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the hunts in prague

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We got to spend our first week at the beach with the Alligoods– it was soooo great to hug their necks again.

There was lots of sweet Pammie time…

…Papa time…

…Auntie time…

…Cousin time…

…Nene time…

…and family time.

[and we got to meet Mike, too!]

Our house was gorgeous…

…and we were lucky(?) enough to be at the beach at the height of horseshoe crab mating season. For a couple of days, they were everywhere.

[Pammie shows no fear.]

We love and miss you already, Cora, Celia, Kelsey, Lauren, Mike, Pam, Ken & Nene!

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A few more shots of Charlotte.
We picked up right where we left off with the Dirks.
Games of ‘lemonade stand’…


…and lots of snacks. This isn’t a great picture, but I loved seeing Foard sit at this table, where Sam has eaten and laughed so many times over the last four years!

Dirks… won’t you PLEASE move to Prague? Life just isn’t a much fun when you’re so far away.

We discovered double seaters at the HT…

…enjoyed the obligatory IceDream after a DrBall visit full of shots…

..and even got to hang out with our old playgroup one afternoon!

We also got to journey down to Gaffney to see the Webers, meet their sweet Annalise, catch up with their church there, and have a fun sleepover at their house! We took a fun group picture at their house with the McCanns (which I, of course, can’t find), and it was unreal to see how our families have grown since we all started seminary in 2004– from six to fourteen!

Thanks, Webers– it always feels like home with you!

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Freshman Fifteen

Anytime we’re with other Americans in Prague, reminiscing about our home country, the conversation always comes back to food (…and Target, but that’s another post). There are just some things you can’t replicate.
Some of the favorites we enjoyed during our trip to the States:

The obvious: Chick-fil-A.

Revolution Pizza. Best pizza in Charlotte, hands down.

Home-style Barbecue.
[It was at this Edisto Island event that we saw her. But, again, that’s another post.]

Shrimp and Grits.

You’ve already seen this shot from the Kulps’ house, but just the brands represented here made us swoon: Trader Joe’s, Peperidge Farm, Reese’s… oh!

Oooh-la-la & Grampa (re)introduced the boys to s’mores.

I made up for missing these by consuming more in 3 weeks than I had in the previous 32 years total. I mean, they’re oatmeal… right?

Nothing like a good-sized Solo cup.

Taco Bell has added green salsa?!? Yesssss!

Good, creamy mint chocolate chip ice cream. Ohhhhh….

Okay, we have beef in Prague… this was just a good food picture.

We left the States feeling like this, and with several extra chins as evidence.

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Fantastic Four

We have a four-year-old!
We celebrated Sam’s birthday our last weekend in Charlotte with a few sweet friends at Carmel Park.

Custom race car cake straight from the store bakery…

…with potent blue icing!

And one of the most amazing gifts ever to grace our household [seriously makes me tear up a little!]: a SuperSam cape from Carrie’s magic sewing machine.
Can you think of a more perfect gift for our amazing little man?! He wears it every day.

And finally, Little Brother sneaks in for a post-celebration snack.

We love you, Sam Hunt!
We can’t believe God lets us be your Mommy & Daddy– it’s a privilege beyond any we could have asked for.

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Lake House Love

[I’m reposting this because I added a couple of pictures to the mix.]
We took a hiatus from the busyness of Charlotte to spend three glorious days at the lake with Jessica & the Capes family.
It was eating, relaxing, playing & laughing bliss.

(Even the bravest of boys need a distant lifeguard).

A quick hike.

Who doesn’t enjoy a diaper change on the trail?

And no Capes-Dean-HuntFest would be complete without live music.

Don’t let this shot fool you. I added absolutely nothing to the musical ambiance.

This shot is my favorite and pretty much summarizes our time.
Hours of relaxing and being loved by friends.
Precious balm to our souls.

And this one, a final attempt at a kids’ group shot.