Thursday, August 22, 2013

30 Before 30

I've been talking about writing a "30 Before 30" list for months now. I've scribbled down a few things in my journal, but I decided to take the proverbial plunge and post my list today. Listed, in no particular order except the first one because I'll take it - no questions asked - over everything else, my 30 Before 30.

1. Have at least one healthy, happy baby.
2. Run a half marathon.
3. Tithe each year.
4. Take a trip with just Kevin each year.
5. Take the boys to their first Braves game.
6. Take Kaden to his first Clemson game.
7. Get started on that motivational project I've always thought of doing.
8. Run 1,000 miles in a calendar year.
9. Adopt a child/family each Christmas.
10. Do some freelance writing.
11. Go to Biltmore at Christmas.
12. Memorize two Bible verses a month.
13. Redo our master bedroom.
14. Break 20 in a 5K.
15. Try one new recipe a month.
16. Get caught up on our photo books.
17. Memorize Bible verses with the boys. (I need to work on this one!)
18. Take a class at the gym.
19. Learn how to make my grandma's biscuits, bread sticks and cakes.
20. Take the boys to Disney World.
21. Read 10 books a year.
22. Visit Washington, D.C.
23. Learn how to use my Rebel and do better with editing photos.
24. Take a fun road trip with my husband.
25. Get more involved in our church.
26. Relax.
27. Qualify as competitive for the Cooper River Bridge Run.
28. Put up some beans and corn.
29. Pay it forward.
30. Go to some shows with my mom.

We got spoiled this morning and some other random things.

I didn't get to post my usual Wednesday randoms yesterday, but I had a few things I want to remember for today.

1. If the rest of the school year goes like this morning did, we're in for a treat. I think we were spoiled! The boys were downstairs (without being woken up!) by 6 AM. Before I was out of the shower, they had already dressed themselves (we lay out their clothes in our room the night before) and even had their shoes on. While I was putting on my makeup, they set the table and had gotten cereal out. (I usually cook breakfast - waffles, scrambled eggs, grits, sausage, but they must've wanted cereal this morning.) By 6:50, they were finishing breakfast and had time to play before school. It was great.

2. Last night, (fingers crossed), I think I convinced Kaden that lunch bunch in 4K is going to be awesome. He stays about an hour after preschool before he's picked up. This time is called lunch bunch and the kids get to eat their lunch and play. Well, last year, he decided he didn't like it too much. He was all about wanting to pick out a lunch box a few weeks ago, so I was hoping his opinion had changed. Instead, he's been worried about it and talking about it every now and then and says his lunch box is for the lunch I pack him for Mrs. Liz's.

During dinner last night, we were talking and he said something about lunch bunch. I started talking to him about 4K lunch bunch and how cool it is going to be. He actually got really excited since 4K lunch bunch is cooler than 3K lunch bunch.

This morning, as I was making K.C.'s pizza bread (it's the homemade version of a pizza lunchable on french bread - and it was what K.C. requested), Kaden was real curious about it and wanted to know if he could have cool food like that in 4K lunch bunch. I hope when preschool starts next week, he'll have this same attitude!

3. The chicken sausage wrap from Starbucks is to die for delicious. And I want to learn to make an at-home version. I worked out before work this morning and decided I'd treat myself to a chicken sausage wrap and an Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks on the way into work. It was so good and sure beat the banana and granola bar I would've eaten otherwise.


 4. I changed my mind about our bedding. I ordered this from Pottery Barn. It came in a few days ago and while I love the white (all-white bedding is my dream!), I don't think it's practical at this stage in our lives.   I think I'm going to send it back and get something else. I don't know why, but bedding is the hardest thing in the world for me to choose.

5. I have been so busy lately. I haven't read many blogs. I haven't had much time to blog. I haven't even taken a lunch break everyday. But I'm loving it. I'm really enjoying working for my new boss and love the direction our department is moving. I'm excited about the future!

6. I'm sad that it's almost Labor Day because I don't want to give up my white pants. I love my white pants/skirts/shorts and I don't want to have to hide them away for 8 months. I'll still wear white jeans after Labor Day (call me a rebel), but I can't justify cotton pants.



7. My sister is in her first-ever official college class today. She texted me a photo of her huge class. I'm so proud of her. She's adjusted to her new city really well; she's already found a great salon (haha). She also made the news:


8. Have you ever bought anything from Sole Society? I'm really liking some shoes on the site.

Linking up with Sarah, Shanna and Megan.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dining Room Update

Earlier this year, I decided I wanted to update our dining room. I had portraits done of the boys last summer and hung them on either side of the china cabinet, but I decided I wanted to do something more. 

Kevin and I looked at dozens of paint samples and decided on Stone Mason Gray. It's changed the whole look of our dining room and even the house as it's the first room you seen when coming in the front door.

Before




On my first Friday off in May, while the boys were still in school, I set out to paint. I'm rather ambitious about projects like this and figured it couldn't possibly take too long. (Should I also add this was a day we had a play date scheduled for the afternoon and my sister's high school graduation that night?)

I started off by moving our china out of the china cabinet and then Kevin moved the cabinet for me. I patched a few places, taped everything off, turned the radio on and got to work. I had the first coat on by about 11 (is taping time-consuming or what?) and went out for a run to let it dry a bit. After lunch, I got the second coat up and jumped out of the shower as the boys were getting dropped off from school. Perfect timing!

The next day, I had some trim work to touch up and we had a few places we weren't pleased with, so I did some more work. I'm so happy with the way everything turned out! (Excuse the iPhone, not well-lit photos.)





Tuesday, August 20, 2013

To my first grader and an interview with him.

8.19.13




Dear K.C.,

It's your first day of first grade and boy are you excited! We were in Georgetown this past weekend with Mimi and Granddaddy and I asked you what you were most looking forward to and you said "going back to school!" without skipping a beat. I'm so thankful you love school and your friends.

First grade is going to be a great year for you. Your teacher, Mrs. Russell, is going to be great. You'll learn a lot from her. You've also got some friends from last year in your class like Isabella and Christopher. 

You were so excited at Open House last week. You couldn't wait to see your seat and look around your room. You were even more excited when you found out your teacher has the play Melissa & Doug Money Set that we have at home and Battleship - your favorite game!

It's hard to believe you're old enough to start first grade. It seems like you were just going into preschool and now you're reading, writing and doing math. I hope you love first grade and that your eagerness to learn won't ever leave.

I'm so proud of the boy you are - son, brother and friend. Always remember that Daddy and I love you to the planets and back. You are so special just the way you are - God has awesome things in store for your life!

I love you!

Annabelle



K.C.'s Pre-First Grade Interview - 8.18.13

Every once in a while, I like to ask the boys questions. I do it so we'll be able to remember what they were really loving (or not) at certain ages. It's fun to see what stays the same and what changes.

Best Friend: Michaela

Favorite Thing to Play: Video games and Despicable Me 2 on Anna's iPhone

Favorite Colors: Blue, green and red (he has three!)

Favorite Book: Berenstain Bear Books

Favorite TV Show: SpongeBob

Favorite Movie: Indiana Jones

Favorite Food: Noodles

When I grow up I want to be: an engineer!

Something I Really Like: Candy

Something I Really Don't Like: Broccoli

Favorite Thing About Myself: My blue eyes (We call them Blueberry Ocean eyes!)

Favorite Thing About My Family: Everything

One Thing I Want to Do This Year: Go to school!

What I'm Most Looking Forward to About 1st Grade: Playing Battleship

Favorite Sport to Play: Basketball

Favorite Thing About This Summer: Catching my first fish - a catfish - on my Spidey fishing pole!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Georgetown Weekend

We enjoyed our last beach weekend before school started in Georgetown, SC. Georgetown is a little, historic coastal town not too far from us. We went down with Kevin's parents and our niece, Michaela, who the boys both claim is their best friend!

We loaded up the car as soon as we made it home from work Friday and hit the road. We stopped at this little hole in the wall restaurant called The Shady Rest on our way. It is seriously so good. They have the best fried chicken chef salads in the world. I'd told Kevin about this place so many times, but it wasn't until too long ago that he discovered he likes it almost as much as me (which make me happy because it means we stop there on almost every trip to the beach!).

By the time we made it to Georgetown, it was about 8:00. The boys were excited that they made it in time to play with Michaela. We booked a hotel on the water and had an adjoining door room which was so cool to them.

Saturday morning, we went downstairs for breakfast. I think Kaden was in heaven. He loves breakfast. He got to have a little of everything - cereal, waffles, sausage and a bagel. He was happy! After breakfast, we packed out bags for the day and headed out on the water in the boat. Though Georgetown is on the water, it's a few miles from the ocean. We travelled towards the mouth and stopped at a deserted little beach where the old Georgetown Lighthouse is (it isn't operational anymore).

 


The kids loved this beach. It was so nice to see how natural it is. Even though the beach we go to is less touristy in that it's mostly homes with a few small condos here and there, being on a totally deserted beach with absolutely nothing near us was pretty cool! We took a walk down the beach and found some neat things (including some hermit crabs I was almost positive weren't in the conch and shells I picked up -- that is, until they started making their presence known in the middle of the night) and saw some gorgeous scenery. I didn't take my camera with me on the walk, but I wish I had.





While we were on this beach, a storm came up. We decided it looked like we better leave instead of waiting it out, so we packed up the boat and kids and headed back towards Georgetown. After a few minutes of rain, we were able to stop and enjoy some rain-free time. We let the kids fish and just hung out for a while before docking in town and getting a late lunch.


Georgetown has some cute shops and restaurants on the water that are all accessible by boat, too, thanks to public docks. We ate lunch at the Front Street Deli. It's locally owned and run. After eating a good lunch, the  kids were treated to some ice cream by their grandparents. We walked around some more and then headed back to our hotel.




Saturday night, we drove into Georgetown and had dinner at the River Room. If you're ever in the area, you need to go there. I had a Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Salad with fruit. It was delicious. Their seafood (which I can't eat) is supposed to be great. I may have taken a slice of German Chocolate Cheesecake back to the hotel with me, too!






Sunday was gorgeous! We went up the Intracoastal Waterway instead of towards the beach yesterday. We drove up to this area called Sandy Island and parked while the kids played. After a few hours, we headed back towards Georgetown, but not before stopping a few times.


Kevin told me this story about a school boat (which I didn't believe) and dock project his dad did. Sure enough, it was true. There are actually people that live on Sandy Island which is only accessible by boat. They park their cars on land and then drive their boats over to their homes. The kids are ferried from Sandy Island to the mainland for school in a school boat. It all really blew my mind!


We stopped under some trees to make sandwiches for lunch and then found a place to fish. The kids caught a lot of catfish. K.C. was excited that his Spiderman fishing pole finally caught a real fish, too!






We had a great weekend exploring a new city by water!

Linking up with Sami!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Five on Friday


1. I can't believe this is the last official week of summer. I have no clue where the time has gone. We've packed in a lot of fun this summer though. We have a great weekend planned, too. Now if only the weather will cooperate! (I also can't believe K.C. will be in first grade Monday. First grade! We had parent open house last night and he was so excited. I've heard only great things about his teacher and think we have an awesome year to look forward to. Kaden goes to 4K in another week, so for now, I'm going to enjoy the fact that he's not officially a 4Ker yet!)

2. Kevin and I have a nice getaway planned for later this fall. We're going to Sapelo Island, Georgia. It's going to be so much fun!


3. I ran my fastest 5K ever this week. I've broken into the 18's and I'm excited about it! I would post the excited/sweat/smiling face picture I sent Kevin after I did this, but it's semi-creepy and embarrassing! I've also been given the opportunity to train with a college team in my town and got my first official practice schedule today. I won't be able to train with them daily, but my goal is to try to run with them once or twice a week and follow their schedule as close as I can even when I'm not running with them. On the docket for next week: 39 miles. That's almost double the number of miles I run in a given week! More on this later today.

4. Projects are being accomplished one-by-one! Last weekend, we did a lot of work on some projects we've been working on. I can't wait to share them all with you! We added some new pictures, put some finishing touches on a room and totally reorganized the laundry room. This week, I've ordered new bedding for our room, we've talked with a contractor about an addition we'd like to make in our den and I've caught up on K.C.'s 6 year book. I love having projects to do, but I love seeing the light at the end of this tunnel  even more!

5. I love my family! We've had the best week. I'm so blessed to have my husband and our boys. It's been a busy week (and I think we're all looking forward to a restful weekend), but we've had fun. From playtime to movies, dinners that have been gobbled up (yes, both the boys cleaned their plates one night which makes me feel great!) and a zipline for play army men coming down our stairs, we've had a full week.

(sorry for the horrible iPhone quality)


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

To my sister on your first day as a Gamecock


Dear Stephanie,

I can't believe that you officially become a Gamecock today! I'm so proud of you and all of your accomplishments! This is such an exciting time in your life and I'm glad I get to share it with you.

As you start this next chapter in your life, I want you to always stay true to yourself and to your Savior who has blessed you tremendously. This is such a bittersweet time; I'm so excited for you and all that is to come, but I'm also sad that I won't have the chance to see you quite as much. But really, I'm so, so proud of you.

During these next fews years, you'll grow a lot - and that's exciting. I'm so thankful you are the person that you are and that I have a sister like you. 

If you'll let me, I'd like to give you a few (unsolicited) pieces of advice.

1. Stay true to you. You're going to meet a lot of people. Many of them will be like you while others will be extremely different. You'll be pulled different ways, hear a lot of opinions and asked to try different things. Always remember who you are and what you stand for. 

2. Stay organized and don't procrastinate. You've chosen a major that will help you make a huge difference when you graduate, but these next four years are going to be full of tests, papers and other assignments. Make sure you stay organized and don't procrastinate. Yeah, it's way more fun to put off classwork, but then you have that whole "oh no, I have so much to do by 8 am tomorrow" thing to deal with.

3. Develop strong new friendships and strengthen your current ones. You have so many friends, more than many people have in a lifetime. You're so well-loved and respected and there's a lot to be said for that. Don't forget your people back home (not that you will). Keep talking, stay connected and plan things to do. I wish I had done a better job keeping up with my childhood friends. Develop strong new friendships with the people you meet at school. Don't judge people by their outer appearances, but rather, by their hearts. Find girls you can share with and relate to and people that bring you up and make you want to be better. And stay away from the users - you know those people who only have time for you when they need something.

4. Keep your priorities straight and live a healthy lifestyle. This is the first time you've ever really been on your own. And no, you're not really on your own because mama and daddy are still taking care of you and you always have us, but it's the first time you've lived away from home and been responsible for everything. You're going to love it, but make sure you start off on the right foot in keeping your priorities straight and living a healthy life. Set aside some time everyday to spend with God and to exercise. Learn to cook even better than you already do. Don't let your laundry pile up (trust me, that's no fun!). Find a church fast and get plugged in. 

5. Take time for you. College is busy. You'll be surrounded by exciting new things and people and not to mention classes everyday. Make sure you take some time for you. I'm preaching to the choir here because I'm still not very good at this, but trust me, you need it. Take some time to explore things in your new city. Take some time to just veg out on the couch watching the Real Housewives. When you get in the real, real world, time like that just doesn't happen. So please, enjoy it.

6. Don't be in a rush. I've always been in a rush to the next thing (you know that). Don't be like me. Enjoy every moment. Life is way more fun when you slow down and savor every ounce of it.

7. Learn from my mistakes. Trust me, I've made a lot of them and you know it. Take my advice and learn from me what not to do in certain situations. You more than anyone know exactly what I'm talking about.

8. Remember how much you are loved. I'm so thankful to call you my sister. You're so loved by all of us - our parents, grandparents, Kevin, the boys and me. Remember we're always here.

And to end on a funny, less serious note, picture Kevin's 3 pieces of advice to you via Vine:

1. Go to class.

2. Do your homework.

3. Get to know your professors!

I love you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

10 Things Marriage Has Taught Me in Ten Months

Kevin and I have been married for ten months today! I can hardly believe it! On one hand, it seems as if we were just planning everything and on the other, I feel like we've been together forever. I can't really remember my life before him.


In honor of these ten months, I thought I'd share ten things I've learned and love about the last ten months.

1. Waking up beside my best friend every day. I love that Kevin is the last person I see at night and the first person I see in the morning.

2. Getting to use the word "husband" and my new last name. There's just something special about saying "my husband" that doesn't get old. I also love writing my new last name. There hasn't been a single time I've written or introduced myself using my former last name since we were married, and no, I didn't practice writing it before we said I do!



3. It doesn't matter how much steam/starch I use, my husband will more than likely re-iron his shirts. And I'm ok with that. I'm glad he likes freshly pressed clothes.

4. Having someone like Kevin as my husband (see, I used it there!) makes my life so much fuller. He makes me laugh every day and smile more than I've ever smiled (and if you know me, you know I smile all the time).

5. Having someone like Kevin as my husband means we have a very competitive home. I like to win, he likes to win which means games - whether Checkers, Connect Four or ping pong - get interesting.

6. The little moments are more special when you're husband and wife. The little things, though they really don't mean anything more than they did before we were married, seem more special to me now that we're sharing them as a married couple.



7. To my husband, a walk on the beach is not this romantic occasion where you walk hand in hand at sunset talking about the future, whispering sweet nothings to each other and stealing kisses. A walk on the beach with Kevin means walking in the edge of the water looking for treasures. Sure, there are kisses, hands held and sweet talk, but the main objective of beach walks is to find treasure in the form of shells and conchs. And you know what? That's quite alright with me.

8. It doesn't matter if I'm sleepy or not, if I get snuggled up beside my husband, I'm gone. There's something so sweet and warm and cuddly and nice about falling asleep curled up beside KT, even if it is 9 p.m. on a Friday.


9. My husband is my biggest fan, supporter, source of advice, laughter and fun and love. He's always there thanking me, helping me, loving me and encouraging me (his goals for my running are loftier than mine!).

10. I'm the most blessed girl in the world to have the husband I have. I know everyone thinks they have the best husband and I'm no exception. I'm thankful God brought Kevin and me together. I'm thankful for our love, our family and our marriage. I can't imagine my life without him in it and I'm thankful I get to share my life with him every day.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Motherhood Goals

I'm a goal-oriented person. Big time. I have small goals, large goals and in-between goals. I like having something to work towards and I like thinking about things.

My goals in life revolve around being the best I can be, living in a way that others can see Who I live for and making those I love feel it all the time.

As a mother, there are many things I work towards. There are many areas where I feel like I do a good job and other areas where I know I need to improve. I think taking a mental break and looking at different areas of our lives to see where we are is important. I enjoyed doing that as I wrote today's post.

My goals as a mother really center on my goals for our children. I hope that all the things I do and say will always point them the right way and that they will always know without a shadow of a doubt, the depth of my love for them.



I want my children to know that the most important thing in life is our relationship with and response to our Savior. At the end of the day, nothing in this world matters more than who we serve. I am thankful and grateful to have my Savior. I know I fail time and time again, but He picks me up and wipes me off and holds me up always. I want our boys and future children to desire a strong relationship with our Heavenly Father. I want them to want to read His Word and spend time in prayer. I want them to want to serve others. And the greatest way I can teach them about this number one priority is to live it out in front of them. They are my audience and this act of life will teach them everything.

I want my children to know that besides their relationship with Jesus Christ, family is the most important thing. I don't want my kids to ever question their place. I want them to always feel safe and secure and have a strong sense of family. I want them to know that the relationships in our little family are so important. I want them to be close to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I want them to know that family is forever no matter how it comes to be.

I want my children to know that they have my unconditional love. Sure, there will be times we get upset with each other, there will be times we don't agree, there will be times they go against what we think is in their best interests, but at the end of the day, they have our unconditional love and support. Nothing they did or will do causes me to have this unconditional love for them; it's there because they're my people and it's as natural for me to love them as it is for me to breathe.

I want my children to know that their daddy is the best man in this world. I love my husband more than words can say and as a mother, it's important for my children to know this. This man who is their hero is also mine. I want them to see and feel the love and devotion between us and find that with their own wives (and husbands if we have daughters) one day.

I want my children to know that I'll always stand up for them and I won't ever compare them. They were each created special just the way they are and I love every ounce of them just as they are. I don't ever want to compare them on anything - grades, sports, looks - because they are perfect as they are. I also want them to know that I'm here beside them and will always stand up for them.

I want my children to love themselves fully and be the best they can be. I pray that we instill confidence and a strong sense of self in our children. It's so important in this world. I love it that Kaden always lists himself when he says the people he loves and that he always says his name when he says his prayers at night. I don't want this to ever change.

I want my children to always take care of themselves. I try my best to eat right (it doesn't always happen) and I exercise regularly. I do it to take care of myself, but I also do it because I want to be a good example for my kids. I want them to see that it's possible to work, take care of a family and still take care of yourself. I want them to see the enjoyment I get out of cooking healthy meals and running and I want them to enjoy it too.

I want my children to always learn. I try to make learning fun and try to incorporate learning in everything we do in some aspect or another. It's important not to lose sight of learning.

I want my children to always look for the good and to not ever let the bad keep them down. We live in a cruel, cruel world full of hurt, anger and disappointment. I've certainly gone through my fair share. I want my children to always have an optimistic outlook, be full or joy and to be able to move on and stay strong no matter what they experience.

There are so many other goals I have for myself as a mother and things I want my boys to know; this is just a start!


Soaking up the sun and organizing made for a great last long weekend of summer!

With summer winding down and school getting ready to start, we're trying our best to soak up every second of fun and sun that we can. This past Friday was the last of my summer schedule which included Fridays off. While I'm sad that I won't have all day Friday to spend with our little ones, I'm thankful that I work in an environment that allows me to enjoy three months of three-day weekends. We've had a great summer, packed full of fun (and some relaxation, too!)

Our weekend kicked off with a softball game on Thursday night. I've really enjoyed playing co-ed softball with Kevin on our church's team much more than I thought I would. I'm a pretty competitive person and love anything athletic, so this has been fun. We had our second game of our tournament Thursday and we won - after two extra innings thanks to Kevin's last hit.

After a breakfast of waffles and sausage, we spent the morning playing. I squeezed in a run on the treadmill while talking to the boys, too. I try my best to not run unless Kevin's home playing with them while I go out, but I knew I wouldn't have a chance later and we ended up having a great time. It was too hot to go outside (and they're getting a little heavy to push at the same time), so we went upstairs and played and talked during my run. I think we all enjoyed it!

Kaden's best friend came over to play Friday morning and then we went to a new pirate splash pad that opened Friday afternoon. My SIL met me there with her girls and we had a blast. These three kid thing was easy! I told Kevin it was crazy to me because normally, the boys want my full attention when it's just us which I'm so thankful for, but with a friend over, I didn't get asked many questions or asked to play much. It was different. I'm glad they had a great time playing!





Kevin and I ran a few errands Friday night and watched some Shark Week. Please tell me you like Shark Week!

When I got up Saturday morning, I was in the mood to organize and clean. I did some major work in our laundry room that I can't wait to show you later this week.

We took the boys to a swimming birthday party Saturday at lunch and spent the afternoon swimming. It was fun! The party was for brothers who are friends of the boys. Their mom is one of my good friends and we enjoyed celebrating with them!



I was going into withdrawals from Chickfila, so Kevin and I grabbed some for dinner Saturday night and then ran a few errands including purchasing school supplies. It amazes me the quantity of some things we have to have this year - 16 glue sticks for 4K and 12 for first grade! When we got home, we hung some new pictures and did some more around the house. I can't wait to show you what we've done!

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon in my hometown. My grandma cooked lunch and invited us all over. It was nice. I know I couldn't eat like that every day though! She had made everything from turkey and dressing to pound cake with strawberries. Last night, my sister came over and we got takeout from Olive Garden as a pre-you're-leaving-for-college meal.

I'd say we filled our last long weekend with fun!

Sami's Shenanigans

Monday, August 5, 2013

Friday Fun, Froyo, Birthday Party, Beach Day and I Look Like a Lobster

Y'all, this weekend was seriously great. It was the most relaxing one we've had lately and we soaked up every ounce of fun.

On Friday morning, I went out for a training run for the half marathon I'm running. I'm nervous about keeping my mind calm and not sprinting at the beginning, so instead of working on building up a ton of miles over the next eight weeks, I'm going to work on training my mind. I can handle the miles, but my mind is another story. I ran around our neighborhood and tried to stay around a 7:25-7:30 pace for a 10K. I ran my first mile or two around 6:58, but tried to back off and just enjoy the run for the rest of the time. I ended up running it in 44:48.

The boys and I spent the rest of Friday morning at home playing. My sister had spent the night with us on Friday, so they had a great time playing with her, too. They love their Aunt Stephanie! K.C. and I built a train track and a parking garage out of mini cereal boxes I covered with wrapping paper. And we all danced around to the music from VBS. The boys loved this year's music and ask to listen to it all the time.



Kevin came home and ate lunch with us and then we played some more. I told Kevin that days like Friday make me certain that I could be a SAHM!

Later Friday afternoon, we ran a few errands and went to find birthday presents for Nana. Kaden picked out a pocketbook and K.C. chose a necklace to give her. I love letting them pick out gifts for our family. While we were out and about, we stopped by Sweet Frog for some froyo. It was a great mid-afternoon treat.

  


We went to my parents' to celebrate my grandma's birthday Friday night and spent the night there. I went in the attic and found a few old toys that I loved that I've been wanting to find for the boys. It melted my heart that they loved them! And now I know how KT feels when they love his old toys. (Also, remind me to tell you about the time I broke the leg off of one of his Ninja Turtles.)






Kevin and I spent the day on the beach Saturday. We took a long walk, watched a dolphin run a school of fish, boogie boarded and swam in the ocean. Kevin played on his skim board, too. After a few hours, we walked over to his family's beach house and "borrowed" the outdoor shower to get cleaned up before new renters came in that afternoon. I felt sneaky!

  


We stopped by the Hammock Shops in Pawleys Island on the way home. I think I could buy almost all of the kitchen store. I have a slight obsession with kitchen products. We grabbed some dinner from the Shady Rest (this totally delicious off the wall restaurant) on our way home.

Yesterday was relaxing, too. After church, we picked up lunch and didn't do much more than snuggle up with our boys the rest of the afternoon. We had a youth vs. adult softball game at church last night that Kevin played in while the boys and I watched and ate watermelon.






Weekends like this past one make me smile!


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