Thursday, December 18, 2014


I have a few other things to blog about, but today it will be the flu.  Yesterday, it was pink eye.  This is proving to be the 2nd year we end with a bang.  Harper has pink eye, but fortunately it doesn't appear to be bothering her.  I am hoping no one else gets it.
  Last night Maddie kept saying she was tired and when we got home from church was running a low grade fever.  This morning that thermometer just kept reading higher and higher.  She missed pj day at school and was quite upset at first.  She has flu type A and hasn't gotten out of the bed.  I think she now sees there is no way she could have gone to school.
  Harper received the flu shot yesterday...she didn't shed a SINGLE TEAR.  Maddie had her nose swabbed would have thought someone was beating her.  Turner is mad everyone is sick and gets to stay at home while he is forced to go to school:)  The differences in these kids is amazing and so interesting to see.  A little of me, a little of their dad, and then their own personalities all rolled into 3 very different, but so precious to us kiddos.
  Maddie is going to be holed up in her room over the next few days while Kev and I take turns taking care of her.  I have sprayed so much lysol in this house I can hardly breathe.  We are all taking Tami flu with the hope that nobody else will get it.  Today would have been my last day of work before break.  After MDO'S program tonight I will have the next 2 weeks to just focus on the kids and get everyone well.  I hate the week before Christmas we have some down.  The upside.... I wasn't going to get a paycheck anyway so our budget isn't being affected. 
  Praying Maddie is back to herself soon and hopefully my next post will be a little more fun.  We still have some things we would like to squeeze in before Christmas:) 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Alpine Villages!

Last night we went to Alpine Villages with Megs and big A.  It was our first year to go and it was my favorite Christmas activity to date.  It was at Trinity Baptist Church and the kids had a blast.  They decorated cookies, made a toy, picked out a book, made an ornament, played in the snow, and much more.  There was a live nativity scene, and a visit to the north pole to see Santa.  The best is free!  It was great for all ages and we ended the night with a puppet show.  It was the same story that Maddie's choir performed last Sunday.  The kids sang to every song.  It was a fun night.

White Christmas!

Last Sunday was one of my favorite days of the year.  Our church always has White Christmas the first Sunday in December.  Everyone brings gifts wrapped in white tissue paper and places them under the tree.  The gifts are unwrapped the next day and given to the poor.  The kids are always dressed up in their Christmas clothes and it is a great way for them to give to others.
  This was my first year to participate as a Sunday School teacher and I herded the 4 year olds to the tree:)  In the past I have been in the front row snapping pictures of my kiddos as they walk by.  Daddy had that job this year and it was a great morning.
  That night Maddie and Turner had their choir programs and they were both precious.  Turner had his first solo and did great.  I was afraid he would freeze, but he didnt.  There isn't much else I would rather do than listen to children sing about Jesus.  It was a great start to the Christmas season.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gym Pics!

Mo had gym Pics taken a few weeks ago and I picked them up last night.  I love them.  Maddie looks so grown up and we are getting excited about the upcoming season.  I watched her this morning at practice and taped her beam routine.  She fell at the end but has improved so much this past year.  I think she was most unsure of herself on the beam last year.  She has definitely built up some confidence and is much steadier up there.  Only a few more weeks till the first meet!

Pics from Last Post!

I forgot to add the pics.  I tried editing and it didn't work.  Here they are:)

A few Christmas Activities

Monday we had Trey and Garner over for our annual decorating night.  This year the kids made a gingerbread village, sugar cookies, and ornaments.  It was the first year Garner and Harper really participated and they enjoyed it as well.  Harper enjoyed it so much not a single piece of candy landed on her house:)
  The kids used Christmas cookie cutter for the cookies and somehow they turned out in one huge blob...not sure what happened there.  But they were still able to put sprinkles on them and eat some so all was well.  The kids love being with each other and it was a fun night.  I always love catching with Mary as well!!
  Friday night Turner and Harper went with my parents to the fire men's dinner while Mo was at gymnastics.  They saw Santa Claus and Turner was thrilled.  I think Harper was close to crying but held it together since Boo Boo was holding her:)  Not sure how the Santa pic will turn out this year!
  Bubblegum returned this week and have the kids jumping out of bed in the mornings to find him.  He is a silly elf!
  Tonight Maddie had a dress rehearsal for her choir program at church tomorrow night.  She was supposed to be dressed in her Christmas clothes...I definitely missed that memo!  But looking forward to kiddos telling the "Great Big Story" tomorrow night.  Turner has his program tomorrow as well....along with a solo!!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Festivities!

We have had a wonderful Thanksgiving week.  We headed to Savannah Tuesday afternoon and had a great time.  We were able to visit all the grandparents several times and Big Da was home.  Harper loves the men in her life.  She adores her daddy, Bid Da, and Boo Boo I think more than anyone!
  Granny Francis is in rehab but was able to come home for the day on Thanksgiving.  Everyone loved visiting with her and we are praying she gets strong enough to come home soon.  The kiddos loved playing with their cousins and spent a ton of time outside.
  Nonna and I went on our annual Walmart run Thursday night and I got some good deals.  She also helped me with some teacher gifts that I never would have thought of myself.  If was a busy few days that were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
  Today we headed to Mimi and Boo Boo's to celebrate with them.  Everything was delicious and the kids again had fun playing with their cousins.  Get together seem to get louder every year and I wouldn't have it any other way.
  We have a lot to be thankful for this year.  Mom was diagnosed with and beat cancer this year.  Granny Francis took a horrible fall and is still with us making improvements.  Sweet baby Austin was born and several cousins had babies as well.  It has been a busy year, but we are so thankful for all of our family.  Kev and I both feel so blessed to have family on both sides that love and support us.  Don't know where we would be without them!  Thank you Lord for your abundant blessings!  We have way more than we deserve.

Sunday, November 23, 2014


So I started to post this little instaframe on Facebook today.  Looks like fun, right?  That is why I didn't post it.  Looks can be deceiving!

  We have always done crafts together.  Maddie and Turner have always loved it.  We have slowed down some since Harper joined us and in the process Maddie just turned 8.  Not 16, but 8.  I have never heard so much complaining in my life!  She was not into it, got sent to her room for a bit, but finally came out and completed her project.

  Next up is Turner who was very excited to do his craft.  That brown house took Daddy over a stinking hour to put together and finally held together with glue.  I thought Turner was going to come unglued!!  By the time he started decorating his Maddie was long gone and done with hers.  But he did enjoy it Praise the Lord!

  Harper was given a tree to decorate and there was no drama.  Turner helped her and all was well in her world.  

  We have already started decorating for Christmas and are excited about the upcoming month.  We haven't forgotten about Thanksgiving though, and are so excited about celebrating with family.  We are heading to Savannah in a few days and can't wait.  Our pastor spoke on gratitude this morning and we have a ton to be thankful for every day.  Even during the hard moments, I am trying to count my blessings.  They are many and so much more than I deserve.  I am thankful for this finished project picture...even though getting there wasn't a ton of fun:)

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Things I want to remember-
  Harper has always had a paci at nap/night but didn't take it a whole lot during the day.  I knew time was coming to give it up and was dreading it.  2 weeks ago we couldn't find one before school so we went without.  I told Dotta if it caused two much problem at nap to text me and I would run to the store.  She needed a little extra patting but went to sleep fine.  That night she asked for it, I told her it was gone, and that was that.  Unbelievable!!  Since then, she has found 2 around the house and I quickly took them away.  Every now and then she will say "paci" and throw her hands in the air.  So thankful for her easy going spirit.
  She is 20 months old today and talks up a storm, is a puzzle queen, and insists on buckling herself in her car seat.  She wants to put her socks and shoes on herself and put her on diaper on.  Since that is near impossible, changing her diaper is sometimes a challenge:)  She likes fixing her own hair and is very independent.  Both our girls are that way, and Turner still has me dress him and wants me to wipe his bottom when he poops.  So funny!
  Maddie is reading up a storm.  Last year she had the most AR points in her class at the end of the year-117.  It is only November and she already has 102 points for this year.  She read a 150 page book in 2 days that was almost a 6th grade reading level.  She made an 80 on the test.  I was impressed and love her enthusiasm and determination for school.  We went to the library today and spent forever deciding which books to check out.  On the way home, she threw a fit that I had to stop and get gas.  I was not impressed.  That girl must learn soon the world doesn't revolve around her.  She is happy as long as we are doing what she wants.  Life at 8 is hard.  Being a mom to an 8 year old is even harder!
  I took Turner to Michael's this morning to paint a reindeer.  It turned out precious and I am so glad we went.  They have crafts every Saturday till Christmas and it only cost $2 to participate.  He starts playing basketball next Tuesday and I am anxious to see if he enjoys it.  I have been working hard to eliminate sugar from the kids diet and can tell a huge difference in Turner.  He is much calmer.  He does great while in school and has lots of energy to burn once he gets home.  It had gotten a little insane, or at least I felt like I was going insane!  Our family just wouldn't be the same without our boy in the mix.
  Parenting is hard....doing it times 3 sometimes is more than I can handle.  We make lots of mistakes.  The kids make lots of mistakes. I go to bed at times feeling like the worst mom in the world.   But then I remember his mercies are new every morning.  God gave us Maddie, Turner, and Harper to love and raise and what a blessing they are to us.  I am so very thankful for the responsibility and am honored to be their mom!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Big Sister Reveal!

This weekend was a fun one.  Aunt Marci came and spent Friday night with us and hung out most of Saturday.  Mo had gym and T had basketball evaluations.  We headed to Genghis Grill for lunch afterwards which everyone loves!
  Saturday night Maddie had her kick off party at River City for the upcoming competition season.  We decided  for Kev to stay at home with Harper and Turner.  Maddie and I went and all the girls were introduced, received their new competition leo, and found out their new big sister.
  Maddie's new big sister is Bradleigh and she is thrilled.  She is level 7 and that is who she wanted.  Maddie loved her big sister last year, so I hope this experience is just as great.  It was a fun night.
  We have had a few trials with gym this past month.  I was pulled aside by one of M's coaches and told that she was bragging some in practice.  She is in a TOP'S program that meets an extra night a week that focuses on conditioning and learning new skills.  Maddie loves it and is learning a lot.  I don't think her intention is to ever put someone down or make them feel bad.  But I do think she gets very excited and is proud when she accomplishes new things.
  That being said, we have had lots of talks lately on how to be confident yet still humble.  We have talked about the importance of encouraging others and how bragging makes others feel.  We told her we wouldn't allow her to continue gymnastics if she didn't have the right attitude and heart.
  Whew!!  This momma has lost lots of sleep over this and thinks we have helped her understand.  It is not fun being told your child is making others feel bad.  Another example of how the gym is teaching her life lessons and skills other than back handsprings.  Praying she applies these lessons in all areas of her life.  She is so focused and determined- we just pray she uses her talents in a way to bring glory to God.