Summer Break: The Fourth of July!

 It was so fun to be in South Carolina for the Fourth!  Mimi and Papa and Logan took Connor and Kylene to see Despicable Me 2 (which they are still quoting) and when the came out of the theater, a major storm was moving in.
 That changed our plans for the baseball game and fireworks in the evening so Bev and Theresa went to the store and came back with fixings for steak and pototoes, mac n cheese, salad, biscuits, ect.  It was an impressive spread when we came to the table and Connor and Kylene were excited to dig in!  (Actually, we all were.)
 We played games, watched some Duck Dynasty and called it a night. 
It was so low key and relaxing, I even got a long nap that day.  Now that's my idea of a good time!  I told Byron it was one of my best July 4th's ever. :)

Summer Break: Days 22-29--South Carolina Trip

 When Byron got home from work on Friday, we hopped in the van and made our way down to South Carolina to visit Mimi and Papa!  We only stopped twice and pulled into Mimi and Papa's at 2 am.  It was great to have a full day on Saturday to dive into all the fun!
 This was Caleb's first time in South Carolina. I was fascinated to see he was just as interested in the animals as Kylene but also had no fear.  He fed Princess and Smurf (the horsed) hay, petted them, and just pretty much always wanted to be outside with them.  He also loved Reese and wasn't bothered at all if she came up and licked his face.  He looked at us with a look of thrilled surprise when he first came upon the cat, Izzy, inside the house and spend a lot of time trying to catch her.
 Kylene of course was in her element amongst the animals and being with her Mimi.  One of her most proud and thrilling moments of the week was getting to ride Princess "by herself". (Mimi was walking by the horse just not leading the her by the reins.)
 The kids loved being outdoors playing in the sand box, going fishing at the pond, scooping horse poop of course, picking vegetables from the garden and apples from the tree.  Mimi and Papa had brand new bikes waiting for the kids and they got some serious riding in also.
 Uncle Logan happened to have the week off of work and was at the house as well.  That made the trip extra special and fun as we all love Uncle Logan!(or Mr. Logan as Kylene calls him.)
 Byron and I also received a fantastic gift from Bev and Theresa and got to go down to Charleston for a few days while the kids stayed with Mimi and Papa and Logan.  I've told people it was magical and it really was!  We got to go to the beach, saw movies, ate out, laid in bed and watched TV, took naps, shopped, hung out at book stores, and just had a wonderful time being together.  It was a second honeymoon!
 While we were in Charleston, Maw Maw and Paw Paw made the trip down from Virginia to see the kids and meet Caleb for the first time!  It sounds like Caleb put on quite the dancing show for them. :)  We were so glad they had the chance to see how much Connor and Kylene have grown and meet our sweet baby boy.
 One major event for me was that I upgraded to my first smart phone while on vacation!  It's amazing that something so small has had such an instant impact on my life.  It. is. awesome.
 It was sad to pack up and leave Saturday morning.  Connor kept on saying, "I just wish we could stay."  I told him I wished the same thing, but vacation can't last forever, even Mimi and Papa needed to get back to regular life.  But that's the beauty of regular living, it makes these moments in time that much more special and wonderful.
 The kids did great on the way home and I think they're becoming good little road warriors.
We're already anticipating our next gathering with Mimi and Papa.
Thank you Bev and Theresa so much for everything, we had the time of our lives!