Saturday, August 1, 2015

belle meade plantation

 My mom and sister left for home today.  We went for a hike at Montgomery Bell Park in the morning and then we got everything loaded and headed into Nashville.  We got lunch and headed to one of the places we wanted to see on our list: Belle Meade Plantation.  I actually enjoyed it more than the Hermitage even though I love the Hermitage as well.  The girls had a blast with the yard games they had out: Beanbag toss, horseshoes, and croquet.  It was pretty hot in the sun, but they seemed to have fun anyway.  They were glad to have Melissa there.  Savanna was quite out of sorts because she had fallen out of bed at 5:30 in the morning (yes, she has a rail) and hadn't had a nap.  She was pretty whiny.  She is my one who really hates the heat so that didn't help.

 We walked around the plantation until it was our turn for the mansion tour.  You can't take pictures in the mansion but it was beautiful and we learned so much.  Savanna was a mess but fell asleep in my arms during the last ten minutes or so of the tour.  Considering how tired she was, she actually did pretty well.  We dropped my mom and sister off and headed home.  Heidi is having a really, really hard time not having Melissa here.  She went to bed and woke up an hour later bawling.  I asked her what was wrong and she said she just wants Melissa to come back and that she is afraid she isn't going to come back.  It breaks my heart.  Heidi and Melissa have a special little bond and I wish they lived closer together.  We had a fun time at Belle Meade and look forward to going back another time...maybe in the fall when it isn't quite as hot.

Friday, July 31, 2015

11 wonderful years

 Today marks 11 years of marriage!   Marrying this man was definitely the best decision I ever made.  We have had some really happy times, some really hard times, and some really crazy times.  The last year has definitely been the craziest.  I don't think I would have survived this last year without Jeff by my side.  He is my rock.  He keeps me calm and grounded when I feel like everything is swirling faster than I can manage.  I feel so incredibly blessed.   Happy Anniversary to us!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

fun with grandma and melissa

 My sister went to an acting/singing camp in New York and they decided they would fly to our place for a week after.  The girls have been having so much fun with our visitors.  The girls idolize Melissa and haven't left her side.  Whatever Melissa wears, they have to find something to match.  They also have to matching hair dos.
 My mom is into art stuff and has been spoiling them with all sorts of fun activities that have kept the girls happy and busy.  They got a dinosaur egg that they had to dig through to find bones and make a dinosaur.  It kept Heidi and Melissa busy for a long time.
We have also stayed busy showing them all the fun and beautiful things around area.  We have gone to parks, the library,  the state park, civil war sites, bowling, and the girls have absolutely loved having Melissa here for puzzles, card games, board games, trampoline, running in the rain, catching fireflies, playing on the swing set, and enjoying all of the fun things we love about our new home state.  I know there will be lots of tears when Saturday comes and our visitors head back home.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


 We took the girls bowling to keep Heidi's mind off of her fall,  We had a great time! We love watching the girls bowl.
 Savanna was SO much fun this time.  This was the first time we have gone that she really actually understood what to do. She was dancing all over the place and grinning from ear to ear the whole time.  When we were done she kept saying, "Try again okay?"  We sure love her free, happy spirit.
Caimbree was so cute.  She thought it was hilarious to crawl around and try to escape and she also loved the balls.  It was such a fun night and just what we needed to forget about our rough morning.

Friday, July 24, 2015

bumps and bruises

Heidi has a balance bike and she has gotten VERY good on it.  As in zooming down the hills at a much faster speed than I am comfortable with.  This morning on our walk she started even farther up on the giant hill than she usually does before I could even say anything.  It did not end well and I get teary eyed every time I look at her face.  She didn't land on her head, but she rolled a few times with her bike and her face scraped along the pavement.  I am praying I can prevent it from scarring.  Unfortunately it looks even worse than the picture appears.  I have a helmet for her that Jeff was going to dig out last night but never got around to and now I am kicking myself for not insisting that we find it before she got even more brave.  Of course now she is freaked out about riding, but I think in a day or two she will get over that.  She's worried about going to meet her teacher in a week because she is very self conscious about her scrapes.  Anyway, it was a rough morning for both of us.  I am grateful it wasn't worse, especially since she didn't have her helmet on.

While I was rocking her and nursing her wounds, Savanna climbed on my lap.  If you know Savanna she is a bouncy little thing.  She was bouncing around on my lap and banged her face on the wood part of the rocking chair.  Blood was all over her mouth and I was sure she had knocked a tooth out.  Thankfully she hadn't, but she had a nice scrape on her gums that took about 15 minutes to stop bleeding. It was a rough morning.  With Caimbree climbing up and down and all over things I'm sure she's next, knock on wood.  I am hoping for a less eventful afternoon!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

safari park

 Last week for family night we made a list of all the things we wanted to do out here.  One of the first on our list was this safari park in Jackson, TN (about 1 hour and 45 min drive).
 You go and drive through with buckets of food and feed the animals.  We had so much fun!  The ostriches were messy eaters and left quite a mess in the van.
 Heidi was all about helping feed the animals, Savanna and Caimbree enjoyed sitting in the front and watching the animals.
 After you drove the loop feeding the animals, they had a little area where they had more animals you could walk around and see.
 There was this little goat area and you had to be careful not to let the goats.  We may or may not have accidentally let one escape.  Oops.
 Of course the girls love the girls are crazy about giraffes.
They also especially loved these little water things that you could walk through to cool off.  It was crazy hot and they ran back and forth through them for quite sometime laughing the whole time.  I think it's time to pull out a sprinkler at home.  We had a great day and we enjoyed marking off the first adventure on our list!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

nashville adventure center

 We took the girls to the adventure center in Nashville yesterday.  It was so much fun!  It was a science center with all kinds of cool things to keep the girls busy and happy.
 Caimbree barely made a peep the whole time.  She was intrigued by everything and especially loved to people watch.
 Heidi and Savanna followed each other around and had a blast together.
 There was a motion dance area that the girls loved.
 They also liked the giant piano and there was a fun guitar they could climb in and play the strings.
 I think Heidi's big smile shows how much fun she had.
 There was a whack a mole type game and the girls had soooo much fun and we couldn't stop watching them.  It was hilarious how Savanna had to hold the mallet.
 You could climb up four levels to the top and there was a space ship type thing that overlooked the city.  It was cool.  I love this picture of Heidi and Caimbree looking at each other. They make me laugh because they have recently discovered that they enjoy making each other laugh. They seem to share this funny little bond and Caimbree likes to tease Savanna.  It's hilarious.
Savanna's favorite was the train.  She loved pushing the buttons and absolutely did not want to leave.  We had such a great time playing together.   We are having a blast discovering all the fun things around our new home!