Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Friday we ventured into the "big city" as HG called it.  Charleston is where Marty and I honeymooned in May of 2007, and it is one of our favorite cities.  It was a joy to walk around this beautiful town with our little girl!

After exploring we had a fancy lunch at Magnolias.  This is HG's first experience with cloth napkins and white tablecloths.  

 We spent the afternoon at the beach, and ended the day with a nice walk on the beach.  HG loving her Paw Paw and Pops below on the sand.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


One of the best parts of our beach trip was that my Grandmother came.  I loved watching HG enjoy playing with her Great Grandmother, her namesake.



Early morning Bible reading on the front porch with a gorgeous sunrise. 

 A good beach day was followed by local bluegrass at a restaurant on Folly Rd.  This made us miss living in southwest Virginia and brought us back to the days when we frequented the Floyd County Jamboree.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Folly Beach

Early September we traveled to Folly Beach, a beach right outside of Charleston, SC.  It was a quaint and quite beach, with a cute main street with shops and restaurants.  Our house was right across the beach, so it was a quick walk to enjoy the sand and ocean!  Hatley-Grace enjoyed playing in the sand, splashing in the waves, collecting shells and flying a kite. 

Monday:We were welcomed in our beach house with a basket of new flip flops for us to enjoy.  HG loved trying on the "too big" flops. 
 There was also a princess game that had lots of jewelry in it.  HG always wore some of the jewelry to the beach. :)
 It was an overcast, rainy morning, yet it didn't keep us from the shore.
 Mimi and Pops exploring the waves.

 Wet sand is the best for making castles.

 Kite flying family fun!
We started our second morning at the beach with a walk to the fishing pier. 
 We checked out the surfers in the waves.
 The sun was out and we were ready to hit the beach!

 When we returned home for lunch, the sprinklers were on.  What a fun way to wash off the sand!

 After lunch and nap, we returned to the beach for a little more evening fun!
 This dolphin was left on the beach, and we enjoyed riding it in the waves.  Marty used it as a boogie board, and HG balanced on it in the surf.
To be continued...

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer is for road trips

We just got back from a quick trip to Virginia.  We drove up Wednesday, left HG with the in-laws on Thursday to spend two days in Blacksburg for a college roomate's wedding.  We returned to the Richmond area on Saturday and drove back to Florida Monday.  Whew.  It was a great time visiting with family and friends, and a refreshing time away for just Marty and me in Blacksburg.

Thursday night were enjoyed a beautiful rehearsal dinner at the Blacksburg Country Club.  That evening we drove back to Roanoke and spent the night at my Aunt and Uncle's house.  We were grateful for their hospitality and enjoyed breakfast together Friday morning.
Friday we drove into Blacksburg and spent the whole day exploring campus and reminiscing about our glory days at Tech.  We got to see the brand new indoor football training fields, went in Lane Stadium, the Horticulture Gardens were we got engaged 9 years ago!  There were lots of new buildings to see as well.  We went to Main Street for a nice lunch at Cabo Fish Taco, one of our favorite local spots.

Once we had walked over 20,000 steps according to Marty's iPhone, we headed to check in at the Inn at Virginia Tech.  We got ready for the wedding festivities and watched my sweet friend marry her groom in the sunken gardens near the Duck Pond.  We partied the night away at the Inn with college friends.  The next morning, I enjoyed a cool morning walk around campus, we ate with friends and then headed back to Colonial Heights.  On the drive, we stopped for lunch to see more friends in Lynchburg. 
This getaway was so refreshing for both of us.  We loved reconnecting with friends that we live so far away from.  We are blessed to have these sweet people who love us well and pray for us and our ministry.

Hatley-Grace had a wonderful time with her Paw Paw and BB.  She was a great traveler as well.  We filled up the 11/12 hour drive with a picnic lunch at rest stops, reading books, playing baby dolls, movies, sticker books, naps, and even an ice cream stop on the way home :)

 Ice cream in the car seat is most definitely a vacation only occurrence (a potential huge mess, avoided by sharing with Mama) :)

I hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Car Seats

Just turned this little one around to face front in the car.  She loves it!  I now hear, "What's that?" constantly while driving!  She asks to drive as well too :)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer lovin'

This girl loves summer time.
 We spend time outside in the water almost everyday.
 This little $5 pool from last summer has been the perfect way to keep cool in the Florida sun.
 And we are loving the sprinkler HG got for her birthday.
 I hope you are staying cool and finding fun ways to still play outside in the heat.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Birthday Party

We had a simple, playdate style birthday party for Hatley-Grace on Monday at our house.  HG loves playing outside, so we got out all her favorite toys, chalk, bubbles, bikes, balls, water table, pool, sand box and the sprinkler.  She had a fun morning play with friends!
 The food was simple snacks, watermelon sticks (covered b/c of the bugs), blueberry and banana muffins, sausage balls and butterfly snack bags with Cherrios, goldfish and raisins.

 It was hot out so the sprinkler was a hit!

 After everyone was sufficiently soaked and tired out, we all sang happy birthday to HG!
 And enjoyed homemade popsicles.  I found a great recipe for yummy banana peanut butter popsicles and made a chocolate version as well, which HG promptly chose and enjoyed!
It is so bittersweet to see your baby grow up and thrive.  I'm excited to watch her continue to develop into the little girl God has planned for her to be, yet I will always remember her as a little bitty newborn as well.