Thursday, March 16, 2017

Glorious in the Mundane

As of late, things have been fairly busy, this is a little glimpse into our recents weeks here at Head Happenings.

Lawson and Emerson are playing baseball this Spring and practices are in full swing (no pun intended).  We are down at Junior Deputy or D-Bat four times a week right now, which keeps me hopping for sure.  Lawson is loving playing ball and enjoying it most practices.  Emerson is playing coach pitch and trying to learn all kinds of new skills since he never played T-ball.  (Yikes!)  But so far so good, we all have to start somewhere.
This scene has become a new norm for me.  And for those who don't know, these are indoor batting cages.  To see tons of people coming and going constantly during practice, shows just how many people knew and know about this place that has just recently become known to us and now has become our home away from home with the recent cold snap we've been experiencing here in the South.
I love watching the boys practice with Adam.  They love being with Daddy so much!
I've recently been listening to Christy Nockel's podcast while I fold laundry, empty the dishwasher, change diapers, wipe bottoms or when I'm sitting in the carpool line.  It's called Glorious in the Mundane, and I highly recommend it.  It's all about finding glorious moments and being able to worship God and enjoy where you are in whatever season it is, right there in the middle of the mundane, every day tasks.  Not boxing my time with the Lord simply into when I'm at church or when I'm reading scripture in the quiet of the morning (when it's "easy" to glorify the Lord).  Honestly, its just been a shift in my perspective and its so healthy and good.  I am a big list maker and box checker off-er (if that's a word) so when I don't feel productive I struggle with feeling like I've wasted my time or not accomplished enough.  I don't think I'm alone in this battle, I think it's a natural desire, but I also want to be present and enjoy these days with my kids, so I've been trying to change my mindset and desiring to find the "glorious in the mundane".   Cause if I do, whatever I do heartily and as unto the Lord, then its glorifying to Him and a blessing to not only me but to those around me (Colossians 3:23-24).  So here are a few of our mundane but also precious moments: riding the airplane in the back of Shoe Carnival while trying to find some shoes that will fit Lawson and Peyton's growing feet, which was totally glorious for Lachlan who enjoyed it very much!  And if a "bwew baaaawwwoooonnnn" could fix every problem wouldn't life be so easy!
This is what my backseat looks like about 12:15 most days after picking Emerson up from half day kindergarten.  Oh to enjoy a mid day nap, huh?!  Wouldn't that be heavenly.
The boys on our street have enjoyed playing light saber wars together which has been fun to watch.
We recently did a photo shoot for an article that will be coming out in April, the kids did great even though we were dressed for Spring while it was quite cool and breezy outside.  There was a "reward" for those who smiled and cooperated with the photographer.
Is she not a doll?!
Lately, Lawson has been wanting to take pictures.  One evening as we sat down for dinner he grabbed my phone and snapped this one.  We really value dinner time and most evenings manage to sit down all together and share "high/lows".  It's always so funny to hear what the kids have to say.  Tonights highs consisted of reading books with Emerson and Ava Jane, a 3-ring binder to put all 75 of Peyton's basketball cards in, staying up during nap time and wrestling with Dad when he came home.  I truly love these moments, even though it takes planning, intentionality and lots and lots of prepping (of recipes, food purchases, grocery pick ups--thanks to Krogers Click List!), slicing and dicing and more meal prep and then of course the clean up (where are those cleaning fairies when I need them?)---but I wouldn't change it for the world.  The conversations, the laughter and even the moments when I've  fallen asleep, head down on the table after everyones left to play or wrestle...I am trying to enjoy and even savor these memories, soaking them in as much as I can.
Adam and I rarely are able to connect throughout the day...but this particular day he was having to go to the revenue office to get a license plate for his new wheels so we were able to grab lunch together.    I truly love this man and am grateful to call him mine.
Emmie and I got to enjoy a sunny warm lunch date last week while we ate out on the porch and read books together out on the deck, it was sweet time just he and I.  (I'm so ready for Spring to fully get here, I'm certain its just around the corner.)
Ava Jane's dance class had a parent preview of the coming recital performance, she has mostly enjoyed dance lessons each week and has learned a lot.  I love watching her do her thing!
Last week was the 40th anniversary of LRCA with a reunion of WVCA people, which was just so fun!  Seeing old friends and past principals, head masters and teachers was really awesome.  Singing the old WVCA fight song at the top of my lungs was really great--Adam was shocked that I could remember every.single.word from my Elementary chapel days.  Seeing these men, all standing on one stage, who have led this school, over many decades with grace and wisdom, was really such a sweet treat.  As we remembered the memorial stones of the schools history it is wonderful to see and reminisce about all that God has accomplished through these faithful servants.
We also got to hear author and speaker Bob Goff.  He is quite an energetic, godly man who was encouraging the audience to love others well, particularly those who are hard to love, those are the ones we must intentionally seek to be kind to.

We have season tickets to see the shows that Celebrity Attractions has been bringing to Little Rock, so last Friday night we got sitters and made dinner reservations and watched Phantom of the Opera with friends.
This was my first time to see Phantom, and I must say, the set design was incredible!  The rotating stage props were really amazing but the storyline and the constant singing (in a lot of opera sounding tones) was a bit much at times...I needed a little break in the music for normal sounding conversation, but no, they literally sang every word of the play.
We decided to get out and brave the cold with a walk around the King Fisher Trail.  It was a beautiful but cold day.
So there's a little synopsis of our glorious in the mundane...its not all beautiful, there's certainly hairy, whiny, nagging moments where I want to lose my mind (and I do sometimes), but it's my life.  It's the life God has given me and its the life I prayed for...but just as in all things I have to take the good with the bad.  I hope today, and tomorrow, and the day after that, you too can find the "glorious in the mundane".

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Glow in the Dark - 8th Birthday Party

We celebrated Lawson's 8th birthday this past weekend.  When we started talking about birthday party venues and ideas Lawson was adamant that all he wanted to do was have a dance party.   You see, each weekend, we usually end up with a family dance-off in our playroom, where he's perfected his moves like the worm and some break dancing.  However, I didn't really know how to pull it off as an entire party for seven and eight year olds so I went to Pinterest for some ideas and decided a glow in the dark party could be fun.  I ran the idea by Lawson and he thought it sounded "awesome"!  So I set about purchasing things that glow!

I found these cute invitations off of Etsy.
After scouring the internet for glow sticks, necklaces, glasses, rings, hats and boas that were either fluorescent or glow in the dark, I was shocked to see how many options were really out there.  Here's what I ended up finding for all the kids to glow with.  Along with several black lights and a strobe light, I found some fun fiber optic centerpieces for the tables that were pretty awesome too.
We started the night with pizza and cake in our kitchen.
After singing Happy Birthday, we had the kids go in groups of 4-5 to get "glowed out" in our dining room where we'd moved out all our dining room furniture, to make space for a dance floor.  Adam was the DJ and I must say he did a fantastic job!  He'd worked for a couple weeks on getting a kid friendly mix of music that played a lot of the sound track from Trolls.   I think everyone had a really fun time.
They all had some pretty cool moves.
Mom, Dad and Whitney helped us maintain the controlled chaos of the twenty five kids and I must say, we had a pretty good time doing it!
These girls enjoyed making glow stick chains out of all the necklaces and bracelets.
We played Limbo and the kids even made a circle and tried their hand at break dancing which was pretty cute to watch.   Mostly, they jumped and bounced around for a good hour and a half, having a great time and wearing themselves out.  (Notice Adam in his fluorescent hat and glow necklace, he thoroughly enjoyed helping with this party.)
According to Lawson it was "the best birthday ever"!  I'm glad he had fun, I certainly enjoyed planning it!   Happy birthday sweet boy!  We loved celebrating with you this weekend!  Dad and I love you so much and are enjoying watching you grow and develop into a kind young boy, we are proud of you and are so grateful God put you in our family!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Trip to the Buffalo

For the past few winters, the guys in our small group from church have tried to get away and head to the Buffalo River for some quality down time together.  As they began trying to find a weekend that worked for everyone, they literally couldn't find one that worked from February to June.  So, unfortunately, not all the guys could make it this year, with work responsibilities and unforeseen  illness, so the group was much smaller this year.

Past Buffalo River trips 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

And while the guys were away the women and children played.  Why eat dinner alone when we could eat all together?  Life's a party anyway, right?  What's another 14 more kids?  We threw a table cloth on the floor and had a taco picnic.  Everything's better with friends and cheese dip!
It's also a little more fun without all the children, so on Friday night, we each got sitters so we could enjoy some delicious sushi from Oceans and some uninterrupted conversations with each other.
I'm grateful for these women, for their friendship and encouragement!  Life is so much better with friends!  After dinner, several of us went to watch Hidden Figures, which I'd really been wanting to see and it was fabulous!  Loved the story of those three women who had tenacity, drive and so much strength!  I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and am so thankful that things like separate water fountains,  restrooms and places on the bus, are no longer a thing.  We, as a people, have made some progress but have some much further to go.  I highly recommend this one!
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