ON THE ROAD JACK

On the drive home from the beach we didn't leave the car or make many detour stops.  We did make the exception at this cute little store for boiled peanuts to teach our kids the super important southern LOVE of the boiled peanut.  One day my kids will experience a laser light show at Stone Mountain, GA with boiled peanuts which is my favorite childhood memory of all time :)  And when they are there the boiled peanut will not be brand new.
 Our other stop was at this famous location.  When we first got married I was introduced in Duck Hunting mainly through this family on some old VHS tapes it is mainly about hunting.  Then it was a Duck Commander show which was a blend of the two.  The girls rarely made an appearance in the Commander shows.  Now it is Duck Dynasty.  Much less about the hunting...and I kinda miss that part surprisingly.

 There is not a whole lot to see but the sign.
and the loading dock...
 I can't believe this is our only whole family/friend picture of the trip.  We should have taken more...
 We visited EVERY part of the parking lot..


SUMMER FUN?

Warning: This post may leave you with a creepy crawly feeling!
It doesn't take much to entertain this family.  I heard laughing and screeching on the back porch to find Jack and Savannah trying to freeze a "giant" bug with ice. 
They had found a live locust that I guess couldn't fly.  Not sure how that part happened but I wouldn't put it past two little curious kids.  Pouring water and ice on the locust made it spin, jump, and vibrate which was the delight of the kids.  
They wanted to take a closer look at the bug so the first challenge was holding it.  That lead to "holding" him in different ways.  
Then we compared him to his shell.  At times these shells are quite collectable around here but I not sure they had ever seen the bug that comes out of the shell until today.  

Teaching tip:  We believe in Jesus/God/Heaven around here.  So the locust is an easy way to discuss death and what happens as an illustration.  The shell is the "old body" it looks just like it.  Kinda like our dead body looks like us but the good stuff the "soul" the part that makes you YOU leaves the "shell" and gets a new body, a better body in heaven.   ;)  The locust even gets wings!







YAY FOR FAMILY PICTURES

Just like the painters house is never painted my family is never photographed.  I'm working on changing that and jumping in pictures with my husband and kids.  Often my own self esteem issues get in the way but I want them to know that I was there and present in their lives too.  With a big push from our sweet friends the Smiths Grant even got a few "kissing" pictures ;)  a dream fulfilled I think.    
 Sunset the "golden hour" doesn't last long and to get two families photographed before we lost light was difficult so you will actually be able to tell the intensity of the sun lighten.  I like both the bright colors and the muted tones.  The only downside is the squinting but Jack was obeying so well it made me so proud of him.


 The hardest part about family pictures this year was Luke... no surprise to me actually.  He is in that one stage 14-24 months that is the hardest of all ages to photograph.  They don't understand the concept of standing still and if they do they definitely don't do it more than once usually.

Luke actually thought we were playing a game and his smiles were totally genuine which I loved so I just went with it.  There will be plenty of years that I get sweet posed smiles... this just was not one of them.

 And here we are all of us.  I love my life with these people and I'm so thankful for each of them!







 Not his most natural smile but man he was trying so hard!


 Luke totally loved the "beetch" ;)

 The helicopters that flew over were a big favorite.
 Containment by siblings was not his idea of fun...maybe next year.  I mean how cute is this pose!!!



A big big thank you to our sweet friends Lucas and Janet Smith who took all the photos I was in :)

BEACH FUN AND PICS


 The sun came back out and it was back to the beach!  Lots of playing in the water and sand.  No one ever wants to leave the beach...






 The "boys" played in the ocean a lot.  So glad Grant had a friend along to join him in all of the wave riding adventures.





 But eventually the time comes to get cleaned up and ready to oblige Mama for fancy beach pictures coming up next...