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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Land of the Free Home of the Brave!!

Happy 4th of July folks!!!

This year for the 4th we were happy to have one thing different from last year.....DADDY WAS HOME!!!!

We took it easy this year. We didn't head down town or out for the whole day we just enjoyed time together, cleaned the house, played some video games and grilled out with friends for the day time festivities.

We made burgers and hotdogs, ate a ton of watermelon and of course had red white and blue cupcakes ;) We kept it simple. We spent it with people we love so much. We had an amazing day :) 







We of course planned to see some fireworks so we decided to try a new adventure and go to place we had never been. I love traditions and I love keeping things the same from year to year but it seems on the 4th of July our tradition seems to be to try something new each year, and I like that tradition, A LOT!

We headed to a park in High Point, NC to an annual event called The Uncle Sam Jam! It lived up to all I had heard about it :)



 The event was very laid back but they did have bounce houses!!!!!





There is something about having someone in your life that you know when they are with your child they will 100 percent treat them just as their own. I love her for that and many many other reasons. 





This park was absolutely beautiful and the weather for the 4th of July this year was amazing! 


Hensley was so excited for this day :) 



I so wish little Zoey would have turned around for me and smiled and I just love this picture of her and her little blonde curls. 



The boys played ball in the beautiful evening light ;) 



There was a huge lake right next to where we were sitting.....enough said!!!



They couldn't get to that water fast enough!!









Little side note: I snapped this picture of my sweet friend Emily and her two amazing kids. I have a lot of friends who are mothers at this point in my life, in fact most of my friends are mothers. And as mothers we all connect on that level but of all the mothers I know and spend time with I feel like she is one the who always understands and who can be counted on for 100 percent honesty when I ask her opinion. Every mother is different in how they raise their children and I feel like Emily and I mother our children very similarly. I feel like we both look at our children in the same way and I am so thankful for her and the friendship we have developed. I love talking to her and planning things for our kids. I love seeing her interact with her two children and how close of a bond she builds daily with them. I am thankful for her and thankful for the connection we both share with our babies :) 

Ok I back to our regularly scheduled blog! 








The sun started setting quick and we were all more then ready to grab a slice of pizza and a funnel cake and enjoy the fireworks :) 




I couldn't get over how beautiful the evening was!!






The day was perfect :) I can't wait to see where next 4th of July takes us :) 



I took this picture by the lake that day I can't wait to print it and frame it. I am in love with this :) 



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer 2014 Fun List





We are starting something new this summer where we make a summer fun list and try to as many things on there as we can.

Some of them will new things we have never done before and some will be things we do yearly ;)

1. Kure Beach Trip
2. Emerald Pointe Water Park check
3. Night time outdoor glow in the dark bowling
4. Play with sparklers check still need to take pics
5. Camp (even if its just in the back yard)
6. make smore's
7. have a bonfire
8. attend an outdoor concert check
9. catch lightening bugs
10. go to the drive in
11. stargaze
12. sign up for flag football
13. go night swimming
14. putt putt check
15. go fishing check
16. water balloon fight
17. watch fireworks check
18. go tubing
19. zoo
20. horse back riding
21. homeland creamery trip check
22. tie dye t shirts
23. melted crayon canvas


Some of these we have already crossed off and I plan to post this list again at the end of the summer with photos to go with what we did ;)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

10 Things about Hensley Right Now!

I have always wrote monthly on the calendar about the things that you love, your favorite foods at the moment, activities we have done that you enjoyed, etc. Just to keep up with your current likes and dislikes since they are changing all the time. Its been fun to keep up with it and to go back and look at the calendars over time to see how things have changed. And plus we forget the "little things" without writing them down.

So something I thought I could start doing here on the blog was to periodically record your new likes and in your case obsessed (I say this because when you love something you really LOVE it).

Here goes :)

1. You are SO SO OBSESSED with Mario and everything that goes along with it. You love to watch it on YouTube, playing any game that includes Mario and playing with your plush Mario and Luigi. They go everywhere with you, even to school (you hide them in your backpack :)). You will wear your Mario suit you wore on Halloween ALL THE TIME!

2. Lego's are HUGE here right now. Building massive Lego sets, collecting mini figures (Your absolute favorite), going to see the Lego movie, and this weekend we are headed to LegoFest!!!! It's going to be a blast. It's so fun to hang out with you and do these Lego projects and see your imagination come out :)

3. You went through a HUGE growth spurt over the past 2 or 3 months. I am mean you literally would wear a pair of jeans to school one day and a week later they were 2 inches too short!! SERIOUSLY?! I am glad shorts weather is coming soon because your legs are getting SO long!!! I actually had a dream several weeks ago about you and in my dream you were all grown up. Same sweet freckles. Same beautiful blue eyes. But you were so incredibly tall!!! It was really surreal.  Anyways, stop growing!!!! Just kidding ;) It's very much bittersweet.

4. Ok so while I was doing this post you asked what I was writing about. When I explained that I was writing a list about you. You quickly responded:
I play with monster trucks.
I love to play in the snow with my friends.
My favorite food is lettuce, broccoli (SORT OF), celery, carrots, mushrooms and chocolate bars
My favorite color is blue.
My favorite show on tv is max and ruby, magic school bus, peppa pig and the Lorax.

You are very opinionated.

5. This is weird and very random but you love sandwiches. You request them all the time. Eat one everyday for lunch and love love love eating at Jimmy Johns. You have a very certain way you like your sandwich. Ham on first, cheese on second, lettuce on third, mayo on last. I have no idea where that came from but it's been like that since day one. It's pretty funny. We will see how long the sandwich kick lasts.

6. You are terrified of the dark and have been for a while. You won't even go into the bathroom without someone being near by to watch you turn on the light. I am sure this is just a phase but you currently use it to your advantage to not sleep in your bed!!!

7. By the way, you just flat out refuse to sleep in your bed. We have tried everything. We put up a new awesome loft bed with a slide!! Bought the comforter set you wanted. Bought endless night lights and dream lights. Nothing works. You are a cuddler and you just like to be next to us. It makes you sleep so much better. However the amount of space we have in our bed is shrinking with every inch you grow. It's a huge goal here to have you in your bed by the time school starts in the fall.

8. You are BOSSY! You have always liked things a certain way (your way) or else!! You love routine and things to stay in the same places. You are not a fan of change. We have adapted over time to know that you aren't going to sit in any chair to eat besides your green ones. You insist on having different silverware for each thing on your plate. The seat belt has to be just so in the car. The list goes on and on. We have learned your little quirks and your Dad finds it hilariously funny to do things out of the norm just to get a rise out of you. You have always been this way but as you get old more and more things seem to fall into the category of  "that's how Hensley likes it". You are very OCD about so much.....and bossy! You're friends know you are the boss and that's that. Hopefully that will change over time and be a phase you will outgrow but for now you control the games, you go first, no one is allowed to swing on the middle swing on the swing set, etc. You are quick to tell anyone that will listen that you are the BOSS!

9. Anything and everything that has to do with gun, zombies and Daddy are you favorite. You two play Call of Duty until your eyeballs hurt. You constantly have a toy gun or grenade in your hand and PawPaw recently let you shoot two of his real guns. I think come hunting season you will be so happy to venture out with Daddy and Pawpaw and see what it's all about.

10. Lastly you are independent. You are so ready for kindergarten. You have asked several times if you can ride the bus (not happening by the way). You are always telling us you are a big boy and that you can do it. I love that about you. I pretty much love everything about you :)

That's you for this moment anyway. :)

It's Summer Time, Ya'll!!

It's officially summer time :) Hensley's last year getting out of school a little earlier then most kids so we have enjoyed days at the pool where it's not so crowded, and trips to Backyard Paradise where we have the basketball court area all to ourselves.











This is the summer before Kindergarten and I plan to make it a great one with lots of new experiences and adventures :)

We bought season passes to the local water park this summer since Hensley is big enough to ride a lot of the rides. We spent this past Saturday there with our friends and I think it's safe to say that this is Hensley new favorite place!! I did not take one single picture but I'm sure there will be plenty from this summer :)

Every weekend so far as been spent outside watching little ones run around with grass stained feet, grilling our with friends, lots of laughs, glow sticks and sparklers :)





They were having a great time but they weren't willing to pose for picture time....except Katelynn of course. 

Hensley has been in heaven spending so much time with all this friends.


 Daddy's also had an unexpected week off and Hensley has been stuck to him like glue :) Two weeks in and we already have a lot of memories made :)


They have worked on aiming his new airsoft gun.

Learned how to play poker online.


And went fishing more then a few times :) 

We did manage to squeeze in some home projects we had been putting off too :)
Hensley got a new game this week which always brings a smile to his face.

On a side note: Andy had his vasectomy this week so I guess the decision is officially official!   

PawPaw taught him how to shoot a real gun since he is currently obsessed with all things guns.



It's going to be a great summer. I am looking forward to spending as much time as possible with my little man because life is going to continue to fly by and he will be in school so much longer come fall. Stay tuned for more adventures :)