Kickin’ off camping season

We kicked off our camping season this weekend with our annual quick weekend trip to Defeated Creek. It rained…..the whole entire time we were there…I mean, like really. I think it was not raining for a total of 3 hours that we were there. And even in those hours it was hit or miss. We had fun anyways. We made the most of the little bit of time it was only raining lightly to take walking/bike trips around the campground, and we let the kids get dirty in the sand before it started just pouring on Saturday. We spent lots of time watching movies, playing games, reading, and just hanging out. It was relaxing. We got the camper ready for the rest of our trips, and made lists of the things we are low on in the camper. We finally hung all the canvases/artwork we’d gotten this winter to go in the camper to make it feel more like home. It was a good trip, even with all the rain. I took a total of 7 pictures (Because what are you going to take pictures of on a rainy camping trip?), so here they ALL are: 

Now, I am home nursing a sick Jake and a sick Jack, who both woke up with a stomach bug this morning. 🙁

House update

Last week was a BIG week in terms of our house renovations. I just haven’t had time to blog about it! Last week the walls went down in the kitchen and the bathroom, so the new part is officially part of the old (even though it isn’t done yet). Here’s some before and after pics for comparison. 

Dining room before: 


And after! It is going to make such a HUGE difference. It already does just in terms of how much light the new windows and doors let in. 

This is looking at it from the living room: 

And this is looking in from the new addition: 

Now for the bathroom. 

Before (the sink/laundry room part of the bathroom): 

And after: 

And here’s a view standing in what will be my new laundry room when it’s all said and done: 

Oh, and here’s a picture of our new bathtub (it isn’t installed yet, but that is the general area it will be-the vanity and the washer and dryer will be gone.)

Tomorrow the electricians come, to get our new electrical box running. Next week the roofers will be here….more big changes to come! 🙂

Easter-photo bomb style

We had a bit of a different Easter weekend around here. We had a good time celebrating with Jake’s family on Good Friday, and then an awesome Good Friday service at church- it is one of my very favorite services our church has all year long. Saturday Jake woke up with a fever. 🙁 I took him to urgent care, and he had strep throat. 🙁 So it was just the kids and I for church this morning. Then we went to Nana’s to hang out with everyone for the afternoon. Jake stayed home in order not to infect anyone else. 

Well, without further adieu……

Our excellent Good Friday egg hunt- Andrew became an egg hider this year, and he upped the game! 

The Easter bunny made a visit. (No, my kids don’t believe, but yes, they love it anyways). 🙂

Josie was SO EXCITED to wear this flower girl dress that someone handed down to us for Easter. And Jack was EQUALLY excited to wear his shirt and bow tie that he picked out- seriously, no joke. He wanted to wear pink to match his sister, and he was very proud of his outfit. 🙂

Church Easter picture, minus Jake 🙁

Sweet Beau

And this is the best you get when you are trying to photograph 7 kids, 5 of whom are under 3 and under….

Finally- a sibling  picture! The last one we got was when I was VERY pregnant with Josie. 

Sweet Kinley girl

LOVE this Sadie girl. 

Happy Easter! He is risen, indeed! 

Tonight was our church’s annual Seder dinner. It’s one of my favorite things our church does. This was Jack’s first year to participate-he definitely made some faces at the bitter herbs, but he did so good! The kiddos were also excited tot get to sit with their sweet friends. It blows me away how big these kids are now….when we started Redeemer, Josie was only two!!

Weekending: Triathlon edition

This was a fun weekend! Today I did my second ever triathlon! It was in Knoxville, so yesterday after Jack’s soccer game (he did great-scored a goal!), we took the kids to Grammy and Pappy’s to spend the night and then spend all day with them today. Then Jake and I hit the road to Knoxville. We took our time getting there, stopping in Cookeville to antique shop. We haven’t gotten to do that in forever, and we actually found a ton of good stuff! We got some of it, but restrained ourselves on some of it, too. 🙂 

We got to Knoxville around dinner time, checked into our hotel, and then went to find some dinner. I picked sushi….which is my total go-to dinner of choice here lately when I pick. I love it! 

Meanwhile, the kids were having a great time with Grammy and Pappy….

The only bummer of the day was that Josie ended up having strep throat again! She had started complaining of her throat a little on Friday night, but I thought it might be allergies. But, sure enough, 2 hours after we left, Mom called and said she had a fever. Luckily, Mom was able to take her to the walk-in clinic so she could go ahead and start on antibiotics, so she felt much better today. But, poor thing, this is the second time she’s had strep in a month! 

Today started REAL early. Why do races always have to be so early? We met our friend Dylan (he’s a friend from church) at the race, because he was racing, too! 🙂 It was FREEZING this morning, but luckily the swim portion was indoors. However, running outside from the pool to the bike area was quite a shock! By the time we hit the run portion, though, it had warmed up quite a bit. 

This triathlon was a 800 yd swim, 6 mile bike, 3 mile run. It was just as fun as the last one, too! I really like triathlons. I did pretty good. I had set myself a goal to finish this one in 1 hr, 15 min. I completed it in 1 hr, 13 minutes! And, just as a record for myself, here were all my times: 

10:56 swim

2:13 1st transition

25:57 bike

:48 2nd transition

33:28 run

Total time: 1:13:20…..and place 175 out of 220


Dylan and I before the race

Jake got some cool pictures of the race

This was me before the race started, shivering while I was trying to get my transition area set up. 

All the swimmers on deck, waiting for it to start

Dylan and I in the transition area after the swim

Me on the bike….the course was SOOO hilly. 

Me coming through the finish line

Dylan finishing. 

It was a great race! I’m really glad I decided to do another one. 

After the race, we went to lunch with Dylan, and then Jake and I took our time getting home, stopping at a couple more antique malls. 

The kids, meanwhile, were still having a great time with Grammy and Pappy. They got to go play with their cousins, which they always love to do. 

It was a fun, good weekend. 🙂