Thursday, July 29, 2010

McKenzie 2nd Birthday (April 3, 2010)

This year for McKenzie's birthday party we had it on base at the bowling ally. She had several of her friends along with her Mimi, Poppie, Lala, Pop & Gigi! She had a blast bowling and didn't want anyone else to have a turn. They have ramps that allow the kids to put their balls on them and then push then down. McKenzie got lots of fun toys and was so happy to have everyone there! Thank you to all that made McKenzie's 2nd birthday so special!

Chuck E Cheese (Birmingham Jan, 11, 2010)

On a visit to Alabama back in January, we went to Chuck E Cheese with Mimi, Poppie, Mammaw, Pappaw & mommy & Daddy. McKenzie loves this place. She is a very lucky girl too. She hit the jack pot on one of the games and one over 100s of tickets... this girl, she's a mess!! And of course we came home with tons of useless toys!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our Honeymoon (Demeber 16th 2007)

A year after we got married, we had our actual wedding and honeymoon! Jacob and I had a blast. We went to Gatlinburg, TN , while we were there it actually snowed. We had lots of fun memories together. Like I would love to share this one. My husband is definitely the cheap one( well for certain things, he picks and chooses what he likes to spend money on, hotel rooms...ummm not so much ) he feels that if you are never in the room but just to sleep why pay high dollar for it...right?!?!?!?!? well we picked up one of those coupon books and began to look through it. I hear him, look here it is Red Roof Inn 17.99 a night! haha, maybe they might give a military discount too! We get there, and honestly it wasn't bad, we paid our 104 dollars and took off to play. We were walking down the main road when we got attacked by one of those people selling time shares. They offered us 100.00 plus two free dinner vouchers if we came and spent 2 hours at their place. I couldn't believe it when he said yes. After two long hours of them trying to tell us we needed a time share, we walked away with our 100.00 cash! as we made it out the door jacob said "well, that paid for our hotel room, looks like we got our self a free honeymoon" haha!! I will never forget that, hence the reason we are going on a CRUISE this December for our anniversary. I guess make up for our cheap honeymoon! but I wouldn't trade it for the world! So, I insisted while we were there that we took the air tram up to ober gatlinburg, jacob...not too thrilled, but a trooper rode up to the top with me. Once we got off and we saw all the snow I insisted that we take the ski lift up to the top...again not to thrilled with the selections (as you can tell from the pictures...might I add some of my most favorite pictures ever) so, I am thinking to myself as we are on this ski lift, my husband who purchased a 800.00 snowboard...which might I add is in the attic (NEVER USED) is afraid to ride a ski lift???? did he think he was going to snowboard! haha well for my sweet husband's reward I took him to a bar that served like huge beers, and that... well that just made him happy :) as you will be able to tell from the pictures!!!! I know these are old, but I have been doing some serious organizing of pictures, and I found these and they are too great not to share !

and he is happy!!!
Keep in mind, I am 5 months pregnant!!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A brief visit to Alabama (4/17-4/20)

Back in February my Pappaw had a stroke, not long after he had another and was in the hospital then up until he passed away May 4, 2010. He was a wonderful pappaw, father, husband, uncle, dad and friend. Only time will heal the pain that our family is facing. Death is not easy to deal with, there are always questions...the only thing comforting to know is that there is a heaven and one day we will all be together again. We went for a brief visit back in April to see my pappaw and family. Little did I know that the last day when we said bye....sneaked mckenzie in the room, they sat him up and he smiled the biggest smile that I had seen in a long time that it would be last time I would see that smile. My heart breaks every time I see that smile in my head.

We also celebrated my Mammaw's birthday the hospital (it was fun!)

When we left Birmingham, we made a trip through Opelika and visited with Jacob's family too. McKenzie was able to play with her cousin Sidney and eat IHOP! They had a great time together and hated to say bye :)

The Sands (April 26, 2010)

A fun time at the sands with daddy before he starts back cycle. It was so windy we couldn't stay long, but we had a blast playing in the sand, collecting shells, and walking down the beach.

Holly's High School Graduation ( May 27, 2010)

I can't believe my sister graduated high school, let alone moving out in a few days. I can remember my high school graduation and looking at my sister...a BABY and thinking wow 2010, man that's a long ways away, well here we are 11 years down the road, yes I said 11 years, and it's finally that day. Holly has grown so much over the past 11 years, I barely could hold back tears watching her walk cross that stage and closing one door and opening another filled full of opportunities. I know that she will succeed in anything she puts her mind to. I wish her and all the other 2010 graduates the best of luck!

Beaufort Water Festival Opening Night (July 16th 2010)

Beaufort Water Festival ...what more needs to be said! This year celebrates the 55th anniversary of the festival. It is full of friends, food, music and fun! For more info on the history of the festival check out We went to the opening ceremony on July 16th watched the Marine Corps Band perform and then fireworks over the water. Absolutely beautiful might I add! The next night Jake Owen played and mommy got a "girls night out" with a few of my girl friends! While McKenzie went to the drive in to see "pickle me" aka Despicable Me, she had a blast!

2nd Battalion Dinning Out (May 8th 2010)

So there is only a few events each year that I really get to dress up for and I look forward to them every year! This is our cocktail party. This year it was on May 8th at the Officers Club on MCAS. We had a great time with dinner, ceremony and dancing. It was a nice date night for Jacob and I, since with his schedule and no family close by it is really hard for us to ever have a "date night" .