Just enjoying the little things in life ....

Monday, October 29, 2012

{ FALL }
A little bit of what we're up to......

While Hurricane Sandy seems to be raging in the northeast....I am so thankful we are only having a very blustery day!  Hoping and Praying that anyone in the hurricane's path will be able to stay safe!!!  Thank you for stopping by....have a great week :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Happy Birthday to my daddy (aka Papaw David) !!!  He turned 67 on Sunday.... most of the crew was there to celebrate with him!  With 15 grandchildren there's a lot of us !!! We always have a good time getting together :)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

{this moment}
This moment.  A Friday ritual....a single photo....no words...capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.  Happy weekending !!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One Year Ago...

I was thinking this morning that it had been about a year since we launched this blog....I decided to dig back into the archives and see what the exact date was.   AND you're not going to believe this it turned out to be 10-16-11!!! 
Happy Birthday to our blog !!!  Thank you to the many folks who have told me that you enjoy reading here...and to the ones who have left me a comment :)  I appreciate you all so much !!! I hope our little space here on the web has been of some encouragement or maybe a little inspiration to you in some way.  I enjoy sharing our lives and experiences with you and invite you to share yours with me!  Thank you again for stopping by and may you all have a blessed week :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wishing our oldest daughter Kimberly, a Happy 15th Birthday today.   You kept us waiting an extra 20 days but once you decided to arrive you. came very quickly weighing in at 9 lbs. 12 oz. ...... a very bouncy, energetic little girl.   Has it really been 15 years ?.....cause you haven't slowed down one bit !  You are so much  help around the house and a great babysitter!!!  Love seeing you enjoy life to the fullest whether it's hunting, fishing, or playing music or just hanging out with your friends!  Love you and hope you have the best birthday ever !!!   Oh, and good luck getting your learner's permit :)

A very special  birthday present from Miss Madeleine :)...an autographed T-shirt from a very special bluegrass band!!!

Seeing Rhonda Vincent  "live" makes a great birthday :)

"Rhonda Vincent and the Rage"



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Comfort Foods ....
It's that time of year again ( and I'm lovin' it ) when the days are gettin' shorter and cooler.  The time of year when I use my Crock-Pot almost every day - no kidding :)  I am a huge fan of all things labeled soup, stew, etc.  and most any kind of bread especially if it's Homemade!!!  I think one of the biggest reasons I love this kind of cookin' is because I can start supper early in the day and when we finish with school, music, errands, etc.,  then supper is ready :) ....AND that's a great comfort!
Some of our favorites are:
  • Potato Soup
  • Taco Soup
  • Deer Chili
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Chicken Soup
 And of course we usually make cornbread to go with whichever soup we choose to make.
 So..... now you know what's on the stove, or rather in the crock-pot these days around here.  Tell me, what are some of your favorite "Comfort Foods" ?
Taco soup with Mamaw Huntley's cornbread....

Monday, October 8, 2012

A busy weekend .....
Saturday was the Annual Firefighters Competition for Union County.  Johnny took Keith and Jacob with him early Saturday morning to ride in the parade of firetrucks.  He ended up participating in the events.  Unionville Fire Department won 2 out of 3 team events and they won overall in the whole competition.  My men were kind of excited....this makes the 2nd year in a row to win overall!!!  Sorry....I don't have any firefighting pics to share with you but they had a great time anyway!

Saturday night Kimberly competed in the 46th Annual Granite Quarry Fiddler's Convention.  She entered the "Most Promising" category for ages 12-16 and she was nominated the "Champion"!!! 
Kimberly with Ronnie Hatley (our favorite music teacher )
Kimberly plays mandolin but when you enter the "Most Promising" category you are up against all kinds of instruments including banjo, guitar, fiddle and even some vocalists.  She had some pretty tough competition this year.  I thought everybody deserved 1st place....it takes a lot of nerve to perform on stage.  We are very proud of her.....this was her 3rd year to enter but the first time she had placed !!!
A close-up of the ribbon !!!

Kimberly and her BFF Madeleine ... Miss Madeleine placed 1st runner-up in the adult vocals category !!!

Meeting new friends is always fun :)

A little practice ahead of time :)
Our weekend seemed almost like a whirlwind with so much going on but we had a great time and are so thankful to God for allowing us to be able to take part in these events!!!  Thank you for stopping by and hope each and every one of you have a great week :)

Friday, October 5, 2012

{ this moment }
This moment. A Friday ritual.  A single photo....no words....capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Happy weekending !!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Just a little update ......
I know I've been slack with my blogging lately but believe me it's not because there's nothing to share.....it's just finding the time to do it :)  It seems like overnight we went from enjoying summertime full blast to remodeling Ivan's house and helping him move...right on into a new school year....lots of sewing....some late gardening and to top it all off we took a trip to the zoo!  I know what you're thinking....we are the zoo...haha!!!  There were about 20 of us in all on the trip.... Enjoy the pics :)
future photographer.....Travis took lots of pics :)

trading baseball cards while we stopped for a minute :)

All the girls !!!

Most of the boys !!!

Oh yes....we go to the zoo just to ride the carousel :)

My other daughter Miss Kiley :)

A scene from the Botanical Gardens.....by Abbey

All tuckered out :)

Can you tell it's time to go home ?

A good time was had by all!   Thank you for visiting and have yourself a wonderful week :)