August 21, 2014

Tallahassee or Bust!

This summer we squeezed in a quick road trip to Tallahassee, FL. Coop and I have friends that live there and we've been threatening to make a trip for the past couple of years. This summer we made our goal a reality.

The girls and I loaded up after church that Sunday and headed to south Georgia - about a three-hour trip. We made a quick stop in Thomasville, GA to pick up Coop who'd been there for the weekend visiting family. We headed south another 30 minutes and had an easy drive into Tallahassee.

We all crashed at our friend, L.A.'s, house. She was the sweetest, most tolerant host. She and her husband, Andy, took us four in like it was no problem at all. She has two precious little girls, Mabry and Briley. We played, ate, talked and had a great time.

Sunday evening we had a lovely dinner at the "Queen's Table". 

And bed time with four kids is...interesting.

 Coop, me and L.A.

The next day we met up with another friend, Jill. I got to know Jill though blogging. (Yes, you can make friends that way!) Jill and L.A. are friends so it all makes sense. We spent the morning at the pool with six kids!

After lunch and naps, the fun continued into the evening. L.A. set up baby pools, water balloon games and whipped up a make-shift water slide.

Georgia Kate with Jill's youngest, Blair. They were the babies of the group.

Water slide action.


There is a golf course that backs up to the trees in the back yard. At dusk, huge sprinklers began to water the course. We decided you only live once (YOLO!) and ran and played in the sprinklers. The little girls (okay, the adult girls,too) had a great time running wild!

All that fun wore this girl out!

Thank you, L.A. and Jill, for an entertaining couple of days. It was fun to visit and catch up.

Road to trip to Alabama is in order for next summer. :)

August 08, 2014

Fits Right Here

The last several posts have been recaps of summer happenings. I still have more to share, but this posts will cover some of the fun things we did that doesn't really have a place of its own. So I Fits Right Here.

Drew and I traveled with our friends, Beth and Gabe, to Wilsonville, AL for a wedding. It was an outdoor event and it was HOT! But we made the best of it and enjoyed a night with friends and dancing to Trotline Band.

We also made a late night stop at Waffle House. No kids = no curfew!


 Every morning during our summer break I got to snuggle with my babies. There's not much to say except I knew these moments were precious and fleeting. So I soaked in every minute I could.


Libby assisted me in compiling our summer bucket list. For the record, we were able to check off seven boxes. 


We dropped by Gordy Eye Care's Open House to celebrate the opening of their new location. Our friends, Griff and Jennifer, have had much success with their practice and we are proud of them. 

The girls enjoyed a visit to the ice cream truck and jumping in the bouncy house. 

Drew's friend and co-worker, Seth, got married this summer. We loaded up the whole family and traveled to LaGrange, GA for the outdoor wedding. 

The ceremony was in a clearing in the woods and the reception in an open field. It was perfect for the girls. They ran, played, gobbled cup cakes and could be as loud as they wanted. 

It was a fun night. Congratulations to Seth and Emily!


This was a cute moment captured at the beach. Mimi and I found Georgia Kate in this bucket through out the week - playing, watching TV, eating snacks. Just her size. 


In late June my friends and I attended the Friends of Mary Jane Riley Bunco Bash. It was a charity event to raise money for a local organization and honor Ms. Mary Jane's memory. 

I (somehow?) ended up in the top four (out of almost 200 players) at the end of the night. We were all so excited! I won an awesome movie prize pack with LOTS of free tickets to the movies, candy and refillable popcorn tub. 

From left to right: Coop, Meredith (Mary Jane's daughter), Demetri and me. We've been friends since high school and it was a nice treat to spend the evening together.


A few weeks later Demetri invited several of us over for a Taco & Margarita night. Good times!


And this was a sweet moment with my big girl, Libby. She and I enjoyed spending the day together and going to the movies. She loved having me all to herself and I enjoyed it just as much!

August 04, 2014

Baby Boom

What a summer for babies! Between friends and family we welcomed THREE brand new baby girls this summer!

My friend and former co-worker, Kelly, kicked off the party by welcoming Miss Peyton Rae in late June. 

Libby and I went to meet her and loved holding her. 

Next to be born was my niece (Drew's sister Angie, is her mom) and the fourth girl cousin on the Parkman side, Camden Leigh. Georgia Kate was excited to meet her. She even asked to hold her. way!

More pictures with Camden.

And rounding out the summer was Hunter Elizabeth - Liza - who was born to our neighbor and former student of mine, Megan. Our friends Allie and Beth joined us on our visit to meet baby Liza.

We had fun welcoming her into the "Elizabeth Club". Every one of us - Me, Beth H., Allie and Libby share Elizabeth as a first or middle name. We think it's a great name!

Welcome to all three new, precious babies. We are thankful for each of your safe and healthy arrivals! 

July 30, 2014

Six Flags or Bust!

Another adventure we conquered this summer was a trip to Six Flags. Libby's school took part in a reading initiative that rewards kids with a free ticket to the park if they read each day. Parents log the minutes and turn in the results at the end of the semester. Every time I signed off on the sheet I thought, "This means I am going to have to endure Six Flags, too. Great."

We picked a date and made plans with friends to travel to Atlanta. It was Libby's first ever trip to the amusement park. She didn't know what to expect, but she was excited.

We were there when the park opened and almost shut it down. It was a long day!

We left no stone unturned. We rode tons of rides, ate (overpriced) food, drank Icees until we were in sugar over load and even swam in the water park.

Even though it was a hot day, we dressed appropriately, lathered ourselves in sun screen, took breaks at the right times and had a really good day.

Libby surprised me and rode several big roller coasters. She may be a thrill-seeker after all. 

Here's a video of the biggest coaster she rode, Dare Devil Dive. Please note I had to ride the stupid thing, too. ;)


We came, we rode, we laughed, we walked miles and miles and we conquered the park. 

Thanks, Six Flags, for a great summer memory.

July 26, 2014

More Summer Fun

With me having a long stretch of time off this summer (thank you, Jesus!) we were able to plan a long week at the beach this year. Me, my mom and the girls spent Monday - Friday and Drew joined us Friday - Sunday. It was the longest I've stayed at the beach that I can recall. 

I have to admit it was a lot of work with two small kids, but it was so nice to relax and have no agenda. Beach living at its best!

Libby had a chance to ride the Red Shark (which I still call the Banana Boat). She and Drew rode with another family we made friends with over the course of the week. 

She loved the ride and was so pleased with herself after getting off the boat. Which is good, I wasn't sure if she would like all the bumps and splashing. But she did. It was a success!  

And if you doubted it, which I'm sure you didn't, Georgia Kate was a cute, wild, hilarious nut all week!

Me, Mimi and the girls made a trip to Pier Park one evening. We found the newly updated Miracle Strip rides. Libby rode several rides and GK and I joined her on the carousel. 

The last night of our trip we ventured out to eat and play putt putt. 

This was the first time we'd taken the girls and it's been years and years since Drew or I have been. We played 18 holes. And for the record, I beat Drew! He doesn't like to talk about it. ;)

It was a fun and special week at the beach. Great weather and precious memories for our family. 

We love summer!

July 23, 2014


Early on a Sunday in mid-June I woke up to find a voice mail from my neighbor. It went something like this:

(7:45 am) Neighbor: Beth, it's Jen from across the street. I wasn't sure if you knew you have a tree down. Call me if you need anything.

I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. I ran to the bedroom window and didn't see anything. I went to look out a window facing the back yard. Nothing. Libby was stirring at this point, so I told I was looking for a downed tree. Together we walked outside in our pjs and boy did we find it...

A tree that has been around for 50+ years had blown over during a storm in the middle of the night. And I never heard a thing.

We were so lucky that it fell away from our house. I promptly thanked God for protection from the tree. Because it could have done some extensive damage had it fallen on our house. 

We were sad to lose such an old tree, but Libby chose to make lemonade out of lemons. 

And used the downed tree as a balance beam for two days until it could be cleared. 


Drew and his dad worked hard to cut up the tree and haul off the limbs. We kept some of the wood to use in our fire pit this winter.

Goodbye, old tree, we'll miss you!