Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easter 2017

Easter 2017
Chapman was introduced to her most favorite game to date - hunting Easter eggs!
She is all about the candy!
 Our two littles had egg hunts at their preschool.  
 Next up was the "street/neighbor" egg hunt...
 Our biggest girl was not about to hunt with a basket this year but the Target bag saved our day!
 Each egg hunt allowed for the children to find 12 eggs so the kiddos were all counting their eggs as they went along!
 I am so thankful for these sweet baskets given to us by Ryan's Aunt Peggy.  So sweet!
 This little one has learned to look at the camera when she wants to and to avoid it at other times....thankfully I have learned to snap quickly and be happy with what I get!
 The big girls had such a good time sharing with their littlest sister!
 Dying eggs with this toddler was a new experience!
I think she is the first to try and eat the egg, shell and all, as she dyed it!
 This guy humored us with dying an egg too!  We are so thankful for our bigs and their hearts that love their sisters big!  (Colin was helping his Pop with some music on his iPod!)
 Maddox discovered how to dye half of the egg one color and the other half another color....
 and I learned that their a reason to use the utensils when dying eggs!  
 Easter morning was extra special this year with Gran and Pop here!  
 Our sweet Maryn kept her sunglasses on until it was time to go to church!
 My two helpers decorated the bunny cake....we sure to miss our annual bunny cakes from our old neighbor Ms. Ann!
 Maddox learned a lesson on how to devil eggs from Gran....
 and then it was church and pictures!
Maryn fell asleep on the way home from church and she never wakes with a happy face....thus, the long face in our pics.
 This sweet girl
Chapman McKensie
So thankful she is home with us and celebrating Easter this season with her family!
 My boys
My three favorite boys
 Gran, Pop, and our six kiddos!
 Following church, my sister and her family arrived as well as our dear friends, the Mohrs!  We were so excited to have everyone with us for the afternoon....good food, good laughter, egg was all good for our souls!
He is Risen Indeed!

Saturday, April 8, 2017


We began our day in Charleston at the Charleston Aquarium
 It is just the right size for the littles...
 and they all had fun seeing just what kind of wildlife surrounds us in the south!  EEK.
 The tidal pool was a huge hit with Maddox and Maryn....
 Maddox loved having the opportunity to pick up the starfish and sea goodies....
 Maryn was a little more skeptical but she did eventually close her eyes and touch the starfish!
 This little one was so excited the entire time in the aquarium....she yelled, "Bish! Bish!" at everything that remotely looked like a fish!
 Maddox wanted to take a lot of pictures to share with her class after Spring Break....
 and she was really the only one who wanted anything to do with actually looking at the camera....
 she cracks me up with her poses....she is the child in our family that has the most expression and says the most random, deep-though provoking things!
 I captured all of our crew with Daddy....
 and then the mermaid show began so we took off to see what that was all about....
 the girls danced and clapped and played high-five with the mermaid....such a cool thing to see for these three little girls yet it made their mama a bit nervous for that mermaid - under water for 20 minutes with only a tube to take breaths out of?!?!?  
 The views from the aquarium are filled with mermaids too!
 The aquarium trip was definitely a "older three, younger three" kind of deal....they all enjoyed it in different ways!
 And then we were off to the Market.....
 sweet treats and pralines for everyone!
 Waterfront Park
 This park is such a breath of fresh air....people are studying, groups are dancing, laughter and squeals are abundant as children run through the fountains....
 the sound of the flowing water, the cool breeze off of the river....
 the history that is off in the distance and just around every corner as is breathtaking!
 This little bundle of joy savored every moment of her time at Waterfront Park.
 It would not be a complete trip to the park without a picture of mom and dad in front of the pineapple fountain where it all began so many years ago!
 Our live-wire and her partner in crime....
 I went to take a pic of something else and then decided our shadows were kind of cool....
 the girls acquired sweet water grass roses from a man on the dock.....they used them as their "power" and had a great afternoon of imaginary play as we walked around the city.
This little one was a pure joy to watch in Charleston.  She never complained of the walking, she played and played when given the opportunity, she was all smiles and jumping into new adventures without a bit of hesitation (except where touching live things underwater came into play!) and she was just fun to be with!  The height of her day came at dinner as she devoured lemons.  She was being so silly with these sour little additions to her meal.  
Our day was not a day of all fun.  To keep things real, there were moments of complaining, moments of frustration, moments of "can we do this?," and moments where I wanted to just run off with my older kiddos and leave the others behind with their dad....bigs to littles and trying to do family fun that all will enjoy can be a challenge at times for our group of eight.  But this little lemon photo is the one that I will cherish during this season in our is all things sweet, a few things sour, yet very endearing.  

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seabrook 2017 Take Two

These two middles have spent quite a bit of time together this week and I am so thankful for the friendship that is being built and nurtured as they grow together!
 Pryce has grown over the years but I love that he is still young at heart....give him a net and he is on the hunt for minnows or crabs or whatever else may hop into his net!
 The sand was a bit soft and the children all took turns running and jumping as hard as they could to see how far they could sink into the sand....
 Football and more football....and off the beach, it was golf and more golf:) 
 Maddox has been taking gymnastics this year and she has a little that wants to learn a bit from her!
 Chapman is full speed ahead and she definitely has the attitude that says, "What you can do, I can do too!"  Look out world, this little one is going to do BIG things!
 The girls were so excited to go to the beach for a walk on our first day at Seabrook!  Dressed, hair fixed and all posed up!
 A girl and her thumb....I love to see her with a thumb in her mouth.
 Chapman decided to get all dolled up for the pool....I possibly forgot to pack her bathing suit on this particular night at the pool!
 Sweet Maryn....she is a little weary of what may or may not be in the sand.  Carefully, carefully goes this little one!
 The beauty that surrounds us is breathtaking.
 A bike ride to the other side of the island brought about some tired legs that needed to rest at the crabbing dock tower for a moment!
 This sight each morning for our daily bike ride made me wish our life was always this simple.  
 These two.  
They have laughed many laughs this week together.  
Daily there are disagreements, tattling is like a competition, bitterness over sweetness is prevalent....and then there is the laughter, the silliness, the games, the singing....its the latter of this segment that I prefer!
Sometimes one thumb just isn't enough for this little cherub.  
 "Mom, take this picture and send it to Mrs. Robertson because she misses me!"
My sweet Maddox has had such a wonderful year in First Grade with Mrs. Robertson.  Simply put, she just loves her and I am positive the feeling is mutual.  They are kindred spirits and I am so very thankful for love that Mrs. Roberston pours into Maddox each and every day at school.