Sunday, January 8, 2017

Holidays 2016

We started the holiday season off with Emma's Christmas show.  As always watching 115 kids on stage is like watching monkey escaping from the zoo.  I'm always waiting for some giant disaster.  It went pretty smoothly.  

She was a little confused as were the rest of the kiddos

Then we put up the tree.  Pip found the perfect spot

The mini van hit 200,000 miles and it was time for a new ride.  We bought a Honda Pilot just in time for me and the kids to drive to Virginia.  

We went to a few Christmas parties.  The boys did not want to sit on Santa's lap this year....or last year.  This was the first year that I was sure that Grady stopped believing in Santa.  He told me, "Mom, I know you wear the Santa suit".  

The kids and I made the drive to Virginia.  Josh stayed home to work.  He couldn't get away after having hernia surgery and being off work for 3 weeks.

I love these two crazies

We had our first Christmas with my family.  Uncle Will and Leia gave Emma some dress up clothes

and a repunzel wig

I love this fierce pic.

Warrior Princess

Then we had a 2nd Christmas back at our house.  Josh made Emma a doll house.  When she opened it she thought it was a bookshelf.  The boys took it over and used it as Fort Scala.

Thanks for the new shirt, Papaw

Gramma and Grandpa came and the kids had Christmas #3.

They gave Emma some furniture for her doll house.

Crowns and a new party dress

Poor Pip

Nick, Carolyn and the boys came the following day

A lot of carpet ball ensued

The princess doctor

We took the cousins to Catawba Falls

Checking out a field guide

Em had to borrow Josh's sweatshirt. Burr

She pretended to "die".  I think she wanted me to carrier her.  

We went to the Biltmore

Grady forgot that it was winter!! Flip flops???

An intense game of checkers

Myles borrowed Emma's jacket.  Haha, short arms

Whew, that's a wrap!! Until next year

Friday, December 16, 2016

Stone Mountain, Georgia

For Josh's birthday we went camping!  We bought a new travel trailer a few months ago and hadn't had a chance to test it out so this was the perfect weekend.  We sold our massive 5th wheel travel trailer (such a stupid purchase) and bought something much more manageable.  It's a 21 ft ultra light camper.  Perfect for our family of 5.  It has two small bunkbeds, one queen bed and the table turns into a bed as well.  It worked out great for a long weekend.  We plan on doing a week of camping for spring break and then a massive road trip in the summer.  
On this particular weekend, Josh chose Stone Mountain, Georgia as our destination.  He use to go there as a kid and hadn't been since.  

On the road

Some action photos.  The boys kept calling this the "natural playground"

They could have played on these rocks forever

She told Josh to fall down so she could save him

She looks so innocent.  Hahaha

More like it

A "cat" by Emma.  This is the first drawing that she has created that actually looks like what she says it is.  She drew it while we were waiting for lunch.

Our camping site

Where she belongs :)

On our way to go snow tubing

At the kids snow area

Riding the kids tubes

Look how trilled Emma was with the tubes

When it's 50 degrees in Georgia, they have to make the snow

Waiting for the big tube runs

On top of Stone Mountain.  This is one of my all time favorite pics of my family.

Emma was pretending to be dead

Myles had enough of the top

An angry selfie

This was crazy.  A huge barn set up for kids to run around and shoot balls at each other.  The kids loved it and warmed up after the tubing

Just a couple of farmers

We road the train that went around the rock.  It was about a 40 minute ride, complete with Christmas carols

The bubble man at the Christmas parade

We went to watch a Christmas show and Myles got pulled up to be in it.

Isn't he adorable?

He is beautiful

The kids with the snow queen

We came home and had ice cream cake for Josh's birthday.