Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chattanooga Fun

I had a request for a post about fun things to do and see in Chattanooga--So I thought was the perfect time to do so as I record our "sister trip"
First of all downtown Chattanooga is really cool.  The first night we were at Taco Mamacitas on the North shore of the incredible Tennessee River
.  There is walking bridge which everyone liked but baby Ririe who was tired :)

and Coolidge park (with a very cool splash pad and caraousel)
There is also the world famous Tennessee Aquarium that really is INCREDIBLE!
We spent another day downtown in the "Art District"
We went to a super cute café called' Rembrants' for a little snack

 Then we were off to the Hunter Museum of American Art

After we went out for some fabulous southern food at Tupelo Honey Café
on Wharehouse Row (which also has some fun shops to walk thru)
If you go here to eat--I would highly recommend the
*Sweet Potato Pancake served with Peach butter and toasted pecans
*Fried Green Tomatoes
*Shrimp and Grits
*Salad with Goat Cheese, Beets and pecans
And their freshly made Biscuits and fresh blueberry preserves are out of this world!

Another day we spent a couple of hours at Red Clay State Park out in the country from my house.  It is the last gathering place of the Cherokee Nation and where the Trail of Tears began.  It is a mesmerizingly beautiful park and I swear you can still feel the sadness there.

Another day Connor took Mindy and Amy and his little brothers to the Blue Hole where they hiked to a beautiful lake

with an awesome rope swing!
I think Mindy and Amy said it was possibly their favorite outing of the trip--
This is one of my teenagers favorite spots in Chattanooga:)
We also spent a lot of time enjoying the pool--everyone even Grandma loved the diving board games! 
The best part of the weekend for me was all the talking we did!
Man I miss these ladies so much!!
Oh and what a treat to have this sweetheart around--my boys were smitten!
 Although I didn't take a picture a trip to Chattanooga would not be complete without some Brusters  Real Ice Cream--YUM!
More fun in Chattanooga that I have posted about in the past is
*Lookout Mountain: including
-- the steepest passenger railroad in the world. 
--Incredible views of I think 7 States
--Ruby Falls
--Rock City
--Civil War museum and park
 and there is the famous which I have never been to--(I know,  I need to)
*Chattanooga Choo Choo Historic Hotel and Musuem
And for some more civil war sites you can visit the beautiful Chickamauga Battlefield Park

Now that you can plainly see--Chattanooga is great place to visit--you are all invited!
We would love to treat you to some fun here in our beautiful Southern Chat town!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Oh my goodness where do I even start?!  The last month has been so full!  I have so much to tell you, but  I will start with the best!  I turned 40 (this is not the best) and my Mom and sweet sisters flew across the country to surprise me for my birthday (the BEST, for sure)! It was a surprise and I literally had NO idea they were coming.  I thought my husband was taking me out to one of my favorite downtown Chattanooga restaurants for a little dinner date, just the two of us.  Then lo and behold there was my Mom and sisters that I love and miss so much all seated at the table that the waitress led us to!  I honestly think my heart stopped for a minute as the realization hit me. 
 It was an unforgettable moment! Later that night, I could hardly sleep as I laid in bed, happy as could be! I just kept reliving the night and pinching myself to insure it wasn't a dream!  The next few days were HEAVEN!  Just our sweet Mom and us sisters!  Seriously bliss!
Turning 40 will go down as the BEST birthday ever!
My darling husband did such a great job preparing for our guests without me ever guessing what was going on.    He kept offering to pick up anything I needed from Costco and even hired the Molly Maids to clean our whole house and to change all the bed sheets!!   He said it was one of my birthday gifts.  Later I realized how thoughtful that was when I was escorting each of my sweet guests to a fresh bed:)
We spent the next few days talking and talking and talking,
swimming out back, cooking, exploring Chattanooga and talking some more:)
How I LOVE these women! 
Even writing about this makes me get a lump in my throat!
  It meant so much to me to have them here!
More to come!

Monday, May 5, 2014

PROM 2014

Connor and Savannah ready for the big night!
All the parents met at a pretty spot to take pictures and the kids were very good sports:)

I have to say--it was so fun to see my sweet boy all dressed up and being such a gentleman!
What a handsome couple!

Savannah is a very nice girl--just as beautiful inside as out!  I was so impressed with her dress!  I am told it is very hard to find appropriate dresses these days.  Her choice was stunning--and perfectly modest! I know her Mom added the sleeves and they look great!
The whole group

Connor and one of his best friends, Ethan--with a very cute photo bomber:)
They all had a great time! 
I am going to have to dig out my old prom pictures...Brad and I dated in High School and went to 3 proms together between out 2 High Schools.  I am sure the boys would bet a kick out of those old pictures:)
I am still in shock that my baby boy is so is now so TALL, handsome and old enough to go to prom!!  What?!!  When did this happen:)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Because of Him

Did you have a happy Easter weekend? 
  This is my futile attempt at a picture after church. All my boys had already changed out of their Sunday best, but I thought I could still get a shot with Brad. Then we were photo-bombed by this goof ball who had changed into some silly get up! BOYS!!
We have the tradition of the Easter Bunny coming on Friday night--so Saturday we find our baskets, search for eggs and eat ridiculous amounts of jelly beans and chocolate.
Then on Easter Sunday we focus on Jesus Christ and His  incredible, infinite gift to all mankind.
I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and I have dedicated my life to Him. I know that He lives and loves us more than we can comprehend.  I want my boys to know Him and have a testimony of Him too.  We spent some time watching this powerful video and discussing the Savior and what Easter is all about.  I gave each of my sons a story, scripture, or poem to share with the family and an opportunity to share their feelings about Jesus Christ.  It was such a sweet experience!
I am so thankful that
I can be forgiven of all my many mistakes
my weakness can be made into strengths
I can have peace and even joy thru the trials of life
 I can raise my boys to be valiant and true
my family is forever, death can not separate us.

This is an awesome video--click the full screen button in the bottom right of the video, and turn your speakers up!! It will give goosebumps:)

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