• To do’s..they can wait!

    We have an ongoing to do list on our blackboard of things to fix, things to build, and things to do. It stares at us weekly reminding us they are still waiting to be checked off. This Saturday was the PERFECT day to get some of them done…but instead…we decided to have some good ol’ family time. We had planned later that night to have a “family night” (which is one of our monthly goa

    ls this year) where we have focused planned time as a family doing something special. But somehow, this “family night” became an all day event. It was exactly what we all needed.

    We decided to go stop in to say hi to some of our friends who really know what family is about. They have 4 sweet children and we feel we have a lot to learn from them. Then we went to a state park to take a walk and then found out they were having a class on snakes. Gress decided he wanted to go “to class” so he went and learned about snakes. Then we went for a hour+ walk

    through the forest or aka “boys playground.” Gress threw rocks, hunted for snakes, and kicked dirt. Rad and I used to go for hikes frequently when we were dating and first married and I so miss being with him (and now the boys) out in nature. On our way back home, we decided to stop for some frozen yogurt for desert…that was a treat. Once back home, Rad and Gress had more boy time by playing “tiger fight” in the front yard. It is what it sounds like, playing tiger….fighting. It is noisy, rough, and all out time for just boys. You would never see girls rolling around in the grass growling and clawing at each other. 🙂 Then we had our family night. Tonight’s theme was mexican so we played spanish music, made a mexican meal, made “mexican sock puppets” that spoke with an accent (even sweet Mcree had one), and read a hilarious mexican themed book for bed. This day made my heart smile. It was the perfect day!

  • Baby Girl

    I can’t wait to see my sister be a mom! I think Gressett is equally excited….even hugging Aunt Karin’s belly saying bye to Layla. Karin is glowing and so glad we get to be a part of this new little baby girl’s life!

  • Special

    There is something special about Nanas. Gress loves his Nana and she always goes out of her way to make Gressett feel extra special! Thanks Sara for making us all feel so loved from the AMAZING cake (you know that is my favorite) to the yummy ribs and spread and your southern hospitality. We felt so loved!

  • More than friends…

    There is something so comforting about friends that know you…really know you. They know what excites you. They know your heartaches and have walked with you in that. They know about your family, about your kids, about your whole life….and you can pick up where you last left off. I KNOW I have missed that after moving away from Atlanta..but somehow time and distance forced me to forget how much I really missed that. This weekend brought up those feelings all over again. I MISS my friends and I MISS being known and I MISS knowing the daily ins and outs of their life. THANK you Franklins, Sandtroms and Andreens for loving on us this weekend. We MISS you!!!! And yes, there are more of you we were craving to see but just couldn’t fit it in with all that we had planned.

  • Shared Memories

    I love having a sister. I love most that she is someone I can reminisce with, someone I can confide in, someone I can be my complete self around, and someone who gets me belly laughing like no one else. Now that I have 2 kids, I think a lot about my bond with my sister when we were little. I SO WISH that I would have been more loving, more supportive, and more encouraging to her. I just wasn’t….and I know that affected her…and she loved me nonetheless. I find myself wondering what Gress and Mcree’s bond will be like and how I can foster a great relationship between them. I want them to grow up taking care of each other and knowing they have each other to lean on. Thanks Karin, for accepting me and loving me even in the midst of sisterly rivalry.


  • 2 months

    It is amazing how 2 months can fly by (and I have been awake for most of those months….still only sleeping a few hours at a time at night). Mcree (and Gressett) have changed so much in those 2 months. Mcree smiles, giggles and loves to sit and look at you. He is a sweet baby and has gotten easier as the weeks have gone by. I sometimes just sit and stare at him and think how lucky I am! Here he is at 2 months.

  • Giggle

    Everyone needs a warm hat…especially one that makes you look extra special. A friend sent this to Mcree and I giggle every time I put it on him. So cute!

  • Together Time

    Gressett LOVES being with Mcree. It is so special to watch Gress love on Mcree. Every chance he gets he wants to hold him, play with him, read to him and be with him. Lucky Mcree. What a sweet brotherly bond at such a young age. I’m looking forward to watching this relationship grow over the years to come. 

  • Favorite Place

    Believe it or not, one of Mcree’s favorite places is the changing table. He lays down and kicks, laughs, and loves to interact with you. My heart skips a beat when this little guy laughs at me. Thankful for a happy baby!