Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tea Time

A tea party with my parents has become an annual summer tradition.  Since ours last year the kids have been asking when we were going to have another one.  They were so excited when they got invites to come for tea last Friday!  
 The kids put on their best manners and enjoyed sipping tea and having special treats!

 It was so much fun!  My parents are getting ready for a big trip to England so they needed to practice up on having formal tea.

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Weekend of Disney

We wrapped up a fun weekend that ended up having a lot of Disney elements in it (not planned so that was fun).  Friday night our friends the Mobleys came over for dinner.  We had not gotten together with them in a long time so it was great to get caught up!  

Saturday was crazy busy with lots going on.  I don't know that I sat down all day. Nothing totally spectacular that we did but just stuff that needed to be done.  Kate was so excited to go to her friend Ellie's birthday party at The Little Gym.  It was Frozen themed which is what all 4 year old girls are into these days.  They had a super cute build a snowman station.  
Kate was so proud of her "Olaf."
Saturday night we went over to Kelly and Andrew's for dinner and a little planning party for our upcoming Disney trip.  We are getting so close so we had to make some more plans.  Trying to get all the Fast Pass + plans into place.  Hoping we can get everything we want at 60 days out.  Because my sister in law is such an overachiever this is what we had!
Yes all the food had Mickey ears.  It was so cute and festive.
Sunday after church we headed out on a fun adventure!!  Can't wait to share photos of that in the coming days.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Huntsville is Cool

One of the last few things left on our Summer List of Fun was to go to the farmer's market.  Looking at the calendar I knew that Thursday night was our last chance to go to the Greene Street Market.  It also just so happened to be art stroll night and a huge food truck rally.  Needless to say downtown Huntsville was crazy!  I was texting with LeeAnn in the afternoon and she mentioned they were also going so we planned to meet up.  We headed to the square and had dinner at Sam & Greg's.  
 Then we headed over to the farmer's market.  Ben picked out some yummy corn and Kate got a sunflower.  It was really crowded but we enjoyed running into lots of friends and just checking out all of the fun stuff.
 We took a quick stroll through the art (kids were not all that interested) and wondered down to the food trucks.  The crowds were insane so we were glad we had already eaten but it was fun to see.
 Right by our cars was a little grassy hill.  We let the kids roll down it.  They had so much fun!  Took me back to my childhood when we would do this in the summer.
Once again the weather was just gorgeous.  It was fun to have a night "out on the town."  Our little city is fun!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Perfect Day in the Gardens

So the weather has taken a crazy turn for July.  A large cold front came through so the highs are only about 80 degrees with no humidity.  Insane for July in Alabama!!!  Needless to say that we had to take advantage of the good weather.  We had not been to the Botanical Gardens this summer so Wednesday was the perfect opportunity.  Everything about the day was perfect!!  We met up with the Cabras and the kids had so much fun together.  They played for 5 hours solid with no complaining or whining.  It was a small miracle.  Ashley and I enjoyed lots of time talking and catching up.  It was such an enjoyable day.  








 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby Shower

My sweet friend Hollie is having a baby boy next month.  I am so excited for her.  She and I have been prayer/accountability partners over the past few years.  We have been praying for God to reveal his direction for their family and He answered by giving them a sweet addition.  I knew I wanted to celebrate this special gift with a baby shower.  I have been planning it for the past few months and was so excited for it!
 I went with a simple color scheme of lime green and turquoise.  I have done that for showers in the past so I was able to reuse some of the things.  I did make this super cute yarn wreath with little bunting I saw on Pinterest.
 I was so excited to use my brand new dining room!
 For her gift, I got Hollie these cute letters to use in Ryan's nursery.  It was great because I could also use them for decoration at the shower.


 I chose to keep things simple with the food and just do a dessert shower.  It was fun to plan fun desserts to share.  I got the awesome cookie lady I have found to make these cookies.  They were amazing and the hit of the party.
 I did little strawberry shortcake shooters.  Such a festive little thing that is so easy to make.
 And chocolate dipped strawberries.
 It was a fun girly night.  We just sat around and visited with our friends and then Hollie opened her gifts.  It was the perfect way to celebrate.  It was good to get caught up with several of our friends I had not seen in quite a while.
I am so thankful for such a special friend God has brought into my life.  She has been such a blessing to me.  I was glad to be able to have a special evening for her (and I always love to throw a party).

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Day in a Cave

I'm a little late getting this posted but "better late than never."  Last week the kids got to go on a fun adventure with my parents.  They went over to Cathedral Caverns for the day.  They had a great time exploring the cave and also doing a little geo-caching.  Ben said it was awesome!







Monday, July 14, 2014

ORDER

I am so excited to report that we are no longer living in an episode of "Hoarders."  After a month, our house is finally all put back together!!!  The contractor was finishing up things on Friday afternoon and we just worked around him to get things into place.  So thankful for my parents who came over and helped so much!!!  We hung curtains, recovered chairs, laid rugs and cleaned.  I am so glad it is done.  There are still a few more things to get done so I won't post pictures yet but we are thankful to have our house back in order.
 Saturday was spent doing more of the same with getting things put back.  I have felt really sorry for the kids over the last few weeks.  A big part of their summer has been taken up with the remodel.  They have been troopers (they got to eat out lots so they were happy).  We knew we needed a fun evening on Saturday.  Matt came up with a crazy backyard obstacle course (one of the last things left on our fun list).
 The course spanned 2 backyards and included some crazy things (you have to get creative when you come up with it in about 15 minutes with just the stuff in the garage).  They had to search through a bucket of water for a golf ball with an X on it.
 They had to crab walk around some cones.
 Answer math questions by running to the right answer written in chalk on the driveway.
 There was a beanbag toss.
 And a rock wall climb.  There was also bike riding, blow up tire rolling and trampoline jumping.  The kids had a blast (although it was so very hot!)  They enjoyed trying to beat their time on the course.
 Sunday was a great morning at church followed by lunch at the Chinese buffet.  There was a little selfie action going on with my phone during lunch.

After lunch, Ben left with my dad to go down to visit GG.  I know they are having a great time!  Kate and Matt enjoyed some fun time hanging out while I went to a baby shower yesterday afternoon.  We wrapped up the weekend by working on the house some more!   It was a great mix of work and play over the weekend.