Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Teacher Gift

My niece was just hired for a 4th grade position in Virginia Beach. We were super excited for her and we made a little basket of teacher goodies for her. 

The watercolor sign was made by Shelly

Always loved putting up the bulletin boards. Thought I'd offer up my expertise.

Target was full of cute teacher items for the basket

Always handy to have some hand soap available

Monday, July 25, 2016


We woke up early and went to the oceanfront to watch the sun rise. It was beautiful. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Longtime Friends

Shelly was fortunate enough to spend time with her good friend, Shelby, on a recent orthodontist visit to NC. 

Free Slurpees on 7-11

Then the girls came back to Virginia for a several day visit. We are making the most of their time with trips to the beach, biking at the oceanfront, crafting at the Mermaid Factory, playing with the puppy, and sharing time being with one another. 

So glad Shelly is getting a much needed friend fix!

Enjoying crab from Chix

Thursday, July 14, 2016

There's a New Kid in Town

We got a puppy! 

First photo of Fynley with her owner holding her. 

The girls have been asking for a dog for quite awhile. John and I both felt they deserved one. So, as a way to help ease emotions and provide some extra love, we found and adopted a puppy. 

She's a poodle mix and we named her Fynley. 

Raising a puppy is like having a baby all over again. We are adjusting. She is adorable. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Our 4th

Things were a little different for this 4th of July. Our usual party/parade in NC was not part of our tradition this year. Oddly, it was the first time in about 12 years that the NC party would not be held. Strangel, that made our new plans feel a little better. 

It was a cloudy/rainy day. So, we stayed inside most of the day and played games. Then we had a modified cookout for the four of us. Around 7:30, we headed to the bay to watch fireworks on the beach. The view was great, but the many people around us were a bit annoying. We will find a better location next year. 

And, with that, we celebrated America's Independence Day in a new way. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Twenty One Pilots

Lily and I made a plan back in December to go to the Twenty One Pilots concerts in June. So, with our tickets in hand we headed to the concert venue with a friend of Lily's and our niece, Krissy. It was held at the Portsmouth Pavilion a great place to see a concert---parking was easy and we were only a couple of blocks from the site. 

Our seats were great and the band put on an incredible show. This old lady has seen a ton of performers in concert and Twenty One Pilots was one of the best! We all had a terrific time at this very interactive concert. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Last Day

Shelly finished her last day of school on Friday, the 17th. This marked her official start to the summer and she became a 7th grader. Very exciting day for her. 

It was also the day that Lily felt she could officially call herself a junior! That is just crazy to think that she is about to be an 11th grader. 

So proud of them both and how they've handled the transition from North Carolina to Virginia. There have been many challenges but they both have risen to the occasion. 

We had a little fun after school was out. Shelly's last day coincided with the release of Finding Dory. We   were all eager to see the movie and it didn't disappoint. It was a great way to kick off the summer!