This past weekend Jack's parents came to stay and visit with us for a fews days. Our 7th anniversary was on the 25th so we took a day and went to King's Island, just the two of us! We love amusement parks and water parks! We went to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Virginia on our honeymoon and we've celebrated several of our anniversaries by taking trips to different parks. We had never been to King's Island before so we wanted to try it out. It wasn't the best as far as amusement parks go, and we felt lost most of the time trying to find our way around, but we still had a really good time. I'm very thankful to my inlaws for keeping the girls for the day so we could have some time away!

Then on Sunday we all went to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for a couple of days. We rented a cabin way up in the mountains that was beautiful! The first night we got there just in time to take the girls to Dollywood to see the Gazillion Bubbles show. It wasn't quite what I expected but still very cool and the girls were mezmorized by all the bubbles.
The next day we ate breakfast out at a pancake place before heading back to Dollywood. I spent my childhood going to Silver Dollar City in Branson, so I loved Dollywood! It was so fun to take the girls to do something I always loved so much growing up. They had a blast riding all the kids rides!

Kara "driving" the car with Daddy, you can hardly see her tiny little head :)

Kirsten LOVED driving! She took it very seriously :)

We spent all day riding rides and were all completely wiped by the time we left. It was a very fun day! We spent our last day walking through Gatlinburg's strip, eating lunch at Loco Burro, and then making one last stop at a little carnival area  for the girls to play.

riding the mini train!

Kirsten REALLY wanted to ride the swings at Dollywood, but she wasn't big enough for them yet. So we took her to ride the small ones at The Track
 If you can't tell Kara LOVED them too!


Girls just want to have fun!

I love LOVE having two little girls! They have so much fun together! Kara wants to be just like big sissy and do everything she does. And Kirsten is the best big sister!
If Kara wkes up from her nap before Kirsten she kind of wanders around lost, not sure what to do without her sister, she walks back to Kirsten's bedroom door and checks to see if she's awake. And she gets SUPER excited when she hears Kirsten calling for me to get her out of bed. It's very sweet!
It's so funny to me to see them already developing the same relationship that I had with my sister when we were little. Best friends one minute, screaming and whining at each other the next. I forsee lots of "she's touching me",  "but, I had it first", "she won't play with me". ....ordeals to work out. But for all the little spats they may have, I hope they have a billion more memories of fun times, just like I have with my sister.

We've been having alot of fun making memories so far this summer...

                                                   Finger painting! Kara's first time!

Eating Fro-yo!

Their new favorite thing, pretending to go for a walk in the babydoll stroller!

Practicing writing our ABC's. She's a pro!

And taking her first ever BALLET Class! She said "Soon I'll be a real ballerina!"

And then waiting for Daddy to get home from work to join in the fun! They get SO excited when they see him pull in the drive way!


20 Random things

A couple of my friends recently shared a 20 random things post  and I thought it be fun to join in. So with complete randomness and no reason, here are my 20 things about me :)

1. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes.
2. I was married a week after my 20th birthday.
3. I am horrible with directions and often confuse my left and right.
4. I  hate spending money on anything that seems unneccesary. It makes shopping stressful.
5. I love chocolate. I eat a piece almost daily.
6. My middle name is Leann.
7. I played basketball in highschool and one year in college. I love it, but was not very good.
8. I can't sleep if my closet door is open even a little bit.
9. I think it would be cool to have lived out on the frontier in the late 1800s. A real life pioneer woman.
10. I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
11. I don't like dogs at all. sorry.
12. I love running. It's my me time.
13. I don't wear heels and can't really walk in them.
14. I love listening to Sinatra. (one of my favorite profs talked about his music all the time, it got me hooked)
15. Pink is my favorite color.
16. I haven't been to the movies in over 4 years. (Indian Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was the last.)
17. I get really nervous driving in traffic.
18. I like soda and candy and fast food. It's no secret. But I also love my fruits and veggies. It's all about balance.
19. If my husband isn't home and I see a bug it takes everything in me to work up the courage to kill it. I'm terrified of them getting on me.
20. I was homeschooled through the 8th grade.

So there you go, 20 things you may or may not have known about me. :)