Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My Day

Quiet & Dulcid

Happy & Sweet

Wild Animal!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back To School NIght(s)

It's the first one I have done solo in a LONG time!

Mrs. Joyner specifically asked that we leave kids at home tonight as it can get loud and crazy.

And, since daddy has to work a debate tonight, poor Gracie got stuck with both brothers for 40 minutes at home.

She managed okay, but they all greeted me at the door and she handed Tobias off like he was a stick of dynamite!

Most of the 3rd grade chat for us parents was a long list of information, but I was sure to get some precious photos of my boys handiwork around the classroom before and after the Power Point presentation.

Gracie's Back To School Night was last week, and it was soooo stressful! I was rushing to get inside and to each session and it was  mess. But, I did get a lot of information and Gracie was there to help me around the school the best she could. But, I seriously failed at pictures!

Baby's Favorite Book

Today was a sick day at home for Gracie, but she was gracious enough to let me get a shower and entertain Tobias for 20 minutes.

When I came out they were sitting in daddy's chair with Tobias' favorite book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Gracie said she had read it to him 4 times.

That's not the record dear!

His favorite part is putting his fingers in the holes while mama makes a munching

noise. He will do it over and over and over again!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Memory Musuem

Thomas' first 3rd grade project was due today. It was just like what Gracie did her first month in Mrs. Joyner's class.

Mrs, Joyner tweaked it a bit over the years though. Instead of standing up in front of the class one by one over a few days--each student spreads the objects out on their desk and they take turns walking around the classroom and hear their classmates narrate their own memory museum.

Can you tell which goes with which?

Thomas had to bring in something that:

*Scares him
*Makes him laugh
*Something Old
*Keeps him warm

*Worth more than gold

You can see Gracie's box from 3rd grade here.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Daddy's Overalls

Tobias was big enough, maybe even a bit too big, to finally fit in his daddy's baby overalls.

Now, I took some photos with my phone at the church, and planned to pull out the good camera when I got home and he had a nap.

Lets just say that, like usual, what I have planned for Tobias, didn't happen.

In fact, I am not sure I had any time today to do anything other than yell "Tobias!" and listen to tantrums.

I love him--he is hard!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Annual Church Block Party

 We have attended the "Block Party," at our church for many years now as a family, but since I was on the committee that planned it this year--it was more of a behind the scenes kind of day.

Daddy stayed home with baby, and Gracie was performing with her Youth Band, and I was one of a few managing the event, so that left Thomas--who was repeatedly told about what he could and couldn't do while Gracie and I were busy.

But, as usual, Thomas shows me that I am wrong about his abilities. Every time I turned around he was helping one group or another set up for the party. Well, he was helping and supervising at the same time. Such a little Dennis Miller! And, by the time the event started he was showing the Senior group how to use the popcorn machine and he was scooping out ice for snow cones! That little boy, is such a good one. He never fails to amaze us!

And, he did work most of the party! He went off to play and bounce with about 45 minutes left in the party.

And my Gracie, she and her group played for an hour under the pavilion for encouraging crowds, and then she went and had fun with friends.

Of course, both of them found time to get on the jousting inflatable and pound each other.

It was a very successful day, and let me tell you I am exhausted and my feet are killing me! I am proud to serve and help, but it was much more fun on the other side of the event.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Green Ball

He was just so cute this afternoon playing with that gigantic ball, but after seeing how the pictures came out from my phone, I was mad at myself for once again not taking my good camera out of the case! I have to get back into the habit of using it more!

Friday, September 08, 2017

What A Difference A Day Makes


"Mom, why won't anybody play with me?!!


A yard full of neighborhood kids! Looks like we might be the "cool" house again.

**Added note, since this play afternoon, the neighborhood kids have all played together including Thomas in our front yard or backyard. It is hard to keep track, but I have seen 4 different families (of kids) and 8 different children at any given time. Thomas is in middle child heaven!***

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Its Been A LONG Day!

AKA: more than a thousand days until mama can put my behind on a bus and cheer. 😂✏️

First Day Of School 2017-2018

Thursday, August 31, 2017

3rd Grade Ready

Oh, third grade. Time moves by so fast. I couldn't stop Gracie from growing, so I am not sure why I thought I could hang on any tighter to Thomas.

We are thrilled to announce that we got Mrs. Joyner for 3rd grade! We love Mrs. Joyner!! Gracie had her for her 3rd grade year, and since Kindergarten, Thomas has been excitedly awaiting his turn to have her.
He got his wish.

And it looks like at least half of the class he had for the past 2 years is in Mrs. Joyner's class this year too! Instant friends: bonus!

Now, everyone has asked, and no, he and Bryce are still not in the same class,  He is bummed, as I am sure Bryce is--but they have found ways to stay connected despite being separated since 1st grade.

We caught up with Bryce and Mrs. Naff (kindergarten teacher) in the cafeteria where we went to handle school fees.

Thomas is pretty excited about 3rd grade, and I am sure it will be a great year.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Finding Her Way

Open House for the last time in middle school for Gracie.

She was as she says "nervacitied."

With some wonderful and cheerful help from staff, we found her locker and all of her classrooms.

We unfortunately had to take both boys with us, but we made it work, despite brothers and an all day drizzle.

And an awesome surprise for us after we waited to pick up her schedule: our smart girl made Beta Junior Club! Her grades made eligible, and we are all elated!

So, she is ready for next week, at least on paper.

Keep our girl in your prayers as she faces a new school and tried to make new friends and find her way while being an 8th grader.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Joy 21: Dixie

Most of my joys have been a struggle to come up with lately. Not because I am not truly blessed--because I am--but because the heat clouds my joys!!

But today, I grabbed this picture of Dixie and her daughter for her, and I realized that not only is it a joy that I can share moments with others who aren't as obsessed with their camera as I am, but also to have this lady "in my life." Dixie is always the first to boost me when I feel like I can't do it, and to fuss at me when I get to serious about life and myself. She's good like that.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bible School, Day 1

 Joy 19: 11 Little Souls To Teach About Jesus

I only has 11 of my 14 registered show up for day 1, but they are all excited and full of energy and ready to learn what we are planning to teach them. Here's hoping for an amazing week!

Joy 20: Decently (not hot) Weather

Praise be to God!!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017


Joy 18: Vintage Baby Clothes!

Huge Goodwill score last week! Three super sweet outfits. I can't wait to put them all on him!!