Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Nine years.  Nine years ago we stood in front of our families and closest friends and vowed to spend the rest of our lives together.  It hasn't always been fun, it hasn't always been easy, but the good times have certainly outweighed the bad, and for that I am grateful.  

I'm not one to usually replay the day of an anniversary . . . at such - and - such time I was getting dressed, walking down the aisle, having our first kiss as man and wife, etc.  But as I sat outside tonight, watching Rich and the boys play baseball, jump on the trampoline, and end the night in the pool with glow sticks, I had to laugh at how times had changed.  9 years ago we were surrounded by loved ones, dancing the night away, cold drinks in our hands.  Even after the reception was over, I vividly remember standing at the window of our room, looking across the pool, and watching our guests leave the reception, meander through the lobby, coming and going from the bar, and thinking what a wonderful day it had been.   

Oh, how times change.  But as different as it was, I - and I'm sure I can say the same for Rich - wouldn't change it for the world.

Such a nice surprise arrived during nap time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Va Beach, 2014

So, we got home from Pulaski on Thursday, partied Friday and Saturday, and after taking Sunday off {less another boat fiasco which ended happily with a delicious dinner with great friends!} the boys and I loaded up Monday morning for a final trek down to Va Beach.  Aunt Shannon has moved and therefore stolen our free beach destination.  I guess a couple new cousins will be worth it, but . . . ;-)

We got in Monday afternoon - at the beginning of a week-long heat wave.  My pregnant self had no interest in hanging out at the scalding beach, so we decided to be smart about it and head on over that evening.  A pizza picnic was in order!

Hopefully G won't be too scarred from having to wear a pink lifejacket . . . we've since upgraded him to one that fits.  And it's red.  Shocker



We stayed until almost dark - and it was wonderful.  Steamy but not miserable and we enjoyed the heat index of over 100 on Tuesday from the air conditioning of the Portsmouth Children's Museum with friends.

Cpt. Garrett at the helm!


The highlight of his day!

We played all day and 2/3 took naps on the way home.  We hit Hot Tuna for one final dinner that night, and then after coming home and changing into pjs, loaded up and headed north.  Everyone was asleep within the first half hour and we made it without stopping, getting home about 11:30.  The little boys never even roused up when I brought them in, and while Garrett did, he walked straight into our room, curled up next to Daddy, and proceeded to sleep soundly all night.  

It was a short trip but well worth it to see Aunt Shannon one more time {at the beach} AND, for the first time in nearly 9 years of marriage, we now have a REAL bed!!  My bedroom no longer looks like a frat house.  Yay!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 5th

We partied at our friend's house on the 4th, and then had friends here on the 5th!  We do love July 4th!

I don't think I took 3 pictures all night, but luckily other people did!

             Kathy as a back scratcher?                                            Good popsicle sharers.

Bounce house fun  -

E will share his popsicles but don't mess with the chair.  haha

We had FINALLY gotten the trampoline set up just before the party, and it was quite a hit, to say the least.  First thing the next morning - and most days since - this has been the view from the living room window.  Yay for finding a steal on Craigslist!  I swear - the best money we have ever spent.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 4th

We returned from Pulaski on the 3rd, mostly so we could go play with our favorite trio for the 4th.  What's more american than a potluck dinner, sparklers, and fireworks??  Of course I didn't pull out the camera until after dark so most of the pictures aren't great.  At least the memories are.  :)

Totally legal fireworks, of course! 

Oh, he'll LOVE me for capturing this one day!!  ha!