Savanna McMichael

the moments that create my life

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


Well...I couldn't stop it! We went on our last summer vacation for this year last week. And this week, the big kids are back to school. 


We took our big family vacation with just the five of us to Daytona Beach, Florida last week. We were blessed with eight amazing days of adventuring, wave riding, sand playing, and fantastic eating. I shared a few of my favorite tidbits on social media. It was truly one of our best trips to date. Our kids have always been very good at traveling. Beach days have been easy and long-lasting with kids playing in the sand and jumping waves. But this year, we had some different types of days. Every morning, we took walks while the kids rode skateboards for miles. 



We had a six mile afternoon beach trek to one of our favorite little restaurants (and saw the taping of an HGTV home buying show). 



After years of debating on it, we were able to take a three hour adventure to paddle board on the Halifax River. 




We decided we had confidence that the big kids could handle their own boards and little dude could ride along. It was one of our favorite parts of the trip. Three Brothers Boards have a neat little shop, amazing boards and phenomenal staff. The kids were begging to go back to the next day before we even left! Even though we did a lot of different things, we still had plenty of beach time. There was less time spent getting every kid sun screened, dressed and fed than years before. I have found myself missing the baby stage lately, but I'm learning that these bigger kids are so much fun and really good for my heart.  


Just like our everyday, the trip wasn't all rainbows and butterflies. There were times of disobedience, discipline, and disagreement. A good bit of those 'dis' moments occurred, but those aren't the moments that we will remember years from now. They don't define our trip. They provided opportunity for teaching, nurturing, directing. Sometimes, they provided opportunity for humbleness and providing an example of apologies. 


As a mom who is with her kiddos everyday, there isn't really a such thing as vacation. It's just a change of location with some extra fun activities! I am truly so thankful for ALL of the moments that this summer has provided us with. We've spent so much time together, enjoyed traveling, and growing together. Every moment was perfect, but all of the moments combined made for a wonderful summer for us! 


Those free summer days are behind us as the kids started back to school this week. I can't even believe that my itty bitty kiddos are now in 3rd and 5th grade. It honestly seems like yesterday that we walked the halls of our elementary school for the first time. I choked back tears the entire time that we walked our nervous, curly-haired girl into her classroom. She was terrified and so was I. The years have changed her though. This year, we missed Open House and the first three days of school because of traveling. But on her first day of 5th grade, she found a friend and walked without us to a new classroom, with a new teacher, on a new hallway. The LAST hallway. It both hurts my heart and causes me to burst with pride that she has become such a strong and beautiful young lady. I am soaking up these last days of elementary school because I highly doubt she's going to want me frequenting the middle school hallways. We are excited and expectant for this year! I know, without a doubt, that she is in some fantastic hands.....as I spent my fifth grade year in the very same pair. 




Our brave middle man was excited for third grade! He has a blast wherever he goes and is quick to make new friends. Just maybe, he was the most ready to head back to school. I'm confident that he lives for days of football on the playground, but he gets excited to learn to! He is good at math and LOVES history. Facts are completely his jam! We are happy to see him accepting the challenge of a little bit more advanced content this year. So excited to see him grow! It's hard for me to fathom that he is over halfway through elementary school. I can't help but remember how quickly the last few years have flown for his sister. And I don't see time slowing down. He has always had the sweetest teachers who have made learning so fun. From K-4 and into this school year, he has been excited and LOVED going. I can't wait to see how well he progresses and how he changes this year! 


I have a few more weeks with our littlest man at home during the day. He will be starting Pre-K at our church this fall! Pretty sure he was just born yesterday, so I'm not sure how that's even possible. He is so excited to see his friends and eat lunch at school some this year. For now, we're working on getting in a groove, enjoying our one-on-one time, and entertaining ourselves while big brother and sister are at school. 


These days are FLYING by, but we're loving every one of them! 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

That end of summer feeling...




Y'all! This summer has flown by for us. Not a single one of use is ready to jump back into that school year routine...the early, rushed mornings, packing lunches, homework, studying. Parts of our bucket list remain unchecked and, likely, will stay that way into the start of school. We have already had a great summer full of sleepovers, ice cream dates, and a fair amount of salty air and sandy toes. We are heading off on one last adventure for the summer with school supplies still to buy, first day outfits to pick out, and book bags still filled with last years "treasures". It will get done, right?! 


This time of the year is always a very bittersweet time for me. It is filled with worry and wonder. "Did we do enough during the summer? Was I a good steward of the time with my kiddos? Did they read enough? (No, to that one for sure!) Will they love their teacher? I hope they have friends in their class! Maybe they'll have retained something from last school year." Without a doubt, I worry too much! 


I probably raised my voice too much. Nagged about cleanliness a little too hard. I didn't mark near as many things off my to-do wish as I had hoped to. The reality is that I really want to withdraw them from their schools, keep them to myself, and embark on a homeschool journey. But also a reality, homeschool would probably be the hardest thing to accomplish with these social, people-loving kids of mine that would come closer to learning from a brick wall than me. So, we will run off and enjoy the salty air one more time and jump right back into the school year when we get home. I will undoubtedly be sad. Adjusting to dropping my kiddos off every day will not be fun. At the same time, we are excited for the new year- for some new teachers and some we've had before, for new classes, friends, and opportunities. I'll be soaking in my people a little extra, savoring every moment that I should have been paying more attention to already, and praying a LOT more over the next few weeks.


I do think that this is normal at every stage of motherhood. It is natural to wonder if we've done enough: prepared and learn enough before their born, loved hard enough, held them enough as babies, paid enough attention to all their firsts, listened when they talked about things that seemed silly, taught them enough, given them enough. The reality is that I don't think it will ever be enough, but will, at the same time, always be enough. This motherhood gig is a funny thing! It makes me laugh at how these three can drive me mad and leave me in tears at the thought of sending them back to school at the same time. 




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Gramma!

We had the best time celebrating my grandmother's birthday with some family photos and a cookout. She is so special to us and holds a giant piece of our hearts! Our family just continues to grow and she leads so well. Happy Birthday, Gramma! You mean the world to us!

Cassie from At Heart Photography is a sweet friend of mine who so graciously took on our large family group! She did a wonderful job and got some sweet shots that we just ADORE! I can't wait to get my prints and have them hanging on our walls. We hadn't had family photos done since Hess was six months old, so we were way over due. It will be so nice to see his charming little smile in our photos! 


Such a big crew! I just LOVE these people so much. And there's going to 
be a new babe this time next year! 






It seems like just yesterday that she was such a tiny babe and, now, she's catching me in height and giving me a run for my money with her wit and sass! I just adore my girl! 

Love my mama! 


We call them the littles....They're a mix of grands and great-grands, but we forget that A LOT!

I couldn't ask for two people to love my people any better or to be any more dedicated to them! My kids are truly blessed to be surrounded by grandparents and great-grandparents (on both sides!) who selflessly and excitedly cheer them on in all aspects of their lives. 
  
He may be bigger than me, but he will always, always be my baby brother! Love you, Zachary!






 Meet Trudy! She is one of my bottle babies. She is such a sweet girl and a member of the family. She is 14 years old. We love her and she loves us back! 





This guy-- he's the rock of our family. We love him so very much and don't give him the credit he deserves for putting up with us and loving us so well! You're the best babe! 






Somebody has to be the fun uncle....and Zachy fits the mold perfectly! 


We had the very best time with Cassie! I can't wait for our fall session and to try out some new stuff! If you're local to us, reach out and let Cassie know that I sent you her way. She is such a sweet person. I guarantee you'll love working with her! 
Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Bucket List:


We have surprisingly marked quite a few things off of our Summer Bucket List! 
Not surprising, our list includes a LOT of beach, sports & adventure! 
We plan on putting extra marks beside a few of the list items: the beach, and eating 
at Crabby Joe's should get a couple more marks each. 



We went to our first Gwinnett Stripers game of the season a couple of weeks ago. Our church 
had a pretty big group that went and some of our worship members sang the National Anthem. 
It was a fun time with our friends and some pretty good baseball too! 






This little guy LOVES baseball and was super excited to be there. He was 
not excited that the Stripers lost, but he's convinced they'll win on our next visit. 

Last night, we finally got to go see Incredibles 2! It's crazy that it has 
been so long since the first movie came out. Our crew LOVED
 the sequel! Definitely two thumbs up from us!


We laughed a lot and even jumped out of our skin a time or two.
Can't wait for it to come out on iTunes or Netflix.


We have a weirdly sports-free weekend ahead....planning to fill it up with lots of 
family time and master bedroom renovation work!
Hoping to squeeze in a little adult time too....even if that looks like a 
mini-date on our back patio!