Monday, April 23, 2018

Happy 10th Blogiversary!

Last week Tal and I celebrated our 10th blogiversary! On April 20, 2008, I started our family blog. Over the last 10 years, I've written 1,532 posts, which is an average of 153 posts a year and 2-3 posts each week.

Blogging is one of my favorite hobbies and a creative outlet for me.  I enjoy taking pictures, doing DIY projects, sharing family news, and documenting Savannah's and Hadley's childhood. 

Each year I get our blog published and bound in a hardcover book that I plan to give our girls when they are adults. In the future, I hope the blog books bring Savannah and Hadley fond memories of their childhood. Thanks for reading and cheers to another year of blogging!

Kids Workshop (Birdhouse)

On Saturday, April 7, Savannah and Hadley made birdhouses at the Home Depot Kids Workshop. The Kids Workshop is a free event that takes place from 9-12 on the first Saturday of each month (for the last 20 years!).

Savannah's Birdhouse

Hadley's Birdhouse

Since we'd just gotten home from Aruba, Grandma Barbara was still in town and was able to join us at the Kids Workshop:

To build their birdhouses, the girls nailed the four wooden pieces together. Then, they added the Plexiglas and painted their birdhouses. The Kids Workshop is always a fun family activity that allows Savannah and Hadley to be creative and practice some DIY skills!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pretty in Pink

Our family wore pink to church this morning! 


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

Tal gave blood at our church. Our church held a blood drive to support our pastor's wife who is undergoing cancer treatment:

Savannah looked so poised and grown-up in her 3rd grade school picture:

"Life is good with braces"
Savannah had a consultation at the orthodontist's office. She will receive top braces when she begins phase one of her orthodontics treatment soon:

Our family saw The Embers in concert at the beach music festival, which is held every Thursday night from 6-9 PM from April through August:

We ate Chick-fil-a for dinner while we waited for the concert to start. We were looking forward to the concert, but unfortunately we left an hour after the show started because it was so cold, windy, and miserable:

Hadley enjoyed playing in the mulch during the show:

Hadley showed me the rocks she found in the dirt:

Our church small group helped a family move from one subdivision in our neighborhood to another subdivision in our neighborhood: 

When we finished moving, our family stopped at Krispy Kreme for a late-night snack. (Hadley made a fashion statement with her outfit.)

On April 15, our roof suffered some storm damage. We had high winds, lots of rain, and a tornado warning. A large branch broke and knocked off some trim, shingles, and gutters. Our insurance company sent a drone to take pictures of the damage:

Tal spent several hours trimming the branches that were touching our house:

Our family enjoyed going to our school carnival: 

Hadley got hearts painted on her face:

Savannah got a cheetah:

Savannah got her hair painted blue:

Hadley got her hair painted red:

The girls added flavors to their sno-cone:


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Aruba Vacation 2018: Part 13 (iPhone Photos)

These iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture some random moments from our Aruba vacation.

Savannah and I sat together on our flight to Fort Lauderdale, FL:

Hadley sat with Tal on the same flight:

Waiting in the Fort Lauderdale airport during our three-hour layover:

Hadley slept in my arms during our 2.5 hour flight from Fort Lauderdale to Aruba: 

We arrived in Aruba!

Waiting to deplane in Aruba

During our stay in Aruba, Grandma Barbara and Savannah relaxed on their hotel balcony while Hadley took a 2-hour nap every afternoon. Tal sat on our hotel balcony every day. He read a 500-page book and studied for his upcoming computer exam.

Night swimming in our hotel pool...we had the pool to ourselves!

Hadley held my hand while she took a nap:

Hadley slept during our return flights to NC:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched,
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks.

On Good Friday, the girls and I had our monthly spa hour at home. We painted our toes and got them beach ready for our trip to Aruba:

On Good Friday, the girls and I had a girls day, while Tal was at work. Savannah got her hair cut.

Hadley held her baby while Savannah got her haircut.

The hair stylist cut off three inches!

After Savannah's haircut, we ate lunch at Mod Pizza and used our coupon for a free pizza. Savannah made her pizza a meat-lover's pizza:

For our pizza, Hadley and I chose chicken and ham pizza that was drizzled with pesto and garlic. Yum!

Savannah and Hadley were delighted to open their Easter gifts from Grandma Barbara:

When we got back from Aruba, Hadley was eager to hold her baby. I think she missed her babies while we were gone!

One of Hadley's paintings

Another painting by Hadley

Last week Savannah was tracked-out from school and spent the week at Grandma Barbara's house. While Savannah was gone, Hadley got to spend some extra time with Mommy and Daddy. When Savannah was Hadley's age, she wore the dress and boots below. Memories!

On Sunday afternoon, Hadley took a nap with her friends:

Hadley wore her Jo-Jo bow to dinner at Jersey Mike's and asked me to text this picture to Savannah:

On Friday night, Tal, Hadley, and I went to Friday Night on White, which is held downtown on the second Friday of every month from April-September. There were food trucks, merchant tents, and live music:

During Friday Night on White, we ate dinner at the Mexican restaurant downtown, and then we...

...listened to the live music:

This morning Hadley and I had a playdate Pullen Park with our friends Amanda and Tyson. We enjoyed playing on the playgrounds, as well as riding the boats, train, and carousel: 



Digging in the sand

Watching the train go by

Riding the train

Boat ride