The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Apr 9, 2018
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We’ve made it a family goal to visit as many National Parks as possible and document our time exploring.  The first National Park to mark off our list was the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and it was a complete success.  This was a fantastic park to visit because it was such a short drive from home and allowed us to “dip our toes” into the whole National Park experience.  Unfortunately, the weather was pretty crummy, it was cold and rained most of the trip.  As a matter of fact, most of the roads beyond the visitors center were closed due to snow and ice.  However, it cleared up just long enough for us to enjoy the Mountain Farm Museum and trails around the visitors center.  While exploring the great outdoors the kids ran across all sorts of plants and animals,  from small plants that looked like umbrellas to elk.  They also got to play in the creeks, draw in the mud with their sticks, jump off rocks, balance on logs, and generally get into all sorts of trouble…messy muddy trouble.  But, the highlight for the kiddos had to have been their Jr. Rangers initiation.  Ranger Shannon took her time with the kids and really made the ceremony something special.  After completing 8 activities out of the Jr. Ranger activity book, they learned a bunch of interesting facts about the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  They then took the Ranger Oath and received their Jr. Ranger badges and certificates.  This experience has certainly sparked an interest in the kids for the great outdoors and I think all of us are looking forward to our next National Park Adventure.

 

Adalyn is 6

Mar 23, 2018
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Adalyn is now a big 6 year old!  She loves riding her bike (without training wheels), swimming, and all things arts and crafts.  She’s also already reading chapter books like a pro.  We’re so proud of this little angel and look forward to what the future holds for her.  Oh yea, and the tooth fairy has been very good to her lately.  Notice those two bottom teeth missing?  I could have sworn she just grew them!?

Carnival Cruise 2018

Mar 18, 2018
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Hunter is 4

Dec 17, 2017
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I know we say it every time we post birthday pics but, man, where does the time go?!  I swear we blinked and Hunter is now 4 years old.  We just can’t believe it.  But, we’re so proud of the little boy he’s become.  Currently, he’s into all things Mario Bros. and Super Heroes.  His favorite character is actually Luigi (I think because Hunter’s favorite color is green…).  He is super athletic, always jumping or running across the furniture or from room to room, doing handstands off the couch, and generally doing anything that would give one of us a heart attack.  He loves playing on mommy or daddy’s phone and has gotten really good at Mario Cart 8 on Wii U.  Hunter, you brighten our lives every day.  You have a great future ahead of you and we’re looking forward to watching you grow into the man you’ll become.  🙂

Snow Angels

Dec 10, 2017
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What was predicted to be a light dusting of snow ended up being over 9 inches! We were super glad that it came late Friday afternoon after everyone was home safe and sound. The kids had an absolute blast sledding down the neighborhood hills on the sleds we bought last year.  Oh, and Adalyn may have even caught some air on one of the hills with a built in snow ramp.  Videos are below.

 

Christmas Card Outtakes 2017

Nov 11, 2017
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Halloween 2017

Nov 7, 2017
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At the Orchard

Oct 24, 2017
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The First Dose

Sep 9, 2017
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We received a VERY special package today and I don’t think the UPS driver appreciated just how precious a package he was delivering.  🙂  We are beyond thrilled to announce that tonight Adalyn will be taking her first dose of KALYDECO.  So what exactly is KALYDECO?  It’s a prescription medicine that “…helps the ‘gates’ open more often, allowing more chloride ions to move into and out of the cells. The movement of chloride ions may help keep a balance of salt and water in the lungs.”  Patients who take KALYDECO typically see a substantial increase in lung function, less coughing, less mucus, less trouble breathing, and an increase in weight.  Can you say miracle drug?!  We’re so very thankful to all of our friends and family who have donated to the CF Foundation during our fundraising efforts.  Your donations drive much of the research behind the development of drugs like this.  We also want to send a big SHOUT OUT to our friends at the CF Foundation for all their efforts in this battle.  With fine folks like that in our corner, I’m certain a cure is in Adalyn’s future.

 

First Day of School 2017

Aug 1, 2017
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How time flies! These cuties are excited for school to begin. Adalyn’s first day of Kindergarten and Hunter goes back to preschool as a big 3 year old!

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