Thursday, August 27, 2015

I'm back!

Whew, what a summer!!  The last time I posted was Memorial Day weekend, we've been just a tad busy and I've even toyed with giving up this blog.  I know the day will come though when my kids are grown and my life is boring and I might just want to sit down and sob over these sweet days when they were little! ;)  So I press on in the blogging world with the small hope in the back of my mind that one day, I'll become consistent again!  Miracles do happen.

The whole summer went by and I posted nothing about it.  I'm going to choose a picture or two from each "event" and leave it at that.  I must move forward because we have started a new school year and a new season is upon us!!

Here's what happened this summer…

This is the very first day of summer.  They were up early and ready to get outside!!
We are still living with my in-laws here while our new house was being built.  In the end we lived with them for 7 months and we all lived to tell about it! ;)
Not long after summer began we headed up to Missouri for our annual trip to Big Cedar Lodge and lots of lake time on Table Rock!
With summer in full swing, we were at our house daily checking on progress.
Floors being laid on this day.
Wallpaper and paint going on in the guest bath.
Little Miss got her cast off in mid June, we were so happy this day came!
This slugger had a great baseball season.
They ended up being champs of their league, not bad!!
We spent almost everyday at the pool with friends.  It was just so much fun!
We made a few trips to play at the ranch, with the house going on, we didn't get out there nearly enough.
The 4th of July was celebrated at the ranch with lots of cousins, a few friends thrown in and fireworks for good measure.  It was a party indeed!
Move in day arrived…wait, can I get an AMEN??  Moving day finally came.  After 15 months of building, sometimes we wondered if we would ever move in!!  Here we are getting it all set up.
My most favorite floor in the whole house…I love how our bathroom turned out.
Literally a week after we moved in, James and I took off on a 10 day, kid free vacay to St. Barths and Nevis in the Caribbean. 
We literally laid around for days staring at this just to recover from the craziness and stress of moving!!
We eventually got adventurous and enjoyed hiking, lunches at fun beach restaurants and snorkeling.
We came home to these two cuties and ate them up, ten days is a long time without your babies.  We couldn't have done it without the joint effort of our parents…thanks again mom and dad and Jim and Ann!!
I cooked my first meal in the new kitchen and taco night it was!
This by the way, is my most favorite room in the whole house, the kitchen!!
Parker participated in a golf camp and won the tournament for his age group on the last day.  We were so proud!
Shortly after we moved in, I had my photographer friend come over and get some great pics of the kids.
Summer isn't complete without a trip down to Dallas to visit my fam.
These sweet cousins had a great time together at Neesie and Grandad's house!
We kept cool by swimming and eating lots of ice cream!
It was sweet to see the kids get to spend time with their great-grandparents.

I turned 35 on Aug. 17 and we all dressed up and went to a nice dinner to celebrate.  It was a fun evening.
And just like that, school has started again.
WHY does summer go so fast??  This big kid is in 1st grade this year and we pray for a wonderful year.
I'm back to just having this cutie with me all day…wouldn't trade these days for the world!

There you have it…a VERY short version of our summer!!
Fall, bring it on!  I look forward to what all the Lord has in store for this new season.

Sunday, May 31, 2015


Well, May has just flown by!  I know it's because we have been jam packed with activity.  We have been in the middle of building (and finishing) our house, baseball season, school ending and summer beginning with a bunch of stuff in between!
We hope and pray to be in our new house by July and my in-laws will be singing at the top of their lungs…"Free, free I'm free at last, I thank God Almighty I'm free at last!) Ha!   ;)

Here is what's been happening lately…

On the days it has been warm and sunny (and not raining), we have enjoyed lots of picnics outside!  This girl is a pb&j fan!
We had a curve ball thrown our way when Sydney broke her arm jumping around in a bouncy house.
This was her after two hours of crying and finally getting some pain meds at the dr.
Sweet baby in her temporary cast the next morning.
She was all smiles by Monday at the orthopedic dr.
Even back to acting like a full blown 2 year old! ;)
As you can see, she did a number on her bone!
She was brave while getting her real cast.
The cast hasn't slowed her down a bit.  
She was back to normal and eating a corn dog just a couple of days later.  I think the cast bothers me more than it does her.
Memorial Day was WET but still so fun!
My parents came up from Dallas to join in on the fun and celebrate Parker's birthday a little early.
Water, water everywhere!!

Once the rain stopped it was fun to get out and play in all that water!
By Sunday the sun was back out and things were drying up!
Parker and James got ready for their big camp out that night.
A campout can't be complete without smores of course!
In their pjs and ready to venture out in the dark to their tent!
My two cuties on daddy's four wheeler.
This girl keeps me on my toes and laughing all the time!  Holy cow there is never a dull moment.
First swim of the season!!
Parker and his best buddy Noah at the kindergarten picnic!
He really had a darling little class this year.
(some of these girls aren't in his class but got in the pic, hmmm)
Boys will be boys.
The night before Parker's 6th birthday, the balloon fairy came and decorated his door!!
All smiles on his birthday AND the last day of school!

The first day of kindergarten.

The last day.  I think he grew a foot!
The birthday boy in his class.
Parker and Mrs. Casey on the last day!
  We will miss her next year for sure, what a gifted kindergarten teacher she is.
Celebration lunch at CFA!
He wanted to swim all afternoon on his birthday…I couldn't argue with that! ;)
See that handsome ball player on the left?
That night, on his birthday, he hit his very first grand slam!!
Then it was off to eat pizza with his buddies to celebrate his birthday.
Again…boys will be boys!
Whew, I'm tired!  What a fun May it has been!!

June, here we come!!  After all, it's the most wonderful time of the year!