adios august!

we started the month with our charlotte getaway, and now we’ve almost finished our fourth week of school! it’s been a month of settling into new routines, fun adventures, and enjoying the cooler weather this week! august, you’ve been awesome! but now it’s time for september… one of my favorite months of the year!

Happy 35th Birthday, Jeffrey!

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Happy 35th birthday to our most favorite guy!

He loves us so well. He serves and supports. He encourages. He leads. He coaches. He works harder than anyone I know. He goes along with all my ideas and plans. He is creative. He’s the best at playing with the kids. He protects and provides. He points us to Jesus. And we wouldn’t be who we are without him.

And if all of those reasons weren’t enough, he always spoiled us tonight by our first family dinner at the Melting Pot to celebrate his 35th birthday! It was an evening full of fun, laughing, and eating way to much cheese, steak, shrimp and chocolate!

Jeffrey, happy birthday to the best daddy and husband there is! We love you and are so very grateful for you!

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WAR EAGLE!

Just a little trip down memory lane while we not so patiently wait for football season to kick off on Saturday! Auburn, we’re ready to cheer you on! I’m hoping for a great season! War Eagle!

And go Gamecocks too!

 

Thursday Thirteen

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1. We are three weeks into school, and we’ve settled nicely back into our school routine. But we are also enjoying not having all of our evening activities quite yet and soaking up these flexible days where we can sneak off to Edventure before getting our school work done and sleeping in a bit too!

2. For the life of me, I can not keep up with the dishes for six people. I constantly run the dishwasher, but by the time I get it unloaded and reloaded, it’s completely full again! It’s just something that I’ve had to let go! Maybe at some point this year or this century, I’ll have all the dishes clean for at least a few minutes!

3. And oh the laundry too! So much laundry. But as I fold laundry every night, I’m so thankful for the ones who wear those clothes day in and day out!

4. Praise the Lord for date night, and for Nanny and Pops keeping the whole crew too!

5. Jeffrey is the most hardworking person I know, from all he does to provide for us by working every day to coaching Carson’s soccer team and helping Reece with karate, and helping around the house with everything too! Today and everyday, I’m so glad he’s mine!

6. I am counting down the days until college football! It’s coming! It’s coming, and I’m so very excited! WAR EAGLE!

7. Please stop what you are doing and listen to “The Big Boo Mama” podcast. It is hilarious and fun and you feel like you are sitting around talking to some of your best girlfriends!

8. I try to listen to to podcasts or the sermons that I miss at church while I’m running. It might not make me run quite as fast, but I’m thankful for the time of quiet to hear truth, soak up wisdom, and grow while I run!

9. Speaking of running, half marathon training is a go! I’ve got a long way to go before November 11, but I’m excited and hopeful, and ready to run in cooler weather!

10. I just finished book 8 for the year, and I actually got it done before the end of the month! I read “Leota’s Garden” by Francine Rivers, and it was a beautiful picture of forgiveness and grace and restoration.

11. “Nashville” ended for the season, we are on the last episode of “Last Chance U,” but I’m so ready for the return of “This is Us” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Ack! I sure have loved this summer, but there’s so much excitement that comes with the fall! And I’m ready!

12. Hi! My name is Cortney, and I’m addicted to sweet tea! Still! Always and forever! Amen!

13. And once again, it’s after midnight, and I’m still awake! I’ll always be a night owl, no matter how hard I try to go to bed early! Oh well, goodnight!

 

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of His hands. ~Psalm 19:1~

Today was definitely a day we won’t soon forget! We had such a fun day together experiencing the solar eclipse right in our backyard! Columbia was right in the path of totality, and we had a full two and a half minutes of darkness! We were all in complete awe! It was such a neat experience, but we really did enjoy the entire day! We made moon cookies and drank Sunkist soda. We made an orbit craft and pinhole viewers, and we read some space books and watched a video explaining what exactly would happen during the eclipse! The kids loved going inside and outside checking where the moon was and watching it cover the sun. They did a great job not looking at the sun until they had their glasses on! I am so very thankful for such an awesome experience to see God’s great creation on display!

Annalee and the ATL

Yesterday we ventured down to Atlanta to celebrate Annalee’s birthday with two of her favorite things–Minnie Mouse and being outside! Everyone had the best time playing on her new swing set and in her new playhouse! Annalee is so very loved, and we so enjoyed getting to celebrate with her and eat lots of yummy cookie cake too! Annalee, we love you and we hope that you have the best birthday ever!

After a late night of celebrating, we spent this morning playing with all of Annalee’s new toys and then all having lunch together at La Parrilla! Yum!

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And before heading back to South Carolina, we made a stop downtown to take our first ride on the Atlanta Skywheel! The kids loved being able to see a lot of the city from the top, and they thought it was so fun going around and around and around! Oh, ATL, you’ll always have a piece of my heart!

Our Table

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“spelling you see” and building with legos during school

Yesterday evening while setting the table for dinner, my mind went back to the many, many meals, holidays, conversations, and laughs that happened around our dining room table when it belonged to my Nanny and Papa. Oh, I have such wonderful memories of all the time we spent in their home and around that table, even if it was usually the grown up table! And now I am so very thankful for the new memories we are making around such a special table. From hours of school, to sharing meals with friends and family, from long and learning conversations to so many smiles and giggles. This well loved table, these precious memories, and the legacy my Nanny and Papa left on our family will always be something that I cherish!

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breakfast for dinner is one of our absolute faves!

 

Wednesday Wisdom

“A life isn’t made from one thing, one big moment, or one huge success. It’s created moment by moment, often when the pieces don’t look like anything beautiful on their own, but are the very fabric of who God meant for us to become as we pack lunches, raise kids, love our neighbors, and simply be who he created us to be; nothing more, nothing less.”

–Melanie Shankle, “Church of the Small Things”

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Better Together

The kids woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed on Thursday morning to get their school assignments done before Nanny and Pops got to our house and take them to the Great Wolf Lodge! They were so excited they could hardly contain themselves! And oh, what a wonderful time they had! Thursday they went to the water park, ate pizza for dinner, bought souvenirs, went to the GWL show and story time, met Wylie, and had a party in their room! Friday they made t-shirts in the Cub Club, got balloon animals, and then spent the rest of the day at the water park until it closed at 9pm! I couldn’t believe it! They were definitely tired last night, but they were also so very happy from the wonderful trip!

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While the kids were at the GWL, some of our dear friends asked if J could come stay with them for the night! He had so much fun playing at their house, going to McDonald’s for lunch, and spending time with Maria, Todd, and Sarah! He slept great, played great, and ate pretty ok too!

Jeffrey and I got to enjoy a date night out downtown on Thursday evening at Villa Tronco and the Mast General Store. It was a beautiful evening to walk down Main Street, talk about the fall schedule and calendar, and of course cuddle up to watch Last Chance U before bed! It’s our new guilty pleasure, and it makes me so excited that college football will be back soon!

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And I am so thankful for the trip to GWL and the way my parents love my babies. I am grateful for the friends who loved on J. And of course I’m always thankful for quality time with Jeffrey, a new dress, and italian food! Ha! But at the the end of the day, life’s just so much better when we are all together! It’s busy and crazy and hard, but it’s filled with joy and love, lots of fun, and homemade pizza! Oh, these are the days I’ll never forget!

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Summer 2017, Weeks 10-12

We’ve slowly eased back into our school work this week, but I guess that’s another great things about homeschooling, in some ways we have a bit of an endless summer. We are still enjoying the perks of summer, but learning new things too!

But before we get too far into our school year, here’s a final recap of our summer weeks!

Week 10: We started off the week with our trip to Atlanta, then spent the day Wednesday bowling with friends. Thursday we went to Edventure and checked out the new WIS news room and the Flight exhibit! They were both so fun! And we ended the week getting our reading medals and getting our ice cream treat at Chick-fil-a! The kids did a great job reading and listening, and they were so very proud of their medals and prizes! Friday afternoon we also made brownies to deliver to the neighbors across the street from us. With these hot days, we haven’t seen them outside nearly enough, but hopefully we’ll get to play more together in the fall!

Week 11: Our mornings were filled with camps, but Monday afternoon Sarah came to play with us and we enjoyed lots of time outside. Tuesday afternoon we had a chance to rest, and Wednesday afternoon we went to the library to see the Porkchop Production of the Three Little Pigs. It was probably the kids’ favorite of the summer! Thursday afternoon we had a lunch play date at our house with some of our dear friends. The kids played camp out, pirates, legos, calico critters and so much more! And Friday we all enjoyed sleeping in a bit, finishing up some summer school work, running errands, and playing outside! While running our errands we also purchase school supplies to donate to LICS. The kids had fun picking out lots of fun school supplies to be loaded into backpacks and passed out to other kids.

Week 12: We definitely ended our summer with a full and fun week! Annalee was visiting for a couple of days, and we had lots of fun playing with her! Monday we went to Hiwire with Anna Claire and Charlie too, and everyone had the best time jumping! Tuesday we finally made it to the summer movies to see the Lego Batman movie! The new reclining seats were awesome! Wednesday we went to the library for the weather program from Edventure and then had a picnic at the park with Anna Claire and Charlie! We were loving the cooler August weather that came through! Thursday morning we went to Lifeway and the kids got to pick out a new book and devotion book for completing their Bibleman Summer Reading program. They worked so hard on their workbook! And for our act of kindness this week we made a big thank you poster and bought donuts to take to Mr. Benji and Mrs. Andrea at church. We are so very thankful for all they do for Radius Kids!  And then lastly, we ended our most wonderful summer with our Charlotte vacay, and we couldn’t have picked a more fun family time together!