The Sweet Things in Life

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Fall 2014

I love the fall season, warm days and cool nights, it's one of my favorite seasons. We always try to do lots of fun activities. Here are some pictures of the fall of 2014.
 
One Saturday after Layton's soccer game, Nanny, the girls and I went to a local pumpkin patch. We had lots of fun picking out pumpkins.
 
 


The is my favorite picture from the day, big sister finally had the upper hand on little sister!
 



 
 
A couple of weeks later, another pumpkin patch with a friend.
 

 Layton finished up her fall soccer season, undefeated. She was the tallest player on her team and made lots of goals. Needless to say, I was glad I didn't tell her I would give her money for each goal she scored! She was so proud of her trophy.
 


 
Lydia played fall softball in Atoka. The all league is geared toward teaching the girls, rather than being so competitive. It was a great learning experience for her. Her team worked very well together and won every game except one.
 

 
Lydia cooked her first dinner from beginning to end. She even chopped the onion! She made a pasta casserole and it was delicious. 

 
 
 
We went to a haunted trail & hayride with Miss Chelsea and Carter. Poor Carter was terrified from the beginning but Layton did pretty good until the end. She had enough of the scary stuff! 
 


 
Dave has been trying to teach the girls how to shoot! The boys better watch out, Lydia is a has a good shot.

 
 


Lots of time riding bikes, with friends, in the cooler weather.

 
 
 Nanny, the girls and I went to go see the Wizard of Oz play at the Ruffin Theatre. It was wonderful. The girls love that after the play, they can meet the characters.

 
 
 
 
Halloween 2014, Merina (from Brave) and a dark princess


 
Just some random pictures...This child never stops moving. This is what she did one day while riding in the car. She has talents!
 


 She loves her animals so much. There is never a time that she walks by the and doesn't bend down and talk to them & touch them.

 
We still have our chickens! We have had as many as 10 but currently have 7. We get 3-5 eggs a day!
 
 
Lydia had dress up week at her school. Layton participated too!

 
 
We play games all the time at our house, this particular night, Dave was out of town and the girls & I played Monopoly.
 
 
My beautiful girls, my cup runneth over.
 
 
Thanksgiving 2014.
 
I cannot begin to express how proud I am to be a part of my little family. Our God had blessed us beyond measure.







Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My rewards!

 
While scrolling through the pictures on my phone, I come across these. It made me smile, laugh and tear up a little. MY girls...so silly, so happy, so full of life, so fun, and growing SO fast.
 
As a mother, I need pictures like these. Lydia is entering the "pre teen attitude stage" and Layton just has SO much energy that some days I don't feel like a great mom. (like when Layton shaved her legs the other night in the bathtub because I left the razor out!) There are a lot of times these days that Lydia looks at me with these faces that don't look very pretty on her!!!! And somedays I feel like the worlds best mom, like Sunday, when Layton told me "you are the most awesome-est mom, ever". 
 
But when I come across pictures like these, they remind me that everything will be ok. They remind me that every mom has good AND bad days. And they show me that my girls are just fine. They're happy and still have a sense of humor! And that Lydia still likes us!!!!!
 







This is MY FAVORITE! I'm definitely framing this one! :) 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Georgia

Two weeks ago we went down to Georgia to help celebrate the marriage of Erin and her (now) husband Paul! Being the great mom that I am (haha!), I figured we might as well visit the American Girl Doll store while down there. So, Thursday afternoon we headed out after school. Melissa and Jade went with us so that Melissa could spend time with her best friend. We stopped several times on the way and it rained cats and dogs on us for a while but we finally made it about 1130. We stayed in downtown Atlanta that night. On the way there, we called around and got a great deal on a downtown hotel room. Once we got to the hotel, we realized it was NOT family friendly, but being 1130 at night, we still stayed! It had a club downstairs that was in full swing when we got there! The girls thought this part was awesome. The card to the room had a picture of a stripper! The room was really nice though! The girls were able to experience a fancy hotel at its finest, right?! So we walk into the room and see that the frig and cabinets were fully stocked.  Snacks, candy, drinks everywhere. We threatened them not to touch anything!! The tiny package of gummy bears were $15! Lydia, being at the age of realizing what money means, thought that was crazy!

And this was available!
 
Yes, we had to explain (to Lydia), not too much detail, but we did explain a little! She was grossed out!
The bathroom and bedroom was separated by a frosted glass wall. So anyone who was showering was also providing a “show” to the peeps in the bedroom!  (Very interesting!!!)

We had to take a pic for the sake of us remembering!




The next morning we woke up to amazing views of downtown Atlanta. Dave thought he would be sweet and go downstairs and bring me back breakfast in bed. It was a sweet gesture and the breakfast was amazing but it ended up costing $77! (long story) So, what we saved on the hotel room for me being a government employee, the hotel got back with the breakfast and the valet parking! L But I took this cool pic of Dave and the girls playing! J
 
Next stop, American Girl Store for lunch! Even though Layton’s birthday was several weeks ago, I decided that we would have a birthday celebration for her while eating lunch there. I knew this would be an experience she would never forget! The girls were in love with the store. We shopped for a while, then ate lunch.
 
 
He's the best, bringing in all these baby dolls from the car and holding them while his babies shop!




 
The food was delicious. I was pleasantly surprised! The staff was extremely nice and our experience was all I was hoping it would. The girls just kept thanking us and telling us how cool it was to be there. I am so glad we were able to take them. They are at the perfect age!


 
My sweet girls!
 


Family selfie!





I love this picture!

Seeing this man in a crown and that big smile on his face, makes me love him even more!


The girls wanted to take a selfie...
 


So, we did too!



 
Next stop, Athens for wedding festivities! Friday night we went to Paul and Erin’s house where we met Paul’s family. They were so, so nice. They’re from Louisiana. Dave and I enjoyed listening to their stories about living there. Paul’s 2 (grown) brothers played with the girls. They were a hoot! I don’t think the girls knew what to think of them at first! I wanted to take a picture of the girls but one pf Paul's brother bombed us!
 
 Saturday during the day, we enjoyed walking around downtown Athens in and out all the little shops.
 
At 5 that afternoon, it was wedding time. Since we had been going non-stop, my baby was exhausted!
 
The wedding was so personal, one of the best weddings I have ever attended. It was very small, about 30 people and because of rain, they ended up in their living room, but it turned out so pretty. I think everyone there, laughed and cried.



 
Congratulations to Paul and Erin. We wish you lots of laughs, love and happiness.


 Poor Layton, she slept most of the reception.  
 
Although the weekend was busy, we had a great time.