Sunday, August 28, 2016


The 2015-2016 school year went by in a flash.  Tanner finished out his Sophomore year.  I am having a hard time accepting that my baby boy will be a Junior next year.  A Junior!!  It is going so fast and I am constantly reminding him to soak it up and enjoy every minute.

For fun, we compared first day and last day photos.  And man, this kid has grown.  Those basketball workouts are paying off for him.  I just can't believe my boy who was always the smallest of all his friends has grown up so much!!

He still does not enjoy taking photos for me.  He thinks they are stupid.  But he did enjoy seeing the change from first to last day.


Little Gray just LOVES to take pictures.  And she also changed a little this year, but not such a drastic change as her brother.  I wish she would stay little a little longer.


First and last day comparison for my sixth grader.


Mt. Cheaha - Part Three

I had surgery on Wednesday, August 24th to have my gallbladder removed.  It's Sunday, I'm feeling much better and have declared today "blog catch up day".

Way back in May we went to Mt. Cheaha.  This is the third and final post to get all my pictures in,  After exploring the park and hiking all the trails, we left the park to hike three more waterfall trails that are part of the Talladega National Forest.  Right outside Mt. Cheaha state park.

The first trail we took led to Devil's Den.  We stopped for a picnic lunch before this hike in the park area right outside the trail.  This waterfall was close to the road, so was a really popular swimming hole.  


The next trail led us to Cheaha Falls.  This was by far our favorite.  It was super quiet, we only passed a couple other people on the trail.  It was really beautiful.  Gray got in the water for a swim but it was FREEZING, so she only stayed long enough for pictures.


The last trail led to a series of three waterfalls.  High Falls.  You just keep hiking up each layer.  This one is supposed to be pretty spectacular, but I think the lack of rain had it running a little dry.  It was still worth the hike.  Along the way we saw some of the most amazing camping spots. Maybe one day we will brave camping without electricity. 


All in all the trip was a lot of fun and I'm ready for our next Alabama adventure.  It was immediately too hot to do anymore hiking trips and still is too hot.  Maybe October or November we can squeeze a day trip in somewhere.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Mt. Cheaha - Part Two

Part two of our Mt. Cheaha post includes the trail that was most difficult for us.  But also the BEST view ever at the end of the hike.  Here, Gray decided that she could not go any further and would just wait for us to return.  This only lasted until we got out of sight around the corner, and then she came running after us.  Lots more pictures to share here.

Pulpit Rock. . .



Some people in my family are not afraid of heights.  I am not one of those people.  I'm not necessarily afraid of heights, but I'm not going to push my luck like others I know.






I have one more part to share in the next day or so.  We also hiked to three different waterfalls outside of the park.  At that point we were all exhausted, but we kept going.  It was worth it.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mt. Cheaha - Part One

Way back on Mothers Day Weekend, Bobby, Gracyn, and this mom went to Mt. Cheaha.  I lived in Alabama for 40 years and am just now starting to actually explore our beautiful state. 

Mt. Cheaha did not disappoint.  On this trip I realized that I really enjoy hiking and the beauty of nature, and that I am incredibly out of shape.  Gracyn was such a good girl, she never complained of being tire or hot like her mom.  She really enjoyed herself.

I don't have a ton of words for this post, but SO many pictures to share that I will be doing several post to include them all.  Mt. Cheaha is beautiful. . .see for yourself.

Bunker Tower on the highest point in Alabama. . .



Near the restaurant in the park. . .

Bald Rock. . .







Saturday, June 4, 2016

Life Lately

What have we been up to?  After a couple months of celebrating the kids growing a year older, we were still busy bees.  Today is the very first Saturday morning in a long time that I am able to just sit down in the kitchen and relax.  Another school year has come to an end, we had a great Memorial Day holiday at the beach, and the Summer temps have shown up with a vengeance.

At the end of April we were able to celebrate our dear friend Scott's 41st birthday.  His wife Kim planned a surprise party for him, and it worked out that we could make the trip, and it was SO much fun!

We are all excited for warmer weather that allows us to get back onto Lake Tuscaloosa.  Excited enough to make grown adults take selfies to post on the blog. :)

For Mothers Day weekend we went to Mt. Cheaha.  That's a post or two in itself.  It is BEAUTIFUL.(Coming Soon)

Motion night in May was #OneBigParty.

Sundays are the best days.

Becklie and Gray ready to head out on an afternoon ride in the jeep.  We have really been soaking up the outdoors.  Now it is almost too hot to enjoy.

Remember I now have a driver.  My days of driving kids to school in the morning are long gone.  But it is still so strange to watch them get in the truck and leave.  Alone.

More Lake fun.  Sunset boat rides are my favorite.


May was just an exciting busy month for us.  Bobby and I went to a beautiful wedding.  We had our younger cousins high school graduation on that same day.  We had a spur of the moment trip to the beach for Memorial Day.  Two last day of school picture opportunities.  Exams.  Spring Training for Football.  And lots of other little things in between.

Oh yeah, Bobby and the kids have been fishing like nobodies business.  And Gray has a gift for capturing the beauty of it on her snap chat story.

And just like that it's June.  We will celebrate 21 years of marriage this month.  My mother-in-law has a birthday this month.  Tanner starts Summer work outs this month.  I start a new small group this month.  And the lazy days of Summer are in full swing.