Wednesday, July 16, 2014


 One of the things I want to do, just for myself, before I post about our summer- is to go back and highlight some of the things we did during the spring!  You will have to bear with me.  This might take a while!

Will was born on March 28th and that was such a happy day for our family!!  During the month of April, we spent lots of time just holding him and loving on him.  He is officially the sweetest-baby-ever-in-the-whole-wide-world. (Just saying.)

We also spent lots of time helping Ashley with David and Caroline.  New mommies need lots of TLC so we did all we could for her!

Spring came to Charlotte and brought all the ridiculous pollen with it, but it sure did make everything look beautiful!  This is a picture I took at the zoo the day I took our class on a field trip.  The wisteria was so pretty.

School was as busy as ever with lots of trips, parties, and events.  I was twirling around like a top!

I think I told you that Ashley got a kidney stone and ended up in the hospital...

Apparently, kidney stones are a thing in our family!???

Despite all the sleepless nights and recovering from just having a baby and kidney stones, she stayed positive and is always the sweetest mommy.

And John is such a good Daddy, too.  Can you tell how crazy his kids are about him?

Easter rolled around before we knew it.  We did all the usual things....dyed eggs, went to church together, and had a big lunch and Easter egg hunt at Steve's mom's house.  It was a fun day!

At the end of April, I turned 50!!  Wow.  I really can't believe I have hit that milestone, but it was the BEST birthday.  I honestly just feel so blessed to have had these 50 wonderful years and I don't focus on my age much at all anyway.  I am truly one of those people who just believes you should embrace the moment and enjoy it, no matter how old you are!

My day started by Laura surprising me at school with specialty donuts from Your Mom's Donuts.  That was so sweet and such a fun way to begin my birthday weekend!

Of course, I had to share them with David and Caroline once I got home!  David wanted to light a birthday candle and all we had was a seven.  Haha!

Steve was so sweet to plan the BEST weekend for me in New York.  If you know me, you know how much I LOVE NYC!!  So this was the perfect weekend for me!

This is what the view from our room looked like the night we got there...

We spent the weekend eating amazing meals (Steve had made reservations at The View...a restaurant overlooking Manhattan, for my birthday dinner), shopping, sight seeing, walking through Central Park, and just being together.  Spring is so pretty in New York!

We also had tickets to see Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.  I love Carole King so much and we both really loved the musical!

On Sunday morning, we went to Tim Keller's church, Redeemer Presbyterian.  It was so great to worship with such a diverse group of believers.  I know that is what heaven is going to be like!

After church, we had a little while in the afternoon to eat lunch and enjoy the beautiful day...

Then it was time to say goodbye to NYC.  It was a birthday I will never forget!!

Soon, it was the month of "May"hem.  Haha!  What a CRAZY month that is.  We celebrated my dad's 76th birthday and Ashley's 27th birthday.

Laura came home from Boston to help us celebrate all those fun things, along with Mother's Day, and Mark was home from law school.  We loved seeing them!

My dad took his first "selfie" ever with Laura!! :)

The kids kept growing every day...and looking cuter by the minute.

The last day of school finally rolled around and I had to say goodbye to my sweet class.  Here are three little girls who were best friends all year.  They were all cuddled up together reading on their last day together.  So sweet....

I said goodbye to my assistant Lyndsey and wished her well as she left to do her student teaching.  I sure will miss her!!  We had such a fun year together...

And on the last day (even though I will miss my sweetie pies), this was my theme song...

I have to admit...I was pretty happy! :)

So, that brings me up to the beginning of summer.  I will try to post about all the fun we've had very soon!  Tomorrow I am off on a trip to Portland and Victoria, British Columbia, so I will have to post when I get back!  Have a great rest of your week!


  1. What sweetness. Your trip to NYC looks amazing!

  2. I love reading about your family, Betsy!
    You guys are the sweetest!


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