Wednesday, April 19, 2017

50 days to 50 count down

Saturday began my 50 day count down to my 50th birthday. Seems appropriate that I was spending the day with the man who was there in the very beginning....

We spent a long Easter weekend in Georgia, little Wade loves spending time there with his "Grey Grey" and Teenie

So my thought is to treat this countdown to this milestone birthday as a chance to count my blessings. I have a great husband and son, a job I enjoy and a great network of family and friends. So don't be surprised if you get a call from me in the next few weeks so I can tell you just that (and if we are grabbing a latte, quilting or going on a hike together even better).

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

We are now officially a family of skiers!

Wade did great at Copper Mountain. We decided to do a quick three day trip after finding some good airfare. He took a full day lesson (and had one MLK Monday at Appalachian a few weeks earlier). The second day he was ready to go out with Mom and Dad! After a few times on the magic carpet we gave the small chair lift a try.

He didn't even want to stop for lunch. Any of you that know Wade, know food is a huge priority for it shows how much fun he was having. When we did stop I let him have the biggest rice krispy treat I have ever seen.

I think Mike had just as much fun watching him progress as he did learning. It won't be long before Mommy gets left in their dust.

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So we are now officially a family of skiers, there will be more trips in our future. Copper Mt was laid out great for families. Kids ski free, and even had free kids camp at night so we could celebrate an early Valentine's dinner.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017

Just look at how these guys have grown. Sam suggested we get the boys photo made for Chinese New Year so in 2014 we got this one in their silks.

Wade was scared of the studio and his Finn McMissile helped calm him down

Then we met Jonah next year and there were three!

2016 was the year of the Monkey...this one will probably always be my favorite

And now 2017, the year of the Rooster. Jonah's family is working to bring home a little brother so by next year there will be four!

I am glad Wade has these guys in his life. It could mean a lot to him someday to know others from the same birth country and going through the same treatments for cleft repairs as he will.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Christmas Time

Wade had no problems with Santa and Mrs Clause this year. We met them down at the Mast General Store.

This year's tree and how much higher he can reach!!!

The St John's PreK program was precious. Spot our little star?

I enjoyed Christmas being on Sunday morning. We had to hurry to get all the gifts opened and dressed for church but it felt right to be worshiping Jesus and not have the day be all about Santa.


It was time for Wade's first Jedi Training camp down at Grey Grey's. We first did this for Marshall and Bobby about 13 years ago. Always fun to train the next batch of Jedi. It had been 8 years since we had one

This time Landon, Eli, Wade and Sam got to ride the speeder and learn some light saber moves. Marshall was brave enough to be our Darth Maul and let use the force on him.

We also had great weather which made for some good fishing.

And the two Wade's put out Christmas flowers for Mom.

Hollywood Studios

I had a conference in Orlando (and found some great airline prices) so our gift to Wade for his birthday was a quick trip to Hollywood Studios. This day was all about Star Wars (thanks Daddy for hanging in there). He loved it. And we stayed one night at the Art of Animation where we got to hang with our buddies from Cars, Lion King and Little Mermaid.

Look who is 5

Wade wanted a Super Man cake this year and we had fun pretended NC to be out favorite good guy for a change.

First Year of Soccer

Wade played on his first sports team. He scored several goals this year (but all for the opposing team). Coach Victor did a good job of keeping these 4 and 5 year olds focused on learning new things and having fun!

Halloween Fun

We had Kilo Ren for Halloween this year....and it makes it even more fun when your buddy Max is a Storm Trooper! Good thing Krispy Kreme's have power over the dark side

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Disney Cruise

Ok so it's been a while since I have updated my blog. My app stopped working so am giving a new one a try. Ever since taking this cruise at the end of September life has been a whirlwind

We so enjoyed getting back on a Disney cruise this time with Wade. This photo sums it up for me!!

The storm that became Hurricane Matthew prevented us from out St Johns stop but we did get to see Tortola BVI.

Kim and McKinley joined us while Marshall and Jared went on a scuba dive.

Wade's favorite part of the ship was the Mickey pool

He also had fun collecting signatures from the characters on his pillowcase and of course pirate night, Halloween fun and spending time with cousins.

I loved that there was no wi fi so my niece and nephew had to actually talk and engage 😍