Friday, October 02, 2015


WOW! I've been slacking on the blog in a baaaaaad way.  I'm really far behind, but I'm gonna try and play catch-up!  Last post was Margo's birthday.  So I'll start with our annual beach trip in July.
This picture speaks for itself.  The girls are growing up!

Look at all those long legs!


As usual, we enjoyed a day spent boating with the Westbrooks.  

Our traditional family photo on the couch in the beach condo.  Another great Grimes Beach Week that came and went too fast.  And on a good note, we all came back with all our limbs and no shark sitings.  There were so many shark bites this summer.

We got back from the beach and Margo went straight to 2nd Grade!

She was pretty excited about it.  Not too excited about going to school an entire month before her sisters started, but now as I sit here typing this, she's on Fall Break and her sisters are in school!  So there.  

Monday, June 29, 2015


Today is Margo's 7th Birthday!  She had a great day!!  She has been counting down the days until her birthday for several weeks now.
What better way to celebrate than with friends at the pool!

In her element....she loves jumping off the diving board!

Her pool themed cake (thank you, Pinterest!).

Teddy grahams in lifesavers...Margo assembled these herself and placed them on the cupcakes.

She loved having a pool party!

Happy girl!

Yesterday we celebrated at American Girl.  She has been SO excited about this for months!  Madeline had a dance competition in Rock Hill, SC on Saturday, so we made a trip to AG in Charlotte on Sunday for Margo's birthday present from us!
We had dessert at their Bistro.  Margo got to decorate a cupcake for herself and her doll.

Celebratory milkshake.

Me and my baby girl (and her babies).

Even the big sisters joined us!  David was happy to sit out in the mall and read his book! The girls enjoyed being in the actual AG store.  For years they have perused the AG magazines and now they were actually in a store where they could see everything they have seen in the catalogs.  There was so much to see.  They just bounced all around that store with excitement.  They know all the dolls and their hobbies, special interests, pets, etc.  After about an hour, they finally settled on their items and Margo got a new doll for her birthday.

Posing outside the store with her loot!

Here she is with her new AG doll, Grace Thomas.....the 2015 AG doll of the year.
Speaking of dolls, wasn't newborn Margo a doll?!?!? These seven years have flown by.  Margo is one sassy girl and she has definitely added spice to our life.  Our family just wouldn't be the same without her.  We sure do love that girl!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Madeline's 13th Birthday

FINALLY... a birthday post!  We have a teenager!  Madeline turned 13 on March 20th.  It was a big day and a big weekend for her.
She was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society that morning.  

With Mrs. Pernell.  Madeline adores her and Mrs. Pernell has been so helpful while Madeline has been in Middle School.  Madeline is having a great year this year!
We are so proud of her!!!

We signed her out of school after the awards ceremony and let her come home and open her presents before we headed to Myrtle Beach for her 1st dance competition of the season.  We got her an iPhone 6!  She was very excited!!

Getting her toes wet at the beach.  We met up with some friends and let the kids play on the beach and then had dinner.  

When we got back to the hotel we let the girls go swimming.

Then we headed back to our room and had some birthday cake.

The weather was beautiful.

The next day was competition day!  Here's Madeline's Clogging Team with their instructor.  They did great and got a great score and 1st place in their category!

Posing on the red carpet.

Cheering on her fellow dancers.

With Carrie and Brianna.  Their teams did great also.  All the AIM dancers received lots of awards.

Group shot.  It was a great weekend.  

Flashback down memory lane of our first baby.

On her 1st birthday.

Carolina Girl

1st dance recital.

The time has flown by!  We are very proud of the young lady Madeline is becoming and we love her very much.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Happy 11th Birthday, Lydia

Today's Lydia's 11th Birthday!  She's had a fun-filled birthday weekend.
Yesterday she had a "Happy Camper" birthday party.  Even though it rained for most of the afternoon, that didn't dampen her you can see from this picture.

I'm trying to beat the clock to get in a quick birthday post, so this will have to do for now.  Maybe I can go back in and add some more pics.  

Sweet girl!

She had about 10 friends come over.  They played in the pop-up camper, tie-dyed t-shirts, roasted marshmallows and made s'mores and had lots more fun just hanging out.  The rain did let up toward the end of the party so they were able to get some good play time outside! 

The three amigas....friends since birth!

The food! 
"Pretty Lydi" ready for Cotillion and the Grand Spring Ball last Sunday.  She had a great time and even won a dance contest! I will try to post more pictures from that.

Strolling down memory lane..... Lydia as a newborn

5 months old

Quite the toddler fashionista

LOVED that paci!

And now she's grown into this beautiful young lady.  We love you, Lydia!