Thursday, August 17, 2017

Not Always A Fairy Tale: The Non Sleeping Family

 Once upon a time, there was a dad and a mom.


They lived with their little girl


and their little boy.


One day, the mom put both kids down for a nap and neither one of them went to sleep.  She decided to just leave them in their beds though so she could enjoy a little alone time.  Even though it wasn't peaceful and it wasn't quiet because she could hear them alternately playing and crying.  But still she left them.

Suddenly, the smoke alarm decided to go off for just a few short seconds for no reason.  This caused both the girl and the boy to be very very sad and the mom decided to get both of them up and snuggle a little bit.  So she did, but the snuggles only lasted about 30 seconds before the boy and girl moved on with their lives.

Time went on and eventually the little boy did take a nap, but the little girl never did.  While the boy was napping, the smoke alarm started to chirp periodically, signalling the need for a battery change.  The mom did not want to risk setting it off full force again while the boy was sleeping, so it continued to chirp until supper time when the dad came home and fixed it.

Meanwhile, the girl decided to come down with a cold out of nowhere and by the time bedtime arrived, she was sniffling and coughing all over the place.  The mom gave her some Tylenol hoping for sweet dreams.  Unfortunately, until about 3:00 in the morning, the girl kept waking up crying because she couldn't breathe very well.  Each time, either the mom or the dad would go in and try to comfort her and give her something to help with the sickies.  A melatonin gummy... a drink of water... vicks vapo rub... another melatonin gummy... a different kind of medicine...  at last, the little girl calmed down and was able to sleep peacefully and the mom and dad also fell into a deep sleep.

THEN, approximately 4:11 in the morning, what should rouse them from their sleep but the chirp chirp chirp of the smoke alarm that was thought to be fixed!  So the mom went to the garage and got the ladder and the dad took the battery out.  FINALLY,
they slept happily ever after.


That is, until the alarm clock went off.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This Year At The Lakes....

Another great year at Lake Webster has come and gone!  We sure appreciated our time with the family and have some good memories to look back on.

We had two little awnings set up for some shade.  Holding onto the two posts was Saywer's favorite spot to watch all the action.


On the boat with my honey.


Maybe in a year or two Summer will be game for holding the turtles.  But for now just touching them is quite enough for her thankyouverymuch!


Lots and lots of cousin time!


A little family bike ride to Dixie Days in town.  We were planing to get ice cream at a booth we saw right when we got there, but when we came back just 20 or so minutes later it was already closed:(  But root beer floats were on the menu for that night's supper so all was well.


Sittin' on the dock of the bay....


Those nets were a HUGE hit!  And they also were the cause of an increase in my blood pressure from watching Summer almost topple head first into the water all week long.


Summer's first jet ski ride- she was a little unsure but she did go for a second ride later on so it must not have been too bad!


This was Sawyer's hang out when he couldn't contain himself and kept heading straight for the water.  Pack-n-play in the shade.  He was only sort of okay with it.


Tubing time!  Don't worry- me and Cassie joined them for the actual ride.  They loved it!  Even Summer, who has her mother's wimpy overly cautious genes had a blast:)


A family friend who lives in the area has a mini old time town in their backyard that we went to see.  Complete with a general store, barber, doctor's office, church, jail, and more- it was so cool!


That is one patient dog.


No non-life jacket wearing babies were actually taken on a ride in the kayak.  They just sat there for a quick picture.


Those nets again.


And now my final excuse to hold off on potty training is over:(

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When The Family Comes To Town (and other summer fun)

My family came to visit!!!!!  It was a pretty big deal.  We have been talking about it now for three years and we finally set a date.  My parents have been here, but my brother and his family haven't been able to make it.  So the days leading up to their arrival were filled with some pretty giddy emotions on my part!


We spend Saturday afternoon swimming and I forgot my camera, of course.  (Side note: I upgraded to a better phone and have officially started using that as my camera so I will hopefully get more pictures now!)

Saturday after supper we had planned to take them to Wicker Park since it's awesome but it rained and rained and rained.  So we played some Apples to Apples and blabbed around the table.  My very favorite part of this picture is my niece wearing grandpa's glasses.  I think she just looks like a little old lady and it cracks me up every time I see it!


Sunday morning before church picture.  Coulda turned out way worse:)


When they left after an early Sunday supper, sadness ensued.  It was way too short but it was oh so sweet.

Other than that we have just been enjoying the beautiful weather.  This little pool is perfect for Summer.  She loves the idea of swimming but the reality of it freaks her out and she just sits on the side in her cute little puddle jumper.  So she likes to use this pool where she can get wet and play in the water without having to actually swim.  Sawyer doesn't even like the idea of swimming.  To set him in the pool is to torture him.  At least that's what it sounds like.


We are loving this season of life!

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!