Big Brothers

Big brothers make the best Daddy substitutes. Whenever Elijah gets home from his long day at work Gayley is thrilled to see him and grins from ear to ear. She chatts up a storm and gives him the sweetest tightest hugs and baby kisses. Today Elijah was resting when I came home from picking up Morgan and sleepy Gayley went right to her biggest big brother and was instantly fast asleep on his chest. They both had a really good nap!

Musical Theater Camp

  Joseph, Mary and Jordan attended the Children’s Worship Choir Musical Theater Camp this past week. When I told them I had signed them all up and that it was from 9:00-3:30 each day they were all less than thrilled! Getting up early, packing lunches(which none of them had to pack- Mom did it all) and being gone away from neighborhood friends all week sounded torturous to them not fun. My kids like to know everything in advance, exactly what is going to happen when and how and where which when trying new things there is just no way to know which heightened some of their anxiety even more. I kept talking it up trying to change their perspectives and then finally just said “Listen I signed you up,there are limited spots which you are holding and it’s too late for those spots to be refilled. The director is super sweet and enthusiastic and has put a lot of hard work into this and is looking forward to you coming and it’s going to be awesome so you ALL are going!!!” Well day one came and I still had some grumbling going on but they went and were pleasantly surprised that they knew a few of the kids there. Every morning when they arrived they put their lunches in the fridge, got their name tag and then played in the cool of the shade under the pavilion while everyone arrived. When I picked them up on Day 1 they couldn’t stop saying how much fun it was, how awesome it was and how excited they were, how they wished they could do it EVERYDAY and dare I say they even thanked me so much for signing them up!! They each got speaking parts. Joseph got the role as Sarg which had Lots of lines. Joseph ate it up and was naturally a fantastic Sarg. Jordan and Mary were both in the Termite Gang. Jordan had a few solos and they both had speaking parts. They practiced all week then the performance was on Friday. The musical was called  “Big Shot” and it was a Bug’s Life version of David and Goliath. I can’t believe all the songs, lines, motions, props, backdrop and costumes they made and learned in just 5 days. So thankful they had this opportunity and that it was soul enhancing as well as enjoyable. It was perfect for my creative kids, my need-to-be stretched kids and need poured into kids. It was definitely a highlight of their summer!!!

Minion Movie

  I took my minions to see the Minions movie today and it did not disappoint! Friends of ours have a relative that’s an executive at the theater and so they can get Free tickets which they then gifted to us! What a blessing!!!! We are so grateful. We usually only see movies once they have gone into the $1 theater and then only on ‘Stimulus Tuesday’ when drinks, popcorn and candy are also discounted. My kids no this well and so were extremely happy to go see the Minions at the real theater! Baby girl ate and then fell asleep but did not want to be held while sleeping. Thank goodness I took a blanket in with us so she could nap on the floor. What a fun Friday to kick of the weekend! Bee-Do,Bee-Do,Bee-Do!!!

A new lovie

Gayley loves snuggling with her new lovie we picked up for .45 cents on clearance at Hobby Lobby. It’s a fauxe rabbit fur that is sooooo soft. I gave it to her to entertain her while Joseph and I were shopping and she fell in love with it. By the time we went to check out it was quite wet from her kissing it which grossed out the young cashier. Oh well. A new lovie for our sweet love. 


Steel City Showcase

 It was another great weekend of winning for the U15-A LAB team. Lacrosse Academy of Birmingham hosted the Steel City Showcase again this year at the Sports Blast fields. Morgan spent the week prior to the tournament preparing the fields and site along with Coach Jazinski. Trey had put in so much time getting sponsors, trophies made, assigning duties to volunteers and much, much more. He also worked the tournament from set up to breakdown on Sunday night. It was a lot of hard work but well worth it. The tournament went well and ran smoothly thanks to the help from so many volunteer parents and players. I over heard several times “what a well organized, well done event” it was which is very pleasing to hear! Elijah also worked the tournament and played 6 games too. This was the boys last summer tournament and a good one to end with.


Cow Appreciation Day

Holy cow! Where can you dress like a cow and get a FREE meal? At Chick•fil•A that’s where on #Cow Appreciation Day!!! Our herd had an udderly delicious time cowing down and Eating Mor Chikin!


We as in I had one day to get 9 cow costumes made for this fun family memory making event. Luckily I already had some plain black and white shirts I’d gotten for some other craft. A trip to the thrift store, Hobby Lobby and Wal•mart spending only @$10 and I had all I needed to make my cow boy and cow girl outfits! Gayley was the cutest calf from head to half calf tail!

At first some of the kids (teens) didn’t want to go dressed as a cow but they eventually had a change of attitude and joyed in on the fun. Amazing how getting any FREE meal of their  choice can lift spirits! We went to our newest Chick-fil- A and we’re surprised to see just how many patrons like almost everyone there was in full cow attire. It was so much fun!  Thank you Chick•fil•A for our 9 FREE meals we udderly enjoyed it!

Summer Blast

This years theme was Be A Builder.  Like always it was a Blast!!! Joseph and I served while Jordan participated, Hanson learned in the pre-school and Gayley played & was loved on in the nursery. We had three awesome days!!!! Summer Blast is Awesome!!!!!!