Trip Report: Spain

Our first trip to Europe with the girls proved to be magical and exhausting. Raising travelers is tough business and certainly NOT for the faint of heart! Waring and I were determined that we would raise our girls with wild hearts for exploring the world and a heart for learning and curiosity. Even though it isn’t necessarily¬†easy to take the two little nuggets around on all of the adventures, we hope that it instills in them a sense of adventure and perspective that allows them to see the world through the eyes of others and not just from their own fixed point on the globe.


Spain was everything we thought it would be and MORE. Here are just a few of the memories that we made along the way:

-Practicing our Spanish everywhere

-Churros, tapas, orange wine

-Beautiful beaches along Costa del Sol

-Bullfighting rings in Seville

-Rowboating in the Plaza

-Staying up late!

-Train rides

-Learning what a bidet is the wrong way…


Summer Bucket List 2019

  1. Pick Tomatoes and have sandwiches
  2. Pick Blueberries
  3. Make three foods from Disney Princess Cook Book
  4. Character Rocks
  5. Ella’s Birthday and 1 Year Pictures
  6. Year 10 Photobook
  7. Plan Fall Travel
  8. Celebrate 10 Years of Marriage
  9. Paint Pottery
  10. Backyard campout
  11. Pool Party
  12. Go to the movies
  13. Spanish Night at Home
  14. Go to tea
  15. Make homemade pizza
  16. School clothes shopping
  17. Launch a sky lantern
  18. Go to Blue Ridge
  19. Go Zorbing
  20. Take an ariel arts class
  21. Celebrate Granny Faye’s 80th birthday
  22. Go to the water park
  23. Have a game night
  24. Bucket List Prints
  25. Create a back porch oasis
  26. Create a family recipe book
  27. Update will and create a savings account for Ella
  28. Wine 101 course
  29. Display Tea Cups
  30. Cupping massage
  31. Library Kickoff and Summer reading challenge
  32. Date Night
  33. Make snow cones
  34. Back to school dinner

character rocks

Axe Throwing: Not on the Bucket List….but totally should have been

If you ever need to get rid of some pent up frustration (not me…) then I HIGHLY recommend spending an evening at Bear Axe Throwing! Waring has been interested in these axe throwing venues for a little while, but we were so excited to hear that one had actually moved in right down the road from us in Pooler, GA. We booked a lane, just like you do when you bowl and had a blast with two of our friends for Waring’s birthday. As it turns out you can play games, compete against your peers, and take score. Sharp objects, competition, and cyclone fencing= not your average date night, but still TONS of fun!

This item was not on the bucket list, but has to get an honorable mention because it was just so dang fun!


Vision Boards

Vision BoardI love starting new family traditions. This one is definitely a keeper….family vision boards. As much as I HATE the fact that Addie is getting older, I LOVE that she is old enough to really participate in this task and make a vision board of her very own. Her pictures of sweet girls and pretty dogs just melts my heart. She can read now so she was able to pick out all of her own words too. We have these posted on the fridge to remind us of these focal points all year.


Create A Family Crest

In his book, The Secret of Happy Families, Bruce Feiler suggests several ways that families can build rich memories and moments together. One of the suggestions that we have already taken Bruce up on is the creation of a family motto (see previous post). Now that we have a motto for our family, I think that it is only fitting to tie everything together in a beautiful crest to represent our family and what we hold most dear. A quick search on Fiverr, a rough sketch, and a few days later we have our BEAUTIFUL family crest. I am absolutely in love!

The Celtic cross and laurel wreath represents our faith in Christ and our loyalty to family. The compass represents our love for adventure and the year below it is the year Waring and I were married. The sun and the waves represent our love of the water and sense of wanderlust. Our two little girls are represented by the tea cups. They are feisty, beautiful, strong, and truly embody the saying, “she’s whiskey in a tea cup!” The two arrows represent Waring and me as we remember to appreciate our lives crossing paths as God protects and guides us along the way.

The Harvey

2019 Bucket List Item #23: Harry Potter World

Y’all, I love Harry Potter. The movies were not my thing, but the books were my jam. I love being able to escape into a world of magic and possibilities where the good guys win and heroes can arise from the most unlikely of circumstances.

I have wanted to go to Harry Potter World since it opened, but it just never really worked out…until this past weekend.

I literally haven’t been to Universal Studios since I was a high school senior attending my own Gradbash celebration. Last weekend, however, that changed. Waring, Corie, Derrick and I led a group of our school’s seniors to the event to celebrate their upcoming graduation. After 7pm it was just seniors and their chaperones in the park AND chaperones got fastpasses to ride all of the rides for the whole night AND tons of food and snacks!

Harry Potter World was as truly magical as I had hoped and the rides were so much fun. I felt like I was back in middle school! Corie and I even went to Olivander’s and had our wands choose us (twin dragon heartstrings)!