Thursday, June 21, 2018

15 Years of Us ~ 2003 to 2018

15 years!  Man, time flies when you're "having fun" or working hard, breathing, and raising kids.  Haha!  Through the ups and downs and highs and lows, it has been a good life, our sweet love story.  It is still being written day by day, and while I love looking back on all the happy memories, I am also excited about the future of the story as it unfolds.  In the words of the beloved Forrest Gump's mama, "Life is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you're going to get."  (Unless you cheat and look at the descriptions on the box, but who would do that?  Ha!)  So happy 15th anniversary to the man who shares the starring role in this drama-filled love story, and here's to many more.  As has been tradition on these "milestone" occasions, I like to look back at where the journey has taken us:

2003

Our wedding day dawned bright and sunny, and we hoped its perfect weather would be a foreshadowing of the days to come.







Our Honeymoon in Hawaii ~ a romantic picnic for two in Hana, Maui

2004


A Trip to the Big Apple in a very cold January ~ on top of the Empire State Building in the freezing cold! 

Our very 1st Anniversary in our 1st home together! 
2005


About the only picture that exists of us together in 2005 because "someone" deleted all of the pictures off of our new digital camera right after Christmas before I could download the pictures.  Not naming any names here though.  Ha! 
2006


We celebrated Eddie's 10 year high school reunion and the pending arrival of our first baby. 
2007


Our first baby boy, Evan, made us a happy family of 3. 

We enjoyed our first Christmas with Evan. 
2008


Our family Easter pictures became a family tradition. 
2009


We enjoyed Evan's first real trip to the beach. 

2010


We traveled to California to visit Evan's Great-Grandma, Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. 

We attended my first law school formal. 

Beach time is always our favorite. 

We just loved being Evan's parents. 
2011


Our family grew by one more bouncing baby boy as we welcomed our sweet Brody into the family. 

Christmas was so fun with two boys. 

2012


We attended a masquerade ball for another law school formal. 

We took our kids to Disney World for the first time. 

And we had more fun beach time. 

2013


Sherry graduated from law school after four long years of working full time and going to school at night and being pregnant twice.  She was also almost 9 months pregnant with our first baby girl. 

We welcomed our angel, Mattie Claire, to forever live in our hearts. 

2014


We visited our nation's capital for Spring Break. 


And we finally announced we were expecting our little rainbow baby. 

2015


Our beautiful Mattox arrived. 
Our family moved to Holly Springs, NC. 

2016


Our little rainbow Mattox turned 1. 
We visited Hogwarts and rode the Hogwarts Express.

We visited the Gulf coast of Florida. 
Our beautiful second rainbow, Grayson, arrived. 

2017

We moved to the Savannah, GA area. 
We visited Disney World again as a family of 6. 


Our family just keeps on growing. 


Our baby boy turned 1. 

2018



Our little family is growing and growing. 

And as we grow old together, our love keeps growing too. 
Here's to many more years together and even more wonderful memories to come!   Happy Anniversary, Eddie!  Thank you for putting up with me for over 15 years.

Love,
Your devoted wife

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Amicable April {2018} ~ Part 2

April continued...

I love finding these three boys sitting together so nicely.  Grayson climbs up to copy his brothers who are watching TV together. 

We met Daddy and Evan for lunch one day when Evan went with Daddy to his work to hunt. Grayson thinks big brother Brody is hilarious giving him bunny ears. 

This kid just steals my heart.  He loves to help clean the house and still enjoys a good snuggle and nap on the couch. 

Evan got his last awards for his Basic Training group at church.  He is graduating into the middle school group next year.  Brody was proud to help recite his memory verse. 

I wanted a close up of their hats and badges. 

Our sweet big boy. 

Our boys love going to Tijuana Flats for lunch after church on Sundays and getting their new tattoos for the week.  Mattox loves his fire breathing pirate skull tattoo.  Grayson doesn't care what he gets. 

Evan is losing molars now.  Almost all done with the teeth losing for this one. 

Mattox loves to stop and smell (and pick) the flowers. 

We made some fun paper bag puppets as a special craft. 

Library storytime was all about Elmo this week.  The library staff caught us on camera. 

Big boys making their crafts. 

And playing together with the "new" toys. 

Having a little fun at the water table.  We don't do this nearly enough. 

Fun at the ball fields during big brothers' games. 

Playing hide and seek in the bushes. 

Sweet Grayson loves a ball while Brody prefers joining his friend playing with tech gadgets. 

The big boys went canoeing and kayaking with Daddy.  Evan manned his own kayak.  

They look so big! 

Our church pastor caught some images with his go-pro camera. 

Brody made cornbread for dinner, and little brothers enjoy watching cartoons at breakfast. 

Really wanting to go outside. 

Mommy attempting to sketch her beautiful baby. 

With his crazy hair starting to curl out around his ears and his big mischievous grin, he is looking a little like Pennywise from It.  Haha!  

We visited Evan's new middle school one night, and he enjoyed seeing some of his best school pals. 

Grayson loves sunglasses, and they love making a big mess. 

My sweet happy baby eating his lunch. 

My little zombie boy brought home some glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth from his school treasure box. 

Yeehaw to two adorable little cowboys. 

Quite possibly the cutest bat boy ever!  We were taking some baseball pictures of Evan and Brody because we missed the official pictures, and Mattox was so cute holding the bats. 


Cuddling on the couch or playing outside are just some things we do here.  Mr. Grayson got into my flower pot on the porch and tried to eat some dirt.  Sigh. 

My babies were cheesing in church. 

Brody enjoyed his healthy snack of fruits and vegetables for his cub scout project.  He ate it all! 

My beautiful rose bush in full bloom. 

This baby loves playing in the yard. 

And riding cars and bikes with big brother. 

Accidents and messes are just going to happen in a house full of boys.  Sigh.  But they are so cute in the tub. 

I enjoyed a yummy salad for lunch.  It is very difficult to keep Grayson from climbing onto the kitchen counters now.  Sigh. 

Looking extra cute at breakfast. 

Celebrating our big boy Brody's birthday with Snoopy snocones and a special visit to Mellow Mushroom. 

Just some of the memes I liked this month.  One of them gave me a special message from Mattie.  I think the name list is the only one I have ever seen mine on (even though it is spelled wrong).  I am always ready for the beach! 


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