Monday, September 15, 2014

The Color Run

This summer, The Color Run finally made its way to Asheville, and we couldn't have been more excited! We had so much fun with our friends! It really is "The Happiest 5K on the Planet"!
~ fun with the kaleidoscope ~
~ a tote full of treats and a cute tutu for Lauren ~
Sharon, Logan, and Lauren
 We were surprised to see our friend, Gary, working that day! He was careful not to get too close! :)
 We had lots of fun throwing confetti at the Finish Line!
 Color Blast!!! 
 Mel, Logan, Me, Lauren, and Sharon
Sharon's mom volunteered for the race, and she was assigned to one of the color stations. Can you guess which one? :)

After taking the longest showers any of us have ever taken, and using more soap than we could have ever imagined, we finally got clean! Sharon's parents invited us to a cook out at their house that evening, and it felt so good to relax!
All the guys thought we were crazy! I wonder if we'll be able to convince them to join us next time!? :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beach Trip ~ Oak Island, NC

Almost ten years ago, in September 2004, seven of my mommy friends and I, along with our fifteen children (all four and under) spent four days together in Isle of Palms. We even enjoyed a nice dinner in Charleston (at Hank's ~ that's one of the funniest things that's ever happened to us!) and took a carriage ride before having ice cream. We had SO much fun!

We enjoyed it so much that it became an annual trip! The next three summers were spent at North Myrtle Beach and Long Beach , and our group varied, but since 2008 it's been the same five families.
Topsail Island 2008 ~ It really does seem like yesterday! How cute are they?!

In 2009, our group grew when Andrew and Gabi were born! We stayed near Hunting Island Beach ~ we really enjoyed Beaufort, but the beach was quite rocky. We still had lots of fun ~ we even climbed to the top of the Hunting Island Lighthouse!
Oh, how I loved those cheeks!!
The girls loved to wear their matching bathing suits! We didn't plan this ~ it just so happened that they each had a polka dot bathing suit!

Two years ago, Jenny and her family built a new house on Oak Island, after tearing down the one they owned that was built in the 1940's. She's been so sweet to invite us to stay there, and we love it! It's one of our favorite things about the summer ~ all of our children go to different schools, so we enjoy spending a week together each year! I love the way the kids love each other ~ they just pick up right where they've left off ~ they're more like cousins than friends!
We were excited to be back on Oak Island a few weeks ago! We spent most of our days on the beach, but one day we took the ferry from Southport over to Fort Fisher, and then we drove up to Wilmington for lunch, a little shopping, and ice cream.
It was the first time I had driven my car onto a ferry, and it was really cool!
These handsome boys have been best friends their entire lives. They loved climbing on the jetty, and then this happened...
 They were waiting for Jenny to take their picture, and a wave crashed on the rocks behind them, soaking them! They were such good sports!
 Anna Camille, Avery, and Ali Grace
 Abi and Gabi
Lauren, Andrew, and Jonathan
Emma, Cade, and Yates
 We enjoyed lunch at The George on the Riverwalk (eating outside until it started raining!), where we had a great view of the USS North Carolina Battleship just across the Cape Fear River. The riverwalk was so beautiful!
 Another evening, we went shopping and had dinner at the The Frying Pan in Southport, and it was delicious! They have THE BEST hushpuppies! We also made sure to visit Flavas Ice Cream Shop ~ so, so yummy! I love that little coastal town ~ it's so quaint and beautiful!
If you've seen the movie, Safe Haven, you might recognize this beautiful home!

We spent most of our time enjoying the beach, but there were lots of other fun things for the kids to do as well! I'll let the pictures tell the story...
We always have SO much fun together! We're truly blessed to have such special friends!