Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reese's Big Day

When Reese was six years old, she prayed to have Jesus live in her heart. There were a lot of big questions coming from that small little girl and Lance and I did the best we could to answer them over the last three years. This summer we finally realized that she was ready to be baptized and share that good news with everyone. 

Sunday was the big day and it was so special. Lance and I spent time writing out what we wanted to say to her in that moment and spoke those words to her as she sat in that {warm} water. We were surrounded by family and friends. Her 4th grade church class was standing there all around her and supporting her. I am so glad they were all in there with her because they are the people who get to do real life with her as she grows up. They will be the ones who keep her accountable in her decision to follow Jesus.

Lance was able to baptize her and she had a grin on her face the whole time. She popped right up out of that water and gave him a big hug. It was special indeed!

Since most of our family drove a good bit early that morning we decided to host everyone at our house for lunch afterwards. We had a great time visiting with everyone and celebrating Reese's big day!

A Superhero Party

Hayes's best buddy, G*, from his school class had a Superhero party to celebrate his birthday last weekend. They were so happy to see each other when we arrived and G kept telling all of his parents friends that Hayes was his best friend. He would say, "This is Hayes. He is my best friend." This is the first time that I have spent any time with him or his parents. We have said hello while at school functions but that is about it.

There were capes and mask, an obstacle course with "lasers", a place to shoot balloons with Nerf guns, and a Spiderman piñata.

They had pizza and CFA nuggets for dinner and superhero cake for dessert. G has a sweet little heart. He didn't want to hit the piñata when all of the other kids did and he hid his face when everyone was singing to him. If he saw someone get hurt he would ask them if they were ok.

*I didn't want to put his name on here because G needs your prayers. He has leukemia. I don't know all of the exact details but I think he was two-ish when he was diagnosed. If you have a second to pray for him and his healing, I know it would do some good! Especially with the winter coming around and all the sickness that is shared between kids. Thank you!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Rest of November

Playground fun...

Puppy Love...

Thanksgiving morning Kroger run...thank you Kroger for being open!

Thanksgiving was at our house with Lance's family...

Friday after Thanksgiving was decorating for Christmas day...in new Christmas pjs.

Friday night, Reese and I had a girls night. We went out to eat and then went to see the Nutcracker.

Boys throwing rocks

Boys playing in leaves

Lance's birthday is the 29th. The boys get so excited for him to open his gifts so they made him do it before he went to work.

Whew! The month flew by and now we are counting down the days until Christmas! So much fun is happening and we are just holding on for the ride.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Girls Trip

For my mom's 60th birthday, my sisters and I planned a girls weekend away at Lake Oconee. We planned it for the weekend before Thanksgiving. Leah was able to come up to spend the weekend with us and it was so nice. We met Saturday morning at Becca's house. Leah and I hadn't actually been to her house before so we piled in their pick-up truck, four deep, and she took us on a tour of their property. They live out in the country and it was so pretty out in the woods. 

After checking everything out at Becca's we headed to Madison. We lived in Madison in the 80's so a lot has changed since then. It was so fun though to be able to tour it as tourist and people who knew their way around. This plaque below is for the restaurant that used to be in that building. We ate there so many times when we lived there because there were not really many other restaurants around.

How gorgeous is this courthouse?? It is on the corner of the square downtown. The blue sky behind it was gorgeous too that day. It was cold but so pretty and sunny.

After spending time downtown we drove around to all the places we wanted to see outside of town. This was the house we lived in. It has been refaced and has an addition to the left. That picket fence wasn't there when we lived there but the memories all still live on there. I skinned my knee falling off my bike in front of this house a couple of days before third grade started...I was wearing my jellies and tried to stop my bike with my feet on the ground instead of the breaks...going down hill. We drove our four-wheeler around the backyard so many times I wouldn't be surprised if there was still a path in a circle out back. Leah taught me how to dribble a basketball on that driveway when she was four...I was five. My dad and I were playing baseball in the front yard and he told me to "keep my eye on the ball"...the ball hit me in the eye...done! That top left window was mine.

This was the first baptist church we went to. It seems so much smaller than when we were little. We got Life Savers from a man named Bobby Hawk at Christmas time at those front doors and saw a live reenactment of the crucifixion on Easter morning out in the field to the right. My mom taught aerobics classes in the building behind here and we ran around with all the other kids on the sidewalk while that was happening. One year the Easter Bunny gave us new Bibles and my parents told us not to write in them. That very day, my Sunday school teacher highlighted a verse in my new bible for me and I didn't know what to do!

This was my preschool...it was called Play School. Surprisingly, I have several memories from there too but they are more spotty and might be more stories told than memories. I do have memories of what it looked like inside though. I remember singing Wheels on the Bus and our teacher had set up all of the chairs in a line to pretend we were on the bus. I remember playing house with my friend Davin. I remember running in that field behind there with Becky and going home from school with her a lot.

After our walk down memory lane we headed to the house we had rented. We went back out to Walmart to buy some food and a movie to watch. We watched Bad Moms on Saturday night. It was funny but a little vulgar. It was nice to just sit and watch a movie together though.

Sunday morning we slept in and then got ready. Tommy's family always has their Thanksgiving the Sunday before Thanksgiving and this year they wanted to have a baby shower for Becca and Tommy as well. So the four of us headed to lunch...it was about an hour away. After the shower we headed back towards the lake and stopped at an Antique Mall to look around. We didn't find anything but we enjoyed our stroll through it all.

I had to snap a picture of Becca looking so cute against this beautiful brick wall.

The sun was setting as we were leaving. A few miles down the road, Leah and I saw this row of train engines that were all different colors and the sun was setting just perfectly behind them. We got my mom to pull over so we could take some pictures and check them out. Unfortunately we only had our phones to take pictures with and they just couldn't capture the beauty we were seeing with our eyes.

Sunday night we ran by Walmart again for another movie, The Choice. Of course, we cried through it and I realized I had never actually read that book. Then we found Madea's Christmas (Tyler Perry) at the house and watched it too. It was funny!

The next morning my mom had to get up early to head back to work. The three of us got ready slowly  and took a few last pictures of the lake that we hadn't capture before. After our quick pictures we headed back to Becca's house.

But first we stopped at Farmview, a restaurant/butcher/grocery store, for breakfast. The breakfast was amazing and we got this huge cinnamon roll to share because it looked so good. We each only ate a bite or so and Becca took the rest back to Tommy. It was delicious though and I am trying to figure out a way to get there again for another one!

How cute is this place? I wish my house looked like this barn turned restaurant!!

We got back to Becca's house and then Leah and I both hit the road to head home. We had a very nice and relaxing weekend. I don't know the last time the four of us were together...alone...but I am so glad we got to make those memories to celebrate my mom's birthday!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving parties

This week was full of Thanksgiving parties. Wednesday Hayes's school had a Thanksgiving show and then feast afterwards. I snapped these pictures while recording the show so they are not great. They looked so cute up on the stage and he did a great job.

The feast was a yummy turkey lunch. We got to visit with a couple of kids from his class and see some work they had been doing.

All of the feathers on this turkey are from the kids in his class. I left him home with Lance one Sunday afternoon and told him to get his feather decorated and he refused. He had no desire to do it. That Monday morning, I sat him down and had him stick some stickers on the feather and then we wrote some things he was thankful for on it. He was so silly about doing his homework!

Thursday Sam's class had a Thanksgiving day. They had five or so stations they rotated through. Hayes did one station with him making teepees out of paper plates but that was all he wanted to do.

Another station was making these turkey cupcakes and then getting to eat them (at 9:00 in the morning!). This was the station I worked at and I loved getting to meet he sweet little friends.

Today Reese's class had their party. Her teacher wanted it to be a pie party and they watched Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. I was so busy serving up pies that I forgot to take any pictures in her class!! Of course Hayes was with me so he was enjoying spending time with the big kids. It was also PJ and reading day for the whole school. Now we get to enjoy sleeping in and having a week off of school!!

To make up for lack of pictures from Reese's party, I will link back to my favorite Thanksgiving song yet!

Monday, November 14, 2016


The Saturday after Sam's birthday we took the kids to Legoland at Phipps. Sam loves legos and we thought this could be fun. (It was his turn to bring home "Chipper" the class dog so we had to snap a quick picture of them together before heading in.)

We got their just before it opened and were ready to make our way in.

As you first walk in there are a couple of things that explain how legos are made.

And then there are a couple of rides.

And a 4-d movie.

I think Sam enjoyed it but we were not overly impressed. We were in and out pretty quickly. We had a busy day ahead of us so we were back in the car heading home by noon. I'm glad we were able to check it out though and see what it was all about.