Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Early Thanksgiving Getaway

Last Sunday we headed on an early Thanksgiving getaway with Kelly's family.  Larry & Lydia had rented 2 cabins at Oconee State Park for a couple of days so we could all have a little Thanksgiving vacation together.  Kelly & I left with our girls Sunday morning and had a fun lunch together then went to see some beautiful waterfalls.  It is always amazing to see how much beautiful scenery we have so close to home.  The first waterfall we came to was Dry Falls (I think...they start to run together :)) The neat part about this one was that you could walk behind it.  Since it was so cold outside we got to see a lot of icicles.  The girls enjoyed getting back into the rocks, or "bear caves" as they called it.

In the "cave" with Daddy

Out next waterfall required a little more hiking which is hard to do with a 2 year old.  To get to the very bottom would have been a mile down and a mile back up which I would love to do with just me and Kelly but for this little hike we would only do half of it.  The last little bit is hard for adults so with small kids we weren't going to try it.  Luckily there are 2 stops on the way down with great views so we enjoyed those.  

We even saw a little rainbow at this one

My little hiker!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Snaggle Tooth!

Tonight was a big night for Cohen!  She pulled her top front tooth!  This tooth has been loose for a while now and here lately it has moved so much that it left a gap in her teeth while it was still there!  It had started to be really noticeable so I was pretty ready for it to come out.  I've always dreaded her loosing her teeth because they were so pretty but tonight she pulled her third tooth.  She's lost her 2 bottom teeth and this was the first top.  I think the one next to it is getting loose so she may really want her two front teeth for Christmas this year :)
Tonight we took Cohen and Kate to the movies to see Frozen.  The movie was great and both girls loved it.  I was surprised that Kate sat through it so good but after seeing the play Aladdin last weekend and doing so good I decided that I thought she was up for it.  She was great!  About halfway into the movie Cohen came over to me and was saying her tooth was twisted.  I told her we would look at it when the movie ended.  In the lobby afterwards we were talking with Cohen's friend, Kaylyn, and her parents Brandon and Nikki.  Cohen came up to me again and I noticed her tooth did look really loose and different so we went to the bathroom to see if I could pull it.  I am not a tooth puller, but here we went.   Sure enough the tooth was turned all the way around, which I have no idea how it did that.  I turned it around and begin to wiggle and pull and it came right out for me.  Cohen did great with no tears and there was no blood.  I'm so glad because there was a little girl in the bathroom watching the whole scene go down and she had just turned 5.  Her grandmother told me she was so glad that she had seen me pull Cohen's tooth with no pain or crying because now that little girl wouldn't be afraid to loose her own teeth.  It was a fun night for all of us and I'm sure the tooth fairy will be by tonight :)
Frozen time!

my cute little snuggle tooth!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


My Nanny and Suzy go every Tuesday to the nursing home to play bingo with the patients there.  They have been doing this for years!  After we moved back to Lavonia, I started to go with them and take Cohen.  She was only 6 months old when I started taking her and those patients loved seeing her.    She became a regular there until we stopped going when I started to take her to story time at the library each week.   We still meet Nanny and Suzy for our Tuesday lunch dates and every now and then Kate has been to the nursing home.  Yesterday was one of those days.  My Nanny has been in bad health so Suzy has to take over a lot of Tuesdays and we were going to help her yesterday.  My Nanny ended up going too.  When we got there Kate was waving to everyone and they all get so excited to see her.  She must have remembered how the game worked because she hopped down and ran to sit in my Nanny's lap to help call the numbers.   She loved the balls with the numbers on them. Every so often she would yell out the number that Nanny called out and everyone got a big kick out of that.  It was precious to watch and I'm glad that both my girls will be able to say they did this with my Nanny.  I know it will be a sweet memory to look back on.

This man was loving playing with Kate


Last Saturday, Dawn and I ran the CASA Superhero 5k.  We really had a lot of fun with this one!  She was Batgirl and I was Supergirl.  Keyes and Elliott both ran the fun run and they were both Batman.  They were really cute running their race!  A whole lot cuter than I feel running for sure!  There was a really good turnout for the run and lots of super heroes!  I was so proud of us because Dawn was 3rd in her group and I was first in mine.  I was more proud of being the 3rd female overall.  Kelly, the girls, Larry, Lydia, and Davis all came and cheered us on.  Its a lot of fun seeing some sweet faces waiting for you at the finish line.   I'm so thankful to have a great friend to run with!
Superheroes ready to run!!

My sweet cheerleaders!

Hard core winners!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

UGA Homecoming-Cohen's first game this year

A lot of our Saturdays in the fall are spent in Athens or wherever Georgia is playing.  Georgia football is a big deal in our house and it got started good for Cohen last year when we took her to her first game.  This year she has been asking when she would get to go, or more like why couldn't she go with us.  This past weekend was finally her turn!  It was also homecoming at UGA so it was a fun game for her to go to.  We have been to all the home games with Blake and Kasey this year and this was no different :)  We all went together again and we had Cohen and they had Taylor.  We knew the kids would enjoy each other.  We had to get an early start because we wanted to get them to the Dawg Walk where all the players walk in.  We were cutting it close but we got lucky when we found our friend Adam and he let them both stand at the fence with him.  They got a lot of high fives from the players walking in, and while they may not know any of them right now, I know they liked this and Cohen has been quick to tell how she reached out for fives from the football team.  A big big thank you to Adam!
After the players walked in we headed to the front of the Dawg walk so we could watch the band.  Cohen was really anxious to see the majorettes.  Her baton teacher, Mrs. Amy, was twirling this game  with the alumni and Cohen was beside herself to try to see Mrs. Amy.  I had to explain that we would see her inside the stadium.  She really liked hearing the band though, especially the drums which are her daddy's favorite!  We made a quick stop to see Uga in his dog carrier then made our way toward the stadium.  We had to get lunch and any snacks before we got comfy in our seats.  Cohen was still really wanting to see Mrs. Amy but when we walked down to the hedges we couldn't get as far down as she was since they were still checking student IDs.  Even though she was upset for a minute I told her we could still watch her when she twirled.   It was funny during halftime when they crowned the homecoming king and queen and she was wanting to know why Mrs. Amy didn't win.  I think she loves her teacher!!
Both kids did really well during the game and we stayed for the whole game.  Cohen was excited when she saw that Josie and Wyatt were sitting right above us so in the 4th quarter she played with them.  By that time it was clearing out around our seats so they have free reign in between our seats. It was a fun day cheering on the Dawgs and spending time with our family and friends!
waiting on the team

Uga was looking a little down 

Cheering for the Dawgs!

4th quarter cheer

Sweet cousins

After the game we ate with Sug and Pop.  When we got there I went down in the basement to check on Kate and she was playing so quietly with about 300 matchbox cars.  It was so funny to just listen to her playing.

Cohen has begun to read books to us here recently which amazes me!  She is just taking off with her sight words and sounding out new words in books.  Here is a picture I snapped of her reading to Sug.

Friday, November 8, 2013

3 in a Row...GO DAWGS!

Last weekend we had a lot of fun spending our weekend in Florida with great friends cheering on our Dawgs!  Kelly & I had not been to the GA/FLA game in a few years because it always falls right in the middle of Halloween fun and with kids I just couldn't miss spending that time with them.  This year the game fell on Nov 2. and I knew Halloween fun would be over so we were so excited to get to head back down to Jacksonville.  It also helps that we go with a great group of friends and have the best time the entire weekend!  We headed down on Thursday night after we got in a little trick-or-treating with the girls and arrived in Amelia Island around 1:00 am.  Luckily we could sleep in!  Friday all the guys head out for a day of golf while us girls do some shopping.  I actually got a start on a few Christmas gifts!  That night we all go to downtown Fernandina for a fun dinner.  We had a blast!

I loved that signs were hanging on all the poles.  Its definitely a big weekend down there!

Saturday we were up early to get everything packed up to head to Jacksonville.  We set our tailgate and up and just enjoyed the afternoon until the game started.  It turned out to be a great day.  We had thought we might get rained on but we didn't.  Of course during the game the first half was all GA, but they gave us quite a scare in the 2nd half.  In the end though the Dawgs held on to win their 3rd year in a row against Florida!  It's great to be a Georgia Bulldog!
The Girls
Part of the tailgating group

The Boys

Dawgs on Top!

3 in a row!  Go Dawgs!