DIY Nursery Monogram Sign

One of my favorite elements of Lincoln’s nursery, is the DIY Nursery Monogram that I made for above his bed.  I wanted his room to incorporate various textures as well as patterns and colors.  My original idea for above his crib, was his initials using black block letters against some sort of metal squares, for kind of an industrial feel.

Well, it turns out you have to have metal cutting tools in order to cut the sheets of aluminum to size…and as much as Dave probably would have loved getting a new tool, I didn’t want to add to his growing collection just for this project.

So I had to get a bit creative.  I went to Lowes and bought three linoleum tiles {less than a dollar each!}.

I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Antique Nickel to spray two heavy coats over the linoleum to create a metallic illusion.

The tiles came in 12×12 inch squares, so Dave used an X-Acto knife to cut the two side ones down to 9×9 inches square.

Then I used my Silhouette to pick out a block font and size the letters accordingly.  Then I cut the letters out of black vinyl.  Use your Silhouette scraper, or a debit card to slowly and smoothly adhere the letters onto the squares.

Then Dave drilled holes in the middle of each square and we used twine to hang the letters from repurposed nails.

The perfect touch to my little boy’s vintage nursery!

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13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples

Way back before children, Dave and I were party animals.  We loved entertaining at our house, and our favorite party to throw was a massive Halloween party.  We had a haunted maze in the garage, a life-sized animatronic Hannibal Lector, and tons of Halloween themed food!  But our biggest claim to fame was the costume contest.  Everyone came to our party in costume, and we had prizes for Best Couple, Most Creative, and Funniest….with bottles of wine {with poison labels} as prizes!

13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Our friends turned out to be quite innovative!  Over the years, we saw some terrifically creative Halloween costumes for couples that were easy and cheap to make.  Today, I thought I’d share some of my favorites:

The Bra: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

The Bra:  Easy to make with white undershirts and a pair of matching lacy tank tops!  The trick is to stay together at the party though!

It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:  If you happen to have a giant pumpkin costume laying around, it would be easy to personify  Linus, Pigpen, or Charlie Brown to go along with it!

American Gothic: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

American Gothic:  By far one of my favorite Halloween costumes for couples…a trip to Goodwill for a frumpy blouse and an old picture frame will just about complete this easy pairing.

Hans and Franz: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Hans and Franz: Stuff sweatshirts to create muscles, practice your German accents and get ready to “pump, you up!”

Charlie and Goose from 'Top Gun': 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Charlie and Goose from ‘Top Gun’: Being near the Air Force base guaranteed access to some pilot gear…and you probably already have the sunglasses…

Olivia Newton-John and Richard Simmons: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Olivia Newton-John and Richard Simmons:  In case you needed an excuse to be “Sweatin’ to the Oldies…”

Gram and Gramps: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Gram and Gramps: Don’t forget the little details that make this costume so believable…a catheter collection bag, lipstick on your teeth, and big ‘ole saggy boobs!

The Stock Market Crash: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

The Stock Market Crash: Can you tell this costume was from 2008?  “I was once a Broker, but now I’m just broke!”

Bun in the Oven: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Baker and Bun in the Oven:  Perfect Halloween Costumes for couples who are expecting!  I bought this one on Amazon, but I’ve seen people make their own from a box.  I highly recommend wearing a real outfit underneath….I shed my oven halfway through the night and was glad I was decent underneath!

UPS Man and his Package: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

UPS/Mail Man and a Package:  This was a spur of the moment costume, as Loo didn’t know we were having a party when she came to visit…can you tell we had finally convinced her to move to Charleston?

Cowboy and Indian: v13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Cowboy and Indian: A classic

Allstate's "Mayhem" and Progressive's "Flo": 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

Allstate’s “Mayhem” and Progressive’s “Flo”: Another one of my favorites! This Mayhem was the “Hot Chick out Jogging.”

Mr. Clean and Molly Maid: 13 DIY Halloween Costumes for Couples from Palmettos and Pigtails

and finally,

Mr. Clean and Molly Maid: It helps if you already sport a bald head, bushy eyebrows and goatee…then all you have to do is borrow one of your wife’s earrings!

Happy Haunting!

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Breathing Room

I have a wonderful small group of women that I meet with on a weekly basis from my church.  Yes, we do Bible Studies.  But we also do deep conversations, laughter, rants, tears, and affirmations.  My Wednesday nights are what get me through the week.

Breathing Room - thoughts on Andy Stanley's study {Palmettos and Pigtails}

The study that we are currently doing is a video series by Andy Stanley, called “Breathing Room.”  We have discovered, as a group, that one of our biggest challenges and weaknesses is the lack of margin in our lives.  We ALL have a very hard time saying “No,” we are jamming as many activities, things and experiences into our lives as possible.  And for what?  Stress?  No sleep?  A messy house?    All for the sake of “keeping up” and “making the most of the time we have.”

In our attempts to make the most out of life, we lose control over what is important.  Our stress levels rise, our focus narrows…and so other areas suffer.  But it’s still so hard to give ourselves a little room to breathe.  A little less clutter.  We jam as much in because we have a fear of missing out on something, of falling behind, of not leaving a tiny imprint in our world.

Sad, but true.  I am a prime example.  I am a blogger.  A blogger that usually has a lot of photos in my posts.  I have three kids, whom I love more than anything….and I love to give them experiences and memories.  And, I love to document those experiences.  And although I don’t usually plan our family activities around the blog, I am always aware of opportunities to share about them on my blog.  So I really have to reel myself in from taking a million and three photos from every angle, and I have to consciously live in the moment…reminding myself to just enjoy the experience with my kids…not to worry so much about what I’ll write about, and if the lighting is good for photos.  Margin needed.

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Psalms 90:12

The Breathing Room study is teaching us to cherish each moment.  One of the examples that Andy gave in the video, was to think about the little tiny blip of time that is our lifespan…when compared to God’s timeline.  Think about how fast our lives go and how quickly our children grow up, and then think about how fast it must seem to God.  Imagining the finite spanse of my lifetime makes me re-focus on what is really important.  The whole concept kind of blows my mind.

Remembering that our time is limited provides us with the wisdom to know how to spend our limited time
-Andy Stanley

Another pivotal moment in the video was the story of a woman who worked in Hospice, and asked people at the end of their lives what their greatest regrets were.  And the top two answers were, “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard” and “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to me, not what others expected of me.”

That second regret really hit home.  Initially, I’d say I don’t really worry what others think of me too much.  I’ve pretty much accepted the way I look, dress and act.  But then, digging deeper, I thought about my life in relation to how I portray it on my blog.  As much as I try to keep it real on here for you, there are certain pressures that I struggle to ignore.  I mean, I love Pinterest as much as the next gal, but  I have to admit that it does often make me feel a bit inferior to all of those crafty pinners.  The expectations for a blogger are high…in order to get paid, we are expected to have quality posts about stuff our readers care about…several times a week, with excellent photos, original ideas, and clean houses to stage everything in.  And thanks to Pinterest and Photoshop, that’s what a lot of you think our reality is.  I mean, who am I really trying to impress?

Family? Close friends?

Y’all know me better than that…you know that any clean surface of my home that is in a photo, really just has stuff shoved to the side {out of frame, of course}, that will resume it’s place as soon as the flash goes off.

Strangers who don’t know me personally?

Let’s be honest, most of them don’t care.  In fact…they probably aren’t even reading this because they didn’t find this post on Facebook or Pinterest.  There aren’t any pretty pictures.  And they don’t really care about getting to know the real me anyway.  They just want to know what my next project is.  So why do I feel so pressured to make them like me?  Golly….it’s like high school all over again.

Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love that there are more of you than ever reading my thoughts on a weekly basis.  But I hope you want to know me.  And connect with the real me.

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Avocado Tips and Tricks

love avocados.  I could live on sliced avocados on top of an avocado salad, with a side of guacamole!  And I’ve been eating them for 30 {ahem} some odd years!  But only recently did I find out some tips and tricks to making these delicious fruits even easier to eat!

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I like to buy several avocados at a time, and then place a couple in a brown paper bag, next to some bananas on the counter.  This helps them ripen faster, and within a day or two, the firm avocados have become slightly soft when you gently squeeze them.  That is your first clue that they are ready to eat.

Avocado Tips and Tricks- Palmettos and Pigtails

The second tip to check ripeness is to pop off the little stem thingy {yes, that’s the technical term thankyouverymuch}.  If it’s greenish on the inside, then your avocado is ripe!  The trick with this though is to only pop off the stem if you’ve already checked the fruit for a little squishiness… because if you take the stem off and it’s still brownish, then you’ve used up that opportunity to check for ripeness.

Avocado Tips and Tricks- Palmettos and Pigtails

After slicing the avocado lengthwise, use a sharp knife {one that has a wide blade…no pairing knives} to “Hi-ya!” into the pit.  Again, another technical term.  You will hit the pit straight on with your life, hard enough that it sticks into the pit.

Avocado Tips and Tricks- Palmettos and Pigtails

Then gently twist the knife, and the pit will slide cleanly right out of the fruit.

Avocado Tips and Tricks- Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, if you want cube-ish pieces, draw a grid of lines with your knife through the flesh {be careful not to cut through the skin}.  If you are using the avocado to make guacamole, feel free to not cut a grid, but just scoop out the flesh into a bowl for mashing.

Avocado Tips and Tricks- Palmettos and Pigtails

Use a spoon to gently scoop around the edges of the flesh, scraping the inside of the skin…and all of the cube-ish pieces will come right out into your bowl.

Avocado Tips and Tricks- Palmettos and Pigtails

For avocado salad, add some mozzarella balls and tomatoes with a little white or balsamic vinegar.  My favorite healthy lunch!

I don’t have a photo, but if you are making guacamole, prepare it fully in your serving bowl, then take a piece of cling wrap and lay it directly onto of the guacamole.  Make sure all of the top of the guacamole is touching the cling wrap, ensuring that there is no air in between.  Seal off the guacamole all the way to the edges of the bowl and up the sides.  Then take a second piece of cling wrap and lay it over the top of the whole bowl.  Your guac shouldn’t turn brown, as long as there is no contact with air!

Enjoy!

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DIY Circle Picture Frames

One of my favorite projects in Lincoln’s nursery is the set of three circle picture frames I made for the wall above the rocking chair.  Although I would definitely say the room has more of a “vintage” theme {if any!}, there are also some nautical notes scattered here and there.  And I think the circle frames give a nod to that a bit by subtly mimicking portholes.  I’m even thinking about lining the edges with rope, perhaps.

DIY Round picture frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

The hardest part about this project for me, was picking out the scrapbook paper for the backgrounds, and choosing {only} three photos from Rachel Weber’s Newborn Photo Shoot.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

- 3 wooden circles {I actually got 6 of these and used wood glue to secure two together to make them a little thicker}

- 3 plexiglass sheets

- 3 sheets of scrapbook paper

- 3 five by seven photos

- Modge Podge and sponge

- 3 frame hangers

- 12 tacks

- sharpie

- Kobalt glass cutter and/or X-acto knife

- 150 grit sanding sponge

- measuring tape or ruler

- straightedge

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

If you want to make your circles a little thicker, use the wood glue to secure two together.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

 Put something heavy and flat on top and let glue dry completely.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Cover one side of your wooden circle with Modge Podge and secure your scrapbook paper to it.  Be sure that any imperfections in the wood are on the back, not under the scrapbook paper.  Use your X-acto knife to carefully trace around the circle to cut the paper.  I didn’t push down very hard, but rather gently cut around the edge several times, and you can see that the paper still ripped a bit on the edges…so be gentle!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I then covered the front of the circle {over the scrapbook paper} with Modge Podge to create a protective barrier, and give it a little shine.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use some wood glue to secure a frame hanger to the back of the circles…make sure you position the hanger how you want your circle to hang.  My striped circle ended up being a little crooked, and it drives me crazy! {Dave assures me that no one will notice unless I point it out, so I’ll never tell you!}

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

The sheets of plexiglass that I got at Hobby Lobby were the bigger size above {not sure exactly what size they originally were}.  Use the sharpie to measure out a 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 rectangle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use your glass cutter or X-acto knife and the straightedge to score the plexiglass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Gently cut over the lines three or four times.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

You should be able to use your straightedge to carefully break the plexiglass along the scored lines.  Be careful, as the edges will be rough.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use the 150 grit sanding sponge to gently sand the edges of the plexiglass, only moving in one direction.  Also, be carefully to sand completely straight along the edge, so you don’t scratch the front of your glass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Carefully position the plexiglass over your photo, taking care to be sure your photo will be straight when you hang your circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I found that by gently sticking a tack on the edge of the circle, aligning it with where the center of my frame hanger was, helped me center my photo and plexiglass on the front of the circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Then use the tacks to secure the corners of the plexiglass.  This will allow you to change out the pictures as often as you’d like!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

And thanks to the Panoramic setting on my iPhone, here’s a picture of the whole room!

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Summer Recap 2014

It’s official….the summer has yet again, flown by!  So today I thought I’d give you a quick recap of our summer in pictures!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

Millie graduated with honors from the 2 year old class at her pre-school…mastering the potty, recognizing the letters in her name, and making silly faces instead of smiling.  Jayna aced the 4 year old class and bittersweetly moved on to kindergarten.  She is reading chapter books, writing letters and riding her bike!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

Did I mention that we had a baby?  Lincoln Christopher joined us in mid-May and is rounding into his fourth month already!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

He is a completely chill baby who will smile at just about anyone!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

The girls had a whole lot of Loo Loo time while I bonded with Lincoln.

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Both girls got to experience a couple of Vacation Bible School sessions over the summer.  Although I couldn’t volunteer during the sessions this year, I was able to help out with decorating for the “Workshop of Wonders” construction theme.

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

Our summer was filled with neighborhood gatherings, from a festive 4th of July parade and fireworks show, to a laid back Bluegrass and BBQ festival.  There were also less formal occasions, as our closest neighbors shared meals, childcare and old-fashioned fun!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

We were able to get up to Montreat again this year, to catch up with our best friends and reminisce a little about my summers there.  And last weekend, we were SO excited to welcome our newest God-daughter, Penny!  Lulabelle and Ro will be such great big sisters!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

We had lots of visitors…including Great-Grandparents on both sides of the family!  I’m so proud and thankful that my kids know their Greats so well!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

We also traveled around the state of Florida to visit the grandparents in St. Augustine and St. George Island.  The girls had lots of beach days and lots of day trips!

Summer 2014 Recap from Palmettos and Pigtails

I was hoping that we’d have a nice relaxing summer…you’d think that would be easy with a newborn, right?  Not for this busy family!  We were just as active as ever, but had a wonderful summer!

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From Florida with Love: Saint Augustine

Our last stop in our roundabout tour of Florida {to visit the grandparents}, was to the quaint old town of Saint Augustine, just south of Jacksonville.

Recap of our Florida Vacation from Palmettos and  Pigtails

We obviously needed a break from all of that relaxing in Saint George Island….so we packed as much as we could into this trip!  Every day was a new adventure.

First up was a quick {and hot!} tour of the Castillo de San Marcos.  Otherwise known by my girls as “The Fort.”  MomMom and GP took the girls here when they visited in the spring….and the firing of the cannons was all they talked about for days after their little vacation!  Millie loves shouting, “Cover your ears!”  We also ran into a few pirates who wander the town on a daily basis.  This guy happened to be a “good guy,” offering to pose for a picture and giving the girls Gold Doubloons {aka pirate booty}.

One evening, we headed into town to find out that the evening concert that we’d been headed to, had been canceled.  But the night was saved when we ran into this pack of princesses, who were participating in a photo shoot.  We did nothing less than stalk them for an hour, posing for pictures and borrowing their props {Ariel even had a Dinglehopper!}.

Right up the road from MomMom and GP’s house is the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm.  It’s a zoo that has at least one of every type of alligator and crocodile in the world.  Not to mention the hundreds of alligators that we were able to help feed in the massive pond there.  As we walked across the boardwalk that spanned the pond, the alligators were literally climbing all over each other to get to the “Gator Nuggets” we were throwing to them.  But the highlight of the girls’ day was the unexpectedly social Komodo Dragons!

On the hottest day of the week, we took advantage of the half price offerings of the Jacksonville Zoo due to the high temperatures.  We actually lucked out, because thanks to a few rainstorms, in never got too hot…but there were no crowds either!  Jayna and Millie  got to actually touch the sting rays {which was exciting because they had seen a few in the water in SGI}, and they had an amazing tiger habitat that let the animals travel through multiple exhibits.

But my favorite part, was seeing family! My grandparents and my aunt came to visit from Ft. Myers and Atlanta to meet Lincoln and spend some time with the girls.  The girls are so blessed to have such wonderful relationships with all five of their great grandparents!  And Lincoln turned out to be a complete Great-Grandma’s boy!

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September 2014 Cleaning Calendar

Good morning!  There is just something about September that makes me want to break out my boots and order a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Even though it’s still 104 degrees outside!  Dave and I have had many discussions lately about decluttering and simplifying our life, so I figure this month is as good as any to really do a good cleaning out of the house.  In addition to the things listed on my September 2014 Cleaning Calendar, I plan on making some much-needed trips to Goodwill, and really paring down the amount of “stuff” we have around.

September 2014 Cleaning Calendar from Palmettos and Pigtails

Click on the picture above, or here, to download and print your own copy of the September 2014 Cleaning Calendar

We are blessed to have a big beautiful house, but I feel like we take it for granted most of the time, and use all of that extra space to collect “stuff.”  We have so many projects and improvements we’d like to do to the house, but I feel like we can’t get our thoughts together because of the clutter!

For me, our worst room is our bedroom.  We have mismatched furniture, piles of “stuff” looking for a home, and admittedly, it’s the last room in our house that gets cleaned {mostly because no-one ever sees it!}.  One of these days I’d love to do a makeover in there….I have lots of ideas {just no money or time!}.

If you could make-over a room in your house, what would it be?

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From Florida with Love: Saint George Island

Recap of our Florida Vacation from Palmettos and  Pigtails

So, I may be kicked out of the family for saying this, but my in-laws are crazy.  I love them dearly, but they are absolutely nuts.   After moving only once in the past 9 years…I can safely say that I find it to be extremely stressful and a huge hassle.  However, my in-laws don’t seem to mind it!  Last time we were together, we counted and in the 6 years that Dave and I have been married, they have lived in 7 houses in three different states.  Crazy, right?

Now, don’t get me wrong…most of these moves have been due to job changes {and now, finally retirement!}.  But after about a year in a location, we kind of start expecting an announcement of their next location.

You may remember back in 2012, our family joined SueSue and Papaw {and Granna and Paw Paw} in Saint George Island, Florida.  The beach, located on the panhandle of Florida on the Gulf Coast, is a favorite vacation spot in the family.  So when they announced their most recent relocation, we were thrilled that they had decided to retire to SGI!

There is something about that beach that is just magical…and I only had one other trip there under my belt.  I can’t even imagine how the rest of the family feels, after having vacationed there for 25 years!  So to be able to retire and spend all of your days in this friendly town, seems like perfection!

SueSue and Papaw’s new house is about two blocks off the beach…a three minute walk or so.  It’s so nice to be able to leave our umbrellas and chairs on the beach, come back for lunch and naps, and then head back in the afternoon when it’s a bit cooler.  Dave and his dad love to sneak out in the evenings to go surf fishing.  I like reading on their massive screened in porch {because I prefer not to know what they are catching in the water that I swim in!!}.

Jayna and her Dad started prepping for the school year, by getting up early and walking on the beach to see the sun rise.  They also spotted crabs, dolphins, sting rays, starfish, and clams.  But more importantly, they formed a bond between the two of them that hadn’t existed before this summer.  Hopefully their relationship will continue to grow since Daddy will be the one getting Jayna ready for school and putting her on the bus in the mornings.

Since Saint George Island is about 9 hours away from our house, we are going to have adjust to not seeing SueSue and Papaw on a fairly regular basis anymore! =( So we celebrated Millie’s birthday early, with homemade cake and a purse-shaped piggybank!

One of the things I love about their house is how creatively the girls get to play there.  With only blocks, stuffed animals and an abundance of purses and Mardi Gras beads….the girls were still able to play all week long without getting bored!

Between the beach, climbing the forest of live oaks in the backyard, swinging on the porch swings under the deck, and taking trips into town or into Apalachiacola for shopping…..we stayed just busy enough.  And I was happy because I got to read an entire book AND take a nap almost every day!  My kind of vacation!

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Montreat 2014

My favorite summer tradition is going to Montreat, NC.  This tiny college town on the edge of Black Mountain and about 20 minutes northeast of Asheville is my Mecca.  Each summer the kids and I trek there to meet our oldest and bestest friends from Maryland.  They are youth councilors at the church we grew up in, and take their group of high schoolers to Montreat for the annual Presbyterian youth conference.

But luckily for us, the schedule at the conference is flexible enough that we get some amazing Betsy and Jay time while the teenagers are in their small groups in the middle of the day.

And now that my parents have moved to Florida, it’s really the only one reliable time that the kids get to see their God-parents!  I just love that all of our kids are so close in age….just wish they could spend more time together.

But there is another reason why I love taking the kids there each year.  It’s because of the actual conference.  The convergence of hundreds of teenagers from around the country.  Watching the interactions between groups of teens, participation in silly games, and getting a glimpse of their Christian journey is magical to me {especially since I lived it!}.   And I can specifically say that Betsy and Jay’s group of teens are “no exception.  My girls {especially Jayna} loooove the Big Kids.  She talked the whole way home about her new “Teenager Friends, ” Anna and Victoria…and how she wished she could stay longer to hang out with them.

Each year, I am tickled to briefly get to know these teens again {I watched most of them as babies when I was a teenager, volunteering in our church nursery!}.  I’m always amazing at how polite and caring they are, choosing to not only spend some of their free time with Betsy and Jay’s kids {who they know well}, but also with mine!

And sure, they are teenagers…so my kids get a little exposure to a little rough language, short shorts and rough play…but overall I feel just fine about having my girls look up to them.  And I can only hope my kids turn out just as well!

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