Supper club...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The theme was a very loose, "do whatever you want".  Our hosts served dishes that made them happy, and as the night went on encouraged us to belt out a song or two for the sake of pure enjoyment.  We ended the evening with a dip in the spa, some rosemary creme brule, and a brief visit from the local sheriffs office (turns out not everyone enjoys karaoke at 11:30 pm).  All in all I would happily call it a successful evening.    

Boy at heart...

Thursday, May 23, 2019

When the bounce house cleared out...Chris was the first to climb in.

And moments later I found him determined to use muscle memory to relive the good 'ol days.

I just love them...

Tuesday, May 21, 2019


Monday, May 13, 2019

The Bechers are coming for you.

It is official, we are on our way to China for the entire month of June!

We are crazy, and we know it. We just couldn't pass up the opportunity to give the gift of travel to our kids, to expand their idea of the world, and visit family and friends on the other side of the planet. 

Its funny, I am mostly worried about the 24 plus hour travel days at the beginning and end of our trip and Chris is worried about the stomach bug one of us is inevitably going to have to endure.  The other 24 days are going to be pure smooth sailing, right? 

Wedding season...

Thursday, May 9, 2019

We are far beyond the season of our lives in which every weekend is a new love story celebrated under candle light and champagne toasts.  But we do have a chance to attend a wedding here and there, and every time we do, I love it.  I love watching the groom watch the bride, I love the smiles of all the bridal party and the joy radiating from the congregation. I love watching a long anticipated moment come to fruition. All the planning and decision making turned into pure celebration.

And even better is watching it through the eyes of a child.  Just the amount of sweets they can stuff into their mouths because mom and dad aren't looking is enough to make any child love weddings.  But add to that an unlimited amount of live music, wild dancing until the wee hours, and actually being able to make requests to a DJ that will listen (hence the fact we danced to "Baby Shark" three times).  Pure unadulterated joy. 

All that to say, my sister in law was married last weekend, and her vision for a back yard wedding was a raging success.  Cheers to a lifetime of love, laughter, and lots of healthy communication. 

We did something big...

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

We bought a house.  Not just any house.  My house, the house I grew up in.  A house that even with all of its changes and upgrades, still holds the same bones of my memory. 

My parents bought this house after a fleeting episode of trying something new in Atlanta, GA and subsequently turning around and moving us in with my Granny. My memories of that time are blurry at best.  But I do remember long card games at the dinner table, and milk with ice cubes for breakfast.  There was always a Daily Bread reading before school, and an old Bible with tissue paper thin sheets by the bed side, filled with notes and prayers for loved ones. 

When I was in third grade, we moved into this home.  I remember walls filled with hand stenciled ivy and a kitchen covered with a border of roosters.  The years moved on and the house filled with memories. Christmas parties, late night movies booming through the walls, my sister and I playing Barbie hair salon until every barbie was practically bald, swimming all summer long, making music videos with a shoulder held camcorder, cardboard races down the grass hill in the front yard, zooming down the steep hill on our bikes and crash landing in my neighbors front yard, prom photos, engagement parties, living in a RV in the driveway when Chris and I were between houses.  So many memories fill this space, and I'm just waiting to see how many more we can make. 

Starting with this one...the annoying process of getting my kids to all smile at the same time to document the occasion of buying a home and finally realizing this is as good as it is ever going to get. 

Homemade Bubbles...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Guys, I might be late to the game here, but homemade bubbles are where it is at.

He is risen...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Happy Easter season to you and yours.