Friday, August 2, 2013

Cheer Camp

  The gym that Zoe goes to was offering a summer cheer camp. I knew she would really enjoy it so we signed up along with a few of her friends. They had fun all week learning a routine that they preformed at the Greenville Drive baseball game the last night. All of the girls worked so hard all week and did an awesome job! We also had some great coaches, Ms. Allie and Ms.Bree.   
















Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Member


  Kain has been bugging up forever about getting a kitten. We told him when he had the money for the adoption fee he would get one. Well the day finally came in June and we went to the Spartanburg Humane Society to find his perfect cat. As soon as he saw Shirley he said she was the one. He has now changed her name to Minnie but all I hear him say is kitty. He is completely in charge of her. We do not feed,water or change the little box. Kain has done a great job so far taking care of Minnie. I swear we are turning into a zoo!





Forever Young


    It makes this mamas heart happy when I see my “little” boy still playing with toy soldiers. It just proves that not all kids need some high priced electronic all the time. Now I am not saying we don't have any but our kids still like to use their imaginations. I hope he always uses his imagination and remember the simple things in life.



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

#8~ Take a Day Trip to the Beach

 When I mentioned a day trip to the beach some of my friends thought I was crazy going for just the day. I knew  that it would  be the only way we would be able to go.  We just don’t have the time or finances to spend a few days at the beach. We use to do this all the time when the kids were little but it has been a few years. We convinced two families to join us the Laney’s and Martin’s. We loaded up our cars with coolers, sand buckets and boogie boards then hit the road. Isle of Palms was our final destination and three hours later we were there. We piled all of things out onto the beach and set up camp for the day. We had lots of fun and made some great memories.  So even if you can’t afford a vacation at the beach you can go for at least the day!



I love that my kids are making so many memories with all of their friends!







Corey and Zoe are always building something every time we go to the beach. I never can wait to see what creature Corey has came up with.


Monday, July 22, 2013

#38- Visit a State Park

   We have been able to visit a few state parks this summer but we had the most fun at Table Rock State Park. They have a lake that you can swim in with a high dive! Reminded me of when I went to summer camp when I was a little girl. Of course I wasn’t going to climb up there now but the kids LOVED it! We took some friends with us and we underestimated how hot it was going to be that day. We made sure to put plenty of sunscreen on the kids but Melissa, and I were burnt by the end of the day.  I love finding fun places that are cheap!



Friday, July 19, 2013

Pool Monday


  We haven’t had many Monday’s at the pool this summer but this was one of those days. It was right after cheer camp so everyone was ready to cool down.  Pool + Friends = lots of fun!!




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

#6~ Go on a Family Hike

Every time we have tried to go hiking at the Graveyard Fields the road has been closed (due to weather) or it just has never worked out. We decided to give it another try during our Father’s Day weekend camping trip. It is almost 3 miles round trip and wasn’t too strenuous except for the trail going to the upper falls. Upper really means steep in hiking lingo or at least in my vocabulary it does! Thank goodness Kain rolled his ankle ( not really but I could have possibly died from lack of H2O) and we had to turn around. The rest of the hike was very enjoyable.












Friday, June 14, 2013

#1- Ice Cream for Dinner

   Zoe has been looking forward to marking this off the list since we created the list! I wanted real homemade ice cream so we went to Strawberry Hill USA. It is a farm just up the road from us. As you can tell from the name they grown strawberries but they also have peaches and other fruits. They also have a café and ice cream parlor.  We all picked our favorite flavor and sat outside in the rocking chairs enjoying our “dinner”. We picked up some peaches while we were there and the family has almost eaten the whole bag!







Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

This is NOT on our summer bucket list!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Non-Summer Fun


  I try to schedule all of the kids yearly doctors appointments in the summer. Of course they are not very happy about it but it just works better for us. This morning we had to go get the boys blood levels checked. Both of my boys have a factor IX deficiency. It is a form of Hemophilia but not life threating like in some cases. They mainly can bleed around the joints and are at more risk for a brain bleed. But since you can’t see when they are bleeding it does make it dangerous.The only time they have ever needed any factor was doing a surgery. So now we wait to see the doctor on Thursday to see if anything has changed. It probably will still be the same which is good and we won’t have to do this for another year. Now we can check one more thing off of our summer to do list.




Sunday, June 9, 2013

#17- Discover a New Park

  While we were in Greenville on Saturday for the Farmer’s Market, we decided to look for a new park. It is one of the things on our summer bucket list and we always like discovering new places. We used Google to find a park close by and Herdklotz Park popped up. It was only a few miles away so we went to check it out. The park was very nice and has 2 separate areas divided by age groups. There were also soccer, and football fields. If you are looking for a new park I recommend you check this one out.










#4- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for Breakfast…..

     and we ended up having them for dinner. Yea, no judging please. I mean can you really pass up FREE doughnuts? Especially when the “Hot and Now” sign is lit up? I think not! It was National Doughnut Day and we try our best to celebrate all holidays. Plus Zoe took her report card because KK gives 1 free doughnut for each A that you get. Pretty neat huh?


   Just looking at these doughnuts will make you fat but they are SO good! Of course we had to have milk to be able to get the crème filled ones down. Surely there are some type of nutrients in them,right? Oh well, everyone enjoyed their “dinner” and that is all that matters.

#52- Ice Cream Truck

  While at the park the ice cream truck came by. We NEVER get to visit the truck since we live on a main ( busy) road. I was just as excited as the kids were. Too bad they were out of my childhood favorite the screwball. It has a piece of gum at the bottom of it and  the whole thing taste like bubblegum. So we all made of choice and enjoyed some ice cream on a hot day. It’s the little things that make us all happy.



Saturday, June 8, 2013

#51- Campout….

   In the living room of all places! The kids like looking for new things to add to our summer bucket list. So when they asked to add camping out in the living room I said why not. They usually only do this once a year and that is at Christmas. I guess they really do enjoy sleeping on a hard floor…lol. Hey I am up for anything free that makes them happy.


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

#28- Visit a Farmer’s Market

    I was in search of fresh eggs when a friend reminded me that the Hub City farmer's Market started today. So we all got dressed ( because who is dressed at 11:00 on summer break?) and headed downtown. I was able to find my eggs thanks to Thicketty Mountain farms and mark one thing off of our summer bucket list.  If the weather corporates we are going to the Farmer's Market in Greenville on Saturday. We stumbled upon it one Saturday and it is huge! I will let you know if we find anything good there.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Summer Bucket List 2013

    The one thing I do not want to hear this summer is “ I am bored!” but I know at some point I will. To help me hear it a little less I came up with a summer bucket list. We probably will not be able to do all of these since Kain will have marching band practice and Noah has football practice but we are going to try. Most of these are free or VERY cheap. I need cheap with 3 kids.  Do you have any ideas I could add?
  1. ice cream for dinner
  2. watch a firework show
  3. swim in a waterfall
  4. Krispy Kreme doughnuts for breakfast
  5. read a book – see this suggested reading list by age
  6. family hike
  7. go to an amusement park with friends
  8. Take a day trip to the beach
  9. $1.00 matinee movies
  10. go bowling ( kids bowl for free)
  11. camp with family
  12. make s’mores
  13. go to a drive-in movie
  14. go swimming in a lake
  15. breakfast for dinner
  16. go on a picnic
  17. discover a new park
  18. bike the Swamp Rabbit trail or at least some of it
  19. Have at least one date night individually with each kid
  20. stay in our pj’s and watch movies all day
  21. go fishing
  22. go swimming at a pool as much as possible
  23. Have a water balloon fight
  24. attend VBS
  25. go on a family moon walk
  26. Random Acts of Kindness
  27. Backyard Frisbee golf
  28. go to a Farmer’s Market
  29. Have a NO MEDIA day! No t.v, cell phones, tablets or video games. Music is ok though.
  30. eat snow cones
  31. Find a Summer concert and go! If you Google “free summer concerts (your city)” you are guaranteed to find some!
  32. Plant something and see how big it gets before school starts!
  33. Make ice cream in a bag- This pin gives you directions for ice cream in a bag
  34. Have a family BBQ
  35. Play in the rain
  36. Go star gazing
  37. play mini golf
  38. visit a state park
  39. Watch the sun set
  40. visit a zoo or farm
  41. go roller skating
  42. go tubing in a river
  43. Laugh so hard you cry
  44. complete a 1,000 piece puzzle
  45. Have a water gun fight
  46. Play hide and seek in the dark
  47. sleepover with friends
  48. Make cookies
  49. Feed the ducks
  50. Make an Instagram album of all of our summer fun no matter what we end up doing
  51. Campout in the living room
  52. Visit a ice cream truck

Friday, May 31, 2013

3rd Grade Awards

  I am so thankful that I was able to go to Zoe’s year end awards day. She had a great year thanks to her AWESOME teacher! We sure will miss the elementary school next year. This school only goes through third grade then you move up to the intermediate school. We have had a fantastic experience at BSES.









Wednesday, May 29, 2013

8th Grade Graduation

   Did I really just write 8th grade graduation? I can not believe that my first born will be in high school come August. I really didn’t cry when he started k-5 but I am here to tell you the tears are going to flow when I drop him off. Everyone always tells you to enjoy the moments because time flies by. Well I can now say that it really true. It was just yesterday that he came home from 4k and told me he had no friends. Of course I cried and thought about taking him out but come to find out all the kids were just a little shy. He made friends and all was well with the world again.

   Anyway, his school had a commencement ceremony and as I watched them all walk across the stage I flashed forward 4 short years. I start to panic at the thought of only having 4 more years until he leaves home, 4 more summer vacations, 4 more years until he is an adult. I catch myself praying all the time for the Lord to help me cherish these next 4 years.