July 30, 2014

Six Flags or Bust!

Another adventure we conquered this summer was a trip to Six Flags. Libby's school took part in a reading initiative that rewards kids with a free ticket to the park if they read each day. Parents log the minutes and turn in the results at the end of the semester. Every time I signed off on the sheet I thought, "This means I am going to have to endure Six Flags, too. Great."

We picked a date and made plans with friends to travel to Atlanta. It was Libby's first ever trip to the amusement park. She didn't know what to expect, but she was excited.

We were there when the park opened and almost shut it down. It was a long day!

We left no stone unturned. We rode tons of rides, ate (overpriced) food, drank Icees until we were in sugar over load and even swam in the water park.

Even though it was a hot day, we dressed appropriately, lathered ourselves in sun screen, took breaks at the right times and had a really good day.

Libby surprised me and rode several big roller coasters. She may be a thrill-seeker after all. 

Here's a video of the biggest coaster she rode, Dare Devil Dive. Please note I had to ride the stupid thing, too. ;)


We came, we rode, we laughed, we walked miles and miles and we conquered the park. 

Thanks, Six Flags, for a great summer memory.

July 26, 2014

More Summer Fun

With me having a long stretch of time off this summer (thank you, Jesus!) we were able to plan a long week at the beach this year. Me, my mom and the girls spent Monday - Friday and Drew joined us Friday - Sunday. It was the longest I've stayed at the beach that I can recall. 

I have to admit it was a lot of work with two small kids, but it was so nice to relax and have no agenda. Beach living at its best!

Libby had a chance to ride the Red Shark (which I still call the Banana Boat). She and Drew rode with another family we made friends with over the course of the week. 

She loved the ride and was so pleased with herself after getting off the boat. Which is good, I wasn't sure if she would like all the bumps and splashing. But she did. It was a success!  

And if you doubted it, which I'm sure you didn't, Georgia Kate was a cute, wild, hilarious nut all week!

Me, Mimi and the girls made a trip to Pier Park one evening. We found the newly updated Miracle Strip rides. Libby rode several rides and GK and I joined her on the carousel. 

The last night of our trip we ventured out to eat and play putt putt. 

This was the first time we'd taken the girls and it's been years and years since Drew or I have been. We played 18 holes. And for the record, I beat Drew! He doesn't like to talk about it. ;)

It was a fun and special week at the beach. Great weather and precious memories for our family. 

We love summer!

July 23, 2014


Early on a Sunday in mid-June I woke up to find a voice mail from my neighbor. It went something like this:

(7:45 am) Neighbor: Beth, it's Jen from across the street. I wasn't sure if you knew you have a tree down. Call me if you need anything.

I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. I ran to the bedroom window and didn't see anything. I went to look out a window facing the back yard. Nothing. Libby was stirring at this point, so I told I was looking for a downed tree. Together we walked outside in our pjs and boy did we find it...

A tree that has been around for 50+ years had blown over during a storm in the middle of the night. And I never heard a thing.

We were so lucky that it fell away from our house. I promptly thanked God for protection from the tree. Because it could have done some extensive damage had it fallen on our house. 

We were sad to lose such an old tree, but Libby chose to make lemonade out of lemons. 

And used the downed tree as a balance beam for two days until it could be cleared. 


Drew and his dad worked hard to cut up the tree and haul off the limbs. We kept some of the wood to use in our fire pit this winter.

Goodbye, old tree, we'll miss you!

July 21, 2014

It was Fun...

We kicked off the summer with Vacation Bible School. Libby actually went to two - one at our church and one at my parent's church. I worked in the four-year-old classroom. It was hard work taking care of 13 - 15 secret agents every night. 

 The last night of VBS we had a closing rally and invited parents and friends. Without warning, Georgia Kate jumped on staged and danced along with all the big kids. Can you spot her? Front and center with sunglasses on! She's got spirit! 

Not long into June, I helped host a baby shower for my Sister-in-Law. (Since then, she's had her baby - pictures in future post.) That makes four girls on the Parkman side of the family. Fun (read: emotional, crazy, trying) times for years to come!

Three cute guests: Brentley, Cayden and Libby.

The hostesses with the Mom-to-be. 

More summer updates are on the way. 

July 16, 2014

Birthday Celebration

Georgia Kate turned two in early June. But because we had such a busy week the first week of June, we chose to host her birthday party the week following her actual birthday.

We planned a swimming party and invited friends and family. It rained for the first 45 minutes of the party (thanks southern, summer weather) so we improvised and played inside while the men grilled dinner. 

 After everyone ate, the storm passed and we were all clear for swimming.

Then it was time for cake and ice cream. 

This was her face when everyone sang to her. Excited and a wee bit shy.

Fun with friends. 

And a few presents, too!

Including this pink Mini Cooper. Excuse me while I cruise!

We had a great party with lots of friends and family. Georgia Kate is loved by many. 

Happy 2nd Birthday, Georgia Kate!

July 15, 2014

Where DID she go?

Hi faithful blog readers...reader...anyone still there? Hey, you! 

I bet you thought I gave up on the old blog? No, I did not. Normally bloggers get busy and put off working on new posts because life takes over. But that actually wasn't the case this time. I have a personal lap top (as opposed to posting from my work computer) and it was acting up this summer. No blogging for me.

But, great news, I sent my computer to the tech doctor, got a few things spruced up and now we're back up and running. 

Over the next few days I'll be posting updates from our eventful summer. 

Speaking of's been great, busy, relaxing, (yes, both) HOT and a lot of fun so far!

We've enjoyed a dance camp,

Had doctor's check ups,

Played outside...a lot!

Been cute, 

Dressed up for Bunco,

Ate ice cream from an ice cream truck, 

Celebrated friends getting married, 

Been cute again (I know, but we can't help it), 

Teed off, 

Survived Six Flags,

Logged many, many hours in the pool 

And spent some wonderful quality time with each other.

I tell you it's been a busy couple of months! 

Thanks for not giving up on me and the blog. I'm here, sputtering lap top and all. Check back often for full posts on our summer activities.