Monday, November 3, 2014

When nature calls

Last Saturday the girls and I went on a mini-adventure. We decided nap times and clean rooms were for the birds and hit the road instead. Leaf covered paths, inch worm friends, and gorgeous fall drives trump to-do lists any day.

Not a bad way to burn off some holiday sugar. Move over Halloween, it's Thanks-Mas-Eve time.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Fairy Birthday Party

When I asked Sydney what she wanted to do for her party this year, I fully expected her to want a Frozen party. I was completely surprised when she suggested repeatedly that she wanted a "fall fairy" party. I think it came from a combination of us talking about Fall and a Tinker bell movie she has been watching lately with summer and winter fairies. Whatever the reasoning, it worked out well for me since we have been so busy. Fall decorations doubled as party decorations; win-win. The weather turned out to be beautiful and we had a great time celebrating with friends and family. Here are a few photos of our birthday fun.

Sydney requested a cake in the shape of a leaf. Sharon delivered as usual!
I got lazy with the craft and picked up a cheap one at the store. It was such a fail, LOL!
Giant Jenga in action!
The day had a little touch of Frozen, thanks to some wonderful gifts!
The Happy Birthday song is SO embarrassing!

Thank you to everyone who came out to help us celebrate! Happy birthday sweet Sydney! We love you!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Big boy Carter is two!

My sister came down to visit last weekend and we decided to squeeze in a photo session for Carter since we weren't able to do it at his party. Man-o-man was he on the move! Sitting still was not in the realm of possibilities for him (or any other two year old I've ever met!). We had fun though and the kids seemed to enjoy run-run-runing around in the 99.999% humidity! Until there was Carter, I didn't realize it was possible for a kid to be so sports obsessed at such a young age! When we weren't running just for the sake of running and making me sweat buckets, we were pretending to swing bats, run bases, throw balls, break golf clubs, or sing ballpark songs.

Batter Up!

Hope you had a nice long holiday weekend!

Monday, August 18, 2014


We spent the past weekend completely unplugged; cell signals were few and far between. It was a little concerning at times, like when we wanted to check the weather or check in on Lilly, but mostly, it was a nice change of pace.

Trying to wait out an early morning rain…someone really wanted to get in the car with me.
The world is her stage.
The world is his playground.

We did a lot of hiking and exploring. Sydney couldn't get enough of it. I love seeing the little adventurer in her blossom. 

If it's true that all dogs go to heaven, then there are definitely lots of rivers and lakes in heaven.

On our second day of hiking we went on a lush ravine trail that started near our campground at Shades State Park in Indiana. I don't feel like the photos do the trail justice, it was stuningly beautiful. I felt like we were in the PNW not rural Indiana.

Skipping rocks. A mandatory summer activity. 
As usual, the camping trip also involved lots of rain, "Mr. Longlegs" (spiders), pit toilets, and a few tears, but we had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again, hopefully with both girls next time!