Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Summer Vacation 2017: Part 4 (Cousinly Love)

During our stay in Wrightsville Beach, the 6 of us enjoyed walking on the beach at sunset. Cousins Mya, Savannah, and Hadley loved playing in the sand and water, doing flips on the beach, and pretending they were mermaids. It's such a blessing that these three cousins are such good friends!
































Summer Vacation: Part 3 (Oceanic Pier)

On July 17, the girls and I along with my mom, my sister Renee, and my niece Mya traveled two hours to Wrightsville Beach, NC. When we arrived, the six of us ate lunch at The Oceanic. While we ate shrimp and chicken at the restaurant, we enjoyed some beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch, we walked on The Oceanic pier:

Savannah (8), Mya (13), Hadley (2.5), Grandma Judy, and Aunt Renee














Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Remembering Dad

Today I'm thinking about my dad who passed away 10 years ago today from a heart attack and stroke. He was 57 years old. 

Ironically, just nine weeks before my dad passed away, he walked me down the aisle when Tal and I got married. It was a blessing that all of my family was happy and healthy at our wedding. We have so many happy memories and photos from our last time together. 

My dad was a talented artist who drew Valentines for my classmates when I was in elementary school. When I was a little girl, I remember watching the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Bulls with my dad. Dad enjoyed drinking Mountain Dew, jamocha milkshakes from Arby's, and raspberry shakes from Dairy Queen. My dad always said he wanted a Corvette when I asked him what he wanted for Christmas or for his birthday.

My dad wasn't perfect, but he was still my dad. I always knew that he loved me and was proud of me. I'm saddened that he never had the opportunity to become a grandpa and meet Savannah and Hadley. I know my dad would have loved my girls.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Everyday Moments

Life...unedited. 
These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

Savannah spent last week with Grandma Barbara, who texted me this picture of cousin Harper and Savannah enjoying a Frosty at Wendy's:


Hadley pushed her grocery cart through the store:

Hadley has had an infection for the past week, so the doctor prescribed several warm baths to make her feel better:

Clearly she enjoyed the baths:

Hadley was excited when she discovered an Easter egg (filled with chocolates) that had been hiding in her bedroom:

Hadley helped us pick out tile at Lowe's: 

Mya and Hadley rode along with me when we picked up Savannah from Grandma Barbara:

Savannah and Hadley made friendship bracelets in the bonus room with Mya:

Hadley enjoyed a free milkshake from Chick-fil-a.
 It was the July coupon on our Chick-fil-a calendar:

I know Hadley is not supposed to climb on top on the slide, but she was really proud of herself when she did it for the first time at Chick-fil-a:

Hadley and Savannah always enjoys when Grandma Judy braids their hair when she comes to visit:

Mya and Hadley (as well as Savannah and my sister Renee) were good sports when Tal and I went shopping for a new toilet at Home Depot:

The girls and I (along with Mya and Renee) shopped and played at the mall this afternoon:

Hadley thought it was hilarious when I put bunny ears on her head at the mall: