Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Weekend in Knoxville

The day we (tearfully) waved goodbye to my parents we packed up our own car and headed to Knoxville, TN to visit Riley's grandmother.
(I know, we're crazy!)

Nana doesn't like to have her picture taken, but we snapped a couple photos of the boys up in her trees...

The University of Tennessee had their annual "Orange and White Game." (Spring scrimmage.) We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce the boys to live football, since it was a laid back, family-friendly environment. (Read that: Free!)

The weather was ideal for spending the afternoon outside!

Dogwoods were blooming all over town and it was a delight to spend some time with Nana in beautiful West Knoxville.

Recovering from the combination of having guests for over a week and leaving town for the weekend has proven to be a bit of a work out, but so much fun was had! And I think we've finally settled back into "normal" life.

*I'm hoping to post pictures of our time with Gramma and Pappy soon... just waiting for Gramma to send me a copy of the pictures from their camera!
(hint, hint, Mom!)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Blueberry Promise

This is our second year with these blueberry bushes. They are promising to be a good bit more fruitful this season than they were last.

Looking forward to sticky, purple-stained little fingers this Summer!

Now I just need to convince this little rascal to restrict his digging to his sandbox, and leave the flower pots alone...


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Date Night... Out!

My parents visited last week, and it was such a blessing to have them! 
One of the specific blessings we had with their presence was the ability to go out for a date night, which hasn't happened for... hmm...... ?
We try to do a weekly "date night in" where we enjoy trying different wine and cheese pairings together after the boys go to bed. But it was definitely a treat to head out on the town by ourselves!

Not only did we discover how much fun Target is without little kiddos running circles around your shopping cart (hah!), but we also got to take a scenic drive out to a nice restaurant in Eggleston, a tiny farming town in the middle of nowhere. 

The road we drove ran right along the New River. It was gorgeous!

The restaurant was called "The Palisades" and we highly recommend it! There was a cute little gift shop that we browsed while waiting for our reservation (we got there about half an hour early), and Riley bought me a set of darling little notecards. The restaurant was cozy, classy, and they had a live jazz band performing, which provided some pretty excellent background music. The food is mostly locally grown and purchased, the chef was very talented, and over 90% of the menu was gluten-free, which came in handy for me! All in all, we were pretty delighted.

After dinner we tried their homemade Pomegranate Chocolate Chip ice cream, and were pretty glad we did. Oh, yum.

 And, I know this is random, but the womens' restroom was seriously the cutest public bathroom I've ever been in. 

Really clean, and absolutely gorgeous. Antique hardwood floors, paintings of Virginian farm land, copper sink, fancy glass soap dispenser, and fresh cut daffodils. Seriously? Love.

So, we were pretty much giddy the whole night. We are so, so thankful to my parents for essentially kicking us out the door for some much needed time together. (Seriously, they herded us out the door and told us to get out of here hours before our reservation so we could just hang out around town!) They're the best!! 

And, in case I haven't said it before... I LOVE MY HUSBAND.  :)


Saturday, April 6, 2013

My, how the years fly... Gray is Two!

My little Gray is two today!
This little boys brings so much joy!
He laughs and snuggles, runs and cuddles,
We love him ever so! XO!

Today we celebrate two years of Grayson goodness.
(Well, two years and nine months, if we're going to get technical!)

He has truly blessed our life with a generous share of snuggles, laughs, running jumps, ramblings, songs, and more snuggles.

I thought it would be fun to do a little recap of our time with him in pictures!

Here I am just a couple hours before he exchanges the security of my womb for the warmth of my arms...

Newborn Grayson Wayne...

One Year Old!

And our big Two Year Old!!!

And so far, Grayson's "twos" have not been terrible at all!
We love you, Gray Way!

Happy birthday to you!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Happy Easter 2013!

Happy Easter from the Lathams!

He is risen, indeed!!!