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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

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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.


Turkey and Pepper Panini

I love my Panini machine and we try to use it as often as possible. The other night we made these


So good. The younger kids don’t care for pesto, or red peppers so they got a more bland version.

serves 3-4

1 8ร—12 inch slab herbed foccacia, edges trimmed
5-6 tablespoons fresh pesto
8 slices roasted turkey breast
1 8oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
4 oz. pepperjack cheese (about 3-4 slices)
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt & fresh ground pepper
Heat panini press to HIGH. Trim off the ends of foccacia and cut in half to create a sandwich. Spread half of pesto on each side. Top one side with 4 slices of turkey followed by a layer of thinly sliced red peppers, pepperjack cheese and a final layer of 4 slices of turkey. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Top the sandwich with the other piece of bread and brush both sides of sandwich with olive oil. Place sandwich in panini press and grill for 10-15 minutes until the cheese melts & starts sizzling. Cut into 4-6 pieces and serve.

I can’t remember the last time I did an iphone dump so here we go

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These are in no particular order

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Just a mix of this and that over the past few months. Cole and Soph made apple rings.

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Like that time Blake and I hung out with Peter.

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That Hud- big heart eyes for that dog.

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That beach is Mexico. Seriously- if you haven’t been you have to go.

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I upload my insta pics and print them 2×3 like this for Project life.

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Headed to Florida with a stop in Nashville. A new pup, that stayed behind with Austin’s girlfriends parents who took amazing care of him. When we came back he was potty trained and no longer chewed on hands! He also would sit for treats.

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So recently I started rereading my blog. I started from the beginning. I am now to Chapel Hill. SO bittersweet seeing my kids so young. And Chapel Hill…. I really did love it there. The timing was just wrong. Very fortunate we made the choice to move back here as most likely Andy would have lost his job when the company he worked for was taken over. It all works out the way it is supposed to. Still hoping someday tho….

Hannah - Okay. I commented on your blog several times through the bloglovn app …but I don’t think they actually posted. That’s weird. I always feel a surge of posting once I look over old posts. It reminds me why I do it.

It’s so much easier when they are little. why is that? They are really cool as they grow up.