this post has more than it's fair share of pictures. mostly from my phone about different things that have been happening over here. there's been a lot of work and travel involving everyone. we are so thankful for the things that keep us busty, geez louise, we are ready to slow down just a tad! so here goes... 

have i mentioned how g.r.o.s.s. i think hotel remotes are? have you watched that dateline?

preschools are a highlight of my spring season. my little niece smiled for her pictures. if you know her, you understand why this is a big deal. last year we could only get the top of her hair bow in the class photo. but my oh my she is a cutie!
bennett participated in a "fire competition" between the two rivalry football teams in our state! 
jeff and i celebrated our 22nd anniversary! twenty.two.years.  are we really that old? it seems like yesterday. this fella is still the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful person i know. the person who is going make our empty nest feel so much better!
our old babysitter now has a baby. no way! we really are that old! and man, he is just THE CUTEST little nugget!
we are in the process of covering our back porch. 
can't wait! 
and adding a much needed portico to my studio door.
sleepovers and saturday mornings! 
again... no way is another senior year right around the corner :(
no comment.
we took our first college tour... to you know where.
clemson university.
 oh how i LOVE a mission trip debrief. we all feel like our friends in ecuador are our family in ecuador. so many of us gather to hear every last detail!
we had our picture made today for our next trip! 
i refer to this group as my dream team! 

what's more exciting than returning a LIVE bunny to it's owner? nothing.

 bennett and elizabeth hanging out!
 dinner date to chops.
 the kitty boy saga. this cat is an all time snake killing favorite. word on the street is he is a bully. bullying the neighborhood cats into anorexia. after numerous sweet phone calls and cat house arrest, we realized we couldn't keep this free range cat contained. 

so it was off to the farm for awhile. 
a little kitty rehab.

a big thank you to wendy for cat sitting this rebel.

after three weeks our favorite kitty is back... killing moles and continuing to terrorize the neighborhood cats. at least they had a chance to fatten up before his return ;) 
 thankful for this (scary) little gas station between home and school. who cares if a murder happened across the street and i think they sell drugs out the back door... i didn't run out of gas!
 a few of my birthday flowers still living a month later!

 this little ladies. they make me smile. a surprise trip to starbucks and they just happened to have a secret recipe tucked away in their wallet. 
 it was for the harry potter butter beer. 

this fella was a good sport!
yes, the drink was delicious but very, very sweet!
 ending with my little nephew's adorable handwriting! 


you know your blogging is  slack when your children ask why no posts? it has been a combination of (everyone) being busy and needing a little break from blogging.

the church service was amazing! our sunday school kids made resurrection eggs. we wanted each child to go home with their very own set. my fellow teacher and i started collecting egg cartons weeks ago.  "breakfast for dinner" has been happening a lot! the friday before easter i panicked. we had 15 cartons and half of them held 18 eggs. there was a possibility of twice that many kids. amazon don't fail me now! i ordered two dozen empty cartons from amazon. (and empty egg cartons are not cheap)

so, amazon failed me. or so o thought. sunday afternoon my neighbor delivered my box of egg cartons. ups had delivered to the wrong house on saturday morning. 

sheer panic, lol! with a little slicing and dicing, we made due. 

a week later we were still laughing at our panic... boy if this isn't a north american church prob ;) 
 easter sunday, lore from ecuador emailed me a picture of the youth on easter sunday! praise God for the attendance. what a blessing!

 after church we celebrated at the smokes house. the food is always fabulous. the company was even more fabulous! this year bennett and "crew" were allowed to hide the easter eggs.... OH THE DRAMA!

 bennett is still a kid at heart (chase and anna  katherine included) they hid the eggs in places adults could not even reach. they buried eggs in potting soil and who knows where the golden egg ever went.  

this is an annual occurrence. bennet shaking and slinging sarah anne as Liza watches in horror! bennett is rough and sa is tough! 

little roger... he is everyone's weakness! man that boy is SO adorable! and athletic! just try to steal an egg-football from that fella. 

the "boys"... let me rephrase. bennett ended up helping roger in finding the really hidden eggs. which infuriated the girls sarah anne.

"roger, we are the men! we have to have each other's backs." 

this has become our fabled  dinner show. all of our family gathered together, misty rain, watching from the back porch with all you can eat deviled eggs... this dramatic egg hunt is some of the best entertainment our family has to offer!  

it was such a great day!! 
before the day was over the girls and i picked flowers from our neighbor's yard. in year's past we would pick flowers on easter morning from her yard to place on the cross at church. she passed away a few weeks ago. this year we decided to use the flowers as our easter centerpiece. we smiled at how charismatic it turned out... just like lynn!
and we dyed eggs :)

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