Category: Fall Activities

Oct 09 2015

Flashback Friday - Brina and Karlie watching Daddy, he just brought out the trainc

Watching Daddy bring in a train toy!  What is it!?  Looks like fun!

Today’s Flashback Friday goes back to when the girls were 8 months old.  They would get so excited to play with various toys.  If you pulled out a new toy that they haven’t seen before they would eagerly check it out.  The hard part was when both wanted to play with it at the same time.  They were pretty good at sharing back and forth with only a few exceptions at this point.  If one would take a toy away the other one would just play with another one, no big deal.

Choo, choo, here comes the train - Brina and Karliec

Fascinated by the moving and musical Mickey Mouse train – Karlie and Brina.

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Goofy girls – Brina and Karlie

Flashback Friday - Karlie being silly with her shirtc

Karlie loved to “talk” with you as you changed her clothes.  Her little babbling and smiles were so cute.

They could play no more, but they are still clutching the toys they were playing with - Karlie and Brinac

We have one thumb sucker (Karlie) and one two finger sucker (Brina)….oh boy.  At first we thought it was “cute” until it was time to break them of it.  You can take away a pacifier, but it is a little more difficult with fingers…

Flashback Friday - Brina - oh my Dargo what big teeth you havec

“Dargo what big nose and teeth you have!” – Brina

Dargo and Brina face off as Karlie provides a head rest for Dargoc

Dargo thought Karlie’s belly was the perfect chin rest.  He was so gentle with the girls.  They could do anything to him and he would just lay there enjoying the attention.  He was a big black lab, but was so sweet with the girls.

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Karlie more interested in relaxing, but Brina wants to talk and play with Dargo

Karlie proud of her stashc

Where are my Oreos?!  Sneaky Karlie….  She had no idea it was food and was more interested in the crinkling of the container.

Flashback Friday - Brina looking prettyc

I wonder who has been watching Brina…..  Daddy put the stickers on her face and it didn’t bother her at all.

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My sweet babies, Brina and Karlie, playing away and totally ok with the stickers on their faces.  Don’t worry we didn’t leave them on long.  They weren’t easily upset by that type of stuff.

Happy Karliec

Happy Karlie Kool Kat

Karlie enjoying her toy and Brina smiling at herc

They loved any toys that made noise.  It was hilarious when they discovered it made noise for the first time.  They both stop and stare at it confused by the noise. Karlie proud of her noise making skills and Brina watching.

Flashback Friday - Brina waiting for her fishing teasure at the George's Creek Fall Festivalc

Their 1st local Fall Festival.  They were fascinating just watching all the activities around them.  Karlie got a flower and Brina got a butterfly painted on their face.  They did much better with this face painting session.

Karlie won a pumpkin door prize and Brina instantly stole it from hercc

Karlie won a stuffed pumpkin door prize.  As soon as they handed it to her Brina immediately swiped it to investigate it further.  Karlie didn’t care she was having fun.

Pretty smiling Karliec

Karlie giving us a winning smile.

Brina and Karlie loving the adventurec

Brina and Karlie shrieking and laughing as Daddy lifted them up in the air.  They thought it was so much fun playing with Daddy!

Brina and Karlie playing nicely nowc

They spent most of their time at home when they were eating or sleeping playing – Brina and Karlie

Thieves - someone always wants what the other one has - Brina and Karliec

Brina wants the cool toy Karlie is currently playing with.   Thankful that the were pretty good about sharing.

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Dec 31 2014

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There are benefits living in South Carolina with a lot of trees on the property, we have a lot of leaves!  Our leaf covered driveway became the kids new race track one sunny afternoon.   The girls took the rake, broom, and chalk out to the driveway and made a race track.  They spent the rest of the day riding their bikes, scooters, and cars around on their fresh track.  Glad to see them use their creativity and vent some extra energy.

Driveway Race Track

Starting line for the race track!

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A maze of kid roads on our driveway!

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Dec 23 2014

Easley Baptist Hospital Festival of Trees

Around the world….loved the globe on top of the tree!

Every year during Christmas Season the girls and I try to swing by our local Easley Baptist Hospital to look at the Festival of Trees.  They have the main hall packed with a variety of trees.  The trees are sponsored by local businesses and people in the Easley community.  Some of the trees are decorated by the same businesses while others are decorated by somebody else.  It is a neat way to get in the Holiday spirit, see some beautiful trees, and have a fun adventure with your kids.  The amount of trees is not too massive so it is easy get through the whole section in 20 to 40 minutes.   The girls look forward to it every year.

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Standing in front of the tree their school decorated!

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SeaLevel Systems sponsored the tree that the Crosswell Art Students decorated!

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Frosty the Snowman, simple yet beautifully done!

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Baby Jesus in a manger!

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The “I Promise….” Tree, neat concept.  You could write on a card something you promise to do in 2015 and hang it up on the tree.

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Some of the “I Promise” cards hanging on the tree.

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Brina made an I Promise card too!

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Loved the possum up on top of this tree!  Creative!

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Simply, beautiful, and true message!

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Thought this one was pretty cool and patriotic!

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Lovely!

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The manger scene above the reception desk to the hospital!

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Brina checking out the tree!

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Awesome clock made from old license plates!

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Karlie really liked the “clock” tree!

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“For God So Loved the World…..”

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Dec 22 2014

I was able to accomplish a good bit of items the first half of the week!  On Wednesday I got my second epidural steriod shot for my herniated disc so I was not able to do as much after that day.  Thankfully, this time around I bounced back much quicker and did better.  By the end of the week I was up and going again with some extra soreness and stiffness, but otherwise doing better.  Hoping that this week with be even better.  I am looking forward to spending extra time with the kids now that they are out of school for the Christmas Holidays.

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Read the book The Cat Who Came For Christmas by Cleveland Amory to the kids – decided to switch to a different Christmas book
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming Holiday Events
  4. Spend time Monday – Friday helping the kids with Homework
  5. Attend After School Activities
  6. Lunch Boxes & Book Bags packed the night before
  7. Play a Game with the Kids – we weren’t not able to do this one due to the extra time of healing
  8. Take the Kids to the Library to pick out books to read over the Holidays
  9. Send out Christmas Cards – this is the first year in a LONG time I did not send out Christmas Cards, at first I felt really guilty about it (and still do some days), but Jake told me that with everything that has been going on these past couple of months I need to just let some things go because I cannot do it all, unfortunately this was one item I did not get done (my apologies to family and friends), hopefully next year we will be able to get back in the Christmas card groove again.
  10. Complete Our Christmas Shopping – still working on it, hoping to be done before Christmas if not I guess we’ll just spread it out a little bit more
  11. Finish Wrapping Gifts – working on it, Jake has pitched in and helped too (thanks Handsome)
  12. Ship Out Grandparents Gifts 
  13. Deliver Neighbor Giftsthe girls helped make the gifts and delivered them all to each of the neighbors, thankful for all their help this year!  Even though we live on a small street we still have 7 neighbors (all who are related except us) plus our mailman!

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)almost done with my 2014 bible reading plans!
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day – still haven’t been able to complete everything in one day, but I am getting closer!
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus –  At least 15 minute daily “pick up” to keep the house clean as we prepped for the Holidays)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Get Gifts Wrapped, Mailed, or Ready to put under Christmas Tree) – getting closer
  5. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Leaves) – my handsome man worked on this for us!  Isn’t he AWESOME!  There are still some on the side yard, but at least the front and back are done now!
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Skipper a Bath) – she has managed to escape a bath with the cooler weather!

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails – need to focus more on this specific task
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, and other debt) – working on it
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget – went only 1 day, but went to 2 stores and went over the budget

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read a variety of Christmas and Library Books my Kids Picked Out from Home and the local Library
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Prepare for Upcoming Holiday Events
  4. Play a Game with the Kids
  5. Spend Extra Time with the Kids
  6. Complete Our Christmas Shopping
  7. Finish Wrapping Gifts
  8. Celebrate our Family Christmas
  9. Make Cookies and Goodies with the Kids
  10. Do a craft with the kids

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus –  At least 15 minute daily “pick up” to keep the house clean as we prepped for the Holidays)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Get Gifts Wrapped, Mailed, or Ready to put under Christmas Tree)
  5. Yard Cleanup (Focus – Finish Leaves)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Skipper Dog Food Bought & Bin Refilled / Snowball’s Collar Battery Changed)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, and other debt)
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Dec 19 2014

Journey to Bethlehem Event

Roman Solider on the outside of the gate to Bethlehem

We went to the Journey to Bethlehem Event with Jake’s cousins family a couple weeks ago.  It was a really neat event by the Greenville Nazarene church.  When you arrived you signed in and received a token to pay your taxes to the Roman soldiers once you arrived at the city of Bethlehem.  Before going into the city you watched a short video sharing the history behind the event and preparing you for what will happen once inside the city.  The event is free and well worth going through with your family.  They do it every year.

They had about 12 booths that you could go to each one doing something different.  At each booth you got a treat (like bread that would be eaten during that time) or bead to put onto your necklace or you made something (like a toy from that era).  There were animals you could pet, hot chocolate, a manger scene, and so much more.  We have wanted to attend this event for the past few years, but always had a conflict on the weekend they did it.  Thanks Luke and Kristen for inviting us to come with you.  We had a great time and it was a wonderful learning experience for the kids too!  It was really nice to attend an event that reflected on the original meaning of Christmas.  This event had to take a lot of time and energy from many people to make happen.  Thank You!

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Eating a homemade cookie and listening to the lady tell a story!

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Making a toy out of wood and string – fascinating!

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As always the animals were a hit with the girls!

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Angels making the announcement to the shepherds.

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A live camel, the girls really wanted to go for a ride or at least pet it!

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