Thank you, Snow Days

I would like to personally thank our three Georgia Snow Days for:

  1. allowing a few more non-busy mommy-Addie days.
  2. the opportunity to play in the snow.
  3. a chance to see what it feels like to actually live in a location with four distinct season…even for just a few days.
  4. a chance to stay inside, light a fire, and cuddle.
  5. time to finally declutter, organize, and thoroughly clean after the holidays.
  6. naps in the middle of the day.
  7. a forced break form busy-ness outside of the home.

This is certainly the year for inclement weather days! While I am thankful for the extra few days, I am also grateful to be going to a workplace that I love and a work family that make coming to work feel like home. I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow!

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Lake and Beach: 2 Weekends with Addie

With only 940 Saturdays between birth to 18 I want to make sure I savor each and every one in Addie’s life whether we are adventuring around the world or our hometown, I want to hold on to these precious moments. Some weekends we celebrate the mundane….but the last two weekends have been extra-special.

Elijah Clark State Park Weekend Adventure

We camped, we ate Mexican AND Italian (who says Lake Life can’t have some global flare), we tie dyed, and we swam and played!

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Day Trip to Downtown Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach

We came, we played, we ate, we left!

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Beautiful Blue Ridge Weekend Escape!

The apples at the top are always the sweetest!
The apples at the top are always the sweetest!
Corails are the best!
Corails are the best!
Yummy!
Yummy!

The Fall fun has officially begun!

Last weekend Hubby and I traveled five hours north to Blue Ridge, Georgia in order to spend the weekend with some of the sweetest people we know! We had such a great weekend crafting, chili cooking, apple picking, antiquing, sight seeing, s’more making, and pumpkin patch exploring.

It was so great to get away from the busy-ness of life and to spend time with friends before Baby Addie arrives. AND apple picking was on this year’s bucket list so I was excited to get to cross it off! We went to Mercier’s orchards! We gorged ourselves as we sampled the different varieties of apples right off the trees. Our favorite type were the “corails,” so we filled up our entire bag full of these delicious apples! (Our original plan was to make apple butter and other pinterest goodies, but we have enjoyed eating them for lunch and snacks each night that at this point I don’t think we have enough to make anything with!)

Here are just a few picks from the weekend!

Downtown Blue Ridge
Downtown Blue Ridge
Appalachian Trail
Appalachian Trail
I look like I am hiding a pumpkin under my shirt!
I look like I am hiding a pumpkin under my shirt!
Love these guys!
Love these guys!
Our weekend hideaway!
Our weekend hideaway!
Amicalola Falls
Amicalola Falls

Wish I Were There Wednesday….Blue Ridge, Georgia

Today was tough! It was one of those days that you just have to hunker down and brace yourself for all that comes your way. Satan was certainly at work today, but I am so thankful that my God is bigger, stronger, and never surprised or intimidated by the obstacles and challenges that seem to come my way!

With the cool weather and the coming of Fall I just want to hold spend time with family, draw near to good friends, and take each day as it comes. With all that being said, I am so EXCITED to get to spend a much needed weekend-cation away in Blue Ridge, Georgia with some of the sweetest friends I know.

So, even though it is only Wednesday and this is just a “wish I were there” moment, I am excited that this wish will come true in just a few short days!

 

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I can’t wait for a weekend filled with apple-picking, campfire making, s’more roasting, chili cooking, small-town boutique shopping, Appalachian trail walking, and relaxing with friends!

Although I feel like this year has been one of the host hectic times in my life, I feel like I have been surrounded and loved by my friends. I am so thankful for each of you. (You know who you are!)

Labor Day Weekend Camping

We made it back from our Camping Adventure Weekend in one piece. The camper has been unpacked, clothes are in the washer, the house has spruced up, and the bathrooms have been cleaned. As the workday looms near, the only remnants left of this weekend are the pictures and memories that we have made. This weekend reminded me that sometimes a little bit of nature can go a long way to ease the stress of every day life. I know a lot of people travel in order to escape something in their life, or to hide from a problem that just won’t go away, but for me travel is more about connecting with the ones that I love and seeing new sights and new perspectives. I hope the thrill of the unknown and adventure always excite me just as much as it does today!

Trey and Kristen on the paddle boards!
Trey and Kristen on the paddle boards!
27 Weeks and Counting!
27 Weeks and Counting!
being silly....
being silly….

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The trail was nice, but the bugs almost carried us away!
The trail was nice, but the bugs almost carried us away!
Acorns=Fall is on the way (even though you couldn't tell from the 85* temp!)
Acorns=Fall is on the way (even though you couldn’t tell from the 85* temp!)

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They call these little guys "sparkle berries!)
They call these little guys “sparkle berries!)

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Stand Up Paddle Board Fun!
Stand Up Paddle Board Fun!

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School and another busy week will start all over again tomorrow, so it is time for a little cat nap and snuggle time with Miss Lily!

Happy Labor Day!