Flashback Friday: Upwards Soccer

Flash back to 2011 Mary and Jordan loved playing on the same Upwards soccer team together. This was the last game of the season, awards and special treats! Hard to believe they were so little. I love Jordan’s hair like this and Mary’s whispy wind blown look too. Jordan still loves to play soccer but Mary only played one more season. Still trying to find Mary’s niche.

Overdue Lunch date

Yesterday a long time friend came to B’ham with her children for a fun day out. We met for lunch at an Italian restaurant and caught up on each others life over a bowl of pasta. She got to meet Hanson and I marveled how much her kiddos had grown. It was so good meeting up with each other and getting to spend time together. It didn’t matter that it was only about an hour and a half, it was the quality time we had filling each other in on our family, careers, adoptions, kids activities and all. Neither of us could believe it had been 5 years since we had seen each other but I find time doesn’t matter with some friends. It all felt natural, easy, comfortable and I just delighted in being with my friend again. I have missed her and our time together however sporadic it had been over the years. It’s always good being in the company of a true friend. Determined that the time between our next visit will not be years! And to my dear sweet friend of 18+ years, a little quote from The Help-  Love you!

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Happy Valentine’s Day


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The kids were delighted with their Valentine’s Krispy Kreme donuts this morning. Mary and Jordan were eager to get to school with all their cards they had to give out to friends and Joseph was already strategizing on his Valentine’s bartering skills with his classmates. Elijah had gotten flowers and candy for his favorite teacher whose mother has been ill in the hospital. The flowers were for the teacher to give to her mother and the candy(not Valentine’s) were for the teacher. Sweet boy! Morgan had cookies he was taking for friends and a little something else . . . a little pot! That’s right Morgan took a little pot not a lot just a little pot to school! I wasn’t so sure how it was going to play out but when he came home he was all smiles and said every one loved his “pot”. Such the jokester that boy! And now for Hanson. He was happily eating a donut and watching his show in my room so I got into the shower. When I got out Hanson was no longer in my room so I went into the family room, no Hanson. I heard the slightest noise coming from the kitchen so I peaked in and there was Hanson laying on his tummy face down in the remaining Krispy Kreme donut box licking the box along with Lulu! That box had 6-7 donuts left in it!!! I went for my camera but in the meantime he got up, picked up the box and put it in the recycling bag (I did get that picture). No telling how the box got on the ground. I’m thinking he wanted another donut so Mr. Long Arms simply reached for the box on the counter perhaps spilling or dropping it and then Lulu was there to devour the tasty treats. I’m sure Hanson didn’t get any bites but enjoyed licking up the sugar like Lulu. So much for after school donut snack for his brothers and sister! What do you do? At least this sweet 20 month old cleans up after himself and puts the empty box in recycling! A Valentine’s morning to remember! After getting us both dressed we were off to the airport to pick up Daddy which was the best Valentine’s gift for he had been gone all week! So glad to have him home and so fun telling Trey about Hanson’s donut mischief!

My Duck Commander


Nothing can turn grown business men into giddy boys faster than a great duck hunt!!! Trey and Barry had the best hunt ever, so many ducks not enough men!!!

Joseph’s Got Talent

Last night Joseph sang in his schools talent show. He woke up Thursday morning and Friday with a super sore throat/runny nose and so we didn’t know for sure if he was going to actually do it until about 4:00 p.m. He was so upset, he really wanted to do the show but his throat hurt so bad. He drank some hot tea and lemon, did a few wardrobe changes, gelled his hair and off we went!
So proud of this sweet boy and the courage it took to go on even with an unpredictable throat.  He sang out loud and clear and did a great job singing Demons by Imagine Dragons. Continue reading

Tennessee Aquarium

We made day trip up to the Tennessee Aquarium. Chattanooga is only about 2-2.5 hours north of us and is an easy beautiful drive up. Thanks to Grammy and Paw Paw for our Family Membership gift, we can enjoy going several times this year!

We made day trip up to the Tennessee Aquarium. Chattanooga is only about 2-2.5 hours north of us and is an easy beautiful drive up. Thanks to Grammy and Paw Paw for our Family Membership gift, we can enjoy going several times this year!

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