Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School~2014

First day of school blog post coming at you in late September.  I can't recall ever missing a first day of school post as long as I've had this blog.  The way I see it, it was going to be published sooner or later. Anyone that knows me well, knows it will always be later.  So, here goes. . .

The 2014-15 school year is carrying Tanner into his first year of high school.  He is really enjoying high school so far.  He is doing a good job with his homework and making good grades, so mom is happy.  He is on the junior varsity basketball team and looking forward to the start of the season.

Gray is in her last year of elementary school and it is going by too fast!  She is a busy bee this year with lots of school trips planned, lots of homework, lots of cheerleading, and as always, lots of socializing.  Gray has grown from a little girl into a young lady overnight.  See the example below:

I can hardly believe it's almost October and we are so deep into the school year. It's practically time for Christmas break already!!

Maybe it will not be another five months before I post again.  Even Bobby has been questioning why I haven't been blogging.  So this is yet another promise to myself to keep this thing up to date.  Only time will tell. :)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Spring Birthdays

March 17th started our Birthday celebrations for the kids.  Gracyn turned 10 this year. She fell in the front yard and broke her arm the Saturday before her birthday.  (Post coming soon)
On her actual birthday we had an appointment at the Orthopedic clinic to have it put in a cast.  She was pretty upset about missing school on her birthday.  But we did get to meet up with her Nana for lunch.

Then we went to the nail salon for her first real manicure.

We also picked up GiGi's cupcakes for later that night.

Friday night she had her birthday party at the house.  She borrowed Tanner's idea and had a bonfire in the backyard.  She invited girls and boys and had a really great turn out.  We grilled hot dogs and had the most delicious cake ever.  And the photo booth action was fun too.

Happy 10th Birthday Gracyn Elizabeth!!

Just yesterday, April 26th, Tanner turned 14.  I can hardly believe that he is 14 years old.  He found out this week that he made the JV basketball team for next year.  JV!!  My baby will be a high schooler.  Crazy!

He had a small gathering with just a few of his very close friends.  The bonfire went well.  They played a ton of basketball and Xbox, and ate a whole bunch.  Teenage boys eat SO MUCH!

We ended the night with a mini fireworks show, but had a few really loud and big ones thrown in as a finale.

Happy 14th Birthday Tanner!!

A Photo a Day: Weeks 8 & 9

I've pretty much completely dropped the ball of the whole photo a day thing I had going on with my Instagram account.  It's really hard to keep up with, and sometimes I'm just too grumpy to post a photo. LOL.  I will attempt to update my post as far as I got with the photos.  This is long over due, but here is WAY back when it was week 8 & 9.

Day 55:  A goofy little snuggle bunny.

Day 56:  Mornings are not my favorite time of day.  The only person in the house that is a morning person is my husband.  The rest of us have a hard time getting up and getting the day started.

Day 57:  I thought it only fitting to have a sleeping photo of Tanner to match my day 56 photo of a sleeping Gracyn.

Day 58:  Selfies are not for adults.  I think a good selfie takes a lot more effort than I am willing to put into it.

Day 59:  On day 59 I posted a good throw back pic of the baby girl with her big bow for her upcoming birthday week.

Day 60:  Gracyn had one of her besties over for a spend the night.  We made a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and finished the night off with some sweet treats at Sonic.

Day 61:  We spent this Sunday celebrating baby Lucy's Christening with the family.  Isn't she PRECIOUS?

Day 62:  A "what I'm reading" picture post because I could not get a child to participate in a photo for me.

Day 63:  Ready for School!!

Day 64:  My FIRST missed day for the year.  Now one of many.

Day 65:  Gracyn received an awesome birthday gift and card in the mail from our sweet friend Meredith.  We both miss her so much.  If you are reading this. . . .Hey Meredith!!

Day 66:  A yummy steak dinner, and I finally got to watch Catching Fire.  And I loved the movie.  Can't wait for the next one.

Day 67:  Day 67 was the first ball game for W,  and we went out to support the Rays.  T-ball is so cute & fun to watch.  (I think it was the first? At this point I can't remember. . .I should post more often.)

Day 68:  It was a beautiful day to get the entire family involved in a little yard clean up.

Who knows, maybe I will be motivated to find out what day it is and pick right back up.


Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Photo a Day: Weeks 6 & 7

Day 41:  Gracyn's first completed sewing project.  She loves this cute little owl and did such a great job hand stitching it.

Day 42:  Tuesday nights tend to be movie nights around our house.  Redbox releases new movies on Tuesdays, so we always get one.  This particular Tuesday was one that I really wanted to see, Ender's Game.

Day 43:  On day 43 Gracyn and I were headed to our small groups, but the snow was coming down so hard that we got scared.  It ended up snowing for a couple of hours, but it did not cause any road problems this time around.

Day 44:  Somehow I deleted a couple of my photos from my phone before posting.  I guess I should post more quickly.  On day 44 Gracyn spent the night preparing Valentines for her classmates.

Day 45:  Happy Valentines Day from Gracyn and her giant unicorn mail box.

Day 46:  Free printable from Pinterest that must have been created with my family in mind.

Day 47:  Bobby is not a fan of the #bootheagram2014 photo series.  He doesn't like to show up on social media so often.  

Day 48:  However, sweet Becklie does not mind posing for a photo every now and again.

Day 49:  My kids love, love, love Full House.  They watch it every time they can find it on the television.

Day 50:  Gracyn loves Instagram as much as her mom.  She gets some pretty cute photos of her and her friends.

Day 51:  The whole photo a day is REALLY hard.  Sometimes I just want to post a pic of what I'm listening to on Pandora.  Like my absolutely favorite worship song.

Day 52:  Friday night date night at the Ignite Marriage Conference hosted by our church.  Locks of love.

Day 53:   Day two of the conference was just as great as the previous night.  This was definitely time well spent for us.  We spent a lot of time learning and laughing about marriage and family with Joe McGee.

Day 54:  Sunday the weather was so pretty.  It felt like Spring for the first time.  Becklie joined us on a ride to the gas station.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Full of Love

Call me a sucker if you want (my husband does), but I L-O-V-E Valentines Day!  I do agree that you should love on the special people in your life EVERY day of the year, but I don't want to miss an opportunity for giving cute gifts to my loves.  And who doesn't love flowers and candy every now and then?

I am starting this post out a few days before Valentines Day.  On Wednesday it snowed again.  My kids have seen more snow in the past few weeks than they have seen in their entire lives.  Gracyn and I got in the car to go to our small groups, and it was snowing so hard I could barely see.  We were afraid and turned around and headed back home.  Luckily the roads did not get bad though and besides a two hour school delay on Thursday, we jumped back into our normal schedule.  And even luckier. . .they postponed the actual study in my small group until next Wednesday.  This is the second weather delay for our class!!  I am thankful I did not miss anything though. 

This year I got the cutest mail boxes at Target in the dollar section.  You probably recognize this from my daily Instagram photo post.  We have used these little mail boxes throughout the month to leave sweet notes and goodies for each other.

On Thursday night I "heart attacked" the kids bedroom doors.  Tanner got a kick out of some of the things that I love about him.

This year Gracyn printed a cute tag from Pinterest and went with the crafty Valentine for her classmates.  "I have a Crush on you".  Orange Crush seems to be in high demand.  They were all sold out at Wal-Mart the first time I went to buy it.  She also chose an inspiration Valentine box from Pinterest and created her own version.  Of course it was a Unicorn.  She did a fantastic job!

Here she is headed into school with her giant Unicorn on Friday morning.

I was in charge of sweet treats and balloons for the kids.  I like to have their treats waiting for them on Valentines morning when they wake up for school.

Bobby is always in charge of getting flowers for Gracyn.  He got us both a little bouquet of flowers and he got me some yummy candy too.  I don't have a picture, but he got his favorite (Peanut M&M's) and a handwritten love note.  However, he keeps saying that he "didn't get anything".  So I'll remember to go big next time around for my precious husband.

This year Bobby surprised me and also added heart shaped Krispy Kreme doughnuts to the list.  A dozen for Tanner and a dozen for Gracyn.  They were thrilled.  We all love Krispy Kreme.

I guess the next holiday is St. Patrick's Day.  AKA GRACYN'S 10TH BIRTHDAY!!
We are in full planning mode now!