Monday, March 29, 2010


Harris Wise Oakley

Born: 11:59 am this morning
Weight: 8 pounds 13 ounces, 22 inches long

Joel and I are very excited to have a new nephew. We can't wait to meet him in person, but for now this picture will have to do!

Everyone is doing well. Thanks for all the prayers!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

South Carolina

Joel and got to enjoy a weekend in South Carolina. We went to visit Jeremy and Amber (who we knew at MSU) in Clemson, S.C., which happens to only be an hour and a half from us. It is hard for us to get used to being so close to things.

On Saturday we spent the day exploring some local landmarks and enjoying the beautiful weather. We could not have asked for better weather...mid to high 70's with a nice breeze. I pulled out the shorts for the first time this season.

The first stop on our galavant was Stumphouse Tunnel. Click on the link to learn more about was quite cold in the tunnel! There is a draft that flows through it year round...would definitely be a nice place in July!

Stumphouse Tunnel

Right in the same area as Stumphouse is a nice waterfall, Issaqueena Falls. We took some pictures from the top of the fall, and then we hiked down close to the falls to get some better pictures.
Abbi & Joel at Issaqueena Falls

Issaqueena Falls

Jeremy & Amber at Issaqueena Falls

After we spent some time at Issaqueena Falls, we headed to Caesar's Head. We drove all the way up the mountain to get a great view.

View from Bald Rock...on the way up to Caesar's Head

Lake view from Caesar's Head

And finally, to end the day we drove to Greenville to check out the downtown. It was one of the prettiest downtown I have seen.
River in Falls Park - downtown Greenville, S. C.

Falls Park

Waterfall at Falls Park

Suspension bridge at Falls Park

Pretty tree at Falls Park

I hope y'all were able to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. Looking forward to more nice weather!

Monday, March 8, 2010

It's Really March!

It is hard to believe how fast this year is already going. March is a big month for us in the birthday department. We will celebrate Joel's birthday next week, hopefully with some chocolate covered strawberries (he really likes those) and maybe cupcakes (I like cupcakes, haha :)). We also have a nephew who will celebrate his birthday this month. He is getting so big...crazy!

Also, we will be adding to our nephew count at the very end of this month on the Oakley side. We can't wait to meet the new little guy in less than a month! Hopefully, we will get to see him not too long after he is born and celebrate with the family.

My friend Brooke will be having her little boy sooner than expected. She was not due until the end of March, but she and Justin are excited about Brayden's arrival on Wednesday (if all goes as planned). I can't wait to meet him and get some pictures of him!

Joel is enjoying his week of Spring Break that officially started today. In Mississippi, he always got his birthday off during SB, but here, he will have to celebrate a week early. :) Today he has been enjoying some time playing Super Mario Bros. for Wii. He stays extremely busy during the semester, so I am glad that he can take a little time for himself. (He still has to do some homework this week, but at least nothing is due!)

I am off for part of the week. Two of the classes I teach are at a school that is on the quarter system. Unfortunately the end of the quarter ends one week after Spring Break, which I do get at the other school. So, this week, I have classes on Monday and Wednesday, but I get the rest of the week off. I am certainly not complaining. I am glad to be getting SB! :) I checked the book "A Time Traveler's Wife" out from the library this weekend. It has been nice to have a book to read while recovering from the flu, and hopefully, I will get to read a good bit this week while I am off.

I hope you have had a taste of this beautiful weather that we were given today. Here's to hoping it stays for a bit!