Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I think the reason it takes me so long to write a post and then post pictures about the post is because I can no longer just upload my pictures to blogger but have to instead upload them to photobucket and then upload them to my blog because my blog can't take anymore pictures because there is just not enough space.  (Anyone want to diagram that?!?)

Or maybe it's because I'm just weary.  I have several small people that demand much out of me and I don't have much time to go along with said demands.  So blogging and pictures get tossed to the side.

I did promise a few more pictures of our totally awesome vacation, so here they are. 


After we left Ohio we drove on up to Michigan to see my family.  Last November my parents bought the cutest cottage ever, so we spent several days enjoying life on the water!

In the evenings we enjoyed sitting around the fire roasting marshmallows and making hobo pies.

Uncle Jared and Grandpa helped William fish for the first time, and he caught several small fish.

The smile on his face pretty much sums up everything!

A long-time friend of mine was able to come up and visit us for the day, along with her three kiddos.  It was so fun seeing our little girls play with each other!

Have I mentioned I have the cutest niece ever?  Well I do.  

 Maggie and Kierra enjoyed some pool time together.  

And Aunt Lynnelle was brave and took both kids out for a ride on the floaties.  

I can't find pictures to prove this, but William and Abby also got to go tubing around the lake behind my Dad's boat!  I really couldn't believe that wanted to go, but they did and had a blast doing so.  William went by himself and Abby went with her friend.  John and I also went tubing!  Jared managed to get John to flip off the tube, and the kids were a bit concerned watching John try to get back on the tube (to no avail).  They truly thought we were going to have to simply leave him in the water and, well...leave.  Obviously that didn't happen, but it was still funny to see the looks on their face when time after time John could not pull himself on the tube again.  

Here are Grandma and Grandpa with all their grandkids!  

We had such a great time at the cottage that I think we will have to plan summer vacations to Michigan now! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Part deux

Here are a few more pictures from our vacation. 

Aunt Gina took us to Milligan College where we took some family pictures and walked around the beautiful campus.

After we left TN we went through Cumberland Gap.  Some nice gentleman took our picture while the kids waited in the car.  Sometimes it is a lot of work to get all three of them out of car seats for a photo!


We drove around the park and found a fun hiking trail (with a board walk for nice stroller pushing!).

 And what visit to Kentucky would be complete without a visit to the original KFC?

 As we made our way north we stopped at the huge Air Museum in Ohio.


Little sister is getting so close to walking!

After we left Ohio we headed up to Michigan to see my family and enjoy a stay at my parent's new cottage.  Pictures are coming! 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Vacation, pt. 1

We recently returned from a two week vacation back east to visit family and see the sights.  It was such a fun trip.  We flew out to North Carolina, stopping first to see the last home game of the Durham Bulls.  It might be the first game that I actually caught John snoozing.  In all fairness, we did leave for the airport at 1:30am PST, so trying to stay awake for a 7pm EST game was exhausting.  Let's just say that we didn't last much longer than the 7th inning.

The next day we cruised through the Smokey Mountains.

We stopped at the farm that was at the visitor's center, admiring the chickens and wild hogs.

Then we hiked Clingman's Dome, the top of which is the highest point in the Smokey Mountains.  It was a bit foggy, so after the exhausting climb up we couldn't really see anything.  Note to self - Maggie HATES being in Ergo carrier.  Staring at my back/front was not her idea of fun.  And having her on me was just plain hot.  Next hike - stroller!

This was a park we could have spent a lot more time in.  The beauty was just incredible.

After we left the Smokey Mountains we headed off to Blountville, TN, to spend Labor Day weekend with John's sister and husband.  We had such a relaxing time in their beautiful home, seeing the sights of Eastern Tennessee, and enjoying wonderful food.

We spent a day at Tweetsie Railroad, an old fashioned carnival-type theme park in the Appalachian Mountains.

I think this old Ferris wheel might have been my favorite ride!

I'll post more later, but for now...enjoy!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Maggie with her walker

She is so close to walking...she will push anything along so she can walk, but she loves this toy the best. 


We took the kids to Legoland for a few days.  We went to both parks - their water park and their dry park. 

John took the kids on this ride, which thoroughly soaked them all!  

You may all laugh at my poor timing on taking this picture, but it was the best pic I had of them coming down this slide.

John's timing was much better.  

Although this picture doesn't show the enthusiasm of the kids, they all had a great time!  Maggie was pretty wiped out, due to being at the beach the day before and getting too much sun.

Abby just loved these water slides!  William for whatever reason was in a funk and wouldn't go down.  However, he went down the adult water slides the day before.

Oceanside beach!  It was packed!

There was this huge pier with a Ruby's Diner at the end.  Obviously we stopped for shakes.



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For my asked for pictures...and now you shall receive them.

It's been hot here.  As in very warm.  Here the girls are (trying) to chill after church.  On this particular day the temps got to 116*.  

I caught Maggie drinking my water.  She still can't control the flow of a straw or sippy cup yet - when her mouth is full of liquid and she can't swallow fast enough she'll just open her mouth and let everything run out!

We had the opportunity to go to an Angels game - and sit literally right behind home plate!  William was one happy boy.

Look who decided to eat food all by herself!  She has always loved to eat, but until now has never put any food in her mouth on her own. 

Playing with the water table...another toy that has been much loved.

I came home one morning to this adorable scene.