Cottage Life From A Southern View
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain.......Anonymous

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let the craziness begin!!!

Although I am hopeful we have many more beach days and fishing trips ahead I know they will get fewer and farther between.
School began last week and I officially have a 7th grader and an 8th grader.....


I spent most of their first day back at school reflecting and trying to keep a sad little man entertained.
It was a busy summer full of too many chick fil a #1 combos and McDonalds mighty kids meals,  and boxes of taco bell soft tacos, lots of trips to the beach, the movies, the waterslide, out in the boat, tj maxx runs, afternoons at the pool, golf cart rides and a mini vacay to the outerbanks.
It was busy and yet our summer list still is not complete.
As I drove to Costco that first day of school to replenish the empty pantry, I began to think about the short time we have with these precious gifts we are given.  The time we have left with them at home is much less than the time we have had with them already. 
So as I look at the calendar ahead and see everyday full of activities and plans.....
Im trying not to get overwhelmed.
Will is playing football and Aaron Grace is on the cheerleading squad so between practices and games its a pretty full agenda.
They are both very involved in youth this year with lots of events planned with that.
And then there are the bookends...



Kate is already in the midst of her sophomore year in college and doing great, at this point her major is still undetermined but it will be something in business because she loves her business classes.
She loves her job at Wrightsville beach and we are so thankful for the family she works for and the relationships she is building there.
Im not sure I have ever seen her so happy to go to work even on Saturdays.
And then there is little man....
This was Graham on the kids first day of school.
We found this awesome fireman outfit at Costco and it just jumped right in our buggy.
He immediately changed and began to put out fires around the yard.
I was glad because he had been missing the kids terribly all day and this perked him up.
We went to his preschool open house last week and he did great!
He has already made some friends in his class and he is ready to start on Friday.
It is amazing how much he has matured over the summer.
We had a great labor day weekend spending time on the water and some time at Harry's family's place on the river.
I think it was our last weekend of relaxation before the craziness of school days begin.
Have a great week!




See You Soon!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August

Summer vacation is officially over tomorrow and as I look back over the summer I wonder how in the world it went by so fast.
Despite alot of rainy cloudy days we have had a great time.
Last week we had several of our best days/nights ever over on the island.
We found lots of treasure, celebrated Harry's birthday, had a successful fishing adventure, enjoyed having a bonfire on the beach and spent time with each other and friends that we cherish.





We enjoyed our annual church jungle rapids day with NaNa and Grampy.
We are so thankful that Grampy will never be too old for waterslides...









We enjoyed a fun night on the beach with friends.
I will not mention the ticket we received for starting a fire on Topsail Beach, the woman graph Harry and Jeff are all smiles about or the fact that I promised Ginny I would not post a picture of us.....







The guys summed the night up best when they said the fun we had was worth wayyy more than the twenty dollar ticket.





Harry's birthday was spent on the island and it was probably the best day we have had all summer.
It was wonderful, the kids enjoyed the ice cream boat and fun with friends and we ended the night with key lime pie and Happy Birthday sung by our family and the Garners.











I dont know of one water sport this man of mine cant do and now skim boarding is no exception.








Im not sure if Ive ever shared that weekdays on the water are my favorite.  Harry took the day off and the ocean was flat so we went on a little fishing adventure and it was a great day.  I also found lots of treasures up on the island.













Just like that summer is over.
I hate that time is moving so fast these days.
Now its time to get back into the rat race of school and sports.
Will made the middle school football team and aaron grace is one of the cheerleaders so practices have already begun.  Little man starts preschool next week and is so excited about his teacher and seeing all his little friends.
Kate is not in a single picture because she is already back in school (her second year of college) and between school and work and her social life she stays very busy.
Im sorry for the long post but I think this catches you up.
See you soon!!!!