Sunday, April 6, 2014

Birthday camping

Benton has been asking for months to go camping. He saw kids making s'mores in the woods on TV and wanted in on that action. Brack was on spring break this week and happily obliged our almost-four-year-old.

They hiked, set up camp, explored, saw a lizard, waded in the creek, cooked noodles and, yes, ate s'mores. Benton came home dirty, happy and already planning his next trip. Thanks to Brack for bringing the camera along to take pictures for this sentimental mom.

It was the perfect father/son trip to celebrate Benton's 4th birthday. Can't believe my boy will be 4 tomorrow. He fills my heart and our home with much joy (and many, many words) every single day. Happy birthday, kid.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Do you know what occurs even less often than my blog posts? Snow in Georgia. So today is a real anomaly because BOTH are happening. Hold on to your hats. (Benton actually said that line today so I thought it relevant to include.)

Since we don't have appropriate cold weather gear for our kids, we just piled on 100 layers of clothing and hoped for the best. Parker, who just started walking a few weeks ago, could barely move. Benton just wanted to eat the snow.

We made snowballs and snow angels with the neighbors before driving to a nearby hill to try our hand at sledding. Benton and Brack had a good run down the hill. We stayed out until both kids got cold and cranky. Brack is still out sledding with the neighbors. Even teachers get to play on a snow day! 

Looking forward to a day home together tomorrow. And yes, we have plenty of milk and bread.

Monday, June 3, 2013


Now that our son has been three for two months, I'm finally getting around to posting about his birthday. Worst blogger ever.

Benton had a sports party this year -- although based on the gifts he received we could also call it the year of the ninja turtles. Very high TMNT:everything else ratio. He was in mutant heaven.

Our neighborhood has a really cool open-air gathering place that we were able to use for the festivities. We had Benton's basketball, t-ball, soccer and bowling games set up and lots of balls to throw. But, let's be honest, a party is really about the food. Our 'concession stand' had hot dogs, chips, fruit and fresh popcorn made by Papa Joe. Aunt Sunny made awesome basketball and baseball cupcakes and dipped marshmallows for the sweets table. We also had a candy buffet so people could take home Benton's favorite treats.

Thanks to all of our wonderful families, Hillside neighbors and great friends for coming to celebrate with us. It was so good to have everyone together. Our kids are blessed to have you all in their lives!

It's hard to believe that our baby girl will be turning one in three weeks. I'm convinced that if I procrastinate planning her party she will just stay a baby forever. Yes?