Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gigi's Garden

Last Wednesday our first day back from New York, Connie asked if we all wanted to get together for dinner! I got lucky because after getting back from vacation there were no groceries as well as no plans for dinner. :) We had a delicious meal and fun catching up with everyone! After we finished eating we headed up to the garden to let Cole help Gigi finish collecting the squash. I LOVE her garden, she has such a green thumb.... I have LOTS to learn! 

Dream Yard

In the beginning of June we were invited to spend an afternoon in a friends backyard! Kyle was not able to go because he was shooting a wedding, but I was and I am so glad! Her yard was seriously so relaxing, I can not imagine waking up to that view every day! 

Gigi and Cade checking out the lake

The boys fishing!

Going kayaking

Papa caught a fish! 

So pretty!

I LOVE this swing! 

Maple Turns 2!

Maple turned 2 years old in April and although she may be a pup she knows when its her party! Maple girl loves to get attention and boy did she get some on her special day. We had the grandparents over for dinner and cake, afterwards Maple got to open her gifts! Her favorite toy ,still is to this day, is her slinky.... it squeaks and she loves it (actually she just pulled out the squeaker the other day... thank you Jesus!) Maple also got a cute shirt from Gigi made just for her! We love our little Maple girl and all the fun she brings to us every day! ;)

On her actual birthday!

During the party... she was pooped! 

Waiting for her guests to arrive

Strawberry Pickin'

Back in April my sister in law asked if we wanted to go strawberry picking with a group of her friends, thankfully we were able to join in on the fun! We headed to Cooper Creek Farm here in Gallatin and found some yummy berries, Reese and Aleah loved finding the perfect ones to put in our basket! :) After leaving the farm we had a picnic lunch at Triple Creek park, it was nice to be able to eat and let the kids play!
We had such a FUN day and look forward to the next strawberry season! :)


For Nicks 21st birthday we planned a quick weekend trip to Cedars of Lebanon! My brother LOVES the outdoors so this was a perfect way to celebrate. One of my moms friends let us borrow her pop up and it was wonderful... we had never stayed in one before, we have always used tents! We had such a fun time eating junk food :), riding bikes, playing volleyball, cornhole, and cards, making smores, and relaxing! 


The Saturday before Easter we enjoyed our annual lunch at Kyle's parents house. Connie grilled some steaks and we all pitched in with the side dishes and dessert! After our meal Cole went on his egg hunt, the adults went on a scavenger hunt, and we played some corn hole.... a great afternoon indeed! :)

On Sunday we headed to church to worship the RISEN one! Thank the Lord, Jesus came to forgive us of all our sins and because of Him we can have an intimate relationship with our Father!
After church we went to my Uncle and Aunts house way out in Pigrim. love it out there, but the drive seems to take forever! :) We had a TON of food, egg hunt for all the kiddies, and enjoyed a fun Sunday. On our way home our car broke down, thankfully my parents were right behind us! We had to get it towed to Hendersonville and later found out that it was going to cost a what seemed like a fortune! After much prayer we had someone bless us with a generous gift that helped so much! :)

Thankful for the amazing Easter weekend we had, even thankful for knowing know what I didn't know in that moment... we overcame our first big financial crisis. :)

Friday, June 15, 2012


Over Spring break my family traveled to the Biltmore for a fun overnight trip! None of us had been before except for Kyle and we were in shock! The estate is gorgeous, I can not imagine having such a HUGE house! I loved hearing all the stories about how the Biltmore was maintained on a day to day basis. On our first day we toured the home and had lunch in the courtyard. After viewing the home we were exhausted so we saved the gardens for our second day. After much needed rest we went downtown to try out a farm to table restaurant called Early Girl then we walked to another place for dessert called French Broad Chocolate Lounge, it was all delicious!!!

The next day we headed back to the estate to walk through the gardens, not everything was in full bloom but is was still beautiful! We had a fun day walking and taking in all the sights, we also went to on a tour of the winery which was really neat.

We had such a fun time and would love to go back next Spring to see everything in full bloom!