Steve and Tory

Hervey family fun time

Steve and Tory

Family of 5! We like adventures and laughing at our goofy kids.

North America » United States » California » Indio November 29th 2020

The morning started great as everyone woke up in a great mood as Vivian jumped into bed with Nathan and then Rosie to be their alarms. Vivian has to climb from Nathan's pullout sofa bed in order to get to Rosie's queen bed and this required her to jump up and across and often led to her landing on her face in a pile of pillows much to everyone's delight and laughter. We all had Lucky Charms, milk, and yogurt to start the day before heading out to the pool area to begin our last morning of swimming and sliding. Nathan went down the 30 foot high water slides with Steve and Tory about 20 times and learned it would go fast on his back without his swim shirt on. Rosie and Vivian floated together in ... read more

North America » United States » California » La Quinta November 28th 2020

The morning started nice with everyone sleeping until 7:30 and even a full night of no kids needing one of the parents to sleep with them. After the kids had milk we all got dressed and got into the van to go to a restaurant called "Ernie's," which was at the public clubhouse of the PGA West country club. This place had special memories of 20 years of Susie and George owning a house and being members, including many family trips when Steve and his brothers were younger. Some of the best times were when Steve was in college and would get to leave the snow of New England to come to 80 degrees and golfing weather for a week during Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Views from the patio at "Ernie's" included a huge PGA West ... read more

North America » United States » California » Indian Wells November 27th 2020

We had a list of things that we could do in the 3 nights and 2 1/2 days at the hotel and got through almost all of it in the first day! The kids could hardly hold back their excitement as they gobbled up breakfast in the room of cereal, bananas, and yogurt. Vivian knows to put on her floaties and used her sister's help to buckle it to look adorable walking around and ready to jump in the water. We got to the pool at 8:30 and were probably the first ones out since the bigger pool and water slide didn't open until 9:00. Most of the area was shaded and caused about 10 degrees colder but the kids didn't care and were excited for the kiddie pool water slide to open. They toughed out ... read more

North America » United States » California » Agoura Hills November 26th 2020

The past 8 months have been very different in this country as the COVID pandemic has made everyone wear masks and change work and school arrangements. We made the most of this time while Steve was able to work remotely by going 5 different times and spending 6 weeks up at Susie and George's lake house from May to September and having a very special time for the kids to play at the lake and be with Nana and Grandpa. While we also just got back 1 month ago from visiting Mike, Jenn, Ellie, and Grayson in Tennessee, this was going to be a vacation just for us and the kids. We already celebrated a Thanksgiving Day meal the Sunday before with Tory's Mom and Dad at our house so that we could be gone for ... read more

North America » United States » Tennessee » Knoxville October 21st 2020

We packed up the Mike's Tahoe in the morning and met with Jenn, Maw, and Nathan at the house before heading to the Knoxville airport. Mike and Kirby stayed with Grayson and Ellie to pack up the campers so we said our goodbyes the night before. It was sad to say goodbye to the house we stayed at because Donna and Kirby made it so comfortable to stay at. They had all of our favorite coffee ready along with snacks for the girls and breakfast for everyone right there in the kitchen area, plus there was a kids play kitchen that kept Vivi and Rosie constantly entertained. Driving away back through Alcoa (where all the aluminum cans are made) we said our goodbyes to the great state of Tennessee and it's very different way of life. ... read more
Mike and Steve’s families
Cousin Crew

So far the trip has been amazing and we have not had lots of separation anxiety from Nathan when he stays behind to sleep in the camper with Uncle Mike, Auntie Jenn, Ellie, and Grayson. It seems like it is the beginning of Nathan learning his independence when he says his nightly goodbyes that he is going to be fine, and he still needs help from Mike and Jenn so it is not that bad like if he was with non-family. It is really cute to see when Vivian sees him when we get to the campground in the mornings and she runs and gives him a great big hug! Rosie says she wants to sleep in the camper "next time" or when she is 6 years old too like Nathan. At the campground we saw ... read more
Ready to go!
Mushroom finder
VIvian the backpack

We thought it would be great to get to sleep in a room without kids, but Rosie came into Tory’s bed from 3-4am. At least we slept in a little bit before we drove out to Cade’s Cove to meet up with Mike, Jenn, Gray, Ellie, Nathan, and Kirby and Donna. We were greeted by Ellie and Nathan on Bike’s and Grayson on his 4-wheeled “Berg.” Today was a big active day for the kids to be outside and play together non-stop to the point where you wonder if they will every be worn out! We first went over to climb on some rocks and the kids found a stage where Ellie and Rosie could breakout their best Frozen singing rendition of “Let it go.” Gray and Vivian found a house to play some hide and ... read more
Campfire fun
Climbing logs

North America » United States » Tennessee » Townsend October 18th 2020

Today was going to be a big travel day and Tory and Jenn took Rosie and Vivian in the Tahoe while Steve and Mike took Grayson, Ellie, and Nathan in the Ford truck pulling the camper. We packed up the remainder of the camper and headed out for the drive to Townsend and Cade’s Cove. It took about 5 hours to get to Jenns parent’s house, Kirby and Donna (Paw and Maw.) With 5 kids there were many bathroom and food breaks at Dunkin’ Donuts, the side of the road, and McDonald’s for lunch. The 3 big kids talked the whole ride and were on pretty good behavior while Rosie and Vivian watched movies happily during the drive. We got to Kirby and Donna’s house in Townsend and were greeted and treated very well. We thought ... read more
City of Townsend

North America » United States » Tennessee » Franklin October 17th 2020

Today was highly anticipated by Nathan of the day that Uncle Mike and Auntie Jenn would get their camper out of storage. After an easy cereal breakfast, Ellie, Rosie, Vivian and Steve played a little soccer outside before Mike, Jenn, Nathan, and Ellie needed to go get the camper. The day was supposed to be cold but the sun was out and it was a perfect warm temperature. While they were gone getting the camper, Steve, Tory, Gray, Rosie, and Vivian had a fun time together. Grayson rode his Berg around and was going really fast as the 4-wheel pedal go-kart turns on a dime! Then they walked around the neighborhood because they had some garage sales and Gray and Rosie were talking and holding hands like best buddies. Mike and Jenn came back with the ... read more
Picnic time
Cuties holding hands
Running kiddos

North America » United States » Tennessee » Franklin October 16th 2020

Puckett’s grocery and restaurant is a hallmark of Tennessee and actually was a restaurant that Steve and Tory went while visiting Nashville 7 years earlier after Jenn and Mike’s wedding. On the drive out to Franklin to have breakfast at Puckett’s, we were able to see some of the local places like the Parish Presbyterian Church and the Franklyn Classical Christian Academy. Parish Pres is where Jenn and Mike go and see Franklin Classical is where Ellie goes to school and Grayson next year. Tory ordered a really good eggs benedict that had fried chicken with it and Steve wanted to try some grits and make sure they still were gross (which they were.) When we got back home it was a perfect day to take the kids for a walk to the park. Jenn, Steve, ... read more
Girl crossing
Sitting in front of Pucketts
Family Movie/Pizza night

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