Snow days!

It snowed in Charlotte! We usually only get 1-2 snow days each year, so when it happens, it is a big deal!! We were amazed and exited to get 2-3 inches of snow on Wednesday morning. The kids immediately got dressed and went out to play. Thankfully, we were able to piece together some snow outfits for them. I realized that we need snow boots and better gloves for everyone…cold hands and feet are not fun. We will need them for our ski days that are soon to come. I think that this was the first time that I didn’t go outside and play in the snow with the kids. The kids are finally old enough that they don’t need me to be out there with them so I opted to stay warm inside.

This is miller throwing a snowball at me through the glass door. :)

Reunion Weekend

In November, the entire Williams family met up in Cordele, Georgia.  My grandfather, Ed Williams, grew up in Cordele and has lived there his entire life.  He and his wife, Marylene, are no longer able to travel so we planned a family reunion in Cordele so that he could see everyone.  We love Grandpa and Marylene and we know how much they love their family.  It was such a treat to give him the gift of a reunion, and in return, it was a gift to all of us.

We rented cabins out at Lake Blackshear for the weekend so that the kids would be able to run around uncontrolled for a few days.  That was a great decision!!  There were 8 kids, ages 3-11, that really enjoyed each others company all weekend. Tom and I brought down three of our kids’ bikes and they rode them around non-stop for the entire weekend.  It made me wish that we lived on that many acres so that the kids could just run around safely without adult supervision all of the time!

The only problem that we had all weekend occurred during the first night – my bed and two others had bed bugs!!  So gross!  I felt like there were little things crawling on me in the night, but I thought that it was my imagination.  Wrong!!  I slept with bed bugs.  Thankfully, I was in a bed by myself because Tom was in the next bed with Wilson.  They switched us to a better room the next day after the bugs had been discovered, but I had already been eaten alive that night.  It is a week later and I feel like I have the chicken pox! I don’t think I will ever be able to sleep in a cabin every again!!

After we moved rooms, and they washed all of our clothes, we got back into the fun of the weekend.  I had a great time playing frisbee golf with all of my cousins.  I rarely see my cousins and some of them I hardly know.  Doug and I are so much older than everyone else, but once everyone started to get married and have kids, the age gap seemed to close in quite a bit.  I have never even really hung out with my cousin Luke, and I had never met his wife Carol, but after our bonding over bed bugs, we really got along great!  It was such an amazing blessing to get to know them better.  They are really great people!

Overall, I am so thankful for my family!  I have been born into such an amazing group of loving people.  We enjoy each others’ company and want to be together.  That doesn’t always happen in families, but it happened in mine.  I know that I am loved by my aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents…and I love them in return.  I know that we made Grandpa so happy by coming to see him.  After the reunion, we swung by his house on the way out of town to hang out a bit.  The kids ran around in his yard while the rest of us socialized and rested.  It was an amazing weekend and I would love to do it again!

Thanksgiving

We had another fun-filled, food-filled and family-filled Thanksgiving this year. Thanksgiving has it’s traditions and we definitely have ours.   Years ago we started taking the kids to the Thanksgiving Day parade in uptown Charlotte.   I tried to get out of going this year, but Faith said, “It is a tradition!  We have to go!”. So, I took her and Gabriel uptown to the parade.  The kids pretty much go to the parade for the candy that is thrown at them, and the bands and floats come in a close second.  The parade, and the weather, was nice this year and I ended up enjoying myself.  We got to the parade late, which was a huge blessing, and were able to wriggle our way up to the front and sit on the curb.  The secret to being warm and comfortable at the parade is bringing a blanket to cover you and a few towels to sit on.  :)

After the parade, we headed on over to my parents’ house for the feast!  As usual, there was a ton of food and about 40 people.  I love my family and am so blessed to have so many wonderful aunts and uncles.  My cousin, Laura, came to Thanksgiving in my grandmother’s Moravian outfit which was squeezed on top of her 8 month pregnant belly.  It was hilarious!  And she celebrated her 30th birthday at the same time!

My parents had the bounce house blown up for all of the kids (about 15 of them).  They also got some great use out of the trampoline.  I had to go outside at one point and tell them to come in and eat!  Now that my kids are older, I hardly even see them on Thanksgiving.  They are having too much fun playing with all of their cousins.  I think that the only time that I saw Miller was when he kept coming back inside to ask for another cookie.  He had to have had 5-10 cookies that day.  I am pretty sure they ate more desserts than anything else.

It was another success Wilson thanksgiving! I am thankful for all of my loved ones and the time we spend together.

NC State Football

It has been years since I have been to an NC state football game. My dad used to have season tickets and I would go to a couple of games a year, but that was over 8 years ago.  While we were at the lake with Doug and Mavis over Labor Day weekend we planned a football game get away weekend together. Of course we ended up choosing the biggest game of the year to attend: NC state vs Clemson. It was so much fun! 

We arrived at Mavis and Jeff’s house Friday night, socialized and drank a bit too much wine. :). We were excited to see each other!!  Saturday morning arrived quickly!  We at breakfast, packed up the car, got on our NCSU gear, picked up some BBQ and we were on our way!  We tailed gated for hours, played Corn Hole, ate and drank and went into the game. 

The game was the loudest game I think that I have ever been to.  The fans were so loud! It was a great experience!  We lost the game, but the weekend is to be remembered.  We plan to do it again next year. 

Halloween!

This year, Halloween was a little bit different than it has been in years past.  Tom and I had a meeting that we HAD to attend and so we were unable to take the kids trick-or-treating this year.  We let each of the kids pick where they wanted to go for Halloween, and of course, they each picked a different house!  It took a bit of driving around town, but it worked out, thanks to my parents doing the driving.

Wilson went trick-or-treating with the Youngs, Miller went with the Rotherts and Faith went with her friend, Presley.  They all had a great time and came home with more candy than I have ever seen them get.  We have all bought some of their candy from them and they still have pounds of it!

Faith as Evie from Descendants and Presley the Angel….IMG_3484

Wilson the pirate and Jesse is Dorothy…..IMG_1819

Miller is a ninja and I assume that is Hudson as a transformer…..haha…..

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Wilson with his favorite funny face…which makes me laugh….

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Faith is 10!

IMG_3491 IMG_3400 IMG_3402 IMG_3405 IMG_3408 My baby girl turned ten-years-old today!  Yesterday she and I looked at a picture that I have of her in my room when she was only a few days old and was sooo tiny!  Now she is a ten year old, fourth grader that does flips non-stop!  Where did the time go?

Faith is such a good friend and sweet girl. She is kind to everyone (even her brothers, most of the time) and has a big heart.  I have loved getting to know her better over the past year. Homeschooling has it’s challenges, but she and I have definitely improved our relationship through our time together each day.  I love that she wants to spend time with me and cuddle up at night.  She may be getting bigger but she is still my little girl who loves her Mommy, and for that I am very thankful.   Faith used to be so shy (and still is a little), but she has been so brave and adaptable through all of the schooling changes that we have made over the past few years.  I am proud of the young lady that she is becoming.

Faith had her party a few weeks ago at the gym where she does gymnastics.  She had a great time with her friends and then had a few of them spend the night.  She was so excited to have her party.  She decorated the house all by herself and had a vision for how it was to be done.  She definitely has a knack for decorating and putting together outfits….she can do it better than I can!!

Here are some pictures of the birthday fun!!  I love you Faith!!

Disney


Once again, Disney did not disappoint! We stayed even longer this year and loved it! We spent two days in the parks, had a pool day, and then went back to the parks for one last day. It is such a great way for us to spend time as a family without any of the distractions of life – no phones, no work, no tv, no school and no one else to be with except us.

This year we had a little excitement due to the fact that a hurricane was coming up the coast of Florida. It wasn’t supposed to hit until Sunday morning so we left around 5:00pm Saturday. Haha. We were not about to end our fabulous vacation any earlier than we needed to. As we were driving north on I-95 Saturday afternoon, it was beginning to rain hard and there was not a single car heading south. Scary as it sounds, the hurricane did help with the crowds. There was not a single line on Friday in any of the parks….a definite silver lining!

Here are some of the “best ofs” from our trip….

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