Sunday, June 30, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Words can't express how blessed My girls and I are with all of the "dads" we have in our lives!

I am definitely a "daddy's girl" and have (and continue) to lean on my dad for unconditional love, support, and encouragement. He is a man full of godly character.  He always puts his family first and his generosity and quick wit always turn any frown upside down! I am blessed that not only is he my daddy, but a fabulous granddaddy to my girls! 

I am also thankful for a wonderful father-in-law! I am not sure if you have picked up on this or not through my blog, but I do not have your typical in-laws. They are like 2nd parents to me. I am treated like their 2nd daughter and they tell me often how much they love me and are so happy that I am apart of their family. BLESSED!! 

Pop-O is an exceptional daddy and Pop-O. He sacrifices his plans to help us out with the girls or spend time with his family. He is a godly man who taught Mickey through his words an actions how to love his wife and family, and for that I will be forever grateful. 

Speaking of Mickey... I could never express my love, respect, gratitude, appreciation, and devotion to this man! He is a terrific daddy and husband who puts his family first in all decisions. It is hard to believe we have been loving each other for half of our lives. Who would have thought that our friendship that started over a burger at Kent's could lead to a lifetime of love and happiness! I can't imagine living life with anyone else! I love watching him with the girls. From his nightly Biblestory time with Mac to his unlimited back rides for Lydia, this man is a fantastic example of what a husband and daddy should be. It's going to be hard for KK and Lydia to find a mate to live up to the expectations he is setting, but we wouldn't have it any other way! 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Testing// Family Swim

In hopes of being able to post more regularly throughout the summer, I have installed the Blogger app on my phone. I'm finding it very hard to balance all of my social media sites (Twitter, FaceBook,   Instagram, Blogger) and I definitely do not want my blog to vanish because it is used as our family "scrapbook!" So here's to hoping this helps me stay up-to-date! 
On Thursday, Mackaylan and I met my parents and my sister and oldest nephew at my aunt's house to swim. This occasion was setup to celebrate Mackaykan learning how to dive! We had a great time swimming, diving, racing and eating together. I love the closeness of our family and wouldn't trade them for the world! Here are a few iPhone pics from our afternoon together:

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Lodge IS Great!

For the past 3 years my sister and I have started our summer by taking the kiddos to Great Wolf Lodge, and this year was no exception!  Since Lydia has been born, my mom has joined us on the trip to assist as needed (aka help with Lydia!)  This year we were even more blessed because my mom and dad paid for the 2-night stay and then we were able to extend our stay for another night for a very reduced rate!  Score!

So, without further ado, here are 10 reasons why we love GWL(in no particular order):

1-Build-a-Wolf:  Makaylan and Lydia had a blast building their characters and picking out their outfits.  Lydia knew exactly which character she wanted to build and told us immediately it was going to be Wylie.  I didn’t even know who she was talking about, but Mackaylan informed me that she picked it up from the GWL television station in the room that had been on. 

 build a wolf

2- Lodging:  The kiddos loved the fact that they had their own “room” within our room.  It provided them with a little “privacy” and gave the adults a little more space as well.  While Lydia slept with me on the pull-out couch, she loved spending time on the top bunk with Eli.


3- Doughnuts- We always enjoy doughnuts from Dunkin’ Doughnuts while in the Lodge! Friday on our visit was actually National Doughnut Day and of course we had to celebrate!

doughnut day

4- Storytime- Each night at 8:00PM all of the kids are invited to attend storytime in the lobby in their pajamas. Lydia really enjoyed going to this.  She was mesmerized by the singing animals at the beginning and wasn’t very happy when that part was over! 


5- MagicQuest- This year Boyce, Eli and Mackaylan enjoyed MagicQuest.  One thing I love about GWL is the safe environment.  The kids loved running all around the floors trying to complete each mission.  By the end of our stay this time “Team Lady KK” even made the Leaderboard!

magic quest

magic quest score

KK magic quest

6- The Wave Pool- Mackaylan loves all of the waterslides, but her favorite thing to do is to play in the wave pool.  She loves to dive through the waves and swim around.  Lydia also loved the wave pool, but all she wanted to do was jump, jump, jump the waves!



7- Kiddie Zone- GWL really has something for everyone!  While the older kids loved the waterslides and wave pool, Lydia loved strolling around observing and playing in the kid area.  She really enjoyed the jet ski and being able to squirt water on other kids and her mommy!


jet ski lydia

8- Pools- I already mentioned the wave pool, but there is also another indoor pool with basketball goals, a lily pad challenge, and other animals to get on.  The outdoor pool also has basketball goals and a huge fountain that comes on every time the wolf howls!  





9- Adventure- Each time we go to GWL it is an adventure.  This year we ventured out one evening and ate at Sonic.  The kids loved being able to order from the table and watching the waitresses on their roller skates.  And eating outside was another added bonus!


However, probably the highlight of the trip this year was Granny getting her hair wet and going down 2 water slides!!  What a memory!  Definitely something that I will remember forever. :)

wet linda

10- Family Fun- I guess the main reason I love going to GWL is because it represents family to me!  From the moment you arrive on the property you sense that families are important.  You feel safe.  You have fun!  From MagicQuest to Scoops Spa, there truly is something for everyone! We always have a great time and start planning our return before we even leave!

me and girls

boyce and granny entrance





Lydia’s Locks

Last week my cousin, Peanut, came over to give Lydia her first haircut.  Lydia still doesn’t have very much hair, but she did have quite an impressive mullet! I wasn’t sure how she would react to the scissors, and the fact that we needed her to sit very still, but she did great!  Here are a few pictures that I took during and after the big event!