Friday, August 11, 2017

Summer Update

We love summer!! So thankful for the time to relax, recharge, be lazy, play games, be unscheduled, go to the beach, the pool, and just live without the schedule that will come soon enough. 

Lily handed out programs at the 2017 graduation for her high school.

 John was out of town for Father's Day, but we celebrated with my dad at his house for a tasty brunch.

We took a leisurely walk on the boardwalk after dinner one night.

Fynley has kept us entertained with lots of time snuggling and playing with her.

Lily worked as a counselor for the same summer camp this year and enjoyed her time working for them. 

Shelly volunteered at a local farm for the past few weeks. She did a great job helping with the campers and the various animals---goats, chickens, horses, and bunnies. She even assisted in the goat yoga activities.  

John bought a jet ski and we have had a great time with it. Lily completed her boating certificate and is now feeling confident enough to drive the jet ski and enjoys the wind through her hair out on the water. 



Shelly went to NC to have her braces taken off. We are all super excited for her. She had her braces on for almost exactly two years (July 23, 2015--July 20, 2017) and has been the perfect patient. Shelly has handled it so well and made numerous trips back and forth to Greensboro over the last year. 


Lily and Shelly put their Enos up in the front yard and have enjoyed hanging out in them in the evenings. 


Shelly and I visited the Norfolk zoo and loved it. So many great animals and super clean and inviting. 

We went to a Tides baseball game and had a fun time on an unseasonably comfortable evening. 

We visited the new Waterside and walked around to check out the restaurants. The girls also stopped at the Fudgery for a little dessert. We took a stroll over to the new hotel and checked out the Grain located at the top of the hotel. Great views and fun setting. 

Lily and I took a road trip to James Madison University for a tour of the school. We were both very impressed and loved the school. We stayed the night at Charlottesville and stopped in Richmond on our way home. 

We've spent plenty of days (and nights) at my dad's pool. The perfect place to hang out on the warm summer days. 


Lily's friend, Claudia, came for a 10 day visit. She was the perfect guest and Lily loved having her here. 

The girls, Claudia, Krissy, and I all went to Busch Gardens for the day and had a terrific time on the roller coasters. 

Lily had her first official senior event. She had her portrait taken for the yearbook. Wow, this is all just about to begin. 

We took a super fun cruise to the Bahamas and I'll post more about that later. 

Hoping to pack the remaining summer weeks with plenty of thrills and excitement. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

7th Grade!

Shelly wrapped up her 7th grade classes with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. She is excited to be the top dog in the middle school next year.

I've watched Shelly become an even more independent, smart, and creative teenager this school year. She has worked harder than ever and her hard work has paid off. Shelly faces challenges with such a brave spirit and I know this will make her life easier. She is so helpful and kind and people recognize this about her on a daily basis. 

Shelly is ready to relax and spread her wings this summer and I'm ready to watch her soar!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Junior Year Complete

Lily successfully completed her Junior Year of high school on Tuesday morning. She took her final exam in math and she was done. Lily has exhibited so much poise, endurance, and motivation during her first year at a new high school. I have thought about her situation often and I'm always impressed with the way she faced this new challenge. 

I'm not going to say it was all rainbows and happiness. There were moments that tears were shed and things seemed pretty bleak, but she forged ahead. I'm thankful that along the way she encountered teachers and students who made things a little easier and encouraged Lily.

Lily was on the Executive Board of the SCA and she met new people, became involved with the school, and learned to be more empathetic with others. A skill that will last a lifetime. Something that I'm not sure all high school students possess. And, although, it was sometimes a difficult lesson for her, it has made her a kinder and happier person. 

And, as my mother would say---Out of all bad, comes good. I think that's exactly where Lily is right now. She's ready to embrace the good!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Random Update

So it's been awhile since I last blogged. I'll try to catch up with some of the very random things that have been happening.

 We've spent quite a bit of time at the beach and just started using my dad's pool which has been great. Love the warm sunshine.


The girls have been busy with the last week of school and that means completing assignments, taking exams, and wrapping up activities in class.

Lily applied for the SCA Executive Board for next year and she was accepted for another year. Very proud of her motivated attitude. She was also asked to be a part of the National Honor Society's Executive Board for next school year.

Shelly has been working hard on her SOL tests and giving it her best. She is a hard worker who is always committed to her school work.

Fynley continues to add so much love and happiness to our lives. We are lucky to have this little Peekapoo.

We've enjoyed some nights eating outside at various restaurants. We love the gliders at Rudee's.

Shelly helped John clean the roof and sky lights on top of our porch. When she was done helping, she climbed through her bedroom window!


We attended a graduation party for one our good friends' daughter. 

Shelly has made a couple trips to Greensboro for her orthodontist appointments. The most recent trip included the knowledge that at her next appointment, she will have her braces taken off!!! So proud of her and all that she has done to be extra responsible with her braces.

Always being silly with their cousin.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Teacher Appreciation/End of Year Gift

For the girls' teacher appreciation gifts this year, we created little movie packets with popcorn, movie candy, and a Redbox coupon for a free movie. 

We put together 18 of these gifts so it's important to keep it pretty cost effective. There are so many fun and fancy variations of this gift out there. 

These would also make nice gifts for the end of the year and you could also add in a coupon to an ice cream shop or swap out the Redbox coupon for a movie theater gift card. Always so many options!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Lily's 17th birthday was on Friday and we had a great time celebrating her! Lily took the day off of school and we went to IHOP for breakfast and then shopped at MacArthur Center.

For dinner, we met my family at PF Chang's and finished our meal with her favorite Cheesecake Factory red velvet cake. So yummy!!!

As a little surprise following dinner, we booked a room at Escape 2Win for an escape room adventure. We were booked in the Explorer's Club and worked as a team to get out of the room with just 3 minutes remaining in our hour.

Afterward, it was back to our house to open her gifts from us. She used some of her birthday money to splurge on a really nice camera. I loved that she made this invest that will last her for quite awhile.