Friday, May 15, 2015

Last Day of School!

I cannot believe the year has come to an end. On the one hand, it doesn't seem like we can possibly already be to summer. On the other hand, it feels like everything we did last fall was a long, long, LONG time ago. Throwing a big move into the picture in September/October has made everything seem so far away!

The boys have done lots and LOTS of growing. I don't have any stats on James, but according to Will's teachers he has gained 1 pound and grown THREE INCHES since the first day. What?! James was wearing 4T shorts on the first day of school and Will is in those now. I've been buying James 5T and 6T bottoms and 6T-7 tops. Crazy, huh? Will is in a 4T on the bottom and a 4-5T on the top. They've gotten BIG this year.

{Yes, his Crocs are on the wrong feet. He wears them like that every day. Choose your battles, people. I don't care if he doesn't.}

{I told them to show me their backpacks and this is what I got. I guess it's better than the first day, seen below. They do look like they're practicing being arrested, though.}

And just for fun, a look back:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pomp and Circumstance

On Monday night my itty bitty baby boy graduated from preschool. We have been SO thankful for our time in preschool. This has been our third school in four years and we have loved, loved, loved it. James has thrived this year. He has grown and changed and matured and he is READING. He's also doing basic addition and subtraction, but that's not nearly as exciting to me. (I'm KIDDING.) We are just so thankful for our preschool experiences. And so sad to leave and head off to "big school." Happy-sad.

On Monday we headed up to the sanctuary a full thirty minutes before we were SUPPOSED to be there. Grandmama got the front row of the balcony for her crew and Eddie and I headed down front for better pictures. I had the biggest and best surprise when I arrived because someone had "reserved" three spots for us in the first non-reserved row. I was so, so, so thankful because it is insane how quickly the spots fill up.

Soon, it was time to begin! The three year old classes were first with their songs and then it was the graduates turn! The mamas were invited to sit on the front rows while the graduates performed, but I should have just stayed in my seat because I couldn't SEE James from there. Next time I will know to check before moving!

I got James a gift for graduating, but Brother got one as well just because. We opened those when we got home.

{Jurassic World cars, a book, and a movie for Will. Eddie asked if the Jurassic World cars were for me. Nooooo.}

{LEGOS for the graduate! Two sets of Harry Potter and two sets of Indiana Jones. He was excited. They took lots and lots of patience on eBay. He has since lost them. I know exactly where they are but I'm waiting to see how long it will take for him to find him. Bless him, he inherited his mama's organizational skills.}

And just like that we're off and away to Kindergarten! Two more days of school!

Mother's Day Weekend

My Mother's Day weekend began on Friday morning when I had Mother's Day Tea with this little nugget at school. My co-teacher who is out on maternity leave came and filled in for me so that I could leave the babies for an hour and hang out with him. This is the best picture we took (I'm not sure why I look EXHAUSTED). His best buddy was sitting across from us with his mama and between the two of us, these were the only kinds of pictures we got from these crazy boys.

Saturday was NOT part of Mother's Day weekend as far as I was concerned. Did I tell y'all that our house in Perry still hasn't sold? And that a storm knocked down a tree and a fence a few weeks ago? Eddie and his daddy were up there all. day. long. on Saturday. The boys and I stayed at the house all day long and worked and worked and worked on getting a few things cleaned up. I stayed in my bedroom and bathroom all day long because that seems to have become the dumping ground for everything. You wouldn't know it from the state of my house. Holy moly. We go all day, come in and crash, and then go again. I feel like we haven't really been home in weeks. Anyway, I moved some furniture around and got some laundry put away and a few things organized and the next thing I knew it was 4pm. I took the boys to mama's so that we could eat supper with Anna and Lance. I think Eddie got home around 10pm.

Sunday morning I asked to sleep in. That's all I wanted. I made it until 10:30. When the boys came in to wake me up I was in a dead sleep. I think I could've made it two more hours. I may never ask for anything else! It was fantastic. I woke up to coffee in bed and the boys gave me a new Pandora charm for my bracelet. It was very sweet!

 We had lunch at mama's. SOMEONE hasn't been napping regularly anymore, but still desperately needs a nap. After lunch he was DONE and wouldn't participate in our pictures.

Later we went to Grandmama's where there was more of the crying and melting down. I think we stayed over there for about two hours while the boys played. We called in a pizza order on our way back home and picked that up. Yum!

It was a GREAT Mother's Day. Despite one grumpy little boy for part of the day, we had a great day! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to "my people." We have those who ARE our mamas - my mama, Eddie's mama, Laura, Grandmommie - and we have those who made me a mama - two wild little indian boys. I am thankful for all of you. I hope that you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. The boys made mine "duper" sweet. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Berry Good Day.

Eddie had to be out of town today and on days when Daddy isn't home for lunch AND gets home from work late, we are sad, sad, sad. I decided I'd entertain the boys by taking them to pick blueberries after school. Thankfully, Grandmama was able to go with us which made it even more fun (and she knew where we were going!). The farm had blueberries, strawberries (just a few left!), blackberries, raspberries, peaches, guinea fowl, chickens, a rooster, two goats, a pot-bellied pig, The boys picked a few blueberries (Grandmama and I did most of the work), rode around with Mr. Bob on his golf cart, and played with the animals. We even found a birds' nest in one of the blueberry bushes! It was a fun outing! I bet we go back this summer.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Yard Sales, Princesses, and a Grand Slam Weekend.

We had SUCH a FUN weekend!

On Friday afternoon my boys went to Cacky's for a spend-the-night. I'm not sure when the last time they spent the night with her was. It's been months and months. We needed to get everything ready for our yard sale first thing on Saturday morning and I really, really didn't need my "helpers" shopping our own things. :) James was thrilled because John just pulled out all of his old Legos at Cacky's so it's a brand new thing to play with over there. The boys picked up dinner with Cacky and then stayed up late playing Legos with John and Kayla.

Meanwhile, we were pulling out everything for our yard sale. It snuck up on Eddie (he didn't realize it was THIS weekend) so we didn't put as much stuff into it as we'd expected. We're already planning another one for a weekend in September or October. The things that we did have made the sale go GREAT, though. We sold a stroller, a bookshelf, some curtains that were left in our new house (beautiful and custom-made, but they don't go with anything that we own), and lots and lots and lots of other "stuff." I could not believe the number of people who came through. I think with three families we made over $600. Crazy! And that's giving away a lot and charging $0.25-$1 for MOST things.

While we were yard sale-ing, Kelly and I kept a constant watch on the Lindo Wing. We had a fun time watching and waiting. I saw Prince George leave almost two years ago and we actually caught the princess leave live as well. We even got James on board to watch. My vote for her name was Caroline Elizabeth and we also liked Elizabeth Diana or Diana Elizabeth so we were very close with Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. I'm so glad they honored her grandmother. Her cheeks are something else, aren't they!? Squish! If you didn't see the video of Big Brother George arriving at the hospital, Google it! He's so stinkin' cute.

The other big thing happening this weekend was James' choir musical. He was very excited about it this year. I hadn't listened to any of the songs this time (I was just about over the Christmas musical songs by the time it arrived) so it was completely new to me! It was so cute! It was called In the Big Inning and was a baseball theme. Their shirts were precious, the idea was cute (they turned the big names of the Bible into Hall of "Faith"-ers and used the baseball twist for that...James wanted to know if they were really baseball players in Bible times), and the kids were enthusiastic. It seemed like a small group this year, but it was a great group nevertheless. I sat in a terrible spot. I thought I'd be able to see James perfectly but his music director was in a chair right in front of him. I need him to grow a few inches between now and the next one so I can see him over her head. :)

Poor Eddie has been playing single dad this week. I went to a jam canning class on Monday night (we have a FANTASTIC farmer's market here that sets up fun classes and a friend teaches most of them - I love signing up for them!) and a women's ministry event at church tonight. I was going to play Bunco on Thursday and leave him again but he's decided to go out of town. LOL! I can't say that I blame him! (I'm completely kidding - he IS going out of town for the day, but it's to do some work, not to get away from us!)

Hope you're having a fabulous week!

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Books.

This month wasn't my best in terms of reading, but I can't complain. As usual I have a TON of books started, but not finished. Hoping that after we get out of school next month I'll be able to wrap up a lot of those with some fun days spent outside.

Stuart Little by E.B. White

The boys and I read this one for a second time. We listened to it on CD a few years ago. The boys (particularly James) LOVED this one. Stuart Little is a boy (who much resembles a mouse) who is adopted by the Little family. Stuart has a brother, George, but often goes on adventures of his own. He learns to captain a boat, befriends a bird named Margolo, avoids being eaten by the family cat, and heads out on the open road in his own car. It was a great read-aloud.

Discover the Magic: The Insider's Guide to Walt Disney World by Roger Wilk

If you know absolutely nothing about planning a Disney World vacation, this is an excellent resource to use. However, if you've done some reading and are pretty familiar with the parks, this is the same-old stuff. I enjoyed reading it, and it was a quick read for a travel book, but it was not very detailed and wasn't anything that you can't find on the millions of Disney blogs on the internet.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This was a book club read from several months ago that I didn't finish then and had to finally convince myself to wrap up this week. It follows a girl, Sarah Grimke, and her slave, Handful, from the early years of their lives well into adulthood. Sarah adamantly opposes slavery, even as a young child, but the customs of the south don't allow her to live any other way. She finally breaks away from her family and makes a life of her own. I thought it was an interesting book (Kidd bases it on two real-life characters - Sarah and her sister Nina), but I thought it was slooooooow. It dragged along for me (obviously). It has received high praise, so I may be in the minority on that, I just couldn't get into it.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This was this month's book club read. I was dreading it because I knew the basic premise of the story - a teenage girl has cancer and meets a boy, who has had cancer. I also knew that because everyone and their mama told me they wept in the movie theaters last summer that someone died. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I didn't cry. I found the book to be a little ridiculous. The language that the teenagers used was far-fetched to me. They sounded like college professors in little teenaged bodies. That's probably a huge stretch, but I was just annoyed with the characters (probably also why I didn't cry). I didn't think it was a bad book, I thought that it was an okay book, but I certainly didn't understand the big deal that was made in these sold-out movie theaters last year. I wouldn't have been lining up to see it, but that's just me.

The Nanny Who Saved Christmas by Michelle Douglas

Shockingly, this was one of the better books I read this month. Don't let the title mis-lead you, it wasn't some raunchy romance novel. Romance-y, yes...raunchy, no. The book is set in Australia and I kind of loved that. Nicola is a woman in her twenties who is left reeling when her best friend and her fiancĂ© wind up together. Instead of spending Christmas celebrating her marriage, she takes a job as a nanny in the middle of nowhere. I didn't LOVE this book, but it was a pretty good read. I won't be recommending it at book club, but if you're looking for something light for the beach, this would be a good one.

That's it for April! I have on my list to finish several that have been in a drawer on my nightstand for far too long. Hoping May will have 8-12 books!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Summer 2015 Bucket List!

Well, it's almost that time again!!! Every year {for at least three years now} I have made a summer bucket list for us and we've LOVED being able to mark things off. It gives us great ideas to do each day so that we can pull something out when we get bored. We usually mark off our list from May 1st-September 1st. James starts kindergarten on August 4th, so that puts a damper on things, but we'll try our best! There are MILLIONS of things I wanted to put on the list but just didn't think that we could get to them all. If you would like the non-watermarked file I'll be happy to share, just send me a message. Enjoy!