Catching up…again

I haven’t become a just once-in-awhile blogger on purpose, it has just happened that way here lately. No particular reason why….we just haven’t been doing anything particularly exciting. We are just doing life. And it is good. Just not necessarily blog-worthy. And I’ve been reading more here lately, so that’s been occupying a lot of my time.  We had some fun happenings this last week or so, though, so I thought I would catch up in list/picture format. 

1. Last Monday I got to go take Sadie’s newborn pictures. She is absolutely adorable, and Kinley is over the moon excited to be a big sister-she just can’t stop kissing her. 🙂 Josie and Jack got to meet Sadie for the first time, too. Josie was thrilled to get to hold her! Jack really couldn’t have cared less, but I didn’t expect much more from a 5 year old boy. 🙂 Here are couple of my favorites…

2. Last week Josie and I went to the symphony on a field trip with her/my class to see the Nashville symphony. It is always a fun field trip, and Josie was thrilled to get to choose two of her sweet friends to ride in my car with us. 🙂

3. Academically speaking, Jack is doing so well in kindergarten! His behavior, however is getting a little squirrelly as the year progresses. He likes to talk! 🙂 This weekend he got his first ever “grounding” after he pulled 3 sticks on Friday. He lost all iPad/screen time for the whole weekend. He was sad, but hopefully that “sting” was enough to remind him how to behave now. 🙂 #toughlove

(He’s the one right in front of the teacher.) (I love that I get to spy on my kids during the day. #teacherperks)

4.  The kiddos had a fun weekend (even if Jack was grounded from screens). Josie ended up spending the night with Grammy Friday night, so Jack went with me when I went to pick her up on Saturday. We hung out a little while, because Chad and Casey were there with some friends riding in the woods. Jack was thrilled to get to go on a ride with his Uncle Chad! 

These two….double trouble right here!

5. Sunday after church the kiddos went to a Vandy game with Shshr and Nana. They absolutely love going, and I love that they are getting to carry on a tradition that was always so special for me when I was their age. 🙂

Well, I guess that’s it. Here’s to my next catch up blog….

New Niece

My day started off in a very exciting (and very early) way- I got a new niece! Chad and Lesa’s new baby came at around 3 this morning. 🙂 She is beautiful,  healthy, and BIG. I’m so glad I got to be there right away when she was born-it’s a special way I’ve been able to celebrate all my nieces and nephews being born. We are blessed to live close to good hospitals, and our family. 

Welcome to the world, sweet Sadie!

This week our dear church friends are moving to MO. We will miss them all so much! Their friendship has been one to cherish, and although we are sad and will miss them, we are so glad that they will get to be closer to their family. Family is so important, and I for one am very grateful to have always lived close to mine.

If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.

From the book “Mindset”

Catching Up….

I didn’t mean to go silent on this here blog. I just haven’t really felt like blogging, so I haven’t. 🙂 But I thought  I would do quick recap, in list form,  of how 2017 has been for us so far.

1. We had a low-key New Year’s Eve celebration. We took the kids to eat at Cracker Barrel and to see Moana (so cute, by the way) at the theater, and then we headed home and were just lazy for rest of the night. We had a yummy taco dinner and played Clue. Both of the kiddos were still awake at midnight to see the ball drop (but Jack just barely!)

First picture of 2017!

2. There has been LOTS of playing in the tree house for two munchkins. What a great Christmas present for them!

3. We have completely planned and made reservations for our summer road trip! This is going to be our longest one yet, and we are all 4 SO excited! More details to come on this later.

4. We had our first snow of the season, the Friday after we started school back. It was a very unexpected snow; they weren’t even calling for flurries! It started flurrying when we got to school, and by 8:30 the roads were covered! The kiddos loved getting to play in the snow at playtime, though!

It was a coooold few days, so the snow stuck around for a couple of days, at least on the grass. Our kiddos had a blast playing in it, even if it wasn’t much! I personally loved the fact that BOTH of my kiddos can put on all their snow gear independently, and go play outside in the cold by themselves!

5.  These two are growing like weeds, and looked entirely too old in their new clothes from Aunt Angela and Uncle Jim on Sunday.

6. This is the first year Josie has been old enough to take private after school art lessons at JECA, and she is absolutely eating it up. She drew this! No tracing! And used chalk pastels to color it. So grateful we are at a place where she has such wonderful resources for learning and cultivating her gifts.

7. Jack is reading now! Tonight he wanted to do his reading homework with Pappy. 🙂

8. Jake has been on a business trip all week, and we all three have missed him like crazy. He comes back tonight, and the kiddos are SO excited to see him when they wake up in the morning. They love their daddy, so, so much….and so do I!

9. I don’t make resolutions. But I do make loose “goals” for myself each year. A couple of my goals this year : Read the Bible consistently. Ideally, 5 times a week. Work out (ideally) 4 times a week. Do 2 more triathlons (already signed up for one in April!)
Now, I’m realistic enough to know that my goals are just that- goals. If I don’t make them, it’s not the end of the world. But I do better when I have goals to strive towards.

10. I didn’t really have a 10, but I couldn’t just list 9 things!