Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Orange Farmers.

Eddie was asked to speak to James' class this week about what he does at work. We laughed a little bit about it because his job isn't something that kiddos can readily understand like a vet or a teacher. He decided to explain to the kids what he does by using an orange. :) He "loaned" James' teachers some quarters to buy what they needed to be orange farmers. He also gave each of the students a quarter and they were able to buy a slice of an orange from their teachers. After the oranges were sold the teachers were able to pay Eddie back for the loan. It was simple, but when asked James said, "Daddy loans money to farmers!" Eddie's co-workers were impressed at James' takeaway, but when asked again this afternoon what Eddie did, James said, "Daddy loans money to that they can grow oranges!" :) Close!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Well, Hello There.

Remember me? The one who used to author this blog? I took a week-long leave of absence completely accidentally. That's what happens during the week following a holiday week.

Long weekends are always full of fun, aren't they? We had a GREAT one. I can't believe how quickly time is passing by these days, though.

The 18th was our 7th anniversary - of our engagement. Ha! I thought about it last week but I didn't think a bit about it on Sunday. Passed right by. I cannot believe we've been married almost 7 years and together 11.5! CRAZY. That's half my life. Hahahaha! Just kidding. 

Will recovered from his cold over MLK weekend and then he passed it off to James and me. Thankfully, this hasn't been anything like the last two times I've been sick with upper respiratory. I felt a little foggy and I couldn't hear or breathe, but I didn't feel bad. Hallelujah! James started feeling bad Monday and has had a yucky nose, but it was nothing compared to the other rounds of illness we've had. He doesn't feel great, but he doesn't feel terrible either.

Friday afternoon - the 16th {the fogginess is making me bounce all over the place here!} -  we left school, got haircuts, and had lunch with Anna and Cacky. Anna had just gotten her hair cut when we arrived at Mrs. Amanda's so she waited on us and we all ate Mexican together.

We also ate supper with Anna and Cacky on Friday night. Sonny's birthday was Wednesday the 14th and each year we've still celebrated. Let me just assure you that dinner with an almost-three-year-old who is coming off of a week of being sick is NO walk in the park. Hooooooly cow. We ate quickly. We were at home at least. 

Saturday we made our third-annual trek to a local museum for Poppy's birthday. That's what he wanted to do on his 60th birthday so for his 61st and 62nd we repeated that. We had a great time despite the grumpy 2 year old we brought with us. Train rides, visiting the animals, making grits, walking through the museum, it was fun! James and I went to lunch with Mom, Kayla, John, and Anna after, but we sent Grumpy Pants McGee home with his daddy for a NAP.

On MLK day we spent the morning and part of the afternoon at a local primary school playing with some friends. We had a fun time getting together and will likely do it again soon. The weather was FANTASTIC. We've had pretty decent January weather coming off of a rainy December. It's cold and gross looking outside today, but I have no complaints. The kiddos played on the playground, we picnicked, and I visited with my mama-friends.

On Tuesday of last week the yuck in James' head finally caught up with him and he was miserable. I kept him home with me, but unfortunately after a week of being home with Will I had things I needed to DO. So James rode with me to Valdosta to shop for things I needed for Will's birthday party. We had to move quickly because we had to be back in time to get Will after Eddie's lunch break. Target, Hobby Lobby, Chick-fil-A and back home in record time! I'll probably shop for his party one last time before I'm officially finished. 

{He looks sick, huh? He has started requesting Chick-fil-A sandwiches recently. I wish they'd make a kids' version of it! Chick-fil-A take note! We want a mini chicken sandwich for kiddos!}

We have enjoyed some rather mild weather lately! Except for today and yesterday, our temperatures have been cool, but not cold, and beautiful! We've enjoyed a LOT of time on our swing set and on the screened porch. I am in search of patio furniture so that I can spend even more time out there.

We've also enjoyed some Wii bowling! The boys played as Papa (Will) and John (James) last week because we've never created a Mii for them. Will thought he was playing but Eddie played for him and he whipped us all!

Our children wind up in our bed almost every night/morning at some point. Last week I had to wake them up at 7:45 - we have to be at school by 8:30 on the days that I work. I haaaaated to wake them. On Saturdays they're up with the chickens.

I have a new baby in my class. He's SEVEN weeks old and compared to my big kids {eight months to a year} he is TEENSY. Oh my goodness, we're going to love snuggling him! We do LOTS of footprint paintings in our class and I stamped his feet to make penguins out of them. They are teeny tiny compared to those big old feet on the other pages. We are going to love having him! {He's another teacher's child - not just some random kid whose mama wanted him in preschool already during rsv/flu season. Lol!}

We have continued to play almost nightly rounds of Ticket to Ride. I cannot imagine playing with more than one other person. I would be so anxious!

This one joined us while we played last week at around 10:30pm. He wanted me to HUSH telling him to go to bed. His HUSH-ing is getting him in trouble recently.

So that's what we did last week. Maybe I'll catch up on this past weekend and this week soon! :) Have a great Tuesday!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sick and Sad.

Back when James was 14 months-3 years old we went through a period of being sick all. the. time. Oh my word I felt like we'd never get through it. About the time we moved when he was 3.5 years old he turned a corner and really hasn't had many sick days since then. {KNOCK ON WOOD.} Unfortunately, I think we're in that time of life with Will. I know a lot of it is that he still puts EVERYTHING in his mouth and doesn't know about germs and hand washing and not touching his eyes, nose, and mouth, but it's still so exhausting! Bless his heart. In October he had a double ear infection, in December he had an upper respiratory virus, and he has the same thing again. I know that it's minor compared to LOTS of illnesses {and I still maintain that it's better than the throw-ups}, but poor buddy has had a rough go of it!

Will went to school on Monday with a little cough. He was awake and in my bed most of the night Monday night so I made the executive decision to keep him home. He acted pretty much fine aside from the cough so I second guessed myself, but when he woke up from his nap on Tuesday he was burning up. He ran fever Tuesday, Wednesday, and today. His worst day was definitely yesterday. No eating, high fever, lots of laying on the sofa. Thankfully, I think he's turned a corner and is feeling better tonight. I, however, and EXHAUSTED. Being up with him all night to hand him Gatorade has worn me out.

I'm going to crawl in bed and watch an episode of Blue Bloods.
Good night!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy Birthday, Poppy!

He would have been 62 today. We miss him all the time. I heard James whisper, "Happy Birthday, Poppy," to the universe tonight. I know that Sonny heard him. He also told Will the other day that he'd be back from Heaven when he got better and then said, "No, he won't will he, Mama?" His sweet little heart has had a hard time figuring out how to handle missing Poppy. Will has no memories of Poppy, but he can pick him out of a picture immediately. He talks to James about him often. We miss you, Poppy! Happy Birthday!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Manic Monday...

We're hitting the ground running this morning! Haircut, grocery store, boys at school, making veggie soup, and a women's conference tonight. Busy day, but all fun things! Too bad it's rainy out!

Since we're busy little bees, I wanted to share some of my favorites as of late.

1. Essential Oils. I took the plunge before Christmas and ordered myself a starter kit for Young Living's essential oils. I'm not doing it to sell, but I did want to share it with you. I ordered the starter kit so that I could get the most bang for my buck and so far I am having a lot of fun learning about them. I'm using Thieves oil the most for keeping us well - Will has had a SICK year {for him!} so I'm working hard to keep him well. It doesn't help that he still puts everything in his mouth. I've rubbed it on their feet and backs and diffused it during bath time. I've even added it to my own bath water. I would LOVE to learn more about oils so if you have any tips to share, please do!

2. Ticket to Ride. This is our new favorite game. I ordered it last week with some one of my Christmas Amazon gift cards and we LOVE it. It's a grown up game because of the strategery {that's absolutely a real word!} that has to go into it, but Eddie and I have had the most fun playing. We played it THREE times yesterday after we opened it. It does take one round to really learn how to play, but then it's a breeze. I foresee this one being played a LOT in the next few weeks.

3. Blue Bloods. I found this show on Netflix recently and I love it. I'm a sucker for a police show - I love Law & Order SVU but I gave it up after Elliott left. We watched Rizzoli & Isles for several seasons, too. This one is good and I'm enjoying it so far!

4. THREE. I'm having a fun time planning Will's birthday party. I need to finalize things THIS WEEK because it's under a month away. Yikes. Despite what he may tell you, it is NOT going to be Ninja Turtle themed. He's saying that just to make me crazy. I cannot BELIEVE he's about to be THREE years old!

5. Outlander. Is anyone else watching this series on Starz? I'm almost finished with the first season (the second starts in April) and I have the first book ready to go on my Kindle. LOVE it.

Hope y'all have a great Monday!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Taco Soup

It is COLD in Georgia today. And I am LOVING it. I am not a hot weather girl at all, so I eat it up when it's really winter. I prefer spring and fall, but I would MUCH rather have this cold than the 100* days I know are coming in six months. While it's cold outside I'm making all the soup I can! Tonight's soup is Taco Soup which is usually a crowd pleaser {not including our no-beans eater...}.

* 1 lb ground beef
* diced onion
* 1 packet of taco seasoning
* 1 packet of ranch
* 1 can of Rotel
* 2-3 cans of beans - we picked Kidney, Pinto, and Black tonight
* 1 can of corn

Brown ground and onions in a dutch oven. Drain. Add meat, ranch, and taco seasoning back to pot and mix. Add in all cans of vegetables undrained. Heat to simmer and cook 1 hour. Serve over rice or with Fritos or cheese quesadillas. Top with cheese and sour cream!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John has been one of our New Year's Day traditions for a few years. It's the only thing we make consistently. This year I couldn't find my cookbook with our favorite recipe in it so I scrambled. It turned out good so I want to keep it here so I'll have it when I need it next year!

In a crockpot, combine the following:

* 4-5 cans black eyed peas
* 1 can mild Rotel
* 1 diced onion
* 1 pound sausage
* 1 can beef broth

Cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over rice.