Monday, November 4, 2013

Back to my roots

Maybe I'm getting older, but this last trip home was the most nostalgic and grounding experience ever for me. I just had such a strong sense of the rich history and heritage I come from. I loved being on the farm and remembering all of the fun times I've had there.

 Miss Jump Back Crystal was being just as snotty as she was 21 years ago when I first met her.
 I always have enjoyed doing farm chores with my dad. Mason "helped" him feed all of the animals.
There was a youth activity on the farm while we were there, so we spent some time doing the activities provided. I caught Cory acting like the decorations. I love his imagination.
 Just look at that fun little face.
 Hay ride time!
 One afternoon I took the boys to my Grandpa Whitesell's grave. I hadn't visited there in a really long time, but the day we buried him his burned so vividly in my mind. He was such a great man.

 Mason loved the piano at Grandma and Papa's house. It was hard to keep him away from it. Look at that great form!

 Cory found these Halloween decoration hands and loved playing with them. He and Mason played this zombie chase the baby game over and over.

 I loved the little moments when my mom could be with the boys. It's so important to me that they have a relationship.
 Papa Whitesell and Cory have this little tradition of getting cotton candy. Cory didn't forget about it and Papa made good on his promise. We even brought a few cousins along for the fun.

One of my favorite parts of this trip was all the running I was able to do. I loved running on the beautiful country roads. I had such a full sense of how beautiful Rock Hill is. I did have a few scary encounters with dogs, but made it out alive. I ran past the house I grew up in, the house my dad grew up in, as well as many other places that hold strong memories for me. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween in the South

 I flew with the boys for a nice long trip to the South for Halloween. I love fall in South Carolina. I especially love Halloween. There is something so fun about dressing up and candy and all the yummy fall treats and foods. We made sure to fully celebrate Cory's favorite holiday.
 We had a Halloween party for the kids at Grandma and Papa Whitesell's house.

 Nicolas decorating his Little Cutie Jack O' Lantern:
 Sweet Lexi
  Blake showing off some of the fun treats we made:
 Spooky Sticker Portraits
 Next party was the church's trunk or treat. Cory has looked forward to this event for the past 364 days.

 Benjamin and Martha
 Jason and their new puppy
 Nicolas and Cameron
 I love my Mama Jo!
 This picture is a bit blurry, but it shows how happy Cory was.

Cute Cousins
Lainee and Allison (notice Mason is double fisting the suckers)
I just adore my daddy. He had finished his chemo treatments right before our visit, but was still dealing with the symptoms. He wasn't feeling great but was a champ and came anyway.
I love my pirate and parrot boys!
 Final stop on the Halloween party train...... Grandma Great's House for goodies! Aunt Jeanie makes the yummiest stuff. We enjoyed white chocolate bones, caramel popcorn, cookies, caramel apples, and more.

 Beautiful Mama
 Being in my Grandma's house always stirs up the good memories of her and my grandpa. This shadowbox display hangs in her living room. It has my Grandpa's football jersey and handwritten plays from his play book in it. His nickname among his teammates was "Whistle Britches". Such a treasure!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Little Personalities

We love to have Jackson over to play. He always wants to do fun things like paint and play-doh. I love seeing the differences in these two budding artists' style. Jackson is methodical and patient, where as Cory fills his entire space and within 5 minutes begins painting himself. 

" What? I'm not suppose to be blue?"
And then there is Mason. He's just plain in to everything and is so independent.  Here's a picture of him eating an avocado all by himself. Who needs mom's help!?