Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday, but the kids love dressing up (and getting candy...). So I tolerate it. ;)

Our kids collaborated with the Adair kids for their costumes this year.

Norah and Matthew were King and Queen.

Kylah and Audrey were 80's girls.

Joey and Connor made these Minecraft costumes all by themselves out of cardboard boxes and paint. We were very impressed!

We joined some more friends at the Harris' house to trick or treat. Norah made it about halfway, and then got too scared so her and I headed back to the house. Case in point why I don't like's too scary!!
But the kids were all super cute in their costumes!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fall softball

Fall softball season has wrapped up. We had a fun season and a good group of girls. They have improved so much over the past few years, and it's been fun to see them grow.

We played in an end of season tournament that was Halloween themed. We dressed up as Cruella De Vil and dalmations. My wig only lasted through the first game because it was so itchy! :)

Our team got 2nd place in our bracket which was really fun!

Kylah got her first tournament trophy!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Orange Beach

We headed to Orange Beach, Alabama for a few days over the kids' fall break. After last year's beach trip, we knew we wanted to do that again!
So, we woke up at 4 am and drove the 12 hours to the beach (and by "we" I mean I drove 2 hours, and Joe drove 10...he's a rock star!)

The view from our balcony. Beautiful.

It was late in the afternoon, but we still headed out to the beach for a little bit that first day. It was gorgeous with the sun setting in the background.

The kids got right to work in the sand.

And got into the water. The waves were pretty intense the whole time we were there, which made body surfing pretty fun!

A quick stop at the pool for some daddy-throwing time...

And then showers and dinner!

We ate breakfast and lunch at the condo each day, but picked a fun restaurant each night. This was Bubba's, and it has very good shrimp!

The kids being themselves...

There was a fun big chair outside that was good for photos.

There's a little photo bomber back there!

The next day there was a beautiful sky.

Norah and I made an awesome sand castle.

Beach, outdoor pool, indoor pool, reading, and repeat. (I am relaxing just typing all those words!)

And then dressed up for dinner again that night.

We forgot to get a picture at dinner, but did manage to get one in front of the arcade we went to after dinner.

Joey was rubbing his head at dinner and said his head hurt a little bit.  That should have been my first clue of what was to come...

I woke up the next morning and walked out to the living room to see two very sick looking, red faced children, with very high fevers. Oh no.
My gut told me what they had, so away we went to urgent care. 
Influenza it was... 

The rest of the day was spent hanging around the condo, and Joe and I taking turns at the pool with Kylah.

Joe and Kylah went to dinner alone that night. Kylah was very much enjoying all of the one on one time she was getting!

The next day was a little better, so we all went out to the beach for a little bit together that afternoon.

Kylah was playing in the sand and then all of a sudden was swarmed by seagulls. I wish I could have caught it on camera, but this was her reaction after they all flew away a few seconds later.

Joey got a little burst of energy and ran around with the seagulls for a few minutes.

And then he tanked....Norah too...

We did manage to get one family picture at the beach.

Norah was feeling much better after her little nap, and she hadn't had a fever all day, so Joe took both girls out to dinner.  

I stayed home with this cute sickie... 

We had one more day at the beach, and Joey was feeling much better so he was able to enjoy our last full day there much more. 

And then we made the long trek back home.

Such a fun vacation, and I'm sure we will keep doing this for years to come!

Saturday, September 30, 2017


September was here and gone.
It was a crazy busy month. Mainly with getting everything ready to foster and complete our training. 30 hours of training split between two weekends. 
At least I had this guy by my side. :)

So many people helped us with our kids and our house and everything in between this month. We are blessed.


Ice cream after school on Friday is always fun.

 And lunch at school with the kids is always fun too. 

Dressed up at a friend's birthday party. Why does she look so old here?!

Friday, September 22, 2017


This is the first year Joey has played football. He wanted to try it, and he has done a great job. He gives it his all, and no one would ever know he's never played before!
And he looks so cute with those shoulder pads and long legs. :)

He has been playing tight end and safety and does his job well.

He gets a lot of bruises but never complains.

 Look at that #4!