Friday, June 09, 2017

Good Ole Jumbo Days

Well after we got home from Alabama, I was ready to stay put for a little while.  But that little while didn't last quite as long as we thought it might.  Just about three days is all.  I found out that due to committee members being too spread thin with their duties, this could be the last year that my hometown puts on a festival, affectionately know as Jumbo Days.  

Here's a little backstory for you:  The first year we were married, Jumbo Days weekend came and it was kind of an unexpected harsh reminder to me that I didn't live there anymore.  And I cried.  And cried and cried.  And decided that we would for sure make the occasional visit back on Jumbo Days weekend.  The next year I was in the hospital having Summer and the one after that we were camping with Danny's family.  Typically the festival is on Memorial Day weekend, which is when we were in Alabama this year.  But for some reason this year was different.  So that combined with the fact that it's possibly the last one spurred me to go!  And Danny decided to join in the fun which made me happy:)

People would jokingly ask if we came back just for the festival and I would tell them YES!  Not jokingly of course!  I got to go on the ferris wheel, which is the only ride I can handle and even that's a little iffy.  But it was great!  And riding with my niece was really fun- she's just so grown up and mature these days.


Summer got to take a couple rides too.  She loved them!


And then my parents took the kids home while we stayed and listened to the gospel concert.


Saturday morning was parade day!  It's a very short parade, but a parade nonetheless.  Summer loved the candy part of it.


The sirens however, she was not a fan of.  And I actually had a picture of her very sad face on here but I just didn't have the heart to publish it!

Sawyer got to just chill and get a stroller ride the whole time so Jumbo Days suited him well.


The rest of the weekend was filled with cousins, baby turkeys, water balloons, and bubbles.


A glorious family filled evening!


Oh and we tried a few of my old dresses on Summer.


It was funny, but they sure didn't made the cut to go in her permanent wardrobe!


And now this weekend we have no road trips planned.  Phew!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

The Shirt

So this shirt.  I wore it last week for Summer's birthday party.  I am wearing it today as well, but that's not the point right now.


I also wore it last year for Summer's first birthday party.


And ALSO for my niece's first birthday party.


You guys?  My niece is going to be NINE years old in just one month.  I have learned two things by looking at these pictures.

1.)  I get stuck in a rut wearing the same outfit.

2.)  Maybe it's time for some new clothes!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Back To The Southland

Ya'll, I got to git my southern on a little bit over the weekend and it was just real nice.  We left bright and early Saturday morning to the Athens/Tennessee Fellowship weekend, which I had not been to since I lived there, back in 2010.  So it was high time.

It was the usual- a small auction, lots of singing and special numbers and such.  But it was not NEAR as relaxing and there was not NEAR as much socializing with two small and very over tired children to take care of.  But still worth it!



It was busy, with not a lot of free time, but I did squeeze in lunch with Devin after church on Sunday.  Me and him and Sawyer went to BWW's while Danny took Summer back to the hotel for a much needed nap.


Late night shenanigans on Sunday after all the festivities were over.  Oh my, you should have seen this kid.  It's like sitting in the middle of a big soft bed was the best thing that could ever happen!  He just giggled and giggled over it.


Then of course Summer had to join in the fun.


She had pigtails put in that morning when her hair was still soaking wet from her bath.  Hence the 'do:)


And a quick after breakfast swim on Monday before we hit the road again.


So glad we went!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My TWO Year Old!

Summer turned two on May 23.  She really has no idea what that means, except she knows how to say "I'm two" now.  That's what she's trying to tell the camera:)  Every time we go to Wal*Mart and she see's the balloons, she wants them which it made it pretty easy to decide on a few simple decorations!


Hmmm..... could it be that part of turning two is starting to act silly for pictures?


We made a second attempt but the sillies kept going.  And we were all hungry so we decided to move on with our lives!


After a supper of some of her favorite foods (hot dogs, mac-n-cheese, corn, fruit), it was time for CAKE!!!  Unlike Danny, I'll take cake over pie (or most any dessert for that matter) any day and I'm trying to instill that value in my children as well.  Summer was a little confused about the flames but she figured out how to blow them out pretty quick!


Then of course we had present time, where the giant bag was almost as fun as the gifts themselves.


Since it was so nice out, we were able to head outside, try out the new goodies, and just enjoy the evening.


We had 3/4 of the grandparents here.  We missed my dad!


Birthday girl was not into the family photo.


This girl is sweet, sensitive, and goofy all in one.  She always has a song in her head and spends a good chunk of her day singing.  Sometimes switching songs mid verse or making up her own words!  She has just recently gotten into babies and loves taking care of her dolls.  If you're willing to take her outside and just let her do her thing, you will be her best friend.  And candy.  She loves candy.  Candy all day every day is her greatest wish.


Happy Birthday sweet girl!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Marvelous May

One of many failed attempts to get all the kids to look.  They're still cute though!


Summer putting her baby to bed looks more like putting the baby in jail to me.


Cinco de Mayo: a great excuse to have friends over, eat tasty food, and play silly games.  Like pin the mustache on the mariachi man!


It's bath, snack, and bed for these two cuties.  And they got to sit on big chairs with no boosters or anything so that was waaaayyyy cool.


Summer likes Sawyer's jumperoo better than he does!  It's kinda nice actually.  She climbs in and then is stuck in there playing until I finally get her out.  Containment and entertainment all in one!


Getting closer to crawling!


Help!  I'm stuck!


Because obviously sitting on a big rock is like, the best thing EVER!


My sweet babes on Mother's Day.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Six Months!

Our little buddy made it to six months!  I think it's gone a lot faster the second time around.  He's a pretty happy guy most of the time.  He's a snuggly little fella and he's got a great laugh.


No crawling yet but it's planks and push-ups and mountain climbers all day long over here!


He just started food this week and has been catching on pretty quick.  So far we've done sweet potatoes and peas and while it's yay on the potatoes, the peas have been dubbed as just tolerable.  But he did eat them!


And Daddy stopped by a garage sale and found some cute shoes for him.  They won't fit for awhile yet but it was fun to try them on anyway:)


We love you, buddy!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Easter On The Homefront

Got to go to Illinois for Easter this year!  It was a full weekend, with lots of good quality family time.  Time with my immediate family AND both my mom and dad's sides.  I almost said there was plenty of time, but plenty means more than enough and I could always go for a little more!

Summer experienced her first Easter egg hunt and was pretty pleased with the results.  (Candy!)  But now this morning she was playing with the plastic eggs and took them to the kitchen and said "Eggs! breakfast?".  Guess she'll need to eventually learn the difference between real eggs and candy eggs:)


My nephew- what a dude.  We got to sit out and enjoy the awesome weather while we watched his sister's first soccer game.  She scored three goals!  


A quick egg coloring session was held on Saturday afternoon.


These two.  My dad and an uncle who has always been like my 2nd dad.  So thankful for them!!


Girl picture!  Well, and Sawyer.


Another night, another family get together.


This girl loooooooves to be outside and looooooooves to swing.  It's going to be a fun summer!  Well, fun until it's time to go inside.  Then it's not so pretty:)


Grateful for a great weekend with beautiful weather celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus!!