Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Weeks Worth of Catch Up

Last week was a little high jacked by the boys basketball camp so our mornings were full of activities near UALR where we tried to beat the heat a little.

Monday-Ava Jane and Emerson spent the morning with Grammy while Momma got some much needed root touch ups and a trim.  Then we spent some time at Sam's and Krogers, purchasing all the food for my food co-op.  I do truly love this group, but I must say the prep for it can be a bit daunting at times.  After we unloaded all our goods, we headed to pick up the big boys and our sweet neighbor friends.
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Tuesday-The littles and I met a friend at the Midtown Splash Pad.  The kids enjoyed the water fun and climbing on the rocks.  I do love this splash pad but those rocks are a doozie for mom's with littles who want to be like the bigs!  We enjoyed the time to visit but I must say turning on the AC in my car never felt so good!  Then we loaded up and headed to pick up the big boys.
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That night Ava Jane had her first ever sleep-over by herself at Grammy and Poppy's house.  I know she felt like such a big girl walking hand in hand with Grammy, I can hardly believe how big she is getting!

Wednesday-The littles and I hung out with Molly and her kiddos.  It was nice to have some time with them, the kids enjoyed playing while Molly and I talked it was a treat to sit and enjoy one anthers company. Then, before I knew it, it was time for us to load up and head to pick up the bigs.

Later that afternoon we had an unexpected flash-flood thunderstorm that knocked out all our power for several hours.  The kids and I decided to pass the time by reading a few chapters of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by flash light, and they thought that was awesome!  I got to finish cooking by the flickering flame as well, it was nice to have a slow paced start to our evening but the closer it got to bedtime the warmer the house became, so we ended up packing a few things and heading over to Mom and Dads.  As fate would have it, just as we were closing the doors and saying our last "good-nights", our neighbor texted us to let us know the lights were back on.
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Thursday's I have a regular standing sitter who keeps all the kids and is wonderful!  She kept Emerson and Ava Jane that morning while I went to help my sister in law pack up her apartment and the big boys were at camp.  Several hours later I got the boys and dropped them off at the house.  I think it's  pretty safe to say they had a fun week.
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After I dropped them off at the house I had lunch with my sister and her girls as well as my Mom and then ran a few more errands.  When I got home all the boys were playing outside and I didn't have a ton of afternoon plans so I decided since Adam had been slammed at work the past few weeks (and not had time to mow the yard) so I thought I would surprise him and give it a go myself.  I called my Dad who talked me through the start process, sure enough it started to hum with the very first pull. I must say in hind sight, I should've just waited til the next morning, when it was a tad cooler then 101 degrees in the middle of the afternoon, but in my defense, there's never a great time to sweat out all your DNA, so 3:00 seemed as good a time as any!  Two hours later, the back and front yards were mowed, bagged and blown.  I must say I was dripping wet, and looked like I'd jumped into a pool and I wished that I could have!  If you know anything about my husband its that he is meticulous, so I must say I was a tad bit nervous to start cutting the front yard but Peyton was so encouraging and kept telling me "you're doing a great job Mom"--I love that boy, he has my whole heart!   Anyway, Adam usually does nice diagonal cuts across the front yard, I knew that that would probably be a little too difficult for me, so I determined that I'd do like I have done in the past…go around the yard in a circle.  Well, it certainly got the job accomplished but there was one tiny problem.  When you get to the middle, you have to get back out to the edge some how, so as I stood there contemplating my last move, there was nothing else to do other then to drive the mower straight back through my previously mowed lines and ruin said lines.  I realized at that moment, that I probably was going to ruin the happy "surprise" of the mowed lawn and move right into disappointment at how the front yard looked.  But what's a girl to do when she's never mowed in straight lines before?  Also, I'd not been emptying the bag as often as I should have so I was leaving a trail of grass up and down the yard.  I asked Peyton to run get the rakes so we spent the next 30 or so minutes raking and bagging more grass.  All in all, the yard got finished, Adam was surprised, I'm sure in both a good and bad way, he was thankful that I'd tried so hard to help him out but he was extremely gracious with me in how the yard turned out…lets just say there was a lot to be desired.   But love does, right? So love did…it cut the yard and helped my husband have time to play with my kids at the pool that evening.
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Here's my blowin' buddy.
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We even got to spend time with an old friend and his little boy hanging out by the pool.  How cute are they? Afterwards, we headed over to Maggie Moos for an ice-cream treat.
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I'm pretty sure the blue raspberry ice cream was a huge hit!
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Luke, we were so glad to have gotten to spend a little time hanging out and catching up!  We look forward to seeing you, Michelle and the kids again in September!

Friday-I went to my exercise class as usual then was going to head to my Mom's house to finish some pillows for my new sofa. When I arrived, she wasn't there which was a little surprising since we'd talked about working on them that morning but I thought maybe she'd gotten a call at the office and had to run take care of something.  I had just started a movie for the kids when I got a call from my Mom saying that my sister had been taken by ambulance to the hospital with an extremely high fever, vomiting and excruciating pain.   I immediately put my kids back in the car, drove to her house (where my Mom was taking care of her children) and tried to help with whatever needed to be done.  Thankfully she just needed some IV antibiotics and was feeling better that afternoon.  It was fun to see the kids all together, they got along perfectly and truly enjoyed one another's company, so the day really was a pleasure from that stand point.  Whitney was discharged from the hospital with some meds and we finished up my pillow project so, though the day looked vastly different then any of us had ever envisioned, it ended well, praise the Lord!
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I didn't actually take a picture of all the cousins together on Friday afternoon cause my hands were busy with laundry and sewing projects, but I thought this shot from last weekend at the lake summed up how well they all play together. (Can't wait to spend some more extended time together doing this next week!)
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Friday night we kept my precious nephew while his Momma finished packing up her apartment so she could move on Saturday.  The kids had fun having a pizza party and watching Chicken Run.  All of them did fairly well laying still and watching it.
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So that's a little snap shot of last week.  This one has started off low key and manageable, which is nice after such a full one.   Cleaning house and going to the pool is all we've accomplished so far.   I've heard that a family that works together plays well together too, and I think that is very true!  The kiddos helped me tackle the house and then we had time to just play too.  I've enjoyed this summer very much!
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These crazy kids are such fun to be with (most of the time!)
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

4th of July

This past weekend we celebrated the 4th in a low key kind of way.  It was nice to just hang out with the kids and to not have a big game plan.  Friday night we took them to the Cock of the Walk for fried pickles and catfish.  The kids had fun watching the ducks and throwing rocks in the pond.  Oh how I love these little people, they truly have my whole heart!
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Saturday the boys all went fishing while Ava Jane and I got to hang out and play together.  That never happens so I enjoyed our tea party and books read together.
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Later that afternoon we'd been invited over to a friends home to grill out and watch the fireworks from their yard. We had my sweet nephew Theodore with us so being that we were a "family" of seven we went with low expectations on whether we'd actually get to watch the fireworks.  As night fell the kids were all having a splendid time so we decided to give it a go, and the kids did great!! We had a front row seat to the fireworks and enjoyed getting to meet and mingle with others.
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The boys loved playing in the sand trap!  The fact that our three littles made it through the evening without any melt downs and with the great seats we had to see the fireworks, we felt like our evening had been a lot of fun, I'm so grateful for those who fought and continue to fight for the freedoms I enjoy!!
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A fun night with my man!
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After church I wanted to try and get a picture of the cousins.  I sure love all five of these little people!
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Friday, July 3, 2015

Highs and Lows Of This Week

This past week we have had some highs and lows.

High:
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.

Low:
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.
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High/Low:
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.

High:
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.
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High:
Saturday we enjoyed a few hours on the water before we had to head home.
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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.
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HIGH:
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!
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At the end of the night we ran into Lawson's teacher, we love Mrs. Dees!!
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High:
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!
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High:
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.
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Low:
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.
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Low:
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!
 
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