Mickey went in to the office for a bit. 

After lunch at Sams, we met up with Mickey and ventured into Raleigh to go to Marbles Children Museum. We had a fun time exploring the exhibits and being together as a family of four!

Once we left the museum we drove over to the North Hills area for Mickey to go to Lens Crafters. While we were there we thought it would be a good idea to grab some ice cream at Ben & Jerry's. It was so yummy!

Now we are all relaxing in the family room watching the Olympics (and Daniel Tiger's Neighbirhood!) 

My heart is so full!