Here Piggy Piggy

wpid-img_3141.jpgTrey and Barry had a very successful hog hunt as you can see. I think they killed as many snakes as they did hogs too. Yuck!! Trey got this huge sow with his .308 suppressed. This wasn’t a freezer filling trip just land management as these nasty things breed like crazy and rip up a field in no time. The guys got their walk on and had a good time putting these hogs down.

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Choo Choo Hanson’s 2!

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Choo Choo Hanson is TWO!! How on earth has it been 2 years already?! Here’s a sneak peek of his 2nd Birthday we celebrated today.Thank you all who sent gifts to love on this sweet boy and Birthday wishes. More pictures to come.

Thanks PawPaw!

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Thank you Pawpaw for coming and holding down the Garrett fort while Mommy and Daddy went away for a few days! It was a much needed break for them and we sure do enjoy having you take care of us, we especially enjoy your “drunken chicken”! Yum!! Love you so much!!!

Last Day of School Goodies

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Trey and I were in Gatlinburg, TN on the kids official last day of school. Sticking with tradition of getting end of school treats, happies or small gifts, I made sure their gifts were ready before we went out of town. Mums the word on what surprise they’ll receive when they get home but they have been anticipating something all week and asking if it’s gonna be this or that. I’m sure the younger ones wondered if they would get anything at all since Mom was gone on their last day. Thank goodness for Pawpaw being here to put out their goody bags and pass out fudge pops and popsicles. They were happy kids when they got off the bus and found their bags waiting for them.

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They all got their own favorite chips and candy and several books for summer reading. They each have a series they are really into right now so they got anywhere from 3-5 books depending on what they lacked or what was available. They were all very pleased with their prizes! Elijah and Morgan got fewer books because they also got Syracuse Lacrosse shirts, socks and new shafts for their incredible A Honor Rolls!!! So proud of them and their perseverance in earning high marks. Yeah NO MORE SCHOOL!!!!!!

Thanks to Pawpaw for being photographer or this post wouldn’t exist!!!

Business Trip

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Trey has been traveling a lot lately (New York, California, Georgia, Tennessee). It comes in spurts which has its highs and lows. The best part is when I get to go with him! We are so thankful that Pawpaw came up to stay with the kids while I went away with Trey on his business trip to Gatlinburg. It was only a Wednesday to Friday trip but a well welcomed restful time in the beautiful mountains.

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We had excellent views from our Park Vista Doubletree balcony. No need to take the incline we were higher than it.

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It was so nice sleeping in without dogs pacing throughout the house & their excessive barking, no kids running up and down the stairs and friends ringing the doorbell at entirely too early hours or a toddler yelling, “Mama, please!!!!”as he holds out his empty milk cup. Nope this Mama slept in, peed without an audience, showered and dressed without a hundred knocks on my door and then went to breakfast where I was served and waited on and actually got to eat without disruption. It was delightful!

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While Trey had his meetings in the hotel conference rooms I took the trolley to downtown Gatlinburg and did a little window shopping. The only place I really wanted to go was The Village area where there are two Thomas Kinkade galleries. I have my eye on two paintings but with 6 kids, 1 on the way, lacrosse camps and traveling tournaments and having just bought a vehicle for teenage sons the art collecting is frozen. No buying just admiring.

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When Trey was done for the day we walked around downtown for awhile before joining his team for dinner. It was at a restaurant and I say that loosely that we never would have picked but its where they had picked that could accommodate our large group. Anyways it was quite an evening of surprises starting off with having a bib tied onto us and then hats placed on our head with quotes scripted by our waitress. The person wearing the hat was the last to know what it said as all other laughed away! It was comical and we all had fun and laughed a bunch but a once in a lifetime event for sure. Really no need to go again, been there, got the hat and bib to prove it!

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It was a good trip and good time spent together!

Fifth Grade 50’s Performance

Joseph and his 5th grade class performed a 50’s Musical for their elementary school farewell. It was such a delight watching Joseph sing, dance and gesture throughout the show.

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Even though he didn’t have a lead role that didn’t stop Joseph from performing his heart out! While other kids just stood in place and did the motions weakly Joseph was all in character and had lively facial expressions and adlibbed along with the main characters. He was great!! He so needs to be doing theater of some kind, it just comes natural to him.

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                     Bravo Joseph!!!

Field Day Fun

Alas the long awaited for Field Day had come. Everyone couldn’t wait to have their turn on the mega inflatables, picnic lunches and team races. Concessions were a big deal too allowing them to pick whatever candy and soda they wanted.

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It was a gorgeous sunny yet breezy day perfect for all their outdoor fun!

Taste of Summer

What delicious watermelon kisses Trey got from Hanson while watching Morgan’s lacrosse game.

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Hanson loves watermelon and hotdogs without the bun and Cheetohs. He ate more this evening than he usually does all week and had a ball getting wagon rides from all the lacrosse siblings.