Wednesday, February 15, 2017

This week

Clayton went skiing with our youth group.  I'm pleased to report he came home happy, healthy, and in one piece. Success.

We are in the middle of basketball season.  Here's a little video of Jack playing.  He loves playing basketball and it makes my heart happy to watch him. 



Andrew decided he wanted to work out with Fred the other day.  They did a little running and a lot of talking.


Typically on Sunday afternoons I attend a yoga class with some friends.  They were unable to come, but one of my friend's sons showed up at the class.  We took a picture together to document the experience.  

Our sweet friends celebrated their birthdays (which are within a week of the other) and we kept their sweet son.  He loves bacon so I made bacon for Sunday breakfast.  Clayton was out of town so I just swapped one kid for another. 



Each Friday I go to a house that has two dogs.  Dash is VERY curious when I come home.  He follows me around like this for quite some time.  It's pretty funny. 


Speaking of Dash the Dog.  Fred sent me a text the other day asking if I ate all three breakfast cookies that were in the kitchen.  He included this photo. 

I told him I did not eat all three cookies.  He then sent me another text and photo explaining that he felt certain he found the culprit, but he wasn't wanting to talk about it. 
I filled out the paperwork for Clayton to start high school.  WHAT?!? Since when do they allow four year olds to register for preschool??
The boys were out of school last Friday...ahhh, it was glorious.  Clayton's middle school hosted a spirit night at Jumping World (a trampoline park).  I waited with my friend and listened to music that was WAY TOO LOUD while my fellas jumped until their little hearts were content. Andrew loves being around "the brothers" and their friends.  I'm pretty sure he stuck to Clayton like glue and smiled the entire time. 

 That's Jack playing basketball at the trampoline park.

Andrew had a birthday party for a classmate.  He was so sweet playing with his friends.  It's so rare that I get to see him with friends his own age.  He typically hangs with an older crowd.  

By Sunday, Andrew was kicking my kitchen cabinets and screaming because his ear was hurting so badly.  Of course all of the clinics were closed.  I kept him home from school on Monday because he was sick.  Look at that sweet fella sitting with me at the clinic.  He looks sick, doesn't he?!?  We went to the Kroger clinic and the wait was FOUR hours!! FOUR HOURS!  I made an appointment with our pediatrician and he confirmed that Andrew had a raging ear infection.  He has to take medicine twice a day.  Bless him.  As the third child he reminds me to pour his medicine.  I feel like all this training as a youngest child will grow him into a responsible adult.  At least that's what I tell myself. 

 Tuesday morning I set up a chocolate fountain for the teachers at Appling Middle School...except that the fountain part didn't quite work.  Bummer.  So, the teachers had a chocolate dip.  Whatever.  It was delicious.
 This little Valentine got in my car on Tuesday afternoon looking just precious.  I just had to take his picture.
Happy Valentine's Day from our crew!




Saturday, February 4, 2017

This month...whoops

January just kind of slipped up on me.  For some reason I never posted.  Whoops.  A lot has happened this month.  It's just really called, "Life as we know it".  It's full.  It's non-stop.  It's everything I hoped this season would be.

Before the boys went to school they helped me clean the house.  It was glorious.  I turned over the upstairs to them.  Glorious.




Just a few days after we got back in the groove of school, we had a snow day.  Well, it wasn't really a snow day.  It was more of a dusting, but we got out of school and that's all that counts!

On snow days we have pancakes or some sort of big breakfast.  We chose pancakes this morning.  As you can see, everyone was super happy.  

 Clayton asked if he could make a chocolate chip cookie skillet.  Just when I thought I didn't have any control issues left, he had to start making cookies.  I retired to my bedroom as he did this and, wouldn't you know, those cookies turned out divine!
 January is the beginning of basketball season.  Which at our house translates into, "Yes, he is 10.  Yes, he is tall.  Yes, I promise he's 10.  He won't turn 11 until June."
 Mawmaw and Pawpaw have attended all of Jack's games and Mimi and Tee have come as well.  Clayton is playing too, but he hasn't had any games yet.  One game when Mimi and Tee came we went to Central BBQ.  If you are ever in Memphis, I recommend the nachos on house chips. Yum!

 One Sunday night Renee had a meeting after church and our boys were in Jackson with Mimi and Tee, because they had the next day off of school.  So, Fred, Fred, and I went to McAlisters.  I had nachos and Mr. Fred had a salad.  It was a dramatic turn of events.  We had to take our picture to capture the occasion.
 Jack had a DARE graduation at school.  I'm not sure what it's all about, but he got a certificate and had to wear jeans to school.  Wearing jeans to school is a greatest accomplishment in this entire scenario.  Jack never wears jeans/pants to school.  I would just glad he had some he could wear.  If anyone is taking notes, my 10 year old wears a 31x30 from the men's department.  Yes, you read that correctly.

 Since the weather has been rather mild this January, Dash and I have been running.  If Dash the dog could, he would do a back flip when I put my running shoes on.  He loves a run.  He is on high alert the entire time.  He takes his job very seriously of protecting me from scary things like squirrels, birds, and falling leaves.  Here he is demonstrating that he CAN be a good dog.  He is trying to sit patiently until I get my things ready to go.  Unfortunately for Dash, I know the real truth.

I even went to Oak and had a little lunch with two of my favorite fellas.  Apparently when you are in middle school, it is not cool for your mother to dine with you in the cafeteria.  What?!?




We headed to Nashville to celebrate my dad and my Aunt Christie's birthdays.  While we were there the guys did a little rock climbing.  They just love rock climbing. 


 My nephew, Adam, is a little monkey.  He just makes me smile.

 Since December is over, I'm back at the grocery store.  Boo.  I loved using Click List over December, but it's time to get back into a budget routine...so back to Aldi we go.  As an added bonus, I usually have a sweet helper with me when I go to Aldi.
 Our friend, Sam, signed to play soccer at Union the other day.  We are so proud of her and can't wait to see where God takes her.
 Speaking of being back into a routine...no more desserts unless it is a special occasion.  So, here's to nature's dessert...the orange, banana, grape, and apple.
 Clayton is skiing this weekend with our church.  I thought it would be a great idea to have two of Jack's friends over to fill the void.  (I know...what was I thinking?!?)  They went to bed fine, but they woke up at 3:00 am.  Fred went upstairs and told them it was too early to get up.  Thankfully they went back to sleep, but they were up at 5:50 am making pancakes.  They fixed us all breakfast.  It was nice.  A little scary.  But nice.

 Finally, my cousin, Richard, was in town for a conference.  He and Aunt Janice dropped off lunch for the middle schooler.  Apparently, this is proper protocol for 13 year olds and lunch. He was very grateful for his tacos.
 And then they made a stop at Oak to see the other boys.  These two were grateful for their lunch as well.
Aunt Janice took Richard to the airport and then she came to our house to visit and took us to dinner at Chick Fil A.

All in all, it's been a great January.  It's been full.  It's been exciting.  Next month, I'll try to do better with updates and stories.  I'll try.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Wrapping Up Christmas Break

The day after Christmas I had our Christmas tree on the curb by 8:15 am and most of the decorations were down as well.  We cleaned up around the house and had a great day.  Wednesday we headed out for the final part of the boy's Christmas present...a trip to St. Louis and Six Flags.  I did a little research and even found us a "tiny house" to stay in. Truth be told, I think the house may have been their most favorite part of the trip.

Before we got to the tiny house we made a stop at the outlets to get some new basketball shoes for our middle child who is anything but tiny.
The next morning we headed out for Cardinals Nation.  Jack was thrilled.  There was lunch...

And fudge.  Two things that make my fella very happy.
Then we went to peak at the field.  We couldn't get in because they were preparing for an outdoor hockey game. 
 All of the excitement from the stadium just wore this fella out.  He took a brief cat nap on the way to Six Flags.


We went to Six Flags that afternoon, but I didn't get any pictures.  We were busy riding rides.  
On the way home we stopped for lunch at Taco Johns and I introduced the boys to Potato Oles and all things Taco Johns.  I think they were impressed. 
Sunday we had church that morning and then that afternoon I reentered the world of Kroger.  During the month of December I used Click List the entire month.  But in January, I have to go back inside the grocery store.  Sniff. Sniff. 

My friend sent this to me via text and I snorted.  My goal for 2017 is to find this banner!

Monday morning we cleaned up around the house and I had a moment.  The boys went upstairs and cleaned everything.  I went upstairs and they were just working away.  The big boys finished before Andrew and then they went back upstairs and helped him finish up.  Andrew later asked me if I told them to do that.  I told him I had not.  He then said, "Good.  It makes it more special that they helped me without you telling them."  Bless my soul and melt my heart.  If you need me, I'll be in a puddle on the floor. 



After we cleaned the house, we went to Chickfila for lunch, which is such a treat.  Then we got haircuts for the boys, which is not really a treat, but necessary.  Then we went to Costco, which is like Disneyland for me.  And finally we rounded out the afternoon with a 16 mile hike through IKEA.  We have had the best break together!  School starts tomorrow so we are all in a state of mourning, but we will hold these memories for sure.