taking back roads

SC Botanical Gardens

Had a little “photo shoot” yesterday with L. We enjoyed the beautiful flowers, gorgeous morning and each others company!

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I love the last one, reminds me of Little House on the Prairie, like she’s waiting for her Pappy to come in for supper. 🙂

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Finally the Weekend

Yesssssssssss.

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They are tired.

I am tired.

It was a good first week. They all gave me a “thumb’s up” at the end of each day. I was absolutely giddy to be by myself for a couple hours on Tuesday and Thursday. I’m thinking L should go to preschool five days a week. 😉

This weekend we’ve spent the majority of the time outside. It has been very humid but at least overcast and breezy. Unfortunately  mosquitoes are out in full force and we are covered in huge red bumps. :/

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(John David’s cap ❤ )

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Last night we went bowling. So much fun! The kids and myself used the bumpers and A is the only one that broke 100! I had one more point (pin?) than L. I’m horrible! It was so funny watching L, every time a pin fell she would Squeal!!!

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Really just more of the same for next week, getting back into school routine. Homework will be starting up next week. Times four. Help me.

Hope you have a great week! 

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Back to School!

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Off to a great start!

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Final Countdown

All good things must come to an end, and here we are halfway through August! School starts this week – here’s the last of our fun:

Take me out to the ball game!!
I love, love baseball (probably more excited than the kids about the game)!

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A pregame parade to honor the Reading All Stars!

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Another super HOT day!

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Jackpot!! Left fielder threw B a foul ball!

After the game kids are invited to run the bases!

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The Drive were behind most of game but rallied in the 6th and brought in 6 runs! Final score 7-6, The Drive!

Last Tuesday was the last time to skate. Rink will be closed until October for some much needed updates. Not sure how often we’ll get to skate throughout the school year, but I’m already looking forward to next years session!

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I love that they all enjoyed skating, a great family memory, for sure!

Monday I took them to play at their favorite park in Greenville. Probably won’t be back until Spring Break.

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Probably out best summer yet.  Didn’t hear too many, “I’m bored” and only pulled my hair out once or twice 😉

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And now onto the new school year!

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July

July ZOOMED by. We start and finish the month with a birthday.
First up, the baby turned 3! Weekend prior to her bday we took a trip to Babyland General Hospital, in Northern Georgia. Grandma Donna and Aunt Alison were also able to join us. L squealed with excitement when we arrived, made my heart explode to see her so happy.

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We even witnessed a live “birth” – kids were mesmerized. If only it was that easy, ha. Abby had the honor of naming the newborn!

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Baby Abigail Hope

L has asked hourly often to go back!

On her actual birthday I took the kids to Chuck E. Cheese’s – always fun! We also had cake at Grandma’s that evening.

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Daddy made (and decorated) the cake and it was A-may-zing!!

The follow day we had a small pool party with friends. The guest of honor requested her favorites: Pb&J sammies and strawberries!

Fourth of July was a blast! 😉 Friends invited us to join them at Clemsonfest. Live music, several bounce houses, and other free stuff for kids. Hands down, the best fireworks show I’ve seen in a long time! All around great night!  

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Clemson paw and flag #merica

The week of the 13th-17th the three oldest went to Cake Camp, and of course they loved evey minute of it! And I loved that everyday they brought home something to share with me. 🙂

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All summer they also participated in BARK (Books and Reading Kids). Every Friday we headed to the library where they read to dogs.

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Jack, a Pomeranian, is their favorite pup.

Other events:

Boys and L took swimming lessons at the Y. Boys no longer need help to swim! L charmed her way out of everything and hardly got her hair wet!

Saw Minions movie!

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Kids also participated in Furman University research project. I was able to watch behind a two way mirror, so fun to hear their answers.

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And finally it was B’s 7th birthday!!

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Uncle John meeting Ben ❤

Ben asked to have a party with friends at the skating rink. He was beaming all day and cried at the end of the night, not wanting the fun to end.

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He chose to eat at Freddy’s because he wanted a dirt worm sundae! Following weekend  Grandma had us over for more ice cream and celebration.

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These kids are pretty spoiled when it comes to birthdays!

Other moments from July:

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This girl was on my phone all.the.time. She used it more than I did! #summerselfie

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She’s not a fan of the camera, which kills me! She’s such a beauty!

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Water fun at Grandma’s

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They wanted to earn some extra money – lasted about 5 minutes. 🙂

And I’ll close with L’s first family portrait. Drawn on her bed. With permanent marker.

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What am I going to do with that girl?!

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It’s been good, Summer.

Hiiiiiii! MIA, I know, but I really just wanted to enjoy the break..

So here we go, here’s June..

We headed to the coast, but not before making a little pitstop in Columbia for the cutest Gamecocks fan:

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Made the kid’s day!
Next stop, Sullivan’s Island (Charleston), it is just beautiful. I could sit there for hours, one of my favorite places!

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So much fun. Unfortunately it was HOT and we didn’t get to enjoy the water as much as the kids would like, only spent one evening at the beach. Oh, and all those shark sightings you may be hearing about- there were a couple of small Tiger Sharks swimming right around us!
Sadly a few days later we woke up to the heartbreaking news of the Charleston shooting. I was really proud of how our state rallied together. The deaths led to the Confederate flag being removed from the Capitol building. After that things felt tense, so much debate and controversy but,  fortunately this hot topic has simmered down.

June not only had a week of super high temps but then it rained. And rained some more. And rained some more on top of that. We didn’t swim as much as I hoped or get out to parks  much, but when we did, we always had a great time!

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On rainy days we took advantage of free summer movies at the theater. And then: Roller Skating. The rink participated in “Kids Skate Free” – 4 kids, I was sold. We went skating every.single.week. B is like a speed skater now.

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We would go at noon and most times stay until 4 or 5. I had to drag them off. Sometimes we were the only ones there, it was great!

For Father’s Day we took M to his favorite pizza place Barley’s Taproom in downtown Greenville.

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He’s a great dad!

L said “take my picture” and struck a pose

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And then a bird pooped all over her arm! It was quite funny, and she handled it well 🙂
We of course had to celebrate the day with some ice cream!

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We signed up for the library’s Super Hero  summer reading program. A had to read for 16 hours, B needed to read 32 books and J and L had to have 32 read to them (go, mom!). With all that rain, they met their goals in 3 weeks!! Prize was a medal, free milk shake, ticket to Drive baseball game where they were given a free shirt and paraded around the field, pregame (stay tuned for those pics).

My Super Readers:

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(Abby was too cool to take her pic)

But our favorite June  activity: Chasing fireflies!

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Check back tomorrow for July – we crammed in even MORE fun!!

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