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Wrapping up Summer of 2015

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So I was at a Dr. appointment today when I get a text from my friend Hannah to tell me I need to update my blog. I know. I said I would do more. But you know how that goes…

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These pics are dark because it was late. But it was fun to document a late Friday night

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Our property needs so much work. We need to plan landscaping, plant more trees, etc

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But I do love having a couple acres. I may not once I have no kids at home to mow. Actually I take that back, I fight them to mow. It’s kinda fun.

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So Friday nights at home… we have had a lot of those this summer and it has been great.

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Andy loves his dog. He’s a bad dog for everyone except Andy

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We caught some fireflies:)

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We decided Blake can live at home forever because he is so good with his sister.

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And the dog

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This dog needs non-stop attention.

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Love this girl

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And even this obnoxious dog

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We spend a lot of time on our porches

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front and back

My flowers are starting to look like Fall

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My view from the porch swing

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I’m kinda sad that this summer flew by. Next summer will be a whole different ball game with Austin getting ready for college. But I’m also getting excited for Fall, for Austin’s Senior year, for cooler temps and more time spent by the fire.

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Eva went to meet her new teacher today. This year will be the first year that I have all kids in all day school. In 18 years. Yeah. New chapter for sure.

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Blake takes good selfies

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And that’s a wrap. It was a good summer.

Hannah - I’m glad I shamed you into posting 😉

Hudson and Buddy sound a lot alike. I love Buddy, but he drives me insane at the same time. He only really listens to Greg so I have to call for him in my fake man voice or he won’t come. Seriously.

I’m sick that the summer is coming to an end. We start school next week. It was supposed to be today, but I pushed it back a week…and might push it back again. I’m in serious denial. And I want a vacation with just my husband and kids. But that is a whole other story.

I have those same flowers in my garden and they are looking the same way. I’m not happy about it. I love fall…but I’m dragging my feet big time.

Around 470

I recently found a blog that has hooked me big time. And made me realize that I want to get more stories down. And be more honest. I don’t want it to be all pictures and no words. I want to remember the day to day. I used to do that. Not so much anymore.

This dog loves soccer. I mean he actually plays the game and tries to play dirty- he will grab your leg and try to take you down. SO now we don’t want to play with him.

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I wrote on facebook about our trip down to 30A and how we rolled into Atlanta kinda late (our halfway point) and we were hungry and Austin had to go for a run….the usual. We went to a nearby Chuys- usually a fave but it was absolutely awful that night. They got everything wrong. We got back to the hotel and Eva started crying. Like really crying. We had just increased her meds and I would figure out later that this was probably the cause. Andy and I were tag teaming. Both exhausted. She wouldn’t stop. Finally Andy took her to the car so the boys could settle in. After he left Blake came up to me and said “you know you are doing it all wrong. If you tell someone to stop crying it just makes them more sad. You should offer her a drink of water, she can’t cry and drink at the same time”. I just stared at him. This overgrown kid in a 6’3″ body. To say I love him is a huge understatement.

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I’m going to start a new category for the blog. “Around 470”. It will be more documentary style pics of what life is like right now. No editing. Just pics. Good ones and bad ones. Daily life around our little Urban Farmhouse smack dab in the middle of a historic district but also on a river. Our house is finally finally starting to feel like home. To go through such a major remodel was awful. And I really lost my mind multiple times. And honestly a few friends along the way. Then factor in the neighbors who did not appreciate our construction or our children or our children’s friends…. (that’s what happens when you buy the crappiest house on a street of older very wealthy people). But slowly things have come around. And I learned a lot. About other people. About myself. And at the end of the day, things are pretty darn good.

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I want to take one more trip before school starts. Austin is headed back to Florida with a friends family but my girlie says no more. She wants to be home, wants routine. Her normal. Her dad (who would not be able to go). Her dog. I get that. And think it’s pretty important seeing that she starts Kindergarten in a few weeks. Big changes ahead. All my kids will be in school full day. I can’t even wrap my brain around it. I read this quote on the blog I mentioned above and it is sitting with me. Because it’s just so true.

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“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” -Debra Ginsberg

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Austin runs, and runs and runs. He was napping on the couch when I tried to snap a pic

Eva wanted to be like Austin and run. She loves to run. After 6 hours at camp she wanted to head straight to the track where she did 2 laps around the football field.

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She is so beautiful.

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My orange loving, strawberry loving, blueberry loving chica

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Tomorrow she goes for a much needed eye exam. I would love for them to say Oh her eyesight is so bad- that is the reason for all her learning issues. But I know it’s only a small part.:(

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Educating this girlie is not going to be an easy road. (edited to add- her eyes are very bad but her new glasses are super cute!)

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These last few weeks of summer and going to fly by so I’m trying to enjoy every minute.

Hannah - We’ve taken a few short long weekend type of trips and that is enough for Sophia. She is not a traveler. She wants to be home all the time. I’m a homebody too, but I’m ready for a trip.

Summer flew by. Just flew. Of course I lost most of the month of July because my mom was on vacation so it seems even shorter.

I need to be inspired. Tell me about the blog.

Rebecca - I love the daily life posts! For my birthday, my sister turned one year of blog posts into a hard bound, coffee table book. It’s so sweet to look at our family five years ago…and read all those little tidbits about our day to day life. You go girl!

Daddy time

This family comes to our yard every day

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I love how the dad is hanging with the youngers while mom is off for some alone time

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They still try to nurse and she gets mad

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Some days Hud chases them and sometimes he just lays down and stares at them

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They are so cute:)

Hannah - That is so cool. We get a lot of deer but never the whole family. Usually just the mom and babies. That is pretty awesome!

Seacrest Beach

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It was so hot in Florida we spent most of the time in the water.

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There is nothing better than the water at 30A

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The boys didn’t fish and snorkel as much as they did the last time. We really had only one day of really calm water.

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The rest of the time was rough but good for using boogie boards

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I can’t believe this is the last cousin camp before the oldest cousin Emma starts college. We started going to CC when the kids were babies.

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It’s easier now but also bittersweet

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We went to Seaside for shopping and lunch

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Oh man I love that face

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And that one too

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Today I am thinking will be a lazy day. We have been running all week and I want to sit on the porch with a good book. Sounds like the perfect summer day to me:)

Hannah - I’m not going to lie. I’m a little jealous of your trips this summer. We start school in two weeks and I still have not been able to take a vacation…and I really need one 😉

I think it’s cool that you do a cousin camp each year. Very cool. I’m a little jealous of that too… 😉

Oh hey there

poor neglected blog. We have been traveling a lot and well I just haven’t taken a whole lot of pics or had a lot to say. Just trying to soak up summer.

I did pull my cards out and found some pics from Bald Head Island. This is the new Southern Living house that is under construction.

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I so love Bald Head Island. I really do.

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One of my fave parts is all the dogs:)Hudson would love it.

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Blake and I spent a lot of time on the screened porch.

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I probably haven’t ever mentioned that I love the beach.

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And I love this boy

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I wish I was sitting there right this minute.

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I keep trying to convince Andy that he could commute:)

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I would have his dinner waiting in that house right there…

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Back at home we hit the lake

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Austin back-flipping off the boat. I need to upload the video.

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I know he’s cute. Sorry he’s mine.

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And then we were back at 30A for Cousin Camp

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I didn’t take many pics of that trip but more to come.

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Hannah - I want to take Buddy to the beach too. I think it would be hysterical…or awful depending on his mood 😉

That house looks like it’s going to be amazing!