Saturday, October 29, 2011

Horseback Riding

I'm definitely no expert, but horseback riding is something I enjoy, and I've always wanted Brent to go with me. After almost 6.5 years of marriage, I finally talked him into it, and he really enjoyed it. He said he'd definitely like to go again sometime.

The weather was crisp, and the leaves were beautiful today as we rode through the mountains on an awesome trail. Although I didn't get an actual photo of my horse, he looked something like this. He was a beautiful quarter horse named Traveler, and he was a great horse to ride. I enjoyed this horseback riding experience, and I hope to have the chance to go again soon.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Current Chandler-isms

Bob-Bob = This is the name for his Sponge Bob toy from Burger King that the lady at the register couldn't resist giving him when we were there the other day. (He's never seen the show and never will if I have anything to do with it, but I absolutely adore his name for his beloved toy.)

No, No, No = He hears this a lot lately, and this evening while I was at a school PTO meeting and he stayed home with his Daddy, he must have heard it even more than usual. Brent was telling me that he told him "no" a lot, and Chandler looked up and said, "No, no, no!".

Tanks = This is how he said "thanks" the other day when I helped him retrieve a ball from under the entertainment center.

Wus'At? = He's always asking, "What's that?", and he even puts out his hands (or sometimes just one hand) and shrugs. It's so cute!

Moy = Our little eater always wants "more", and he lets us know it.

Thankful Thursday

God blesses me in so many ways each and every day, and I am so guilty of not thanking Him enough. Here are a few things I am thankful for today.

Soldiers who fight for our freedom-

Brent and I got a phone call last night from one of our friends who is currently serving our country in the U.S. Army. He spends weeks and sometimes months away from home. Although he had to take some time off last year due to health reasons, he is back on the job full-force, risking his life for the country he loves.

Seriously, this is one of my favorite things about fall. I've even discovered some tasty recipes this year, like the easiest pumpkin muffins ever! Tomorrow, my students will have the opportunity to sample them along with roasted pumpkin seeds. I'll let you know what they think.

Okay, so I'm not into witches and monsters and such, but I do have some good memories of trick-or-treating as a kid. I always enjoyed dressing up and getting candy, and I now I am excited about continuing this tradition with Chandler.

***For whatever reason, I cannot upload any pictures on this post, boo hoo!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thankful Thursday

I am so thankful for the many blessings in my life. Here are just a few that are on my mind today...

Beautiful Friends-
I have so many friends, some close and some not so close, who are going through some tough situations right now, but they are standing boldly through it all, holding on to God's almighty hand. Some of these women are right here in blog land. These women are beautiful inside and out, and they give me courage to face the difficulties in my own life.

A Trip to the Beach-
Need I say more? In case you were wondering, October is the perfect time to visit Hilton Head Island. The weather was just right for lounging on the beach or by the pool, and for bike riding as well. Most of all, it was nice to be there with the ones I love with no set agenda!

Fall Break-
Although the current weather makes it feel more like a winter break, it's nice to have a couple of extra days at home with my sweet baby boy. We've done a lot of cuddling today, and I did a little extra house work to boot.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A Walk for the Cause

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of spending the morning at Atlantic Station with several hundred other people who were walking to support a cure for Alzheimers. It was a wonderful experience, and if you ever have the chance to participate in this type of walk, I highly recommend it. Brent, Chandler, my friend Julie, and my coworker Sylvia joined in, too.

I was walking especially in support of my Papa, but I was walking for many others as well. My hope and prayer is that a cure will be found so no one else has to suffer from this horrible disease.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Nice Fall Hike

Hiking is something that Brent and I have always enjoyed. We first started hiking back when I was in college, and we have made a lot of memories together while hiking. Now that we have Chandler, we enjoy taking him hiking, too, and he loves it!

Fall is the best time of year to hike in my opinion for at least two reasons: it's not so steamy hot, and the leaves are beautiful.

This past Saturday we ventured out near Cleveland to High Shoals. The trail features two beautiful waterfalls, and is not super long, so it was perfect for our family. Chandler traveled on his daddy's back, and giggled much of the way. It was very nice to spend time together in this lovely fall weather, and I look forward to more beautiful hikes together in the coming weeks.

Thankful Thursday

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Here are some things I'm thankful for right now.

Cooler Weather- I like that I can wear a sweater or jacket in the morning, but by afternoon I no longer need it. It's also nice weather for playing outside with Chandler after work.

The Turning of the Leaves- It takes my breath away each year, and I absolutely love it!

Our Upcoming Beach Trip- That's right! October marks beach time for our family, and it's the perfect time to go because it's not too hot and it's not too cold. Hilton Head, here we come!