Thursday, April 12, 2018

Local vacation.

A couple of weeks and Henry and I had the best little getaway together. We packed our car to the brim with his bike and far too much food and camping gear and headed to Montgomery Bell State Park- a short 50 minute drive away. The two of us have camped in the backyard before on a few occasions and Henry loved it, so I knew this would be right up his alley, especially considering the folks we would be camping with. We set up camp next to our friends and the campground shenanigans started right away.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;


After we all worked up a good appetite we headed just across the campground for dinner at the Gobbles new abode! They head out for their traveling adventure in about 6 weeks and this camping trip was the maiden voyage for their RV! I am so so excited for them, but man will we miss these folks!

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

Karen filled us all up on delicious chili and fixings then we headed back over to the tents to sit around the campfire and make s'mores with the most ridiculously huge marshmallows you've ever seen. And as per camping tradition, the dads proceeded to try and terrify all the kids with scary stories. Halfway through Jack's story his character hilariously morphed into Foghorn Leghorn. This camping trip was off to a great start. We all went to bed tired, happy and full.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

We honestly couldn't have asked for better camping weather the next day. Sunny and 60. Patrick cooked an amazing breakfast for us. After we'd thoroughly stuffed ourselves we set off to walk off all that breakfast with a group hike.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

By the time we got back to camp the rest of our friends had arrived to spend the day with us. An afternoon with no schedule, sunshine, wonderful company and completely entertained kids is a rare and wonderful thing indeed.

Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: April &emdash;

It definitely was a weekend to remember and one I hope Henry remembers as he grows up. Such a special time with my boy and some of our best friends!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Peace out, winter.

I've been completely absent from our blog for over a month now. And I have a lot of good reasons why.

We weren't particularly sad to see the longest February in existence go merrily on its way. We spent most of last month rotating the symptoms of strep throat and every winter virus from one Zuill to the next. Lots of cuddling in bed and PBS kids got us through the storm.

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

Thankfully, just as we're finally all starting to feel better, the most wonderful time of year is just around the corner. Our living room is currently host to at least 50 plants- tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cantaloupe all stretching up toward the warmth of their grow lights. It's a suspicious looking scene for sure. Baseball practices have begun. The grass might have gotten mowed on the last day of February. Henry and I are organizing supplies for our big March camping adventure. And we've finally started seeing neighborhood scenes that look like this. We are at our best when we get to go outside to run, jump and chase bubbles.

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

It's probably not shocking to learn that we are kept fairly entertained, however, even when the cold weather keeps us inside.

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

We've also been busy taking trips down to Pulaski so that we could radiate at Pappy.

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

The last month has introduced us to fantastic new Charlie fashion trends and saw our last Friday ice cream at College Grove Grocery.

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

Henry and I got to have a couple of fun Mommy/Henry days last month as well. We went to the trampoline park for mother/son night with his elementary school. And even better, we went roller skating to celebrate Ava's birthday! I was transported right back to the Pulaski skating rink. {Couples skate! cue:: "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago"!}

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

Speaking of Henry, have you ever seen a snaggle-toothed face more adorable than this?

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

He was equally as adorable all decked out for the 100th day of school and Wacky Wednesday. When he was all dressed up like an old man for the 100th day he looked at himself in the mirror and proclaimed "I look just like Daddy!". Hard to argue with that.

Angela Zuill Photography: March &emdash;

We had to take our sweet boy to the doctor yesterday. He woke up with a fever and a horribly swollen lymph node behind his left ear. Darn strep. Thankfully he felt well enough for a quick lunch out with his girls. We were both so happy to have his company.

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Next week we will officially see the first day of Spring. Can't wait to share what we get into once that begins! Happy March!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Christmas cheer.

It's hard to remember a year without a December full of Christmas anticipation, especially since having kids. But this year, anticipation was at an all time high. We had visitors even more exciting than Santa coming to pay us a visit. On more than one occasion Henry was asked what part of Christmas he was most excited about. Uncle Andy & Auntie Cheryl's visit always made the list. Henry basically sat at the window the majority of Christmas Eve morning watching for them to pull into the driveway. What an exciting scene when they did! Henry bolted outside and wrapped himself around Uncle Andy. It took Charlie all of 30 seconds to warm right up and attach herself to them as well.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

We took our Brits for some refueling by way of Mexican Food and then back home to build a fire to relax and catch up in front of. And then of course, we had some very important business to attend to. Uncle Andy even got cajoled into practicing for Santa's arrival before the other prep began.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
{Henry took that last photo!}

I know the holidays are over-commercialized and we spend money on things none of us need. But I can't help but smile at this scene every Christmas Eve.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Christmas morning was a hurricane of excitement. Santa had come.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

We watched Paddington (Pad-car according to Charlie) multiply before our very eyes.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Then even more excitement when Gaga & Pappy arrived to have Christmas breakfast with us.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

We had a wonderful day of playing with family and new toys. That night we had an unusually traditional Christmas dinner complete, of course, with Christmas crackers and ridiculous hats. Everybody started to settle in after a long and wonderful day.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Henry and I, however, found ourselves wide awake after everyone else had gone to bed. Henry knows I'm not the biggest fan of lego play, so when I asked him if he wanted me to assist while he built one of his new lego sets, his eyes lit up. It's kind of amazing to watch him build.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

We absolutely adore having Andy and Cheryl here and have so much fun with them! We went to a Predators game (my first!), on a bus tour of Nashville, toured Bellmeade Plantation, and went to the Space & Rocket Center. Such a full and amazing week! We were so sad to see them head back over the pond at the end of their visit on January 1.

Just because December was over, didn't mean Christmas was over quite yet. Our Ohio family came down for Christmas the first week of January. It always seems like its been far too long since our last visit. I love soaking in the company of these people. Pappy & Gaga's house feels complete when all of us are together.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Can I just add that trying to get a photo of this group is just growing increasingly hilarious and impossible?

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

The last two years around Christmas we have been happily surprised to have weather around the 70 degree mark. That was not at all the case this year. It was so cold outside that it nearly took your breath. It did not stop these three from their yearly trek down to Pappy's pond.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Could this girl be any more beautiful? I'm so proud of her.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

If you know me you know that the minute Christmas is over I'm ready for winter to pack up and get out of Spring's way. I order way too many garden seeds and start planning outdoor projects for warmer weather. Last week, January basically told me I could shove those ideas for a while because it was only getting started.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

In Tennessee 2 inches of snow means an entire week out of school. Our country roads were pretty treacherous so we stayed put for the most part. Mr. Zuill was out of town all week for a work conference so he missed playing with us in the snow. It was soooo cold. On the first day, Charlie tolerated the temperature for about 20 minutes before she started saying "back 'a Charlie's house!", but when she was out there it was magic to watch.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Henry, of course, headed straight next door desperate to play with these guys.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;
Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

I'm not the most snow-prepared mother, and I'm fairly certain not one article of clothing Henry had on was suitable snow attire by any standard. The poor boy was frozen when he came in from playing. So cold that only a bubble bath could release him from his misery.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

Charlie was content to watch birds at the feeder the rest of the day, with her big pal Gus.

Angela Zuill Photography: January &emdash;

So that's what we've been up to lately! Thanks for checking in!