Sunday, September 27, 2015

Terry's Dad

Terry's dad passed away last Friday. We will miss him so much. I could never put into words what a good man he was. We love him so much. Madeline is trying to process all of it the best she knows how. We were honest with her about everything and she got to see him in the hospital and give him a kiss and tell him goodbye. We all got that chance to tell him everything we wanted him to know. God was so gracious to us during all of this. Terry and Natalie were with him until he died and he never suffered. Family and friends helped with so many things, and God's goodness showed all around us. 

We got to go through pictures and found some really good ones...Mr. Terry ALWAYS had the best hair! 

And look at him with Terry - the sweetest picture! 

I have to say that my sweet Terry has been through so much the past two years. His faith has never wavered. He has had so much on him the past couple of weeks, and he has handled it with such grace.  

Monday, September 7, 2015

Weekend Update: Birthday Surprise Edition

I surprised Terry with tickets to the Florida State game this weekend for his birthday. They played Texas State so it wasn't really a big game, but it was opening weekend so I figured it would still be fun. We had a blast!!!

We left around noon Saturday - Madeline could barely contain her excitement. ;) 

We stopped at my favorite gas station - my grandparents used to take us on a big trip each summer and they loved Love's. Sweet memories! 

We got to Tallahassee around 4pm but they're an hour later so it really wasn't a bad drive. 

The old capital building. I LOVE the mossy giant trees. 

We checked into our hotel and Madeline was pumped that we had a whirlpool tub....

and this awesome phone. It's so weird to me that she has never seen a phone like this except in hotels! haha She called Nana and Big Papi to tell them we were going to the game. 

Our view driving to the game - the capital building. 

Then we turned...uh-oh. 

We made it to the stadium pretty quick - we took a taxi because it was the same price as parking and we didn't want the hassle of finding public parking and walking. Madeline thought it was the best thing ever. 

This is how they were the whole time we were there - so cute! 

We made it to our seats and it was lightning so there was a 70 minute game delay.  Seventy minutes is like eternity when you're four. So we practiced cheers, selfies, and before we knew it, it was game time! We look a little rough but in our defense it POURED on us - no ponchos, no umbrellas, nada. We just sat there because we're hardcore! :) 

Somebody was beside herself with excitement! 

Our seats were a little high up but we had a really good view of the field. 

Warming up...


There were a couple of baton girls who were struggling during the half-time show. One girl in particular dropped hers at least 5 times. I mean its the first game and I can't imagine how nervous they were, but then they lit them on FIRE and I was scared for their safety. haha 


Madeline made it all the way through the game until about 2 minutes into the 4th quarter. She woke up for the fireworks show though and the ride home. 

We were right under the fireworks - it was seriously better than the 4th of July. It was impressive! 

My love - so thankful for him! 

We made it back to our room around 1:30am - the taxi idea was great for getting to the game but getting home, not so much. We waited forever for a cab. I think we were all asleep by 2:30. 

We checked out and headed home around 11. We stopped at Cracker Barrel to eat and played the Jelly Belly game on the way home. We do it every time we travel - it's like the unofficial version of Bean Boozled. I won! 

It was the best weekend - so thankful for my sweet Terry!

I did not wear FSU gear and I got regular updates on the Bama game from my Dad. Roll Tide! :)