Saturday, September 19, 2009

Madeline's 8th Birthday

Madeline's big day was spent at the park, followed by the library, inbetweeen meals of fried eggs and coffee cake complete with orange/pineapple juice and ham and cheese hot pockets with sour cream and onion chips. She was easy to please till we got to the spinach sausage fetticine! It was really good though, and everyone agreed it would become a favorite! Nice choices babe!

Madeline loves reading and art so her gifts mostly consisted of those types of things, and all things orange of course, and we topped it off with "new" rollerblades from the thrift store for $5. I love this girl of mine so much!

Madeline put in an order for a castle cake which surprised me actually cause' that's kinda girly, but she really did love it, which is good I guess because this one actually had me crying. It's really three layers with castle type blocks at the top - not that you can tell after I frosted it. Aaauugh! I'm terrrible! Oh well, my 8 year old loved it, and I guess I'm not shooting for any awards other than her smile, and THAT WAS WORTH IT!

You are growing up so fast and I can't believe we're on our 8th year together. You are a joy to be around and your fun-loving spirit is a constant crack up to us! Your love for Jesus and your desire to know Him better fills Daddy and Mommy's heart to the brim. We love you Madeline Isabelle!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oops, my Prego Brain...

I totally missed the last full day together, and well, we can't have that, cause' it was one of the best of course.

We began the day taking picture after picture torturing the children for all they were worth, getting every concoction imaginable.

We made the trek back to my Dad's place and yes, got to stop at a real live Sonic on the way. Yippee! I knew we would love it, and we did. It was so much fun to experience the drive through service and they had amazing food. Got to try the Frito wrap people! I ended my short filled love affair with a cherry lemon ice, and made way for the last bit of the drive.

We just hung out the rest of the day, and hit a few local shops while the kids stayed with the men-folk and swam.

We had yet another nice supper complete with ice cream cones and ended the day with "a Talent Show." My Dad came up with this and the kids were extatic. First of all, it was like 10:30 pm, and then we went for a good hour watching the kids sing and dance. the fact that their was a microphone was all the excitement some could handle. Some of them took it very seriously while others, aka. the older girls were silly as all get out. My dad sang, and yes, I did my version of "Amazing Grace -Southern Black Style." I think I even shocked Jared as I normally don't pull that out of the bag too often. Tee Hee! We even have it on tape, but I'd be mortified to put it on here!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Goodbye Cedar Bluff!

We packed it up Wednesday and headed south for South Carolina. We had that van packed just so! What little bit we left here and there, we multiplied ten-fold with Grandparent's love and adoration for their grandchildren.
We grabbed a quick lunch at Wendy's and left with full tummy's and heavy hearts. It's hard to only see your parents once a year... Thanks for everything you did for us while we were there. We made so many wonderful memories and our time will forever be in our hearts! We love you Grandpa and Neena!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Take Four!

Day Four with Dad and Malinda proved to be fun and tiring as well. We got up and got grooving and the kids just played around the house till we made it to Applebee's for lunch to meet my cousin Jodi, and her mama, Elsie, who is my aunt. The kids thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and all of Elsie's jokes and her big gigantic box of blow-pops she gave them for all our drive time.

We then headed up to Star Mountain Zoo, which is a zoo, literally on top of this mountain. It was just the right size for a drizzly humid day. We all enjoyed the animals and the views were spectacular as usual.

On the way home, we took the scenic route, the Blue Ridge Parkway which is quite famous and in tons of magazines. It held up to it's reputation, and we oohed and awwed over the many sights. I think we saw around 14 deer that day on our drive! Unreal for us city slickers.

The last two pictures are of the Cannaday family farm, which has since been sold which is kinda sad, but it remains close to my Dad's heart as he spent many hours there with his grandparents during his childhood. It is a really neat farmstead, and the new owner just recently put in plumbing in the house. The Cannaday lineage is old and very interesting. Apparently, we were slave owners and also did a bit of "inbreeding." That's probably not a good choice of words, but I really don't know what else to say. I will clarify for complete strangers, that we are not of that thinking now...

And on to Day Five...