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It’s Fall ya’ll

It’s Fall but it doesn’t feel like it around these parts. We are warmer than we have been in weeks!

That said I am looking forward to Fall- the colors, the cooler days, some hikes, some chili and soups… I so love this time of year.

My big camera has not been out much and I want to change that. I think it’s harder with older kids, no one wants to be in front of my lens anymore. That makes me sad. Seriously missing having little ones in the house while also enjoying having older kids that can take care of themselves.

Andy is on the other side of the country for the week so dinner was 5 different menus tonight. At 5 different times. Well I take that back. I ate with Eva. The boys ate when they got home from practice.

It feel like we were at the pumpkin farm yesterday. Seriously. And now it’s almost time to go back.

Anyone still doing Project Life? I did great last year. Doing pretty good this year and even attempting to go back and do years past when I gave up part way through. I am realizing more and more how important this is to me. What I wouldn’t give to have this from my childhood.

I love having bigger kids in the house but I am missing having little people running around.

Fall is such a nostalgic time.

It’s so beautiful it makes me sad and happy at the same time.

If that makes sense ๐Ÿ™‚

Going to make a bigger effort to get my camera out and capture Fall this year.

Excited for another Fall around these parts and beyond.

Finding our groove

The girly got new glasses. Her eyes got worse again ๐Ÿ™

We are trying soccer again the Fall. She didn’t really like XC last year or gymnastics so we are back to soccer. I just want her to get some exercise and have fun.

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Cole is doing XC again

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And so is Blake

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And a lot of the time their meets and practices overlap

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The weather is a little cooler and I am trying hard to find my Fall groove. Oakley loves the Sunflowers ๐Ÿ™‚

More trampoline, a sick grumpy girlie, and dogs.

We took the dogs to a local metro park- Hud loves to swim but Oak is still learning. He couldn’t jump off the deck, ran, fell, slid, and fell into the water. Poor dude.

These two were arguing but pulled it together at the end

We had to cut it short because Austin was coming home from campus to get his bike fixed- short but (somewhat) sweet.

Feeling a little down

I know it’s not just me, everyone is posting about it all over Facebook. And I am SO very thankful that my oldest goes to college here in the same state and even the same town. I don’t get to see him whenever I want but close….whenever he wants ๐Ÿ™‚

But, it’s still hard when he leaves. It’s been a week. The week part hits me every time for some reason. He came home Friday night and he and Blake started talking again about living together next year. The idea that they both will be gone hit me pretty hard. It hit Eva hard too. She started crying. Saying she didn’t want Blake to move out. Me neither baby, me neither.

I look back over this blog and it’s funny how I thought time was flying by back when they were little and how it made me sad. I had no idea what I was in for. This stuff is hard.

But….I also get to see that I tried to soak up every minute of it. The trips, the adventures, heck the day to day craziness. It was all so good. (well mostly).

Andy is sick of me talking about it I know. How I am SO thankful we didn’t stop at 2 kids. I would be in serious depression right now if that were the case. Feeling very thankful for the the two youngers these days. I don’t want an empty nest just yet. I am banking on a grandkid or two by the time Eva flies the coop. Fingers crossed. I can’t talk Andy into anymore kiddos- only Golden Retrievers ๐Ÿ™‚

Moving on…. my garden is going insane with tomatoes this year

And I grew sunflowers for the first time. Flowers within flowers.

All my flowers now look like Fall

These pups…

Still working on flips on the trampoline.

Weekends go by way too fast.

Rebecca - I couldn’t help but smile at this. We have 4 kids, spanning ages 24 to 17. Our youngest just started his senior year of high school. But right on cue, we now have grandkid #1 on the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer iPhone style

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There have been some rides around the backyard on the 1950″s Cushman.

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A memorial day parade with friends

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Lots of Green Smoothies

This puppy ๐Ÿ™‚

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We got Zoombezi Bay passes this year instead of the pool.

Hanging with neighbors. It’s fun having little ones around again.

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Hanging out with friends.

Blake’s birthday dinner

Another trip to Zoombezi

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I can’t believe Blake and MB are Seniors. I was just taking them to preschool and rec center classes yesterday….

Summer Hot tubing

Urban Farmhouse

Puppy Love

Cole getting some snuggles after getting his wisdom teeth out

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Finding painted rocks around town

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Lots of hanging outside

Texas Grandparents came to visit.

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And then it was beach time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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One of my fave things about vacation is the anticipation. I went alone with three of the kids. We stopped in Chapel Hill to spend the night on the way down to Bald Head Island.

Waiting for the ferry is also one of my fave parts. Knowing we had a full 2 weeks on the island in front of us. We order treats- usually fruit for Eva and cheesecake for Cole and a muffin for Blake. But the person if front of us ordered the last fruit cup and Eva was so upset. It was hot. It always is. But the breeze on the upper deck was nice and I refused to let her grumpiness damp my enthusiasm for getting out of Ohio and our beach time.

In the meantime back at home Andy and Austin took the dogs to Hocking Hills.

Back on the island Blake and I went to Howl at the Moon. A party on the beach for the full moon.

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We spent many days at the Shoals Club. Eva loves the pool.

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I loved getting to spend a lot of time with just Blake. We caught some sunsets, some stars (including shooting stars), and morning walks.

I REALLY want one of my kids to get married in the chapel

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There were all these cool tide pools at South beach and we spent some time trying to catch fish. The week we were there without Andy was a bit exhausting but SO much fun. I miss it so much.

Blake and I got yummy breakfast sandwiches at the market after our walks most mornings and one night we out to dinner at Delphinas which usually is pretty good but they got Cole’s order wrong THREE times. Three. So we waited forever and honestly they didn’t even really apologize. Much less comp his order ๐Ÿ™

But… it’s the only Mexican food on the island so we will always go back.

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A couple sharks were caught (and released) very close to shore. These guys at first didn’t want to swim in the ocean that day but then changed their mind.

Tracking a great white shark that pinged 20 miles off BHI while we were there

So excited to get this pic of the boys on the boat headed over to the island.

This “puppy” had a great time on the island and I love him so much!

Luna pops are always a hit.

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I love my dogs so much- it was so great to have them both there.

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His spot after a good day at the beach.

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BHI’s finest.

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Hello- is there anybody in there. Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?

One of my fave beachfront houses.

And then back to Chapel Hill. Oh how I miss it. We had dinner at Top of the Hill, stayed at the Siena– my all time fave dog friendly hotel. And hit up Sugarland.

North Carolina has my heart thats for sure.

Walking around UNC, drinking from the fountain…

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Absolute Heaven

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And then back to Ohio

Coming home was bittersweet for sure.

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Austin headed out to Wyoming for 10 days

This dog is bad. But funny. Sitting at or on this table is his new fave spot.

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My garden was a late bloomer this year but the farms garden was in full swing. Love having organic veggies!

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Eva and I took a trip to the zoo the last week of summer. Loved the baby polar bears.

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My babies

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Back to school shopping at Dad’s store

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My sunflowers finally started to bloom

And then just like that it was back to school…

Austin to Ohio State

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Eva to 2nd grade

Cole to 8th garde

I didn’t get a pic of Blake- he snuck out before I could ๐Ÿ™

Found a rock down on the trail…

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Back to school dinner at Rusty Bucket

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And just hanging in the backyard. That wraps up Summer ’17 for us. It went way too fast!

Summer Part Two

These boys- I think I spend every single day outside with them. They are so funny and cute and naughty.

This girly has had a huge growth spurt this summer- getting way too big way too fast!!

He’s kinda handsome

Hot tubbing in the summer- it’s like an outdoor bathtub.

Someone finally learned how to ride her bike- thank goodness!!

And then there was Bald Head Island. This year we went for two weeks instead of one. I took three of the kids down and then Andy, Austin, Taylor, and the dogs joined us for week two. It was awesome as usual.

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The water camera was pulled out and used a bunch. Austin also had his gopro.

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Underwater pool shots are so much fun.

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Austin had a canker sore and tried to gargle sea water. Eva thought he was nuts.

Fun shots of the dogs ๐Ÿ™‚

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Love her

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I miss the beach so much, and being on vacation with my family. I’m not ready for the back to school deal.

I haven’t had my camera out since we got back ๐Ÿ™ That’s going to have to change!

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