Saturday, October 12, 2013

Road Trip with the Big Girl

We spent the night with a friend in Atlanta and stopped at this really interesting Chick-Fil-A for breakfast. I didn't realize that it was one of the first ones or the original one or something like that. Chris told me later :) and Cadence has decided that Chick-Fil-A is her favorite breakfast from a restaurant. 

and then as we drove, Cadence got control of the camera/iPad. So, these are some of her very pictures and videos. You need to watch the videos. They are short and so appropriate for this stage of her life :)

Here's ONE, another ONE, and a third ONE
Disclaimer: I'm not texting and driving - I'm probably FaceBook-ing

Sunflower seeds are a staple on an Andersen trip. and since she got to pick her own drink from the gas station she picked this orange drink (which was gross according to her) so we dumped it our and it became the seed bottle instead. and was picture worthy according to Cadence :)

 We went to FL for a memorial service for my Uncle Butch. He was my Dad's oldest brother and lived in the panhandle part of FL (not the Disney or beach part). They are so far out in the woods that there's literally no cell phone signal or internet. So, you entertain yourself in other ways. Like watching the deer, or feeding the deer, or fishing or driving the golf cart. Cadence did all of this!

 She was Aunt Jane's personal chauffeur on the golf cart!
 I can't believe how fast this girl is growing up. Her Daddy and I are so proud of the girl she is becoming. She is helpful, funny, smart, loves her brothers and sister,
 never meets a stranger, and overall a pretty good girl and 
I am so glad that Daddy took care of the littles so we could have a weekend together!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Family Days

We have been so blessed throughout September to have some great family days. Because a ministry schedule is pretty demanding most of the time, we are trying to be so purposeful to carve out a day a week to spend together. Our "normal" family day is Friday and it seemed like every Friday in September we accomplished the goal of hanging out together and with our kids doing fun stuff. 

Sometimes it's just simple fun like this:

and sometimes it's extra special fun!  and this particular Friday was extra special. Some friends from church own a boat rental business and because the boating season is coming to a close in North Carolina, we were invited to take a boat or jet skis out if we wanted to. Well, of course we wanted to!  So, on a friday morning we dressed the kids in bathing suits, packed a picnic and "water" toys and headed out. 

Creed spent some time on his "motorcycle" while we were loading the car :)

We got to the place, got on a boat, and headed out. We knew that there was a little island that has a pretty good beach area so we headed that way. For several hours we had the entire island to ourselves!!  What a treat to let the kids run and play and swim and dig for treasure and eat  Completely uninterrupted!  Daddy even has taken to turning off his phone on family days :)  and Mommy's was only used for pictures....

 Taking Caleb potty in the woods - or maybe he was going potty himself :)

picnic lunch on the "beach" it's not white gulf sand but on a Friday in September in North Carolina
 - it was pretty good!

I love watching how different our kids are. Creed literally laid in the sand and played with a couple lego guys and a stick - all by himself - for over an hour. Caleb LOVED to be IN the bucket/ I guess if you're 4 and fit in a 5 gallon bucket, you should take full advantage of that :) Cadence spent the majority of her time in the water and Liv just enjoyed being covered in sand and then washing it off herself. The baby - well if you know the baby he's into EVERYTHING!!  and this day was no exception :)

after having tons of fun on "our" island we went for a boat ride to see some houses in the area. The kids loved the boat part and even managed to stay awake to enjoy it!  We thought they wouldn't but they found the energy to stay up.....

I'm so grateful for our little family and a Daddy who takes the time to play with his kids. 
We are blessed!