This week another piece of my heart went out into the world without me. McKayla and McKenzie began the next phase of their lives and I couldn’t be more proud. But at the same time I am absolutely miserable. Yes, I am so sad that I have to say goodbye to my babies a few days a week. I am not sure I am ready for this yet. However, I must say it is much easier watching McKayla and McKenzie walking into class together, hand in hand. They have each other, always and forever.
It all began last Wednesday at orientation. They were beyond happy, but very nervous. Before starting school McKayla and McKenzie both said they were excited, but they would miss Mama. My girls! The only thing that makes this easier on their mama is that they have each other.
Then the first day of school was finally arrived on Tuesday and they couldn’t have been more excited…
Today, after kisses and hugs they walked into class hand in hand. McKenzie simply looked at Sissy and they held each others hand. Talk about melting my heart. Watching the love these two have for each other is amazing. I am truly blessed to be able to watch McKayla and McKenzie grow up together.
I still can’t believe summer has come and gone once again. Seriously, where are the days, weeks, months, years going?! Our girls are growing up too fast, but oh so beautifully. They truly are such amazing little women. God has blessed us for 4 wonderful daughters.
Sophia my 3rd grader…
Isabella my 1st grader…
Their baby sisters are sure going to miss them…
A back to school celebration isn’t complete without cake…
The first day of school is always bittersweet for me. I am beyond excited for my girls to begin a new adventure, but I miss them dearly when they are gone. I wonder what they are are doing and if they miss me. I wonder if they need as much as I need them.
Anyone who knows me knows I love family pictures. Well, I don’t love all the preparation and work, but I ALWAYS love the outcome and this year was our easiest year yet. I love having pictures taken each year. Steve however does not, but this year he didn’t mind it. Afterwards, he told me it wasn’t that bad. First of all we Karri Brantley was AMAZING!! She was sweet, funny, and kind. We loved her from the start and our pictures turned our perfect!! I loved how she caught each of our girls personalities. Isabella and McKenzie are definitely our silliest and boy did she capture their laughs. Sophia and McKayla are much more serious, they simply wanted to take their pictures, no goofing around. 🙂
Our family pictures throughout the years….
2012, 2015, 2016
Where do I even begin?! Our trip couldn’t have been any better. We had the most amazing time together as a family. I know I say this time and time again, but I truly love the ages of our girls. Traveling is so easy (well as easy as it can be with 4 kids) and fun!!! We laughed, played, experienced A LOT and we can’t wait to take our next adventure together!!
We started our 19 hour journey to Florida at 2:22 in the afternoon on a Friday and arrived in Florida Saturday at 9:30 in the morning. Our 19 hour car ride couldn’t have gone better. All four of our girls slept from 7:30-7:30. Yes, they slept for 12 hours in the car, it was pure bliss.
Tips for Road Trips with Kids:
- Lots of movies.
- Lots of snacks.
- Drive while they sleep.
- And don’t forget dramamine. Our girls have a history of getting sick on car trips.
Once we arrived we spent most of our days swimming and it was pure perfection. Thanks to Steve’s mom and step-dad we stayed used their timeshare at Orange Lake. We stayed in a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo; which was the perfect amount of space. It was exactly the type of family vacation we all needed. We could have stayed there forever. Seriously, our girls continue to talk about wanting to move to Florida. They love the heat just as much as their mama.
Of course, we ended up at Disney Springs THREE times; totally not planned. We planned to go once during our week, but we loved it so much we went two more times. Since, we have a trip planned to Disney World in March 2018 we stayed away from the Disney parks; not an easy thing for us. We all love Disney World, but we really wanted to simply relax and going to Disney World during the summer isn’t always relaxing.
Sophia and Isabella loved having sleepovers every single night. They loved having their own room. It was so sweet. I love how my girls are truly each other best friends. When we are on vacation as a family they never speak of missing their friends because they have three best friends with them ALWAYS!!
Sophia and Isabella decided to get their hair wrapped and boy did it bring back memories. Mama might have encouraged it just a little. My little sis and I used to get our hair wrapped on EVERY vacation and it is a memory I will never forget. If it didn’t take so long I would have had my wrapped too.
I could vacation all year long with our family and now that we know how easy driving is with our girls we definitely plan to do more of it. I love all the quality time we get together.