Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Couple of Princesses


The oldest two grands are girls. They are four and six. For the last few years they have enjoyed dress up as part of their every day play.  They have collected a few costumes and wear them a lot. I saw a photo about a year ago that a friend had taken of her daughter that I fell in love with!! (Thanks Shanda!) I so wanted to recreate it for these girly girls! I was reminded of how quickly these sweet days pass. I just used my little point and shoot camera so the pictures aren't professional by any means. But they capture a big part of their childhood and for that, I am grateful! 


















One day this will be a distant memory. Glad we have these so we don't forget.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cousin Camp 2014!!


Just finished up with Cousin Camp 2014! We all agree it was one of our best ones yet!! There were 14 cousins....The oldest one was EIGHT! (Sure did miss our teen cousins who are working at a summer camp!!) This will be picture overload that may not interest anyone except my family. But I like to document it here every year. (Past years are on my sidebar under cousin camp.)

Each year we try to have something *new* for Cousin Camp. This year we had two new things. One was the Extreme Coaster by Step2. The kids loved this and it's for ages three to eight. Our kids as young as 15 months loved it too!!




The other *new* thing for CC was a playhouse/workshop for the boys. Poppy used an existing building we have in our back yard. He put a wall down the middle and turned half of it into the *boy house.* It is a work in progress and is not complete but the boys (and girls) loved playing in it!! Here are a few pictures before landscaping and completion! The door and the windows are real road signs!! How cool is that??!! Poppy and J (son) worked so hard to make this happen! They still have a roof to complete, some stairs and lots of inside work. I will post again when it is complete. (Hopefully soon!)





The kids loved playing in the new house with the real wood! The beginning of a *busy board* is on the wall too! Poppy has a long way to go but doesn't it look great?

Our shirts this year were color coded by families! The niece in the green shirt has two older sisters that we missed so much! They are working at a camp this summer!! And little W, in the yellow shirt, has a sibling on the way in late summer!


There are 14 children here....hard to see the two week old on the top row! Our goal was to take the picture at 8:30 am. We only missed it by a few minutes!

Look at the adorable cookies I had made to look like each child! They are much cuter when the names aren't blurred out! But...............

We had such a great time this year! The children all got along so good! Pretty amazing to have that many children without an argument! May never happen again! :) The moms come to Cousin Camp too. Poppy and I couldn't do it without them. We might be able to in a few years when the children are older but there are too many little ones for that now! Thanks so much to you moms and to my mom for all your help. Thank you for allowing Poppy and I the privilege of loving them and making memories with them.I hope they will grow up knowing how important family is and I know they will grow up knowing *your cousins are some of your very first friends!*

And, I can't close without saying, guess where Poppy and Nonny spent the night during Cousin Camp? We gave away our bedrooms and every ounce of floor space, so, we snuck away at 8:00 pm and returned at 6:30 am.

Until next year sweet cousin friends....always know you are so very loved...by us but most importantly by Jesus! And, you ALWAYS have family to come home to!  
Love, Nonny and Poppy Miss Angelove/Uncle Mike

Monday, June 09, 2014

Dancers and Bikers


This weekend was an active one. :)
I dropped hubs off at 5:00 a.m Saturday morning for him to begin his bike ride. He participated in the Double Down to the Beach again this year. That is a 200 mile bike ride in one day. 11-12 hours of seat time pedaling a bike. Can you even begin to imagine that? Last year he made it the 200 miles (204 to be exact!) This year he was a few miles short (150 miles) because of some light-headedness and over heating.
 STILL, he is my hero !!!!!

He rides with a GREAT group of guys! Proud to know them!

Anyway, after I dropped him off to begin his ride, I drove two hours to see #2 grand in her dance recital. 
She did great and was so happy doing it!
 Amazing to see a little  four year old up on a big stage. Such a brave girl! Can you tell I am the Nonny?!

After the recital, I scooted to the beach to meet hubs and his friends after their ride. We spent the weekend in Wilmington, NC and took a little day trip yesterday to Southport. We love the quaintness of Southport and enjoyed lunch at Provision Company before heading home.



Not a bad weekend. Not bad at all!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

And Just Like That..................


..............He Is Here!

9 lbs. 12.3 ounces
21"
of sweetness!

The details are HERS to share!

Keep checking back. Mommy has a lot on her plate but I'm sure she will document his birth!

#9 is a blessing already!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Graduation + Grandchildren + Gorgeous



Our oldest granddaughter graduated last night from K5. She had such a great kindergarten experience with fabulous teachers and lots of great friends.! Boy does kindergarten grow those babies up!! I love watching them blossom and try to figure out the world around them. Everything is new and exciting to them and it reminds me to appreciate things more. This granddaughter of ours sure has a servant's heart! One of my favorite things about her is her willingness to do for others. That's a gift that I hope will live on in her heart for a lifetime!  

Congrats to our EC!



Random pics of the grands.




Gorgeous.
Our DIL is pregnant with grand # nine.
She is due tomorrow.
This morning I took a picture of her 40 week belly.....
And to think, she delivered the twins at 32 weeks.
Who dared to dream she would make it this far?
So thankful for this gorgeous pregnant belly and what it represents!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

today


Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful mom.

She is the easiest person in the world to get along with.

I never hear her complain.

She loves us all unconditionally.

Truly unconditionally.

So thankful for you mom.

I love you.

And for the three that made me a mother, I am forever grateful.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Happy Birthday to My Girl!


My girl has a birthday today!
She brings us all so much joy.

I am blessed beyond measure to be her mother.

Dear Daughter,
 May you have the happiest of days.
You are loved.
Happy *May Nine!*  :)