Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Snippets

I have to admit Summer didn't use to be my favorite. But then we had kids and all that changed!
I love, love all the fun stuff we get to do during Summer break, especially all the little ordinary things that end up always being my very favorite.
Being able to say yes to impromptu "sleepovers" in the middle of the week...
Going on froyo dates with my mini-me...
...and discovering new playgrounds with my favorite little fella!
Family game nights way past their bedtime...
...and Saturday morning fun with Daddy!
Trying out new things...
...but always going back to old favorites.
Waking up super early for Summer Intensives and working HARD...
...but then celebrating with sushi afterward - yum!
Getting Mama + Daddy all to yourself because big sister did NOT want to go see gory dinosaurs on the big screen makes it all the more special...
...but the moment you get home it's all back to this because you really are best friends!
It can't be all fun and no work...or can it??
LOTS of these because it's 100 degrees!!
...and uh, hello BEACH!
But what's Summer without a little peach pie from our favorite diner??!  M'mmmm!
VBS is always something they look forward to...
All these littles singing their hearts out for Jesus is just the sweetest thing ever!
Summer playdates with your girlfriends...
...even if it means little brothers crash the party - ha!
Changing out of swimsuits long enough to go see your cousin's dance performance...
...and staying way, way, WAY past your bedtime!
So whether it's a pizza date on a hot Summer night...
Or a girls' shopping excursion...
I love, love, love spending all this time with you!!
Especially when Daddy can join in all the fun!!
I'll try not to be too jealous of your gorgeous sun-kissed Summer glow...
...even if all I have to show for it is THIS! Ouch!
I hope when you think 'Summer' these are the moments that pop into your minds.
Not just the big vacations, but the simple moments spent together laughing... playing...  having fun.
Love you both dearly, my sweet babies!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Saying 'I Do' on the 4th!

It's never my intention to go so long between posts, but the littles are out for the Summer and we are soaking up every second having fun and making it count, so time to come back and post is far and few in between. I have fun pics of Hudson's Lego birthday to share that I hope to go through and edit soon - same goes for our annual Mother / Daughter / Grands week we just returned from.

We made it back just in time to celebrate the wedding of our friends Amy & Daniel on none other than the 4th of July! Fun, fun!  Daniel, Lance and I went to middle and high school together!!
Amy was a GORGEOUS bride and their wedding was full of beautiful details like these gorgeous flowers...
We loved having a reason to dress up! And I love that photobombing cutie in the backdrop!!
My handsome date...
Meanwhile, Noonie and Papa J kept the littles and they had all sorts of fun! Let's just say when we went to pick them up, they did NOT look like this - hahahaha! Grace was soaking wet and wearing one of Noonie's t-shirts {"but it's still red/white/blue" - grandparents, gotta love them!!}
And I have to give a shout out to one of my mom's dearest friends, Mrs. Mary Ann, who send this amazing flag my way just because she knew I would love it!! You are so right, I love, Love, LOVE it!! Thank you so much!! I love your sweet heart and beautiful smile, Mary Ann! You are the epitome of a classy, godly Southern Lady.  So glad God brought you into our lives!
We made up for it on Sunday with Lance's yummy grilling and a day of splashing / sliding / water balloon fighting!
I love catching little moments like this...wonder what they were planning...
Water babies!
Hope you had a beautiful family-filled 4th. I don't know who to give credit to for this beautiful picture, but I LOVE it!  One nation under God...
And may we never forget... Land of the Free, because of the BRAVE!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Welcome to the County Fair! {Grace & Savannah's 8th Birthday}

Once upon a time two little girls met in kindergarten and they became best friends. As their friendship grew, so did their nicknames for each other until one day Savannah became "Shimmer" and Grace became "Glimmer". The two young maidens had birthdays just a month apart and so their moms thought Hmmm...why not?! And thus the Shimmer & Glimmer County Fair was born and they lived happily ever after.
Put on your boots, grab some sweet tea and join us out back!
Don't forget your Best in Show ribbon!
The 3 Amigos were so excited for our most important guests to arrive!
First stop...Face Painting!
Let the games begin!
Ring Toss!
Ball Toss!
Step right up and win a goldfish with the Ping Pong Toss!
And my absolute favorite...Donuts on a String!
{Go Savannah Go!}
But the most important part of playing games is, of course, WINNING TICKETS!!
This little fella was very serious about his ticket counting!!
But the all-around favorite station was hands-down the HORSE RIDES!!!
We even squeezed in a Scavenger Hunt!
Teams all ready to go!
If you're going to have a scavenger hunt, you definitely want Preslee on your team! he he he
And speaking of Preslee, her little brother Cash is just about the cutest thing ever!! Those curls!
All those games made everyone THIRSTY!!
The beverage station was quite the hit!
And while all the games were going on, this awesome guy was super busy manning the grill!
{Mimi and Noonie and a bunch of Alicia's friends helped us with the games!  Thank you!!} 
Burgers and hot dogs, chips and sweets. What more could we ask for!
The tiny blueberry "pie" cupcakes Savannah's mom Alicia made were my favorite! Soooo cute!!
Time for cake...errrr...make that PIE! Chocolate for Grace and Strawberry for Savannah!
Beautiful birthday girls!
Make a wish...or two...or EIGHT!
Time to cash in those tickets for P R I Z E S!!!
{best goody bag idea EVER!!}
Fun times! Love all these kiddos!
Noonie and Papa J sent me this cute pic! I wish I had one with Mimi and Pop too!! It's hard to remember to take all the pics in the midst of the craziness!
Note to self: Take family pic BEFORE everyone is tired at the end of the party!!
But we may have saved the best for last. After our guests left, we realized we forgot all about the Pie Eating Contest!! No worries. Super Dad to the rescue!!
Uh-oh, here comes trouble!!
He really should earn Dad of the Year for this one!! Such a great daddy!
We went youngest to oldest. Hudson was up first...
B A M !
Savannah's turn!
Finally, Grace's turn!
She got him GOOD!
Such a great sport! Best in show indeed!
We looked over and found this one like THIS!! He was LICKING the pie pans! SUCH a sweet tooth...he gets it honest, I tell ya!
And in a split second, with just a bit of encouragement from his big sis, I'm sure...we had THIS!
Monkey see, monkey do - ha! 
But LOOK at that smile!!
We hope you girls had the best time ever! We loved planning this fun party for you!!

Love you to pieces my sweet little pumpkin!
And that's a wrap!