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.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Week and Weekend

April came and went in a minute it felt like. I have a feeling that May is going to be the same way. Here's what we have been up to-


 
We had Jack's two year check up last week and sister tagged along for a follow-up hearing test. I was by myself so they greatly outnumbered me but we survived. Jack had a great check-up, he is growing and developing right on schedule. His height was 35.25 inches so if you double that as they say you can to determine their adult height he will be over six foot tall. He continues to be in the 95th percentile for height, 25th percentile for weight.

We rechecked Georgia's hearing because she did not pass her hearing screening at her four year checkup. She didn't pass this time either which was disappointing for us, I was really hoping she was having an off day and that there was nothing to worry about. She did have an ear infection with a ruptured ear drum about a month ago so she could still be healing. And she has had lots of ear problems since she was eight months old so it's possible her hearing could just be delayed. In her right ear she could not hear below 25 decibels. Her pediatrician wants to wait another six months and then if she is still struggling we will go see an audiologist. I'm praying her hearing is just delayed and she will catch up in the next five months.


 
Just a storm rolling in over some farmland on our way to town. I feel like I take for granted what a beautiful area we live in.


 
We went to my grandparent's house Wednesday evening and they had just got their garden tilled and planted. Of course these two had to go squish their toes in it!



And then he wanted to do some shirtless fishing with the big boys.
 

 
My biggest challenge every day is getting this boy inside when it gets dark. I love how full of life he is!


 
Last Friday Rachel and I headed to the Country Living Fair in Nashville. We started this tradition last year and hopefully we can do it for many years to come because it's such a fun day. We go to the fair in the morning and then after lunch we head to the outlet mall in Lebanon. This year we noticed the crowds had greatly increased! The word has gotten out I guess. We didn't find a whole lot because we're both cheap but we did find a few things :)


 
Some of the siblings took me out for a belated birthday dinner at Steamer. I just decided to celebrate the whole month of April.


So we got a little nervous that he had a broken nose after a rough fall outside but it looks like much better now and he was hardly phased by it. This boy will give me gray hair.
 

 
Georgia had the privilege of attending the school play with Daddy of Beauty and the Beast and then had her picture made with Belle herself after the show! She loved it and couldn't stop talking about Gaston and the Prince HA!


 
She went back to Daddy's classroom and colored a picture of Belle for Belle :)


 
Since Jack has officially started Aunt Kay's, we have had (still having) an adjustment period. He's had some behavior issues that we are still working on and his hardest thing is naptime because he doesn't understand why he's not in a crib by himself and he just wants to talk the whole time. Anyway, Friday he didn't have any trips to timeout so we rewarded ourselves with Sno Shack. I am a mom that is not above bribery with food.


 
This weekend we spent as much time as we could outside. Georgia's new fascination is worms. She was kissing this one. She loves them and packs them around all over the yard.


 
Our neighbor's grandson Carson is Jack's new buddy. Jack prayed for five people the other night with four being family members and the other was Carson. He thinks he hung the moon!


 
I am a proud mom and a proud plant mom. I received this knockout rose bush two years ago for Mother's Day and it's basically taken over the side of our house. I love this time of year when everything is in bloom.

There's a little catch up of the last few weeks for us. Time please slow down!