Fall break

These kiddos had a “casual” half day at school and got to spend the whole day outside playing games with their classmates to kick off fall break! And now they are on fall break! Woohoo!

P.S. I will NEVER get tired of finding my kids curled up on the couch together reading. ❤️

Fall Decorations

Fall decor is DEFINITELY my favorite. I love it more than Christmas decor for sure. It helps that I just really love fall, too. And I’m so excited we’ve actually had some “fallish” weather already. Maybe that means it won’t go straight from summer to winter this year like it does sometimes in TN.

Other September Randomness

When I said September was a busy month, I really wasn’t joking. We kind of feel like we never sat down or caught our breath for the whole month. Here are some other things that happened in September:

Did the bi-annual clothes switch for the kids and discovered, per usual, Josie has outgrown a ton, and Jack has barely grown at all, LOL. Although, he did outgrow a few pair of pants in length, so there’s that! This chore, thankfully, gets easier and easier as the kids get older.

The Roses ate with us a couple of times. Evelynn wanted me to document the fact that she tried a bite of carrot, LOL.

We took advantage of pretty weather one Sunday to eat at the drive thru Mexican place we love-they’ve added an awesome outdoor seating area. And…why does my daughter look grown?

Josie went to a classmate’s “spa” birthday party one day…and they crimped her hair LOL. I told her she looked like Albert Einstein. She, on the other hand, LOVED it, and really wanted to recreate it for picture day…which I said NO to.

Yummy “brunch” at 1:00 in the afternoon one Saturday, LOL.

Some reading for the month.

I had gotten an old Lifesavers rack from Shshr, and I cleaned it up and turned it into our “snack rack.” The kids LOVE it, LOL. Jack turned down donuts one morning, because he just “had to eat something off the rack.”

Our beloved treehouse finally has met its end. It was getting unsafe from a big board rotting out underneath-we had sealed the whole thing, but it was rotting where we couldn’t get the sealant. We could’ve replaced it, but that was going to be a big, expensive task, and in the end, we decided it would be better just to pull it down and do something else fun with the tree, like some climbing/rope things for the kids.

Just a picture of my boy, in his beloved Christmas pjs, reading Calvin and Hobbes one morning.

Went to Sams again one day with Mom, Casey, Nana, and this little Miss Priss. One perk of not teaching is getting to see my sister more!

Jack had a VERY specific idea of how he wanted me to cut his hair for school picture day this year. He loved how it turned out, thankfully, so I was able to breathe a sigh of relief! And, to my surprise, he has faithfully put gel in it and styled it every day….he must be growing up a bit!

And Josie’s picture day hair prep, LOL. It did NOT turn out looking like Albert Einstein this time, though!

Some other fun things not pictured: I went to a women’s gathering at church for the first time in FOREVER. it was fun.

We went on a date night with the Roses. And our kids are big enough now, that we don’t have to get a babysitter! We just left them all together at our house (and we didn’t go far) to, as Jack put it, “babysit each other,” LOL. They did great, and we had fun- we hit up The Brewery for appetizers, The Depot for dinner, and Golly G’s for dessert! It was a “progressive” dinner.

Now on to October and hopefully a bit calmer month. 🙂

Kinley’s birthday party

Last week we celebrated Kinley’s 7th birthday! Chad and Lesa rented out Rivergate Skate for her party, so it was just our family there. It was a BLAST. I hadn’t skated like that in forever, and it brought back all kinds of good memories of when we used to go every month for “Church of Christ Skate Night” when we were younger. Mom, Shshr, and Uncle Bill even skated!

Happy Birthday, Kinley!!


Earlier this month, Jake had a business trip to his company’s office in Brooklyn. They were so gracious and paid for my ticket to go along with him! It was a wonderful trip. He had to work most of the time, but it was still good to be away with him, and I had a lot of alone time, which is something I didn’t know I had been desperately needing-but I did, and it was good. And, I could walk EVERYWHERE in Brooklyn, so I didn’t have to even think about not being able to drive, which was wonderful. I walked thousands of steps, every day. I love being in places where you can walk to everything you need.

It was great to meet some of Jake’s colleagues, who he talks about so much I feel like I already know them, but had never met in person. We had SO MUCH excellent food. I did a lot of shopping and a lot of wandering. I spent almost two hours one day, laying under a tree at Fort Knox Park. One day was a bit rainy, but that didn’t stop me from going to explore the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO.

Meanwhile, while we were in Brooklyn, the kiddos had a blast with Grammy and Pappy. Casey and Emery took care of the kitties for us.

I love that my family is willing to do things for us to enable to take much needed trips together!

Cross Country

Jack has had a great XC season. There has been more competition, so he isn’t number one this year, but he is still doing his best and having fun, which is all that matters!

He came in 12th at the Sumner Race!

And then last week, I was SOOOO excited, because he got to be a part of a BIG race!Just like the ones I used to run when I was in middle and high school. This one was at The Hermitage, with a new league we will probably be a part of next year. There were 123 boys in his age bracket alone, and he got 30th! He did great, and LOVED the big race! He has another race there tonight and is hoping to dod even better this time.

Moving Mama Judy

This month our biggest project was getting Mama Judy moved into her house!! We were so excited that it was finally done- it has been a long time coming! I’m so happy and proud for her- it was exactly what she needed. We spent several weekends and week days prepping some furniture for the move, actually packing and moving, and unpacking and decorating (that was the fun part). Jake and I even made a run to the Memphis Ikea (what a cool place!) to pick up some of her closet stuff that couldn’t be shipped. Now she is all settled in and enjoying her new house. 🙂


This month the kittens were finally big enough to go to their new homes! We have loved having them-it has been a blast! But we were also all ready to see them get to go to their new families.

My friend Megan (the one who graciously let Cleo have her kitten in her CAR) got first dibs. They picked the yellow boy and named him Garfield- isn’t that the cutest?

Shshr got one of the torties and named her Maggy.

And a sweet family from school got the other Tortie. They were cracking us up with all the names they came up. It is a family of three boys, and they were thrilled to be getting a girl cat! LOL. They were deciding between a whole list….Sharpay, Jolene, Beyonce, and a lot of other hilarious names, but finally decided on “Lucy” from The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Roses are going to get two as soon as they move- the gray one, who they’ve named “Sky,” and a black one they’ve named “Winnie.”

Josie convinced us to keep one of the black ones- she named her Velvet.

Our crazy cat saga is almost over!

Dove Hunt

September always brings the yearly dove hunt. Jake worked so hard to get our field prepped, and it paid off, because they had an awesome dove hunt! Josie worked hard to get her Hunter’s Safety License. She didn’t quite make it for the first day of the dove hunt, but finished it up the next day for she, Jack, and Pappy to go hunting again- and she shot her first dove, all by herself! She was so proud.