Monday, July 9, 2018

NC Transportation Museum...

Last week the kids and I went on a little summer adventure!
We decided to go to the NC Transportation Museum and enjoy their Friday Fun Day!
They were offering some extra activities that we thought might be fun to try. We picked a HOT day to visit, and although it wasn't our most favorite summer adventure, we ended up having a pretty good day:)
We got there right when it opened and decided to do a little exploring...
 We found some pretty neat things to see...
Then we visited several stations that they had set up around the museum. We created "planes" and tested them out in a wind tunnel and then we also built "refrigerator cars" with the goal of keeping a piece of ice from melting inside of it.
We found the coolest place we could find for a picnic lunch and then saved the best part for last...
We got to ride on a real train!
It was a good day for an summer adventure!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Light the Sparklers!

Even after a late night on Tuesday night, we were all up bright and early as we planned to head to one of my most favorite summer traditions! 
Our little town puts on the BEST 4th of July celebration, and for us, it always starts with the parade!
Matt goes out super early and sets up chairs for us, and then comes back home to get us!
Since we get there early, we have lots of waiting time. We usually get some donuts to munch on as we wait:)
Finally, the parade makes its way all the way down to us!
We cheer loud, catch loads of candy, and high five some of the local "celebrities" in the parade:)

After a FULL morning, we came home to rest for just a little while and then we packed things up and headed to my parents for an afternoon of fun!

We got together to eat...

Swim...
And fish...
It was such a great day spent with friends and family, eating yummy food and watching fireworks!
We love to celebrate AMERICA!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Start Your Engines!

This past Tuesday night Matt and I took the kids to the race track for a little Summer Shootout fun!
Matt has been to the track a few times, but for the rest of us, it was our first time!
Each week during the summer you can visit the track to see some really fun races. You might see  Legend cars race, Bandolero cars race, or even school buses race! 
We picked a HOT night to go, but THANKFULLY we were sitting in FULL shade, which made it so much more manageable!

My kids LOVED it (especially my boys)!

They had fun guessing which car would win the race and also seeing the wrecks that happened along the way.

The girls enjoyed it too. We did have to take a little walk between some of the races though to stretch our legs:)

And while it was a fun summer night...this girl thought it was WAY TO LOUD! Ha!
We were lucky because since it was the night before the 4th of July, the track let off some really cool fireworks after the races were over. It was a fun summer family night! So glad we got to enjoy a night together!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Summer Is...

Snow Cones...
 and putt-putt games...
swimming...
and water parks...
time with friends...
a fun filled (exhausting) week of VBS 
(where almost 500 kids were entrusted to us and heard the Gospel!)...
popsicles by the pool...
and kayak camp...
Summers are THE BEST!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cousin Camp 2018

Last Friday we held our 4th annual COUSIN CAMP! Cousin Camp is A LOT of work, but something that everyone looks forward to! 
We started out our morning by completing a service project together! I had a hard time finding one that would work for our group this year, but really just prayed through it and the Lord opened up a door for us to serve at a local elementary school and it turned out to be the PERFECT one!
We were SO happy to serve the literacy teacher in her book room! We sorted and organized hundreds of books and she was extremely thankful for our time and effort to help her out!
It's always so sweet to see everyone serving...even the littlest one:)
I also had a thought that we could all put together a care package for my brother, Tim, who is in the Marines! He actually came home this past weekend and enjoyed receiving his surprise package!
After a quick picnic lunch in Mimi's backyard, we got the afternoon FUN started!
Of course we played several silly games together...

Then we moved to the Big Backyard for some yard games...

Things got a little messy with water balloons and shaving cream:)

And we cooled off with an icy water challenge!


But the finale was what EVERYONE was looking forward to...
We thought it would be a bit CrAzY to duct tape our Mimi to a tree!!! She was such a good sport as each cousin took a turn wrapping her up:) So FUN!
We finished up our day with our favorite summer watermelon dessert...
and a few good water fights...
Everyone was exhausted by the end of the day!
Anther fun filled day of Cousin Camp is in the books!