Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Terrific Tuesday

 Yesterday, the kids and I headed to Imaginon in uptown.  
We met my sister, B, and her sweet crew there too, and enjoyed a fun morning out together. 
Sophie's BFF, Zoe, came along with us as well. 
We had tickets to see their "Terrific Tuesday" show called COLD BLOODED ENCOUNTERS, where the kids learned all about lizards, frogs, tranchulas, and snakes. 

After the show, we had a nice picnic lunch outside before heading back in to explore the rest of the library. 
They have an AWESOME fairy tale exhibit on display right now and
the kids had a blast dressing up and jumping into stories like Cinderella,  Jack (from Jack and the Beanstalk), and the elves (from The Elves and the Shoemaker)!

What a fun way to spend a summer day!

Monday, August 4, 2014

What our summer is all about...

It's AUGUST! How in the world is THAT even possible?!? SIGH. 
We have now entered the month where (very soon) the dog days of summer will be replaced with the busyness of school and schedules. 
And as much as I LOVE the change of seasons, I'm not ready to say goodbye to our summer, quite yet. 
We've packed a lot into our break, so far, and we plan to have a few more fun-filled adventures before it all comes to an end!

So... here's just a little peak at what some of our summer days have consisted of...
One of our very favorite things to do is ride around our little hood on our bikes/scooters!

The kids and I got Shane tickets to the Knights game for Father's Day.
Friday night, my sweet mom watched the "littles" for us, while we had a fun night at the new stadium in uptown with the "bigs"!
The weather wasn't looking very promising, but the Lord answered my prayers and held off the rain for us! We enjoyed a wonderful (and unseasonably cool) evening out!
Shane is once again playing soft ball with our Adult Life Group from church.
Our family has a blast going out to the church fields each week and cheering on our "Team Grey" to victory. 
The kids love running and playing outside, while I love getting a chance to chat with some of my church friends on the side lines!
It's always such a fun summer night.
 Shane is not the only one who has enjoyed playing a summer sport this year.
 Corban has continued to sharpen his soccer skills while playing in a 3V3 league this summer.
They practiced two nights a week, and then played in a few weekend tournaments around town.
We LOVED watching him play and the kids have so much fun cheering him on!
 And speaking of "cheering"...our Sophie attended Gott Cheer Camp again this summer.
She LOVED it and learned so many FUN cheers...which she continues to practice EVERY.SINGLE.DAY at home;)
LOVE my girl!
AHHHHHH!!!! Can you believe it?!? THIS sweet girl will start Kindergarten in a matter of weeks!!
Last Tuesday, she went to school for her Kindergarten assessment. 
She was super nervous at first, which surprised me a little because ALL she talks about is how excited she is to go to school. Thankfully, she loosened up quickly and had a great time.
Over dinner that night, she told her Daddy she scored a 100% on her "test" that day!
I'm not sure she got a 100%, but I do know she had FUN and is now (more than ever) looking forward to school starting in a few weeks.
This summer, more than any other before, is just flying by. I'm doing my best to treasure each moment and celebrate each day we're together. The celebrations are usually simple in nature, like celebrating National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!
 Recognizing the little stuff is what makes each day sweet!
And THAT'S what summer is all about!

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Greenway (a hidden gem)

  After living in Charlotte for most of my life (since I was 6), I tend to think I know our area pretty well. I *think* I know where all the fun, CHEAP places are to hang out with the kids, and we usually make our rounds accordingly.
However, yesterday, I discovered a new spot. may not be new to most "Charloteans", but to us, it was like finding a "hidden gem".
We discovered Anne Springs Close Greenway.
I don't know how in the world we've missed this AMAZING park before, but it will definitely be on our "Favorite Places to Go" list from now on!
 We met some of our friends from our Sunday School class there, and had such a fun morning together. 
We hiked! We explored the creek! We walked across the swinging bridge! 
We had a picnic lunch! And we enjoyed sweet fellowship with some wonderful friends.

We cannot wait to go back again for more adventures, and to discover more of this AMAZING area!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Playdates and Popsicles

We LOVE having all our cousins live close by!

It's such a blessing to be able to have play dates and impromptu get togethers all summer long.

Yesterday, ALL of our sweet cousins joined us at the pool for a day of fun in the sun!

We had the best time just hanging out and enjoying each others company.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gone to the Lake

 We were beyond blessed to spend this past weekend visiting our sweet friends, the Howard's, at their lake house. 
 Our life group from church actually came up on Saturday too, and we ALL had a wonderful time of fun and fellowship together. 
Our family then spent the night that evening, and got to hang out on the water all day on Sunday as well.
The weather screamed "summer" as temps climbed into the mid 90's,
but that just made our time on the lake that much more enjoyable.
 My kids absolutely LOVE the water and thoroughly enjoy every water activity possible.
Boating, Tubing, Swimming, Fishing, and Jet Skiing...
 What ever it was...they were willing and ready!

We are so grateful for our gracious friends, AND (most importantly) for the time and precious memories we made with them this weekend!!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Welcome to CiCi's

 My sweet sister, B, is really great at planning outings for the kids. She LOVES a good field trip, and is always so gracious about inviting my kids to tag along too. It's the teacher in her shining through;) Yesterday, she had a tour planned for us at CiCi's Pizza. 
I FUN, right!?! kids definitely thought so. 
 We had a great time learning all about pizza, how it's made, and meeting who actually makes it. 
 We toured the kitchen, peaked in the enormous refrigerator,  saw how they make their dough, and  learned about the oven which cooks a pizza in less than FIVE minutes.
After our grand tour was over, the kids gathered around the table and each got to make their own personal pizza.
And yes...a little sampling was going on too;)
Totally caught in the act.
The girl could not help herself;)
And just as promised, our pizza's were in and out of the oven in about FIVE minutes. 
And to be didn't take much longer than that for my hungry crew to dig in and devour their delicious creations;)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The BEST week of the summer

Summer break isn't over quite yet, but I think it's safe to say that we just wrapped up the BEST week of our entire summer. Heck...It may have been the BEST week of THE entire YEAR!  One of my sweet friends compared it to waking up on Christmas morning five days in a row.  
Yup...that's a pretty good description about our Vacation Bible School! 
Five wonderful days filled with nothin but excitement, high energy, and AMAZING FUN! 
Seeing 800 kids get excited about praising, worshiping, and serving JESUS was truly breath taking!! 
It was a blessing for me to serve on the VBS leadership team again this year! Not only did I help head up the craft department, but I also got to play a fun part in the VBS drama each morning;)
My sweet friend Melanie and I were "Sissy and Missy"--
two very perky and peppy cheerleaders;)
 We switched things up just a bit in the craft department this year. The kids made something for the first three days of the week, but on Thursday and Friday they had the opportunity to put "feet to their faith" as they worked with Servants with a Heart. 
This was hands down, the high light of the entire week. For two days I got to help our kids pack over 53,000 meals to feed the people in Nicaragua! Our VBS kids raised over $16,000.00 for this project. They paid for it! They prepared it! They packed it!  And then they prayed over each food box they filled! 
They did it ALL!!! 
I was BLOWN away!!!!
 The grand finale to our amazing week was rocking it out with the "Go Fish Guys" in concert on Friday night at our church! 
If you have never heard of Go Fish...look them up. They are AMAZING! And I'll LOVE their music just as much as your kids do.