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Spring Break Staycation

29 Mar

We had a trip to Colorado in mind. We like to ski! Unfortunately a lithotripsy interfered with that. So – it was a staycation instead.

On Palm Sunday we celebrated beautiful dresses, curls in thick hair, and dogwood trees.

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If this isn’t an answered prayer, I don’t know what is…

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We visited nearby Cathedral Caverns, and marveled at the depths of the cave!

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Belle, a dogwood tree, and her notebook.

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We had a picnic at Ditto Landing. This was a perfect, awesome day.

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We picked flowers and put them in vases.

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We had LOTS of fun at Southern Adventures!IMG_6052 Some of us launched rockets. This picture is my favorite. He is NOT happy at the moment. Can’t you tell by his body language?!

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Finally, success.
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We rode around the park and even did some fishing!

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And even though it was not a trip to the mountains, a good time was had by all!

Celebrating a DECADE!

21 Jan

I met the man I would marry 11 years ago. I married him the next year. We are celebrating TEN YEARS! of marriage this month.

Joe’s work schedule has been crazy. We only had a 4 day weekend to celebrate, thinking we might go somewhere more special later in the year. Our friends overheard us talking about this 4 days free, and where we might go. They decided to plan a weekend with us, and before I ever knew it, we were suddenly planning a trip to VEGAS  – with 6 of our “closest friends”! This was definitely not the trip I had in mind for my tenth wedding anniversary, but I have to admit it was the most fun trip I have ever been on.

The group had a blast. We partied – hard – like we were 20. But this time we had more money, so we also had more fun. We purchased a table at a super top secret bar, and we went to fancy shows and restaurants. We rode in a limo on the strip, stopping at In-and-out burger and Pawn Stars. We saw the fountains at Bellagio and ate at the restaurant at the top of the building. We shopped at high end boutiques and I even brought home Louis Vuitton sunglasses. We gambled – black jack and craps – and we all brought home extra money in our pockets.

The day and night of our anniversary was ours alone. The group went to zipline on the red rocks. Joe and I took a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon, which neither of us had ever seen. It was a whole day trip and it was AMAZING. Here we are in the little area where we landed in the canyon.

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Hoover Dam

That night we had special reservations at a secret restaurant. It was by chef Jose Andres and only allowed 8 people per evening!  We had to order tickets for dinner weeks and weeks before we left. The golden ticket arrive in the mail and was our pass to get inside.

Once we were seated at the 8 person table, the chefs prepared a very extensive menu for us, bordering on art and chemistry combined.

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They worked so hard on every little detail. Each course was tiny, just a few bites at most, but there were probably 23 courses in all!  Each was presented in an amazing artful fashion. These flowers were edible:

Part of our dinner!

These little bites were bubbles with food inside. They were prepared right in front of our eyes.

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This is us, back at Aria, dressed for dinner.

Our date night at Aria

 

Vegas will always bring me memories of fun and friends. Happy ten years!  Here is to many more!

 

Happy 6th birthday to our Boo!

12 Jan

This was a birthday party for the books. Belle decided she wanted a skating party. An ICE SKATING PARTY. We are not sure why she wanted this kind of party. She did not know how to ice skate. Recently the winter Olympics were on television and she did see a lot of skating. We can only figure this is how she got the idea. I think she was more into the decor and the idea of wearing a skating outfit than actually ice skating. The decor was definitely on point:

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Even her American Girl was there, dressed to skate as well.

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And this girl is a FAN of a beautiful cake.

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The panic started to set in when I got RSVPs. She had invited BOTH kindergarten classes to skate. KINDERGARTEN. Few of them had even been skating before. None of them actually knew how. Start the valium IV drip. I was not going to make it through this party without a nervous breakdown.

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At the end of the day, it was awesome. Lots of parents were terrific sports and skated with their kids, some really mastering the skills that day. My kids had a BALL. They skated with their dad until they skated with their friends until they were soon flying around the rink all on their own.

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Interestingly, this guy had a blast too. Later in the month, we would visit his aunt Kim. Our family would discuss baseball sign ups and how we were going to get to the park on the day they were scheduled. He spoke up and said he didn’t want to do baseball this spring. (!!) A former college catcher, his dad’s heart may or may not have broken into tiny bits, but he didn’t show it, thankfully. We encouraged him to sign up for it. Sports are fun, we said.

I want to ice skate, he said.

!!!  You just never know what a skating party will bring.

For this guy it became his #1 sport and several all star teams and tournaments. All from a 6 year old party.

Halloween: Tate Farms AND Disney World

21 Oct

By now you must know our Halloween traditions include our favorite places!

This year was no different! We went to the pumpkin patch. Oh, yes, we did.

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And we went to Disney World. Oh, yes, we did.

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This year we added a twist. We went on a Disney Cruise. Oh yes, we did.

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It took us to the Bahamas. Oh yes! It did!

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We had a great time again. Oh yes, we did!

Brasstown Valley back again

14 Jun

We said we’d be back, and this time we brought friends!  Hello again, Brasstown Valley!

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We took time to feed the horses…

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And of course time for each other…

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Plus a little time for some S’mores!

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The most fun part was the riding:

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Even AC loved it!

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And for those who didn’t love the riding, the sitting was pretty fun too.

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Brasstown Valley, you did not disappoint!  We will be back again!

Our nation’s capital

25 Mar

Spring Break was spent seeing some of the most famous monuments at our nation’s capital.

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Some of these moments were very serious.

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Others…not so much.

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We also got to meet cousins some of us hadn’t ever seen before.

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Just kidding.

That’s George Washington and HIS family. We went to his house too.

Here is OUR family:

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Thanks for hosting us! We’ll be back!

Our most special friend

7 Jan

Miss J is Boo’s godmother. She is, without a doubt, our most special family friend. She was in Bible Study with J2 and me when we first met, and later read in our wedding. Now, as Boo’s godmother, she is with our family for most special occasions, especially the ones involving Boo. Like….birthdays…she has never missed one yet! And she lives two hours away!

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The tradition is that we go to the Build a Bear Workshop and eat cupcakes!

THIS year, Boo turned Five. When J3 turned Five, he got to go to New York City. (Nevermind this was to tag along with us for a conference, nonetheless, he got a fantastic birthday trip out of the deal.) Like any smart-minded girl, Boo seized the opportunity of having a brand-new American Girl from Santa to decide that for her birthday she needed to take her doll to the American Girl Store…in New York City!

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Of course Miss J came along!

(Note the snow! It had just left NYC – little did we know it was headed to our house!)

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We did all the usual sights.

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Which were especially beautiful at Christmastime.

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And her doll came along to all activites, of course!

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A memorable time was had by all! But made most special by Miss J!

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