Friday, July 28, 2017


 March brings lots of birthdays in our family.  We started the month off with Connor's 5th birthday on March 1st.  He will be going to kindergarten soon!

Lydia is now a teenager!  

Lucky 13!  Now we have two teenagers!

Making a wish while Annie photobombs.

Opening presents

Me and my Lydi-bug!

Five days later, Madeline turned 15!  Enjoying a birthday waffle before school and her new shoes!

Making a wish!

She got her learner's permit!  OMG!  So hard to believe we have a driver!!

Showing off her permit!

Family celebration that night with cupcakes.

And of course...more presents!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Catching up on 2017::FEBRUARY

I don't have a lot of pics from February.  I do have lots of Jack sleeping by the fire though.

Santa brought Jack this hot dog bed and he loves it...especially when placed right in front of the fire.  

David and the big girls went on a ski trip with the church youth group and I took Margo to Jamesville and then we went to the circus.  It was the last tour for Barnum and Bailey.

This pic pretty much sums up winter mornings with Jack!

For Valentine's we did fondue!  The girls loved it.

Lydia and her friend Olivia at an awards ceremony.

David got me a cookie cake for my birthday.  It didn't last very long at our house.

Madeline made a delicious breakfast for me!

I also got some pretty tulips.

We had some unseasonably warm weather.  Lydia and Margo took the opportunity to have a picnic.  Jack and Annie were happy to join them.

I started transforming our back den.  Here's the before pic of the fireplace.

After I whitewashed it.  Since then, I have painted all the dark trim in the room white and painted the walls too.  Will post those pics later.

Pretty February sunset on my way to work one evening.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Catching up on 2017:: JANUARY

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!  It has been way too long since I have blogged.  Better late than never, right?  It's the end of July and we are at the beach this week.  I'm gonna power blog with monthly recaps the best I can remember with the pics I have from my phone and Google Pics.

Well as you can see, I rang in the new year at work.  I have worked lots of New Year's Eves over the years.  David and the girls went to a neighborhood party.

We got some snow!  Here's our house covered in a thin blanket. There were a lot of icy roads so that meant school was out for several days.

I took the girls to the river hill to go sledding.  It was so cold, but we did manage to have some fun.

All bundled up.

Madeline always finds an excuse to dress Jack up for the occasion.

He's so cute in his puffer vest and bomber hat. But he is more of a fan of sleeping in front of the fire rather than being in the snow.

Sweet, sweet Annie.  She enjoys a good romp in the snow.

David and I took Margo to her first Hurricanes game.  She loved it because we had seats down low near the glass where she could see all the action and the hockey players up close.

January means Girl Scout cookies!

We also welcomed our friends' sweet little girl Avery into the world!

I got to be honorary NICU nurse to her when I would take her mama to the hospital to visit her.  I'm happy to report she had an uneventful NICU stay and is home and happy and healthy!!

Sweet girl!

Finishing out January with a cookie booth!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We stayed very busy the month of December.  Here are some pics to highlight this Christmas season.

Margo dancing at the Smithfield Christmas parade.

Margo and Lydia with Mr. Buddy at their Polar Express Piano Recital.

David and I took the girls to see A Christmas Carol in Raleigh a few weeks ago. We all loved it!

Margo and Bri goofing off at their school musical.

We hosted an Ugly Sweater Party at our house and it was a lot of fun.

Some of the ladies

Some of the older girls

The men!
I baked lots of Christmas goodies and made some cakes for the Christmas weekend.
Selfies with Grammie and PaPa on Christmas Eve!
Christmas Eve Candlelight service at church.

After church.

Our annual "T'was the Night Before Christmas" pic on our stairs.

Santa Came!

Christmas morning!!!!

Margo got a new American Girl doll.....Lea

Lydia got and inflatable chair/futon.  Looks like Jack is enjoying it and her new blanket.

Lots of clothes and jewelry for our teenager!

Opening presents!

Margo got a t-shirt with her favorite singer!

Our little hot dog got his very own Hot Dog Bun bed!

Annie taking it all in!  She got lots of goodies too!

Lydia played the piano in church on Christmas morning and did a wonderful job.  She played What Child is This and Carol of the Bells.

Opening presents with all the cousins at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

Back to our house in the afternoon to get a pic of Grandma and Grandpa with all the grandchildren on the stairs.