Family Hike

It’s a great day for a family hike. There was only a little wailing and gnashing of teeth from the children. Sigh. There was still some snow at the top of the mountain and the melting snow was creating some awesome little waterfalls. At one point Liam was like “Yep, I see a reindeer.” I thought he was just being imaginative, but sure enough there were 5 deer just to the north of us.  We sat and watched them for a while. Being in this protected park, they were not afraid of us at all. That was fun. It was fun to spend some time outside. I am ready for spring!







                                                          ^^^Earnin’ her keep!^^^




^^^Family Night!^^^


^^^Those little fingers!^^^



^^^Children’s Museum with the cousins^^^














her Daddy’s girl

Lydia wrote me a song the other night. She is her Daddy’s girl! He used to always write me songs. That’s how he got me to fall in love with him, y’all. A word to the wise- take her to the park, bring your guitar, sing her a song. Done! I hope those sweet skills rub off on our littles. And it looks like they just might!



I posted this precious picture on Instagram and my sister reminded me of our killer song writing skills back in the day. How could I not claim some of this brilliance? Vicki and I always wrote songs to our parents when we wanted something. I guess we thought that was a sure way to get a ‘yes’ out of them. Work hard on a song complete with dance choreography, perform it, and it was a shoe in! I am not really sure how they saw past the bangs, the very large bangs on both of us, but somehow they found it darling. It almost always worked! Our songs usually went something like this “Mom, please, please, please, please, please can Tori sleep ooovvveeerrrrr?” I think it was the down on one knee at the end that really sealed the deal! What do you think, Vic?


Lydia asked for her princess shoes back to which he replied “Goose, you are ruining my life!”


Valentine’s Day

So I entered some random contest from a local pediatricians office that we do not even go to and WON! I don’t think I have ever won anything! I won 4 great seats to the Barnum and Bailey Circus in Atlanta and a $100 Visa gift card! I was so excited to take the kids.

Daddy was working out of town so we grabbed Nanny and took her with us. Our seats were amazing and the kids had so much fun! Lydia’s favorite part was the motorcyclists in the sphere. That terrified me. At one point they had 8 of them in there! Liam’s favorite part was the “snow cone. . . and drinking it”.  I could have just taken him to the Wal-Mart parking lot snow cone truck and he would have been just as happy, apparently. My favorite part was the little person ring master’s assistant. Classic.

It was a great day! 2015-02-14_1423957728