Saturday, July 28, 2018

Anniversary Date

Shannon and I went on an anniversary date and the carnival was in town. He let me stop and take some pictures. I love that man. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

A day at the Zoo

This past week has been a flurry of activity. First we canned salsa at Mom's on Monday. Tuesday we went to the zoo. Wednesday we went rafting! Yesterday was a dentist appt for all three of the youngers. And here we are at Friday already! Whew! What a week!

Tuesday we tagged along with the Children's dept at church and enjoyed a morning at the Chattanooga Zoo. The kids always enjoy going, but they love it more when they get to go with a group and be with their cousins and friends. 

This baby peacock was adorable! I love how mom and baby are here keeping a low profile in the shade and then daddy peacock is over there in the background strutting away!
One thing I love about this little zoo is the extra details they showcase. Local artisans make things and it adds to the beauty of the zoo.  This mosaic parrot is just one example.
The petting zoo is always a big hit. The kids love to be able to interact with the animals.

I am always looking at the beautiful plants, shrubbery, leaves, etc... There are a lot of beautiful things to see, we just have to keep our eyes open!

Have a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Family Time

Last weekend we had EVERYONE home... if you are a parent of young adults with jobs, you may know the rarity of this! And when your eldest asks for the family to do something together your home-body self jumps and says "YES!" 
So we thought about what we could do and decided to use our "kids bowl free" passes and go bowling and then take a little hike around the Nature Center. 

Just in case you didn't know... the kids bowl free is great! You get two free games for each kid, BUT you have to rent shoes. So just know that if you are interested.
Also, here's the link! 
I feel a little guilty because all these years we have lived so close to the Nature Center, but I don't think we have ever visited. Such a shame... but we will rectify that, I have no doubt! 
We thoroughly enjoyed the short little trek we took Saturday evening. 

It was hot as blazes and SUPER humid... blech! But we had a great time!

It's always a thrill to be together with the whole family. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

A Day of Sunflowers

Yesterday we got a very, very special treat! I found out about this sunflower field within an hours drive from our house and took the kids and my mom on a little adventure!

It was far prettier than I could have imagined! I actually gasped when I saw the fields! My favorite flower (at least one of them, but probably my most favorite) in SUCH abundance! 
Yellow!!! Yellow!!! Yellow!!!

The farm allows you to go take pictures in the massive fields across the road from their home and then pick your own bouquet in the field behind their home. You get a big bucket and can fill the bucket for $15. It was such fun! 
I loved walking through the fields and seeing all the happy bees. I wanted to stay longer and take more pictures, but things didn't work out that way... it was ok though, because it was HOT... even though we got there at about 9:30 am!
I am so thankful for any time I get to be with my kids. They are growing up SO rapidly... every moment with them is a gift and I want to cherish that.
Speaking of growing up, Carlie just turned 14... it's crazy. 
Abe will be 13 next month! 
Also, if you look closely, there is a teeny green grasshopper on the sunflower he is standing next to!
My little Moma! Bless her, she's so little that I had to look hard for her in the field, the sunflowers were much taller than her! 

This little rascal was a hoot. There was SO much to see that he didn't want to stand still for pics! He wanted to explore! And then a little later he wanted to go to the car and turn the air on... cause he said it was TOO HOT! haha

I love the huge bouquet on my kitchen table! It's perfect!
What a wonderful trip! A beautiful blessing indeed!