Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Halloween 2017

Halloween has come and gone, in fact it is almost Thanksgiving!  So, I better get this all down for memories sake.  Sometimes, well... a lot of times.. this blog goes on the back burner when things get busy.  But it is always in the back of my mind.  I often, even write myself sticky this, blog that.  I don't want to leave out any of the major memories and so..its always on the to do list, even if it takes several weeks.
So, alas Halloween 2017.
Keeping with the family tradition, this year we did Little Red Riding Hood.
Starring:  Brynn: Little Red, Daddy: The Axeman Mommy: the grandma Jolie: The "little" bad wolf

I know I say this every year, but THIS was the best year yet.  For the first year every Brynn was SO excited about her costume, and not shy at all about putting it on and everyone looking at her.  She was in love with herself.  As per usual, daddy was took his costume to the next level.  I mean he always goes ALL OUT and gosh, I love that about him.  He always makes it special for the girls.  Jolie was the wolf, and although she would not wear her cute little head piece, I let it go and she looked just as adorable with a big red bow.  

The girls ran from house to house trick or treating.  Jolie got it down pat real quick and had the time of her life, saying over and over "cannneeee...wooook!" followed by "More, moreee canneeee!".  Brynn was a great big sister and helped her along.  Brynn could not get to the next house fast enough, and had the best manner saying trick or treat and happy halloween to everyone.  For the first year ever we did the whole entire neighborhood.  I brought the wagon for Jolie but she refused and walked and lugged that big pumpkin of candy around all night.  If you asked her if she wanted to be carried or ride she would say "nope! I do it!!"

Grammie and Papa, Aunt NeNe and Aunt Gena all came over to watch the girls trick or treat and I made home made chili for everyone, which has become a tradition the past three years.  

Kentucky Trip

We just got back from the most dreamy little fall getaway!
Come this time every year I get so jealous of everyone else's fall weather and changing leaves while we are sweating our rears off at temps of 100 degrees still!  Jolie was shooting The Beaufort Bonnet Company's fall line in Kentucky, so we took the opportunity to make a little fall vacation out of it.  My mom even decided to come along, she is always down for seeing new things and places.

Driving up we broke it into two days, stopping in Atlanta for the night.  After 15 hours we arrived at the sweetest little farmhouse that we rented for three days.  It was actually the guest house to another house on the property, but it was on 15 acres so, we never ever actually even saw the other house.  The owner had three horses that would come over to the barn by our house every day and visit.  The girls loved waking up every morning and immediately going to look for them.

We spent the evenings making fires in the fire pit, drinking wine, grilling and watching the girls run and play for hours.  I could have watched that same scene over and over, I just loved seeing them have so much fun outdoors.

Friday, we went to the prettiest estate for Jolie's photo shoot.  While Jolie was shooting, Brynn and grammie found the horse stables nearby.  Brynn was in absolute heaven and named all the horses, her two favorite being Strawberry & Shortcake :)  After Jolie was done we found them and spent a little while longer getting some horsie lovin'

Brynn has always loved horses since she was a tiny little girl.  I mean it is her number one love in life & something that has never changed.  I love that about her and it was one of the main reasons I was so excited for this trip.  Since Kentucky is known for horses I knew she would be in her glory being surrounded by them for days.

After several recommendations that we had to go to Keeneland and have breakfast at the track and watch the horses practice we knew we had to add that to our to do list.  We woke up extra early and were at the track at 8am.  It was so neat!  Some of the horses even came over so the girls could touch them and ask questions.

(Jolie got a busted lip one day after her photoshoot!)

Later that day we headed over to the Kentucky horse park.  We watched the parade of breeds, the girls learned how to care for horses, they rode ponies...some even threw a fit when their turn was over.  Terrible twos are fun y'all!  Brynn washed and brushed a horse and was just totally in her element!  It was so fun to watch the pure joy on her face every day and it made our hearts so happy for her to have this experience.

After three days we were all sooo sad to leave!  I had no idea how beautiful Kentucky was, but we absolutely fell in love.  & of course it just made our dreams of owning our own little farm and farm house even more deep!  We will keep on praying and hoping that our path takes us in that direction one day!