Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First Day of School - 2015

Well, here it is...9 months and 2 days since I've last blogged!!  Let's just say I took some time off to have a baby :) Or we can say I took 9 months off to regroup and come to a realization that my kids and family miss my blog.  I've found my kids looking back at past blog posts and laughing out loud at what I wrote or the photo that shows them doing something funny or how they looked a year ago.  Not only do my kids miss my blog...I missed it too.  So, here goes!!

Today was the first day of school for 2015!  The summer went fast but it was time was time.  These kiddos needed to get back to a structured day full of friends, mental challenges and physical activity.  Brady has been off since May so that boy needed to go!  Kelsey needed to be with her friends as much as I needed her to be with her friends and Ellie just needed to get off of Pinterest and You Tube (I think Miranda Sings became a member of our family this summer!).  All kids had an awesome day full of smiles and happy stories of how much they love their teachers and how much fun the day turned out to be.  Surprisingly, the early morning wasn't a big deal and everyone woke up in time for a "once in a blue moon" breakfast of strawberry/banana smoothies and blueberry muffins. 

Ellie's bus arrived 5 minutes early so this picture happened super fast.  So fast that I didn't notice Kelsey's sign was upside down!

A big year ahead for this teenager. . .

Never lose your sense of humor, sweet Kelsey!

Big Kindergartner. . .

He had to throw the whip before he got on the bus!

These two are the reason I drink lots of wine!!

Of course it was garbage day which is always a sign of good luck :)

Just a little nervous but ready to go. . .

See you in 3 hours little man. . .

His good luck charm, Lego man. . .

And now it's time for Mama. . .coffee and Netflix!!

Until tomorrow!

- K

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow day!

Can you believe it??  It's November 17th and we already have a snow day.  What??!!  Last night, the weather forecast showed 3-5 inches which Scott and I both shrugged off because weather people are never correct.  Well, they were spot on for this storm!  I woke up at 3 to make sure Kelsey was breathing (long story involving a head hitting the bathroom floor and me thinking...well, you know, I needed to make sure she was breathing.  Yes, I need help).  Anyway, I woke up at 3 and there was barely a dusting.  I then received a call at 5:30 which was the dreaded call for most parents.  90 minute delay.  Well, the best was yet to come an hour school!  Part of me was excited to not have to pack lunches but my list of things to do was put on the back burner.  Of course I was excited for the kids.  I remember that feeling of finding out you have a snow day!  The kids along with my adopted daughter Kennedy had a blast shoveling the snow off of the trampoline, sledding, making snow forts, snow ice cream galore, and hot cocoa...

These two worked hard shoveling with Bentley attacking their shovels :)

Bentley had permanent leg warmers on today. . .

 I think we totaled over 5 inches.  I'm a little nervous for what the winter has in store for us but I'll start stocking up on hot chocolate now!

Happy snow day!!


Friday, August 1, 2014

Foto Friday. . .

Happy 8th birthday Kelsey Lynn!

What a fun day, beginning with breakfast in bed. . .

a cabana. . .

a chocolate lava cake. . .

and the beach. . .

What more could an 8 year old want?!

Keep smiling, keep doing cartwheels, and loving life!

We love you soooooo very much!!!!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Bake Oven. . .

This week, we leave for our happy place :)  Sand in my toes, beer in hand, and kids entertaining themselves on the beach.  Packing will begin tomorrow but in the mean time, the Easy Bake oven has made it's grand appearance after spending many years collecting dust in the basement.  Thank you Pinterest for helping us discover homemade recipes with a ton of butter and sugar as their main ingredient!  What's not to love about an Easy Bake oven cake?!

The girls said they were awesome!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Happy 12th birthday, Ellie Elizabeth!!

Well, hello!  It's been awhile to say the least!  2 months to be exact.  Way TOO long!  

However, today is a special day for Miss Ellie!

She's 12!!  

I promised both girls I would blog on their birthdays so here goes :)

Ellie's birthday started off with some monkey bread which was made by true monkeys. . .

Yes, I let him have scissors.  

Now, let me tell you something about monkey bread.  It's AWESOME gooey goodness that is nothing but unhealthy but you better believe we ate half the pan in a matter of minutes!  

For lunch, Ellie wanted to go to Panera so off we went to grab her favorite bagel. . .cinnamon crunch with hazelnut cream cheese.  Yes, we were 0-2 on eating healthy today!  
After Panera, Ellie and I jetted off for a day of shopping.  I think we hit 7 stores in 2 hours!  It's amazing how much you can accomplish when you only have one child!  I love shopping with both girls but I love it even more when I can take them separately to see what they love and what styles they will choose.  When they go together, it can be a bit challenging :)   After a few hours, we both realized we were tired and hungry so we headed home.  Kelsey was waiting patiently so we could make Ellie's birthday dessert. . .not that she didn't have enough sugar today but isn't that what birthdays are all about?! 

And this is what we made. . .Key Lime Pie in a jar!  More sugary goodness!!
OMG. . .I could have bathed in this stuff!

Miss Ellie was quite surprised to see her favorite dessert in a jar :)

After dessert, Ellie opened a few presents from Kelsey and Brady. . .

Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?!

And just like that, another birthday is in the books!  I feel so incredibly blessed to have 3 healthy kids who like each other (sometimes!) and are truly good kids.  On each birthday, I reflect back on the day they were born and it makes me smile.  Life goes so fast and I don't want to take anything for granted!  

We love you so much, Ellie, and wish you a year full of health, happiness, and laughter!

Oh, and lots of jumping. . .


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It's May...13 more days of school!

As you can see, life gets busy and before I know it, a month has gone by and I haven't looked at my blog :(  This year has been so incredibly busy with all 3 kids in activities and school.  Between homework, sports, running the house while Scott travels...let's just say when my head hits the pillow, mama's out!  This is the first week where we didn't have any commitments after school and it's been wonderful!!  Normally, the kids would get off the bus and I would go in to "giddy up" mode.  Homework needed to be finished, soccer gear needed to be packed and off we went to our nightly practice.  Monday - Thursday.  Not only were our weeks packed but our weekends were just as busy.  Some Saturday's, Scott and I were passing in the wind, high- fiving from afar that we actually got our kids to where they needed to be and on time!!  I won't tell you about Kelsey's first game where I thought the game started at 10 and it really started at 9.  Mom of the Year for sure!!  Minus that minor mistake, she had a great soccer season despite the fact that the Lime Lightening only won one game. . .

Scott is coaching Brady's t-ball team again this year and according to him, they're in first place even though they don't keep score. . .

With 2 more Saturdays to go, he's almost finished.  

Now, we're in the home stretch of school and I can't wait to be done!  I know, come August, I'll be singing a different tune but for now, I will NOT miss packing lunches at 6:15 in the morning.  I also will not miss the massive amount of projects Ellie has had this year.  Seriously?  An ABC book in Science containing pictures and 3 facts per letter of something you learned in science this year?  I have been Ellie's #1 cheerleader screaming from the sidelines, "You can do this!"  or "You're almost finished!" or "I know this is the stupidest #$%& project but you got this!"  Some nights it was like pulling teeth to accomplish anything but the girl has straight A's again!  I couldn't be more proud.  She also participated in the Tiger Trot 5K at her school with her cousin Colin, Uncle George and Scott. . .

Ellie, Colin, and their friend Allie

Can you say "Johnny Football"??  

The cheerleaders :)

Where's Waldo??

And Kelsey?  She is doing an unbelievable job this year!  They don't have letter grades for second grade but if they did, she would be rockin' the straight A's as well :)  She has many friends and is ready for the pool and beach trips this summer.  I love when she lets me take her picture...her smile is contagious!!  

And Brady?  Well...he's done with school.  Enough said :)  This was his last year of "church" preschool so it was a little bittersweet.  The Mother's Day Tea was my favorite...maybe it was because he made the most beautiful coffee filter bonnet!

And a last day picture with his favorite teacher, Ms. Carrie. . .

Now that he's done with school, we are going to tackle some projects together which is always fun :)  I'm putting the boy to work and making him help tear down wallpaper in my half bath.  He actually loves to help so we should be done in no time but then there's a little furball who requires some attention. . .  

Bentley is 8 months old and slowly but surely getting to be a really good dog.  We had an Invisible Fence installed back in March and it's made my life so much easier.  He trained himself on the first day and we haven't had any issues since.  He loves to dig and hide socks in the mulch which explains his dirty beard all the time!  He wears himself out running on "Bentley's Trail" which the kids named for him because he goes back and forth on the path.  It's quite comical. . .

This weekend we are heading to Lake Norris near Knoxville, TN.  Our friends own a house there but we are so sad to say they are moving to Florida this summer so it's our one last hurrah before they leave.  Weather looks to be amazing!  We're gettin' our tubin' on, our drinkin' on, and our sunnin' on!  Can't wait!!

Well, I'm off to check on the kiddos who've been outside since they got home.  Hoping the storms aren't too bad tonight considering Scott's on his way home.  It's already delayed so crossing our fingers and toes it doesn't get cancelled!