Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Benny - FIVE

We celebrated BENNY turning FIVE all day today!

Benny is such a cool kid.  He makes us laugh on a regular basis.  Benny currently loves LEGOs, Batman, swimming, reading books with Mom and riding his bike.

Opening gifts, after his birthday breakfast of scones and nectarines.

Sweet friends of ours just moved back to Kenya, Africa.  They were certain Benny needed this hand-me-down John Deere tractor and trailer. So we saved it and gave it to Benny on his birthday.

We hit the pool in the morning, played a lot, enjoyed a pizza dinner at home and then went to Flip N Fly after dinner.  Once our jump session was over, we headed home for his Carmelita cookie cake. We love you Benjamin Lee Flaming! What a gift you are to our family.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

meeting Charlie Grace

We made a trip to Statesboro, GA, this weekend to meet our newest nice, Charlie Grace. Although I don't have a photo to prove it, my parents were also there!  It was great spending time with Jon, Em & Blake and my parents.  The highlight was definitely all the baby snuggles!

Jon & Em have a pool so we spend a lot of the weekend swimming.

Monday, August 26, 2019

First Day of School: 2nd grade & 4th grade

Today was our FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!

Ella & Miss Delaney (2nd grade)

Lily & Miss Ahlert (4th grade)

These two cuties are home with Mom!

Sunday, August 25, 2019

our last hurrah of summer

We enjoyed a wonderful family day today.
We began our day with one of our favorites, pumpkin baked oatmeal, and then headed to the 9am gathering at The Bridge Church. After church we grabbed lunch at Panera, using our gift cards, and then headed to Carolina Beach.
We participated in the summer reading program through New Hanover County Library.  Each of the kids received a coupon for three different things down at Carolina Beach: one free hour of paddle boat or bike rental, a free ice cream cone at Krazy Kones and a pick 3 candy's at the Fudge Shop.

We tried the paddle boats first. It really was the perfect day, overcast & breezy, not sweltering! We only had to use 2 of our coupons since we needed 2 paddleboats.

We decided to go ahead and do the bike rental since we still had 2 coupons left. That was fun and very entertaining.  Everyone smiled and waved.

After the bike ride the kids picked out their candy, which we are saving for our road trip this weekend. We then got their ice cream cones and headed out to the beach to play!

Savoring these moments when we are all together.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

summer bucket list: tie dying shirts

This year, at school, Lily tie dyed shirts for their field day. She loved it, told the other kids about it, and they wanted to try it again over the summer.  Well sadly, our summer is almost over! I ordered a kit on amazon, grabbed everyone a white shirt at Walmart and today we tie dyed shirts.
We did it on a weekend  while Jake was home, to join in on the fun and have an extra set of hands. Speaking of hands, all 12 of our hands were busy tying and dying so I don't have any pictures of the process, but I do have pictures of the finished product.

Parkwood Estates

Here is Jake's recent project for/with our community. 
Over a year ago, a car hit the Parkwood Estates sign at the entrance to our neighborhood.  No one knew who hit it and it was left there, untouched, for a long time.  The hurricane happened and people were busy with bigger, more pressing, projects. Fast forward to this past May, our community had a meeting one Saturday to talk about different needs in our community.  The sign was on the top of that list. We needed to remove the old sign, take care of some fallen trees and landscaping and then tackle a new sign.  Jake stepped up and said he could build a new sign.  Our neighbors agreed that they would help raise funds and gave some insight on the new sign. Jake took over from there and here is what he came up with:

Jake and a handful of neighbors installed the sign on Saturday afternoon. It looks beautiful! The community has been very pleased with the final result.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Scripture Art

A sweet friend of ours recently gave us this coloring book.

I am loving coloring scripture to hang around the house, gift to friends, and the girls have each put one in their folders for school. We can always improve at scripture memory and hiding God's Words in our hearts.

by Lily