Tuesday, July 15, 2014


I know I've done this twice before, but pregnancy is ex-haust-ing!! Even more so the third time around.  So please forgive my lack of posting--I've been doing lots of sitting around, eating, and sleeping....oh and, you know, growing a baby :)

We spent a few days around the 4th snuggling with this guy.  Kristi, Luke, and West came in to spend the long weekend at their parents and we all got in lots of loving from West.

It's amazing how quickly babies grow.  He had changed so much since the last time we saw him in May!

I know I still have plenty of time to get ready for the new baby, but the summer is my ideal time to do these things.  Because I have the time.  I spent several hours working in Libby's room, cleaning out.  That girl is a hoarder and you may see her one day on the tv show.  It's ridiculous.

Speaking of getting ready for the new baby,  am loving this twin bed for the girls' rooms.  Drawers underneath and a bookshelf as a headboard?  Perfect!

We went to Courtland to Justin's granddad's house.  Carried on the tradition of putting pennies on the railroad tracks.  

Blackberry jam.  YUM!

If you looked super closely, you could see that the girls are holding a baby lizard.  They insisted on a photo.

The girls spent the night with GraGra and learned how to sew.  Kyndall designed this dress and Libby came home with skirts for Cherry.

And most recently, Libby was diagnosed with strep throat :( .  Of course, Dr. Hull was on vacation so we had to go to the doc-in-a-box instead.  Thankfully, we were in and out within thirty minutes and she is feeling so much better now!

And that is what's been going on around here.  Again, forgive me for the lack of posts.  If memory serves, this exhaustion will go away soon and I can resume a regular posting schedule :)

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Stuffed Animal Birthday Party

About two weeks ago, the girls started talking about hosting a birthday party for their stuffed animal, Cherry.  Invitations were handmade.  They both spent several hours in K's room building a piƱata for the party.   After two weeks of planning and creating, Libby decided on a date.  And never being one to ignore imagination, I let it happen.

The girls spent their own money on silly string, party hats, and party horns.  The guests of honor were Tigress, Mr. Bunny, and Ghostie.

In attendance were Meme and Papa, Gra-Gra and Pops, Mal and Trey, the Thompson family and the Hodges family.  (I'm so very thankful for family and friends that will go along with my girls' imaginations!)

We had cake and homemade chocolate ice cream.

Note to self:  I hope I always go along with their imaginations, where it's possible.  Letting them do this was a great experience, for them as well as me and Justin!

Happy birthday Cherry! =)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Words + Photos: Summer Edition

I've been horrible at keeping you updated this summer.  That goals list I had all planned out?  It hasn't even begun.  For some reason, all I want to do is sleep....and eat!  So here is a quick recap of our summer, with words and photos.

Right after vacation, I had a spa day with my mom and sister.  Everyone deserves a spa day after vacation, am I right?  They had massages and I had a facial.

Our church had VBS kick-off at the skate castle.  The daddies took over and helped the littles learn to skate.

Several pool days have happened, like this one.

During Agency D3 VBS, Mrs. Amy had Agent Challenges each morning.  K got to participate and had to race another child in building the tallest Lego tower.  She won :)

We've had a few family game nights--our favorite is Crazy Eights.

We have perfected our stunting.

And our tans.

We had car races.... sort of.

And overall, are just completely soaking up every second of our summer!

Even without that silly to-do list, this first month of summer has been amazing!  We only have one more month left, but here's to more good times!

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 Quarterly Book Rewind, Part 2

I made a point, during this second quarter of 2014, to read a few nonfiction titles amongst all my fiction ones.  I tried my best, and a few were actually completed.  Each book is linked through Amazon, in case you want to form your own opinion. (And help me out in the process-they are affiliate links, meaning I get compensation for your purchase, at no extra cost to you!)
  • Hidden by Catherine McKenzie. This is not a book I'd normally read, but I was able to download it for free thanks to Amazon Prime. It turned out to be a very interesting read. Each chapter rotates between the points of view of a man, his wife, and the girlfriend.  Yes, wow.
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Not being an English literature person, I knew very little about Ernest Hemingway before reading this novel.  The story is told in the point of view of Hemingways' wife, and it was interesting to see (even fictionally) how Paris was during this time period.  
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Piccoult.  This was an interesting storyline but it was very slow going for me.  I kept putting it down and making reminding myself to pick it back up.  If we were listing favorite books, this one wouldn't be on my list.
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  I wasn't sure if I would like this one.  The first few chapters started off slow but by the fifth chapter, I was hooked.
  • Where'd You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple.
  • Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller.  To a reading teacher, this book was GOLD.  Unless you are naturally curious about people who love to read, or instilling a love of reading in your child, this may not be the book for you.
  • Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand.  This was a true account of a WWII solider who was a Japanese POW.  While this was a great story, I felt like the author gave every single detail of the entire time spent in the Japanese war camp.  I found myself skimming just to find out how it ended.
  • Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle.  This book was very journalistic--and hilarious.  Each chapter told the story of Melanie's life and her take on things had me laughing out loud.
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.  I've heard great things about this author.  The book was good, but it's not at the top of my recommendation list.
  • Simple Genius by David Baldacci.  I love David Baldacci.  This book is older, but it was no exception--wonderfully written and kept me entertained until the very end.
  • The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly. I've loved Michael Connelly's books before (think Lincoln Lawyer and The Witness) and this one was no exception.  Loved it from the first paragraph to the last.
  • Pursue the Intentional Life by Jean Fleming.  I started reading this book as part of a Bloom book study through Incourage.  No offense to Jean Fleming, but it just wasn't for me.  I gave it the standard 4 chapters, and then set it aside.
  • The Antelope in the Living Room by Melanie Shankle.  This book is nothing short of hilarious.  I love how Melanie uses stories from her life and puts a positive spin on things.
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  Not a fan.  After the third chapter, I mostly skimmed through just to see how it ended.  Both the language and some situations were rough.  Not recommended.
  • Paper Towns by John Green.  Not my favorite.  Definitely not as good as The Fault in Our Stars, which is one of my favorites.
  • Carry On, Warrior by Glennon Melton.  This book is real and hilarious, but I don't know that I would recommend it.  The author has different beliefs than I do on things such as homosexuality and abortion.  

Books read with the girls:
  • Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary.  The girls enjoyed this.  In case you've never read it (or, like me, it's been a million years), this is all about a girl who doesn't want to learn to write cursive.  
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.  We are all three loving going through this classic again!

If you decide to read any of these books, let me know.  We'll have a virtual book talk over coffee or something.   What are you reading this summer?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our Family is Growing!

Our family is growing!! After several years of struggles and loss, we are expecting a new little one in February of 2015.

We weren't quite ready to spill the beans about our secret.  We had a "plan" to wait until after 12 weeks to share this great news, but our big girl is very smart, very perceptive, and just plain old nosey.

Both girls have known we wanted to add to our family.  We have even discussed adoption with them. So while we have spoken hypothetically for several years about a new baby, we both stopped talking about it when we found out we may actually have a new baby.

The girls have the habit of jumping on me--either up in my lap or onto my back, whether I am paying attention or not.  Justin had started getting on to them for doing that the past several weeks, and Kyndall has been questioning why, all of a sudden, that is not ok.

On the day I had my doctors appointment, I told the girls I had to go for a check-up.   Libby and I joked because the last check-up I went to, I had to get a shot and she had to hold my hand.  For some reason, Kyndall wasn't buying the "check-up" excuse.  She questioned and questioned and questioned.  Justin and I both blew her off, but she knew something was up.

Two things happened to make us go ahead and share our news with the girls.

1.  I corrected Kyndall for jumping on my back for the first time, and she broke down.  She really couldn't understand why she was suddenly too big to play rough with Mom.  I called Justin soon after this happened and told him we needed to go ahead and tell them.  As I said earlier, she is very smart and I think she could understand not jumping on me because of a baby much easier than she could not jumping because she had grown too much!

2. I got a bill in the mail from Huntsville Hospital.  It was from some early bloodwork I had done at the lab, but I noticed Kyndall got a strange expression on her face when she saw it.  I again shrugged her off and went on in the house.  Minutes later, Libby comes in saying that Kyndall had told her I was going to have a baby.  While Kyndall didn't KNOW this to be true, she strongly suspected.  I danced my way around actually answering that, but when Justin got home, we sat both girls down and gave them the good news.

When Justin said "We have some good news for you!", Libby piped up, "We're having a baby!" And while I think they both really suspected that was the news, when we told them, it took a few times of them saying "Is it true?  Really?  For real?" to truly believe.  Libby even asked if we were adopting one, because my belly isn't big.  Don't worry sister, it's getting there!

Both girls want a boy, which surprised me.  Libby has come up with the names Jack and Rose (and she's never even seen Titanic).  I'm pretty sure we won't go with either of those, but I'm glad she's making suggestions.

While we are super thrilled, our family covets your prayers.  After one scary experience, we are anxious this time.  We are being hopeful, and prayerful, for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby!