01 AugHorse Camp Begins

The girls have been wanting to learn to ride horses and more about barn life. We found a stable within 30 minutes of our house recently and have been calling to try to get them into it. This week was the week the owner called us back and we found out that they had been closed due to COVID. However, the day she called us back she said they were having camp 3 evenings this week so we signed up to let the girls decide if they wanted to do it this fall or not. At camp they not only learn to ride but to take care of the horses and barn maintenance which is important to build a full appreciation of the sport. 

At camp the first day, July 27th, they did stations and broke into two groups so they could ride some, do arts and crafts, and play on a slip-n-slide. The second day at camp they worked in the barn before heading to the arena to learn a little vaulting and riding bare back. The third day, they just rode but got to ride some without anyone holding onto the lead rope. Mommy took the girls the first two nights and daddy took them the third day since not only do the kids work at the ranch but the parents help out as well to share in the fun. We all learned that Chris worked at a ranch too when he was in high-school and apparently got offered a job when he took them. Momma thinks since daddy was that good he should be the one to take our horse loving girls to the barn the most. 😉

Day one at the First picture of Leia leading a horse while mommy filled out paperwork; thank you to Ivy for taking pictures

Ivy was the first one up on the horse though

They rode and cooled off with a slip-in-slide for fun

Mommy got to lead horses the whole time both groups learned to ride

All the girls were focused and having fun

The girls not only rode horses they also got to join in on building a tree house each day of camp

Our girls are loving the horses! 
 

The girls created a horse chart after they got home  to save money to buy their own horse
Umm, we told them there are monthly cost too

Day two with the horses started with barn maintenance

Cleaning the stalls was fun and good time to get to know other girls

Both girls are making sweet friends! Ivy asked me to take a picture for her of the ‘pony squad’, what these 4 called themselves after cleaning stalls together
 
Then they moved to learning to vault and riding bear back


Each girl got a chance to learn what they practiced on Hercules  




Day three, there are no pictures … Dad took them
To be fair there are no pictures of dinner and pool time at Mimi’s either and we all were there
The girlies did get to spend the night with Mimi too
Ivy mastered a back dive on Sunday

She is full of sass and makes life fun

 
 

31 JulPicnic, Park and Splash-Pad

Friday afternoon we headed to a new to us, splash pad adventure near our house to check it out. It has been years since we have taken the girls to a splash pad. The Talley’s had asked about going so we said we are in, after checking it out online and decided to do a picnic lunch too. When we got there we realized they no longer had picnic tables and did not see anyone eating in the park so we ‘picnicked’ in the car before going to play. Although, later that day we did notice others doing picnic blankets in the water and park area so next time we can do that. It was a fun afternoon with great fellowship and laughter. It was nice that the girls played with Max too so Holly did not have to chase him. We headed home for the girls to rest before horse camp but it got cancelled shortly before we would have left to go so instead we planned an impromptu dinner/game night with the neighbors. Blessed to have such fun neighbors that are up for last minute fun!

Picnic in the car

These 4 know how to have fun
 
It was great running back and forth from the park area to the water area to get hot and cool off




Of course they wanted a funny face picture before we left too

 

26 JulNewnan Trip July 2020

It has been too long since we took a trip to Newnan to visit! It was the perfect weekend to go and gather with family to celebrate Grandpa and Deedee’s Golden Anniversary. We headed over Friday after work and tutoring so arrived shortly before dinner. That evening it was just the 6 of us. We ordered in from one of Leia’s favorite places, Moe’s then simply had a little time to fellowship and play with the girlies. Even though we never took a single picture it was a fantastic evening simply being together. 

Saturday, marked the day that each of us pledged our marriage vows to the love of our lives. It is still special celebrating our anniversary on the same day as each of our parents celebrate their anniversary. Our day was much like that on our wedding day. Chris and Gene went golfing that morning while the ladies did our thing then we came together in the afternoon for the rest of the evening. The day was fabulous getting to have fun and celebrate together! Plus, we remembered to snap a few pictures too. 😉

Ivy seized the moment when we arrived to the pool early to hop on a swing when she saw it.
# FirsttimeataparksinceMarch #ivylovestoswing

Always fun to see cousins! Thanks to Diego we have a few pics from the pool 🙂 


Breaking for safety break = snacking

Mommy hopped in the photo with Leia and tío Diego before leaving. It was a quick visit but sweet

Fun entertainment waiting dinner and cousins to arrive putting on the “green”

The girls loved when their cousins arrived at Grandpa and Deedee’s! So nice to have time together
#Maskoffforpictureonly #onlyinsideforaminute #theyarestillseperated 
 
This child keeps us guessing and laughing
 
  Anniversary dinner on the patio
#diningCOVIDstyle

Alicia made a beautiful cake for dessert

After dinner entertainment was commercials brought to you by the kids
#cheapentertainment


Gift time for the Golden Anniversary

Deedee looked surprised 

Fun evening after dinner
 

One of the best gifts for their Golden Day was getting to spend the evening together
#holdyourbreathforthepicture

Happy Golden Anniversary! 

Sunday morning we did not do much. Grandpa went to get donuts for the girls, a tradition we have on the last day together. Unfortunately, the selection was low so he got donuts and cookies which suited them jus fine. The girls practiced their putting a little more, played upstairs, and crafted. Grandpa and Chris got in the putting action as well and even Lisa made a few shots in the can. The girls asked about doing in person math lesson so Deedee did that with them too. Before we knew it noon time rolled around so we decided to head home. We did make a quick drive by Adrian and Alicia’s house to wave bye to them too on the way out of town. 

Before heading home the girls got a quick in person math lesson from Deedee 

 

25 Jul12th Wedding Anniversary

This year has been an interesting one in our world. While our grandparents and great-grandparents lived the Spanish flu in 1918, wars, and great-depression, our generation has never experienced a pandemic or war that has had a worldwide impacted like we have this year with COVID19 virus. Every person’s plans have been altered this year. There is constant feeling of unknown, even questioning if a store will have the supplies we need which we always took for granted previously. Life as we once knew it probably has been changed forever. One thing that has not changed is that I am honored and thankful to get to walk through this life and share it with the one I said “for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part” to 12 years ago. Thankful to know with all the unknowns and uncertainty in life now that we have each others backs, love and support each other come what may until the good Lord calls us home. Happy 12th Anniversary my love! 


Mimi and Papa loved each other, everyday of their lives together. Papa fulfilled his vows to Mimi the day God called him home. Mimi is still loving and honoring Papa in the way that she continues to carry on with her life and love her children and grand-girls. Today would have marked their 45th wedding anniversary. Undoubtedly if he was still here, they would have spent it with us as we elected to get married on their anniversary a few years later. They would have had the same look in their eyes they had the day they said, “I do”, a look of love, respect, protection, and awe. As, Stacy said, “Mimi and Papa set the bar high! We are blessed to have their example of marriage growing up.” I think it was a little God wink, Mimi recieved her new swings on their anniversary and got to say happy anniversary to me while enjoy sitting out in an area she and Papa frequently spent time together, talking about their hopes and dreams together and watching their children grow. In our minds we believe he was taken way too early as none of us were ready to give him up but God’s plan is divine and we say may His Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Thankful to share their anniversary and carry on the special day as we  follow the example of their love. 

 From high-school sweet hearts to lifetime loves

Mimi and Papa built an amazing life together


Mimi’s anniversary present this year is sure to be a great gathering place for family and friends 

Online statistics show that only 7% of married couples make it to their 50th wedding anniversary. We are thankful that Deedee and Grandpa were blessed to get to make it to their Golden Anniversary today.  Happy 50th Anniversary Grandpa and Deedee! While it was not the celebration that they thought they would have with COVID altering their plans, it was a great celebration! They are blessed to be able to spend the day with each other, be heathy, and celebrate it in the presence of their children and grandchildren. Time is one of the greatest gifts anyone can give someone since everyone has the same amount of time in a day and no matter what you can not create more of it. Grandpa followed a 50th anniversary gift tradition of giving gold with the new gold ring her gave Deedee but even a more priceless gift was hearing him say, there was not a day that went by that he did not love Deedee and knowing they both feel that way about each other. The love they have for one another shows in the way they watch each other when they do not think anyone is looking, care for one another, and serve one another. May their children’s marriages be as blessed as their marriage and their heirs have long, happy marriages as well. Cheers to the years your’ve had together and the years to come. 


 
What a beautiful family and life they built 

23 JulFew ordinary moments …

We try to snap a picture and do entries not only on special moments but “ordinary” moments yet living in the moment we often do not get to snap a picture and that is okay too. Thinking about ordinary moments, just the day too day living got us thinking … what is an ordinary moment? Online it says that ordinary moments are the pages in a child’s dairy for a day. We pray our girls remember the ordinary moments in their lives and remember the fun, loving moments we have together even when there is no picture to post for our blog/memory books. It is not just the special occasions we want highlighted in our lives to remember. We want the ordinary moments, daily grind times that often get overlooked as you go day to day yet those are times that can make life extraordinary. We all hope our littles will recalled these times fondly as they get older and look back in their lives and growing up. Life is a blessing and creating memories (planned and spontaneously) with our little family, extended families, and friends makes is sweeter. Thankful for each person that adds sugar and spice to our life. 

Sunday morning we spent the day at home relaxing and Ivy showed off her creative side making Barbie clothes. When we went to Mimi’s to swim we ran into aunt Kristi so the girls got to play with Bentley,  Kavanaugh, and Ava for a little bit too. Love the summer days of R&R and playing!  

   
Monday and Tuesday were work days but that afternoon we took a little break to join our friends for ice cream screams

Wednesday after work Lisa and the girls headed to Mimi’s to spend the night and have some one on one time with Mimi before we went to Newnan to visit. Love getting to hangout with our Mimi! 

Thursday we discovered a fabulous place to walk or ride bikes; next time we will bring our bikes. The girls did not want to walk as fast as Mimi and mommy but boy as we turned they were in front and it reminded mommy they are growing fast …. savor every minute of life 

18 JulFamily + Pool = Good Times

Saturday afternoon/evening at the pool with family, laughs, and good food is so good for ones soul. The girls toasted to fun evening, not long after we arrived. They played in the pool then got tired of it since we had told them the adults were all getting in too and we weren’t quite there yet since we were cooking lupper so the girlies entertained themselves in the basement and house. After we ate, that is when the fun really began. Everyone got on their swim wear and hopped in the pool for several hours. We volleyed the ball over the net, kids all showed off their diving skills, we all swam, laughed and had the best time. Night swims are the best! The first person did not get out of the pool until after 8 and the last was after 9, hence, we did not get home until after 10 but loved every minute of the sweet time together. There are not many pictures for our time at the pool since we all were in the pool at the same time but the good times were rolling and the memories made are all so sweet. 

Cheers to family and good times!

17 JulFun evening with friends and family

After a weekend away, neighbor friends being in quarantine or out of town, and a week that just felt long…a fun Friday afternoon/evening was just what was needed. Lisa took our girls and a friend of choice to Mimi’s to play Friday afternoon and gave Chris some time alone to recharge. Aunt Stacy had her friend Kristen Coppock with her kids were there too. All girls played great together! In fact they were playing so well they wanted more time to play so we texted their mom’s to see if we could stay longer than we had originally planned; thankfully our friends we took mom’s were flexible and we got to stay a couple extra hours. Loved watching them all play games, laugh, and have a good time. Blessed our girls get to create memories at Mimi’s pool, like aunt stacy and mommy did growing up; the pool was a good investment. 



 

 

12 JulGatlinburg, summer 2020

We did a first this year and went to Gatlinburg in the summer instead of fall. It was amazing the difference the trails looked during the summer with all the leaves and flowers. We also were shocked that it seemed more crowded than at Thanksgiving break. Maybe it only seemed this way since in our planning we had made the decision ahead of time if something looked too crowded we would skip it since this would be more of a  socially distant style vacation. Thankful there are tons of hiking trails and lots to do so we could keep our distance from others even with a more popular summer vacation spot than we first realized. 

Thursday morning we were up loading the car and pulling out to go get the Talley’s at 7:45. The drive up went smooth. The moms and kids road in the can while the dads road in the other car. Max only asked 18 times if we were there yet. We were so excited to tell him yes as we pulled into the “Apple Barn”. 

The apple fritters they served with yummy apple butter did not disappoint. Our girls shared chicken fingers and ivy said the Mac-ñ-cheese was the best. We shared a grilled pork chop since Chris is not crazy about them and he’s on a strict diet. We picked up a few apple butters for the road and let the kids pick something from the candy shop or ice cream parlor before heading up the mountain to the chalet. 




The chalet was fabulous. It ended up being very close to where we stayed the last time we were here for Thanksgiving. We unloaded then the kids enjoyed the hot tub while the adults played a couple rounds of Catan. Wes had a work call that evening so the moms took the kids to town to figure out something to do. 

We ended up at the mining place for the kids to find hidden gems. It was a quick little fun time then we stopped by Publix on the way back to grab supplies for the trip. We grabbed some frozen pizzas and turkey for dinner too since it was later than we normally ate and had a chilled, late night in the chalet. Lisa provided additional entertainment playing Catan she was so tired, early morning and midnight bedtime can make you loopy. 




Sorting their gems while Holly put the pizza in the oven

Yum yum dinner time

Great way to end the travel day 

Friday morning we lounged and enjoyed a few cups of coffee before venturing out to “Pancake Pantry”. Chris broke his strict diet and endiñares in eggs, sausage and a pancake; Lisa got the same but shared most the sausage, half the eggs, and pancakes with the girls even though they had gotten Beary pancakes for themselves and a side of bacon. We all had hearty breakfasts to fuel us for the day. 


So this is how we found Chris after sitting on the porch with coffee … he said Leia was coming back to play she had ran to the restroom

Only thing was mommy found Leia enjoying herself else wear … think she forgot she was playing a game with her daddy

Pancake Pantry was yummy! 

After breakfast we walked around several of the shops and let the girls pick out souvenirs. Then we headed to Anakeesta via chair lift. Ivy was a little nervous on it while Leia did not like the sun beating down on us but we made it to the top with smiles on our faces. 




Once we were atop the mountain we played in the tree top playgrounds/climbing areas. Took a few photo ops. Walked up 86 steps to reach a 60 ft high tower for fabulous views; it had only been opened for two days. Chris and Leia was tired and hot so they headed back to the car while the rest of us went to the sky walk, walking from tree to tree via suspension bridges. We were only able to do half of it since a wind storm had recently knocked down trees and bridges but we had fun. On the ride back down Ivy’s Shewawa hat flew away but we texted daddy to order another one. 

Fun being a kid and climbing thru the playhouses with them

This is the area where Lisa’s phone fell out and we almost lost it




Daddy and Leia got hot and tired so they took a little break in the shade

Always love a few good photo ops and silly ones too




Love is in the air 
 

Sweet family pictures 


Chris option climbing the stairs to the observation tower but the rest of us started walking

He waved to us though as we called out to him

There were great photo ops up with the gorgeous sky

Chris said Leia was hot and wanted to get away from the bugs so they headed back to the car but per the pictures may not have headed straight there. The rest of us walked on a sky bridge

Fun time walking around and taking in the view


Headed back down to meet up with Chris and Leia 

Our last picture with Ivy’s hat before it flew away

Of course we paused for photo op on the way back to the car; Ivy likes photos more than mommy 😉

We were thankful that the car was cool when we got back to it. We decided instead of heading to the next event we’d go back to the chalet to cool down and rest a little. The kids immediately hopped in the hot tub despite the fact it is burning up outside, Lisa ran to the store, and other adults played Catan where Chris got his second victory in a row. Lisa cooked tacos when she got back and pattied out burgers for tomorrow’s picnic. Once dinner was done we all enjoyed dinner before the evening adventure. 

More fun in the hot tub for the kiddos

Leia and Max had a blast playing pool together 

Max’s pick was putt putt and the girls wanted to ride go-carts. First stop go-carts. Leia and Alex could drove on the elevated track but ivy and Max were not old enough but they could ride in a double with the parents. We each ride twice then let Ivy go drive in the junior track so he’d get a turn driving too. Afterwards we walked a couple doors down to the putt putt place. Chris won of course with his golfing background. Wes was about 10 strokes back followed by Lisa then Holly. Even though the guys were victorious we all had fun and were tired after a long day but the adults still stayed up to play games so bedtime was well after midnight again. 

Love driving go-carts! Leia graduated from driving on the junior track to the elevated track 

It cracked Lisa and Ivy up that Wes accidentally fastened Max in on the drivers side

Mommy and Daddy took turns driving Ivy 

Apparently Chris put Holly/Max into the wall when they drove the littles but he did warn her about it. Lisa just over took Wes/Max and passed Leia. Second time Leia would not let anyone pass her. 



We took Ivy to drive on the Junior Track too. 


Our family traditionally does not normally play mini golf but boy did we have fun! Thanks Max for picking it. There is not many pictures because mommy was tired and not snapping them

Last hole pictures

It was time for bed when we got back! Love their sweet, innocence as they rest 

Saturday morning the Comfort crew were all up before the Talley team. Lisa prepped breakfast then sat on the porch enjoying coffee before finishing it. We all ate eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, and blueberry biscuits to energize us for a full day. We loaded up as soon as we finished to head to a trail. We hiked up to the chimney remnants half way up the cemetery hike. It’s was almost 4 miles round trip. We enjoyed the leisure stroll thru the woods and took time to climb on the creek rocks on the way up and down. We only saw one other person on the trail but saw people wadding in the water at a distance. 

Of course before we left we ran to the restroom and Ivy found a dog to pet but we did not take long before we were off and on the trail







We played in the creek on the way up and on the way back … we do not normally get to get wet in the fall so we took advantage


Ivy LOVED it! And loved her picture taken


Mother-daughter having fun

Holly and her littles too

Next on our agenda was a picnic in the park while playing in the creek. Chris did a great job grilling burgers as the rest of us walked in the creek. The adults got to visit after cleanup until the kids started needing triage and we decided to head back to the chalet. 

Chris grilled while the rest of  us played in the water


This monkey loves posing and saying momma take my picture

Lunch is served

After lunch the kids played in the creek some more until Max and Leia both slipped and we got the medic kit out

 

The result of our hiking day and a shirt the kids found when we ventured into a store for a minute 

We showered to wash the stink off us then headed back to Gatlinburg for dinner at Loco Burro, one of the Talley’s favorite Mexican places here. The food and service did not disappoint . The girls split a kids cheese quesadilla then share daddy and mommy’s fajitas with us too. Unfortunately, the mechanical donkey was closed due to COVID but we can do that when the pandemic is over. 


On our trip to the restroom we had to take a picture at the bar

The Talley’s and Comfort girls headed to the SkyBridge to walk across the longest suspension bridge in the US and take in the beautiful views above Gatlinburg at night. Afterwards, we planned to get a pretzel at Auntie Anne’s but they were closed so the kids settled on a scoop of ice cream before we made our way back to the chalet. Chris was sotting in the recliner waiting on us when we got back. He’d been in the hot tub, showered, listened to a podcast, and gotten some time to decompressed. Of course we headed to bed not long after our return since it was close to midnight. 



On our way

On the bridge



Yes we normally wore mask but would slip them off for pics

We made it to the other side for a few photo ops


What a great view


Silly group pic per Max’s request

Heading back over the bridge 

Photo package gave us the view during the day too



At the end of the bridge

The bridge we crossed

Sweet friends!


 
On the way down

Before heading back to the chalet we did let the kids get treats and enjoy night life in Gatlinburg

These two fell asleep as soon as they sat down in the ca
 

Sunday morning we were all up early knowing we had to be out by 10 o’clock checkout. Most of the trip the girls have been singing happy songs of “we are on the way to ____”, today it turned into a said version of “we are leaving Gatlinburg”. Lisa was up at 6 to start packing, get dressed, and prep breakfast. Once Chris got his bag packed he finished cooking while she loaded packed and loaded hers, the girls, and all the other supplies we had brought up for the adventure. Everyone had ate and we were ready to pull out shortly after 8 o’clock, earlier than expected.   

The dad’s drove the van on the way home with the kids while the mom’s drove our car back. Apparently, the kids were worn out because the dad’s said it was a quiet trip. Thankful it was quiet for them because we hit traffic and ended up detouring up, over, and around a few mountains to get home. It was a longer drive than we expected but thankful to Waze we were not sitting the interstate.

Girls relaxing before we all got on the road to head home

When we got home the Talley’s stayed to fellowship a little longer even though we had spent several days together since while we were gone Jack and Luke were exposed to COVID. All the Talley’s would be quarantined once they saw their boys until we all knew they were in the clear and COVID tests were all negative. We ordered dinner in and played games while the kids played and rested watching TV. We did call it a early night though since the littles were all exhausted and we still needed to wash clothes and get ready for the work week ahead. 

07 JulA few fun memories July 2020

From skipping work to snuggle just because my baby girl says mommy can we snuggle right now to daddy helping our girls with a great turtle rescue to relocate him to the creek …. this time in our life is so precious. Loving this season of life! 

Thankful to enjoy a nice afternoon at Mimi’s after work before we headed out of town a few days. The girls got into yoga too thanks to Pin-Interest app. Love watching them have fun together!   


The Talley’s lost their sweet Sid last week so Alex organized a funeral for their puppy. Of course we all dressed in black for the somber event and took flowers 

There was a funeral procession

to a grave side service

Following the service we had a cookie reception to share memories of their beloved dog. They did a great job decorating cookies for the event too

05 JulFun times continue July 5th

July 4th was so much fun we was not ready for the good times to end. Cousin Katie came over for a little more fun on the 5th until she had to go home to go to a family friends house for the evening

The Comfort crew ventured down the street late that afternoon for some slip-and-slide fun for all too.