Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The German Hat. Again.

This hat is the gift that keeps on giving. Grey was pretty excited to have discovered it for himself last weekend. 

What's this?

Do I remind you of, maybe, Frank Sinatra?


Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Afternoon

Ready for the Easter egg hunt.

These two are such a mess! They're over there comparing strategies, I guess. 

eggs everywhere

Worth bombarding the kiddos.

I guess they're on the lookout?

Banks learned his technique from Worth. 

So glad I scrubbed all of the pollen out of the hammock!

I love this. Boys jockeying for position and girls posing. 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter 2017

Such a struggle for us to get a family photo; we're either disheveled or the timing is off. Today we just took pictures when each group arrived and before anyone became too disheveled! These people are our everything.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hand Dyeing

Last year the weather was rain and more rain, so we didn't even get around to dyeing eggs. Banks took to it like a professional, though, and was very serious about the entire process. 

He felt he could get a better result if he actually put his hands in the dye, as well.

Bo was happy to let Banks be in charge of the eggs as long as the sprinkler was on.

And Grey? Well, he was just being Grey. Smiling. 

Birds' Nests

 Every once in a while, an idea you see online turns out great!


Friday, April 14, 2017

Cousin Playdate

While the "gales" (as Mack calls his sisters) were in school, the daddies golfed with E.W, and the littles (Grey and Banks) napped, these two had some major cousin time. They're nine months apart in age and play together so well. We're not fancy. An old kiddie pool, a sprinkler, and some cups were all these two needed!

A little dry/quiet time in the hammock was the wrap-up.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Paint It Black

It's been a couple of years since I've scrubbed and added a coat of paint to our outdoor furniture; it was time. Over time, our original set of two chairs, a side table, and glider have been joined by four chairs my parents had. This year, we added a table and four chairs from Sa's house...and they needed way more than just a scrub and a coat of paint! The process has taken days and I've lost count of how many cans of Rustoleum I've used. Still, it's done now and I am glad to have that checked off the list.

our original glider and the four hand-me-down chairs from mama's

almost vintage, our spring chairs and table

the table from Sa's before
the chairs were equally horrendous

so, so, so much better

Monday, April 10, 2017

An April Tradition

My dad had no idea what he was starting way back in the sixties. Going to the Masters has been a family tradition ever since. 
This year, the first without Arnie, we all got buttons
on the first day of the tournament!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Lunch with Grannie Rae

So glad it worked out that when Kate and I took the boys to mama's for lunch it overlapped with Worth and Ashley stopping to see her before going to the farm. It's been a while since mama's had both her grandbabies with her!

my mama and my kids;
please notice she's sporting her Masters sweater
and the Arnie button I brought to her from the tournament

Bo giving bye bye sugar to Grannie Rae

Banks decided he needed some sugar, too
I was holding Grey and gave him to her for sugar...not enough hands for that picture!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

At the Farm

Despite the threatening weather, E.W. and I made it to the Berryman's farm, our home away from home during the Masters. Bonus? Getting to see these cuties.

serious about his driving

still the smiliest baby, ever

uh oh, this one's not charged...

...and so we share

making fish faces while waiting for his supper

Monday, April 3, 2017

April Showers?

Just one of the rough weather moments we've had lately!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Planting Season

E.W. and I have both made multiple trips to buy plants for the yard. So thankful he is willing to do the heavy lifting when it comes to getting them in the ground and keeping them watered!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

ancestry dna

Got my results today and they didn't quite match up with the predictions I'd made. For one thing, I'm so surprised by the nearly absent connection to Italy, given that I've always identified so strongly with my Cavaleri heritage. Really makes me curious how others who are swimming in my gene pool would fare!

I figured there would be some German connection (hello, Minick side of the family) but didn't anticipate it would be the majority. Actually, I thought those two would be flipped in order, with the middle percentages being about what they turned out to be since I do have a good bit of verified genealogy with those areas. 

Now that Scandinavian DNA? No clue, except for the geographical proximity to Germany.

I also feel like 100% Europe is a little boring... :)

Here's the breakdown of the regions:
Europe West (includes France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein)
Ireland (includes Ireland, Scotland, Wales)
Great Britain (includes England, Scotland, Wales)
Scandinavia (includes Sweden, Norway, Denmark)

As far as more recent DNA connections go, I'd have to say the results seem pretty accurate. We know that mama's family has been in western SC dating back hundreds of years and research verifies a good bit of my dad's being there a hundred and more years ago (before many made their way to Georgia).

Now to get the rest of my family to get their DNA processed...

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