Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spring Break- Florida Style Part 1

So back in April, the boys and I got to head with Knekne and Peeps to Florida for Griffin's Spring Break! Mr.Pate ended up needing to stay back and help with church building stuff and getting things ready for our next phase, which was a bummer for all of us. Other than that- we had such a blast! We went to Kissimmee, which is basically Orlando. The condo we stayed at was soooo nice! The trip there was long, but the boys did better than I expected.

Their favorite part of the condo was this shower! Haha!

We got to swim the first day- and it felt awesome. The pool was right across from our room.

We cooked dinner that night in the place and then hit the hay. The next day we headed to the resort lobby to do some build a bears. The boys loved this and the lady leading it was great.

This is Grady making a wish before he stuffs it in... though it looks like he is crying, haha!

Griffin picked a penguin and Grady did a puppy.

Then we played on the playground at the resort for a bit.

And then headed to the pool for fun and games. It was colder and not many people came out for it.

Then dinner... Knekne is always good at the activities in menus!

Grady and Peeps got in some trash can basketball...

And we went for a walk around the resort, it was so pretty!

Then the boys swam- I mean bathed, haha!

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Monday, March 13, 2017

February in Review

Our February consisted of...

Griffin continuing to be a ham! This would be him on the carousal at our mall... he realized he could see himself in the mirror and posed the whole ride! Haha

Grady held on all by himself... growing so fast!

Mr.Pate and I celebrated 11 years of marriage! We went shopping and to eat at the White Squirrel, and his food wasn't great but mine was delicious and enough for both of us!

It might have took way too many tries to capture a decent picture of us on our date that night, hahaha! 11 years with this man, and I still love him so. He may drive me up the wall and make my blood boil more than any other human, but he also makes me laugh harder and smile brighter!

I just love when my boys match :-)

Grady's little class :-)

Oh we got Clue Jr this month! Clue is my all time favorite game, so to be able to teach Griffin how to play was soooo cool! He did great too!

My boys continue their love for baby "quarter" as Grady calls her, haha!

We did a marriage sermon series at church:

Gammy gave us some valentines books!

This one has started this hands over the face drama look when he is upset...

Griffin and I did a puzzle that he got me for Valentine's Day! I love puzzles!

Donuts with mom!

Our new church building is coming along and we are super hopeful to be in by Easter!

Mornings are rough for this kid, can't you tell?! Haha

Bristow had a Reading Night at school. The Cat in the Hat and Clifford were there!

There was also a book walk where you won books instead of cake!

And then athletes came in and read different stories and led activities about that book in different classrooms. I was in the S'mores classroom :-)

One of the books we won! I also volunteered at the book fair all week.

And that's February in picture form....

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Monday, March 6, 2017

A Valentines to Remember

I am not a huge Valentine's person one way or the other- I don't make it a huge deal and I also don't make a huge deal about not liking it either. But this years Valentines was pretty great!

I took the day off to volunteer at Bristow. I wanted to help with their party anyhow, so I just decided to make a day of it! Haha! I LOVE volunteering and getting to see what Griffin's world there is like. I copied a bunch, cut a bunch of stuff out, laminated things like a pro, and then just did whatever I could find to do. Haha!

Then it was time to party! Griffin decorated his box with a Star Wars theme. It was pretty cute, if I do say so.

Oh and Griffin got his brother a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal for Valentines! He loved it!

After Bristow, I went to get a pedicure- which I had said was the only thing I wanted for Valentines. It was glorious. I picked up Grady and we headed home for a normal family dinner at home... but when I pulled up to our house I see the Bostick's and Staggs' cars at my house?! People come by all the time, so I really wasn't sure if they were just stopping to get something or what. But when I made it in, the ladies (and babies) were sitting on the couch and the men were hard at work in my kitchen.... it was a surprise dinner for us!

Griffin even helped make place cards :-)

The men even dressed in similar clothes- not sure if that was on purpose?!

So a week or two before, Jason had shared a recipe on Facebook. I commented on it that he and my hubby needed to make it for their wives. At the same time, Justin was watching it in another room and commented too, haha! So, they surprised us with that recipe...

Delicious huge steaks, garlic shrimp that was amazing, fancy hasselbacked potatoes, and asparagus. It was so so so delicious.

They let us ladies sit and eat while they watched kiddos/fed little baby kiddos etc, and then they came and ate after the kids were settled.

And they even did the dishes and left my kitchen looking better than before!!

We were some lucky ladies and felt very loved, taken care of, and surprised. Good job guys!

It was one of the best meals I have had in a long time, some of the best company, and we got to be in my home where the kids could be loud and crazy and it was ok. Like a dream come true for this momma :-)

Happy Valentines Day!

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