Josie’s school pictures

I have been meaning to post these, and just have been busy. We got Josie’s school pictures back a couple of weeks ago. She is really loving her new school, which makes me so happy. I thought she would do great, but its always hard taking your kid away from something they love so much. She has made friends easily, and is adjusting great, though.
Her teacher wrote such sweet comments on her report card we got this weekend….

So proud of our sweet girl!

Here’s her school pics….

Class picture!

She is looking WAY too old for my liking in this picture…she has changed so much in just the last couple of weeks. Her face has slimmed up again, which always makes her look SO much older so quickly.

The photographer got a lot of candids, too, which is neat.

🙂 Love this girl.


We had a very busy weekend around here. Friday afternoon I had a photo shoot with a sweet family from our church, then we picked up some Chinese and crashed…Josie is always so tired by Friday afternoons, she NEEDS an early bedtime. I think she was completely out by 7:45.
Saturday we started bright and early with Jack’s soccer game…

Three year old soccer is a bit hilarious to watch. 🙂

After the game, Josie went with Ta and Nana because Ta had offered to take her to her friend Olivia’s birthday party. Normally, I would have taken her, but I had our JECA school picnic to go to. Josie really wanted to go go to the picnic, too, but they were at the exact same time, so she had to choose which one to attend.

After the game, Jake, Jack and I went to Cracker Barrel. It was nice to get some one-on-one time with they boy, because we just don’t get to that very often.

He REALLy wanted to play checkers when we were at CB, but all the checker boards were being used. So when we got home I found a checkers app (because we somehow do not have a checkers board….we must remedy that problem soon!), and I taught him how to play. He was really getting the hang of it, and was begging to play some more! I see a lot of checkers and chess in our future….

Josie had a wonderful time at her birthday party. Thanks, Ta, for taking her!! Ta even sewed her this beautiful new dress, and hurried to get it done so she could wear it. 🙂

Jake, Jack, and I went to the school picnic. It was at our NEW home (for next year), which is an old school building on Jackson Road. We are so excited to have a place to call our own now! We got to tour the building, and it needs some love, but it is going to be really awesome.

After we left the picnic, we dropped Jake off at home, and then I took Jack and met Ta at Hillcrest for the trunk-or-treat. I got the kiddos dressed in their costumes there….

(Jack was NOT digging the pictures, because he had just woken up from a nap…I’ll get a better one on Halloween) 🙂

Lane was “Uncle Chad” 🙂

I only stayed for a little while, and then Aunt Casey kept the kiddos so I could head to a women’s gathering at our church. (Thanks, Casey!!)

I am so glad I got to go…the speaker was really awesome, and it is always so nice to hang out with all of the sweet ladies from our church. We are so blessed with such a wonderful church family..I am so honored to be a part of Redeemer Church.

I came home to this….

Jake taught them how to trade their candy, and they traded peacefully for an hour! 🙂

It was a beautiful day today, with a great message at church, and some cute kiddos…

We all crashed for naps and had a lazy Sunday. Now to gear up for the busy week ahead….

Cross Country

This week has been…..eventful. Tuesday I had another really bad reaction to my allergy shots. Luckily, it wasn’t quite as bad as last year, so I didn’t have to go to the emergency room, but it was still scary and not fun. Thank goodness for good doctors and nurses.

Anyways, last night was sweet. I have been coaching cross country at my school, and I have really had a blast. This was the best first coaching experience anyone could ever ask for. I had such wonderful help, and the kids were SO motivated- I am so proud of how well they did and how much they improved throughout the season! Last night was our last meet, and I took some team pictures. After they ran, the team gave me some beautiful flowers and a sweet card with a gift inside. I am already looking forward to next season-this has been a great experience!

Josie with her friend Mark. 🙂

Josie with another sweet friend….my kiddos are going to be sad the meets are over-they had so much fun playing while the team was running!

Josie’s journal

When we were on the way home back from our trip, Josie wanted to write a journal of what we did. I thought it was too cute not to share, and I wanted a record of it in case something happens to it (and so I can remember what it says!) Disclaimer….Josie tends to mix up “d” and “b” and “M” and “W” when she’s not paying good attention to what she is writing. 🙂



“Visitor’s Center” (It had the big paddle wheel in the front, and Mee-Maw was looking at sweatshirts).

“Farm” (She is the little girl holding the chicken in the bottom.)

“Gardens” (at the Biltmore)

“Mountains” ( And I have no clue what the rest says….something about snow?)

Roan Mountain, Part 3

Thursday we took advantage of being so close to Asheville, North Carolina and took a VERY excited little girl to see a real life castle-the Biltmore! We told Josie our plans the day before, and she could hardly wait to see it. 🙂

Catching her very first glimpse of the “castle” and taking a picture with her camera…she took a LOT of pictures.

We toured the inside, and Josie’s favorite part was Mrs. Vanderbilt’s room-it was so fancy and girly. I am not at ALL surprised. 🙂

Then we walked around the beautiful gardens. Do you spy a little girl taking 4 million pictures of flowers?

After that we found a place to eat our picnic lunch, and then we went to the farmyard…

It was a great day, and DEFINITELY Josie’s favorite part of the whole trip-I’m so glad we decided to take her!

Friday morning was a sad day. We woke up to a very chilly and gray morning, packed up, and said goodbye to the park. None of us were ready to go home.

We took our time coming home, and made a lot more stops….one to get gas, then at Chick-Fil-A for lunch, then at an antique store, just because, and one last stop 20 minutes from home for Jack to go to the bathroom.

It was such a good trip, and we are already making plans to visit Roan Mountain again. There was so much to see and do, we could have spent a whole other week. So glad we are so blessed as to be able to take such sweet vacations with family, and see God’s beautiful artwork first hand. So cool.