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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

lake house over spring break

We didn't have any major plans for Spring Break and were so excited when Pooh invited us to stay with her for a few days at her Lake House!--How can we say no to that?!  We love her, and we love the Lake House!
Shopping with these two...at 9 PM is a complete disaster.  
R and I enjoyed morning walks around the neighborhood (with coffee in hand of course!) almost every morning we were there!
My favorite thing to do was sit out on the deck, over looking the lake and doing my Quiet Time.  Since it was during LENT I had so much goodness to soak in while participating in She Reads Truth's "Near the Cross" study...(still want to do a full recap on that soon).  
Lunch with my love!
Pooh introduced someone to bomb pops!!
We decided to do something fishing...which basically turned into hanging out on the lake out in our lawn chairs and soaking up with sun.  

This is his, "I'm in time out for doing something cray like trying to get in the lake in my muck boots, and I'm not happy about it" face.  
One of my requirement for the week was to go to SCOOPS.  Success!!

Another morning walk...this time R asked me, "Why don't you ever run mom?  Is that something only men do?"  Yeah...that's why! ;)
He is definitely spoiled by Pooh.  McDonald's pancakes delivery!  
I think he enjoyed my hammock more than I did that week!  Great spot for playing his iPad! ;)
More fitchin'!  
That turned into this...
We were so thankful for our time away from this crazy busy every day world called "life" to enjoy each other and everything God has blessed us with!  Thank you Pooh for your friendship!  
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

visit to aunt dean's

Mid March...Aunt Dean was going to be celebrating her 91st birthday, so we planned a day to go and visit her!  She is my dad's mom (whom I never met)'s sister.  She never had kids of her own, so my dad and his sister were like "her kids".  She lives in her home semi-independently which is still so amazing to me!  We don't get to see her often, but it's always an enjoyable time when we do.  I'm so thankful she has gotten to see Ryder as much as she has.

Poppy fell asleep using Ryder as his pillow!
I made many memories on this porch growing up...now it's this guy's time! 
Ryder brought these flowers in for Aunt Dean...so I put them in the most perfect southern vase for her to enjoy! 
Aunt Dean has always been known for her chocolate cake.  When my mom and dad first got married, my mom tried SOO many different "homemade" chocolate cake recipes for my dad trying to make them as good as Aunt Dean's.  She never succeeded and finally had the guts to ask Aunt Dean for her recipe.  Aunt Dean told her "Oh honey...that's just Dunkan Hines cake mix!"  ...and now we know!

Up until the last couple of years, we never made a visit to see her and Uncle Joe without finding a freshly made, uncut chocolate cake, hidden underneath the lid, waiting for us when we got there.  Now we bring our own to carry on the tradition!  I'd like to say my mom's are just as good, but that might be a lie! ;)

I rarely drink milk...but when I do, it's always with a piece of chocolate cake! =)
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Monday, April 13, 2015

watchin' the ponies run

Every year, my aunt, Linda Sue throws a fun St. Patty's day party at the races.  Before this party, we had never been...but now it's something we look forward to each March.  It's a great time of fellowship with friends and family...and a lil pony fun! ;)
Back story...I can't go to Oaklawn without driving by this Best Western and the one particular room you can see below.  
During Senior year of High School, me and my best friends got to go on a field trip for Skills USA with photography and that top corner room was ours.  Let me just say...don't ever waste your money on staying there!  I still can't believe our school put us up there!  :P  
While we were away...R was at the farm doing this!  
"Shooting this sun"--even though he's been advised not to look at the sun, even with sunglasses on!!

Number 4 obviously lost his jockey!!--so of course he won the race!  Ha!  (even though you can't technically win without a jockey)
I guess I failed to get any pictures of the family...but these will do!  Happy Monday friends!  =)
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