September…and the beginning of October

I did a bit better in September about blogging than August, but I still missed some things. So here’s a bit of a catch up.

It’s was a busy month, with cross country season, time with friends and family, and harvesting muscadines. It has been HOT…as in, every day over 90! Hottest cross country season I’ve ever had. We hosted a meet at our farm…..which I didn’t get even one picture of. But it went SO well. SO much work…but I think it was worth it. Jack lost his shoe in the first part of the race, and ran almost the entire mile without it! Silly boy.

Here’s what else we’ve been up to…..

Fun night hanging out with friends…



Kinley turned five!


We harvested muscadines and put up more than 20 quarts of juice for making jelly….


The kitties are getting big! The kids are still doing a great job taking care of them, too.


We’ve listened to our audio book on the porch some nights so we can watch the kitties play….


Also: Josie missed a couple of days of school for strep throat…yuck.


We made homemade skillet pizzas one night….they were delicious! We also finished ALL of the Marvel movies, finally! πŸ™‚


Practicing guitar before school….this girl is looking so much older here lately! (Acting older, too! She is for SURE a middle schooler….)



Picnic lunch with our community group after church….



Last weekend Josie had the opportunity to sing with Mrs. Sarah again. On Sunday they had a shorter session, so to kill time we took Jack to the skate park over by the wave pool…He had a blast. He said he like this one better than the indoor skate park!


Jack is doing really well in cross country this year…he got FIFTH in his last race…and he is racing against 5th graders!



Finally got a date night with this gorgeous guy. We found a GREAT new sushi place in Nashville….maybe the best restaurant we’ve eaten at in Nashville, period. Then we went to Milk and Honey for dessert. It’s all about the food. πŸ™‚


In between THREE photo shoots on Saturday, I got to grab lunch with this sweet friend. It’s always a treat to get to hug on Megan!



Now to another SUUPPPEERRR busy week before we get out for FALL BREAK!!

Pirate Day!

Josie has been looking forward to 6th grade “Pirate Day” for ages! We went “shopping” in Grammy’s closet for her costume, and she was delighted with the way it turned out. πŸ™‚ She requested some make up and she wanted her hair “big and messy.”

I think we are getting some glimpses of what teenager Josie is going to look like!


We did something this week……we got two 6 week-old kittens! A girl at my work was giving away some, and it had been so long since we’d had a cat, I decided it was time to have another. And then I thought, well, since we are getting one…we may as well get two, one for each kiddo. πŸ™‚ The kiddos have never had kittens before, we’ve always had older cats…and I kept it a total surprise until we got to the house to pick them up…so they were OVER.THE.MOON. And still are! We are all in love with our tiny new pets. The kids have dubbed them Socks and Midnight. Josie’s is the black one (Midnight), and Jack’s is the striped one (Socks).


So far the kids are doing a great job taking care of them. They get up early in the morning so they can go and get them out of the barn and bring them to the porch to feed them. Then the kittens play around the porch/eat while the kids finish getting ready. Before we leave, they take them back to the barn for the day (they are litter box trained). After we get home, they get them back out of the barn and bring the back up to the porch until bed time, and then they put the kitties to “bed” in the barn. πŸ™‚ Eventually they’ll just get to stay out once the kids let them out in the morning, but they are just too little right now.

It’s been a fun adventure, so far! πŸ™‚

Lake Day

Saturday we had a free day (miraculously), so we decided to go to the lake for the day! We left around 8:00, and were on the water around 11:00. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. Nice cool breeze and gorgeous sunshine.


We had never taken the kids to the cliffs at Wolf River (not when they were old enough to remember, anyways), so we drove up there first.

We figured Jack would jump with no hesitation (which he did), but Jake said he would eat his socks if Josie did, and I totally agreed with him….and then that girl got up there and jumped with almost no hesitation at all!! We were proud of her for being so brave, because that is something she struggles with sometimes. They both jumped off the “big” cliff 3 times-and it doesn’t look that big when you are at the bottom, but it looks a LOT higher from the top! It is about 12 feet, probably. I jumped with them the first time, because it had been years-and because I was so impressed with Josie! But no more than that for me!

After that we went to Iron’s Creek to swim until we were all chilly and ready to ride again.


We rode up to Mitchell Creek, just because, before heading back to Willow Grove and getting some pizza for dinner. We stopped at Sonic on the way home for dessert and listened to Harry Potter. We even had time when we got home to finish watching a movie we’d started. It was a great day with my favorite people :).


I always fall off the blogging train in August. Hazard of school starting back, I guess. So I am just going to do one big blog post to catch up. πŸ™‚ It has been a good month! It has been a lot less stressful than last August, so we have been thankful for that.


One day after school we visited sweet Emery. πŸ™‚


One Sunday we had lunch with our community group! It was fun to hang out with this bunch again. πŸ™‚



We went to Beth’s birthday! She made herself the cutest and most delicious cake!


One Wednesday night the kiddos spent the night with Mom and Dad so Jake and I could go to the Nashville SC soccer game that was the make-up for the one we went to in the summer that got rained out. They lost, but the game was a lot of fun..and we love any excuse for a date night!


We’ve been at the farm a lot, because I’ve had my XC practicing there. It’s going to be a GREAT place to host a meet!



One Saturday Josie was at a birthday party, and Shshr invited Jack to go with her to the fair to watch Lane in the pedal car race. Turns out when they got there, Jack got to do it, too! He got third place. πŸ™‚ Then they got to go the Barn and hang out for a bit. He had such a good day! I was grateful, too, that he got to go by himself, just because it’s not often he gets to do something special by himself (without Jo). It’s good for him, sometimes.


Last Sunday was my yearly triathlon. It used to be at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, but they moved it this year to the Parthenon in Nashville, which was great! This year our friend Lauren joined Lindsey and I, and we had a blast. It was Lauren’s first tri, so we had fun cheering her on to the finish! We grabbed lunch and coffee after, because, well, DUH. πŸ™‚ It was a beautiful day, too.


Always these shenanigans at our house….


We’ve had lots of yummy dinners. And Jack is becoming quite the sous chef!


Last night we had a family date night and hit up The Depot and Golly G’s-yum!!


Today we ended up going to Nana’s for an impromptu lunch party with everyone, which are always the best kind. I got to hold this sweet baby again. πŸ™‚


August was a loooongg but good month….but now-come on Fall!!!


First Day of School!

Well, it’s here! Today was the first day of school. Josie is in 6th grade, Jack is in 3rd. They were both eager to start because they are both super excited about their teachers this year. πŸ™‚ We love our school, and we are very blessed to be there.



It is almost impossible to get Jack to smile normally, but I won this morning!!

Our customary “lamppost” pictures….And Jack was really happy to be there in that bottom pic…he just is an awkward picture taker, LOL.

Jack is SO excited to have Mrs. Rose!!


Josie is OVER THE MOON about having Mrs. Hoffman again. She had her a bit in first and second grade for a few classes, and has looked forward to having her again ever since!


And this. This is my FAVORITE picture of the day….Jack’s teacher took some pictures of her class. Β The TEETH. All the awkward third grade teeth. I love this!



Back to School!

I’ve been a busy bee since last Wednesday when our teacher inservice week started, getting my classroom ready for my 14th year of teaching (6th at JECA). Last night was Back-to-School night.


I’m so glad I get to teach with one of my very best friends. And if you’ve ever wondered how teachers prepare themselves for the stress of having to get up in front of a crowd of adults and talk, well……



But then we pull it together. πŸ™‚



The first day is tomorrow! I will have a 6th grader and a 3rd grader!