Tuesday, June 24, 2014


One trend the three of us like is a trampoline gym. The whole space is trampolines! My guys are active and thoroughly enjoy bouncing all morning.

Going with friends just makes playing there all the more fun.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Luke's 4th Birthday

I can't believe Luke is 4 years old. He's growing every week, and I can barely keep up. He's spent a while more shy in social situations, but he's starting to get more open to conversation with others. He still eats bananas, yogurt, black beans, veggies, fruits, cheese and mustard sandwhiches, well, basically anything that'll hold still.

Micah and Luke helped make the cake. They're both good cooks.

Luke planned his whole day. First we went to Rise for breakfast, then we enjoyed family time all afternoon.

We had Lili and Ben (and their families) over for hot dogs and cake at dinner time. Luke tends to be rather laid back about things, for a 4 year old, so I really enjoyed seeing him have a plan for his day and ask for it. And of course we made it happen!

The next morning, Micah and Luke had a great time putting together Legos and being brothers. These guys are a pleasure to parent and I love watching them grow and spending time with them!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ten Years Married

Last week, we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary. A birthday, while fun, is not something I've necessarily "accomplished", but I feel differently about a wedding anniversary. Our marriage has taken work, love, grace, encouragement, and more of each. We're in a growing, healthy, joyous place, and we were happy to celebrate it!

We left the kids with Mike's parents, and went to Asheville for R&R.

On the way up to Asheville, we stopped to play tourist. First we visited the Bunker Hill Covered Bridge in Catawba County. It was a covered bridge. In the woods. Over a stream.

After that we stopped by Murray's Mill. That was a pretty interesting field trip, we saw the water wheel, all the equipment, and the mill pond. It would be fascinating work, although hot and tiring.

Our hotel gave us champagne upon arrival! We went to dinner at a French cafe, wandered the streets of Asheville, had after dinner drinks at Skybar, breakfast at Early Girl, shopping, lunch at Tupelo Honey, reading, tapas for dinner... I enjoy celebrating with my love!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Big 3-4

These days, I enjoy birthdays. This year Luke's class made a crown for me, as I was the helper in their class the day before. You may be aware, birthdays are a Big Deal for preschoolers.

I love getting older. Each year I'm learning, growing, becoming more comfortable with life, my life, and generally more content. I've also stopped feeling like "an age". I don't FEEL 34 or any number, really. I just feel like me.

Friday, June 20, 2014


This season we switched soccer leagues. It's gone very well, the boys each have their own teams, they have practice during the week and then games Saturday. Several kids from their preschool are on each team, and Micah's coach was a dad from his class. Micah LOVED it, and Luke found it nearly tolerable. With that plus attending Railhawks games, they were well prepared for the World Cup.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Georgia Aquarium

 Our trip finale was a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. I loved everything about it. The huge whale shark and manta ray tank was spectacular.

They may be ugly, but octopi have a particular fascination for me.