Sunday, January 4, 2015

Fresh and Crisp

Gotta keep going, keeping this record for you. My posts get further and further a part but it's only because there is so much going on in the middle. I don't want to forget and I want you to remember. Your childhood was good. It was fun. It was epic and it made you who you are.

This little girl is more than I could have ever imagined she would be. She's fast becoming one of  my very best friends.


There are limited amounts of chances of ever getting a picture of you these days. Much less one of you on my lap. But I'll take 'em. Every single last one of them.



We took some time for the fair. Lil' learned some boundaries and will probably never again ride a roller coaster. Big found out that you actually do get the bull when you mess with the horns.

 

Halloween was different this year because Big took off on his own.  Living in a big neighborhood, you rely on a golf cart these days for transportation on Halloween and Lil' and I took full advantage of it.

 




 Lil' has inherited my tendency of "over doing it". She tends to always want to take our decorations, regardless of the season, to the next level.





  Lil' is in the middle of falling in love and she's falling hard. Can't say I blame her.




 Thanksgiving was spent with sweet cousins and aunts who missed their callings.


 Christmas is a blur but we made sure to hit the highlights: the lights at the park, seeing Santa, writing letters (which is probably Big's last time) and putting a white light on just about anything we could. The most special part of this year, was being able to see Cheffie on her very first Christmas morning.
Our Tree

Nutcracker
Cluby, Lil' and Yancey
Cheffie and BooBoo's real life Santa


Looks like somebody's been here.


Our New Year's was quiet. We spent it as a family at dinner until Big ditched us all again and I showed Lil' who Julia Roberts was and what a working girl is really all about. Welcome to Hollywood. You got a dream? Everybody's got a dream! Who doesn't love Pretty Woman? 




 And then New Year's Day. The freshest, crispest of them all. A walk on the beach.



 Here's to everything being fresh and crisp this year.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

2014 Birthday Season

We just finished up our family birthday season. We had some big ones this year. Big's came first! You turned 11 this year.





Next up was Ned's. She turned 60 this year and the sisters and I put together a little something special to mark the occasion. We surprised her with tickets to Blake Shelton and a weekend in Charlotte! It was so much fun!!!



That's our Blake just over her shoulder.


We finished up with Lil's who had her Golden Birthday. She turned 8 on the 8th!





Friday, September 5, 2014

Good Ole' Fashioned School Days

With all the craziness of the summer, I forgot that you were starting middle school. I guess I just wasn't expecting it to be such a big deal. But man oh man, was I wrong. You worry about girls now and your hair. You don't want me to embarrass you and you had your first dance which was beyond excruciating for me. You do all your homework mostly on your own these days and hardly ever ask me for help. But sometimes... at night... you still sneak in my bed and snuggle with me and then you forget that you're in middle school too. It's those little glimpses of the baby I once knew that melt me now. 




He may be too big for me most of the time, but you litle Lil' still think Daddy and I are the best thing ever. You snuggle anytime anybody wants to. You always think about everyone else first and you still sleep with mountains of stuffed animals every single night. You did start 2nd grade this year though so I know that freight train called time is moving on. But I'm hangin on tight to every second with you sweet baby girl.




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Summer of the Lion Pt. 2

Okay. So moving on into August. Our family enjoys every last drop of summer and we have been known to come back from vacation late the night before school starts. I don't care. I don't get this time back y'know. This summer was no exception. Except for the fact that we went BIG!

This September will be our 15th anniversary. You kids will realize one day that no matter how much you love somebody, marriage is a really hard thing. It's important to stay together and stick it out because there are only a handful of people in this world who stick with you through anything. It's usually the ones you are born with, give birth to and die with. If you are really lucky, sometimes you'll have people in between that refuse to give up on you too. But the lesson here is marry smart and marry well because you damn sure need somebody you can trust in this life. 

So with all that said, I'm proud of our 15th anniversary. Daddy and I have put our time in. We've reached a length of time together that garners some respect. I'm not gonnna lie and say it's all been roses but 15 years is solid and you can bet your ass I'm happy I've got your Daddy to dig into it with.

The first time I ever visited this place was when Daddy and I were just engaged. It was 16 years ago but that's not what's important. What IS important is that from the first moments my feet hit that dirt, my life was altered. Being here was like looking into the face of God himself. It is that beautiful. The beauty of the mountains leaks out into fiber of the place. The air, the sky, the rivers, the smell, the people. You get a sense that God surely took his time because it's that beautiful and for that reason, you know you are on hallowed ground. 

A dream came true for me 2 weeks ago. Taking my babies out there has always been something I wanted to do. Because I want you to know what's there. I want you to know that you've got to take care of it and I want you to feel what it does to you.

Montana...


Day before. You had no idea what was coming.