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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Moments {7.11.14}


Another week has come and gone.
And, as always, I'm shocked at how fast it goes by.  
I often just want time to slow down.
My kids are just growing so very fast.
I keep looking at them all and doing double takes.....how did they get so big?!?

Saturday, July 5, 3014......After a few days visiting family for the 4th of July, we headed back home.
But Miss Maggie got to stay for some special time with Grammy and Granddaddy.
She was so excited! 


The rest of us headed on our way home after breakfast and goodbyes.
We stopped on the way to visit our sweet friends, The Lewis'.
They bought a new house a few months back and invited us to stop by for lunch.
It was a wonderful lunch and a wonderful visit with friends.
184/365..... sweet friends.

Sunday, July 6, 2014.... On Sunday afternoon, after church, Lillie comes bounding into the living room to tell us that she had been cleaning out from under her bed and that she had found her glasses that have been lost for a couple of months
185/365......HOORAY!

She didn't need to tell us though --- we could tell.....

Monday, July 7, 2014..... We jumped right into the work week with much to do.  
Errands to run and places to be.
I love my bible study group that meets on Monday nights.  They are awesome.
This week, we ended with some time in prayer wandering around outside.
It was beautiful.

I arrived home to find a package waiting for me.
I have been blessed by two wonderful ladies as of late with the gift of books.
Books speak to my soul.
And I cannot wait to start on these two!!

186/365......THANKS, LADIES!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 --  On Tuesday, I worked in the morning and then we drove an hour to Lillie's dermatologist appointment.  I arrived just in time for them to announce that her doctor was running 45 minutes behind.  Ack.
SO, we rescheduled and drove home.
Lillie and Allie had friends over for a sleepover Tuesday evening.
These girls wrote a play and held auditions for the play on Tuesday night.

187/365.....Sweet Friends!  


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 -- On Wednesday, we got up and had some delicious pancakes and sausage with our friends.

Then, after  some work at church, the kids and I headed out to drive the almost 4 hours to my sister's house to pick up my Maggie.
We stayed the night at had a blast with my little nephews.
188/365.....movie night with family.

Thursday, July 10, 2014 -- We got to stay and play with these sweet boys all morning and have lunch together before heading back home.  
It was a wonderful time.
189/365.... cousins....


We left after lunch to make the long drive home.
We were all super tired when we finally made it back home.
But so excited to find this tiny bird's egg in the magazine holder of our mailbox.

Friday, July 11, 2014 .... I started with a run on Friday morning and then headed over to some work.
We then had some errands to run as a family and had a supper out together before I had to be back at church for our Mission Trip mini-retreat.  We started our evening with some time to just hang out and then the youth cooked our supper.
While they were doing that, I ran home to get my clothes and air mattress to spend the night.
When I walked across the street I saw this.  Love it!

After supper, we played a life size game of Jenga.
So much fun!
190/365..... jenga

That's what we have been up to this week.
Such a great and busy week!
Can't wait to see what you've been up to!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Moments {7.4.14}

Happy Fourth Of July Weekend!
We have had a great week this week that even included some travel to visit my family.
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.
My Great Grand Pa Bradford had a creek that ran through his land and when I was a little girl, we went to the swimming hole {Steep Holler} almost every Sunday afternoon.
But, on the 4th of July?
Well, that was special!
All 7 of my Grand Pa Bradford's children {which included my Pa} went to the creek.
With all of their children and grandchildren.
And in the 10 years that I knew my Great Grand Pa -- he always went, too.
It was a fun family reunion.  It was swimming in the cold water. Eating Hot dogs cooked on a fire. It was homemade ice cream and my Grannies lemonade.
 It was 1st, 2nd ,3rd cousins and sometimes 4th and 5th cousins. 
It was sliding down the sliding rock.
It was hours of family fun followed by the hike back out of the holler which left us all wishing we could go back and jump in the icy water.
It was evening parties and fireworks with more family.
It was my second favorite holiday of the year.
It still is......
And though the way we spend it tends to be quite different -- Though, one day I will take my kids back to the creek !! - it is still a favorite holiday of mine and it just doesn't feel the same without my family.
This year, I got to see a lot of my family and for that I'm thankful.


Without further ado, here are the moments I hope to remember from this 4th of July week.
Saturday, June 28, 2014 --
  After the long week of VBS, we did absolutely NOTHING of importance on Saturday.
And it was lovely.
We slept in and ate breakfast at 10:30AM.
I cannot tell you the last time we did that!
Late in the afternoon, hubby got out his clubs and was hitting balls in front yard.
Which led to putting lessons while wearing your skating helmet.
177/365......lessons in putting....


We ended our day of doing nothing with a movie.
It really was a lovely day and rejuvenated us for the upcoming week.


Which was  a good thing because it was ( of course) busy.

Sunday, June 29, 2014 -- Sunday was church day and then we ran some errands before I went back to church for a bible study and then we went out for supper.

We had a good day and I snapped this shot of my sweet, tired boy as we were about to get him all tucked in.
178/365.....He's so grown up.


Monday, June 30, 2014 -- started with a run!  For the first time in about two weeks I laced up my running shoes and went running early Monday morning.


After the running, I got ready and headed off to work.
Hubs and I both worked a lot on Monday and then it was off to get Lillie to piano lessons and me to my evening bible study.
Not a lot to get a picture of during this day.

I did snap this shot of Miss Maggie as she was about to head to bed on Monday night.

179/365.....My sweet middle daughter - Maggie.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014 -  This was another busy morning of work for me. Trying to get everything done before heading out of town.
Once I finished all of the work things I needed to, I had some errands to run.
I took these three shopping for the afternoon.
{Maggie and Lillie were waiting to head off for a sleepover with a their friend, Emma}

We shopped til we dropped.
Literally.
By the time we got home we were exhausted.
The site of my mini-chandelier still makes my day, though!
180/365..... so pretty.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 -- We headed out bright and early to Georgia to visit family.
We arrived mid-afternoon and got all unpacked before heading down to meet my dad for supper at Thatcher's BBQ.
I had the best veggie plate ever! Pinto Beans, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra and Mac and Cheese -- made this southern girls mouth really happy!

And this is how we ended the night.
181/365......sunset from my Mom's back porch....

Thursday, July 3, 2014 --Hubs headed off to play golf with my dad, brother and uncle.
So, I along with my Mom and the kids went to see Maleficent.  I really like the move a whole lot!  Great story of redemption.
We then had lunch at the Mellow Mushroom and walked around the Tennessee Aquarium for a bit.
The kids splashed in the wading pools  and had a grand time.
They also really liked this bridge.

182/365.....Chattanooga rocks!

It was then time to get home to run some errands. We dropped the kids off at my Mom's house.
Mom and I headed off to get groceries and get some flowers for the upcoming wedding of my cousin.
Then we stopped at the nursing home to check on my Pa.
The same Pa I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
He is not doing so well and is having to stay in a nursing home.
It is heart breaking because he wants to badly to go home.
This is my Mom feeding him his supper.
This is the epitome of honoring your mother and father!

Friday, July 4, 2014 -- I had hoped to take my kid to the creek that I wrote about above, but when we woke up on Friday morning, it was 55 degrees.
And by noon in was only 69.  Which meant it was too cold to swim in the creek and by noon it was too late.  
My cousin was getting married yesterday afternoon and Mom and I had things to do to get ready for it. I dropped the kids off with my dad and his girl friend and they finally got to go swimming.
Then we all got ready and headed off to the wedding.
It was a beautiful event on a bluff on our beloved Lookout Mountain.


After the wedding, Hubs and I drove down a serious back road to get down the mountain.
It was gravel and very rutted which made for a bumpy ride, but we made it so all is well!
We arrived at my dad's girlfriends house just in time to eat supper (delicious grilled steak, baked potatoes and salad!!).
We then sat and chatted while the kids played until dark when we shot fireworks!

183/365..... such fun.

Even though I didn't get to take the kids to the creek this year, there was still swimming and family and fireworks.
Pretty awesome 4th if you ask me!

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