Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Bikes and Tacos

The taco truck handed me salsa in a mason jar, the hubs is talking shop, and the kid is riding around and then reading on the couch.  Everybody wins!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Older and Wiser

"Gray hair is a crown of glory.  It is found on the way of righteousness."  Proverbs 16:31

In my brain I look the same as when I was 25.  So I'm sometimes surprised when I look in the mirror and see a middle-aged woman.  My eyes don't recover as quickly from a lack of sleep.  The dimple under my smile is now accompanied by laugh lines.  My hair is mixed with white among the blonde.  And did you know that your ears & nose keep growing the rest of your life?!  (Eek!)
And once I get over my surprise I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the ways our bodies are meant to age- to show our experiences and wisdom and joy and even our failures.  I love God's beautiful design in each of us as we age- even when it catches me off guard.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Home Decorations

As we moved in, I added a couple of small touches that really made a difference in our house.

This amazing built in bookcase is at the front of the house, and I painted it a crisp, clean white.
But THEN I discovered this awesome faux wallpaper at Target, that gives it such a fun pop of color!
I changed out all of the knobs from brass to a brushed metal.  What a difference that small thing made in the entire house!
And I hung this special print in our foyer.  Everyone is home here.

Friday, April 01, 2016

First Sleepover

Before spring break ended, Berkley and Gavin had a sleepover.  It was Gavin's first sleepover, and we are so grateful his parents entrusted him to us for the boys to have such a fun night together!

Spring Break Fun

The end of spring break meant it was time for a fun mother-son pedicure time!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

TV Time

Remember how we were filmed while eating at our favorite pizza place?!  The show aired while we were on spring break!!

Spring Break Beach Trip Day 2

Our second day, the weather was even better- warmer and sunnier and perfect for more beach time!
When I'm by myself at the beach, I typically only let Berkley go in up to his knees, but he was still plenty happy to play in the shallow! 

Kara and Turner & their girls joined us for a fun dinner that night!  Love these ladies so much!
And these littles!!
This girl.  Sweet, Emmeline, my goddaughter.  I adore her in the biggest way.  She is so precious and funny and sweet and smart.  I love any chance I get to spend time with her!

Battleship North Carolina

I've lived in NC most of my life, but had never been to the battleship.  Our spring break trip seemed like the perfect time to check it out
Berkley's great grandfather actually served on this ship, so it was cool to imagine him there.  I was impressed with how interactive and fun the ship was!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spring Break Beach Trip Day One

I decided to take Berkley on a quick little spring break trip to the beach for a couple of days!
The air was warm, but the wind was a bit chilly.  It didn't stop this kid!
The water was freezing, but it didn't stop Berk from testing the water!
We checked into our hotel (thank goodness for Marriott points!)
Then headed back to the beach with Turner and Emmeline!
Love watching these two play together!
Trying to bravely face the frigid waters
Recovering from the cold
This girl.  I love her so much.
Berkley and I headed down to the waterway for a beautiful sunset dinner.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stix's Birthday

Happy Birthday to my Momma!
By her example, she has given me the gifts of organization, loyalty, confidence and strength.  And she taught me to love God faithfully and constantly.  What a gift!


The day before our house closed, I went over to just say one more goodbye.  I'm so thankful for this home that grew us as a family, and the memories we have there, but I'm equally excited for the adventure that lies ahead!