Saturday, September 13, 2014

Moments { 9.5.14 and 9.12.14}

School has returned so that means even more busy.
I started this picture post a whole week ago and then never got it finished.  
SO.  Two weeks worth of what we've been doing again.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 --  We took Brady and his friend out to eat with the family to celebrate Brady's birthday.  He chose Steak and Shake. It is his favorite.

After lunch and a few hours play time, his friend went home.
I spent the late afternoon cleaning  my laundry room.  I mean major cleaning and cleaning out, too.
I came out of the laundry room to find this.
At least they were playing together instead of fighting.
I wasn't upset about the mess.
239/365.....Lego girls.

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 --  After worship, we went shopping as a family.
Drove to some new 'outlets' about an hour from my house.
There were a million people there taking advantage of the Labor Day Sales and I wasn't even that impressed.  So, we didn't stay a really long time.
Maggie had a sleepover birthday party that night, so we dropped her off and headed out to get some supper.
I love driving over the lake. So pretty....

240/365... showing off his brand new hoodie.....

Monday, September 1, 2014 --  After a quiet early morning alone, I got in a quick run and then we went to visit my in laws for the day since it was a holiday and there was no school.

While there, Brady got to try out his birthday present.....

241/365.....flying his plane

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 --  Back to school and work for us all.  
It was hot as the blazes this day. 
I was (and am still) longing for the cooler weather of fall....

After we got everyone home and supper finished, we actually had no where to be on this evening.
I spent a little time cleaning and sorting some things in my room.
I came across these.  
At my wedding shower, the hostess had people write marriage advice for me on these cards.
Reading back through them 14 and a half years later, there is some amazing advice in there. 
All from wonderful friends, family and women from my home church.  
What a blessing.
242/365......sage advice and love.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 --   Another busy day at work and school for all of us.
Our children's choir (God Squad) started back up on this night.
This is how I found Lillie when I walked in to kiss her goodnight.
This is how I always find her.
She loves books and music.

Then I watched the video for my bible study that would start the next night.
I have done this particular study 5 times already. Every. single. time. God has another layer of stuff to work through with him so that I can be more like him.
He is so good and I cannot tell you how much I love bible study.

243/ element.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 --  We are doing two sessions of this study.
One in the morning and one in the evening.
I was so excited to get started and get these ladies into His Word.
I know they will be transformed by this time with Him.

Allie came home and told us that she had been elected on to Student Council by her homeroom class.  I didn't even know she wanted to do it  She has never wanted any part of it before....
244/ proud of her.

Friday, September 5, 2014 -- The High School I attended came to NC to play.
It was about 3 hours away, but since we had friends who lived nearby and graciously agreed to house us for the night, we drove up to watch.
And we got to see Papa (my dad), too.
He goes to every football game played by the local high school.

 245/365....SO thankful to Jenny and Tripp for letting us crash at their house for the night.!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014 --  We had a nice visit with our friends on this morning and went out for breakfast with them at a local place.  The food was yummy and the company --  the best!

We stopped on the way home to have an impromptu lunch in Sylva with our buddies the Newkirks.
AND - Emily came!!
After lunch, we went to the park for a while.
Tripp and Jenny and Emily love our kids fiercely.
They are truly a blessing to our family.
And my kids love them all. Fiercely.


Unfortunately, once we headed home, Brady started throwing up.
I was hoping it was just car sickness because he does that sometimes.
But, no. As it day progressed and the nastiness continued, I knew.
Stomach bug.

Sunday, September 7, 2014 --   We were to kick off our Fall Youth Program with the 7th Grade Welcome Event.  I was so looking forward to this. We were going to 'kidnap' all of our new 7th graders and take them to breakfast. 
Since, Brady was sick, I couldn't go. 
I sat and watched the sun rise across the street watching the older youth gather to head out.

My house was the first stop.
Allie is one of our new 7th graders.
It was so fun watching them get her out of bed and tell her to come on.

Monday, September 8, 2014 --  I worked in the morning and then got to have lunch with my friend Kandi, who was here for a workshop.

He went to school on Monday because it had been over 24 hours with no throwing up and no fever.
But he still wasn't feeling great I don't think.
He said he was  that morning -- 
but this was how he sat all afternoon when he got home from school.
248/365.....poor boy.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 -- Lillie's teacher wrote a grant and is doing what is called a "Walking Classroom" this year.  Her class goes out on a walk for the exercise while listening to lessons on podcasts.  
I went and walked with them on Tuesday morning.
We listened to a lesson on germs.
and gross things like mucus and sweat.
But it was informative.
I do love the concept of the walking classroom.
We walked at least a mile.

Two kids had dentist appointments that afternoon and then we had errands to run so 
the evening was full of homework.
249/365..... working hard.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 --  Allie had an orthodontist appointment first thing on this day.
So, I grabbed a coffee and did my bible study while I waited.

I got her back to school around 10:30 and then worked until time to pick them up from school.
We ate supper, I had a meeting and we had God Squad where we started working on the music for our Christmas play.  It was a super busy day.
Arrived home to find these.
My mom sent me all these parenting books.
250/365.....hope I find time to read them.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 --  We had bible study and then I worked until time to get the kids.
Got in the car and realized I had no gas.
Thankfully , I managed to pick everyone up and get to the gas station without running out of gas!

Ken, Brady and Lillie headed out to soccer shortly there after and Maggie, Allie and I headed back to church for the second session of bible study.
Once we finally made it home, I was exhausted.
Had a little snack and went to bed.
251/ Reese's that are shaped as something!

Friday, September 12, 2014 --   Hubs and I are working to make Fridays 'date days'.  
We went and worked out together.
We did a spin class and a weights class after that.
I almost died.    I just thought that running was keeping me in shape!
But, I'm glad we did it together!

We spent the day together and then picked up the kids from school.
We went to supper as a family.
Allie went to the youth center with her friends for the evening and the rest of us watched movies.

Two more weeks in the books.
I want life to slow down so much.

Maybe I can get to place where it will slow down for me. Sometime soon!!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Moments {8.29.14}

Another week of Instapics and photos each day.  
It has been a HUGE week around here.
The kids all started school this week.
And all of our fall activities are starting to pick back up.
Here are a few 'moments' from our week!

Saturday, August 23, 2014 --  We did a little resting and laundry on Saturday since we had just returned from the beach.
I also did several hours of work that I needed to catch up on.
So, since I worked all day and there was no food in our house,  Cookout was for supper.
I had never noticed before that there are bible verses on their bags.

 232/165......spent a long time to day finishing all this.
Lots of prep for a Parent Meeting.

Sunday, August 24, 2014 ---  After church, we went to grab some lunch as a family as we still had no food in our house.
Playing tic.tac.toe with someone is the norm while out for a meal.

After lunch, the family went to see my inlaws and I went back to church to get things ready for my meeting.
After the meeting, I came home and helped prepare for the week ahead.

233/365..... first day sign.

Monday, August 25, 2014 -- These girls started school.
I really can't believe it is that time of year already. 
Summer flew by!
I am usually ready for them to go to school, but not this year.
234/365..... my girls.

After school, Lillie got in the car and declared her teacher the funniest teacher ever!
Maggie wasn't thrilled that she had been called Allie all day, and Allie wasn't thrilled that there was "nobody" in two of her classes. 

 A lot of our fall activities started back up on Monday, so it was time to divide and conquer.  I took Maggie to tumbling while everyone else went to soccer practice.  Tumbling was the better choice.  I had a little down time!

Relaxing with a book!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 --- This sweet little boy started Kindergarten.
So sad to me.
235/365.....the last Kindergartener..

Since we have a tradition of getting ice cream as a celebration of the first day thing and seeing how Monday was too busy. AND, seeing has how this was my boy's 6th birthday, we did it on Tuesday.
Happy Kiddo's!
I think the second day was better for my older two!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 -  
 Allie had a checkup with her endocrinologist.  
She was "bored" while waiting.
We weren't even waiting that long.
Uughhh. kids need to be entertained all the time.
She should've brought a book.
The endo came in and things went great!!

We are so proud of this girl and how she has worked hard at taking care of herself.
When we arrived in the hospital back in May her A1C level was 11.8.  For those of you who have no idea what that is, it is basically a number that tells what a person's average blood sugar level has been over three months. 11.8 correlates to an average blood sugar level of 292.  
But on Wednesday, her A1C was 5.1 -- an average of 90-100.  PERFECT!! 
Non-diabetic people have an A1C of between 4 and 6.  
SO proud that she is taking care of herself! 
236/365.....Love her so!

Thursday, August 28, 2014 --   All 4 kids were in school on Thursday. 
That meant a day of work for me.
When they got home, he was so thrilled to get to play with his new legos!
237/ love.

I had a meeting to go to last night and when I got home I was very tired.
As is evident here....

Friday, August 29, 2014 --
Since all 4 kids are now in school all day long, hubs and I made a decision to make Friday our 'date' day.
We haven't had a regular date time ......ever.
Hope we are able to do this and really spend some quality time together.
Today we went to lunch and did some shopping together.

Then it was time to come home and get the kids.
Tonight, we had pizza and family movie night.
238/365.....The Muppets.

Great first week of school for us.
How about you?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day and A Birthday!!

Today was his first day of Kindergarten.
He turned six today, too!

Again, surreal!

Monday, August 25, 2014


It was the first day of school today.
For the first time ever. I was sad to see it come.
I wasn't ready.

First day of 7th grade 
New school for her.

First day of 6th grade. 
(Still in the elementary school around here.)

 First day of 4th grade.

How did we get here?

Moments {8.15.14 and 8.22.14}

Two weeks worth of pictures again.
So gonna be short on the commentary and long on the pics!
Here goes!

Saturday, August 9, 2014--
We spent the day with some friends at their home on Lake Wylie.  
We enjoyed the day!

218/365.... Ms. Helen and my hubby.  The Matriarch of the family we went to visit.
She is such a sweet heart.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 --
Throwback to Saturday at the Lake.
It is summer time and the living is easy.

movie night.

Monday, August 11, 2014 --
Traveled with my Sticky Faith Group to Asheville to eat and celebrate our last night of study.

220/365....It was Rachael's birthday. or it had been the week before anyway.
She was still celebrating.

Fun group selfie.  

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 --
Busy day of working.

221/ watching them love each other.

This guy and his guitar.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 --
We took our 5th/6th grade ministry to Carowinds.
We had a grand time!

222/365.... boat shoot

Thursday, August 14, 2014 --
Lillie and Allie were with friends so I got to hang out with these two.

223/365.... accident.  
picture of the church across the street -- with a reflection of my closet. 
Friday, August 15, 2014 --
Haircuts and school shopping.

224/365.... Maggie's loot from the birthday party she attended.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 --  I found some apps I am gonna need to get soon!

225/365......hubby surprised me with a new phone! <3 p="">
Sunday, August 17, 2014 --
After church, we headed out on vacation!

226/365.... (missed getting a pic with my real camera)
SO, two instashots.
fireworks on our first night at the beach.

Monday, August 18, 2014 --
Sunrise while reading my bible.

Miss Maggie and our friend, Ms. Tina building a sand castle

August 19, 2014 --
Ready for another day at the beach....

Fav shot of the day.
How did she get so grown up?

Wednesday , August 20, 2014 --
 Morning shopping and rainy afternoon outside.
But indoor pool was still available!

So grown up.
I"m bummed about that!

Thursday, August 21, 2014 --
Took the kids to see the Pirate Show.
He loved it most of all.

My Maggie!! <3 p="">

Friday, August 21, 2014 --

Final day at the beach - frolicking in the waves
Just before an attack by a jellyfish......

My sad girl that got stung by a jellyfish on the back of both ankles.  

Fantastic two weeks!  
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