This may not seem like anything but this is a huge accomplishment for our Hanson. Look at the great circles he cut out! Look at the strait lines for his hair! Look at his name!!! It is so remarkable that I had to look at it twice to make sure he had actually written it. He has come so far from where he was last year and has made such progress by going to Child’s Play therapy every week working on his fine motor skills. We are so proud of him and are so relieved that he is “meeting expectations” in kindergarten and that he is not crying every morning like last year. He is a very happy Two Term Kindergartener!


Pretty Princess Fairytale Ball


Gayley had the most magical morning at the Princess Ball.  They had so much planned for them starting with the Royal Entrance, Freeze Dance, Ocean Yoga then Meet and Greet Time! She got to create a crown, enjoy the candy buffet, have professional portraits with Ariel,  do dance games and take Princess Lessons. There were at least 100 little princesses there and I didn’t see any two dresses identical which blows me away that there are so many versions of the same princesses’ dresses! They were all darling! The ball ended with a Sing-A-Long, Hugs & Goodbyes and Group Photos!

Gayley (Elsa) had so much fun meeting and dancing with the Princesses and it was all the more fun doing it with her little friends Cameron (Belle) and Ella Kate (Rapunzel). These little girls whirled and twirled all over the dance floor!

It was the sweetest and most trilling moment when Gayley got to meet Elsa. She nearly knocked Elsa over when she leaped into her and gave her such a long hug! She was smiling so big, absolute joy!

I’m so glad we made memories today with her little friends. I highly recommend it for 2.5-5 year old little princesses. And last but not least I couldn’t “Let It Go ” without sharing this of Gayley performing with her favorite Princess/Queen Elsa!

River Rats

Labor Day was enjoyed at the Cahaba River with our friends, The Forbes. It was an easy going day filled with rope swings, rock stacking, floating, picnicing, and lounging in the river.

Backpack Buddies


Jordan, Mary and I volunteered to help Vineyard Family Services in bagging food for their Backpack Buddies program. They provide a bag of food to elementary children to help them over long weekends and holidays so that they won’t go hungry. Most of these kids are on reduced or free lunches and without these bags of food they might not have anything to eat on weekends. About 100 volunteers came out and we packed 1200 bags in an hours time!!!! It was quite an assembly line. We had a great time helping and both Mary and Jordan can’t wait to do it again.

First Day K3

Gayley was ecstatic for her school to start! She has missed it all summer and couldn’t wait to see her bestie, Ella Kate! These two girls just love each other to pieces. She is in the Brilliant Butterflies with Mrs. Leisha and Mrs. Lindsey and they are wonderful! We are so pleased and so thankful for her preschool and how all the teachers and staff love and teach the children. Best Mothers Day Out around!

Wild Wild West

It was the return of the youth group night after being off for the summer and the theme was Wild West. Joseph and Jordan got all gossied up, grabbed their rifles and moseyed on down to the church. This is such a really big great group of teens for such a small church.

Yeehaw partner!

Piggy goes to Market

You could say that “this little piggy went to market and went wee wee wee all the way home” because we took Mama pig back to the butcher we bought her from. Getting her into our DIY enclosed trailer was quite comical. Ya know that saying, “when pigs fly”, well we didn’t have the top on the trailer when we first loaded her and this 200+ pig jumped over the back gate nearly taking me out! I got an up close view of her hoofs as she flew past me!!! We laughed at our crazy looking trailer that screamed “when suburbanites think they are farmers”! Thankfully Mr. Melvin and his brother came to our aide and Mama pig was loaded up without incident. We have our meat back now and the verdict is still out as to if we will process any more pigs. The ham slices and bacon while Smokey they are tough and gamey so I glazed the ham which helped. The pork chops are also a tad tough so they need to be tenderized prior to grilling. The breakfast sausage is wonderful so if we do any more processing we might just have it all turned into sausage. It’s been an experience but one I think we will leave for other farmers so we can just relax and enjoy our farm as leisure.

2018-2019 FDS

Kindergarten–Take 2!! Hanson is happily back with Mrs. Pate, as her special helper. There are 6 repeat kindergarteners this year that have been given the status as helpers to show the new kids around and to help the teachers. I don’t think it’s really set in with him that he did not actually move on to first grade but at meet the teacher day he was very very happy to find out that he was in Mrs. Pate’s class again and he was even asked if that was OK or would he like to have a different teacher, he said he wanted to stay with Mrs. Pate. He was very cheerful in the classroom this morning and only got a little tearful when I was leaving and gave me a great big long hug. Praying that this year it all just clicks and makes sense to him & that his confidence grows.

Jordan and Mary are off to eighth grade this year. Just look at all those school supplies I had to get for them. It’s like Christmas in August!! It took me shopping in four stores to find all that was required! They both got new backpacks & lunch bags since they had had the same ones for a couple years now. They left filling snazzy and confident as the “upper class men” on campus!

Joseph is doing school a little different this year. We enrolled him in the K12 program which is an online school with accredited Alabama teachers. He Does 90% of his work on line and then will have a few work books and books sent to him to use also. He logs in every morning and will check his assignments, there are some live classes that are interactive sort of like a conference call where he can ask questions and answer questions from the teacher. He has to do six hours of work each day plus be present for the Live Classes. He’s taking Honors English, Honors Chemistry, Geometry, U.S. History, 3D Digital Arts. He’s the first to do on-line school so it’s new to all of us but so far it looks very well run and organized and they give LOTS of support to both students and partners.


Hanson says he’s no snitch but he got stitched anyways! Poor boy had a freak accident jumping on our friends couch. His leg slipped between two sections and hit a metal lever which punctured his knee! We couldn’t just butterfly bandaid or super glue this cut, it what a meaty one. We ended staying at the ER for 4.5 hours to get 4 stitches. By the time the doctor came in to stitch him it was 2:00 a.m and he was sound asleep. She stuck a needle deep into his cut in three places to numb it and he didn’t even wake up. She then sewed 3 stitches again without him flinching and only on the fourth did he grimace all while staying asleep. Only after he was all stitched up did he wake up and began to cry because he just wanted to go home.