Saturday, December 24, 2011

Wide awake

At around 5:30 this morning I woke up to Liam talking in his sleep. Every time I would try to go back to sleep he would make some more noise. So here I am, wide awake.

The mind wonders when the house is silent.

I was thinking how much I love my kids.
How I need to cut my husband a little slack.
How much I would love to have a in-ground pool and when I am finished with school maybe we can get one.
That I am excited to see the kids reaction tomorrow morning.
How much I loved that Acacia got super excited last night when she saw baby Jesus in someones nativity.
I am happy that she even knows who baby Jesus is.
We need to go to church more.
I miss my family.
I wish all of my family would get along.
I wish my dad was still alive, because there is so much I want to tell him. I want my kids to know him.
I wish my grandpa was still alive. Helping Josh's grandpa every week makes me miss mine terribly.
The power of prayer is amazing.
I was thinking how lame it was that our Walmart had to take down their Christmas tree because someone was offended. How did our world get to the place that someone can be offended by someones birthday party? And why do we care so much that we hide it. If someone said they were offended that I was celebrating my daughters birthday at the park, could I get rid of the balloons, I would tell them they are crazy and laugh. But no way would I get rid or anything or stop celebrating.
I was thinking that as much as I try to be a good person, I still have a lot of work to do.
I wish it would start snowing right now and not stop until after Christmas.
I wish my friends ex would leave him alone and move on..."go sell crazy somewhere else"
I wonder if you ate onions and garlic everyday for a while, how long would you smell like onions and garlic after you stopped eating them ;~)

I guess that's it.
Hmm...weird, long, rambling post.
Sorry :)

Have a great Christmas everyone!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fw: Random happenings

Frustrated :(
I don't understand why sometimes my emails don't send right. Here is a forward of my post that never made it


-----Original message-----
From: "jchhardin@yahoo.com" <jchhardin@yahoo.com>
To:
jchhardin.hannah@blogger.com
Sent:
Mon, Dec 19, 2011 15:24:03 GMT+00:00
Subject:
Random happenings

Liam chillin'
Gingerbread house fun
Josh and the kids making sugar cookies
Liam making sure the sprinkles are good :)
Liam crashed out at Wal-Mart
Goofy kids
Liam trying to slide by himself

The last couple of months have been so busy. Between the holidays, birthdays, and school, we haven't stopped. These pictures are a few of the things we have been doing (sorry I haven't figured out how to put the pictures and the captions together from my phone)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas :~)

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Dentist

Yesterday was our semiannual family trip to the dentist. This was Acacia's first official dentist appointment. She was a little nervous at first, but was such a big girl. The only thing that she would not do, was have the water squirted in her mouth. The dental hygienist gave her a cup of water instead. Let me just say that the ladies that work at Dr. Harris office are fabulous. Not only are they friendly and nice to talk to, they are wonderful with my children. My hygienist ( I am ashamed to have forgotten her name) was so great with Acacia. She was so patient when Acacia was nervous. She explained everything she was going to do and let Acacia see and touch some of the tools. She was awesome.
Yay for clean teeth :~)

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Like most people we put up our Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving. We are not quite done yet, though. We still have the outside to do. I am excited to start seeing lights up everywhere. That's one of my favorite parts of the season, looking at lights.

Thanksgiving was nice. We had it at our house with most of Josh's family.
Josh and his sister braved the crowds for black friday, but were home by midnight. Then Friday morning we put up our tree with the kids. Liam napped through most of it, but I figure that was probably a good thing. I was afraid he might think since we touched the ornaments to put them on the tree, then he could play with them. He has been really good so far about not messing with any decorations. We wrapped some presents last night and put them under the tree, hopefully he won't mess with them.
After we put up our tree we headed over to my sisters house to visit with them. Our families decided this year not to have a second Thanksgiving turkey and stuff. We decided to go out to eat at a mexican restaurant my sister and her family really like. It was yummy. We had a good time.

Josh's sister had her baby shower Saturday. It turned out nice. They got a lot of nice things. Next time they come home I have all sorts of hand me downs for them to take :~)

The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out with friends, doing housework, putting up more Christmas decorations, and doing homework.
I believe we were enjoying our time off so much that nobody was ready to get back to real life. Ha ha. But we must.
I only have about two weeks left of the semester and then I have almost a month break before the next semester starts. That will be nice and kind of necessary for my poor fried, overwhelmed brain.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween

To start the evening of trick or treat fun we had 2 sick kids and a cranky teething toddler. Super.
Liam hated wearing his hat and would cry the whole time it was on at first.
Acacia was being argumentative and Hannah was sick.
Poor Hannah wanted to go so bad, but felt so bad she couldn't even stand while I did her hair :(.  After doping her up a little she felt a little bit better, so we headed out.
First we ran by Josh's grandpa's house. By the time we got there Liam was starting to get used to the whole idea of trick or treating. After we visited for a few minutes we went over to our church for trunk or treat. The kids had a ton of candy already, but we wanted to try to see our friends at a different church's trunk or treat.
The other church was awesome (not that our church wasn't great). We trunk or treated several rows of cars, then went on a hay ride.
By the time we were done with the hay ride, we were cold and Hannah was exhausted.
We stopped by Josh's parents real quick and then headed home.
The kids were so tired they didn't even go through their candy last night. I'm sure they will be ready to go through it after school :~)

I hope everyone and a fun, safe Halloween.

Monday, October 24, 2011

I must be dreaming

This is my backyard this morning. I love it. On the rare morning I don't have kids up with me, this is my favorite place to sit and have a cup of coffee.

This morning something weird happened. The sun was coming up, lighting up the trees, which I thought was so pretty, so I took a picture. I went and switched over laundry, sat down and looked outside again and it was gone. How crazy is that. Its like the sun decided to go back down. I would think I was dreaming (I am sleep deprived today) except I did take a picture.
Wild...who knows...
Anyways, hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Say a little prayer for my little prince. I have to take him to the doctor today. He won't move his arm and when I try to move it he cries. :~(

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Granny's visit

I have not had the time to blog about my grandma's visit to NC. We had such a great time. It had been over 3 years since we had seen my grandma, she hadn't even met Liam yet.
She got in on a Wendsday, late, so we just went home and to bed.
Thursday we just rested and hung out for the most part. I had to go to school, but I was able to visit with her all morning.
Some of my friends wanted to meet her, so Friday we had the Tupper, Scotty and Cannons over for dinner.
It was a blast. The Cannons came over early so we could shoot the shotgun (I may have called it a rifle in an earlier post, I was wrong). Fun, but man I had a bruise ha ha.
After everyone got there we had dinner and then we all played the Wii for a while. It was lots of fun.

Saturday we had a wedding to go to so my grandma went to my sisters and hung out. We met up with them for dinner after the wedding.
Sunday we took grandma to the Nature Center in Asheville. It was fun. Most of the animals were just laying around, but the cougars were playing. It was exciting to see them playing like our cats at home.
Tuesday I took grandma to TN to meet her sister so she could stay with them for a few days.
Skip forward (through boring school days) to Saturday.
Saturday we packed up the family and went to Pigeon Forge where we were to meet up with my grandma and her sister & husband to spend the weekend with them. We went to a craft fair, did a little shopping, fed ducks at the hotel, and played a few games of miniature golf. It was a really good time.
Wednesday I had to take her back to the airport. We will not wait so long between visits. It was too much. I miss her so much sometimes.

Anyways, I better go to Biology class and take this test :(
Wish me luck

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thank God

My car has been acting funny for a while. I have taken it in and spent lots of time and money trying to figure out what's going on. Well today I had to drive to Charlotte to drop my grandma off at the airport. As I was slowing down and turning my car made a not so good sound. We were in a hurry so I just kept on. On the way home it got worse. After I picked Hannah up from the bus stop it sounded like something was rattling in my wheel and when I tried to back up I had to force it.
After Josh came home (I called him and had him pick up Acacia, I wasn't going to drive the explorer anymore. It was making me very uneasy) we pulled the wheel off and found that one of the bolts that was supposed to hold the break "boot" on had fallen out.
Scary!
Thank you God we made it home without anything bad happening.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Good times

Band Hero
Josh and 3 of his sisters
Amy and James
Acacia, Granny, and Hannah (she liked the hat they made me wear lol)

We have been having a great time with granny. Friday we had some friends over for a bbq. I wanted them to meet my grandma. We had a blast. Amber and Carl came over early so Carl could show us how to shoot a rifle. That was fun...I have the bruise on my shoulder to prove it ha ha. No, it really was fun. I would like to practice a little more so its second nature and I don't feel so awkward.
Once everyone else started showing up we put the gun away and started the grill.
After we ate it started getting chilly, so we headed inside. My grandma had never see a Wii before so we played some Just Dance for a while, then got our Band Hero stuff out. So fun.

Saturday we had a wedding to go to. Josh's sister Amy was getting married. Granny went to my sisters to hang out.
The wedding was beautiful. Stupid me forgot the camera so the only pictures I have are on my phone, which does not do it justice.

Sunday we met my sister and niece at the nature center in Asheville. It was a little chilly, but we still had fun. The kids did activity books, doing things like finding different leaves and drawing animals...and earned their Wild Child badges. They were so excited. Of course, we knew they were wild children ha ha.
After the nature center we took granny to our favorite mexican restaurant, Pappa's N Beer. Yummy! Of course since my birthday was Monday, they had them sing to me. They don't just sing to you though, you get to wear the sombrero and they take a spoonful of your dessert and put it in our face. Funny...I had whipped cream in my nose for hours LOL.

Tuesday I took granny to Tennessee to stay with her sister for a few days. Now I need to get caught up on house work and homework.

Grandmas. How could we live without them. I sure love mine :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

House Guest

Granny is finally here!
We have been waiting for my grandma to fly out for months. I am so glad. We haven't seen her in 3 years. Hopefully I will have lots of fun pictures to post in the next few weeks. Tonight we are having a big bbq with all our friends. My family doesn't get to meet my friends very often so we are having everyone over :)

Right now I think I need to visit my medicine cabinet and the coffee maker to help get rid of this headache.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Funny story

My friend posted this to facebook and I thought it was hilarious, so I thought I would share it with everyone.



Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife. ... A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:



Last weekend I saw something at Larry's Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest.. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer. The effects of the Tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety...?? WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home... I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs. AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave. Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right? There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong? So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Tazer in another. The directions said that: a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; and a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries. All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5" long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, 'no possible way!' What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best. I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, 'Don't do it stupid,' reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and... HOLY MOTHER OF GOD. WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. WHAT THE... !!! I'm pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room. Note: If you ever feel compelled to 'mug' yourself with a Tazer, one note of caution: There is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor! A three second burst would be considered conservative! A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I had crapped in my shorts, but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair. I'm still looking for my testicles and I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return! PS: My wife can't stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it

Sunday, September 11, 2011

1st time for everything

This last week we have had several "1st times" for Acacia.

She started preschool last week. She cried, I cried, but after all was said and done she loved it. (I am a little bit nervous about tomorrow, her second day, but hopefully she will remember how much she loved it)

Right now Acacia is at her first sleepover with sissy. Hannah was going to sleepover with some friends and Acacia was heart broken when I told her she was coming home with us. She wanted to stay so bad. Amber (the friends mom, and my friend) told her she could stay too. It was so cute how excited they all were. I hope they behaved themselves.

My little, shy, Acacia is starting to come out of her shell.
I love her so much.
They really do grow up so fast.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Magid Lens Cleaner Review

http://www.magidglove.com/Magid-Lens-Cleaning-Towelettes-M100D-1.aspx
I will be honest, when I signed up to received this product I apparently didn't read the email thoroughly. I thought I was getting gloves. Ha ha. So I was surprised when I opened the package and it was lens cleaners. I don't wear eyeglasses, but I do wear sun glasses. So, I grabbed a few packets and threw them in my car to use next time I needed to clean my sunglasses. When I used it to clean my glasses, which always have fingerprints on them, it was amazing how clean they came. I decided that if it could clean my glasses so well, I was going to try it on the screen of my phone. It was like when I first opened my phone. I could literally see my reflection in it.
I love this product. It cleans without streaks and comes in handy little packets I can store in my purse or glove box. I am so excited about this product that I handed some out to my friends at a bar-b-que we attended.  I know they will love it just as much as I do.

** I was provided with this product at no charge in order to give my opinions and views of this company and their materials. I was not compensated by any monetary means.**

Monday, August 29, 2011

Busy, busy

Liam loving on Hannah :~)

Our lives are so busy right now. I haven't had time to blog like I would like to, so there is much to catch up on.

Hannah went back to school. My big 3rd grader. We met her teacher, Mrs. Hughes. She seems nice. Unfortunatly, Hannah is in the same class as a child that has given her problems before. This child used to get Hannah (and the class sometimes) in trouble. Now, I'm not saying that Hannah is perfect, but between what Hannah would tell me and what the teacher would tell me, it was clear that 90% of the problem was the other child. When I noticed that this child is in Hannahs class this year I talked to her teacher about it and the teacher said knowingly "Oh yea, I had her brother last year. I'm sure she will be with me most of the year." Ha ha. It must run in the family.

As you may or may not know, I have gone back to school to get my RN. Right now I am taking four classes; Success and study skills, Biology, Expository writing, and Algebra. It hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. Of course we are only a couple weeks in ha ha. I have my first biology test today, but I feel pretty prepared for it.
I use my time between classes and even some of the breaks to do homework. Of course I have to do some at home and I use Liams nap time to finish what I can. Luckly, my success and study skills teacher doesn't like to give homework :~)

On top of school I have been back at weight watchers for a while now and have kicked it up a notch by working out. I try to do that while Liam is napping too. Right now my goal is to get on the Wii fit 5 days a week. I don't have a set time or routine right now. I just want to get in the habit of making time to work out. Most days I am able to get 10-15 minutes in. Last week was a bust. Between school, appointments and homework, I think I only worked out 2 or 3 times. Its okay though, we are still trying to get in a groove and Acacia is supposed to start school soon, plus gymnastics starts soon too. It will probably take a couple of weeks to really get in a good routine.

We have some exciting events coming up though. We have a big bbq Labor day weekend with our friends. It should be lots of fun.
Also, our friend has been going through the training to be a state trooper and is graduating soon. We took some time off to attend his graduation and then visit my sister in law (who lives not far from where we will be) and her family. We are looking forward to seeing her new house.
Our big event that we have been looking forward to for months now (the kids have even made a paper chain to count the days down), is my grandma coming to visit. We have not seen my grandma in 3 1/2 years. Acacia was only 6 months old and Liam wasn't even thought of yet.
I have also heard a whisper of possibly my older sister coming to visit soon.
Living so far away from my family is hard, but it sure makes it special when we do get to see them.

In other news, my sister in law, Tina, and my cousin Desiree are pregnant. This is Desiree's first child. We are excited for her. They just found out that it is a girl :~)
Tina has a daughter and a step son, so this will be child 3. They have an ultrasound tomorrow. Hopefully the baby will let us see what gender it will be.

Lots going on in Hardin World, but right now the baby is taking a nap so I better get on the Wii and start this week off good.
Have a great week everyone.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sign

Here is a picture of my sign.

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Back to school

My wonderful hubby bought me a personalized lunch bag to take my dinner in every school night.
Love you Josh!

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New phone

I haven't blogged like I would like lately. I am going back to school and haven't got into a good routine yet. Plus I had to get a new phone and just haven't had time to get it set up and/or figured out all the way yet.
Hannah starts school this week (Acacia doesn't start McSmiles until after Labor day), so this week is going to be busy too.
Hopefully we will get in a good zone next week :-D.

Until then, I leave you with a picture of a sign my hubby got me this weekend (he might be trying to tell me something LOL).
Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

My children

I am so proud of my children.

Acacia~
4 months ago you couldn't get Acacia to get in the water past her ankles. Now she is swimming all around with her life jacket. In fact, while we were at the river today, she was practicing her dog paddle and doing her tricks...which was sticking her feet above the water. LOL  She is getting to be such a big girl.

Hannah~
Hannah is swimming without a life jacket. I am still a bit nervous, but today she proved to me that I don't need to worry (as much). She had been swimming all day and was looking tired out in the water. I was getting ready to swim out to her to see if she needed me to help her to shore, when she flipped over, floated on her back for a minute or two, and went back to swimming. That reassured me. (I will still worry...but isn't that my job)

She is also riding a bike without training wheels. This is a big deal. We don't have anywhere easy to learn how to ride a bike, so it has taken her a while to learn, but she has just about got it. Now to get her a bike that is actually the right size (man they grow fast!)

Liam~
My little man is such a trooper. He had his stiches out and his hand is healing very nicely.
He is standing on his own. He has been able to pull up, walk along things, and maybe even let go for a few seconds, for a while. But now he stands from the ground...and he thinks it hilarious. Its so funny. He will stand and start laughing so hard he falls back on his but, which he thinks is even funnier.
I love him...he is so goofy.

I am so blessed. I love my family so much!

Monday, August 1, 2011

1st ER visit

After several hours, he was ready to go
While waiting for the numbing meds to work, he fell asleep
3 stiches :(
It doesn't interfear with playing though

Liam had his first trip to the ER yesterday. He was playing with Acacia's tea set...crawling with the teapot and the teapot broke and cut his hand. It was bleeding so bad and he was so upset that I couldn't see how bad it was, so we took him to the ER. I taped some gauze over his cut before we left the house.
We arrived at the ER a little after 5pm. Thankfully Josh's parents were able to come get the girls. Hannah was really upset and they were both hungry (we were getting ready to get something to eat when it happened). About an half an hour or so later we got called back. They took our info, unwrapped the gauze...which made it start bleeding again, wrapped it back up, told us it would probably be an hour or so and sent us out to wait. Long (hungry, cranky, tired, bored) story short, 5 hours later we finally saw a doctor.
I have to admit that it was almost to much for me...seeing my baby in pain while they clean and stitch up his hand. I don't believe the numbing cream worked as well as it was supposed to. :( I got feeling a little sick to my stomach. I had to sit down after the doctor left the room.
He was such a trooper though and today it hasn't fazed him at all. I was afraid it would hurt him when I had to clean and re-dress it, but he didn't even pay me any attention.
I hope it heals fast and clean.

Camping

The kids playing in the tent one morning
Acacia resting after swimming all morning
Liam playing on his blanket
Liam taking a nap on mommys bed
Camp fire
The girls with glow-sticks by the fire

We had another relaxing camping trip at Carolina Hemlocks. I love it there. It was so packed we ended up having to camp in the upper camp-ground. Its not right on the river, but was just as nice and a bit more private. The river was just a short walk away, so we still got to swim whenever we wanted.
The weather was beautiful. Our campsite was shaded by trees, keeping it a nice temperature. Down at the river it was sunny and hot, which you want, because the river water is cold, cold. It was even warm enough at night you didn't have to bundle up.
My sister and niece came up and swam with us one day. We had a great time.
It rained the second night, but our tent is awesome and didn't leak at all. Luckly the rain stopped before we packed up.
It really was a nice, relaxing camping trip.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend fun

Our house has been "under construction" the last few weeks. New roof, new light fixtures, painting...etc. We have been busy, busy. We had planned on doing more around the house over the weekend. In fact, my hubby took Friday off to finish up some projects. Friday morning...rain. No problem. We needed to get Acacia's pictures done and this was a perfect time.
Love the pictures. They turned out great (no thanks to the photographer...but that's a whole long story).
Still raining.
Okay.
Hubby and I decide to drop the kids off with his parents and go door shopping. I believe we finally decided on some doors. The kids hate this kind of shopping, but we had a blast. It helped that we met several entertaining people that day also. I think we laughed until we couldn't laugh anymore. We even found time to hit up one of our favorite places to eat, Papa's N Beer. So yummy.

Saturday we had a birthday party at some new friends of ours house. Unfortunatly it was raining, so the kids didn't get to do the water games that were planned. It did clear up enough to let them ride bikes and play some outside. We had a great time.
We had already planned on some of our friends coming over for dinner and games. Well we had such a good time with the Cannons we invited them over as well.
We had such a great time. The kids played well together, while the adults played a game of Phase 10. It was lovely. We are already planning another get-together.

Sunday we overslept and missed church :~(
We did have a very productive day though, finishing up some projects. Later in the afternoon we took the kids to a park we have been wanting to check out. The park was very nice. It had a splash pad, large playground for big kids and a nice little kid one too. The people on the other hand....man. I actually had to get on to several children (um, where were their parents?!?). I would like to go back another time and try again.

Well, I guess that about covers it. Ha ha. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Misc happenings

Garden goodies
Liam and Hannah sharing blueberries
Liam feeding himself yogurt
Jammin' with sissy


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4th of July

Here are some pictures of the kids having fun on the 4th of July.

So busy

There has been so much going on.
With all the major storms we have had lately, there had been some damage to our house. Enter insurance people, yadda, yadda, yadda, now we have a new roof. Yay :~)
We have been blessed. Several projects are getting done around this house. I am so excited. In fact, this weekend, we are hoping to get some painting done.

My hubby had all last week off and we stayed busy. Between the 4th, bbq's, game nights with friends, construction and one day of being super lazy, we had a great vacation. 

Back to reality this week. *sigh*
On top of reality, this week brought the heat. Crazy, crazy heat. Ninty-some-odd degrees with the heat index making it in the hundreds. Don't forget the humidity. Ug.
Yesterday afternoon we just couldn't cool off. Even the house seemed unusually hot. As I was putting the kids to bed, Hannah commented about how hot the house was. It did seem hot still, so I turn the AC down to about 70deg. Well an hour later it was still almost 80deg in the house.
After a long hot night and an even hotter morning, we managed to get someone to come fix our AC.
Yay!

Ok...I have been interupted so many times trying to write this I can't even think straight.
I hope it isn't to confusing :~\


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Anniversary

June 30th, 2002

9 years.
We have been married for 9 years.
Its funny how it doesn't seem like we have been married that long, but at the same time, I feel like we have been together forever. Josh is the best thing that has ever happened to me. He is my best friend, my rock. He is a loving husband. And, of course, he gave 3 beautiful children. What more could a girl want :~)

We went out for our anniversary (without the kids) yesterday and had such a great day. We decided that we would try to do something new, so we headed to downtown Asheville. It was early afternoon but neither of us had had lunch and we were a little hungry, but decided we would walk around for a bit before we grabbed a bite. After finding a parking garage we just started walking. There were some outside venders selling all sorts of neat things. As we strolled along, window shopping, we happened upon a shop called The Chocolate Fetish. Really, how could we resist going in there.
Sticking with our "try something new" attitude we picked an assortment of chocolates to try...from red wine and rose truffles to chile cocoa nib chocolate rounds. Some were divine. Some I didn't care for. But it was so fun to step outside our comfort zone.
After walking a bit more we went in a spice store (I can't remember the name). There were spices I had never even heard of. We were encouraged to smell whatever spices we wished. I think I smelled about everyone of them, except the spicy ones. I picked up a worchestershire powder and sniffed a big sniff and it about knocked me on my butt. Ha ha ha. We had a good laugh about that. The store owners were kind enough to give me some coffee beans to help get that smell out of my nose.
It was really a neat little shop.
We stopped at a cute little vender that sold the cutest shirts. Sweeterthanthetea.com is her web site. These shirts are so cute and if your from the South or have visited here you will get a kick out of them.
We wondered in a high-end home decor store. Samples products at a spa. We also walked through an art gallery. It was so wonderful. Asheville park was having live music so we stopped there for a bit.
By this time we were getting quite hungry, so we headed to our favorite mexican restaurant, Pappa's N Beer, for a tasty dinner.
After our lovely dinner we wondered a few more stores then hit the movie theater. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 in 3D. It was good, but I loved all of them.
It was a wonderful day, with wonderful company. I can't wait to do it again.

Happy Anniversary Josh. I love you!


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Monday, June 27, 2011

1st camping trip of the summer

We have been looking forward to this, our first camping trip of the year, for weeks. Josh took Friday off and we gathered all of our gear and headed up to Carolina Hemlocks.
It was so nice. We had bought a new tent, our old one just wasn't working for our large family, and were so excited to set it up. Love it! It is so nice.
Saturday we took the kids (along with my mother in law) to "the swinging bridge". I don't know the story behind this bridge but it seems to be a popular place to visit. It was neat and the kids thought it was so cool they have already asked to go again.

It was a weekend of firsts...
Acacia went down a small part of the river by herself.
Acacia also swam with her life jacket. This is big. She normally has to be in the raft.
Hannah is learning to swim without her life jacket.
Liam, although he went camping when he was 6 weeks old, I count this as his first camping trip.

With the exception of some crazy neighbors, we had a nice relaxing camping trip. We have already started planning our next trip :~)

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