Monday, May 2, 2016

Spring Break 2016

On Easter Sunday night, we loaded everyone up for our trip to Florida to visit Christopher, Brandy and Hunter. We had a 10 hour drive ahead of us so we split up the drive and stopped in Valdosta before continuing on the next day. We put in The Good Dinosaur for the kids as we left my parents house and settled in for the trip. Adalyn ended up falling asleep before the movie was over and then once it was over, I asked Landon if he wanted me to put in another movie and he said, "No. I want to go to sleep."
Well, ok then! :) We got the kids headphones to wear as they watch their movies and oh my goodness I can't believe we waited this long to do that. A quiet car is golden!! As they slept, Adam and I were able to talk without any interruption and we really enjoyed our time together! I had packed sandwiches and chips for us to eat for dinner so we wouldn't have to stop which ended up being a good thing since the kids were dead asleep. We arrived in Valdosta at 1:00 AM and that's when we woke the kids up! They were excited to be in a hotel (oh, the little things!) and we all fell asleep and woke up the next morning refreshed. We stopped at Chick-fil-a to eat and let the kids play before we made the 3 hour drive to their house. Easiest trip ever! We were all thrilled when we arrived and Brandy and Hunter were home waiting for us! Later that afternoon we visited the park they have in their subdivision and let the kids play. We grilled that night and hit then hit the sack. We were wiped out!
The next day we kept Hunter while they went to work. Christopher got home early so we loaded up the boat and headed to the Island! They live close to Daytona/New Smyrna Beach area.  The kids were so excited to get on Uncle Christopher's boat!
Brandy, Chase, April and their kids met us on the Island later on then we headed for dinner at Outriggers- it was delicious! As we walked around the marina as we waited for our table, we were in absolute AWE as to how BIG all the yachts were! We also noticed whichever yacht was last to fill up with diesel spent $2,600.00 to do so. 
AGHH!!! Can you imagine shelling out over two thousand dollars to put gas in your boat?! Crazy!
After dinner, we drove back home and Adalyn and Landon loved having Rylan and Kinzee there to play with as well. The next morning (Wednesday), they left and we had Hunter for the day. We played outside, went on a ride in the wagon, and then put him down for a nap. While he napped, the kids played and watched TV. Once Christopher and Brandy got home, we loaded up to get back on the boat! In the mean time, we had already re-packed our bags and vehicle for the drive home that night. We went to a nearby lake and stopped to swim in the springs. Here is where you will swim in crystal clear and freezing cold, fresh water. Of course this time, we just let the kids brave it while we watched.  :)
Once we got back to the dock, I changed the kids into their clothes and we all headed to Chick-Fil-A for a late dinner before we made the drive home. I'm thinking we left around 7:45 PM and the kids fell asleep within 30 minutes of being in the car. We drive all night and got home at 5 AM! Whew. The kids slept the entire time and once home, we put them in their beds and then Adam and I crashed,too. We ended up waking up around 9:00 and then took a looong nap later that afternoon. We had a great few days visiting with them!

Such a fun couple of days!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Easter 2016

Easter came super early this year and fell on March 27! Surprisingly, the weather wasn't too cold which is great considering everyone likes to pull out the sleeveless dresses and sandals for Easter Sunday. It was pretty cloudy and only sprinkled for just a little bit that afternoon. After church, we headed to my mom and dad's for a big, Easter lunch! We decided to change the menu up this year and grill hamburgers and hot-dogs instead of having the typical ham, macaroni and cheese and green beans. I love me a good cheeseburger so this was right up my alley! My uncle Stephen, Aunt Erin and Casey and Autumn arrived just shortly after we did and we got busy getting things ready. With all the trimmings that's typical with a grilled burger or hot-dog, my mom made me some deviled eggs because she knows I LOVE them! So thank you momma! 
Everyone ate and hung around and relaxed. HGTV had Fixer Upper re-runs on so we watched that while the kids played around. Later that afternoon, we hid eggs for the egg hunt! Adalyn and Landon enjoyed racing each other to see who could come up with the most eggs. Thankfully, their baskets ended up being pretty even. Whew. You momma's feel me! haha

Adalyn LOVES Little House on the Prairie. So the Easter bunny thought it might be a good idea to include a season of the show in her basket. ;)
It was one of my favorite shows growing up so I am glad Adalyn is getting to experience it, too! And plus, Nellie Olson gives me a lot of chances to talk about "how not to act". ha! 
Nancy has gotten her almost the whole collection of the books and we literally read them daily!

A few pictures before Church

Landon got a little too still sitting with Erin and dozed off for about 20 minutes or so. 
Look at that hand!

Finally, it was time to hunt Easter eggs!

After this, everyone started packing up to leave. I cut Adam's hair first and then we packed up the car. It was around 7:30 by this time and we were hitting the road to start our Spring Break week! 
We were going to visit Christopher and Brandy and thought we would split up the drive by stopping in Valdosta and then finishing up the rest of the trip the following day (Monday). We put the kids in their pajamas, put The Good Dinosaur in the DVD player, and off we went! 

We had a great, relaxing Easter!
As fun as hunting eggs can be, it is so important to reflect on what Easter really means and what Jesus did for you and me. I'm so thankful for that sacrifice- nothing else really matters!

I wasn't blogging in 2010 for Adalyn's 1st Easter

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