Meg's Memo

. . .writings from Wilmington.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

FLORIDA summer vacation

We just got back from a short, but very sweet, vacation to see our family in Florida.  We left home Friday after lunch. It's a solid 10 hour drive to Tampa, but we had to sit for an extra 2 hours on I-75 due to an accident.  Thankfully it was late at night, cooler weather and most of the kids slept most of those 2 hours.  We stayed until Wednesday morning. Here is some of the cousin/family fun.

The park with 8 kids!
It was a full house and the noise level was high.

Visiting Bay Cities Fellowship, the church plant Luke & Jess are starting.

A big water balloon fight plus playing in the pool.

Seeing the Clearwater Maritime Aquarium

Our little guy LOVES sharks, so he had a blast!

We also enjoyed many family meals, playing with cousins, riding bikes, Clearwater beach and helping with a few house projects. Seeing the cousins all together reminded me of growing up near Luke.  Cousins are the best! We adults loved catching up and chatting at night, after the 8 kids were in bed.  We love you, Luke & Jess!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day 2017

We love celebrating Daddy.  He is a wonderful father.   
We started the morning with homemade cinnamon rolls.

Daddy always hugs & kisses everyone before he leaves the house.  Then after he pulls out of the driveway, he gives us the "I love you" sign as he heads off down the road.  It's kind of his & the kids "thing." So, for father's day, we came up with this:


 It's for his office.

A little peak of us doing the actual project while Daddy was away. We were so sneaky!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SEVEN



We can hardly believe that Lily turned SEVEN today.  
Unfortunately Daddy is in Boston for work, but we still celebrated here.  We started off the morning with a birthday breakfast of requested "slimy oatmeal" (ie....stovetop oatmeal). One of Lily's favorites!


We facetimed with Daddy while opening gifts.  Then we met friends at the pool to swim.  Lily loves the pool and has become quite the swimmer this season. 

We invited our sweet friends & neighbors over for dinner. Dinner party for seven. Lily picked eggs, bacon and waffles for dinner.  This girl LOVES breakfast!

After dinner we were off to night #3 of VBS. 

Happy 7th Birthday, Lily! You are loved.

Monday, June 5, 2017

18 months

This beach baby is 18 months old.
21 lb. 8 oz and almost 32" tall

Friday, June 2, 2017

last day of FIRST grade

It's no coincidence that the last day of school is also National Donut Day.  I had planned to head to Duck Donuts after awards chapel, but everyone was up bright & early so we made it there before school.

Remember Lily's first day of school? Well, she has learned so much this year.  She has had an amazing teacher, learned to love reading, improved so much on her cursive, and much more!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

celebrating FIVE

Today, Ella turned FIVE!

Yesterday, we made her requested homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches. Ella loves to help in the kitchen.  We have so much fun together.  We mixed cookies, baked them, let them cool and then assembled the ice cream sandwiches and even rolled them in sprinkles. She really is a big helper.  

We started off the birthday celebration with requested whole wheat banana pancakes shaped like snowmen.  Then opened presents. We got Lily off to school and Daddy off to work.

We met friends at Lewis Farms to pick blueberries and of course eat banana ice cream. Then we headed to the park to play and have a picnic lunch.



We snagged some FREE tomato plants at Lewis Farms so Ella helped me pot those while the littles napped.

After school we grabbed Lily and continued our birthday festivities at the Children's Museum. Then we met Daddy downtown at Island's for a birthday dinner and we enjoyed a walk by the river.

HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY, Ella!
You are loved.

Friday, May 26, 2017

through the eyes of a first grader

The other day, this homework came home in Lily's folder. I knew that I had to "keep" it so we remember: how her mind worked, her answers, and especially the spelling.

Translation:
Do you like windy days? Why?
No, it makes my hair knotty.

Are you glad that there are shots? Why?
Yes. They hurt, but they do help.