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{long weekend}

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Having Brad & Kalen & Norah (& the new baby bump!) just a short drive away is really great. It is great for the children. They get to spend time with family more frequently. I really believe that having extended family around gives children confidence & comfort. There is something about knowing where you are from & that you are loved unconditionally that helps children be happy & well adjusted. I loved having cousins that were like brothers, & aunts & uncles that were like parents. I want that so badly for the 5. & also for Norah & Destiny & Talan. I wish I was able to spend more time with Destiny & Talan. I sure hope they know my heart is with them. Having them close is great for me. I feel I sense for support knowing if I needed Brad I could call on him. With Rod's upcoming months away Its nice to know I have family so close by.  The children had a 3 1/2 days weekend & We headed to Brad & Kalen's city for a weekend in cooler temperatures & family time. We watched the 90s version Pipi Long Stockins & Brad & I wowed Kalen & Rod with our recall of all the song lyrics to the movie. The weather was chilly & stormy at night. It felt like fall for the first time. We took the children to the park to play & blow bubbles. I love watching Brad with Norah. He loves his family so much. I love watching Rod with our children. He made sure to give each one of them some time while they played. We have plans to be together for Thanksgiving & that makes my heart want to burst. Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. Its family & food & that warm fuzzy feeling without all the presents. It will be wonderful to share the day with them. Now if we can convince mom & dad to come sooner rather than later for the holidays!  Tre was so sweet with Norah, as he is with hi sown baby sister. He went right up to Norah & told her she was so pretty & that he loved her. He really is such a sweet boy. The kids are back in school for the week & I am  chasing my own tail. I made it to the gas station with less than 1 mile left in the tank & just barely got Presley off to carpool for school. Tre has scouts & we have homework projects to do. We have to pack Rod up & I am clueless as to what to make for the family for dinner tonight. The speed of the week is such a contrast to the nice relaxing weekend we had at Brad & Kalens. It filled my canteen so I can happily move through this busy week. 


























{friends}

Monday, September 22, 2014


Tre has really great friends here. There are 4 of them that like to be together. Tre, Nate, Henry & Josh. I love these boys. They are good boys. Just the kind of friends I had hoped Tre would find. The boys play on the same flag football team this year. I am so grateful for the moms of these boys who I call my friends. Without them & their help there is no way Tre would make it to & from practices each week. 
My big camera is being serviced. I have a very generous neighbor who leant me her camera for the game. But It is hard to not have the camera at my disposal all the time. I feel like I am missing lots of moments. I could use my phone camera but It just is not the same. 
In other news Tre was elected to student council at his school. It was very important to him & I worried all day long after staying up all night working on his campaign video, which turned out pretty great if you were to ask Tre's classmates. I was so relieved when I saw that smile come off the school bus. I knew right away he had made it. & thank goodness. His little heart is not so good at disappointment. 
Maddox is continuing to be his lively self at school. We get fun little notes about his bad choices. Some funny, some really not funny at all. He tries. sometimes. 
Presley had a horrible rash. Her face was swollen and wrinkled, red. It was our families very own medical mystery. Until one night I went to her while she was in her bathroom. She was "washing" her face with her antibacterial hand soap. I asked her if she had been putting her soap on her eyes & face. She said yes. I asked her if she has done this before. She again answered yes. Super. The poor thing had burns from the soap all over her face. After explaining to her that she should not do that again it took a few days for swelling to go down & then came all the peeling from the swelling & burns. She really is a sweet girl with ideas of her own. 
Britton is bringing home 100% papers. ONLY. The boy is devouring books. One after another. & not simple books either. He has read Percy Jackson novels & the first harry potter book (Mom won't let him read the others just yet.) He is plowing through the magic tree house series too. I love watching him learn. He quotes things he reads & teaches me new things every day. I am anxious to see where life takes him & what kind of man he becomes. 
Cooper is talking. Oh boy is he talking. He tells his brothers to "let go!" "give it to me" "go away" He's a bossy little buddy. He makes us laugh. He loves cars. he wakes up every morning asking for his cars. He loves car rides so he can point to the cars. He favors the "big trucks." 
Rod is working so hard for our family. He finished 6 weeks of nights & then his schedule let up for about 2 weeks. He is now back at the grind & we are looking at a 2 month separation coming up during the holidays. But we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. this is Rod's final year of anesthesia residency. We really could not have made our way through graduate school & residency without our families. They have offered us emotional support & financial support. My heart is swelling with gratitude just thinking about it. The past 8 years of this journey have been hard. We have grown up so much. But when I reflect on the past few years I remember the best of friends & our 1st home, new babies, new places. More good than hard. I know these have been some of the best years of our lives. 

& that's where we are in life. 


























some phone images of the past few weeks....







{Holiday Weekend}

Monday, September 01, 2014


Last week was a sneak peek of things to come, but then we were thrown right back into summer mode with a 3 day holiday weekend. Natalie planned a party for Saturday night & we had yet another great night with neighbors. The big water slide is always a hit. The children took a quick break to eat & returned to the slide until the rental guys came to deflate it.  The cherry on top of the night  was that my mom was here to join us. She was such a help to me this past week with the new school schedules & routines. Tomorrow we hop right back on the school bus, but the extra few days of summer schedules was appreciated. 











 





We also had a wedding & went out for an impromptu burger place with neighbors for lunch. I snapped a picture of Tre & his buddies while gussied up for church. Thank goodness for instagram & iPhones! 






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