January 15, 2015

Catch the Moment: Week 2

I'm (just barely) here for week two of Catch the Moment. Even though I was the sickest I have been in a long long long time this past week (caught the flu and then on the heels of the flu caught another even worse flu like virus) I managed to get my photos in. So, here they are!

I'm linking up with Mindi from Simply Stavish, Stephanie from Behind the Camera and Dreaming and Carrie from My Life, Our Journey and the rest of the Catch the Moment Crew! If you want to join in, let me know. There is a fantastic Facebook group full of supportive women! 

If you feel inspired grab your DSLR (or iPhone or point and shoot or whatever!) and get to clicking! 


008/365 Thursday January 8th, 2015

As a mom of two I must take all the things with us to go out to dinner.


009/365 Friday January 9th, 2015

With two sick kids my counter is littered with these.


010/365 Saturday January 10th, 2015

Our fourth and final Christmas at Chris' parents' house!


011/365 Sunday January 11th, 2015

What my sink looks like when I am barely able to get out of bed.


012/365 Monday January 12th, 2015

My constant view. Well that and Friends on Netflix!


013/365 Tuesday January 13th, 2015

Princess Reily. 


014/365 Wednesday January 14th, 2015

Jumping my car off in the freezing cold. Stupid battery. 
(Just kidding. I love you battery. Please don't die again!)


Well, this week pretty much sucked! I am looking forward to taking some fun photos next week! My favorite this week is the one of Evie again! There is (literally) no competition! Which is your favorite?

*I watermark all of my photos; sometimes I might even watermark them twice. Sorry, I'm not sorry. I'm protective of my children's likenesses, and I will protect them. If you are family and want access to the family photo sharing website where I keep all my photos sans watermarks, please email me.

January 9, 2015

Catch the Moment: Week 1

Well I'm going to try a project 365 again this year. Will this be the year that I make it? I hope so. After all, this year I'm not selling a home, moving three times, buying a home, moving again and oh you know, having a new baby. So, hopefully this will be the year I stick it out. 365 days of photos with my DSLR, fifty-two weeks of photos -- I can do it! 

A little note about formatting. Sometimes I might have two pictures for one day. After all I have two adorable children; sometimes it is hard to choose! I'm going to watermark all of my photos; sometimes I might watermark them twice. Sorry, I am not sorry. I'm protective of my children's likenesses, and I will protect them. If you are family and want access to the family photo sharing website where I keep all my photos sans watermarks, please email me.

Last year I started out linking up with the Catch the Moment crew and that's where I'm heading again this year! If you want to join in, let me know. There is a fantastic Facebook group full of supportive women! 

I'm linking up with Mindi from Simply Stavish, Stephanie from Behind the Camera and Dreaming and Carrie from My Life, Our Journey

If you feel inspired grab your DSLR (or iPhone or point and shoot or whatever!) and get to clicking! 

001/365 Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Girl mom. Need I say more?




002/365 Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Watching football with Daddy!


003/365 Saturday January 3rd, 2015

Princess Reily + Emma Ann


004/365 Sunday January 4th, 2015

Evie got over her fear of the jacuzzi tub!



005/365 Monday January 5th, 2015

Chris got me this necklace for Christmas and I love it!


006/365 Tuesday January 6th, 2015 

Tamiflu. Yuck. 


007/365 Wedesday January 7th, 2015

Flu breakfast of Champions! Chicken and rice soup and coffee! 


Which one is your favorite? I think mine is of Evie! She's growing so quickly and this photo makes me sad when I compare it to these

January 5, 2015

Vol Family Road Trip: Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

We woke up Monday morning excited to hit the road for Gatlinburg. Even as a native Tennessean I had never been to Gatlinburg before so I was really excited. The drive from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg was amazing. The leaves were starting to change and it was sunny outside. It was absolutely stunning. We just don't have views like that in the Delta. 

After a stop and go drive in we arrived at Ripley's Believe It or Not Aquarium. We loaded Evie up in the stroller and Emma in the ergo and went in to see the fish. 
Wow! I was NOT prepared for the immensity of this place. It was insane the amount of fish (fish is an understatement, I should really say all manner of sea creatures) and water. I was super impressed. The filtration systems alone just have to be massive. Not to mention the number of species of sea creatures housed there! According to their website they have 10,000 creatures and over 350 different species!
It's all kind of arranged so that you start in the tropical rain forest, meander through the coral reef, the ocean real and the gallery of the seas. Evie was enthralled by all the fish. Some of them were even bigger than she is! 


They even had an exhibit of a mock filtration system set up so you could see what it really took to keep all that sea life healthy!

The other exhibits were cool and visiting the control center was a lot of fun for Evie, but the shark lagoon is amazing. You stand on a 340 foot moving sidewalk and wind your way under the shark lagoon. The ceiling of the path is clear so it literally seems like you are in a shark tank! It was awesome but also freaky. 




There were also some really creepy creatures in the aquarium that I have put into a collection that I call "NOPE". Please enjoy. 





After we played at the aquarium we hit the streets to find somewhere to eat a late lunch! As it turns out Gatlinburg is home to a ton of pancake houses. Who knew? We ended up at one which made Evie a happy camper since she essentially got syrup covered cake (with m-n-ms I might add). 
 



 
 
After a quick stop at a candy shop we walked back to the car and headed back to Pigeon Forge. In Pigeon Forge we stopped at this crazy insane Christmas store. It was HUGE! I got Chris a new ornament. It is a nutcracker dressed in VOLS gear and colors, plus some photo ornaments for the girls. Then we spent a few minutes at the outlet mall before heading back to Knoxville.
 
After one last dinner with Tricia we headed to be sorry to be leaving the next morning.
 
It was, of course, raining the next morning so we hit the road damp and ready to be back in the Memphis area as quickly as possible. We made good time and stopped at Demos' for lunch and spent about an hour in the Lebanon outlet mall as well. The highlight of the trip home for me was some random lady asking to hold Emma in a gas station bathroom. Granted I was trying to get her diaper bag zipped after changing her, but still, no. Who asks that?
 
We had such a fantastic time on this trip. Evie has been completely obsessed with the "GO VOLS" ever since, talks about Smokey and going back to a football game all the time. It was fantastic to spend some time with Tricia and we've been missing her since we left. Hopefully we will get to go back next year and experience it all through toddler (eeep!) eyes!
 
Thanks for reading along and waiting forever for me to finish!