Fun times on Vacation…

It’s just the little things when it comes to our family. Which is a super relaxed one.

So far we have lounged by the pool.

Hooked up with another homeschool family.

Ate out way too much.

Went to the mall.

Went to Royal Nails, which is said to be the best nail salon five years running. And yes they were!

Tomorrow we are taking the kids to Hannah’s Mirrored Maze. (Will post pictures then.)

We have been doing ubur again on vacation. It really is nice.

Per usual, the resort beds do not compare to our temperpedic back home, so I had to buy tiger balm for the back pain.

I also went to target and found this cute photo prob for eBay. 😉

I have noticed a huge difference between people in SC, verses people in NC. I’ve never noticed it before. I won’t say which is which, but one state has friendly people then the other.

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December part 1

Fall, in general, is always the busiest time of year for me. It starts off with three birthdays in October, and then carries onto another three in November. Throw in Halloween and Thanksgiving, Black Friday ….and then December is here.

My wedding anniversary is this month.

99% of my shopping has been done.

Children’s activities are in full swing, and the little down time at home that we have is spent on baking, decorating, and Christmas movies.

I’m not complaining, in fact, I love it. So much!

I can’t imagine a life without family things.

My kids are a huge part of my life.

I thought as they got older, it would start to feel somewhat empty. But I’m quickly realizing that it’s even more fulfilling.

I love being a mother so much!

I have never been able to relate to other mothers who complain about their kids, or look forward to having them in school, and not at home.

Of course this is the only life I’ve ever known. And my kids are extremely well behaved, and genuinely enjoy spending time with each other.

I suppose if there was arguing and fighting all day, I’d feel very different about family life.

I think we want to give our children the life we never had. And for me, it was two very absentee parents. So for my family life, stability and focus, has always been my number one priority. It’s important to me, for my kids to have the stability and unconditional love that I never had growing up.

And that’s all I’m going to share on that.

I need to get up out of bed and get motivated. I see that my daughter has left me a cup of tea next to my bed before she left for class this morning. ❤️

I’ve been laying here since 6am thinking about this coming week.

We leave in a few days for a mini vacation.

My husband surprised me with K-Love Christmas concert tickets, and I’m very excited. He’s very introverted and doesn’t like crowds, so this really was a true act of LOVE. ❤️

Moving on to some activities in pictures.

Our first snow! It’s been in the 30’s. ❄️🌨

Stunning picture of our American flag that I took in Greensboro, NC the other day.

Tennis

Picked up a couple rackets to teach the girls a friendly game of tennis. 

No horses allowed. Hmm?! 

Let’s do this!

“I GOT IT!”

SCORE! 

When she realized it went up and over the fencing into a persons yard..

She tried roller blading/skating last week, and tennis this week. We are working on her bucket list. She is enjoying trying new things. 🙂

Savannah Georgia

We visited one of the many tourist destinations in Savannah, Georgia. 

This ice cream place opened in 1919 by the Leopold Brothers. 

All the ice creams are home made. And it’s still owned and operated by the same family, generations later. 

I sampled several flavors before deciding on Lemon Custard.

The kids enjoyed the triple chocolate raspberry swirl and peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream. 

So if you are ever in Savannah, you must stop and try their ice creams. The prices were very reasonable too. 🙂


Homemade Cold Stone ice-cream

We went to Cold Stone Creamery for date night a few weeks ago. Two sundaes, $14!
I came home and googled homemade Cold Stone Creamery icecream,  which took me straight to YouTube.
As long as you have a Pampered Chef stoneware, or some other type of stoneware, you can make this too. 
I used my Pampered Chef cookie sheet.

I placed it in the freezer for ten minutes, then took it out and placed a healthy scoop of ice cream on it. Then I added some fixings. 

For mine I added a few vanilla wafers and a banana. 

Then using my Papered Chef slicer  I began to cut the wafers and banana into the ice cream. 

Just a few minutes later….wa’la!

Banana Pudding Cold stone ice cream. 

Cost: .50 per serving.


I made the kids some chocolate,peanut butter, marshmallow, cookie ones.

It looked like this after it was mixed.

I made dh’s a ‘little bit of everything’  

Homestyle Vanilla Ice cream, gram crackers, Carmel, walnuts, and fudge. Mmm!

The finished sundae!

The key is to have the stoneware very cold. 

This was a much cheaper option then having icecream sundaes out. It was also a lot of fun to make. 

I definitely will be making these again. 

Maybe once a month for movie night. 😉

Homemade Cold Stone ice-cream

We went to Cold Stone Creamery for date night a few weeks ago. Two sundaes, $14!
I came home and googled homemade Cold Stone Creamery icecream,  which took me straight to YouTube.
As long as you have a Pampered Chef stoneware, or some other type of stoneware, you can make this too. 
I used my Pampered Chef cookie sheet.

I placed it in the freezer for ten minutes, then took it out and placed a healthy scoop of ice cream on it. Then I added some fixings. 

For mine I added a few vanilla wafers and a banana. 

Then using my Papered Chef slicer  I began to cut the wafers and banana into the ice cream. 

Just a few minutes later….wa’la!

Banana Pudding Cold stone ice cream. 

Cost: .50 per serving.


I made the kids some chocolate,peanut butter, marshmallow, cookie ones.

It looked like this after it was mixed.

I made dh’s a ‘little bit of everything’  

Homestyle Vanilla Ice cream, gram crackers, Carmel, walnuts, and fudge. Mmm!

The finished sundae!

The key is to have the stoneware be very cold. 

This was a much cheaper option then having icecream sundaes out. It was also a lot of fun to make. 

I definitely will be making these again. 

Maybe once a month for movie night. 😉

Another hike happened…

Today was a beautiful day. I’ve been trying to be outside more…since giving up electronics; for the most part.

My day started off with this energy packed junk food. 😉

We stopped at Whole Goods for reverse osmosis water..Which we did stock up on…

But while in line I saw this key lime pie in a cup thing. The ingredients sounded very nice, and just like that, I was sold. 

 It was only $2.99 Who could resist? Not I. 😉

The cold brew coffees were on sale for $1.58, so I got one for my daughter and one for myself.



Then off we went! 

The hike was mostly going up and down some rather steep stoned steps. But then we reached the view…..

Gods Creation is so exhilarating!

Beautiful waterfalls never get boring to me. They are just so tranquil; that your mind  gets lost. I love that!

Once we reached our destination, it was just completely chill. The water felt great! 

Off she went!

The pool part was about three feet deep. 

It was just so pretty!

They had so much fun. ❤️

Can’t you just feel it? 

It was a hot one today. 
On the way back I took some amazing pictures of some mushrooms. Along with some candid views.

I am still wonder if any of the mushrooms were edible. I will have to check a book out at the library next week on mushrooms. 👍

Or…maybe they were all hallucinogens?!

Either way, they sure were pretty to look at.







This little guy was sunbathing.

A place where I almost slipped. 




These two were all smiles. 😎



More shrooms



Me and my girl. ❤️

This one looked like it had this wet white foam on it.😷


To me, this one looked the most like something you would eat. Of course I am probably wrong. It reminded me of the kind of mushrooms that taste like a steak. The name has escaped me at the moment.😐



And that concluded our daily venture. 

We got home to watch the sun set…..

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.


Hiking for Exercise

~Why hiking is the best form of exercise

I’ve had a gym membership for the past five years. And despite avidly going, I haven’t lost much weight.

I think it’s because when I get tired I stop and go home. It’s that easy! 
I have found that hiking is just about the best form of exercising you can get. 

A full body one at that!
You see, you have to keep going…even if you become exhausted and tired…
You can’t just stop and go home when you’re tired. 

What if you are up on top of a mountain?!
Maybe you tell yourself that a four mile hike is ‘child’s play’
And perhaps it is, if it’s all down hill….
But then you need to get back up the path…
If you are not an experienced hiker, which I am not… You will want to quit and go home.
But….. That simply will not be an option.
Especially if it is getting dark outside and starting to rain. 
Walking on a treadmill at the gym gets boring quick. Even when listening to Brittany or Jay-Z. 😉
It’s just boring….
But hiking is never boring. 
Also, at least for me personally, I simply can’t spend time “thinking” while out on a hike. 

If YOU can, great! But I can not.
My mind is too busy watching where I’m stepping and keeping an eye for wildlife.

Its very sedating. Mentally.
And for those reasons alone, I have come to appreciate the mental outlet of hiking for exercise. 

Random pictures from our hike at Hanging Rock.