Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Asheville will always be "home" for me. Growing up there, I took its beauty for granted. I never realized what a unique and amazing place it was to live until I left for college. Since we live far from there now, it is always special for me to take David and my kids with me and show them all of my favorite spots. Summer and Forrest were so cute feeding the fishes and as Summer was looking out the pond she said, "Mama, I love it here because this is where you were a little girl." I couldn't have said it better myself.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Run, Run, Run

I really love this boy. When Forrest was born, a mother of 3 boys gave me this advise, "Let him run". I now understand what she meant. It is so much fun having a boy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Girl

The word love just doesn't seem big enough for how I feel about this little girl.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day

A Happy Father's Day
The 2 most important men in my life...
My David and my dad.
I love you both sooo much.

Summer made a card for David all by herself and was so excited to present it to her daddy.
She listed her favorite things about him.
Here is Summer's list in her own words:

Daddy - here are the things I love about you!
1. You are nice to me
2. You smell good
3. You take really care of me
4. You help me when I am sad
5. You give me good hugs
6. You make me feel special
7. You are silly

Pretty cute, huh? To see it in her 5 year old printing makes it even more adorable. We're saving it forever, for sure. Forrest gave his daddy his favorite candy, licorice. We presented all of his presents to him with breakfast in bed of course. I can't get over how excited they get about everything.
So sweet.
We had a very happy Father's Day.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Summer LOVES to swim. She was on a winter swim team and loved every minute of it. When that ended she still wanted to swim so we continued her on a summer swim team. She goes to practice every afternoon and has weekly swim meets. Yesterday Summer had her first swim meet. I was so nervous, I had butterflies in my stomach every time Summer stood on the diving block. It is quite impressive to say for a 5 year old to be able to dive off the diving block and to do flip turns. If you came in first or last place each swimmer received a ribbon after their race. Summer is always oblivious as to what number her ribbon read (a good thing) but would just hop out of the pool and give me a big hug and say, "Mom, did you see that?" She wanted to make sure I caught every move of her strokes. It was so cute. I love that part of being a mom. I made sure I made a big deal about the whole meet and of course how cute she looked. It was a really long meet but totally worth it.

Monday, June 13, 2011

All Mine

I have said this many times but living with little kids is like having your very own cartoon characters running around your home. It's the best and I never tire of it.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

It's True...

I sure love this guy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


This morning Summer's Kindergarten class had their graduation. The excitement level about this event was pretty high. The kids rehearsed their songs every day for weeks and I can only imagine what a big deal that was for them. Summer was beaming and very proud of herself. The day before graduation her class had a party at the school. Completed with relay races, cake eating contest, water balloon races and popsicles. It was crowded but really, as a parent there is nothing better than watching your little ones be so excited and happy.
I can't believe my girl is done with Kindergarten. I can't believe the school year has come to an end. It has been such a great year for her. Summer has absolutely loved every minute of being in Mrs. H's class.  She is an amazing teacher and I am so thankful that Summer got to be in her class this year. Summer has grown-up so much this year. The graduation program ended with her getting to choose whatever she wanted to do for the rest of the day. She chose Dockside for lunch, the beach for a few hours, Boombalatti's for ice cream and to end it all, Princess and the Frog movie on the back porch with David's popcorn. He makes them the best. It was a really special day for our Summer. My girl is off to first grade!

Sunday, June 5, 2011


Last night I couldn't go sleep. I got out of bed and went in to check on Summer and Forrest. For the last year Summer has been begging me to have another midnight cheerios date. I whispered in her ear to wake her up and as soon as her eyes opened, I asked her if she wanted to join me downstairs for cheerios. Her entire face lit up. We tip-toed down the stairs in the dark and I got out the milk, bowls, spoons and cheerios.  We sat on our kitchen table with the lights on dim and a quilt wrapped around us.  Neither of us ate very much but that wasn't the point. I asked her about Kindergarten and noticed for the first time that she had a band-aid on her arm. She said she fell on the rug at school and got a rug burn. Something I had not even noticed the day before. I also learned some fun facts... she really wants to paint more because she wants to learn how to paint families. Cute. Her very favorite thing about Kindergarten recess is talking with her friends. I then told her 5 things (because she is 5) I loved about her and she then started to get sleepy. As we tip-toed back up the stairs she said, "Mama, will you tuck me in with the quilt so that when I see it in the morning I can know this was not a dream?" I grabbed the quilt and tucked her back into bed. I took this picture of her this morning when she woke up. So cute. I love my Summer and I can't wait to start this tradition with my Forrest.