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First Day of Summer

And it’s rainy and dreary.

Austin is down on campus taking a midterm (he is taking one class this summer because he can’t sit still- although he did tell me this morning that he was going to take one day this weekend and sit and read all day).

Blake is still in bed at 1pm being lazy.

Cole has been up since normal time. Playing video games.

Eva, also up at normal time playing dance songs on her iPad.

Andy got up at 5 for bootcamp and that woke Oakley up and so woke me up. Now I am spending the day catching up on printing pics and Project Life. I have been a total slacker with it lately. I belong to Ali Edwards monthly story kit and they are just stacking up unopened. It was so much easier over the winter.


I am so behind in posting pics so let’s go back to a day that actually felt like summer last month.

Eva got a bunch of water balloons so of course Cole and Hudson were all over that!

They had so much fun with them.185A6116copy185A6119copy185A6121copy185A6125copy185A6126copy185A6127copy

WordPress is still making my images blurry and it’s making me crazy.185A6132copy185A6138copy185A6143copy

But I’d rather have them up and blurry than not up at all. Ready for some sunshine and nice long weekend!

Oak love


I still can’t believe we got another dog. But then again I can totally believe it.

And that face…185A5922copy

So far it has worked out exactly as we had planned. Hud bugs us, he bugs Hud. Karma for Hud. ๐Ÿ™‚185A5927copy

He’s a bit more of a trouble maker than I remember Hud being. And he’s huge.185A5929copy

It cracks me up that this string kept Hud out. Oak attacked it on day two.185A5933copy

He’s trouble.185A5951

But so cute185A5970

And Hud now has a buddy that will play185A5983copy185A5986copy185A5993copy

Austin is back home for the summer and I am SO happy about it.185A6019copy

And I love this picture of Blake with a friends dog ๐Ÿ™‚185A6037-Edit

Today was the last day of school and I have tons of blogging to catch up on!!

Bring on Summer!!


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We got to Watersound Beach and the weather was perfectIMG_7997

It was so weird that the two older boys were not with us.IMG_8023

We played in the Coastal Dune Lake– so cool. But it made me sentimental for the first time we saw in years ago and the boys named it the “Toxic Sea of Doom”. Man how did time pass so fast?IMG_8027

These are all from my iPhone. I didn’t get my big camera out once. Not once.IMG_8049

We hung out at The Hub a couple times. Once to listen to music and once for the outdoor movie night.


I still can’t believe that I didn’t take many pictures. I think I was off my game with only having half of the kiddos with us.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We did play around with my little underwater camera in the pool a bitOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love underwater picturesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These two fought a lot on this trip. I think the whole family dynamic was a little off. But there were times of peace as well.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Another fun trip in the books but I can’t wait until we can all go to the beach together this summer!

Hannah - Isn’t it weird how off it feels? I only have the two kids for now…but I’ve been off my game since he graduated. I can’t seem to find my fit. It’s weird.

You need to blog. I miss your updates ๐Ÿ™

The Box


I keep wanting to put this box in the recycling bin but then it gets pulled back out and played with again. Or colored.

Blake did not volunteer to help- we made him. He drew an alien.


Oh Hud. This dog loves balls more than any dog we have ever had. We have to hide them because he can’t relax if there is one around. If you won’t throw it he throws it down the driveway and out of his electric fence line and then lays there and barks until someone will go get it to shut him up. He forces you to get up and play. I guess that’s a good thing?


Eva loves when her her bros play with her. ๐Ÿ™‚


Next up Spring Break pics!

Hannah - We once had a box for two years. Baby would cry every time we would go to throw it away. She painted every single square inch of it over those two years. Inside and outside of the box. Finally it fell apart.

Hudson is crazy pretty.

Stop Yulin Forever

I have been in a funk recently because of a couple things I have seen online relating to dog torture. People making videos of just heartbreaking cruelties. I can’t get it out of my head. One in particular of some guys skinning a dog just for fun.

A couple years ago I hear about the Yulin Festival in China where they capture dogs, torture and eat them. I am not going to link to anything as it probably the most awful thing I have ever seen. You can google it if you want to know more. I can’t wrap my brain around how anyone could do this.

But what I do know is that people are working hard to end it. Will it work? Well it hasn’t yet. But raising awareness is the first step. As much as I hate to think about it, not thinking about let’s it continue.

So I ordered my t-shirt (all proceeds go to the cause) and I wear it so people will ask. And I can tell them.

This needs to stop.