Saturday, September 24, 2016

Our weekend in Cashiers

Alan and I spent last weekend in Cashiers, NC. We spent our very first overnight weekend up here many years ago and it's a spot we have always enjoyed coming to. We didn't take a lot of pictures but it was a very nice get away! We got up there Friday, early evening and ate at Ugly Dog Pub. The atmosphere was nice, food wasn't great-other than the mac & cheese bites- and the drinks were great. Alan found his new favorite drink there. We headed back after supper and crashed fairly early! Life of parents :)

After breakfast on Saturday, we went on a short hour hike nearby to a local camp that Alan used to worked at. It was really nice letting him show me around a place that means so much to him. It's a beautiful place!


After our hike, we stopped by Sapphire Brewing Company and had lunch. This was literally the view from our table. I could get used to this! The pizza was good but not amazing, salad was really yummy and the drinks good!

We then rode up to Highlands, NC and walked around for a little bit. We headed back toward Cashiers and made a pit stop for some pedicures!

We then headed back to our room, rested a bit and got ready for our reservations at The Orchard. Love the atmosphere and the food and drinks were great too! 

We stopped by Hendersonville on the way home Sunday, walked around downtown and then headed home later that afternoon. It was a really nice weekend that was much needed! We've vowed to not go another 3 years before having another overnight trip! :)




Friday, September 9, 2016

Madison's 5th Birthday!

Tuesday, September 6 was Madison's 5th Birthday! Alan and I brought a special snack to her school snack time..


 Donut holes!



























After lunch, we ran a couple of errands and then went to Chic Fil A for a late lunch. The playground was empty so it was great. The girls were pretty tired so they didn't play too long and were ready to go. We stopped by QT for a slushie and then the local cupcake shop for a birthday cupcake and then we headed home so she could open presents.


Riley got sissy Splashlings!

Mom and Dad got her a new bike!











Happiest Birthday to the girl that made us parents. The girl that answered our prayers for so long.. 
You are sweet, sassy, funny, beautiful, smart and the best big sister ever! We are so thankful for you! 

You are:
42lbs
3'7" tall
Size 11/12 shoe
Size 6/7 clothes 

Your favorite things are:
PJ Masks
playing dress up
Chic Fil A
playing with your 'people'
riding your bike
hiking

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Happy 10 years!

Today is our 10 year anniversary! We've made a million memories and shared just as many laughs. We've made 2 amazing girls. This is the one God picked for me and I am so blessed. I can't wait for another 50! Happy Anniversary, babe! I love you SO much!



Friday, September 2, 2016

Five on Friday- Happy September!

(one) We have gotten back into the swing of things with school. The girls are absolutely loving it! Even our anxious Madison doesn't hesitate to walk in class and start playing with her friends.


(two) With that, I've gotten back into the swing of things! Boot camps 3 days a week, Moms Group starts next week and then coming home one day a week. We live too far away for me to come home after workout/moms group so I will just hang out or run errands. Just glad to be back in my normal routine and seeing all of my friends that I've missed over the summer!

(three) Can you believe it's September?! Madison turns 5.. FIVE!!!!!! on Tuesday. Our 10 year anniversary is Thursday, Madison's party, me and Alan have our very first 2 day weekend in 5 years this month(to celebrate said anniversary) and Alan is taking Madison on her very first camping trip this month.. it's a crazy, busy month already! Lots of fun times building lots of memories! Did I mention that Madison is turning FIVE?! How in the world did THAT happen???

(four) Working on high protein/low carb recipes. Scouring Pinterest. This will also be good for our girls who tend to like packaged junk more than fresh or cooked things. I'm excited to try to incorporate new snacks and recipes!

(five) For anyone who doesn't know, our cat Sierra had kidney failure almost 2 weeks ago. The blood work showed that it was acute. I started noticing her acting strange Thursday morning.. and by Monday, she was basically unsavable :( Her numbers were basically off the charts. Our other cat, Cameron has been really sad. They were together 10+ years. He's been sleeping all day, looking around and meowing a lot :(


 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

First day back at preschool!

The girls started back preschool yesterday! Riley moved into 2K and Madison is now in her last year there at 4K! Still can't believe this is her last year before Kindergarten!

Ready to go after breakfast!






I, obviously, cut off any personal info like their preschool name/teacher's names... 
The rest of Riley's sign says;
28 lbs
34" tall
I am 2.5 years old

Madison's says;
I want to be a MERMAID when I grow up
I am 4.5 years old
42lbs
3'7" tall
I *heart* PJ Masks, dressing up, chicken fries, pink

Both girls fantastic going into their class on the first day. They both gave me a kiss and just walked right in and played.. well... okay.

After drop off, I had a busy morning of parent orientations, chatting with a few friends, getting  church ready for dinner guests tonight, ran to the grocery store and to QT to get the girls an after school treat. Then it was pick up time!

After school, we came home, ate lunch and the girls played together in Madison's room for a bit before splitting up. Riley went in the play room to play and Madison wanted to rest in her room while watching her tablet. Riley stayed in the play room for over an hour! After that, they wanted to watch a movie so I fixed some popcorn and they laid in the floor watching Lilo and Stitch until supper time! 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Our dollhouse project!

Remember that easy project I mentioned last week? I keep forgetting to blog about this one..

A coworker of Alan's gave our girls this dollhouse. Apparently, someone built it for her when she was little. Well, she got married recently and was cleaning out. She thought our girls would enjoy playing with it and told us to fix it up how we wanted.

I didn't get a picture of it before I ripped all the flooring and wallpaper out. It is in great shape and even has electricity! She included a huge tote with accessories. You name it, it's in there! Most of them are wood and pretty delicate and I don't let the girls play with them. I'm hoping to buy plastic furniture that they can tear up if they want. If we ever give it back to the original owner, I want to give her back the furniture in one piece!

My plan is to:

-repaint the outside, including the trim and shutters. Sage green or gray with white or black shutters.

-replace damaged cedar shingles on the roof or completely replace them with asphalt shingles.


-possibly make new curtains for each room

-buy all new people/furniture/accessories

I will post some pictures as I go along..

Friday, August 19, 2016

Five on Friday

-Preschool starts less than a week away! This will be Madison's last year of preschool before big school next year! How is that possible?! It's been a great and fast Summer! The girls have played together so good. It seemed relatively easy. I'm loving this stage of their lives.

-Preparing for Madison's party. This one is low key! Renting a water slide inflatable, easy food/drink and decor! Finishing up getting everything this weekend hopefully! How is she almost 5, ya'll?!


-Alan and I had date night this past weekend to celebrate his and my birthdays combined. It was really nice to get away and I don't think there was a quiet moment the entire 4 hours we were gone. We even ordered sushi and liked it! :)

-made some freezer meals yesterday for this week. I forget how quick and easy they are! I used to do lots of freezer meals before the kids but after doing 6 meals in 30 minutes today, I think I may start adding some in every week! The recipes are HERE


-tackling these two at the salon later for hair cuts! Madison is in desperate need and I'm not sure what Riley will look like yet.. depends on my mood, I supposed :)