Wednesday, April 23, 2014

We Love Savannah!

We started our Spring Break trip with a stop in Savannah, Georgia. I love to visit Savannah any chance I get. Several years ago, Brian and I took a short trip to explore Savannah and Charleston for a few days. We really loved both cities, but I have to say that Savannah was our favorite. Since that trip, we've taken the kids a few times (usually just on the way or home from Florida). 

This beautiful fountain at Forsyth Park is one of my favorite parts of Savannah. The trees surrounding it on all sides with the moss hanging ~ be still my heart. Absolutely beautiful!

Another part of the park that we enjoy is the big playground.

Notice every one of those kids up there and one random dad. They were all playing a massive game of tag. I loved watching a bunch of kids from all different places play together as if they'd known each other forever. They would gather on the top to choose who was "it" then take off in all directions. Fun!

We spent a little time walking through the squares and seeing the gorgeous homes.

We've never eaten at Paula Deen's restaurant, Lady & Sons. Often we end up walking or driving by there, but we end up eating somewhere else. To be honest, the reviews I've read just aren't that great. If I'm going to eat (and trust me I am), then I want it to be great!
On my first trip to Savannah, we found Vinnie Van Gogo's pizza in a little area we love called City Market. The kids loved their HUGE pieces of pizza!
While the kids ate their pizza, Brian and I enjoyed eating at a little place also located in City Market called Anna's. We've eaten at Anna's every time we've been in Savannah. The food is always so good! However, I will say the service is lacking. One of the reasons we love eating there so much is the outdoor patio that faces the City Market area. It's so nice to sit outside and enjoy the food. Just plan on it taking a little while to be greeted and served! 

Brian and I shared this delicious pasta and crab cakes.

Another part of Savannah that we enjoy exploring is the riverfront.

Savannah is super close to Tybee Island, so we like to head over there as well. The water was so cold, but I'll take the beach any way I can get it!

The Tybee Island Lighthouse
Visiting Savannah was such a fun way to start our vacation!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend

We had a great Easter weekend. On Thursday, my cousin Krista brought her kids to eat lunch with us at school since they are on on spring break. We only get to see them a few times a year, so it's always exciting when we do.

 These girls talk on face time several times a week. I wish they lived closer to each other like Krista and I did (next door)!

 Emma came over Thursday night to play for a long time. They had so much fun!
 Max loved Krista! He really doesn't know her very well, but he definitely liked her a lot.
 On Friday, we were out of school (yahoo!) so I shopped and ran errands. Then I went to my cousin Kayla's (Krista's sister)  baby shower.
 Saturday was a really pretty day. When we went to the grocery store, they had a few activities going on for kids. They each got to decorate a chocolate egg.
 We also saw the Easter bunny. As we were walking away, I heard Claire say, "That's not the real Easter bunny because everybody knows the Easter bunny wears a sweater".
 We went to Italian Village for dinner. Yum!

 Then we went to the park and played for a while.
 The Easter bunny did not disappoint (sweater or no sweater).

 Parker and Claire were very excited and of course ate candy for breakfast.
 They posed for the traditional Easter pictures that their mom forces upon them.

 Then we headed to church. We had such a wonderful church service! 

After church, we went to lunch at Grandma and Grandad's house.

 The afternoon was full of talking and playing.

We hope you had a very special Easter celebrating our risen Savior!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Update: Please Just Eat The Chicken

I promise I am going to post our Spring Break pictures soon, but I need to do a quick weekend update first. Over the last few days, we've been busy. I had a much needed hair appointment. Goodbye dark roots and fuzzy caterpillar eyebrows.

 Claire's artwork was chosen to be on display at a county art show. What a honor!
  On Saturday, Brian and Parker went to sell Boy Scout Expo tickets at Lowe's, so Megan came over to walk and ride bikes with Claire and me. The weather all weekend was warm and beautiful!
  At church on Sunday, the kids learned about Jesus washing the disciples' feet. They served each other and practiced humility by washing the dirt off of each other's hands.

The big news is that Mr. Max the Furry Murray got sick on Friday morning. After two days and not getting any better, we had to make a trip to the emergency vet. 

I sure do love this sweetie!   

 After a lot of tests, and A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY, we took him home about midnight Saturday night with some medicine. They were able to rule out some pretty serious stuff, so we think he just has an infection of some kind. He still isn't eating very much at all, but overall he seems to be getting a little bit better. We are supposed to be giving him plain boiled chicken and white rice (yuck), and he isn't a fan. I've basically been following him around for three days saying, "Max, please just eat some chicken. Just one bite, Max? Hey, I have an idea, let's eat some yummy boiled chicken!" No. He just wasn't interested other than a few bites every once in a while. At some point, I'm pretty sure the neighbors heard me wailing, "For the love, please just EAT THE CHICKEN!" Ha! 

I'm so thankful that they didn't find anything serious. We are still praying for a full recovery! And for him to finally just once and for all PLEASE eat the chicken.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Because When It Rains, It Pours

Before I post all of our fun vacation pictures, please just let me whine a wee little bit. 

The day before we left, I had a personal day off work full of big plans. As I was pulling out of the garage, our garbage can jumped out between my van side window and our garage door track. The window was cracked, the garbage can crushed, and the garage door so bent that we couldn't put it down.

On the day before we left for vacation. Yep.

Thankfully, we were able to find somebody that could fix it on the same day. 
Total cost: $300+

After we arrived in Florida, we noticed a tire was a little flat. "No Problem," we said. "We can get a patch in it," we said. "Easy fix," we said.

Yeah, right. Nope. Couldn't be fixed. New tire needed.
Total cost: $200ish

The entire trip I had a toothache. (This isn't the first time I had a toothache on vacation. Someday I need to tell you my honeymoon story. Yes, I said honeymoon.)

Anyway, it got worse as the week went on. I went to the dentist on Monday to hear the inevitable. Then I had a root canal yesterday. Fun times.
Total cost: $532.00

Of course I will have to get a crown too on that tooth. Guess what the kind endodontist also told me! I need another root canal on a different tooth next month. 
Total cost for addition root canal and two crowns on top of the first one: $3 trillion

Also, I have something to look forward to now. Sheesh.

One more thing, we came home from our trip to find a broken water heater. 
Total cost: I don't even know because I quit counting at $3 trillion.

Thanks for letting me whine. Truth is, I am so thankful that these things are fixable (albeit expensive). None of them are life-threatening. And of course, no eternal significance. 

First world problems!
(I couldn't help but think about those who have no access to dental help. I can't imagine having that kind of pain and no relief ~ Or no home with a water heater to take hot showers or even have clean water at all ~ Or a car to drive with four tires ~ Or a garage to park it in.) 

I am so blessed and pray I never take it for granted.

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Quick Catch Up

 I'm sorry I haven't posted in a week. I've been otherwise occupied...

We had a wonderful Spring Break trip, and I will post lots of pictures soon.

However, it's not all roses and lollipops around here. There have been a few little ISSUES to come up with which we are dealing. To give you an idea, I'm heading in for a root canal this afternoon. I can't wait.

Be back soon! (Assuming I survive the digging and scraping in the canal of my root.)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dancing With The Stars: Week 2

Surprise! Double Elimination! They shocked us right at the beginning of the show. Oh my, I was really worried that one of my favorites might be sent home, especially after they declared Billy Dee safe. Love his heart.

Drew & Cheryl danced a fun jive. Drew is definitely a crowd pleaser and improved from week one. Does anybody else think that Cheryl's face looks different this season? Just one of my odd observations! Scores: 7, 7, 7

Danica & Val did a samba. Poor Winnie Cooper was crying from the stress. I'm worried about her because this is just week two. It's only going to get harder, Winnie. She did a good job, but the dance was a little too suggestive for my taste. Scores: 8, 8, 8

Billy Dee & Emma danced a tango next. He seemed to be having some difficulty during rehearsals. When he said he wanted to cry, it made me sad. Then, he had his sunglasses on inside. Why? To hide the tears maybe? They brought in some extra girls to dance with him, and that seemed to lift his spirits. I do think he did a little better this week, but I agree with the judges that he needs a lot more content in his dances. Scores: 5, 5, 5

Meryl & Maks did a swing dance. Y'all, she is seriously precious. It was a great dance with lots of lifts. Maks disagreed with a couple of the judges' negative comments. That's nothing new, he never agrees when they aren't all positive. I think Meryl reminds me of Snow White from the original movie. So, if the ice skating thing doesn't work out, maybe she can work at Disney World! Scores: 8, 9, 8

Diana & Henry are eliminated. She handles it so graciously. They get to do their dance anyway, and she is a very good sport about it.

Candace & Mark are next with a rumba. Again, she makes a statement about being a Christian. She also said, "My life revolves around my relationship with Jesus Christ." DOUBLE FIST BUMP! I am just so, so proud of her. I may have even cried a little. Ha! Anyway, her dance was absolutely breathtaking. Then, the judges were so hard on her. They scored her WAY lower than they should have. I was so mad that I actually voted (I hardly ever actually vote). Scores: 7, 7, 7

Amy & Derek do a swing dance. Again, she is amazes me. How is it even possible what she does? Scores: 8, 8, 8

James & Peta are ready for their salsa dance. I still think he is a cutie patooty, but I think he was playing the sexy card way too much. Just my opinion. Score: 9, 8, 8

Charlie & Sharna danced a tango. Wow! It was very good! I think he definitely has an advantage (like Meryl) since they are professional ice skaters. However, it was great no matter what! Scores: 9, 7, 9

Nene & Tony did the jive. I thought she did better than last week. She also looked very pink from head to foot! Scores: 7, 7, 7

Sean & Karina went next with a salsa. He seemed to be trying hard and actually smiling! That's improvement. Scores: 7, 7, 7

Cody & Whitney danced the tango in some light up costumes. I did like their performance better than last week, but I'm still just not sure how I feel about the dancing overall. Scores: 7, 7, 8

Uh oh, Sean & Karina are sent home. That just goes to show that it helps to smile and not be a "bad boy". And it also helps when people know who you are before the show starts. I didn't have a single clue who he was before last week.

To sum in up, most people improved. I'm mad as a hornet about the scores the judges gave Candace. The End.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Update: "Just Leave Me Here To Die" Edition

We had a pretty relaxing weekend!

 Friday night, we just stayed home and took selfies.
 On Saturday, Brian went to work on construction at the church for most of the day. I cleaned a little then got on a big organization kick. I mentioned to Claire that she needed to clean up her room. Oh my, the drama that ensued. She literally got in her bed and cried. When I went to talk to her she said (AND I QUOTE), "Just leave me here to die". And she's only eight. Heaven help us all.

It is important to note that she is very messy. She throws stuff everywhere, creating perfect hiding places for rats to come in and build nests. When questioned about it, she says she likes it that way. 
Me: "Do you want to have nests suitable for rats in your room? Do you really want to live like this?"
Claire: "Sure. I like rats. Welcome all rats." 
Or something like that.

Anyway, we worked for a long, long time in the aforementioned rat's nest. It looks fabulous. Just as I like it, clean and straightened. It will likely stay that way for approximately half a day until the rats show back up with their couches, lamps, and welcome mats. 

Next, I moved on to a little place I like to call UNDER THE STAIRS, otherwise known as THE PLACE TOYS GO TO DIE. We clean it out every once in a while, but somehow it's always just a mess. We recently decided to move Max's bedroom to UNDER THE STAIRS because we are ready to reclaim our half bath for actual bathroom purposes. I was thinking of renaming Max Harry Potter since he will be sleeping under the stairs. The closet got all cleaned out and organized.  Max spent his first night in there last night and did great. Bless him. 

P.S. Brian finally acknowledged that we do in fact have room for another dog. However, for the record, I am not to get my hopes up or to get the kids hopes up.

In other news, my hopes are up.

So after a long day of working and cleaning AND a week of healthy eating, we took ourselves to Ridgewood for some homemade blue cheese and the best barbeque known to man. I had looked forward to it all day. I couldn't wait. I had only eaten a few bites in preparation for the big event. 

The line was so long that it stretched out the door and down through the parking lot. The pain is still too fresh to really speak of it, but we ended up having to eat somewhere different.

(First world problems)

We also made a stop for some ice cream.The kids love to go to Dollar General  and pick our their own ice cream from the freezer. Everybody gets what they want. DG for the win!

 I may have picked up a little something for myself to ease the lingering Ridgewood grief.
After church on Sunday, we ate lunch and headed to the mall. Claire has grown so much lately and has no shorts that fit her at all. Since we are headed on a vacation soon to a (hopefully) warm place, she needed some shorts badly. She tried on about 794 pairs until we found a few that would fit. It seems all the shorts are super short even for little girls. I dread trying to find them for her long legs when she actually is a teenager because I know it's hard to find anything modest at that age! 

I also finished Restless this weekend. It is such a great book, and I learned a lot about myself. I may write a little more about the book later, but I highly, highly recommend it!