Friday, March 20, 2015

A Family Hike

After the undeniable success of a very short hike last weekend on Mill Mountain, we decided to take the boys for a longer hike yesterday since Scott had the day off. We came prepared: hiking backpack ready and waiting to receive whiny, 35 lb. two year old once he ran out of steam.

First wonder we encountered in the "Haunted Animal Shadow Forest" {as so named by Nathan}: "A RIVER!" {as declared by Jack}.

It was cold outside on this last day of winter, but the boys were soaking up the adventure of their first real hike!

We had a lot of fun with the boys. We laughed, we searched for wild animals {while the boys shouted at the top of their lungs}, we jumped over logs, we shook small trees while shouting, "I big an' strong!" {okay, that was just Jack}.

I'm so excited that Scott and I get to share our love of the outdoors with our boys. They're finally at an age where we can enjoy {most} of a hike! I know this is the first of many wonderful hikes we'll take, with our boys alongside us, definitely NOT riding in the hiking backpack, which was met with screams of protest.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Well, it has been sunshine-y and warm this week in Virginia! Woohoo! Yesterday, we spent hours and hours outside. The boys were so filthy dirty that I had to scrub and scrub to get the dirt out of their scalps. And, isn't that how it should be!? I say yes.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Family And Warmer Weather

Whew! Three weeks in a row with family visiting! It has been won.der.ful! {Also, it accounts for my severe lack of blogging this month.}

My brother Nathan {AKA, "Uncle Pudlumps"} came and stayed with us for five days last week. We had such a great time with him!

We went bowling--so fun! We actually love to bowl, despite the fact that we're not good at it. I'd say we go bowling at least once a month, so you'd think we'd be good. But we're not. ;)

One evening, Scott grilled burgers and steaks, and we ate dinner on the back patio. HEAVEN! {Winter, you can get the HECK outta here!}

It's always so fun having family visit. We love every minute!

I'm thrilled that warmer days are returning. Thank heavens! Winters here are just bad. There is no other way to say it. BAD. COLD. DREARY. SNOW-FILLED. BLEH.

I'm still training for two upcoming races, one in April and one in May. AND, I am officially saying that I'm running the Little Rock half marathon in 2016!

I went for a five mile run yesterday by the Roanoke River, wearing a tank top and shorts. Heaven!! The not so heavenly part? Wind advisory yesterday with gusts up to 30 mph. . . made for a less than enjoyable five miles. Oh, well!

Thank You, Jesus, for family and backyard barbecues and running and warmer weather!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

BeeGee's Visit

There are few things we anticipate as joyfully as visits from my mom. We just love it when she comes to see us!

Sunday, February 22, 2015



That's what we've been for seven days now. Stuck under lots and lots and lots of snow.

This has been awesome for one reason: Jack is potty trained!! Woohoo!! I had no idea he would be so easy to potty train! Yippee for no more diapers!!!! 

This "being stuck" has also been not-so-awesome. Why? I'm in the middle of training for a 10K. My plan requires 3 runs a week. Ugh. Also, my children and I have extreme cabin fever. I'm not gunna' lie...the television has pretty much been on all day nonstop. Of course, the boys' school has been canceled, and I feel like I'm literally flushing (a.lot.) of money down the toilet. Oh, and I have this little thing called a "job." A full-time, high-stress job that doesn't stop because I'm stuck inside with my kiddos. 

Yesterday, at the frenzied height of cabin fever, I said, "Boys, to the kitchen! We're baking cookies!"

...because when you can't get to the gym, why not consume tons more calories?? Geesh!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow Day! (Er, week!)

Well, we're stuck inside...and I'm afraid for the whole week! We're expecting a foot of snow today, and the temperature isn't going to get above freezing until Saturday! 

I'm determined to finish potty training Jack, if indeed we are stuck inside for several days.

The boys and I ventured outside to play in the snow. We only lasted about twenty minutes, since it's about fifteen degrees outside! Jack said, "I freezing cold!!" 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Nathan's Bedroom

Well, it has been a labor of love {okay, and a lot of fun}, but I am finally finished with Nathan's bedroom! {No, sweet husband of mine, that's not to say if I don't find a cute throw pillow or picture frame, I won't purchase it!}

I wanted Nathan's room to be navy, grey, and white/eggshell. I've seriously {slowly} worked on his room for over a year now. Anywhere from painting the walls to re-painting and waxing his entire bed, I've put some blood, sweat, and tears into this project.


In case you're wondering why it took me over a year to put together a child's bedroom, I will tell you: I NEVER pay full price for anything. So, I knew I wanted Pottery Barn bedding and a nice rug and a blue armchair and a window bench and Annie Sloan paint. And, I wasn't willing to go out and spend stupid amounts of money on those things. So, I waited, looked for coupons, deals, and sales, and I can absolutely say that everything in this room fit into my REGULAR budget! Woohoo!

And, for the sake of honesty, Nathan was SCREAMING while I took these pictures because Jack {as you can see} was in his room. Gasp! Am I the only one who has an older kiddo who goes to pieces when his younger sibling enters his room!? Please say no.

Here's a cute picture of Nathan, matching his bedspread. Hehe!