Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Girls Weekend in Savannah

A long time has passed since those college days at USC.  Kristy, Lisa and I get together every now and then but we are always surrounded by our kiddos.  Granted, it is fun to see everyone's families but we don't get to really hang out.  This year we decided to do a girls weekend in Savannah, GA.  It was so much fun to catch up, eat at restaurants that we wouldn't dare bring our kids to and drink fun, fancy drinks. 
Lisa was our tour guide as she planned the whole thing.  She had trolley tickets and tours all lined up.  Not to mention dinner reservations at the best places in town.  Kristy booked an awesome little hotel right in the center of town.  We were able to walk everywhere.  Between the eating, drinking, walking and talking, it was an amazing weekend. 
Walking and shopping along the river.

Our noon time cocktail

The view along the river

We made some friends along the way

We ate at the Olde Pink House, a famous restaurant in a beautiful old home

Did I mention that we had a few drinks.....

The Olde Pink House

At the roof top bar in the Bohemian Hotel

Lisa booked a Ghost Tour.  Did you know that Savannah was declared the most haunted city in the US?  It was a fun and informative tour.  Plus, we could carry drinks along the way!

Eating at Vinces

Bye, bye ladies.  Until next year....

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


I know I have said this before, but Myles goes to an awesome school.  They converted an entire wall of their gym to a rock climbing wall.  Yesterday, 22 kindergartners got to test out their climbing skills.  Three hours later, they were all professionals.  His school knows the importance of using your body as well as your mind. 
Myles class

Look at this little guy.  He loved the challenge

His teacher told me this pic is of him planning his route.

How annoyed does this kid look.  Myles was probably giving him unwanted climbing lessons.

Learning how to use their legs

Stretching out

Look at Myles go

Isn't this the coolest?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mimi

We were so lucky to have Mimi here on her 21st birthday.  Well ok, maybe there are a few more years but it's all about how you feel.  Mimi still acts like a 7 year old and the boys adore her for it.  They made her a special cake.  Of course she said it was "the best cake ever".  We were so glad we could celebrate with her.
Creating the work of art

The final product, complete with flower candles

They were pretty proud of themselves

Singing happy birthday

Happy birthday, Mimi.  We love you!!!

Grandad's Apples

Mimi came to visit just in time for apple picking season.  We went out to our favorite apple orchard, Grandad's.  We picked 3 bags of apples (two of which are already devoured).  It was a beautiful day and we took advantage of all the orchard had to offer. 

The boys with their picks

E wasn't sure about the massive gorrilla.

My three pumpkins

Doen't Myles look thrilled.  Grady, on the otherhand, thinks he's a male model

The cow train

Josh took one for the team and rode the cows with Em.

Good thing he was wearing cowboy boots.....always prepaired

I have the same pic from last year.  They have grown so much

Mountain State Fair 2014

I can't believe it is that time of year again.  Time for the Mountain State Fair.  It was the coolest fair we have ever been to.  By cool, I mean it was in the low 70's.  Usually this fair is unbelievably HOT.  We took advantage of the weather and stayed at the fair for most of the day.  I didn't take too many pictures this year.  I think chasing E slowed me down from snapping photos. 
The boys had to ride in the Forest Service helicopter.

Myles was really into flying

Catching some fish at the NC Wildlife tent

Of course we did some rides

We met up with some friends.  Boys will be boys and a wrestling match ensued.
While I don't have any pics of Em at the fair, here she is passed out.

The fair zonked her out

Monday, September 8, 2014

2nd Grade and Kindergarten

It's school time again!! Grady is an old pro, going into 2nd grade.  Needless to say, this summer time boy was not excited for school to start.  Myles was excited but hid it very well because his big bro kept saying that he didn't want to go back.  Grady got a wonderful teacher this year.  He won teacher of the year for the county.  I think its great for Grady to have a male teacher and one that makes learning fun. 
Myles has a cute, sweet kindergarten teacher.  I'm sure they will both have good experiences this year.
Heading off to school. 

Anika and Myles getting in the car for the first big day.

Walking to school

Myles and Anika were lucky enough to get into Evergreen Charter School.  It is by far, the best school in the county.  There were over 200 applicants for Kindergarten and they only had 13 spots.  It is done on a lottery system and both of our kids got in.  It was totally amazing.

Evergreen is a school based on Expeditionary Learning with a heavy emphasis on environmental education and consciousness.  To this environmental educator mama, this means everything to me.  Kids need to be outside, experimenting and exploring.  All subjects can be taught this way....and should.

Myles sat down and went to work right away.  He didn't even want to say goodbye.  Look how serious he is. He was ready for Kindergarten.