Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Shot Day~

Today was the dreaded Shot Day when everyone is scheduled for their flu shot...
We dressed in fall outfits, enjoyed surprise company (Dr. Parker & Ms. Yvonne) for lunch~
 Then we went for our dr appointment.
It was a fiasco with three freak outs, one small cry, and three that didn't flinch a muscle.
We have been considering the Nissan NV van and wanted to test drive so we decided this was the day~
 It was like an amusement park ride... they all loved it!
We took boosters so we could all ride and us parents could drive it~

We can't make up our minds...
~ It won't fit in our garage so the door closes.
~ We aren't positive it will even fit in at all.
~ It is definitely the size and number of seats we need.
~ There is no DVD player although we can add it.
~ It is drives just like our Yukon XL and parks pretty easily too.

~ Just a big deal to buy such a large vehicle but what else is a big family supposed to do?

Monday, October 10, 2016


It is the best thing to watch the kids play out a chapter book we have read together~
Today they made a map and headed out into the great unknown on an adventure
playing out the book My Side of the Mountain.
Even Calla wanted in on the fun!!!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Amelia's Bach Weekend~

Amelia, her sisters, and best friends traveled down to Destin for a fun weekend~
 to celebrate our beautiful bride to be~
They had the BEST weekend sharing lots of stories, sun, and shopping!!!
Two short weeks until the wedding!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Another Baby Boy~

Savannah and Josh found out BC will have...
Another little brother in February!!!
We can't wait!!!

No Cavities~

6 dentist appointments and NO cavities~
Now THAT is something to celebrate!

Best Friends Forever~

It is no secret there is BIG LOVE between these two~
 Calla lights up anytime Amelia comes home for lunch or after work!
Calla has had a fear of falling and not being held securely.
Amelia is curing her of all that!
LOVE watching this beautiful love grow!!!

Sunday, October 2, 2016


As with many families (especially large families) there can be lots of excess and storage.
There is the mindset we might need it, the younger ones can play with it, or so and so gave us that so we have to keep it.

We have a big storage closet upstairs and one in the basement.
The positive~
All the clothes to be passed down are organized in bins waiting for their new owners!
The negative~
Lots of toys were being stored and no one every played with them.
There were even AG dolls, clothes, and furniture from the big girls that needed organizing!

I picked up Simplicity Parenting again and Savannah shared an article with me
and I began to realize keeping all this STUFF wasn't helping anyone.

The only thing to do was pull it all OUT and begin the culling: what to keep and USE,
what to give away.

Amelia amazed me to no end when we dumped ALL the AG stuff
she and the big girls had when they were little
and she knew exactly whose it was plus which doll it went with~
Now we have three perfectly organized bins they can all give to 'their' little girls one day!

We packed up 10 bags of toys and 5 bags of trash plus all the shelves/bins it was being housed in and sent it all away!
The result is less stuff, organized closets, and NO storage other than clothes.

The beautiful thing that came from it was renewed love for what we kept~
and a new outlook on what we allow back in.
It will be with GREAT care what we choose for Christmas
because with 10 kids and grands, it is SO much more about the people than stuff.
Everyone is happy about their beautiful spaces, and I am thankful!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Miscellaneous Shower~

Amelia and Logan were given a miscellaneous by my friends Andrea Anderson, Milicent Townsend, and Tammy Edwards~
Just like our other showers, it was gorgeous and attended by the sweetest of friends~
 Loved having Savannah (and baby Dove) home for it~
 Amelia received so many beautiful gifts to make their house a home
and later in the day Savannah sent me this ADORABLE shot of BC~
I can't get enough and burst with joy imagining another angel to adore.
SO much going on these last days before the wedding...
Last minute details and finishing the cutest little house you ever did see!
Can't wait to share!!!
22 Days!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Apple Orchard, Waterfalls, & Pumpkin Patch~

It is a family tradition to take a day during the week to visit Bryson's Apple Orchard~
 Everyone grabbed a bucket and headed off to find the biggest!
This was Calla's first time, and I remember last year telling the owner we would have a new baby when we came back.
So surreal to have her in our arms showing her what families do~
 We made it to the top of the hill with full buckets AND hearts~
 Time to pay up. We forgot the checkbook and no check cards accepted SO
it was a blessing SJ had 'her' money to loan us the cost of a wagon load of apples~
 We left with a carload of yumminess and drove on to Highlands, NC to Dry Falls
where the kids LOVE crawling in caves and walking behind the falls~
 We were so happy someone offered to take our family photo
and then I took the sweetest photos of just the kids~
We always buy a pumpkin from the little white church nestled in the mountains of Highlands
and enjoy ice cream/caramel turtle apples too.
It was certainly a full, long day but lots of memories were made
and family was seared into their hearts just a little more.
"Go Big or Go home!"