Thursday, August 28, 2014

Shake your sillies out

I love it when BeBe stops by randomly and makes my children laugh.  
It is just so much fun.
I love this little chubster and her sweet dimples.
Her smile is quite possibly the best thing ever.
Ohhhhh... and Percy.
Well, he's sure to insult me and make me laugh at the same time.
I seriously enjoyed the time I had this summer to soak up some time with my babies and my grands.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Late with Labor Day

I figured since we were about to celebrate Labor Day that I should load my 4th of July pics.  Just keeping it real time here people.  Real time with 3 little people under the age of 5.... means that the blog is about halfway down on the list of things that will get done never.  
Spencer spent part of the day sampling a delicacy of her fists.  Apparently they are delightful. 
Fun fact about that swim suit... its a 2t.  And we made it shorter than normal, but it still mostly fit her.

We got a surprise visit from my Uncle Gene who lives in Memphis TN!  He didn't tell anyone he was planning to stop by, he just showed up!  It was the best part of the day.  He walked into the kitchen at the lake house and my dad and my aunt spun around to see him standing there... Everyone cried.  It was awesome.  I hadn't seen him since PaPaw's funeral and I was thrilled that we were at the lake house to visit with him!  
Typical.
Libby hamming it up and Hayes refusing the photo. 
We enjoyed the fireworks, but the ride back to the house on the lake was super scary. 
6500 boats+idiots who can't drive+dark=scary.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Beach Babies

I loved our last minute summer vacation.  I love that my job allows us to be able to escape real life for a week.  We enjoyed beach time and sun shine.  My kids have been able to put their feet in the sand every single summer they have been alive.  This summer was so much fun though.  This trip was memorable for lots of reasons.  There was more fun had with plastic shovels and buckets.  There was a sweet sleeping baby who nursed on the beach while her siblings played.  She slept on the beach while we all explored.  We saw strange beach creatures and dead beach creatures and played until we were exhausted.  We spent every single day on the beach and the kids didn't leave the property one time.  
It was heavenly.  


Minus the giant mosquitoes and their vicious bites... 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sweet Reunion after 750 years.

Sometimes life comes full circle.  You spend time loving children who don't belong to you.  You wake up early and go to their house to care for them.  You sleep over and have them sleep over at your house some too.  You travel with them to the beach and to their great grandmother's funeral.  You change diapers, help potty train, paint, bake cookies, and practice being a parent.  You love them, like they are your own.  You worry that as they grow up they will forget you.  You pray that doesn't happen because you love them so much.  
And then, they meet you at the beach on that random vacation.  The youngest one yells your name as soon as she sees you and then sprints down the beach to hug your neck.  You cry as she's running towards you because you remember that she used to be your Elizabeth's size and now she's in middle school.  She jumps up and gives you the best hug ever.  Clearly, she hasn't forgotten you.  Maybe she doesn't remember the hugs, the diaper changes, the endless hours you spent together... but she remembers you.  

This is my Elizabeth James playing with my Morgan Elizabeth.  I was thrilled for them to meet and spend time together.  I was overjoyed to be able to see those girls and their daddy!  I was honestly worried that they might forget me and my sisters.  I have faith that they won't forget me!  I'm SO thankful for that reassurance.  
And they h ave gotten SO big.  Too big.  And they look like little ladies now... not little girls.  

Handsome scruffy BHess.  

My heart goes pitter pat at this picture.  I love those girls!

They loved Spencer too.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Driveway Derby

This is normal, right?  
Your Friday nights look just like this.
Road races with dress up hats in the driveway...

Prepping for the derby in her stylish car.

We didn't have to worry about these two going too fast.
Safety first.

Pure joy on that boy's face.
Oh, how I love him so.

Pretty much the best sisters ever.
I don't know what I'd do without them.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crabby

Daryk discovered this half dead crab on the beach.  He thought he would be bringing it home.  It smelled like a decaying animal and he thought it could just ride in my van on the way home.  Isn't that sweet?

We left that crab in Hilton Head... but it was a great idea.  

Little sun baby.

Big sun baby.

Siblings playing peacefully for a minute...
Love of my life.
Celebrating 5 beach vacations with my family... and we are still married!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happiness=Hilton Head

Some more pictures from our adventure in Hilton Head.  I am so thankful to my parents for including us in this spontaneous vacation to this charming island.  We spent every day on the beach with limited interruptions.  Swimming in the ocean, followed by lunch on the beach, and then a nap, and finally more beach time.  Minus the giant mosquito bites we got between the house and the beach, it was a lovely time!  I had to leave the island one night to scrape up some Chick fil A for the kids and I.  I also got to sample their frosted lemonade drink and let me tell you that it was simply lovely!  
The pictures below chronicle the time of day that is my favorite at the beach.  I used to call it happy hour because we had adult beverages while we sat in chairs on the sand.  Now we don't sit down, but rather chase small children around.  We play in the tide pools and discover new things while we stroll along the beach splashing and laughing.  Children put a new spin on everything.  




Papa and his crew.