Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lately

A two week absence from the blog means this is going to be a picture overload. We are just busy enjoying the warm weather and lots of outdoor activities. Jack wakes up saying "outschide" and fully expects to stay outside until dark. My house has been somewhat neglected and we go through multiple play outfits a day but these summer days are the best and we are enjoying them to the fullest!



Sister is much braver in the pool this year and will go under some. If she doesn't swim at least once a day she doesn't consider it a successful day :)
 


We go visit my grandparents almost every Wednesday afternoon and the kids love checking out their garden. They like to work in it too. Each one of them have a watermelon plant that they planted and we check the growth every week. Their garden is so beautiful this year. My mamaw says it's the best garden she can ever remember having.
 


Nightly baths are also a requirement this time of year. I like my babies to be squeaky clean before bed!



She loves her new fancy swimsuit! She looks like a teenager in this picture I know. It's hitting this momma's heart hard.



Baby Bo Bo loves pool time too!


 
If you need us on the weekends this summer, this is where you can find us. Jack has no fear of the water and goes wide open the whole time. Georgia frolicks like a little daisy and splashes around :) I love how different their personalities are.

 
Swimming with cousin Bo will be a highlight from this summer for sure!



Sunday we attended Juleah's bridal shower. We called ourselves the loud and rowdy crowd ;) And I got to hold and love on Baby Ben, my day was made! Her shower was so so nice and Juleah looked gorgeous. I can't wait to stand by her side in August.

 
I looked out our kitchen window one evening while I was cooking supper and saw this. It warmed my heart because my kids have such a wonderful daddy and I loved that Georgia was showing an interest in a sport! Jack was right there too and was hitting it off the tee before the night was through. I love long summer evenings at home just like this one.
 
 
Tuesday night I took the kids to a special class at the library for preschoolers. We had a lot of fun and got to see a lot of our friends! Some things are hard about having kids so close in age but it's also nice when they can both participate in the same activities.

 
Thursday night we found a five foot chicken snake coiled up in one of our planters! He had to be a dead chicken snake because that's too close for comfort being on our porch!

My mom and dad are keeping Bo this week while my sister and brother-in-law are out of town and mom brought him over to play Thursday evening. He turns one next month and they will be moving shortly thereafter. We are savoring every day with him.

 
This boy is officially potty-trained!! He has been consistently peeing in the potty for about a month now and now he is pooping! I am so proud of him and a huge shout out to Gram, Ma and Aunt Shanna who helped train him at AKK. They are miracle workers!
 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial is a good way to describe the weekend-it was a very memorable one. We like to keep things fun and exciting around here!
Saturday afternoon we walked to our neighbor's pond and noticed what appeared like several bug bites on Jack when we got back. By Sunday morning, he was covered in hives and very miserable from the itching. By Sunday evening we knew we had to do something so we ended up at the ER since it appeared he had an allergic reaction and we were fearing the worst. This was how it looked when we arrived at the hospital. My poor baby! He was pitiful.


 
Thank goodness for his mimis that provided him with lots of comfort. They gave him some steroids and Benadryl and he is on steroids for five days. Finally by Wednesday the hives are starting to go away. He is not itching near as much and my once raging roid head son has calmed down now HA! He was just so angry and irritable which I completely understand. I know he was miserable.


 
This was me holding him on the way to the hospital. There was no way he was going in a car seat. I'm so glad it was just an allergic reaction and that he is going to be just fine. We really don't know what caused it and probably never will. I just hope it never happens again!
 
  Jack was better Monday morning and since I had to miss going to the lake last year on Memorial Day to stay home with a sick kid Marcus offered to stay home with Jack so Georgia and me could go. I really appreciated him doing that and since Jack was medicated and feeling good I thought I was fine to go for a little while.
 

I had my first experience kayaking and I get what all the hype is about. It was so much fun! I'm sore but I expected that since I haven't worked out in YEARS. It was worth it though.

 

 
We kayaked and swam and fished and hiked and ate and pretty much left no stone unturned.


 
Sweet Keagen is growing from a little boy into a young man right before our eyes. It doesn't seem possible.


 
Eric had a carp on his line and everyone from the dock was assisting in the catch ha!


 
After about 15 minutes he finally got the catch!


 
There is a natural spring a little piece from the lake so we took a mini hike to it to drink from the "fountain of youth". We call it that because our ancestors drank from it often and they lived to be close to 100 years old. Georgia had a big time playing in the creek.


 
She even did some kayaking with me. We were all over that lake! We can't wait to go back real soon and I'm thankful for Uncle David allowing us to use it anytime we want.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Photo Drop

I've been a blog slacker lately. It's time to do a photo dump. I knew blogging would look different for me as my kids grew and our lives got busier but I hope I can always find time to chronicle their childhood in some form or fashion. Here's what the past few weeks have looked like in pictures-

Rowdy but sweet. Mischievous but loving. A limit tester but so appreciative of things that are done for him. I love my boy.
 

 
I had an afternoon training one evening and daddy took the kids to our friend's baseball game in Rochester. Their park has just been restored and the kids had a blast watching and playing.


 
Georgia received her diploma from OWL Academy last Friday. This was a program at North Butler Elementary sponsored by the Family Resource Center that she attended every other Friday. She made new friends and experienced a true school environment. I'm so thankful for this opportunity for her!


 
Some of the friends that she made in her class. They are precious!


 
We are in the throes of potty training Jack and things are going very well! On this particular day he was dry all day and even pooped in the potty once! He had just peed in the yard, then five minutes later he climbed up in the playhouse, pooped and then slid down. You can see the trail he left and the flies already starting to swarm LOL! It was a mess! I gave Jack a bath and Daddy sprayed down the playhouse. There's never a dull moment.


 
We celebrated Granddad's 75th birthday at Monday night dinner. He had two helpers to blow out the candles and will have three next year after my nephew arrives this summer!


 
Georgia and Jack love to go to the farm to help Uncle Jake and Aunt Shanna. Shanna snapped this picture of the boys and it just melted my heart. He loves his Uncle Jake so much! Jake has already claimed him as his future farm hand once he gets a little bigger :)


 
"they take me to the beach". Future husband-you know the way to this girl's heart!


 
4 1/2 has seemed like such a big age to me. She's dressing herself, talking about cute boys, taking showers and she has even gotten up on her own a few times and come downstairs by herself which is huge for Georgia! She's growing up so fast right before our eyes and I just want a pause button most days.


 
Sunday we went to Callyn's birthday party that happened to be a fishing party. We didn't do a whole lot of fishing but we did get a few casts in.


 
Callyn is such a sweet mother hen to Jack.


 
Best friends through AKK, I'm already sad that these girls will be starting kindergarten next year and leaving Georgia behind but I know she has other friends and will happy to be the oldest preschooler :)


Baby brother worked the crowd and did a little bit of everything at the party.


This was the closest he would get to the girls for a picture HA!



I bet he will love fishing one day once he learns a little patience :)



Haircut time. These appointments roll around pretty often for this boy. This was his first time sitting in the chair all by himself.



It's officially summer break and this girl is hanging on the monkey bars in her gown!



We went to her last dance class of the season and she's transitioned to a big girl booster seat. I love our Tuesday girls nights!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dance Recital 2017

This past weekend we watched Georgia perform in her second dance recital. Our girl loves dancing and she had a great year at her new dance class. She was in "Dance School" this year which is a one-hour class of 4-6 year olds that teaches ballet and tap. Last year the recital was her favorite part of the experience and she was equally just as excited this year.

 
Our baby girl ready to perform! The recital was at VanMeter Hall at WKU so I snapped a few pictures of her in the foyer. This picture just takes my breath away. I know she's mine but her beauty just amazes me!

 
She loved her costume! I'm sure it will find it's way in our dress-up closet.

 


 
The girls hung out backstage with the assigned dance mom until it was their time to dance.

 
She made new friends this year and loved her teacher Mrs. Ginny.

 
Brother probably has several more dance recitals to sit through in his future but he took it all in stride and was a good boy. Right after her group danced he said out loud, "Good job Georgia. Go outside" HA! He came, he saw, he was done :)

 
Bo Bo came! Cousin picture fail but still love it.

 
Jack was not having a family picture so we settled for the three of us. Very proud parents!

 
Daddy's girl to the max

 
But she sure loves her mama and would do anything for her! If I am ever upset, you better believe she is going to let somebody know about it :)

 
Gammy & Gran Stan

 
Pa and Ma

 
Poppa and Deenie

 
Granddad and Grandmomma

 
Mamaw Carolyn 

 
Aunt Paige, Uncle Eric and Bo

 
Aunt Shannie and Uncle Jake

Dance is over for the summer but I'm sure she will want to take it again in the fall. She has mentioned wanting to take a hip-hop class after watching the other dances at the recital. We will do whatever she wants to do. We may even give tee ball a try in the fall :)