Friday, June 30, 2017

Time to Splash!

Yesterday the kids and I kept ourselves busy by heading to the splash pad! We had not been to this particular one in a while, so it was a fun treat!
We got there mid morning and decided to hit the playground first since it was quickly warming up!
We found out that since we had visited last, the park added a double decker carousel!
We of course had to ride...and of course we picked the top deck:)
We also made time to ride the train!
Parker and Emery especially loved it:)
After a quick picnic lunch in the shade, we were ready to get wet!
We changed into our suits and splashed around for a while!
I had so much fun playing, laughing, splashing and making summer memories with my little ones!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

June Summer Snip-Its...

Here's a little bit about what we have been up to...
Our church held VBS last week and our entire family participated. Matt and I worked and the kids LOVED going to their classes (except for Emery...she stayed with me)!
It was an AMAZING week learning more about the Lord and hiding His Word in our hearts!
I am SO grateful for the many volunteers who loved on and poured into my kids! I am thankful for the eternal investment that was made in their little lives!
We've spent some time at the Y!
It's always a good day when the sun is shining and we get to be at the waterpark!
Jake has participated in a few camps this summer. Last week he did Adventure Camp (which he LOVED) and this week he did Kayak Camp with several of his buddies!
This week's weather has been BEAUTIFUL! It was the perfect week to be out on the water!
We also went to the craft store and made tie dye t-shirts!
It was a little messy, but SO much fun!
We have lots of exciting summer fun coming up over the next few days!
Summer is just the BEST!

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Homerun Father's Day

The kids and I decided to give Matt a very special gift for Father's Day this year!
We found out that the Kannapolis Intimidators were doing a Father's Day promotion for the game and we knew that our baseball loving dad would love to participate!
We had to arrive extra early for our fun (and VERY HOT) day at the fields...
While everything was getting set up and ready for the dads, we got to hang out on the field and in the team's dugout!

Finally, the time came for the fun to begin!
Matt got to take some batting practice on the field! The hitting coach for the Intimidators pitched to him. Matt did really great! It was fun to watch him hit!
We had fun cheering him on!
After Matt hit several balls, the kids got to join him on the field and play catch with him!
We wrapped up our time on the field and headed back upstairs for some lunch, autographs,
and to watch the game...
All three big kids caught foul balls and Parker even scored us a free pizza!
We had a GREAT day celebrating such a GREAT daddy!
I am so thankful for Matt and the daddy that he is to the kids!
I love having a day that we can love on him and celebrate all he is to us!
He loves us so well and works so hard to provide for us! I don't know how he does all that he does! He is a one of a kind dad and we are so thankful that he is ours!
My kids are lucky to have him as their daddy!
We love you, Matt and we hope you know just how much!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Swimming POOLooza!

This week we have pretty much stayed close to the house. My van was in the shop for a few days, so we spent several hours at the pool each afternoon since we couldn't go too far! Easy summer fun!
Our neighborhood pool is usually pretty quiet, so we usually have the pool to ourselves!
My kids are great swimmers and are already getting stronger...especially Parker!
Emery LOVES to swim with the big kids. She loves to jump in the water and loves it when she is allowed to go to the deep end! Swimming wears this girl OUT! By the end of the day, she can barely hold her eyes open! Ha!
We have loved our week in the water!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Summer Lake Life...

The kids and I went to Ramsey Creek Beach last week. We made a stop there last year and knew we wanted to visit again this summer too! We like to go before everyone gets out of school because it is way less crowded. We picked a BEAUTIFUL day to visit! The sun was shining and the water felt SO nice! I absolutely LOVE the lake!
The kids swam for hours!
We were the first ones in the water and the last ones out at the end of the day!
We only took a little break to eat our lunch!
We packed a picnic lunch to enjoy on the beach and then got right back in the water!
Parker swam SO hard! He hardly got out of the water the entire time!
His favorite thing to do was to try and catch the fish that were swimming by his feet:)
Emery did great too! She wore her floaties a little bit, but enjoyed swimming without them too! 
She thought it was fun to see the fishies in the water too! There were lots of them:)
I love the lake life! Ramsey Creek is one of my most favorite summer stops!
So glad we had a fun (and sun filled) day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Baseball Champs!

Jake just finished up a GREAT season of coach pitch baseball!
I LOVED watching my big boy play ball! He loves to play all sports, but this one is his best (and my most favorite to watch)!
 He started off the year playing first base, but then moved to pitcher where he played so well!
They only lost one game this season and then began tournament games this past week. They played for the CHAMPIONSHIP this past Saturday! They played the undefeated team and after six nail biting innings, the Diamondbacks pulled out the BIG WIN and became CHAMPIONS! (19-15)
He had some very special coaches this year...
his Daddy and his Poppa!
What a great season, Diamondbacks!
Congratulations on being CHAMPIONS!

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Cool Summer Day at Dan Nicholas Park...

Our summer plans had to be a bit flexible this week. The week started out rainy, so some of our water plans had to be made for other days. The end of the week was gorgeous and even a little on the cooler side!
Since it was so pleasant outside, the kids and I went to Dan Nicholas Park. This is such a fun place! It is super cheap and has something for everyone! I feel like it's a little hidden gem in our area!
We did SO many FUN activities!
My sweet Emery was SO excited to ride the carousal! She had such a sweet smile on her face the entire time!
She actually leaned over and told me that she should have worn her "yeehaw boots"! Ha! I guess she was feeling like a cowgirl on that horse!
There are also so many animals to see at the park!
We thought this alligator was pretty cool, but not quite as cool as the REAL one on the other side of this fence:)
Here is Parker checking out his wing span!
We finished up our day mining for gems!
I think this was my kids favorite part of the day! We bought one big bucket and everyone found tons of special treasures!
Our day ended on the super fun playground right before it got too hot!
The kids ran and climbed and until they were spent! 
Another summer day having fun!!!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Summer On...

We have tried to stay busy these last few days. With our pool having some crazy hours this year, we have tried to be out and about having fun since we can't be there as much as we would like to be!
Here's what we have gotten into...
We found a new park to explore last week. It was a bit of a drive, but totally worth it, especially for the little ones! It had a great playground and a mini splash pad to cool off in...
We also went strawberry picking (for the 3rd time this season) with some friends of ours. Strawberry season is just about over, but we filled one last bucket FULL of fresh berries! SO YUMMY!
Friday was National Donut Day, so of course we CeLeBrAtEd by going to KK for our FREE treat!
Saturday we were out at the ballfields as this boy played in his last regular season game. 
We cheered loud and LOVED watching him play! 
His tournament games begin this week! 
We hope to make it to the CHAMPIONSHIP! Let's Go Diamond Backs!

We have TONS of summer fun coming up this week (hopefully the weather will cooperate)! 
Can't wait to share about what we get into!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Believe It or Not!

This week the kids and I spent an afternoon up at Discovery Place!
We really wanted to see the new Ripley's Believe It or Not exhibit!
We saw SO many cool things! It is totally worth checking out! I don't want to spoil it if you go, but here are a few of our favorite displays:)
Here is a picture of Einstein made out of TOAST!
And a robot made out of car parts...
Sis thought is was pretty cool to sit in this set of jaws...
Parker thought this giant chair was pretty fun AND he touched dinosaur poop:)
But our most favorite display was seeing the tallest man ever! He was 8' 11"!
After we finished up the Ripley's exhibit, we enjoyed the rest of the museum and did several of our favorite activities!
The Air Chair...
And of course the Bed of Nails!
We had a great time and pretty much had the museum to ourselves!
We are loving our summer afternoons!