We had a great weekend around here. Friday night we went to the RV show in Nashville with Grammy and Pappy and Mee Maw. The kids were SOOOO excited to get to go in all the campers. Josie loved all the tiny campers, and Jack desperately wants a motor home. 

Saturday afternoon we headed down to Grammy and Pappy’s to help Grammy celebrate her birthday and their anniversary! It was SUCH  a beautiful, warm weekend, and we spent the whole day outside, and the kids even played in the creek. 

It was a great day, and we ended it with yummy dinner and hot fudge pudding cake.

Today was a good day of church, and a relaxing afternoon with the family, topped off with some yummy homemade pizza. 

Here’s to a great week!

What I’ve been reading….

Winter + snow days + lazy weekends means lots of reading for me. 🙂 Here’s what I’ve been reading lately…

This was an awesome historical fiction novel that I really enjoyed, and would definitely recommend. 

A non-fiction! Albeit a short nonfiction, but nonfiction nonetheless. It was a pretty good read. Gave me a couple of things to think about, but not quite as helpful as I thought it might be. 

And ANOTHER nonfiction. I’m on a roll. This one was excellent, lots of food for thought, lots of wisdom intertwined with scripture. She is an excellent author. 

And this one was definitely my fluff novel of the bunch. Rainbow Rowell is actually one of my new favorite “fluff” authors. This one was even better than the last one I read of hers. 🙂

Jack’s birthday

This little dude had a good fifth birthday. We got lucky and ended up going to school two hours late, which meant I could fulfill his birthday breakfast request- “J” pancakes with sprinkles. He means business. 

Nana and Shshr took him to the Depot for a birthday lunch, and he got free cake! 

For his birthday present, Mee-Maw gave him money to go to JumpStreet, so we decided his birthday night was the perfect time to go-and he LOVED it! He was so excited we were all jumping, and he and Josie wore themselves plumb out. They ran, jumped, flipped, and played dodge ball with some other kids. This little dude is not afraid of ANYTHING. 

We ended the night by letting Jack choose dinner, and he (of course) chose Chick Fil A. It was a great birthday for the munchkin- I can’t believe he’s five!

5 years old

Dear Jack,

You are officially NOT a baby anymore. You are FIVE years old. These past five years have nearly flown by, and I am having a hard time believing that my baby is old enough to start school now. But I am excited. I have loved every age with you, and every new stage, and know these new stages will be no less exciting or fun. It is hard to believe, though, that this is the last of my monthly letters to you- you are a big boy now!
You’ve had an exciting last month as a four year old-going to Monster Jam, going to Vandy games with Nana and Shshr, having some MAJOR snow and sledding down a “ginormous” hill for the first time, getting staples in your head (again), and getting to spend the night with Nana.
Here are some quick facts about you at five years old: You are still a tiny thing, only 38 lbs and just now getting into 4t clothes. You make up for your tiny-ness, though, with your huge personality. You love all breakfast foods. You would live on oatmeal, sausage and biscuits, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, and eggs if we would let you. You are also a big fruit fan. Bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, you love it all. You are a sweet tea fan like your Momma, and you also love chocolate almond milk. You love all things with wheels, but monster trucks are still your favorite. You love Star Wars and Power Rangers, and playing on your Daddy’s iPad still tops your list of things to do. You love your Daddy, fiercely. He is your favorite play buddy besides Josie. Your love for Jo is amazing. You are each other’s best friend, and you love nothing more than to have a day at home with her, pretending and playing, and sleeping in your sleeping bags together. You love to be outside, bike riding, riding your go cart, or kicking a soccer ball. You love to follow Pappy around all the time. “Dreen” (Green) is still your definite favorite color. You love all things camo. You are excited to start school. You ask me often when it is time for you to go to JECA (Next day, Mommy?) You still say “my” instead of “I,” no matter how often we correct you- “Why would my not?” You have always have an idea or a plan- BIG plans. You are pretending to be some sort of animal 99 % of the time.
You have a BIG heart, and such a love and compassion for other people. You have a great sense of humor, and love to tell “jokes.” You keep us smiling and laughing all the time. You smile all the time! That dimple is crazy cute. You are ticklish and you love to make noise. You still want me to “pat-pat” you every night, and you can’t go to sleep without your blankie and a “sleeping buddy.” You are our sweet, sweet boy.
Happy Birthday, Jack-I can’t wait to see what this new year brings for you!
I love you to the moon and back,

Snow days

We have had a good couple of snow days around here. The kids played in the snow for just a bit yesterday, but it wasn’t a great snow to play in. So they have filled their time with lots and lots of make believe, stuffed animals, coloring, and Legos. I’ve made some more bread, cooked some yummy brunches, made some freezer meals (I tend to spend a lot of time in the kitchen on snow days!), and done lots of reading. Some for pleasure, some for school. Today I even watched a movie and took a nap, which was lovely. My “snow day tasks” list is almost complete, with just one small thing left to do. I love being at home with my family, especially since Jake works from home-we all get to be together.