Monday, June 24, 2019

Father's Day Weekend

For Father's Day weekend, my bunch went down to stay with my Dad and family, my Sister and her family on the lake.... I adore being on the water. I love getting up and watching the sun on the water, I love the birds, and the fish, and the critters scurrying around. I love the sounds, I love the coolishness of the morning. I love drinking my coffee in the quietness. I love it. So I was very excited to spend this weekend down on the lake with him for Father's Day. 
We rode on the boats, we jumped off the sides, we swam, and wakeboarded, and tubed, and jet skied, we ate, and swam some more, we fished and had a very enjoyable couple of days together!

Wishing we hadn't waited til late to take a picture of the three of us, but at least we got one! 
Logan sported the latest in lake fashions. 

The kids kayaked... look how smooth that water was in the morning... like glass.

This wren sat on that single post all morning long. and when it would fly away it would come back to that same one!

Kade was the wakeboard champ. He is so good at so many things! 

Laying around and having fun being together! 

Fishing! They got a nice catfish! 

Deacon got one too!!!

We watched... but did not participate in the tubing. haha.

As we were getting ready to leave on Sunday afternoon, a big storm was brewing... it was a wonderful weekend of togetherness and hopefully we can do it again soon! 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

A trip to the lake

Earlier this week, we were presented with the opportunity to go swim and kayak! I was hesitant because we had some things that probably should have been taken care of first, but sometimes you just gotta go when you can. 
So we did some rearranging, packed us a lunch and our swimsuits and some sunscreen and off we went! 
We had such a fun time! Ace is just as much a water duck as we are! 

The kids jumped off the dock, they swam, kayaked, and even did a little fishing. 
They learned that some kayaks are made for one.. not two. haha

My Dad showed up later on to work, it is his property, and his dog Woody decided to go for a swim with the kids! 

There is this massive Pin Oak that provides WONDERFUL shade and a nice cool spot to retreat from the heat!

It was a great day of fun... and a day of sun and swimming makes for one tired bunch of kiddos! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A 40th birthday trip for Sister

Last month my little sister turned 40! We talked about some fun things to do for her birthday, but none of them worked out. She also went out of town for her anniversary around that time, so we had to postpone her celebration til later. 
She decided that whenever the 30th anniversary showing of "Steel Magnolias" came to Chattanooga, that she wanted us to go see it together for her birthday. 

It ended up being that there was only about 3 showings and the only one we could even attempt to make it to was a Sunday afternoon. Along with the showing of Steel Magnolias, we found out that the Rhododendron Festival was in Mentone on the same day! 
So we got our families settled and off to church and we spent the day gallivanting all over the place adventuring for the day.

As we neared Mentone, we began talking about the "Wildflower Cafe". None of us had ever been, so we thought it might be fun to try out since it was lunch time. 
Oh my goodness... the place was like a place in my dreams! It was SO pretty! Flowers and art and music and FANTASTIC food! 
We were SO glad we decided to go!
All of us immediately fell in LOVE!
Homemade items inside the restaurant from local artists.
My sweet friend, Starla's awesome soaps!
Handmade shrugs and vests and cardigans in SUCH vibrant colors! So pretty!
Every. Single. Thing. on the menu looked awesome. I'm not going to lie and say that some of it was a little pricey for me. We don't go out to eat a lot and so.... I tried my best to be conservative about what I picked to eat. 
I ended up getting the "mashed potato bowl with bacon". 
Seasoned, creamy, mashed potatoes with cheese, chives, tomatoes, sour cream, salt and pepper, and bacon. 
SO good!
After our bellies were full from such great food and our bellies were sore from laughing, at each other and with the entertainer at the Wildflower, we pulled out and went across the street to the festival!
What a great find! Such a great atmosphere and neat handicrafts, even in the people's yards who live there all the time! 
We all three love pottery, so we are always drawn to these booths! Mom caught us being the goofballs we are when we get together. We LOVE to laugh and constantly laugh at each other. 

This booth had bouquets of pinecones that were painted like flowers are they were incredible! 

After we left the festival, we needed a little pick-me-up, so we got some coffee before we headed to the movie!
Steel Magnolias! 
Where's my tissues???? 

And of course you have to have a movie selfie! 

It was an amazing day with some of the people I love the MOST in the whole world. I am so blessed to have a Mom and Sister in my life... I treasure them and our time together. 

Until our next adventure!