Savanna McMichael

the moments that create my life

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! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Daytona Beach Shores: Our Favorite Places

Two weeks ago, we were waking up at the beach. TAKE ME BACK! 

 It has been a struggle getting back into routine, and by that I mean creating one-that nobody follows. Oh well. Long Live summer time. 

We have been going to Daytona Beach Shores in Florida for seven years. We’ve tried our fair share of restaurants and tourist attractions so I thought I would do a little recap of our very favorites through the years.

We aren’t those busy tourists at the beach. We like to go out to the ocean in the morning, have a picnic lunch and chill all day on the sand before we get dressed for dinner.

We love great dinner spots with a fun atmosphere and tend to gravitate to those for our dinners out. Because, hello, kids. 
The kids have always loved Crabby Joe's Deck & Grill. It is actually located on the Sunglow Fishing Pier with open air and covered seating. The simple fact that it is within walking and boarding distance from the condo is a major plus. This is always our first meal out and, oftentimes, it’s a repeat. Our kids love to sit on the side tables and people watch, watch for fish, and guess if there are sharks in the water. Our favorite meal at Crabby Joe’s is breakfast: yummy French toast and a specialty omelet station on the weekends! Lunch and dinner are both delicious too. My favorite entree is the shrimp tacos! There have been so many days that we played on the beach all day and threw on cover ups for dinner at Crabby Joe’s. It’s just the best low-key restaurant we’ve found! We love the versatility and what an easy option it is. 

Aunt Catfish's on the River is probably the adult favorite and one of the kids’ favorites also. It is ALWAYS busy, but they have a fun little playground for the kids and a dock to walk out to the Halifax River. The meals are incredible at Aunt Catfish's. Service is always impeccable. The "cousins" are always helpful and go above and beyond to be sure your visit is worth it. We always leave with full bellies, but it’s hard not too.... They have a full salad and fruit bar and "Fish Camp Fixin's"Bar. Plus cinnamon rolls accompany the meals. We always have to order a batch of fresh-baked cookies. They are SO GOOD. Full bellies, delish dessert, great atmosphere. The only downside is that it isn’t walkable from the beach and coverups wouldn't be the best choice of attire. But it is absolutely worth getting dressed for Aunt Catfish’s!

The boys always have to go to Racing’s North Turn at least once when we’re in town! The restaurant serves as a racing museum as well and they just love all of the memorabilia and race cars in the restaurant. Racing is in their blood and it just excites them so much to visit North Turn. I think there's just something awesome to them knowing that they get to eat there dinner exactly where racing began in Daytona.


North Turn is another great atmosphere. There is a large area for outdoor seating and a cover area, both right on the ocean. Live music covers the noise of grumpy, tired kids and provides some extra entertainment. We love singing along, dancing and people watching. The service is speedy and food is always hot! They have traditional seafood items, but also have Ultimate Nachos that are amazing! AND kid meals are served in little cardboard Chevy Bel Airs! The little things make a big difference for the kids. 

Our final favorite spot is Ho Daddy O's Surf Cream. Located in Ponce Inlet, Ho Daddy O's is our favorite dessert spot in Volusia County. They have the sweetest little set up for the kiddos. Hoola hoops, sidewalk chalk, and plenty of fun, outdoor seating make for a easy and delicious ice cream experience. They serve something for everyone: sundaes, soft serve, shaved ice and Ho Daddy's O's famous surf cream! The ONLY downside is the lack of covered seating. If the weather isn't favorable, we have to get our yummy treats to go. Thankfully, that doesn't affect the taste! 

We truly love the Daytona Beach Shores and Ponce Inlet areas of Volusia County. I can't vouch for the busier area of Daytona as I have, maybe, spent time there twice. BUT we do enjoy the Shores area. The beach is beautiful and clean. There are always people on the beach, but it is rarely overcrowded. It is just a beautiful area with so much to offer. I would highly recommend you take the chance and visit Daytona! We have made so many wonderful memories there! 
Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day Weekend

Friday morning, we headed out early from our week at the beach. Always so bittersweet to leave our favorite place. We tried to convince the hubs to come on down, but he wouldn't commit. Since we couldn't stand missing him anymore, we had to come back to reality! 
We left our best girl behind for one more day of fun and games with her G. I'm pretty sure they had some great quality time which is my girl's love language. Being the oldest of three with two little brothers, that's hard to come by for her. It's always good to see her get her love tank filled! 

We hit the ground running as soon as we got home. As much fun as we had while we were away, we did miss the hustle and bustle of the farm. Our babies were happy to see us all and had grown so much this week. All of the babes are doing really well. The boys will be weaning from their mamas soon and headed off to new homes. Anybody in need of some beautiful billy goats?! 

We spent most of our weekend at the bike track or the lacrosse field. We missed our girl, but it was a good time together with our boys and some great friends. We're so thankful to have found some amazing friends through sports who love our family so well. They make the crazy schedules fun! 

This was Hutt's first time playing travel lacrosse. It was a great experience for us and OH SO HOT! We enjoyed meeting new friends and seeing old ones. I think we all learned a lot and are looking forward to the next tournament. Hess is just ready to put on a uniform. He can't wait to play!

It was an exhausting, fulfilling weekend. I think we all need a weekend from the weekend and vacation from vacation! 

We couldn't help but celebrate our favorite guy this weekend! As always, we are so thankful for him, his leadership and dedication to our crew. There are so many times that he doesn't get the recognition that he deserves. He spent his entire weekend loving and serving our family after holding down the farm solo all week. He is, without a doubt, our biggest fan and the greatest encourager in everything we do! 
We are surrounded by so many strong men and have been blessed to have their influence in our lives. So thankful for the support system that we have. We didn't get to have a big celebration this weekend with them all, but we love appreciate them! 

Anyone else have kids that like to make crazy faces and throw peace signs in every picture? No? Just mine? Tell me it's not so!