Sunday, November 28, 2021


Such a lovely low-key weekend spending time with the people we adore!  

Scott was up early Thanksgiving morning to get the turkey on the smoker to take to my sister's house as she, Uncle Jon, JJ and Jayne graciously hosted our side of the family this year.  We ate and played and hung out and finally made it home just in time to sit down for about a minute before heading to Scott's sister's home where she graciously hosted the other side of the family.  We didn't eat there as our tummies were already quite full but we did get the added bonus of spending time with Scott's grandmother who is nearly 96 years old.  It was such a sweet visit and time together.  

Some of the great grands were not there but this was a good bit!

Just moments after sitting down for a moment between families, I looked out the front windows and saw the most glorious golden light so I quickly gathered the kids for a quick photo!  They were all great sports about it although I'm sure they would have appreciated a bit of a break. 

Scott, however, had already dozed off so we left him snoozing while I ran out the door to snap a picture.  Bless him for serving us so faithfully!  He was up so early and works so hard.  Construction workers have long long long hours and he is also driving nonstop so his naps are well earned! 

These two snuggled up for a moment too!  They are both by far my biggest cuddle babies! 

I think he falls further in love with his smoker grill each and every time he uses it!  Best Father's Day gift that benefits us all! He researched the perfect smoked turkey recipe and it did not disappoint!  BEST turkey ever- we all agreed! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

{The Nutcracker}

Slowing down for the season & kicking it off with a fun little unit on The Nutcracker.  We spent Monday studying Russian history, Peter Tchaikovsky & his genius works, drawing our own nutcrackers, reading aloud the picture book so they would all know the story line and seeing how they are made in a factory by true wood workmen.  Then, we spent our Tuesday morning enjoying the Carolina Ballet's performance of the classical Christmas masterpiece in person downtown.  We met up with a few other homeschooling/church friends to make it a party! AG ate it up & smiled ear to ear just about the entire time!  AJ got a little wiggly but did well for a 2 1/2 hour long ballet and Bear was the best sport...accompanying his girls and being a true gentleman.  He said his favorite part was "the end" although I would bet he could find a few moments he really did appreciate.  Afterwards, they each choose their own nutcracker ornament for the tree as a keepsake.  

Thursday, November 18, 2021


His decision has been made & we could not possibly be more thrilled for him!  Time to get that final paperwork in order and schedule his signing day!!! 

Saturday, November 13, 2021


Bubba and I spent last Friday touring what may be our last college tour, Charleston Southern University.  We packed up early and hit the road stopping in Summerville for an incredible lunch at Five Loaves Cafe.  Then, we headed to the school for a tour, meeting with admissions and meeting with the head baseball coach.  It was so much fun!  Neither of us had high expectations and had kinda crossed it off his list but left there completely impressed and putting it near the top! We got a photo with Bucky in the cafeteria, took a selfie by the water and truly had the most fun together.  It is truly a privilege to have a son who is so well spoken and kind that you just really love being around each other.  Whether this becomes his choice or not, it was a day very well spent! 

Mask selfies...because although our state does not have a mask mandate, they make you wear one indoors.  I just don't get it.  I honestly haven't worn a mask in months {maybe even last fall?} so this was different.

He was even my chauffeur for the day driving both there and back home!  

The baseball team was practicing while we met with the coach for nearly an hour and a half.  It was fun to see how things are really run there.

I had to get a photo of "dem bones" for Dubbie.  She is not a fan but their medical/science classrooms truly were impressive. 

{Life Lately: Seven}

The girls were invited to the sweetest little party where they got their nails done and then went for an ice cream treat!  So fun!  It was their first time in a nail salon.

Grandaddy dropped off peaches and they were delicious!!!

Just a couple darling girls walking down a dirt road!

Legos are always a favorite around here.

Bear spent some time on the lake with our neighbor and caught lots of yummy striped bass! 

{Life Lately: Six}

Yep!  She hopped on and tried her best to take off but thankfully doesn't have this figured out quite yet! 

Panda with her amazing test score for Daddy again! 

Bubba's first acceptance package!  CIU!!!!  We really really loved our visit there.

Schooling each morning at the island...I just love these moments.

Her imagination is endless! 

And Bubba got a new (to him) ride!  We had success selling his 04 Chevy and got something that has a lot better gas mileage and a lot fewer issues! 

{Life Lately: Five}

The boys went fishing offshore with Grandaddy and caught some delicious dinner!

A fun zoo day with the middle and littles!