Monday, May 13, 2024

Your Reading Guide

 I have always LOVED a reading guide. I love a list of books to try to read through and mark off. I love the goal of reading a pile of books in a certain amount of time. Y'all know I just love books.

It was time to vote in some new books for Book Club and I got fancy this year and made a Google Doc for everyone to vote on and THEN I made this gorgeous Reading Guide (if I do say so myself). I may get fancy and make myself a Summer Reading Guide as well and if I do, I'll share it here!


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Summer Bucket List

Well, hello there! Should I re-introduce myself? I'm back (however briefly) to share our Annual Summer Bucket List. Not surprisingly, I was met with a fair bit of complaining and gnashing of teeth when I suggested we make this list, but we powered through it anyway. James assured me he is "not three years old" when we started and I told him if he didn't suggest things I'd add zoo trips and berry picking to the list so he'd better get it together and help me!

Also not surprisingly, our list is FULL of ALL THE SPORTS. That's pretty much what life revolves around these days! Here at the beginning of May, we are full steam ahead with summer swim (which really has become year-round swim, minus about 2 months, for James). Will is going to join him at the end of the month. Will is also very interested in tennis this summer. And James has signed himself up for a variety of golf tournaments as well as the coveted Drive Chip Putt competition, where he hopes to pass the first round and I hope he is just able to compete against the kids who are also there and probably all eat, sleep, and breathe golf (we don't at this point...).

In addition to all of the sports, we threw a few foods to try, a few fun things to do on a rainy day, a few church items, movies, and trips. It's already shaping up to be a VERY busy summer! I hope to share it all with you!


Thursday, August 31, 2023

Hurricane Idalia

 Well, one month into school and we've had our first hurricane of the year! Hurricane Idalia came through a little south of us on Wednesday morning/afternoon. It wound up being a very ok day for us! We never lost power and didn't have ANY damage, trees down, etc. There were several trees down in our neighborhood, but nothing terrible. We had some friends who were without power for about 24 hours and there are still LOTS in our community without power, but overall we were spared anything terrible. A town about 45 minutes south of us was hit much harder! I've enjoyed two days off of school with lots of reading, some cleaning, and plenty of laying around time!

Saturday, August 19, 2023

Middle School!

 Well, shockingly, we have been in school for almost a month now! Our county went back on July 28th (the earliest we've EVER gone...but I've heard it will be July 27th next year). We do get out mid-May, but it still feels really rude to begin in July.

Yes, James is actually that much taller than Will. He's HUGE. He is right at 5'8" and Will is around 5'2" currently. James grew a TON the summer after 6th grade so Will will catch him in about a year! :) 

Both boys are in MIDDLE SCHOOL this year. James has always really liked the independence that came with middle school, but Will is THRIVING so far. He wants to sign up for ALL THE THINGS (James came home really excited about clubs in 6th grade as well) and his social life has taken flight. He got a phone over the summer and he's constantly making plans with neighborhood friends. Last night at around 7:45 he came in and asked to go ride golf carts with some friends. It's been a fun transition!

Both boys have been on swim team all summer and will roll into school swim in October. Will likes it, but I think is a little intimidated by it. Will is also joining Robotics on Monday and a club called Skills on Tuesday. He's pumped about both.

James is taking an online construction class this year. He has to finish 23 modules by mid-May and he has already finished 6. It sounds like he will need something else to keep him busy after he finishes that!

We've already had back-t0-school germs hit our house. Will and I have both had congestion and a cough and sore throats. James woke up this morning with a fever and a headache. He also has a weirdo skin infection happening. We will see if they're related. Woof!

We've been working on plans for a fun Fall Break trip and James has enjoyed helping plan the itinerary. He completed an itinerary for Pigeon Forge and it was not approved by Granddaddy so he's back to the drawing board with a few other cities to pitch. It's been really fun to watch him research!

My school year kicked off on August 9th and it has been wide open so far. This is my 7th year as director and each year seems to come with brand new challenges! It has kicked my butt so far since the end of July. I'm hoping for smooth sailing from here on out!!!!

Eddie changed positions at his company earlier this year and that has also created a little learning curve for him. He was working from home several days each week, but he hasn't since the beginning of the summer. He's been pretty busy!

Overall, we are doing well! The pre-teen and teenage years have had their share of ups and downs thus far. It's hard to remember to slow down and enjoy them sometimes because it seems like there are so many things crammed in!

Monday, May 1, 2023

2023 Bucket List

 The one post I've come back to post all these years later is our Summer Bucket List. I look forward to making this list every single year, even though with tweens and teens it has gotten progressively harder (and WAY more expensive!). Here's this year's list!

Monday, February 27, 2023

William at 11.

 We blinked and we are here. Eleven years into your life. It feels like forever and no time at all at the same exact time. Time is such a bizarre thing to me.

Will, you are a source of conundrum in our lives in the best way possible. I told someone recently that we never know what to expect from you, but we ALWAYS know exactly how you feel about everything. You wear your heart on your sleeve. Happy? We know! Excited? Yep, we see you bouncing. Angry? Sad? Frustrated? Watch out! We know it for SURE!

For your birthday this year, we had a couple small celebrations. We took birthday snacks to school the Friday before your birthday. We took birthday cupcakes to 5th Grade Fun Day ON your birthday, the four of us celebrated at home on your birthday, and we had a very tiny "party" with Cacky, Grandmama, Granddaddy, Kelly, and Christopher a few days later. You are VERY into Harry Potter right now so we did a Harry Potter theme, sent you a Hogwarts acceptance letter, and are planning a trip to Universal to SEE Hogwarts as soon as school gets out. (I'm SUPER pumped about that. I have a few surprises and you're going to LOVE them.)

At 11, you love being outside, building, Legos, arts and crafts, Harry Potter, Duck Dynasty, Andy Griffith, and SUGAR. You don't like anything that pushes you out of your box or challenges you to do hard things. You're taking guitar lessons right now and it has PUSHED you in a way that you weren't expecting. Whew! It has been fun and challenging for me to see it unfold, but your teacher is absolutely committed to MAKING you get through the hard part. You're like sand in an oyster right now, but you're going to wind up being a pearl at the end of it all.

Your friend group is an interesting bunch. There are about 5 of you at school together who are self-proclaimed "NERDS." Y'all enjoy reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons, swapping Pokemon cards, and building forts. I love that you're all still young in spirit and aren't in too big a hurry to grow up!

I'm a little late posting this update, but I made it before the end of February. Will Fresh, you amaze us and frustrate us every. single. day. I can't wait to watch you grow up into whomever you'll be. But I bet it will be doing something where you get to build and create.

We love you!