Thursday, May 31, 2012

My front porch

I discovered this quaint little shop less than a mile down the road from my house, and I was so excited when I finally got the chance to go in and explore!  In addition to some amazing candles and beautiful home decor, I found this darling little accessory for my front porch....

You purchase the hanging black "arrow" and then the things that you can hang from it are endless!

I got the little lamb because it's a matches my front porch colors perfectly and is great for the summer, but I also got an American flag for special holidays!

And they had so many more cute hanging pieces I'm looking forward to adding to my collection....

Pumpkins for the fall, Santa Claus and Christmas trees for the winter, pineapples to say welcome, a heart for Valentine's Day, and so much more!  This is so me and it totally made my day ;D

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Shootin' the Hooch!

Saturday, we took a short trip over to the Chattahoochee River (ever heard the song about the Chattahoochee?!) to go tubing.

We took the whole gang (including gramma!) along on our adventure.

The only one who wasn't big enough to tube was Caleb, so he hung out with me alongside the river!

After loading everyone up.....

(even gramma!)....

they hooked all the tubes together with straps.....

and away they went!!!

Off on a 2hr float trip :D

I snapped some pictures along the way, but spent most of the time with Caleb in a little park where they eventually ended up.

It was a fun day, and we can't wait to do it again!!  In fact, the boys begin every day now asking if we're going tubing!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Weekend Update

We had a fun weekend...but we're a little sad to see it come to an end since that means gramma heads back to Montana, & we won't be seeing her again for at least 6 months :(  

We spent the day tubing on the Chattahoochee River Saturday (pictures still to come), headed to church on Sunday and then out for a nice lunch.  Sunday night we decided to have a fire, and while Zack was preparing the logs, Noah found a fun way to write the girls' names!

I love how he used part of the stone to make the "A" in Allie's name!

Sophie's name didn't quite fit on one stone, but you get the idea ;D

Wow, this picture is way more blurry then I realized, but here are the guys once the fire got going good!

As you can see, we spent the day in the pool!

Caleb didn't need to roast his marshmallows to enjoy them ;D

Although, that roasting bit looked like fun, so he finally joined in!

The boys are destroying their bathing suits because they go from the pool to the swing set to the fire

The swing set is conveniently located right next to the fire pit, so there's always someone to push!

On Monday, Zack had a project to finish on the pool deck, so, in an attempt to keep the little boys away from daddy's work, we got them a new sandbox.....

It worked like a charm ;D

Emily made the most amazing snickerdoodles ever!

We decided she needs to start her own cookie company!

And while Emily was baking and little boys were making sand piles, the rest of the gang was reading....

Even gramma ;D

There was also some swimming going on!

Caleb even learned to get around the pool in floaties!  This is the same kid that wouldn't let me put him in the bathtub without having a screaming fit until he was 8 months old!!  

We spent some time arranging pool furniture and adding a couple new umbrellas to really give it a resort feel ;D

Hubby's job was to complete a final corner area on the pool deck.  Instead of rock in this space, he placed patio stones so that we have a smooth and even surface to put our outdoor patio table and chairs.

But it wasn't all work and no play for Zack!  When he was done with the deck area, he spent some time cleaning the pool ;D

And he had a little help!!!!!

We've found it's easier to clean the pool if you're actually IN it!  Not to mention it's much cooler!

After cooking dinner on the grill and enjoying several yummy salads that gramma made for us, we headed out to a favorite ice cream spot.....

And that was our weekend ;D

Friday, May 25, 2012

Ride 'em cowgirl!

Emily took English riding lessons when we lived in Kansas, but her heart was never really in it.....

So, when we moved to Georgia and found that there is a stable that offers western riding with barrel racing and shooting just down the road from us......

we were thrilled!

MUCH more Emily's style ;D

My parents gave her riding lessons as a graduation gift.....

 And once she's used them all up, she will be able to participate in a work-to-ride program!

She's really enjoying riding....

is meeting some really nice girls in her class.....

and seems to be picking up the new style very quickly!

We went over to watch her this week, and my mom took all these pictures.

I'm really looking forward to the barrel racing competitions!

I'm hoping I can get some of my other kiddos on horses too!


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