The second half to our snowy weekend adventure was much more enjoyable for the kiddos. We headed up to OD & Cathy's house on Paris Mt. for an afternoon of snow playing fun, hanging out (the boys especially had fun with Wren), Christmas tree taking down, and yummy gourmet food eatin'.
Due to trees being down, we had to take an alternative route up to OD & Cathy's, which led us to the perfect sledding hill! AND, lucky for us, some neighborhood kids left a couple of awesome sleds that we definitely took advantage of (along with an air mattress that was brought along for just such an occasion).
Here's to hoping you guys took advantage of the snow day too! And, that it's the ONLY snow we get this year! (:
Our snowy weekend adventure started off a little drab. We woke up in Ft. Inn to nothing but rain (insert disappointed Mike face here)...but kept seeing on the news that up above Greenville & the mountains were getting hammered with snow. Work was canceled for Mikey (hooray!!), so we scooped up the boys from his 'rents house & headed to find some snow!
Honestly, once we drove past the Woodruff Rd. exit on the hwy the scene changed drastically. The roads were starting to accumulate an icy mixture and tree branches were already drooping. We checked on the white house, grabbed lunch at Pete's and headed towards Caesar's Head. The boys were champs while the drive up the mountain took hours. I brought along a few snow day essentials (peanut butter m&m's and sour gummy worms) which seemed to help keep them occupied once they started getting antsy (biggest boy included). We'd also made promises of playing at the top once we arrived...little did we know it would be unbearable! We made it to the entrance of Caesar's Head State Park & decided to pull off the road for romping in the parking lot. Once we got out of the car, mine & Mike's hands immediately started stinging from the raw wind whipping around & the boys panicked. Like screaming, crying, tears running, snot dripping panic. (The following events may qualify us as bad parents..) We proceeded to put on their snow suits (over their regular clothes) and tried to convince them that it would be fun to play in the snow ... after a couple of snapped pictures, continuous crying and looks of "what are you doing to me?" Mike & I decided to call it and head back down the mountain. We laughed with each other & decided that though it was short lived, it was definitely worth it!
Wednesday night we met at Vino & Van Gogh for a girls night // early birthday celebration for Cathy's upcoming birthday! While I won't be quitting my day job any time soon (haha) I will say that this was so.much.fun!
These two are just about inseparable. Big brother still pushes little brother around and is quite bossy at times, but little brother is always there trying the same (crazy) things. Like a shadow - watching, learning, soaking it in. My heart rejoices in their friendship. Mike & I pray that they'll always be best buds - fighting for each other, celebrating each other, doing life together.
What else do you love?: "balls...basket balls..aaannnnnndddd guns"
My sweet Amos! You're one funny, adventurous, loving, happy, nerf gun loving little dude. You're a great big brother to Solomon & I can't wait to see you with Baby Martin 3. You're growing and growing and tell me all the time that you're going to be bigger than Daddy (just promise me it won't be too soon). You love studying things and being read to (I think Daddy finished 3 or 4 Narnia books with you last year). You're also bossy and want things to be done your way (sorry...being first born I know how it is...mama's working on making sure you know things don't always have to be your way). I'm soaking in the days at home with you & trying to not let one single one slip away, as I know before long life will change again - we'll be moving into our white house and adding another baby to the mix. I hope you know how much mama & daddy love you, how much Solomon already looks up to you, and how proud of you we all are. You're amazing, Mooshka.
2015 came & went like the blink of an eye. In looking back, my thoughts over this year were: chaotic, busy, change...full. We celebrated, a lot. New babies, weddings of sweet friends, birthdays, our 6th anniversary. We ran races, went to the beach. We sold the first house we bought and moved three times. We bought our dream house and are (slowly) turning into everything we want it to be and more. In the midst of everything, we found out we'll be adding another arrow to our quiver (Psalm 127:3-5) next year (whoop whoop!).
At the end of the year, Mike and I took time to reflect on things that we loved about this year, things that we did well, things that need improvement and what we want for next year. We picked a word to represent our new year -- HOME (idea from Natalie). I can't wait to share more on this in the near future!