Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Pressure of TIME...Connecticut

This summer was great.  Busy, wild, chaotic but lovely just the same.  We did so many little things that I cant even remember if you paid me.  So.....over the next few days Im just going to post some pictures of random summer days.  This 18 month-ish milestone has proven exhausting and BUSY ( how many times could I write that to make you fully understand what life feels like here??).

In July we drove down to Connecticut for a Gregg family reunion.  This was the first overnight trip we have been on as a family of five. Van was packed floor to ceiling.  We may have over packed but thank goodness we did because with these monsters, you never know what you may need.

We stopped at Wendys after our almost 3hour drive down in the van.  The kids did a great job.
 We packed the boys favorite 'vaccums'....whats better than a little tidying up in the hotel room.

 Owning the place.
 Room service!!  Here's Addy keeping the boys entertained.
 Most nights we ordered in Pizza and ate family style.
 Nana helping out poolside with a cranky Georgy
 So great to be here with the cousins too.  

The pool was Addys favorite activity on vacation.  After last years swim lessons she has become very comfortable in the water without us.  Works out nice since we really have to work together now that the boys have show interest in the water too.
 Within 2 miles of the hotel there were 3 huge playgrounds and they all connected through trails to one another.  We spent an entire evening here.  

 Plane! Mama, plane!

 The men braving the slide.

 Old school slide like we had back in the day.  The kind that was so hot you couldnt use some

 They LOVED this part of vacation and so did we.  Because of where it was situated they could run wild with no real worries of anyone branching off alone or getting hurt.
 The grounds at Aunt Jeannes home were gorgeous.  We spent most of this day chasing the investigating boys.
 After the reunion  we met up with the cousins at a local beach and let the boys check one out for the first time.  They went nuts!!!  George wanted to move along alone and would flip when we tried to slow him down or caution him.  Drew smiled the whole time and ate a bunch of sand.  Addy collected a disgusting amount of crabs....gross.

 Blurry, but the first picture of all of us together at the beach.  So fun.
 Before the trip began we received new that Mark and Elisabeth had recently become engaged.  Addy was very excited to hear!
 LAst full day there the whole family went to Clinton Beach.  It was amazing.
 Daddy filling our mote.
 Addy and Stacie looking for crabs and shells.
 Grampa and his Mini Me, George.
 Drew, the little innocent looking cherub.
 One cool bathing beauty
 More crabs....yuck.
 Drew being a ham....wearing Mamas glasses and looking mighty cute.
Life is good.  This afternoon at the beach ended about 2 hours in with 2 very tired little men and a disappointed little girl. Mama was pretty bummed too but when the boys melt, there is no going back. 

Vacation was beautiful ad more relaxing than I had thought it would be.Looking forward to what next summer has in store.

 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:16-17

Sunday, August 5, 2012

4th of July...2012

 Fourth of July was not too eventful.  Mom got in some time with the garden.
 Excited to get back to digging in the dirt. Its been a good 2 years since I have been able to get this going again.  Its like a refuge from the craziness of our everyday life.  A place just for me.
Daddy played out back with the mini men . These swings are a favorite but also an annoyance because this is all they want to do , every time they set foot in the backyard...God forbid you didn't actively push them.  Needless to say ( and I am writing this a month later to catch up)...the swings didn't make it long before they were retired to the basement once again.
Addy and her friends decorated their bikes for the kids bike parade. 
Addy has never taken a liking to bike riding.  It was a success considering she got on it and peddled to the end of the road.  Poor girl is scared to fail so whenever we would try in the past and she would make a mistake , she immediately wanted off the bike.  Today was motivation watching all her friends pedal by.  I was proud of her and tried to encourage her to continue to try, even when its hard.  Isn't that true of all of us.

We turned back a little early to keep it a good experience and ended this great attempt with some yummy Popsicles.  A favorite in our home.  A Popsicle fixes all things. A perfect boo boo healer or celebratory treat.

Later in the evening, post dinner, we headed down town to see the annual activities in town.  They do some little things for the kids.....craft stuff, ice cream truck, music etc. at the old Elementary school so the kids got to meet up with some friends.  They enjoyed running wild and depleted the energy that survived the day.

It was a great day.  We are so grateful to be able to live in a country where we are free.  Free to live as we please , free to worship as we believe.

Praise God for freedom.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Summer Bubbles

When the going gets tough and the kids are dripping gross from head to toe....the only logical next move is to fill the pool with warm water, baby soap and make some serious bubbles. 

They think its all in fun ( Im the coolest Mom ever) but its really just a sanity saver.  Kids come in from play , wrapped in towels, clean and ready for pajamas.  Win win. 

I hope that this is a memory they keep.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psalms 51:7

Sunday, June 24, 2012

T-ball comes to a close

Baseball has come to a close and it was a fantastic first experience.

Of the many, many extracurricular activities Addison has taken on in the past 2 years, this has by far, been her absolute favorite.  Our goal is to have her give everything a try to find that special one or two things that make her happy outside of home,church and school.  

This is a photo I took watching her final game with Mimi. Of all the things she tried in the game , first base was her most loved. Her and her buddy Kale played beside each other so every time the ball came popping out it was some adorable team work between the two. It blew my mind how focused she was there and how incredibly natural it was for such a little lady.  Such a proud Mama.

This is the little ham on our way to the awards night.
This is a picture with the coveted 'trophy'...oooh aaaah.  This kind of blew her mind .

They handed out the individual and group photos too and this was hers.  Not sure what was with 'crazy eye' but she just looks so proud.  I love to see her feeling joyful and confident.
Addison Lee gregg.....Number 6

Great job ' Indians' !!!

Looking forward to seeing what next season has in store. 

Addy, you are such a love! Watching you grow is so exciting.

 "The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will."  Proverbs 21;1

She captured OUR Joy

 Thank you from the bottom of our hearts Amber....even the picture taking appointments turned into beautiful memories each and every time.  Look forward to you capturing our lives most precious years again soon. Your God given talent has blessed us in a way you probably cant even comprehend .

Amber is such a joy to have take our family photographs everytime.  If you are contemplating having yours done you simply cannot find a better price or someone more talented than our Amber.  Below  are some links to get your appointment set up :)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17