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 :) 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

We spent all weekend celebrating Mother's Day and it was a pretty perfect one. The weather was awesome so we were outside a lot and just enjoyed spending time with family and eating good food.

Mother's Day 2017
Look at how big my babies are! They have grown like weeds this spring. They keep me busier and I haven't had as much time to document things so it feels like they are growing even faster. Let's also give a shout out to the amazing hydrangeas we got at Lowes about a month ago. They are rockstar plants!


These are hysterical to me. They said that what was impressive about Jack's is that they didn't have to prompt him at all for answers, he knew exactly how he wanted to answer each question ha! Georgia saved herself on the age thing by adding 24 to lessen the blow of 60! I will cherish these questionnaires forever.

We hosted my mom's family for Mother's Day this year. I loved having everyone together like old times. Paige is leaving soon so we are enjoying all the time we can.

Paige's first Mother's Day. I'm so glad we got to spend her first one together.

I've had such wonderful motherly examples in my mamaws, mom and sister. I'm so thankful for them.

Saturday we visited my mamaw and picked the strawberries out of her patch. She hadn't picked them since Wednesday so we had a pretty big harvest to tend to. The kids lasted about five minutes and then they found their garden tools and decided playing in the dirt was more fun :) Mamaw and I picked for about an hour and a half and ended up with a pretty good load!

I received two beautiful dresses from Marcus and the babes, a personalized G & J bracelet from Mark and Shannon and precious homemade gifts from the kiddos. I am blessed beyond measure. I'm so thankful for everyone who made Mother's Day such a special one.