Friday, July 3, 2015

Highs and Lows Of This Week

This past week we have had some highs and lows.

Last weekend we had the opportunity to go and spend some time at the lake.  Adam was able to get off a little bit early so we headed straight down to Ouachita.  We had the whole crew coming so we needed a party barge to spread all of my side of the family on.  Thankfully we were able to find one to borrow since none were available to rent all.weekend.long!  The kids were excited and we all had high hopes for spending the late afternoon on the water.  We arrived about 3:30 and thought we were headed toward fun times.

When we arrived at the party barge we new we had quite a bit of cleanup to do.  It was the boats first time out this season and we found more then a dirty boat to clean, there was a duck who'd laid eggs beside and inside the boat so we had to be careful not to make a little momma duck angry!   After we got her shoo-ed off, and the cracked duck eggs taken care of, wasps started stirring.  Apparently there was a wasp nest up underneath the steering wheel.  So I loaded up the littles and headed to the nearest gas station to purchase wasp spray.  It only took about an hour and a half to finally get on the water.  Here's the guys, finishing up…we were so grateful for the free "party boat" (as my kids like to call them) but we were a little disappointed that it took so much time to get on the water.

We enjoyed about an hour on the water and had just started to get the junior skis pulled out for Peyton to try and ski when…CRACK…lightening struck and the rain began to fall.  We headed straight to the dock and pulled into the slip just as the bottom dropped out.  We spent the early evening eating at Shangri-La and enjoying some of Ms. Carrs famous pie.  We hoped that the rain would let up but there was no chance of that.  The power ended up going out just as we were paying and it didn't come back on til late the next morning.  Getting all the bags out of the car and into the cabin was a soggy experience, poor Adam was totally soaked to the bone.  With all the thunder, lightening and pouring down rain there was no way to leave the kids alone in one of the cabins so that all of us adults could gather to play cards and visit.  So the evening felt a little bit like a bust.

Though the evening hadn't gone as we'd hoped, we did have fun. At the kids suggestion, we made a tent and Adam told a Bible story before we tucked them into bed.

Saturday we enjoyed a few hours on the water before we had to head home.






Peyton was determined to get up on the skis, how excited we were to see him do it!  It was a lot of fun at the lake, though the time was too short.

The Heart Hospital had a fun employee night at the Travelers game so we enjoyed endless popcorn, hotdogs and drinks.  It was a really great evening for baseball since there was absolutely no humidity. We were a family of seven that night (cause we were keeping a friends little one) but I must say the boys enjoyed watching the game and the littles did great as long as I kept the popcorn and hotdogs  coming!





At the end of the night we ran into Lawson's teacher, we love Mrs. Dees!!

Ava Jane has been doing awesome with potty training, I'm truly hopeful that she'll keep up the good work.  Over the past few weeks she has been doing great during the day.  I thought this little moment, when she was watching her favorite show (Octonauts) while going potty then decided to take a picture of what she "produced", was super gross but too funny not to post!  This is just where we are right now!

A dear sweet friend came to visit from Northwest Arkansas.  All of us Momma's decided lunch at CFA sounded good, so here was our brood of kiddos.

I neglected to get a pic of the Mommas all together. Boo!  Linds, I loved seeing you twice in one month!  We must do a couples night next time, it'd be so fun!!  Loved that our kiddos got to interact together!

High: We had the chance to go see the new movie Inside Out with some friends.


It was a cute movie but it is really mostly sad.  It's such a taste of true reality.  And having moved a fair number of times in my adult life, I can totally relate to most of the feelings that the little girl had.  In the movie, at the touch of a button, the little girls attitude/feelings could change.  It would be so nice to have that kind of ease to change my own outlook on situations and circumstances.  To be able to adjust the levers or turn a dial on my emotions would be so nice, unfortunately, it takes much more self control than I'd like, in order to change my attitude or perspective on things.

Well, that's our week at a glance.  It's been a fun one, full of activities from the lake to the pool, the movies to the grocery store.  I was honestly glad for the rain that fell most of the day because it gave me a perfect reason to stay put and do a little catching up with my kiddos and my laundry!

Monday, June 29, 2015

"See Ya Later" not "Goodbye"

Over the past year my family has had the unique privilege of getting to know a precious couple (and their children) from Rwanda. The Sengoga's came to Little Rock for a year of pastoral training with Fellowship Associates and joined our discipleship group at church. We have had the wonderful privilege of sitting under Joel's teaching spoken in his thick Rwandan accent. What a wise and godly couple he and Annie are.  They fully trust our Lord, they're committed to taking the gosple back to their home country and equipping church leaders in Kigali and beyond. Adam and I have loved getting to hear Joel speak about the incredible ways in which God got ahold of his heart and the stories of how God has faithfully gone before their family!  Their stories are remarkable, like none I've ever experienced before, but what an encouragement it is to hear of the ways our God has moved and used these sweet people.

Last Thursday night, a few days before they left to go back home, us, along with many of their dear Arkansan friends, had a "see ya later" party.  It was a time of food, fellowship and fun!  As I look back on the pictures from that night and remember the friendships that have formed, I can't help but think that God must've been smiling as he looked down on this group of friends.  I believe it truly was (and is) a taste of what heaven will be like.


There were fun cookies that were as cute as they were tasty! 

The grillers doing their thing.

Time with friends.








Sweet Annie, you will surely be missed but we do look forward to many more gatherings in the future both on US as well as Rwandan soil!  I love you dear friend and am praying for your transition back home to be smooth and just a sweet time of reconnecting with family and friends!  I'll see you later!


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Catching up with "The Hoopty"

Last week Adam got the opportunity to go see the U.S. Open out in Seattle. It just so happens that one of his best friends growing up, Luke Bakke (aka "The Hoopty") now lives in Seattle so he was able to spend several days catching up with an old friend while watching (and playing) one of his favorite sports.

Luke spent several years of his life as a professional golfer so it was a real treat for Adam to be able to play along with him his first full day there. They played at Mill Creek Golf Club which had the catch phrase of being "Uniquely Northwest", and since it was Adam's first time playing out in that part of the country I must say from the pictures, it looks beautiful to have all those evergreen trees lining the course.  While he was there it was a perfect 75 degrees and blue skies, very atypical for Seattle this time of year.



    Adam has always picked up a couple pointers from Luke and was able to put a few things into practice while he was there.

He enjoyed a delicious dinner with Luke and his wife at El Guacho by Aqua, Seattles #2 seafood restaurant.  It was right on the water so the view was spectacular.  Adam got the halibut and said it was very good, a definite repeater.

The last day they watched some of the U.S. Open practice rounds to what ended up being an awesome week for Jordan Speith.  Adam said it was a very challenging course for the players but it also was for the spectators in that players were difficult to follow because of the elevation changes on the course.  Over just one day he walked more then 23,000 steps totaling 11 plus miles but they sure had fun seeing the players do their thing.


Adam thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with Luke, sharing old stories and catching up on more recent events.  There is something to be said about friends who span many years, who've seen you through all different stages and phases of life, those who are mutually encouraging and filled with good laughs.  I'm so thankful that Adam got this opportunity, I know he'd love to do it again!  

(The Chambers Bay Golf Course, where the U.S. Open was held, is known for having this one lone tree out on the course... I thought this picture was too pretty not to share!)
Lone Tree Chambers Bay Golf Course

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A Family Of Seven….For A Week

My computer has been on the brink for some time now so it spent over ten hours at the Apple Store yesterday, namely because "I have exhausted i-Photo with over 28,000 pictures"…and yes, I know, that's ridiculous! I've now gotten all those pictures transferred to an external hard drive, yay!!  But for the past week I've been one frustrated little Momma as the "color wheel" has spun and spun and spun, taking me hours to upload, edit and post on the blog.

So today I'm playing a little bit of catch up. Last week we had my sister's little boy while they went out to California for a friends wedding.  I wasn't sure how the week would go with my four plus Lachlan, but from the get go, he was an angel baby.  Being only 3.5 months old I figured I would be up several times in the night feeding him, but nope…he slept all night long which in this Momma's book, is A-MAZ-ING!! He was such an easy little guy and he fit right into our crazy!

He came to Emerson and Ava Jane's swim lessons, hung out at the pool, went on playdates with our friends and rolled with the punches of being in a "family of seven" for a week!  I told my sister, "if he keeps this up, I'll be telling you to go ahead and book your next trip real soon!"  I don't think she'll be taking me up on that for a while, but I'll be ready when she does!!

Emerson and Ava Jane really enjoyed their swim lessons.  Emerson is doing great and I feel much more confident letting him swim without his puddle jumper now.  Ava Jane didn't really like sticking her face down in the water so we still have a ways to go with her, but isn't she cute?


Here, they were waiting in the car during the lessons, listening to Peyton read Mr. Poppers Penguins.

Swimming with Daddy and playing with friends is always fun and Lachlan was quite a sweet addition!




There was only one night that gave us a run for our money.  It was the night Peyton's baseball team had a pizza party to hand out the trophies from the season.  So we went with out our family of "seven".  Just to set the stage, Emerson hadn't napped well, Ava Jane was just fussy and Lachlan wasn't having the luke warm bottle, so Adam had Em and AJ on each knee and I had my hands full with Lachlan.  Peyton received his award and we quickly gathered our things and headed toward the door.  I asked Adam to hold AJ and Em's hands as we left the restaurant and set out into the parking lot that was right near a busy road, but AJ was not having it and did the normal two year old response.  She went "limp", buckled at the knees and dropped to the ground while Adam still had a firm grip on her hand.  That's when she started crying and wailing in pain.  Adam felt terrible and after the fifteen minute drive to the house and her crying didn't stop, he decided to take her to Children's ER. Turns out, that she had Milkmaids Elbow, meaning she'd dislocated her elbow.  Thankfully though, she actually set it back into place herself as they waited to see the doctor.  He did inform Adam that once it happens it's likely to happen again so he showed Adam how to put it back into place if, in the unfortunate case, this happens again.

This was that moment in the parking lot right after the horrible incident when I was trying to find the keys, with a fussy baby, a crying two year and boys who were all begging for ice cream.  We obviously went straight home, bypassing the ice cream, much to the boys chagrin.  We tried to make Ava Jane feel better with an Elsa bandaid, but what she had going on was more then a kiss and a "sticker" could fix.  Daddy was so grateful that nothing was seriously wrong, he was so worried he'd broken her wrist (which is what she kept complaining about, apparently the pain from the elbow radiates down to the wrist).  They ended up getting home from the the hospital about midnight, so we were thankful to finally drop into bed!



A few days later Adam left town and when Daddy's away, the family will play!!  Adam got the opportunity to go see part of the U.S. Open last week so we decided to have several dinners out with friends.   And pizza in the park is always a good idea, for the kids and the Mommas!!




The boys loved holding and helping with Lachlan and it was fun to see Ava Jane become a little Momma, wanting to push her monkey on the playground and trying to help feed Lachlan.  I had four big helpers and I was so grateful for it!


He loved watching his ocean friends and listening to the music.  

Life with "five" really went well.  It definitely had its crazy moments but we had fun!!
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