Wednesday, April 22, 2015

weekly update

It has been such a full week.

Last Tuesday night, some girls from our Sunday school class met at the home of Susan Goss to have a discussion about prayer.

On Wednesday, I had my quarterly labs to check the status of inflammation in my body. I also had them add celiac labs because I still have been experiencing a few issues. 
My inflammation was dramatically down and I do not have celiac! However, I am having more trouble with lactose intolerance than I had previously thought.

It was also the last regular night of Awana for the kids! B Boy finished his 3rd book in 3 years so he will get the Sparky award! I know C Girl is getting an award too but not sure what it is called!

B Boy had a soccer game on Thursday night. His team won and had a great time!

C Girl had her first tennis lesson on Friday afternoon. It went great and she had a lot of fun!

B Boy had a baseball game that night. He got to score on his first time up to bat! So fun!

The school was also having an art auction Friday evening. C Girl's class was performing at it, so we left the boy's game a little early and headed over to that. They did a cute little performance and we "adopted" the kiddos' pet rocks.

We had a crazy storm come through on Friday night. It became stationary and hailed for 10 solid minutes! It obliterated C Girl's cabbage plant that she was growing for school :-(

On Saturday, B Boy's games were rained out so we were able to leave earlier to go to Ft. Smith to celebrate my SIL's birthday. It ended up being a beautiful day!
We had such a great time! We shopped, had dinner, and even hopped in a casino to play penny machines for a few minutes- that was definitely interesting!

Sunday was a rough day all around, but I did manage to take a few spring pictures of the kids at a local park. Sunday was also my cat, Sissy Girl's 12th birthday!!!

Yesterday, I took B Boy to the ENT to once again be evaluated for sleeping issues. He will be getting his tonsils removed this fall :-(

I had an appointment at the dentist yesterday afternoon because I chipped one of my bonded teeth last week.
 C Girl making cornbread to go with our beans for dinner one night.
 Sweet friends after a great time of fellowship.
I found her in bed like this when I got home from Susan's house.
lots of hail!
happy birthday Jessica!!!! Big 30!
bathroom pictures!
This boy has been eating adult meals for awhile now!!! He is growing up!
after an hour and 15 minutes in the dentist chair.
Sweet, sweet friends celebrating the soon arrival of baby Will Holden!!!
I love these kiddos. They are growing up too fast.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Happy birthday Jessica!

Today is the birthday of a person very special to me. I still remember the day in 2008 when my brother Keith called me while he was off training before he went to Iraq. He was wanting me to send flowers to a girl that he had not even met yet. They finally met the next month and then shortly after, he shipped off for Iraq. 
While they were getting to know each other long distance, her and I were getting to know each other here at home.
I know that she was an answer to prayer during that time in my life. My kiddos were 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 and the past couple years had been hard and a blur. She loved my kids so much and became aunt Jessica before she ever officially was. We always had so much fun. We could be super silly together and we became the queens of selfies!!! In short time she became like family. She helped me out so much and went so many places with the kids and I. I really loved the times that her and I could get away together! We loved to go shopping and watch movies. As her and Keith grew closer so did we. It broke our hearts when Tim got a new job 2 hours away and we had to move away from her and our family. I was incredibly thrilled when they decided to get married!! She would officially be family and my always sister and friend! We had so much fun in the days leading up to their wedding- dress shopping, bridal shows, a shower, and spa day! I was so honored to be her maid of honor and the kids to be her flower girl and ringbearer. Happy day! We were thrilled when it was time to welcome their baby, Parker into the world! It is such a joy to be an aunt! It's incredible to see our kids together! Holidays, birthdays, and all kinds of visits in between- there is hardly a month when we aren't together. 
We may have to try a little harder now, but we make it a priority! We have had a couple of really hard times, but I'm so thankful that God has softened both of our hearts and drawn us closer together. I couldn't imagine my life without her! I'm looking forward to many more years of fun, memories, and selfies!!! Happy 30th birthday Jessica (Jessie, aunt Jessica, and bestie!)!!!!!!! I love you!!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

a weekly update

Last Monday evening, B Boy had a baseball game! It was a great game and the other team came back and won by one run.
On Tuesday afternoon, we had parent/teacher conferences for both of the kids. B Boy's teacher had nothing but good things to say about him. She mentioned how nice and kind he is to other students and that makes my heart soar. I'm so glad that he is doing well in school, but I am SO thankful that he is kind to others.

C Girl's conference went great as well! It was so great to be able to chat with her new teacher. We learned that she is doing well above average in math! She always has been very high in math, but we did not know that she was still doing that well! We are so proud of her! Her teacher also mentioned how well behaved and kind she was to others. We have our struggles at home, so that is so wonderful to hear about my girl!

Early spring has been slaying me this year. Our town has stunning redbuds everywhere! Those along with tulips, bradford pears, dogwoods, and forsythia!
I wish I had more pictures of the beauty!!!
On Wednesday, I met a sweet friend at the Wooden Spoon! It was so nice to catch up! We both got strawberry pie to go and it was amazing!!!
That afternoon, C Girl had a Myobrace checkup. She is doing great so far! She is wearing a spacer that she keeps in all the time and she is responsible for cleaning it and turning the key every night that spreads it farther apart. I'm loving seeing her be so responsible!

That night while the kids were at Awana, Tim and I went to the "Van Gogh to Rothko" exhibit at Crystal Bridges.

From the website:
Van Gogh to Rothko brings together 76 artworks by 73 influential artists from the late nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition features masterpieces by some of the most prominent names in art history including Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, Salvador DalĂ­, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and Mark Rothko. The works were selected from the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the finest collections of twentieth-century art in the country, located in Buffalo, NY.
Van Gogh to Rothko traces the story of avant-garde art from late nineteenth-century Modernism through Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art in the late 1950s and early 60s.  Beginning with works from the late 1800s, the exhibition includes stellar examples of Post-Impressionism by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, which inspired artists on both sides of the Atlantic, as can be seen in later works throughout the exhibition. Van Gogh to Rothko also considers ideas that contributed to the development of art movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Pop Art, and Minimalism. The largest grouping in the exhibition features approximately 20 mid-century American artists, many of whom identified as Abstract Expressionists, including Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell.
The exhibition marks the first time many of these works have toured in decades. Crystal Bridges is one of only four venues, besides the Albright-Knox, that will host this remarkable exhibition, offering Museum guests a rare opportunity to view paintings and sculptures by some of the most well-known and respected names in the art world.

Thursday's soccer game was canceled due to rain. AGAIN!
Friday evening was our Sunday school girls' annual "Night of Nothing!" We get together at a cabin and just eat and talk!!! It is one of my favorite things that we do! I normally stay the night, but Tim had to be at school super early on Saturday for a conference.

Tim stayed with the kids and took B Boy to his baseball game on Friday night.
B Boy did get to have a soccer game on Saturday! We spent the rest of the day relaxing. I felt fantastic on Saturday and it was such a nice feeling to have!
We went to church on Sunday and then to Academy afterwards to buy new cleats for the boy. He was wearing size 3 and we bought him size 5.5!!! He hadn't told us they were tight until after the soccer game and he had blisters on his pinky toes! 
We stopped and treated the kiddos to dipped cones! 
Yesterday, I had a meeting and it ended up being a very rainy day. Tim had interviews after school, so we just tried to have a relaxing evening! We watched a couple of episodes of 19 kids and counting! I love that show and that family!

Today, the kiddos had spring pictures at school!
I had Bible study, my mentor meeting, Tuesday folders, and I have a church event tonight. 
A very busy day!
Speaking of busy, does anyone else's calendar look like this?!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Weekend

Happy Easter!!! Jesus is Risen! Matthew 28:1-10

I'm not apologizing, but this post has a TON of pictures. We have had a big weekend!

We all got up super early yesterday to check out the lunar eclipse!
We made resurrection rolls for breakfast. It was my first time making them. I love the symbolism and they are really yummy!

B Boy had his first baseball game Saturday. He hit a double his first time at bat! He even got to run home and score during that inning! He had a great game and they won!

My family came up for the day and we had a great lunch and an egg hunt for the kiddos!
It was a GORGEOUS day and we had the best time eating and visiting!!!
There is nothing better than being with your people! I adore them!

We watched the Kentucky/Wisconsin game last night and it was incredible! Can't wait for the championship on Monday night- B Boy picked the correct teams in the game!!!

This morning, the kids woke us up and then couldn't wait to see what the Easter bunny left them! We got ready and headed to Easter service at church. It was a wonderful service and I just love Junior Hill, an evangelist who speaks at our church every year at Easter. 

Today was a cold, rainy day. We colored eggs and had egg hunts in the house!

If you desire, you can view our weekend below:
 hahaha. TRYING to get a picture with Tim.
 Well, that's better!