Wednesday, July 31, 2013

wordless wednesday


family tennis night

on wednesday nights (weather and work permitting), jay and i like to play each other in a game of tennis on the nearby courts at the resort. we jump on the golf cart as abby drives her scooter behind us. it's nice knowing it takes no less than five minutes to get there. after wards, we eat dinner on the balcony at the clubhouse (since we're nice, sweaty, and nasty...we figured we'd do everyone a favor. lol) and watch as people play in the pool below. i love the ambiance there. i love our wednesday ritual...

Monday, July 29, 2013

this is how jay "works" from home...


Sunday, July 28, 2013

lakin' it

after the family reunion, we drove down to the lake house where we spent the night. if you couldn't guess from the first pic, abby picked a tube of 100 glow sticks as one of her toys. they had fun snapping and lighting them up in the den before bedtime...a glow stick party at best. sunday morning, we woke up and headed straight out to the water. we've missed the lake for some time now and it was a perfect sunny day for a 3-4 hour boat ride and lots of vitamin d. we love lakin' it.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

family reunion

saturday we headed down to cullman for the annual family reunion on my dad's side. as cheesy as it sounds, we always enjoy this event. it's nice seeing cousins and relatives that we haven't seen in awhile while stuffing our faces with a variety of different homemade casseroles. the kids get to pick out toys depending on the order of their birthdays and since there weren't too many kids this year as compared to last, ours got to pick from the table three times each. they were so excited. here are some pics...

Friday, July 26, 2013

ping pong tourney: round 2

friday night, the willis and elliott families came over to play. jay has been itching for a rematch in ping pong, table tennis (ya know, whatever you want to call it) with matt since he was defeated the last time. we grilled out and ate upstairs while the kids played. by the end of the night, the man cave was in full swing with sweat, groans, aces, laughter, and flying balls. jay had claimed a victory. jenn and cindy showed off their guns with their best attempts at some pull ups and the kids climbed all over the gymnastics bar. talk about a house full of monkeys! here are just a few quick pics i took...

Thursday, July 25, 2013

no privacy, i say. #mommyneedsapottybreak


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

wordless wednesday

my lyla can seriously fall asleep any where...in any position...at any time of the day...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

neighbors and great friends


Monday, July 22, 2013

"show me your pouty face..."

(disclaimer: this is jemma's newest thing and we just think it's down right adorable. no matter what kind of mood she is in if we say to her "show me your pouty face...," she will immediately cross her arms, furrow her brow, pop out her bottom lip, and hang her head down. we can't help but laugh at it and then she runs to us with a smile and a kiss. good gravy, i love that sweet sweet mess.)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

tea party playdate

there's a mommy group in our neighborhood that plans different outings and playdates for the kids to enjoy. during the summer, things can get absolutely crazy if we stay inside too long. my kids need entertainment for their ever growing creative minds. thankfully, rebecca hosted the cutest tea party inside her home for all the little girls. there are so many young kids here that match up in age with ours which makes it really nice. the girls got to enjoy making their own craft, decorating and baking cookies, singing "i'm a little teapot" while watching a video, dressing up in various costumes, and getting their nails down with some glittery fun tattoos. all in all, everyone had a great time. here are some pics...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

grill out with the ceasars

saturday we spent the day playing with the ceasar clan. tony grilled out the best hamburgers while we let the girls play on the inflatable water slide. of course, the toddlers (hannah and jemma) ended up nekked within the first hour into our visit which is always so ridiculously cute. later in the night, the girls decided to play dress up upstairs. i'm not sure what age this will stop...but i know i'm 32 and i still appreciate a good "fashion show." god love it. thank you for having us, tony and maloney! we love you guys and always enjoy hanging out! xoxo

Friday, July 19, 2013

abby's birthday surprise from tita karmie

tita karmie had a last minute surprise for our birthday girl...a weekend beach trip with her, lola, and pawpaw. abby was so excited since she absolutely loves the beach. pawpaw made her a huge birthday breakfast with all her favorites, and they watched the new disney "teen beach movie" that she has been counting down to watch all week. they also played on the beach and swam in the pool, rode go karts together and other fun amusement rides, then tita karmie took her shopping where she got to pick out some fun new things.  here are some pics...
overall, abby's most favorite new thing is her first pet...a hermit crab. she told me that her real name is "hailey" but her nickname is "crabby." abby and her sisters love to watch crabby and gave me the 411 on what she eats, how she sleeps, and how she plays at night. apparently, this easy peasy crustacean, a mood ring that has her name on it, and a neon yellow sundress she picked out are what she really likes. we're so glad that she had such a fun time. thank you, tita karmie! the mabster loves you!! xoxo

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"happy birthday to you..."

for abby's 7th birthday, we celebrated as a family over a yummy meal at little donkey in homewood. our waiter brought out her dessert as we sang "happy birthday" and watched her blow out the candle. after lunch, we walked next door to steel city pops for some delicious popsicles and then we made our way back home where abby opened up her birthday present. she has been wanting a pink scooter for the longest time and was so excited to see it. she drove numerous circles on the sidewalk park that is just across from our house. i think she may be addicted. we love you, abby bug and happy happy 7th birthday!! xoxo

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

family night: movies in the park

something tells me that my wee little ones were not ready for a bright flash from the camera...

wordless wednesday


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

mcwane your brain fun