Monday, June 29, 2015

Cousin Time

Late yesterday afternoon, after the festivities, Mama and I made the four hour trek back to her house. It was a bonus that my cousins had planned to come to see her today. They live several hours in the other direction and we don't get to see each other as often as we'd like.

Double Trouble, for more than six decades!

Mama and my cousin Donna, her 'first child'. 

Mama and three of her favorite girls.
Donna's precious husband, Greg, was their driver and our photographer!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Banks' Baptism Day

Today was a very special day; Banks was baptized at the altar where his mother and brother were baptized and where his parents married. 

Banks was hidden in his daddy's arms
but didn't mind the handoff to the minister.
Not a peep out of him. Bo was taking it all in.

After church, we all met back at the house for pictures (will link when I get them from the photographer!), a nap (for Banks), a dance party and dress-up session (the other four), and a celebratory lunch.

Hopefully the photographer had more success with these four than I did! :)

Sweet baby did wake up in time to show off his almost-crawling and pulling up techniques.

What's all that foolishness?
I thought today was all about me!
(oh, and the German hat is awesome
on a baby too young to remove it)

I only took a few pictures...but I was a little busy. Banks had his parents, his brother, four grandparents, his aunt and uncle, three cousins, three great-grandparents, one great-uncle, and one great-aunt all gathered for the celebration. 

We love family time!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Few Changes

Our Christmas gift to each other was supposed to be new chairs. Six months after Christmas, we finally found some we liked.

old chairs

Merry Christmas to us!
Bringing in some brighter colors mean that some things just did not work anymore. One of those was this small footstool. 

I couldn't find fabric that I thought would do, so I recycled a piece of drop cloth, adding some painted stripes. 

The old chairs are moving on, but I wanted to keep the ottoman. Extra seating and a place to put your feet up is always good! I cut the skirt off and examined my fabric stash to see what I could find. 

I had plenty of fabric left over from the sofa, and although it wouldn't be my first choice, it will do for now. I had to fit it like a slipcover and sew the side seams before stapling the bottom. That was a first for me, so I was glad I didn't have money invested! I'd like to think I'll order fabric to match the chairs and recover it, but it's not a priority now! 

The other new chair is cozy in the fireplace corner; so comfy. I've already fallen asleep in it.

A home is always a work in progress, but our living room won't be seeing any big changes for a long time!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Forty Years? When did that happen?

Forty years ago two children drove away from their wedding reception and into the future. They had no idea what they were doing, bur so far, so good! 

Please notice we are in our Offical Going-Away Outfits.
Wonder when that stopped being a thing.
Also? That car had NO air conditioning. Truly the olden days.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Floor Routine

I kept the boys while Kate and Jay were in Atlanta overnight...didn't have time for too many pictures but did get a few after lunch on Saturday. 

Yes, I'm adorable.

Their normal position.

Wait. This is normal?

Bo got bored steamrolling Banks... Banks got a chance to practice sitting.

Love watching these two interact.
Kate and Jay are in for some fun times ahead!

Proof that he's improving in his new skill:

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Look who came to spend the night with us! It's not often that Mack is without his sisters and it's definitely the first time we've had him by himself. He is a busy boy and loves to be a helper. 

Found the truck the minute he got out of the car.

The toy suitcase had a few things that he liked.
(This is the best way I've found to store the toys; just wheel
it back in the closet when the kids aren't here!)

Every child loves this helicopter; the propeller spins
when the string is pulled. Don't know how it is still
working as it was Camden's (and he is sixteen now). 

We cleaned outdoor furniture and rearranged the terrace.
Mack was a huge help.

A thunderstorm chased us inside.

The traditional baby in the sink photo.
Mack's avoided it until now.

Clean and fresh!

We snuggled for a while.

Early morning blueberry check. Not quite ripe. Boo.

Mack loved the pressure washer because he thought it
was a vacuum (he has been obsessed with vacuums forever).

Acting out our family motto:
I'm not bossy; I just know what you need to be doing.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Shortest Week

Seriously, the shortest week of the year is the one the Junebugs spend at the beach! Maybe there's a time warp when the four of us laugh?

This year we were able to upgrade; check out our view! If you look very closely, you'll see our tent (it's a black UGA one). We were extraordinarily proud that we were able to 'pup' the tent in just a few minutes (although it took us a day or two to perfect our technique!).

You would think that after 22 of these trips, there would be nothing new. Nope. We didn't even get out of Mary Ann's driveway before my battery died. She had jumper cables and we had Google (E.W. wouldn't answer his phone), so we managed to get underway and made a stop in Waycross to get a new one. Crisis averted!

The most unusual new thing happened on the beach. Sylvia and I were under the tent; Mary Ann and Ellen had gone up to pack our picnic. I heard what sounded like an old spiritual and as I looked down the beach, saw two men and a woman standing in the ocean. We realized that baptisms were taking place and felt compelled to walk down there. One man was singing a cappella, the minister was baptizing, and the woman was walking the teens into the ocean to be baptized and back out again. The minister's voice was loud and clear and after each of the four teens came out of the water, there was applause from their friends as well as strangers who had stopped to observe. It was such a precious experience, and yes, we cried and hated that the other two Junebugs had missed out. 

So thankful for these friends and our times together (especially at the beach!). 
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