The rest of August

The rest of August has kind of been a busy blur.

We’ve had two cross country meets. Jack has gotten FIRST at both of them! He’s doing great this year! I don’t have any pictures of just him, only with teammates, so I’m not posting them here. But-he’s having a blast!

Josie loves 7th grade. She loves having more “freedoms” and a locker. AND she published a school newspaper, all on her own! It is called “The Edwards” and she is going to publish it monthly. I love her creativity and her ability to stick to an idea once she decides she wants to do it.

I have the best husband. He is patient, and kind, and will do anything for me. I’ve leaned on him a lot this month.

I am very, very grateful for the work of an organization called Project ADAM and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. They had come out to do a teacher training at our school, the first week of August. Without that training, the outcome of my runner probably would have been very different. Check them out here.

Here is a bunch of random end of August pictures:

I’m praying for a more peaceful, less eventful September.

August, Week 2

The second week of August started with 4 more sunflower minis (Yes, 8 in one weekend!) and Emery’s first birthday party!

After her birthday party, we ran over to the farm to show Shshr and Nana the sunflowers, and so I snagged a few pics. 🙂

The next day was the first day of school (already shared most of those pics, but here’s a couple of more…).

The beginning of school started pretty uneventfully. We had to get used to wearing masks and new cleaning protocols…but we were all SO glad to be back at school, in person, that nobody minded too much.

And then. Wednesday happened. After school at cross country practice, one of my runners went into sudden cardiac arrest. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. I’m not going to tell the whole story. But, with the help of three other wonderful ladies at my school, we performed CPR, used our school’s AED machine, called the ambulance….and he survived. He later underwent surgery to implant an internal defibrillator…and he is doing great, he was back at school the next week.

However… what I would never, ever have expected, especially since the outcome was so positive, was how I would feel afterwards. It has been hard. It truly was a traumatic experience. I am very, very grateful for the ladies that were there with me that day, for a school who was so understanding and kind to give us some time off, for church family (and our own family members) who provided my family with meals, and for my very patient, sweet, caring husband.

August, Week 1

Well, per normal for August…..I am behind on blogging. So. Here I go, catch up time!

We started off the first week of August with a fun birthday celebration for Hannah! I did a fun 13 year photo shoot for her on her birthday, and Josie came along. We did some “best friend” pictures. 🙂

6 feet apart pictures, just for kicks

And, then. I told them to get close and hug, without even really realizing what I was doing. It was just in “photographer” mode, and not even thinking…..that this was the first time they’d been allowed to touch or hug in MONTHS. They were SO excited. They almost cried. It was very sweet.

After pictures, we went to Torino’s and picked up some dinner and ate it in the car. 🙂

And then we headed to the farm, for a surprise for Hannah-we were doing a fire and FIREWORKS to celebrate her birthday. 🙂

That same weekend was the start of my August sunflower mini sessions at the farm. The sunflowers were BEAUTIFUL. I had 5 photo shoots that first weekend of August alone.

I had Mama Judy be a model for me one day before my photo shoot people got there. 🙂 I have the best MIL in the world. 🙂

Also spent SO MUCH TIME AT SCHOOL, getting ready for the first day. The kiddos were with most of the time the first part of the week, but they went fishing with Grammy and Pappy on Thursday, and ending up spending the night on Wednesday night and Thursday night. 🙂

One day at school I dropped a cubby on my toe. It hurt SO bad. Still hurts, in fact, almost a month later.

I was at school late on Thursday night for our virtual back to school night, and late on Friday night for our in person back to school night (for the new to JECA students). It was a long week. Not a bad week. But a looonnnggg week.

I ended that week with 4 more photo shoots on Saturday! Yes, probably not the best thing to do to myself….but the sunflowers were SO beautiful. And I had fun taking pictures in them.

1st Day of School, 2020 style

Well, it has been a blur of a 3 weeks getting ready for the 1st day of school, but today was the day! According to our headmaster, it had been 147 days since these kiddos were in an actual classroom. Our kiddos were SO ready to go back to school today. Josie was up at 3:30 this morning, raring to go! I was glad to be teaching IN PERSON, too!

This year we have a 7th grader who is over the moon to finally have a locker and the freedoms that come with being an “upper schooler” at our school, and we have a fourth grader who has his mom for his teacher. (Small school….it happens.)

We all survived and thrived today, and are all quite ready for our beds tonight!

Josie- 12 Year Old pictures

Josie has been helping me with several of my photo shoots here lately. She is a great assistant! Over the course of the photo shoots, I’ve snagged a few pictures of her, too. So her 12 year old photo shoot was done over a few different days. 🙂

First up was the sunflowers at our farm! I actually used these photos to advertise for sunflower mini sessions for my photography business.

I cannot get over how old she looks in these.

I grabbed this one real quick when she was helping with Carley’s pics.

And these this weekend when she was helping me with her friend Hannah’s shoot.

Can.not.believe. how old she looks.

The rest of July

We have been BUSY since returning from vacation. As soon as we got back, I had to jump back into school mode. I couldn’t actually go to school right away, because of needing to quarantine for a bit, but I did a ton of work from home, and then when I was deemed “safe” to go, the kids and I have been there almost every day. (except the days the kiddos have stayed home with Jake). Our school, because of Covid guidelines and needing to have enough space in the classrooms to put all the student desks 6ft apart, has had to do a MAJOR overhaul. Every single teacher/faculty member had to change classrooms and/or offices. Every one. It is actually a good thing, because we are making a LOT of changes we were going to make in the future anyways…they’ve just had to be expedited! We moved back the start of school from the 5th to the 10th, just to give us a little more time to get everything ready.

Anyways, there has been a lot of soaking up the last days of summer, too.

We got so used to going on our after dinner walks at the campground, one night we decided to do it at home, too. And the sky was BEAUTIFUL that night.

We’ve SO enjoyed our garden this year. It has been an excellent year for growing things. There is nothing like eating veggies fresh from your garden the day you pick them!

Masks. They are the new normal. The kiddos and have gotten LOTS of practice in wearing them while we’ve been at school. They are not my favorite thing, but are definitely a necessary evil right now.

The skies have REALLY showing off here lately….

And this happened. Meet Cleo, the newest member of our family. 🙂

Josie has practiced diligently, all summer long, on perfecting her slack line technique. And now she can make it all the way across!!! She was so proud of herself!

One night our friends came over for a fire night. The kids had so much running around the yard with them, and we got to meet their new puppy!

I’ve had so many photo shoots this summer, but this week I got to do really fun ones- Emery’s one year shoot, and Carley’s SENIOR pictures!! Josie came with me and was my photo assistant.

After a LOOONNNG week at work, we decided to have some fun Friday night. We went to an actual restaurant for the first time since March (I mean, we’ve picked up food and brought it home, but not actually eaten out). We went to Sax Deli and ate at their outside seating, and it was absolutely delicious! Then we hit up the Mexican popsicle place and sat outside and listened to a band play while we ate our treat. We ran into a family from church, and it was SO good to see them. We are missing our church family, so badly.

This has been a fun and busy weekend, too, but more about that later!