Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Big and Little Things

Happy August!  At our house, August is the second busiest month of the year...right after December!  It has been quite a while since I have blogged, but I have just been busy doing life and enjoying my summer.  However, before too many months go by, I wanted to catch up on what has been going on around here since Lindy's wedding.  We have had big things and little things happening, so I think I will just try to cover it all with a monthly recap.

March was a big month at our house.  Besides Lindy's wedding, we also had another pretty major
event happen!  The night before the rehearsal dinner (Thursday), Laura's boyfriend, Todd, asked if he could take us to dinner at Cajun Yard Dog.  He had flown in for the wedding and this was probably his only opportunity to talk to us in person.  We had a pretty good idea what he wanted to talk to us about, and we were right.  He asked us if he could marry Laura!  Of course, we were so happy for them and gave him our permission and blessing.  We couldn't ask for a greater guy and I know God hand picked him just for her.  They are the cutest couple with a truly amazing story.  You can read all about it here.

We left that dinner with our heads spinning, though, because here we were...two days away from Lindy getting married and now Laura was about to get engaged and we were going to start this whole process all over again!  I guess that's what happens when you have twins! :)

The end of March was a whirlwind at school with St. Patrick's Day, our Fun Run,  a big Colonial Trades project in my class, and our Easter party.  Needless to say, I was very busy!

Easter was the same weekend as Mark's birthday.  The kids came over and we dyed eggs on our porch on Friday...

Saturday night, we celebrated Mark's birthday at Paco's Tacos...one of our favorites!

And then, Sunday we had our usual church and Easter egg hunt at Steve's mom's house.

April is always such a pretty month in Charlotte.  Spring arrives and all the trees and flowers are blooming everywhere.  Pollen is about and inch thick on everything, but it is still such a fun time.

Will turned two on March 28th, but we didn't celebrate until April.  He is my sweet boy.  I love his cute personality and that adorable face!!

It was also the month that Todd and Laura got engaged!  It is now official! :)  They have set the date for November 19th.

At school, we had our End Of Grade testing and our Banana Split party (which the class earns for learning all their multiplication tables!)

It was Sean's birthday on April 12th, so we celebrated with cake and ice cream at our house.

Baseball season was in full swing, so we spent a lot of time on the ball field.

And on my birthday weekend, Steve took me to Hilton Head!  We had the best time just relaxing and riding bikes and sitting by the pool.

When we got back, we had a little family party on our porch.

May is always a busy month at school with end of the year performances, awards days, Field Day, and parties.  Plus it is another big birthday month in our house.

My dad turned 78 and we had a little party at our house for him.

This is what I wrote about him on Facebook:
Today is my Daddy's 78th birthday! All of my life he has been one of my biggest fans....always there to encourage me, teach me, and support me. I love his wisdom and advice and I am so blessed to have a dad that has invested in me through the years. Now he is doing the same with all his grandchildren. What a legacy! Despite everything he has gone through this past year, he continues to be strong and positive. He continues to love on people and he has a busier social calendar than many people I know! He teaches Sunday School and preaches and does weddings and funerals and counseling. He is always willing to be used by God in whatever way he can. He really is a blessing to so many people and I am so thankful God has given him 78 wonderful years here! I am praying this next year will be one of his best. Happy Birthday, Dad! I love you!

On Mother's Day, we took Steve's mom to lunch...

And we celebrated Ashley's 29th birthday by going to dinner (at Paco's Tacos again!) and going to an Escape Room!  That is where you get locked in a room and have to use clues to escape.  It was a lot of fun!

We also sent my nephew, Brett, off to Camp Big Stuff to work as an intern all summer. That is a Christian camp for youth and he has done an amazing job there!

Mark started a job working in the DA's office as an intern for the summer.  He has really enjoyed it and had an opportunity to try some cases and meet lots of interesting people along the way!

Then school got out on May 24th and summer officially began!

In June, we flew to Boston to meet Todd's parents.  We had a great time with them and got to see the Red Sox play!

June was filled with going to the pool and the park and just hanging out together.

One day I drove to Boone to visit one of my oldest friends.  We have been friends since we were both little bitty girls living in Nashville, Tennessee. Our dads pastored together at Two Rivers Baptist Church.  Even though God took our lives down different paths, we have always kept up with each other through the years and we get together whenever we can. We know each other's history...who our parents & grandparents were, what our childhood homes were like, and what friends we had. And we have seen each other go through marriages, babies, job changes, illnesses, deaths, and all the ups and downs of life. And now we are both grandmas and we are still having fun together! I think it's pretty rare these days to have a life long friend like that! I sure am thankful for this one.

Then it was off to the beach for our family vacation.  We always have fun playing on the beach, going to putt-putt, and spending time together!

July has been a pretty quiet month over all.  It was the first anniversary of losing my mom.  I can't believe it's been a year since I have seen her.  I miss her every day.  But I know I will see her again and that gives me joy and hope.  And my dad is doing really well, so that makes me happy.  He will never get over losing her, but he is doing as well as he can be and is still very busy and active.  I am so thankful we live close by and we get to see him every week.

On July 4th, we went to the Charlotte Knights baseball game with some friends and watched the fireworks.  It was SOOOO hot that night.  We were sweating like crazy!  But it was still a fun time.

And then on July 18th, we finally went on our anniversary trip to Italy that we had been planning.  Our 30th anniversary was last year, but with everything going on with my mom, we weren't able to do anything.  So we made up for it this year!  I will have to do another post on that because it was a long trip and we did so much!

So....that kind of brings me up to date.  Summer is almost over and I am soaking in these last few days before I have to go back for teacher workdays! It has been extremely hot here this summer, but I love it anyway!  I hope you have had a great summer, too!


  1. I've read your blog forever, and this was such a great overview of all the great things going on with your life. WOW- I don't know how you stay on top of all the birthdays. :) I'd love to know what you have been reading. Hope you have a great rest of the summer.
    Kelly in Michigan

    1. Thank you Kelly! Right now I am reading Lianne Moriarty's newest book Truly, Madly, Guilty! And I just finished Amy Robach's memoir, Better. Both are really good!! :)

  2. I got behind on my blog too! I was overwhelmed trying to figure out how to catch up! You have had a wonderful summer! Loved all of the Italy pictures on IG. That is where Art and I went for our anniversary too. I love it there. We are busy planning Brittany's wedding still - Oct. 29th is our big day!

    Your family is so beautiful.

    1. You and I have such parallel lives! Italy was so much fun. A perfect place for an anniversary! :) I hope you are enjoying planning Brittany's wedding. I am sure it will be a beautiful day!

  3. I enjoy your blog so much! I have been checking every day since April for an update! Thank your for sharing your precious family!

  4. Thanks for the update. I miss reading your blog so it was so nice to see your newest post. I follow both you and Lindy and Laura on Instagram. Did you see my comment on there a few days ago? I think you will get a laugh from it.

  5. Oh my goodness! All these party pictures are brilliant. I am glad to see you all enjoying. Anyway, our family will also be attending such a fun event quite soon at domestic Chicago event venues. I hope we too would have blasting time in that event.


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