Sunday, June 26, 2016

Alabama Friends!

Our vacation could not get off to a start without a trip to see The Hixons....This was the 9th visit!  Hopefully many, many more to go!

2016 Beach Fun!!

 Well, we started out our annual vacation with our pilgrimage to Montgomery, AL to visit our Alabama Family, The Hixons! As usual, they showed us the best Southern Hospitality and the girls got to catch up once again....Having trouble locating the group pic of all of us, but that's coming soon..... We had a blast for the night we were there, and are so very grateful for their friendship!

 The beach was beautiful the entire week we were there...while Claire and I spent most of our time on the beach, the boys were more adventurous......Jesse after an afternoon playing golf with Lance.
 The entire crew this year.  This year we were able to have Lance's side join us as well! More kids to play with!
 Crawfords and Hollingsworths

 We were down on the beach during Summer Solstice, and was able to record the rare "strawberry moon".  It was lovely!
 The 2016 Annual Beach Chair Picture!

 My how he's growing......
 This girl will pick up anything!
 Lance got the luxury of spending his Father's Day on the Beach this year....opening a host of cards and gifts from the kids (with a little help from mom)
 Claire, Gracie, and George balcony pose
 Loving the water with her cousins

 Life is hard......

 Waiting for the Strawberry Moon
 Jesse & Lance spotted this deer right off the green playing golf......that's a first for them!

We are so very blessed to be able to take vacations such as these year after year.....thank you Lance for being a wonderful provider and father! We love you!

Monday, June 13, 2016


 Well, I celebrated number 43 yesterday surrounded by my kids, my parents, my brother, and my in-laws.  We had a delicious dinner at Half Shell, followed by cake and presents at my mom's and dad's house.  It was a lovely day and I am one blessed momma!
 No candles to be found at my moms, so she improvised in a big way!
 Finally Lance found me a mug to keep my  hot tea hot!
 Jesse decided I need a selfie stick, but I think he as already claimed it as his own!
Lots to post soon, as we leave for the beach Friday to visit our Montgomery, AL pals!  Lots to post soon!
love, gretchen

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Wedding Fun!

 Well, we trekked our way to Jackson, MS for Lance's cousin Micheal's Wedding.  We had a great time and the kids enjoyed every minute of it!  The more I look as the pics of Jesse and Lance, the more I realize Jesse is starting to look more and more like him.....Claire enjoyed watching all the pretty bridesmaids and of course, the bride Kelsey.  Fun was had by all!!

 A sparkler send-off
Claire decided to remove herself from all the sparks and smoke and watch from a girl!

Well, we leave for our annual trip to Montgomery and then Orange Beach, AL in less than 2 weeks!  Promises to post again real soon!!!