Ashleigh & Austin’s Wedding

We all had so much fun celebrating with Asheigh and Austin at their wedding. It was a lovely beautiful barn wedding. Gayley was in her element dancing the night away as well as Jordan! She kept calling Ashleigh “that girl in her dress-she’s a princess!”. It was so much fun spending time with family on such a happy occasion! #firstgrandkidtomarry #cousinlove #ashleigh&austin #barnwedding #sealthedeal #weddingday #bride&groom  #husband&wife 



This girl. Never a dull moment around here. Here she is “painting” like Mommy while going potty! Pretty good Multitasker if you ask me! 

Twice the Blessings

Mary and Jordan were invited to their friend, Kayleigh’s 13th Bithday and instead of presents she wanted a donation to be given to Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston. What a sweet girl! I had just read a post about some local twins who wanted to help too and were collecting new underwear for the children in shelters. They have family aiding victims via a church and were told little ones were running around cammando so instead of toys they really needed new undies! The six year old twins decided they wanted to collect 100 packages to send out to the Houston children. So with the Kayleigh Birthday invite and request to help Harvey victims I told Kayleigh’s Mom about the underwear drive right here in our little city and asked if we could give some in honor of Kayleigh’s Birthday wish, she agreed it was a great practice idea. Below is the post the girls’ Mom had put on Facebook and the dozen packs of undies Mary and Jordan gave. Five little girls and five boys plus since we are in the middle of toilet training and I know how helpful these are, 2 packs of thick toddler training pants.

I connected with the girls’ mom (Angie) and told her about Kayleigh’s Birthday wish to help Hurricane Harvey people too and that we wanted to donate in honor of her, where could we meet or drop off the packs? She was so touched by this and offered to come pick them up during the Birthday party so that she and the girls could thank Kayleigh and Mary and Jordan. How thoughtful is that! She said she just knows God is going to use this to bless so many and indeed it already has. As of last count these little six year olds have collected 100 packs of new underwear plus $350 they will spend on more packs! To God be the Glory! 

If anyone wants to donate too you can thru PayPal, see the address above the picture of the girls. 

Wine Night

We love our neighbors and loved sipping wine and eating various cheeses and flatbread and so many other hors d’oeuvres with them last night. Thankfully the temperature dropped a bit and made it an enjoyable evening under the stars lit by candles in glass jars and white lights. Trey was the master DJ shuffling Ray Charles and Miles Davis on the boom speakers. We were so touched by some of our neighbors making a point to get back in town from vacation to attend our little shin dig. We missed those that couldn’t make it but thoroughly enjoyed getting to visit with those who came. We definatly need to do this more often. It was a delightful evening!🍷

First Day 2K

Gayley’s First Day of Preschool was as sweet as she looks! I was little worried about her not wanting to wear her Apple dress that I had ordered specifically for her first day of school and indeed her very opinionated strong self wanted to wear her Sophia dress (costume) but I continued dressing her in the apple dress and then distracted her with new sparkly silver shoes with bows! After a few twirls in her dress and new shoes she was happy and ready to go to school after Mom took a few dozen pictures!  I can’t explain the look on her face as we stood in the foyer of her school other than the sweetest smile of pure joy, content, awe and fulfillment as she looked all around while rotating  taking in all the decorations and sounds of welcoming teachers. It was as if , Alas her time had come she was going to school, her school! ! And she couldn’t be any happier! She walked right into her Turtles class and found her hook to hang her back pack and then went straight to the puzzles. No tears or fuss she was ready to get busy! When Trey and I picked her up she was in the reading area and came running exclaiming, “Mom, Dad, Mom, Dad you’re here!” with the biggest smile! The teachers said she did wonderful and that they had another little teacher because after reading time Gayley sat in the teachers seat and held up the book like her and “read” it again to the class! 🍎 It was a great day for our 2K!!

Nap Time

While Trey and I had our morning coffee Bun Bun got in a short nap next to us! Seriously she was catching some Zzzzz’s!!! Can you call it a cat nap when it’s a bunny napping?!?

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This year we will have children in FIVE seperate levels of education. We have a college sophomore that starts later this month, a high school Senior and Freshman, two middle school seventh graders, an elementary kindergartener and a pre-schooler!!!!! Hanson was super excited about starting kindergarten and did just fine taking Mommy to his class. He is going to do great in K-5, he even has a pre-school pal in class with him.  Mary and Jordan were a bit embarrassed for some reason with Mom taking pictures of them at the bus stop and yelling, “Best day ever, thank you!!!!” to the bus driver who laughed and gave Mom a big thumbs up! Ah Middle Schoolers! Joseph was Mr. Joe cool and chill about his first day of High school. Our Senior, Morgan asked if the holding the grade signs was still a thing but willingly complied to amuse this mom. Praying they all have a great first day, like their lockers, find their classes and teachers in a timely manner, remember their lunch numbers, meet new friends in classes and reunite with old ones and get on the right buses to come home!

Cow Appreciation Day ’17!

It’s that time of year again for Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A! Hooray!! This year getting ready was super easy. All I did was go to the attic and pull out all of our cow print costumes, divide them out and away we went. We even had a shirt and sign for Joseph’s friend Tanner who’s spending the night with us. We love this day, it’s so much fun to go there and see all the other people in their cow costumes and attire and getting free food is always a bonus. Thank you Chick-fil-A I fed my entire crew for  $5.10!!!!!

Meow meow

Gayley loves kitties! I mean absolutely adores them, talks about “her” kitty even though we don’t have one of our own. Our neighbor however has a mama cat that is constantly having a litter and recently one of mama’s offspring had kitties a few weeks before mama cat had another set so there have been multiple kitties of various sizes running around which truly delights this little girl! This tabby is an older sibling to the new ones and not the one that had kitties. I missed taking pictures of Gayley laying in the driveway with her first face to face then beside her then with her arm wrapped across her and eventually Gayley laying on her because she just can’t snuggle enough! All the while she is talking away to kitty and telling her how much she loves her and giggling! She just loves them! Oh and this girly of mine is sporting a painted on princess crown from the movie in the park and wearing older sisters too big dress and a bracelet as a choker necklace.