Thursday, December 10, 2015

Surprise! It's Chattanooga!

For my birthday this year, Chris and my dear friend, Stacy, planned a surprise girls' weekend in Chattanooga. It was awesome and I was truly surprised by the whole thing! Stacy and I enjoy a lot of the same activities, like hiking, eating, water-based adventures like kayaking and now white-water rafting, and especially photography. Stacy Paul is an amazing photographer (see StacyPaulPhotography.com) and I enjoy learning from her as often as I can, and we both love to just take our time wandering through nature and taking pictures as we go. That is pretty much what we spent the weekend doing. And eating. We like to eat. And maybe drink a little, but there's no evidence of that so I'm confessing to nothing. So, I'll just say we had a great time and I can't wait to do it again!

We started out the weekend at the Rock City Gardens. It was a rainy weekend, but the lovely cool, misty kind that is one of my favorites and it made for such an interesting background to the pictures. 











We spent Saturday enjoying a beautiful trail off the beaten path and enjoyed some brief bits of sunshine. 





The lovely Stacy enjoying a fantastic view.

Stacy takes me to the best places! Look at this trail, I was in heaven!



Sunday morning we went white-water rafting. It was cold and rainy and I loved every second of it! Can't you tell by the ridiculous grin on my face?!


Closing out the weekend overlooking Chattanooga and a gorgeous sunset. Thanks so much, Chris and Stacy, for such an awesome birthday gift. I'm a lucky girl to have you both!










Monday, November 16, 2015

Renaissance Fun

When I was in junior high, my friend, Tanya, and I would go to the Bay Area Renaissance Festival every year and we loved it! Once we were back in Florida, I couldn't wait to take Chris and James and share that experience with them. We were also happy to have our niece and nephew, Hope and Jackson, with us for the day as well. It was such a fun day!

James and Jackson give kid-friendly bungee jumping a try.
James LOVED it, as you can see. Jackson was less convinced it was amazing.
Love these two! So sweet!
We watched a joust and the kids cheered for their knight.
Jackson took his turn on a trusty steed.
James participated in feats of strength!
We sat down to watch a magic show and they picked an unwilling
volunteer...
Chris! The new star joke of the show!
The kids all eagerly watched Chris on stage.
I love his "how the hell did I get chosen for this" face!
"Well, if the man tells me to stare into the eyes of a bunny, I'd better do it."
"This has got to be close to being over."
Cousins and best buddies.
Our beautiful Hope.
She got her hair braided and it was lovely.
Her hair looked beautiful. Her face is just silly. :)
Jackson moves up from pony to elephant!
James holds his nose because apparently elephants stink. HA!
It must have been fun because we wore them out!

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Spring Medley

Now that it's fall, let's look back at some fun times from this past spring.

We are not in Utah anymore.
A fantastic present from GrandPoppa for the kid who loves to dig in the dirt!
Working on his soccer skills.
Our sweet and strange Leo sleeps half under the dresser... Why??

James checks out the cars at the Roar Before the 24 in Daytona.
A gathering of Shenk boys at Daytona International Speedway;
like spotting an animal in its natural habitat.
Enjoying the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest in Tampa on Valentine's Day
Practicing with his Christmas scooter
Walking the trail with some friends on a beautiful day!
Snuggling with Abuela, whom he just adores 
Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots with GrandPoppa. Good times!
Out for a morning run on the trail. So beautiful!
Love looking at the scenery on my run, this pond is just off the trail.
Celebrating 11 years since our first date with an evening at Epcot and an
incredibly delicious dinner at Le Cellier in Canada.
My sweet boy and our favorite dog.
Silly selfies with Grandpa Greg.
The really good one!!
James made a sign of what he loves about Chris for a video that Uncle Matt
was putting together. (MattShenk.com) So sweet!
Enjoying a date night at the Dr. Phillips Center to see Motown.
I really do love sunsets.
This is a sunrise, however, and I don't see nearly as many of those.