Happy Easter!

We have had a busy busy Spring so far. Check out my instagram account to see what we have been up to.

We had a great Easter even though we weren’t able to go to Memphis to be with family. The girls had a two week long spring break and spent the majority of it with my parents. They went to the zoo, saw Beauty and the Beast, went to a trampoline park and visited with cousins and grandparents. We missed them!

Michael got in his qualifying race for Western States this year. While the girls were in Memphis, we headed to the North Georgia Mountains where he ran a 74 mile race, the Georgia Death Race. This was his second time running it. He had a stress fracture flare (old injury) that made him taper earlier than he wanted to. He was able to finish the race in 18:18 and his leg didn’t bother him too much. He is currently “resting” the leg as we have a Hark Rock qualifying race coming up May 19, 106 mile in the same mountains in Georgia. I think we are both a little nervous about it. It’s twice the climbing of the Georgia Death Race and 30 miles longer. Cut off is at 48 hours…he is hoping to finish under 40…this will be one of the hardest races he has ever toed. So send good thoughts his way! And mine, that is going to be a tough weekend and race for both of us!

Addison is picking up on reading, finally. I am still not sure if she will move on to first grade or not. I just don’t want her to get behind. We have 11 weeks of school left and parent conferences coming up in a month of so. She is now a yellow belt in karate.

Ella Kate is doing well, she is getting very good at playing her violin. She picks up songs so quickly now! She has a big belt test this Saturday, blue belt. She is halfway to a black belt. She will have to step it up a notch on her sparring. I was watching the intermediate class, and they are a little more fierce when it  comes to fighting. I can’t believe she is going into 4th grade in the fall!

Michael started a new job three weeks ago. He is in training to become Operations Manager at K2. K2 is the largest irrigation company in Asheville, and they travel all over WNC. Last week he spent the entire week at Grandfather Mountain, installing irrigation at a golf course. He is suppose to be gone the next 2 weeks, but he is here today and tomorrow as it is suppose to rain up there. He has to work on a crew for a month. They want him to know how they install etc. So he is doing some physical labor! He likes it so far and said the owner is very down to earth. Michael had been unhappy at Snow Creek as they have some serious management problems. I had been looking for jobs for I don’t know how long (for him) but he never applied to any of them, so I quit. K2 actually sought him out and offered him a job. He has to take an irrigation contractor test in July.

As for me, same ole same. Got out of my boot from my stress fracture and have slowly returned into jumping and some jogging. It rained the other day and I could feel the injury, other than that, I haven’t noticed it. Just keeping up with the girls, the house, yard, and the gym! I have drawn a few plans this spring as well.

Here are some pictures!!

When we are here on the first Saturday of every month, we have been volunteering at our church to feed the needy. The girls really enjoy helping with the drink station. We missed April because of the Death Race. One of our new years resolutions is to volunteer as a family.

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We finally got some patio furniture for the deck and the girls lived in the huge boxes for about two weeks straight!

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Ella Kate won an award at her school. They practice the seven daily habits and she got one for Beginning with the End in Mind.

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She also had a speaking part for their Martin Luther Jr musical.

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Amicalola Falls State Park, the beginning of the Appalachian Trail and the finish line for the Georgia Death Race.

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Start.

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Girls fishing with Papa, Mimi, Aunt Holly, and AC! Addison caught one!

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We have had a crazy spring! A few weeks ago we had another cold snap and the mountain peaks were covered. We only got a little sleet at 2300′! Since then it has been warm and sunny…and once again, we need rain. We still have wildfires going on around us.

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Several weeks ago I got a popcorn maker from Aldis and we finally busted it out! We want to get a projector for the deck so we can have movie nights outside! Everyone was excited for it, especially Michael! He loves popcorn!

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This was last weekend. Since we got the table and chairs for the deck, we eat outside all the time. We had a fire and some steaks Saturday night.

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Mimi and Papa made fairy garden boxes for the girls for Easter. They got them some stuff to play and decorate with…they have been a huge hit!

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Easter Sunday!

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Saturday morning egg painting.

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Egg Hunt!

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