Summer Road Trip

We did our very first summer road trip across several states as a family this summer. We started planning this because we wanted to visit my family in NC, but also Dan’s family in PA and this was a way that we could do both, and break up the trip so that it was do-able with the kids.Summer Road Trip Long car rides are hard on everyone, but with little kids, it can involve big emotions, and feelings of exhaustion. It’s hard to have much sympathy though considering when Dan and I were kids, all we had was a window to stare out of, a sibling to annoy, and if we were lucky, some books to look at. Kids these days have toys, iPads, in-vehicle entertainment with screens that play DVDs. They have so much more to keep themselves occupied. They were a few times that they all fell asleep together, and those times were gifts from God.

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We started our trip picking the boys up from their week long Stonecreek Kidzu Adventure camp at church, and went straight to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. They live on a farm by Lake Hartwell and raise black angus cattle. They are truly amazing Godly people and I absolutely love every bit of time we get to spend with them. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, and Grandpa took them around the farm on his big tractor, and we got to watch Grandpa feed the cattle. The kids loved it! I wish we could spend more time there, but we were heading up to Wilmington the next day and we needed to get a head start on the trip, so we stayed overnight in Anderson, SC after our visit at the farm.

Number 1 on the Map:

 

On our second stop, we visited Dad, Rennie, and brother Christopher in Wilmington, NC. We met downtown at Slice of Life, my favorite pizza place, and then we headed over to the Serpentarium to see the crazy amount of poisonous snakes and reptiles. It was pretty  neat, but I didn’t get a lot of pictures from the Serpentarium, but the kids had a great time. We got there just in time for the feeding. It was fun, but let’s just say the staff wasn’t exactly kid-friendly. At one point, they were feeding an enormous boa constrictor large rabbits, and calling them the Easter bunny. Not Cool. Nevertheless, the kids still loved it. Parker in particular really enjoyed it.


The next day, we geared up for the beach. Dad really wanted to take the boys fishing. So, we went back to our old neighborhood, caught some pin fish to bait a crab trap, and then headed to Surf City’s Soundside Park on Topsail Island where we had lunch and went fishing.

Number 3 on the Map:

Parker, Dan, Christopher and Dad stayed at Soundside Park and fished some more, and Rennie, Sienna, Mason and myself went to the beach to catch some waves. Dan and Parker met us there a little later. It was so nice to hang at the beach that I grew up going to. So fun!

Rennie and Dad were very hospitable during our stay, and Dad made us special dinner of Beef  Stroganoff our first night, and took us out to a delicious Italian dinner our second night. We were so well taken care of during our stay, and we’re looking forward to our next visit to see them in the years to come!

From Wilmington, we made our way to Ocean City, Maryland. Dan had vacationed here with his family when he was younger, and could vouch for how fun it was. It didn’t disappoint.  Dan had saved up his hilton points from all of his business travels, and we used points to stay at the Hilton Suites in Ocean City. It was perfect. They had a fabulous outdoor swim-up bar, kids slides and kiddie pool. It was so fun. The hotel is within walking distance of the beginning of the boardwalk, so we loved how close it was. We took advantage of the tram, but didn’t get a chance to use the bikes. Apparently, you have to get up at the crack of dawn to get down to get your bike! Lesson learned. Hopefully next year we can do a family bike ride on the boardwalk. The kids loved the carnival rides, prizes, the street performers, etc. Lots of fun for two days!

Number 4 on the Map:

 

Our next stop was to visit Dan’s family and longtime friend that live in Pennsylvania. We were staying in Doylestown to be exact, a cute quaint superb suburb of Philly. Ha! My auto-correct changed suburb to superb, so there you go! It was indeed superb!

Dan’s best friend Jim was his best man in our wedding, and they’ve been friends for almost thirty years. Jim is married to Jess, and together they have  two daughters aged 7 and 5. They welcomed us into their home to stay with them, and they were wonderful hostesses to our family. I know it’s not easy hosting a family of five, where some of us are sleep deprived and possibly not our best behaved, but they were welcoming none the less! We used their washer and dryer, and Jess folded all our clothes when we left to visit Dan’s family. Now that’s a fantastic hostess! Jim was also very welcoming to our kids, and was such a great sport when the kids wanted to play hairdresser and give him a cut an style! So fun.

We enjoyed a fun visit to Central Park (the kids call it Castle Park, because of the huge wooden “castle”playground), and we drove up to Hershey, Pennsylvania our last day of our visit to enjoy the many rides at the amusement park Hershey Park. The kids had a blast. The super duper looper and the water park was a big hit with our family!

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Our second day in Pennsylvania, we ventured closer into the city to visit with some of Dan’s family. I had been friends with Dan’s Aunt Denise on facebook, and seen a lot of her, but I had never met her in person before. I met Dan’s Uncle Bill, Aunt Peanut, and Uncle Brian as well. They were all so sweet, and welcoming. The kids loved meeting them as well as spending time with them and their sweet dog Erica. They brought over the best philly cheesesteaks in the area, and we had a great time visiting with them!

After  our time in Pennsylvania, we started our decent south and stayed overnight in a small town in Maryland. In the morning, we headed to Asheville, NC for one night. We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was such an incredible drive. I had never been on an interstate with so many winding turns, hills, and beautiful mountainous views in every direction. It was by far the prettiest drive of the trip. All three fell asleep and took a good nap on the way there, which was great and we got in Asheville just in time to get settled and head in town for dinner.

Our hotel was about 20mins outside of Asheville, so when we asked the front desk if he could give us some recommendations for a good family restaurant, he said he didn’t venture into the city often. Hmm.. So we were left to our own devices, and how hard could it be to find a good restaurant? Well, apparently pretty difficult, as we found out. We  parked near the college, and walked several blocks, and things were either too pricey/fancy, or not appropriate for kids (vaping/loud music, etc) and then all of a sudden, we turned a corner, and found Lexington Avenue BreweryIt was perfect. Despite the fact that it was a brewery, it had many families in there, and a fun atmosphere and best of all, great food.

The next day, we went to one of our favorite things to do as a family in Asheville; visit the Western North Carolina Nature Center. They have a great selection of animals that are native to the area, and the kids had such a great time! In addition to seeing the neat animals, and learning about them, they also had little stations that allowed you to build your own fort with sticks, put on your own puppet show, climb your own spider web, etc. This was a fun way to conclude our summer road trip.

 

It was overall a great trip. It was long, and trying at times, but it was the best way to mix a summer vacation with visiting family and friends. I think the kids enjoyed spending time with family, learning about new places, and making memories that they will cherish for many years to come.

Summertime Adventures {June}

We’ve had such a busy summer. Every year I say it…It’s my favorite season of all. I love the bright sunshine warming my body, the worry-free days, and getting just a little more free time to slow down and enjoy time with the family and friends. Whether it’s out in nature, or a playful afternoon at home, Summer has got us by it’s playful grip, and we are enjoying the ride.
This includes lots of playdates, family days, girls nights, and unscheduled spontaneous adventures. They are my favorite sunny summer days of all.  I’m so thankful for my sweet (mostly) kiddos, and my amazing family and friends that I get to do life with! Here’s recap of our happenings in June.

{Last Day Of School Ice Cream Social and Pool Party}

{Summer Reading with Coal}{Summer Reading with Coal}

 

{Memorial Weekend hike and Lake fun}

 

{Kick-off to Summer Reading Library Event}

{First Summer Playdate Series at Settles Bridge Park}

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{Pool playdate with the Jewett kiddos}

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{Hawaiian Themed Neighborhood Girls Bunco Night}

{Hammock swings with my Sienna}

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{Ellie Goulding Concert with Sarah, Jen and Gracile}

{Splash Pad Summer Playdate Series}

{Mason vs. Sienna Dress-up and Light saber battles}

{Summertime Mani-Pedis}

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{Family Kayaking on Lake Lanier}

{Fun at Gary Pirkle Park}

{Yoga Storytime at the Library}

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{Tennis Court after dinner runs}

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{Glazed and Fired painting Playdate}

{Impromptu picnic in Mommy and Daddy’s room}

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{Summertime haircut for Sienna}

{Finding Dory Movie with Mason’s PreK Teacher+friends}

 

{Gold Mine Tour for Father’s Day weekend}

{Amicalola Falls- Parker climbed steps with me}

{Daddy and the kids cracking open Geodes}

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{Super Hero Fathers Day at Stonecreek Church}

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{Father’s Day fun at Hembree Park}

{Cumming Aquatic Center Playdate}

{Buford Dam-Lower Pool Park Playdate}

{Boat Ride on Lake Lanier with Nana, Poppy & Grace}

{Visiting Nana & Poppy’s Campsite, Lunch at Pelican Pete’s}

{Jumping with their cousin Grace at Get Air}

{Dinner with Nana, Poppy and Grace+Baking Nana’s Special Cake}

{Sienna pretends to be a mermaid in our neighborhood pool}

{Hammock swings in the back yard}

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{Parker and Mason discover their love for Piggie and Gerald Books}

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{First Lemonade Stand to raise money for VBS cause}

{First Redeemer VBS-Submerge!}


Mother’s Day-Our First Family Camping Trip

We did our first family camping trip over Mother’s day weekend. We were very last minute with the planning, but it turned out just fine even without being 100% prepared. I got the idea because I originally just wanted to do a trail hike for Mother’s Day weekend. The weather was looking great, so I thought maybe it would be more fun to try to tent camp while we were at it.

I contacted a friend who has gone camping in the area before and asked for her recommendation. We wanted to camp by Lake Lanier because it’s close, but there are several campgrounds on Lake Lanier, and I wasn’t sure which one was more suitable with kids.  She said Shady Grove Campground is their favorite, so I decided to check out the website.

The website is very promising, boasting lake views, bathroom and shower facilities, two playground areas, wooded hiking trails, and a lake “beach” area close to the campsites. This all sounded wonderful to us, so we decided to go for it!

We absolutely loved the campground. The walking paths in the woods were great, the playground for the kids and the beach was wonderful. The bathroom facilities were close to the campsite and clean and exactly what we needed with three little ones and our first camping experience. We got a six person tent, and we arrived around noon after lunch and began unpacking the car and getting acquainted with our campsite. There were campsites closer to Lake Lanier with views, but this one was perfect because of how close it was to the beach, bathrooms, and playground.  It was also very shady and flat, which was great. The car was filled to the brim with camping supplies. I forgot how many things you actually need when you camp. Pretty much everything!

We cheated a little bit and did simple meals on paper plates, disposable plasticware and juice boxes. Next time we will be more eco-friendly and just use reusable cups. The typical camping staple- hot dog over an open flame of course, and we made simple mac and cheese, smores, sandwiches, etc. We brought the Cusinart Griddler with us and made pancakes for the morning (yum) but forgot syrup, so Dan ran out that morning and grabbed some. One great thing about camping at this location is that t’s not too far from civilization!

Parker got his first pocket swiss army knife and he had a great time using it to practice sharpening sticks and cutting the bark off of them. Mason and Sienna loved helping with the fire and gathering sticks. They were all great helpers on the campsite. They were just excited about the whole experience! One of their favorite things was going on the wooded walking trail to the playground. The playground there was amazing. They spared no expense. It had rock walls, several slides, cool wobbly platforms they could toddle between. They had so much fun, and will be able to play on it for many years, as it’s spans several age groups.

Before bedtime, Dan and I took turns taking the boys out on night time nature walks with their head lamps. Those headlamps are worth every penny. We had so much fun with them! The boys just loved being out past dark, and enjoyed just being in nature, wondering what creatures they would find and listening to the night birds, frogs, and creatures make noise.

The evening was a bit more challenging as the night went on. Sienna went to bed around eight without an issue. She’s a great sleeper and can sleep pretty much anywhere. However, once it was time for the rest of us to go to sleep, we realized that our fellow camping neighbors were playing a serious game of corn hole. Finally after about 15 minutes into the quite time (Campsite guidelines say after 10pm is quite time) we had to go and give a gentle reminder about the park rules, and that we were having a hard time getting the kids to sleep. They were apologetic and immediately stopped their game and cheering, but I felt like such a kill-joy having to do that.  It’s just very frustrating when you’re left with little kids who can’t sleep, and are over tired. Other than that, no issues with neighbor noise, but Mason was a little weary of sleeping with all the evening nature noises, but eventually crashed. The next day he said he loved camping, so I don’t think he was scarred too much from all the unfamiliar sounds.

We also found out quickly that the tent (slated to hold six people) wasn’t really a great fit for us. It indeed could probably fit six, but with two queen air mattresses, it’s pretty much one adult one kid on one, and one adult two kids on another (I’ll let you guess who had the privilege of the ladder, Ha!) but we really needed an extra twin bed for one of the kids. It’s just too cramped on the queen bed with the sleeping bags for more than that. So, we returned it. Lesson learned. It wasn’t terrible but could’ve been better.

There was also a fun beach area that we explored the first day. The water felt like it had ice cubes in it. Super cold, but the kids still liked it for a short time. We’ll have to hit up the beach for longer once again when it’s warmer.

It was such a fun experience, a wonderful Mother’s Day, and we can’t wait to do it again!


11 Years!

It’s hard to believe that we have been married eleven years! When we talk about our early years of marriage it’s such a different life than what we have now.

It’s funny because we’ve been talking to the kids more about some of our travels we did before they were born. Parker was asking about the Eiffel tower and if I had ever been.  Then we got on the subject of scuba diving, and we talked about submarines and helicopter rides that we did in Hawaii many moons ago. Things have changed over the years for sure!

We’ve definitely had some adventures, but have had some hardships as well. One thing remains true. Dan makes me a better person, and I love him more every year that we’re together.

One way we love to connect is travel. We love our kids, and we really enjoy going on trips with them, but there’s something about getting away without the kids that brings us right back to where we were early in our marriage. A time when we were more intentional with our time together, without the interruption of little ones needing our time and attention. This is what we did when we decided to go to Blue Ridge to stay for a few nights.

It was such a great getaway! Dan found this cute little log cabin (another reason why my husband is amazing) that was just perfect. Honestly, if you’re looking for a nice, affordable place to stay near downtown Blue Ridge, this is such a great place. It is a two bedroom overlooking a valley with a view (in the early spring at least), quiet and peaceful, with a great outdoor hot tub.  We were really impressed with the town of Blue Ridge. I had not been there in years, but the shopping was great there. We were very disappointed with downtown Helen last year, even though the place we stayed (Lucille’s Mountain Top Inn and Spa) was nice, the town itself left more to be desired. It was also nice not to have to rush in the morning to get to breakfast. We’ve felt the need to do this at previous B&B’s so we didn’t miss out on the food. With this cabin, we didn’t rush at all. We woke up slow and got to sleep in and it was heavenly! We’d definitely stay there again!

We found a fun trail on our way to Blue Ridge just outside the falls called Fall Creek Falls. It was absolutely beautiful and it had a rocky, mossy enchanted forest feel heading up to the falls. One nice bonus, the path was super quick and easy for a hiker of any skill level. We didn’t want a super long trail because we wanted to get to the cabin and clean up and head to town.

In town, we ate at several Restaurants. All of them were delicious!  My favorite was Harvest on Main. We got a table on their front porch during the day on Saturday for lunch, and they had great food! They menu was different without being too weird. I like weird, but Dan likes familiar! We actually ran into some good friends of ours as we were leaving the restaurant.  It was so fun to be in the exact same place at the same time so far from home! We welcomed the hello from them, and then enjoyed some nice shopping after.  I found myself some super comfortable italian leather shoes from a company called FLEXX and Dan found  a knife store, and git a survival-type collection that had been discontinued, so we were both happy campers. We really enjoyed each other’s company the entire day. It brought me back to being a newlywed!

 We also ate at Blue Ridge Brewery which was also nice, but we didn’t drink their beer, so we can’t really give a full review, although the food we got was tasty. Dan loved their pretzel. I got a blackened trout that was D-lish! We ate breakfast twice at Serenity Garden Cafe. Their food was good, but never had any fresh fruit, which I found pretty odd. I was doing the whole 30 at the time, and really wanted a fruit option. Their food wasn’t bad, the atmosphere could’ve been better, but not bad for a breakfast place.

For our Anniversary evening, we went to Cucina Rustica. It was a little outside of town, but a very nice upscale Italian Restaurant.  How we came to eat at this restaurant is kind-of a neat story. We met an elderly  couple on the streets of downtown Blue Ridge.  They were coming out of a restaurant and we were asking them about good places to eat around the area. We got to talking and come to find out he was Tom Ledford, the town’s county commissioner, and the person who helped get alcohol into the restaurants in Blue Ridge. It was a dry town for a long time! I had no idea that even existed, I mean, sure everywhere was dry back in the day, but this was recently, like within the last ten years. They said you were allowed to “brown bag” wine and bring into restaurants, but the restaurants couldn’t sell it.  So, he recommended his buddy’s place who helped him get elected to the board, and they were ultimately able to pass beer and wine.  I’m glad they recommended the place too, because it was very nice and the food was delicious. I got an appetizer of bacon wrapped lamb and a salad, Dan got a ravioli dish.  I indulged in wine and dessert since it was our anniversary and it was heavenly after over two and a half weeks of being good on the Whole 30! Dan also gave me the sweetest necklace for our anniversary. No hints at all, he picked this out on his own. I will certainly treasure it all the days!

Overall, it was such a nice time of bonding with my sweetie. I truly value our marriage, and I am so glad that God brought us together. He makes me so happy.

Chattanooga Day Trip

We made a last-minute decision to take a day trip up to Chattanooga’s Rock City. We have a season pass that will expire soon, so we decided to take advantage. The kids loved the trails, and we just enjoyed having fun at a new place to change up the scenery! The weather was beautiful, and the views from the mountain are always gorgeous! I am loving the new cooler weather, and I can’t wait for the leaves to change, and for fall to be here! We finished off our trip with a little visit to Cabela’s, an Outdoor store that has fun animals and a fish tank that the kids love. Overall a fun way to enjoy Labor Day weekend.

Memorial Day- Amicalola falls

We enjoyed a fun Memorial day weekend, and having more time home as a family.  We thought it would be fun to go up to Amicalola falls, which is about an hour drive from us.  It is always such a beautiful walk to the falls, and we enjoyed visiting the Inn at the top of the mountain for lunch.  The kids had a great time enjoying nature and it was nice to get out of the house and get outdoors!

It’s Summah Time!

So, I have a post in the que from last month titled “Sienna is 8 months!” that I started and is obviously irrelevant now that she’s 9. Geez. Seriously, this summer is going by way too fast. I completely missed the entire month of July in blog posts, and so much has happened! There’s a huge pile of clothes waiting to be entered in my consignment online inventory, I’ve been interrupted twice now for someone to “re-cover” them and the dishes and bottles are just sitting there waiting to be cleaned by you-know-who since the hubs is away traveling, but I’m making a point to just carve out some time to blog tonight because… well… it’s my therapy and I enjoy it!

I don’t even know where to begin… We’ve been having a nice summer. Some days filled with some fun, excited, well planned out activities and other days just lounging around the homestead, rotating out the swimsuits and pjs. There is a part of me that is looking forward to school starting back up in the coming weeks to free up some personal time to get things done, and then there’s another part of me that is savoring these last few weeks of unplanned, spontaneous, lazy days we’ve been having. I mean…let’s be honest, we all have our days, but I know before long they’ll be in school full time, and I will miss these lazy unplanned days with these kids that drive me crazypants.  We’ve also have been just trying to be content with being home more.  It’s a bit challenging with Sienna having multiple naps to really get out and enjoy a lot of activities outside the home.  So, we’ve been doing a lot of kiddie pool, and water table time outside while she naps, and when Daddy is home, taking the boys on some outings.

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Sienna has been doing great.  It’s pretty incredible how much she has grown and changed in just a month.  We were worried about her growth and development because right when she turned eight months old, she wasn’t quite where the boys were in their gross motor skills.  She was pretty wobbly sitting up and would fall backwards or to the side at any given moment, wouldn’t jump in the jumperoo, she was only self feeding with one hand, and had no interest in the sippy cup.  I tell you though, God has really taught me a lesson in patience, and reminded me that HE is in control! I got in a tizzy about the whole thing and after a doc recommendation to see a neurologist came about, I was completely convinced that there was something wrong with her. She’s completely fine though! She’s just on her own timing.  She’s just a product of her environment of her being a third child, being held more, being put in the exersaucer and bumbo instead of on the floor so she can practice balance and mobility (and so I can cook, clean, or whatever).  She is also a GREAT sleeper.  I mean… the girl may need to be rocked to sleep once in a blue moon, but the girl can put some hours away in that crib of hers.  She’ll sleep 12hrs at night, then nap from 9:30-11ish and again from 1:30 to 3ish and AGAIN at 5/5:30ish for a half hour snooze.  I’ve been trying to cut out that last nap, but when she doesn’t get it, she is GRUMPY! Or, she’ll want to crash right at 6:30 or 7, and that is just poor timing for us with dinner and bath time.  So yeah… sleep! She loves it. Little lazy bones of mine.  Hopefully it’ll stick.  Mason was a great sleeper from early on, and now he bugs me with either “I’ve got to go potty” for the billionth time, or “I need to be covered”, so it can be a toss up!  A few day after getting the OK from the neurologist that Sienna didn’t have anything wrong with her, she started crawling! She creeps on her belly, and most recently has been taking a few “knee step” crawls!  She jumps in the jumperoo as well, and is working on mastering the sippy cup.  She brings me such joy and I just can’t wait to see what the future holds for her and how much more God will show me about her little personality!

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As a catch-up, our July fourth was fun and pretty low-key.  We had two families over that we just adore; The Valencias and The Hertys.  They both have four kids close in age, live close by, and we all have grown to love them as well as their kids! It’s great to be able to relate to the grace that is needed for raising multiple young kids close in age.  And no, we don’t have plans for a fourth at the moment!  Nevertheless, here are a few shots from our evening of family fun celebrating the fourth.  The Hertys brought over a bottle of Champagne to toast to all of the families living close together due to the recent move of the Valencias and us!

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Mason burned his hand on a sparkler that night, but other than that, I think it was a great evening of fun.  We also thought it would be fun to revisit the children’s museum that we went to downtown like we did last year.  It was a week day and Dan wasn’t traveling, so he kept Sienna at home while she napped, and I took the boys.  It was great.  The boys loved it last year, but this year I feel like they were old enough to do so much more! They did everything from grocery shopping, to learning about weather, to camping, fishing, building, dress up, painting, and the list goes on.  Here are a few favorites from the fun day we had.

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We also have enjoyed fun little activities around the house, like this one we did the other day, a home made bird feeder.

IMG_9243 IMG_9248 IMG_9249 IMG_9252 IMG_9254 IMG_9258 IMG_9266 IMG_9267 IMG_9272 IMG_9273  I haven’t been feeling my best lately and I’m hoping to get to the bottom of the source (and relief) from my back pain that’s been giving me problems this summer, but other than that I’ve been enjoying motherhood, my family, our friends, our new home, my favorite season-Summertime, and overall feeling very very blessed by it all.

Strawberry Picking at Warbington Farms

Dan’s parents were here this past weekend, and we wanted to do something fun and different with them this time. Warbington Farms came highly recommended through some friends, so we decided to give it a try.  Dan had the day off on Friday, so we decided to go then in hopes that it would be less crowded  and more strawberries would be available.  We were very pleased with the big selection they had of strawberries to pick! It was a big hit with the boys too!  They only thing that was a little disappointing was that they had to spray pesticides this year due to a bug that would’ve killed their crop if they didn’t.  So, they weren’t organic strawberries, but nothing a little good vinegar or citrus veggie wash can’t get rid of.  In addition to the boys having fun picking the strawberries, they enjoyed bouncing around on their inflatables, and petting the farm animals.  We enjoyed a picnic lunch under one of their covered picnic areas and enjoyed all the cute farm had to offer!  As a word of caution, Dan found a tick on his leg the next morning (a brown legged dog tick) so if you’re walking through the fields and feeding the animals in the petting zoo, be sure to check for ticks! Crazy that this family of ours is such a magnet for them!  We had a really nice time, and will probably make this fun farm an annual family affair!

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Father’s Day

After a leisure morning at home to celebrate Father’s Day, we decided to head north and go up to Dahlonega for the day.  We selfishly opted not to attend church, because we knew with the kiddos it would be an either or thing for them and that they wouldn’t do so well if we tried to squeeze in both church and the day trip.

We ate lunch at one of Dan’s favorites, the family style restaurant Smith House.  It’s great because we don’t have to wait long for the food, which makes life with the kiddos a lot easier.  We devoured some fried chicken, green beans, sweet potatoes, fried okra, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, rolls, roast beef, and of course strawberry shortcake as a delicious dessert.  It was a very yummy lunch indeed.

About thirty minutes outside of Dahlonega, there is Amicalola State Park, which has some amazing waterfalls.  We thought we’d burn off some lunch and take a trip to see the falls.  I opted to do a little amateur photography session, with it being Father’s day.  It was nice to capture some pretty moments with the boys and enjoy God’s gift of the beautiful scenery.