Spring Break 2017

Last week was our spring break. This meant the boys didn’t have school and momma didn’t have to teach her two day that week.

The break began with a Friday night dinner out for Thomas’s birthday. We ordered the mega meal, that had some sort of specific name that I no longer remember, based off the premise of “you won’t have to cook dinner for a few days.” Indeed, the not having to cook thing ended up being true, and we were still all able to eat like kings in celebration. To quote Wesley, “I’ve eaten ribs……and now I’m a man!”

The next day, Saturday, we had some winter weather! The snow fell quickly and melted nearly as fast. We were able to manage a pretty intense family snowball fight, which ultimately resulted in me having a sore arm from throwing so many for intensely for so long. I don’t know if I should be ashamed or proud of myself.

Sunday we went to celebrate Thomas’s, as well as Austin’s, birthday. It was a nice time with everyone laughing and eating spaghetti. I swear my boys can eat their weight in nana’s spaghetti. After all the partying, Thomas and I got into the car and drove home, leaving the kids there with Nana and Grandpa Tom!

This leaving of said children resulted in a Monday and Tuesday of Thomas being off work, me not teaching, the kids being gone, and us just enjoying the presence of one another in our own home, seeing a movie in the theater, sleeping late and eating dinner out at odd hours with no worries, and spending longer times in the hot tub. Indeed, miracles do still happen.

Wednesday I picked the kiddos up from the grandparents, where they played hours of monopoly, too many games of sequence, visited a museum, and ultimately were loved beyond measure. When traveling home, we stopped at our favorite bookstore, selling back some books and grabbing more with our store credit to add to our collections. Hazel zonked out for her nap on the way home. 

Thursday we finally had nicer weather, so I took the boys hiking while Hazel stayed home with Thomas. We had such a good time, and it is rare that we are able to get out without little sister. The boys do certainly deserve some big kid time, where we don’t have to cater to what the littlest needs or wants. After hiking, we visited another bookstore, cause obviously we have an addiction.

Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, the kids played with friends while I attended a meeting, and we spent the rest of the day reading books and working on rubix cubes  (the boys, not me…..I hate the things. LoL). The kids also watched Storks, which Hazel determined to be a scary movie because of the wolves.

Saturday we had nice weather again, so we played outside, rode bikes, shot water guns, shot the bow and arrow, laid in the hammock, played video games, and other relaxing feats.

Sunday the family went to church while I skipped out to have some solo time logging some miles on a local trail. I also had some grading to complete that I had put off for far too long during break. We also went to visit family and get one last hoorah in before settling back into routines.

That’s that! Spring Break 2017 in the books, snow and all!

 

Henry

This weekend I went to Florida to say goodbye to Henry, my dear childhood best friend’s 3 year old son who left this world all too soon. Rebecca and Dan honored their son in such beautiful ways. There were so many precious details that spoke deeply of their love.

She said it best, right after his birth, “There’s a piece of your heart and spirit that swells to make room for this new love in your life. That’s why it hurts so much when your little one is threatened or hurt in any way. Because this piece of you is them. Even though they’re no longer physically inside of you, there is still a space carved out for them in your soul” 

Henry, you are no longer physically with us, you are in the arm of our Savior, but you’ve carved out such deep spots in our souls that will never be filled. May we all see you in the sunrise and feel in you in sunset. You truly are your momma’s sunshine.

http://jacksonville.com/metro/2017-03-02/death-jacksonville-toddler-far-end-his-impact-others

Hello There Ol’ Blog!

Turns out, I still have a blog…..despite the fact I haven’t posted in 6 months. It’s not from lack of desire of ideas. It’s really just about time and priorities. We’ve been super busy, in many amazing ways, in the past few months. I feel like trying to update on everything would just turn into a big post of rambling though. Maybe hitting the highlights wont be so bad? Let’s see…..

The boys started a new school year in August. 4th grade and 2nd. 


 I also started my school year in August. I’m back with the same university for my second year. I still teach the college courses two days a week, and I am keeping occupied but happy with my role. 


September brought things like car pool lines, football games, and road races. 

October brought the full on crazy. At some point we had the idea we wanted to sell our house. The market where we live is “hot” and we wanted to take advantage of it. Our home was wonderful but lacked some things we really desire, mostly land and an extra bedroom. October meant moving, which wasn’t a bad thing at all, but the timing was not quite what we planned. Moving day arrived directly after a couple’s trip away and immediately before Thomas went out of town for a conference and I went out of town separately for a half marathon. 


Our home is older but completely remodeled inside, which basically translate to us not having work to do, which is fabulous cause we honestly don’t have the life space for improvements. We have just shy of 5 acres, mature trees, a pool, and lots of wildlife to give us joy. 


Moving almost killed us. It’s not like we were newbies to the process (this made our 9th move as a married couple in 13 years together). But, alas, the last home was the longest we lived anywhere, we added another human to our family while there, and several things from my mom’s estate made it to our place when hers was sold. 

November allowed for us to get a little settled. Thanksgiving and Daniel’s 10th Harry Potter themed birthday were the biggest parts of the month. 


And now it is December! We’ve yet to put up our Christmas decorations but it will happen. It’s only the 4th so we’ve got a little bit of time! We’re excited to be hosting my dad’s side of the family for Christmas at our new home this year, which is exactly one of the reasons we wanted to make the move. 

That’s that. Hopefully it won’t take me 6 months to post next. 😒

Wesley Turns 7!

This middle child turned 7 on Sunday. SEVEN. 

This guy had his actual day of celebration all planned out. I convinced him to pace out some of the fun, so we still owe him a dinner at Olive Garden. 

We did take him to get the coveted “Birthday Pancake” as seen on TV from IHOP. Turns out those specific pancakes were no longer on the menu, for it was a limited time special that he saw and desired months ago, but all it is really is sprinkles and whipped cream so they made for him anyway. 

HHe actually didn’t eat but one pancake from his kids meal, cause he ate the eggs and bacon. It sure was a lot of food!

We then went to church and after I taught our youth, I came home while the rest of our crew stayed for the second portion of church. Because Wesley’s birthday always seems to get lost in the end of school, our anniversary, and our church VBS, we didn’t decide to celebrate his birthday on his birthday until three days before. For better or for worse, he has had his “theme” in mind for months, so he didn’t have to think about things much. I had heard his plan for some time but hadn’t done anything about it. 

Regardless, we were able to pull off a fun celebration, complete with an anti-gravity “Reese’s” themed cake and cupcakes, family, pizza balls, silly string, and tons of fruit. 


He enjoyed his day, he loved all his gifts, and he’s another year older, just like that! 

 So that’s his day!  

 Side notes: I didn’t take any pictures with our good camera, just my phone, and I regret that. Also, as I’ve typed this on my phone, I’ve had to stop about 34 times thanks to Hazel, so now I suddenly remember why this blog isn’t updated much anymore 😝).

Growing Up, The Wesley Version

Our middle child is growing up, as most kids tend to do. Of late, he done some new and awesome things that I figured needed to be recorded in digital form!

Wesley just finished his first ever organized sport participation. His first venture into basketball was a fun one for our family. Even though he never even attempted a single shot on goal, he showed a true knowledge grasp of the sport. After a game ended, he would provide commentary that was wise, especially considering this was his first year playing. “Momma, #7 was big, so everyone wanted to pass to him. I always knew he was going to get it, so that was how I stole the ball” or “If you ran fast past Greyson, you could get open and make a good pass” were the type of phrases common from him. He hustled big time, always fighting for the ball but never being mean. He never got comfortable shooting, which was disappointing, but as one of the youngest in the league and also one of the smallest, I could see his reservations. I’m looking forward to what my future baller might be able to accomplish.

 After nearly three full years, Wesley has graduated out of speech services. Thomas and I are very proud of him, for learning how to say words and sounds correctly was at times a big struggle for him. Being such a fantastic and far above grade level reader that sometimes dropped middle sounds or struggled with blends was very frustrating for him. After lots of practice and support, it has been determined by his pathologist that he is improved enough and self corrects enough to  end the extra help.

 Recently he’s shown some great focus and concentration in way of building with Keva blocks. Let me just say, these stress me out, and I lose patience quickly.  The boys, however, both have enjoyed building with them at the local children’s museum that their uncles got them a membership to for Christmas. With Wesley having a personality more like mine, I was impressed with his adeptness, and obviously he took some pride in himself as well.   On school picture day, the boy dressed himself with precision and care. He was most certainly one of the best dressed (read likely over-dressed) kiddo in his 1st grade class.   For Valentine’s Day, he crafted his own box for the classroom party, all based off his ideas. Those people on the box are his “puppets” that he creates regularly. He is the founder of an unofficial school “puppet club” where they fold, design, and theoretically sell their puppets. Sometimes the purchase price is a pencil, even though the hope is for a nickel. He’s got classmates working for him and his big buddy Ganies to assemble a great stockpile of puppets for all of mankind, apparently.

The army of clone trooper puppets crafted by the puppet club in the matter of a few days. Send all your nickels now!

 The amount of love and concern Wesley has for his little sister is quite incredible. As he grows older, you can tell he feels a sense of responsibility to her. He wants to make her laugh when she is sad, help her learn how to do tasks, even ones that are above her capabilities. He just adores her, and honestly the feeling is pretty mutual back at him (and Daniel too of course!)  So, there you go. A tiny update on the growing middle child. See, here’s proof they don’t always get forgotten 😝

Hazel’s 2nd Birthday

Our sweet Hazel turned 2 last week!

The day after her birthday we had a Hello Kitty party. Being allergic to eggs, she didn’t eat any cake, but she did partake in ice cream.


I’ve got more photos of the special day on the real camera, but, alas, I am figuring that I won’t get around to posting them and sharing them until after her birthday month closes out, so I wanted to share a quick picture from my phone camera.

All in all, I think she had a good day. She still doesn’t get the concept of birthdays and presents obviously, but she was able to see so many people that she loved, and that made her joyful.

Happy Birthday, baby girl. You’ve lived so much your first years of life. We are excited to see what other wonders are in store for you.

A Few Blog Posts Behind

  So this is my face when I think about how far behind my blog life is. I last posted in October, but yet I was behind well before then. In fact, I know for sure I haven’t talked about Wesley’s 6th birthday, complete with a rockin’ Mario theme, and that event was in June people. JUNE! 
I know a failure to update a blog isn’t a true failure in the grand scheme of things, but it’s sorta my collection of life. A digital and publicly viewable scrapbook of images and words, if you will.  I’m proving this “third child doesn’t get a filled baby book” theory. I probably take more pictures of Hazel than I ever did with the boys at this age, thanks to the acquirement of a smart phone and handy built in camera, which I didn’t have when they were little. She doesn’t have any cute saying written down though, and few of my digital timeline of memories have made it here, unfortunately. 

It’s not for lack of desire or content. It’s just for lack of time or for time focused towards this. (I most recently binged “Making A Murderer” like so many other Americans, so I can’t in clear conscience say I don’t have time!). 

So, while I sit in the room with a hesitant to sleep almost 2 year old, I thought I would not let another day escape me here on the ole blog. Have no fear: We’re all alive, and we are all mostly well (I say mostly, cause I’m still waiting to be 100% from my recent knee surgery ~apx 6 weeks ago to reconstruct my torn ACL). 

Here’s to a new year, complete with more blog updates perhaps? I’m not making any promises, but it sure does sound like a good plan!