Thursday, August 17, 2017

First Day of School 2017

1st grade comparison picture

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wrapping Up Summer and Starting SchoolOn

One last boat trip on the lake

Soaking up the last bit of pool time

Aunt Hannah came to spend the weekend with us

We prayed over our precious 3rd graders at church as they received the confirmation bibles
These 3 cuties enjoyed cheer camp at Pope
Meet and Greet- Ms. Moffett 1st grade

Meet and Greet- Mrs. Herman 3rd grade

This made me smile at Elizabeth's Open House... love this girl!

We had our house painted and it turned out exactly how I imagined... relief!

Caroline is obsessed with her cowgirl boots and riding her bike.
The girls spent a lot of time in my classroom with me helping to get it ready to start school.

We had a Eclipse watch party at school

The football team started a new tradition this year where the seniors ask a teacher to wear their jersey on game day.  This awesome student asked me to wear his and it made my day!

Elizabeth and Brayden played on the train during the concert on the square.

My little cheerleader

Braxton and Caroline

Our little squad and my student coaches

My competitive sports girl has returned to dancing

Painting up for our first home game

I love these future Greyhounds

Taking one of the 10 Falcons Mercedes for a spin:)

Being recognized as the TOTY at the football game was one of the most honoring experiences.  Hearing the students cheer so loudly in the stands about made me cry.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Since we had already big trips over fall break and spring break, we decided to go for a long weekend getaway over summer break.  We left early Friday morning and came home Tuesday afternoon.  It was perfect!  Our girls are at an age where they are big enough to hold their own all day without naps and young enough to be easily impressed.  This was our first time staying in a one room hotel, and it was a success! 
We stayed at the Westin.  As soon as we checked in we hit the pool and pool bar:)

It was very kid and adult friendly!

We stayed at the Westin which is on the other side of the river from Savannah.  It's a golf and spa resort with a beautiful view of Savannah.  We chose it for it's resort style pool overlooking the river and the city.  To get over to Savannah we took a quick fairy.  The kids loved this part each day.
Elizabeth wanted to take a picture of us waiting for the fairy.  I was already in relaxed vacation mode and we had only been there for a couple of hours.

We ate at The Pirate House and it was perfect! It's been open since the 1700s and it was so fun and yummy.  We were even given a tour by a pirate!

After dinner, we took a relaxing stroll down Bay Street and then River Street.
I love exploring festive towns with my little family.  It was nice not to have anything planned after dinner so we could do whatever came to mind...

like get candy from River Street Sweets

Some screen time for these two before bed time.  Elizabeth and I stared out our window and had "grown up" conversations.

On Saturday morning, we were up ready to take the fairy across the river for a full day of touristy things.

We bought passes for the all day on/off trolley.  That way we could walk and explore and then hop on a guided trolley any time we wanted.  It was perfect.

We had lunch at Paula Dean's restaurant, Lady and Sons... it did not disappoint.

Back on the trolly

This was the park where Forrest Gump was filmed.

The girls loved Forsyth Park

We had to stop at the famous Leopold's Ice Cream

We ate dinner at a new place off of City Market called B&D Burgers.  Not only did they have fabulous burgers, they had an amazing outside area.  There was live music and cornhole for the kids to play.

After dinner we went back to the hotel for a night swim.
On Sunday we drove about 30 minutes to Tybee Island.  We rode bikes down the beach before stopping and  renting chairs.  We stayed all day until the storms rolled in.  I'm not a huge fan of the east coast beach, but it's perfect for riding bikes and letting the kids run around without burning their feet.

As we left Tybee, a storm came in which made it perfect timing to go to a late lunch at The Crab Shack.  We ate here once before when Elizabeth  was about 18 months old.  They have delicious food, a fun atmosphere, and alligators to feed!

On Monday, we headed back to Savannah to hit up the Children's Museum.  Unfortunately it's an outdoor museum and it closed that day because of potential storms.  But we were still excited because the Hills were driving over from Hilton Head and we were spending the day with them!

We strolled the streets of Savannah and Mr. Chris gave some history lessons:)

Because we enjoyed it so much the first time, we took them back to eat and B&D Burgers.

The sun came out as we got back to the hotel so we decided to relax by the pool

That night we ordered in and relaxed.  I got up early the next morning and went to the spa while Bert packed up and fed the girls.  I came back completely relaxed and ready to drive back to reality!