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:


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


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! 

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! 

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

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

We enjoyed our first Christmas with Evan. 

Our family Easter pictures became a family tradition. 

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


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. 

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. 


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. 


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. 


We visited our nation's capital for Spring Break. 

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


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


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. 


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. 


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.

Your devoted wife

Monday, April 30, 2018

Brody is 7!

Our sweet little baby has really grown into a little man in 7 years. 
Brody's 7th Birthday Interview:

1.  Who is your favorite person in the whole world?

my brother Evan
2.  What is your favorite color?


3.  What's your favorite television show?

Dragon's Edge - a continuation of the "How to Train Your Dragon" movies

4.  What's your favorite outfit?

blue soccer ball shirt and shorts

5.  What sport do you like best? 

football (probably none but he is going to try playing football this year)

6.  What song do you love?

 4 Him - The Nature of Love (an old Christian song I put on his Kindle, but it is a good one)

7.  What's your favorite cereal?


8.  Who is your best friend?


9.  What do you want to be when you grow up?

a chef

10.  What is your favorite book?

Magic Treehouse - He has read the first four and is working on the fifth one and says he likes them all.

11.  What are you really good at?


12.  Where do you wish you could go on vacation?

the beach

13.  What is your best memory?

riding roller coasters at Wild Adventures

14.  What would you buy if you had $1000? 

a dump truck ~ these are Brody's typical silly answers 

15.  What vegetable do you hate the most?

chard ~ I'm not sure he has had tried it.  They planted some different lettuces at school, and he just remembers this one. 

16.  What food do you like best?

Mellow Mushroom pizza

17.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

cookies and cream

18.  What do you love most about yourself?

I am funny, silly, and crazy.  Mommy will add that she thinks I am a very sweet, loving, and cuddly little man.

19.  What do you like to do with your best friends?

play lava tag and crystal tag 

20.  What do you hope you'll get to do before your next birthday?

I want to see dinosaurs. 

We were heading off on a special trip for Brody's birthday weekend, but I knew we had to have a little birthday celebration for him at home.  Birthdays are always such a big deal to this kid.  He just loves the cake, decorations, and pretty wrapped presents.  It doesn't take much to make this boy happy, and I love being able to do the little things that he truly appreciates.  This year, I tried to come up with a cake that I knew he would love.  One of his favorite pasttimes at the moment is playing his Skylanders game on the WiiU.  He and Evan have been playing Skylanders for several years and have amassed quite a collection of the Skylanders figurines that you use to play the game.  They have three or four of the different games so the characters coincide with the different games.     

I found some Skylanders cakes on Pinterest and thought I could tackle a simple one using some of his figurines.

The figures sit on a portal that lights up and allows them to interact with the game so I thought the cake needed a portal of power too.   Brody thought the cake was too cool to eat.  The portal of power was made with kitkats around the edge.  

Make a wish, birthday boy. 

He finally got a little present to open.  I wanted to get him more, but he really didn't ask for anything and loved his special trip so much.  He got a new Skylanders crystal for his newest game that allows you to create your own characters on the game. 

He just loves unwrapping a present. 

He was very happy to get a new Skylander, and he and Evan couldn't wait to create the character.  

On his actual birthday on our way home from our trip, we ate at a different Mellow Mushroom.  Like our usual one, this one had some cool recycled metal sculptures, and this one had a really cool Incredible Hulk and superhero theme.  I loved Hulk's fist coming through the wall of the restaurant. 


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