My guys help me do lots of things around the house. Cooking together we all enjoy. Hunter decided that we should all don cooking attire. Thanks to Nana for the chef hat
Hunter is hard at work cutting up the vegetables for dinner.
Chef Hunter posing for a picture.
The boys decided that I needed to wear an apron too. Hunter was digging around somewhere and found this one and snapped the picture! Now, back to dinner! I will always love my adorably handsome cooking staff.
Head Chef was Master Lucas. Hunter and Lucas have quite the imagination and they turned cooking with me into a game where Lucas was the chef and he gave orders to Hunter. Hunter did everything Lucas asked him to do. They took orders from "customers" and then came up with dishes to cook for them! Great afternoon of pretend play. LOVE.
Master Lucas telling Hunter which utensil he needs to prepare the next meal.
Hello Leigh Ann and Rob! Fun day out on the lake before the kids had to go back to school. The Hitches' bought our pontoon boast last summer and we all enjoyed taking it back out on the lake again. The lake is so beautiful and it is a nice alternative when all parks and pools have been exhausted. The water was comfortable but you can tell we live in the mountains because the last days of summer are much cooler!
Kiddos didn't mind the cooler mountain air. They loved the boat ride! Yippppeeeeee!
Faster, faster they always scream!
Here go the little ones. Lucas did not want to ride at first, but someone must have talked him into it. Of course, he loved every minute of it!
Wonderful day spent with some wonderful friends. These are some of the best memories. I hope the boys will look back at these pictures and remember how much fun we all had.
We are a fortunate bunch over here at the GCC. We have a great youth tennis program with a spectacular kids tennis coach, David Poole. In our limited experience in athletics with the kids we have found that having a good coach makes all the difference in the type of experience you have. Hunter loves tennis and has learned the game and skill set to play with Coach Poole. He hosts a few tournaments for the kids so they have the opportunity to play the game and use the skills he has taught them in practice. These pictures are from Hunter's second tennis match. A great effort was given by everyone!
Very, very proud of him and his third place finish in the tournament! Way to go buddy!
After moving into the GCC neighborhood trips to the pool became much more frequent. All the kids love to go and so many of our friends join in on the fun. It is a great way to play outside and make memories of summertime fun! Chloe loves to swim and is an excellent swimmer! She must take after her Uncle David!
Lucas riding his 'surf board!" Thanks to a great daddy who plays in frigid pool water while mom hangs out on the steps in the nice warm sun!
Notice there are no floaties. This little man started swimming this year without them. It is more like a modified version of drowning. He has a mean doggie paddle while holding his head straight up out of the water looking toward the sky. His technique is hard to describe. Picture every part of his body underwater except for his nose and mouth. I'm still not sure how he managed to pull it off. Hopefully, next summer he will have the confidence to put his whole head under water and SWIM!
Another great daddy that will play in the water with the kiddos so moms can sit in the nice warm sun.
For David's birthday this year I thought we should take a grown up trip to Charleston, SC without the kids. We have never been anywhere without our kids, the only exception being a racing event, since Hunter was born. We needed to get away. We needed to spend a few days together and we needed to really celebrate his 40th birthday. We decided on Charleston because David had never been before, it had been a really long time for me and it was close enough for us to drive on the short 2 night stint we had! We almost cancelled at the last minute. You know how it goes…life is busy, life is expensive and a luxury vacation seems silly, but it was one of the best trips we have taken in a really, really long time. I would do it over in a second and I think we are going to try and do this for every birthday. Of course, this trip was made possible by my mom who agreed to come up to Abingdon and watch the boys so we could go. Thanks Mom!!
It seems silly to take pictures of food but we were so giddy to be out eating in a fancy Charleston restaurant we didn't care. Thanks to our good friend LeeAnne we make our first stop at 81 Queen. It was this delicious little spot that had the most romantic atmosphere. We sat outside and there were twinkling lights in the trees. It was stunning and the food and company were amazing.
Trying to get a picture of the two of us in the dark! It was a beautiful night but hard to capture a good picture with our cell phones!
After dinner we ran into a local coffee/desert near the hotel because it started to pour down rain! Yummy coffee and a delicious cheesecake shared until it was dry enough to walk back to the Inn.
Another recommendation was for us to stay at the Harbor View Inn. It was fantastic and I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Charleston. These are some of the views from our balcony. We had two balconies from our room and they overlooked the harbor.
Ginormous chair at one of the local ice cream parlors. The ice cream cone I am holding is almost as big as the chair and in case you were wondering, David and I shared!
The love of my life. I couldn't imagine my life without him in it. He is the best father and husband.
We tried, and let me emphasize TRIED to get in some biking while on our mini vacation. THIS WAS THE WORST CITY TO BIKE IN EVER!!!!! We thought it would be a great way to investigate the area and explore the nearby coastal towns. BIG MISTAKE! It was bumper to bumper traffic, no bike lanes worth a damn and motorists zipping by and screaming at us like maniacs. It was dangerous and stressful and so not fun. We enjoyed the time together and seeing parts of Folly beach but my oh my was it a cycling nightmare. We stopped and took pictures on the bridge, I believe it is close to 2 miles long, and this was the safest part of our ride.
I feel like these pictures are our testimony that we survived a 50 mile ride on the busiest road in SC!
WE DID IT! and we lived to tell about it. I know I am making a big deal about riding in all the traffic, but it was a big deal. It was a night mare and motorists are so hateful at times. This ride made me appreciate our hilly isolated mountain roads.
A huge cruise liner was always docked in the bay. It was fun watching the people on deck and the tug boats bring these huge ships in to port.
After our death defying cycling ride we took showers and spend the rest of the day bar hopping. We tried different drinks and ordered appetizers from fun looking spots scattered all around downtown. It was a great trip!