Making Memories 

Our sweet little neighbor, Kolby, had her 5th Birthday party the other day. These girls’ cupcake faces are too much!  Gayley loves playing with Kolby and all her dress up cloths. They are very sweet together. Gayley can be heard regularly telling Kolby to hold her hand and give her a hug which is good for Kolby. She’s been through a lot of disruptions in her young life and getting loved on daily by a two year old friend must certainly be good for her soul. 

Pre-School Graduation

Our sweet Hanson graduated from Pre-School and is moving onto Kindergarten. There were 51 that graduated this year from Little Lambs MDO. They had such a nice ceremony and reception, they think of everything! Hanson sure has had a fantastic Pre-School experience. He has made lots of friends and was well loved on and cared for by all the teachers and staff. They did so much throughout the year and he had a blast! We absolutely love this school!! Gayley can not contain how much she wants to go to school here. She cried and cried saying she wanted to stay when we left. Believe it or not Hanson is the first of our kids to have a pre-school graduation. All the others were just home with us until they started kindergarten. Gayley will start here in the Fall and Hanson will be around the corner at the elementary school. Hanson is super excited about being in Kindergarten too and a lot of his MDO pals will be going to his school so hopefully they will be reunited there. So excited for our riding Kindergartener Hanson!!!

Mother’s Day 2017

My Mother’s Day started bright an early with Trey and I sneaking out of the house to go to the Pancake House for a scrumptious, peaceful, childless Mother’s Day breakfast of Strawberry crepes and apple Dutch baby. On the way home we called/texted the kids to get up and ready for church so we could all go to early service.


After church Elijah and Morgan went home to do homework and relax and the rest of us drove over to Tuscaloosa to play at a park we’ve been meaning to get to. The kids loved it although it was a bit scary and challenging. Poor Joseph rubbed his hand up ripping off skin on the ropes! Ouch!! We had a big family style lunch at Panda Express and then gandered into Gander Mountain for a bit before heading home. I’ve gotten lots of gift cards and a GIANT card and beautiful orchid from Morgan. Of course it wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without a few handmade items as well.


Chuck E. Cheese

Hanson and Gayley had so much fun celebrating Hanson’s school friend, Camden’s Fifth Birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. It was a crazy day with six birthdays going on at once but they had so much fun hanging out together,  eating pizza and cake and playing all the arcade games and rides.

Taco Prom

The youth group that the kids go to every Wednesday here in town had a Taco Prom at Moe’s.  Joseph didn’t go because he was performing in his play and Mary did not want to go so Jordan went solo. Basically all the kids got dressed up real nice, met at Moe’s and ate there together and then went out into the courtyard where they dance the night away listening to music from somebody’s boom speaker. Jordan came home and said he had the best time of his life! He said the food was so great and that he did not know he could dance so good and that so many older girls kept cheering him on and dancing with him. I guess you could say Taco Prom made a huge impression on one 12 year-old boy!

Sick House 

This was the cover of a TIME magazine that came to the house the other day and it made me laugh and think “oh yeah I think I just might be . . .” after a horrific vomiting/diarrhea virus hit our entire family minus the college boy safe on campus. It was a doozy! We have never had every single person affected by a virus of this magnitude! Let me in lighten you. It all started while Grammy was visiting with child #1- The Host. Grammy was awoken at 4:00 a.m. by The Host crying in her crib and upon checking in on her realized The Host had thrown up on herself as well as her crib, dolls, blankies and assorted fluffy animals. Like the amazing Grammy she is, she cleaned The Host up, put on new pj’s and took her to bed with her where two more rounds of vomiting accured resulting in two more pajama changes as well as Grammy’s bed sheets. Two days later I was victim #2 and out of commission for two days. Day 4 came victim #3, we’ll call him The Dirty Dozen because he threw up no less than 12 times either in the toilet or trash can never missing, never crying, never complaining. Next came Daddy as victim #4 when he was checking on our little vomiting Dirty Dozen. A few hours later came victim #5 and #6. Not sure who was first because there was lots of commotion upstairs but at midnight #5 came into our room covered with vomit. Now #5 we will call The Drunk Frat Bro because he threw up all over himself, his bed, his pillow like he didn’t even make an attempt to get to the toilet or trash! So into the shower went The Drunk to take off cloths and wash off vomit. Dad went and stripped his bed and I went to help #3. Around 2:00a.m #6 stood in our doorway to announce the vile virus had also hit him from both ends. So between 8:00pm and 2:00am on day 4 and day 5 we had FOUR more victims!!!!  We kept everyone home on day 5 knowing that it might be just mere hours before the other two kids would also have it and we didn’t want it happening at school and deal with transporting them home. So everyone stayed home whether they had symptoms or not. On the sixth day #7 aka Just Queasy was queasy and aching and feverish but no vomit. That day #6 earned the name The Multitasker. Let’s just say he’s glad he was in the bathroom with the toilet next to the tub because he used both of them at once! In the wee hours of the seventh day we were awoken by the final victim #8- The Hurler! I had already put a trash can beside #8 bed so why she came downstairs to vomit is beyond me. Upon going into the hall bathroom I am hit with the stench and stepped barefoot into vomit. The toilet was full as well as the seat and floor and wall! I dry heaved as I wipe off toilet seat and floor and flush the wretched puke then side step to the tub to wash my feet and hands. After decontaminating I then go upstairs to give The Hurler a thorough tutorial on “How to Vomit in a Toilet or Trash Can”! One can not merely look toward the toilet and hope it goes in, NO! one must put their head down into said recepticle for proper disposal. I made it clear there was to be no vomiting in bed, on carpet, on ones self, on walls or anything other than in toilet or trash! That day I began disinfecting the bathrooms in hopes of keeping this virus from making another round. With my hair pulled up, face mask and long utility gloves on I began to cleaning. You would think I would have been left alone as I did this dirty deed but NO I was inundated by tiny people asking me, “Mommy can you get me tea? Mommy can I get a snack? Mommy can you put on my show, like a Netflix show? Can you help me find my black bow? Mommy can you get it now?”.  For  the love of God what is with you people!?  Sure let  me get up off my hands and knees from scrubbing the floor and get out of my hazmat suit so I can browse Netflix for you. Why yes darling let me search for your non-existing black bow! Get you something to drink while 3 other people are just feet away from the kitchen, no problem! Unbelievable!!! All the bathrooms eventually got a thorough scrubbing and a can of Lysol gone over the weeks time. Some of us dropped a few pounds and some still have lingering sensitive tummies but for the most part we are all on the mends. Praying that nasty virus never makes its way back here or it just might be the end of us!

Pre-K Festival

Hanson had the best time at his Pre-K End of School Festival. They played lots of carnival type games to win prizes. His favorite was popping the balloons🎈! They had hotdogs, chips, cookies, popcorn and Popsicles for all of them.  I’m so glad we got him into Little Lambs MDO they are the best and go above and beyond in all their activities and programs making it so fun for our little ones.