taking back roads

seven going on seventeen.

This one has been asking allll week to get dressed up.

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So we broke out the make up, jewelry, flat iron and some heels from Gma and had us a fashion show!

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She’s BEAUTIFUL and growing up waaaaay too fast. And she’s got lashes to die for.

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This picture captures her personality perfectly!

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flower girl

Who wants to clean house when you’ve got this little cutie around? Not me!

All four look so much like M, maybe this one will have his hair color too..

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…and we’re done…

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love notes

I like to send little notes or silly drawings in the kids lunches and lately B has been making some for me.

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He puts them back in his lunch box for me to find at the end of the day. Sweet boy!

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homework

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[ j ]

full of laughter and mischief.

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eat. play. destroy. repeat.

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Hey y’all!!

It’s official ~ we’re South Carolinians!! Today M & I traded our NM licenses for SC ones!!! It’s also official that I’m blind as a bat. I had to take the eye test and I passed by the skin of my teeth. Or more like by the process of elimination…

DMV Lady – read row number one for me

Me- #### #### ####

Lady – ok there’s one last column

Me- squinting, closing each eye one at a time, crossing eyes trying to focus..

Me- ummm 6633?

Lady- no try again

Me- 6936?

Lady- last numbers not a 6 try again

Me- 3?

Lady – no

Me- 2?

Lady- no

Me -9?

Lady – no

Me – 8?

Lady- Yes!

M is laughing, I’m bright red and now it’s time to take my picture. Great.

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All we lack is a Clemson tiger paw bumper sticker and we’ll fit right in!

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Fall!!!!

It’s my favorite time of the year!!! Ready for a bunch of pictures from our fun weekend? OK, here you go!

Saturday we went to Pickens County Founders Day Music Festival. Good. Cheap. Fun. The best kind! Growing up my dad played the fiddle and he would get together with my uncle and other friends and “jam”- I couldn’t stand Bluegrass then but funny how much I enjoy it now.

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Only one who wanted to get face painted.

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Another reason to love the first day of Fall is because its also my moms bday! Us, mom, Mike (MSr.) and his son, Mike (MJr.) all went out to eat to celebrate and then cake at home.

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Such a cute little town!

And then what did we do?

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Cheer on Clemson, of course!
Sunday was all about the kids; fed some ducks (and baby turtles!), went to a park named Kids Planet (you know it’s going to be awesome with a name like that!) and then they went on a toy shopping spree (Thank you Grandpa Tony and Aunt Cindy!!!!).

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Next time we’ll have to bring a whole loaf of bread!

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We took a walk around the whole thing- kids are going to sleep great!

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A Black Swan!!!!

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And because you stuck it out till the end, I’ll now reward you with a picture of this roly poly:

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Isn’t she the cutest!! She’s rolling all over the place now too.

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six chickens & a beer

No, it’s not what we had for dinner 🙂 its the name of the group we’re listening to at the Clemson Botanical Garden Amphitheater.

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Having a great time slapping their knees, listening to some good Bluegrass under the clear starry sky!

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Hot Dogs- South Carolina Style

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All the Way – that’s Skins’ for a hot dog covered in chili (southern style – no actual chile), onions and mustard. And M loves them and he’s normally not a hot dog fan. And me? They’re OK, but I think hot dogs taste best when eaten at a baseball game! 🙂

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{laying low}

Mom and Mike are in Charlotte for a drag race so we’re just hanging out here this weekend. It’s nice to be still and relax. And nap. A brought home a new school year cold and passed to B, and he’s given it to J. So it worked out well for us to be lazy this weekend.

This week marked one month that we’ve been here. With school, homework and tests it’s starting to feel less extended vacation and more real. We really do enjoy SC. We’ve figured out the directions/highways pretty well. It’s not like you can just make a left on Wyoming and a right on Montgomery and there’s Target. It’s more like take 7S to 156E to 11N (which then somehow becomes 164W?).

M has been working hard at finding employment and finally this past week he’d gotten some calls. I’m working on not worrying about the “what if’s” They say things run slow around here.. but being patient has always been hard for me!! For now I’ll enjoy his unemployment and the extra help with kids!
Have a great week!

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“Man, y’all got a sack-full of kids!”

Yes sir, we do.

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