Fall is Here

Alas Fall is here! We had such a good time at Mt. Laurel’s fall festival this weekend. I love walking along looking at all the arts and crafts and artisans there and food vendors/trucks and farmers with all their produce. Morgan was home on fall break so he went with us. The weather was perfect just a little chill in the air but not cold enough to keep Hanson and Gayley from enjoying ice cream cones. Happy Fall Y’all!!!


Fancy Nancy Party

Ooh la la! Fancy Gayley had a magnificent Five Year Old soirée! She was so excited to have her dearest friends over to eat delectable cupcakes, color Fancy Nancy sheets, paint exquisite sun catchers and be pampered with manicures!

Gayley was tickled pink that I let her frost and decorate her birthday cake! She also picked out the butterfly and unicorn cookie cutters for her sandwich shapes. Inspiring caterer!

She adored all her gifts from friends and family. They were all devine darling! She loved cuddling her very own Frenchie puppy and her tea party set. She wanted to paint her own nails and also everyone else’s. She truly is one of the Fanciest little girls you’ll ever meet! Happy Birthday to our sweet fancy girl!


Gayley is FIVE . . . 5. . . Cinco. . . like not a toddler but a BIG kid now!!!!! She has been so happy all day saying, “It’s my Birthday! I’m FIVE! I’m a Big Kid now! I can go to Kindergarten! When do I start kindergarten? Yes! I can’t believe I’m 5! I grew up so quick!”. We are having her birthday party this Saturday but her favorite little friend, Ella Kate, will be having her family birthday party at the exact same time with her grandparents and great grandparents so will not be able to come. Since today is Gayley’s actual Birthday we decided to just get the girls together at the park to play and have cake pops, exchange presents and goodie bags. They are such sweet friends and they both adore one another. They do not go to the same preschools this year nor will they go to the same elementary school so we will just have to continue meeting up for play dates so that they can stay close. It was sooo hot out but they played for about an hour and had a marvelous time together! So thankful for all the sweet friends God gives us! Happy 5th Birthday baby girl!

No Longer a Teenager

This weekend we celebrated Morgan’s 20th Birthday at the Vine’s Family lake house playing on Sea Doos, kayaking, swimming and floating on Lake Martin. We all went to our friend, David’s restaurant, Tower Taproom on Friday in Montgomery. The kids loved the atmosphere and really enjoyed the food! Morgan and Elijah took Hanson and Mary to the Auburn vs MS State game on Saturday night while Trey and I took Jordan and Gayley on the Sea Doos to watch the sun set on the lake. Joseph had his friend David come down to play on Saturday. Love that we were able to spend such a fun filled weekend with Morgan for his 20th. No longer a teenager but still a year shy of legally having a beer or alcohol. Not that Morgan cares about that or anything lol! We are so proud of Morgan and his determination, work ethic and perseverance in his academics, paying bills, working all summer and saving money for college/living, his commitment and love toward friends and staying in touch with his siblings. His humor keeps us in stitches! He is a wonderful son, friend and role model. We love you so very much Morgan! Wishing you a very happy 20th year!

Tacky Tourist

Jordan had a blast dressing up all week for Spirit Week! He was elected Freshman Spirit Chairman which suits him well. I think he rocked his Tacky Tourist outfit! #tacky #tackytourist #spiritweek #freshman

Settling In

Gayley just finished her first full month of school at Kiddie Academy and she is settling in just fine. She has made a few special friends that she stays close to throughout the day and she’s loving all the crafts/art she gets to do. Whenever I check in on her via the web cam she is in constant motion. This little lady does not stop unless she’s being read to or in a teaching time with teacher. She’s go, go, go all day long! We love reading her Tad Pole Report every evening to see what she did all day and the pictures are an added bonus for sure. I also love that I’m so close by which makes dropping off and picking her up quick and easy. Here’s to more learning, fun and friendships to continue to grow.

Pell City Tournament

Jordan played in a Level 3 Tournament at Lakeside Park in Pell City this weekend and did quite well. All the boys were very talented, athletic players. He fought hard, dug deep and played some of the best tennis I’ve seen him play in a tournament. The rallies these boys had was impressive for sure. I don’t know how they play so well for so long in this heat!

Congratulations Jordan on your 1st place win in boys doubles and 2nd place in singles!

First Day of School ‘19-20

Gayley was the first one to start school/daycare this year. She’s going to a brand new educational daycare that is literally right across the street from mommy’s work. Convenience wise it could not get any better but this is our first child to ever attend a daycare so mommy is trying to get used to it. She seems to like it well enough but definitely does not love it like she did Mother’s Day out. It’s completely different than her sweet little church preschool program, so that we miss. They are still in summer mode so won’t really start all the teaching till after September 1. Praying she will meet a special friend or two and start loving it.

This year Hanson moved up to first grade. He is at the same elementary school as last year. Jordan and Mary are in ninth grade and Joseph 11th which gives us three high schoolers! Mary and Jordan are looking forward to not having to ride the bus in the mornings as they get to ride to school with Joseph. Joseph was admitted into the technical school for welding so he will be going there for the first part of the day all year and next year. Praying these high schoolers will have a bountiful year as they discover and experience new classes, languages, skills.