April 4, 2016

Spring Break // 2016

The kids were so excited when spring break actually got here, since they knew they'd get 10 full days off from school. Last week was a week packed full of fun!

Monday was our day at the Nashville Zoo with Aunt Jenn and cousins. We got there at 10am, ate our packed lunches and just enjoyed the crisp, cool day with all the animals.

Tuesday was the day we picked up Brooklyn's friend Elsa, and we headed to the Adventure Science Center for the day. Elsa is an only child, and she is the sweetest girl. She insisted on helping with Connor all day, so she pushed the stroller, followed him around...she played the big sister role so well. We even went to see a stars show in the planetarium, and the kids loved that!

Loved spending the day with these three:

Brooklyn surprised me by saying she wanted to do the moon walk for the first time (she was finally tall enough), so that was a big highlight of the day:

She said it was so much fun.

Jake was at his friend Josh's all day Monday and Tuesday to celebrate Josh's birthday, so he enjoyed some fun of his own the first part of the week.

On Wednesday, we went to the indoor pool at Patterson Park. It's only $2 per kid and it's plenty of fun for a couple hours.

We hit up DQ on the way home for blizzards:

Thursday was a lazy, rainy day at home. Perfect for having neighbor friends over - and a movie marathon kind of day!

These two are hilarious together:

A rousing game of Skip-Bo was also played between me and Jake:

Friday involved dropping off the younger kids at Aunt Jenn's for a sleepover with cousins, while Jake and I picked up his friend Jordin for a sleepover at our house. I fixed the boys frozen pizza with cheese bread and cookies for dessert, while Scot and I left to eat dinner at a nice restaurant for date night. We hit up Kroger on the way home, and it was so good to get out!

Perfect way to end our fun-filled spring break.

March 28, 2016

Easter // 2016

The day before Easter we received a few gifts sent from Mamaw and Papaw in Ohio, so that night we had fun opening our goodies before the big day.


Brooklyn loved the new jewelry so much that she wanted to send her own little message to Mamaw and Papaw herself:

So cute. Jake was at a friend's house until late, so he opened his later on.

The next morning, we woke up on Resurrection Sunday and enjoyed a nice, yummy breakfast that Scot made - biscuits and sausage with fruit. (Jake detests pictures nowadays, so there's that.)

And these three opened their baskets full of candy before church:

Our crew before church on Easter Sunday:

Love my little family:

Mike and Linda joined us at the 11:00 service at our church, which was so good. After that, we all met up at Miller's Grocery for a huge Southern-style lunch buffet out in the country of Christiana. It's something Scot and I have been doing with our kids for several years now on Easter, but it was nice to have everyone together this year. There was Mike and Linda, Kris and Jenn and their 3 kiddos and Jenn's mom Martha. Our little fam was in the back. :)

After lunch, we all came back to our house. I had the 6 kids do a Bible activity first - each one had a laminated sheet listing the 66 books of the Bible, all color-coded + 66 popsicle sticks with each book of the Bible and matching color written on it + they had to lay out the sticks in order in order to get their bag of candy and a golden egg with money inside. They really got into that one!

Then, it was time for our annual Easter egg hunt! We do this with our kids every Easter, but this year it was fun to have all the cousins together. It was raining outside that afternoon, so we did an indoor hunt instead and the kids had a blast! I gave each one a certain color and they all had a dozen eggs to find, just like Mums used to do with us grandkids years ago. (Scot, Kris + Mike took time to hide all the eggs, and I think that was more challenging than anything because they forgot where they hid some and ended up hunting too. Ha!)

I had a snack table full of puff corn, chips, varieties of Easter candy, lemonade + sparkling cider for everyone to snack on through the afternoon, and us adults even got to catch up and chat. It was a really nice day with family.

But, ultimately, it was a good time to reflect on all Jesus has done - that He died and rose again. And that we're actually free!!

It just doesn't get any better than that.

March 25, 2016

Weekend Getaway

Last weekend was our fun little getaway at the Opryland Hotel! Scot's company always does their annual employee-of-the-year event there one weekend every March, so it's an honor for Scot to help work the event and attend some of the excursions during our stay.

This year, his company provided a room for the kids on Friday night (so adults and employees could attend the banquet dinner without any worries) - complete with plenty of childcare workers, pizza, snacks, drinks + toys. So...Scot went to the hotel to start working on Thursday, and the kids and I came on Friday afternoon.

We checked out the view from our hotel room on the 5th floor of the Cascades, and the kids couldn't contain their excitement.

Before long, it was time to shower and get dressed for the big night. (Thank you, Dillard's, for my $30 Calvin Klein clearance dress.)

We dropped off our three kiddos in the kids room.

Then, Scot and I headed to the cocktail party starting at 5pm to meet some folks - followed by the awards banquet dinner + entertainment show. Such a fun date night!

The next morning - Scot and Jake woke up super early to catch the shuttle for the Belle Meade Plantation excursion, while the little kids and I enjoyed a much slower morning.

Cartoons + room service + breakfast in bed = a great way to start the day!

Next, we packed up the stroller and walked the long trek to the Opry Mills outlet mall next door. (The shuttle wasn't working that morning, so we enjoyed a nice walk instead.)

We shopped, bought a couple early Easter gifts for the kids and hit up the play area before walking back.

We met up with the guys for a good hearty lunch.

The goofy faces are just natural around here. :)

Scot took a little nap, so the kids and I walked down to the pool for the afternoon. They loved it!

Scot traded places with me halfway through, so Connor and I went up to the room and took naps too. It was such a relaxing day.

We all cleaned up and had pizza + cheese bread for dinner. And frozen yogurt for dessert. Yum!

While watching the fountain show at night. The kids favorite!

We finished out the night by sneaking on the last boat ride right before closing time.

The funny faces were out big time.

And we got another look at the fountains on the way to our room.

Sunday morning was the big breakfast buffet. It was early, so I didn't take pics. But, they had everything you could ever want at breakfast. Sausage, eggs, bacon, biscuits, waffles, chocolate croissants, cinnamon ice cream...the list was endless. We ate and ate until we couldn't eat any more. It was delish!

We toured around a little more before we packed up to get ready to leave...

And that was our 2016 Weekend Getaway at Opryland! Thanks to everyone at CHS for making the weekend so special year after year. We're so grateful to be a part of it.
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