Saturday, June 30, 2012

Are We There Yet?

We started our adventure this morning.  Everything went well for the most part.  Parker and Claire did really well in the car.  Here's the evidence:

Unfortunately, we were in a lot of traffic.  A couple of times we were slowed down due to small wrecks, etc.      However, between Florence and Conway, the traffic situation went to an all time level of insanity. 

Dear Cities of Florence and Conway,

Please do something about the traffic situation in your towns.  The best I can tell, Myrtle Beach isn't getting any less popular.  The already ridiculous traffic problem will only continue to increase as most people have no other option for getting to their final destination but to drive smack dab through your cities.  May I suggest a new 12 lane interstate that bypasses your cities altogether.  Or perhaps some type of air-lift system that magically lifts cars and moves them swiftly through the air and gently returns them to the ground at the Myrtle Beach city limits.  Even a nice series of underground tunnels with conveyor type systems that cars drive onto and are transported to the other side without any danger of fender benders, Sunday drivers, or pesky traffic lights.  Just do something.  Anything.  FOR THE LOVE...

This was my view for hours.
 This sign was just teasing us!
 And this didn't make things any easier...

 Finally, a glorious sight!
 Our tradition is to eat at Ultimate California Pizza on the night we get to Myrtle Beach.

 Vacation tradition

 And this makes that traffic worth it...

Claire loved finding shells.

 She made a lovely shell pile.

 Brian found what he thinks is a shark's tooth.  Is he right?
More beach adventure tomorrow!

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Warning For Potential Thieves

Last night, I made Stuffed Shells for dinner.  They were delicious, if
I do say so myself! Ha!

Most people already have a similar recipe, but let me know if you want it.

Have mercy!
 Nana came to eat with us, and she was sporting this spiffy shirt.  It says, "What happens at Nana's house, stays at Nana's house". Oh, she is a funny one, that Nana!
Nana with the babies
  Today, we met our friends Wendy and Makena at Chik-fil-a for lunch and some playing.
Parker, Makena & Claire
Then we went to see Madagascar 3.
 It was a pretty cute movie.
Watching the movie
 I had to stop by the mall for a few minutes.  Of course, Claire found an accessory.
 Parker is never one to be left out.
Tonight we are packing because we have a very special vacation coming up! One of my favorite places in the world ~ MYRTLE BEACH!  This little fellow wants to go with us...
I can't go because I have to stay here and protect the house.
I am vicious, just so you know.
If you or someone you know and love are involved in a band of thieves, please read the following:

*** I usually don't publicize that we are going to be out of town, but I am this time because I want to post pictures from our trip throughout the week.  Our house will be occupied the entire time we are away by house sitters, an alarm system, and a very vicious dog.  Also, we have nothing valuable at all, except the vicious dog.  So don't even think about it!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pioneer Woman Video!

The videos from our weekend on the ranch with Ree are on her blog.  If you want to see them, click the link below.  Just please keep in mind that the camera adds 75 pounds and approximately 4 chins.  At least, that's what I will choose to believe! 

All of the videos are great ~ I hope you enjoy them!

Lifegroup Pool Party

Last night, we had a pool party with our Lifegroup.  Everybody really seemed to have a good time, and the weather was great! 
The star of the show ~ Wendy's spinach dip

Claire and Ella

Chloe jumping off the side!

Ella, Mollee, Claire, and Makena

Wendy, Jeff, Brian, and Chris
Brian, Terry, and Brian

Everybody playing!

Wendy, Jeff, Tina, Brian, and Very Pregnant Jane
We are thankful for our sweet church friends.  I am also especially thankful for that spinach dip!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Believer's Church Softball

Last night, we went to watch our church's softball team play in a tournament.  We've been to a few other games this summer too.  It's always fun to support our friends while they play.   I only have a few pictures, and they are kind of blurry for some reason. 

Chloe was so excited to be there cheering for the team

Lucy Cate was a little less excited

Here we are with Megan and Emilee

Mike and Megan

Sunday, June 24, 2012


We had a great day! This morning, Brian and I were in the nursery at church.  We had six babies, but they were all so calm and quiet.  I especially enjoyed cuddling this precious girl!

My great-niece Lucy Cate
 After church, we went to Pizza Hut.
Megan, Claire, & Tyler

Caleb & Nana

 Then we went swimming.  Megan, Tyler, Rich, Amanda, and Lucy Cate swam with us so it was extra fun!

Max the Lifeguard

Claire and Lucy Cate
It was super hot, but the water was great!