Saturday, February 28, 2015

Moments {2.27.15}

This has been another icy, snowy and cold week in the south.
It really is unusual for us to miss as much school as my kids have in the last two weeks.
Except for the make- up days, I don't hate it though.
Sleeping in has been really nice!
This is what our week has held.....

Saturday, February 21, 2015 --
On Saturday, we had a lazy day at home.  I savored what I thought would be our last day in.
I read and did some small chores.  I also got back on my treadmill for the first time since I broke my foot back in December.  
I did run about a mile of it but the rest was a walk.
It went better than I expected.  
Time to get back into the habit!

It was a great pajama day for us all.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 --
On Sunday, we got up and got ready for church.
Lillie asked me to curl her hair.  I didn't have time to do it with the curling iron, so I offered to try out the hot rollers that Grammy had bought  for them.
I was worried they wouldn't work.
Thankfully, and to everyone's delight, especially Lillie's -- they did.

The afternoon held the funeral of one of our sweet church members.  She was a pastor's wife herself.
As I heard what  my husband and the others who spoke about her had to say, I found myself hoping that I can be remembered as she is. As someone who lived her faith and loved others.  
She has been sick a lot since we arrived her 3 years ago and I didn't get to know her as well as I would've liked.  She has given me something to strive for for sure.  As I am sure all who knew her would say!

A beautiful  Sunday sunset...

Monday, February 23, 2015 --
Monday was back to school and work for us all.
Except for Allie. Who had started running a fever on Sunday evening.
SO it was off to the doctor, where she was diagnosed with strep throat.
 She opted to get a shot in order to get back to school as quickly as possible.  

Brady didn't have any homework on Monday afternoon. 
Instead, he decided to play with the new whoopie cushion he got while out on Sunday afternoon.

53/365..... God gave me this boy to stretch me. 
 I do not like potty humor.  I've never liked whoopie cushions....

Allie had a cough and sounded really yucky on Monday evening but with ibuprofen was alright.
We played a game of bible trivia before bed.  I love this picture.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 --
I woke at my normal time on Tuesday morning and looked outside to see snow.
About an inch.  
About 5:30 am, the call came.
No school.
The kids were excited and I was glad that Allie wasn't missing another day of school.

I walked over to the church to do some work.
Because I didn't want to get my boots wet, I wrapped bags around my feet.
Walked out the door.....and slid right down and got wet.

Allie was feeling better by the evening and her fever was down to 99.  But I wasn't feeling so well.

54/365.....glad to be feeling better.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 --
Since I had started feeling badly and one of my symptoms was an especially sore throat, I went to the doctor.
Thankfully, I didn't have strep.
A viral infection she said.

The weather was calling for snow Wednesday evening and overnight so we cancelled our church activities for the night.  
Right before I started making supper, Allie told me that she was really cold.
We took her temperature and it was back up to 102.2
So, after talking to the doctor, she went back to see them to figure out why her fever was back up.

Hubs took her to the doctor so I could make supper.
Homemade chicken and dumplings were in order.

Hubs called and said that Allie had the flu. =/

55/365.....hoping this was a wonder medication for us all.  It wasn't.
But it did taste delicious.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 --

I woke feeling terribly, but Allie's fever was down to under 100,  and she said she was feeling alright.
"Just a cough" she said.
So she insisted that she could go outside in the snow.

56/365.... another snow day.

This snow left about 4 inches.
They had a blast out there.
I decided that I probably had Allie's flu and stayed in bed.

February, February 27, 2015 --
Again on Friday there was no school.  
I felt a bit better on Friday, so I got up to do some work around the house that needed to be done.
Loads of laundry to do.

Because I was feeling a bit better and we had all been in the house for so long, we did some errands in the afternoon.
By the time I got home, I was worn out, so I went bed early.
Not too long after I got this shot. 

57/365.... dusk....

Another week of snow days has been nice.
We are all going to have a hard time in March.
Weeks and weeks of going to school on time and getting out of bed early is going to be tough. =)

But, that is where we are headed.
And I for one, while I love a good snow or two each year, am ready for the warm up and the promise of Spring that is coming with this coming week.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Moments { 2.20.15}

This has been a week.
It has been a week of some very sad news
but also a week of rest in a lot of ways for me.
And for that I am very thankful.  
It has also been full of some poignant moments....
Here they are. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015 --
Saturday held a restful morning with a late breakfast of pancakes and bacon.
Then it was off to watch Lillie's soccer game.
Due to most of her games being on Thursday nights and my having bible study that night, this was the only indoor soccer game I got to watch her play.  

44/ girl.

After the soccer game, we went for an early Valentine's supper as a family to a great new Mexican restaurant .  I cannot wait to go back again. It was fantastic.

We came home and watched a movie together as a family.
This is Ken telling our kids the story of how we met that night.
They found it hilarious ( though, it really isn't that funny).
They all giggled so hard.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 --
Worship and then home for....

45/365.... afternoon naps....

Ken and Maggie headed out in the early afternoon for Sky High with our 5th and 6th Grade Ministry, The Bridge.  
So, the other two had to go to youth with Allie and I.
They had a great time getting to be with the big kids.

My picture of this got erased somehow. =/  

Monday, February 16, 2015 --
We got word on Sunday night that since a winter story was expected that school would release at 1PM.
I got groceries and  made a stop at a cute little shop in the town where I got groceries.

46/365....couldn't resist these.

I picked the kids up at 1pm and snowflakes began to trickle fly at about 3PM.
They were so excited!

 Tuesday, February 17, 2015 --
The forcast was for a bit of snow and then some freezing rain.
Thankfully, in our area -- we got snow showers and sleet.
SO, we had power and  the kids had a blast sledding.
Sleet and snow freeze down for some great sledding.

We spent the morning out sledding with some friends before the sun came out and melted our sledding hill.

47/365....Such a great time!!

On Tuesday, we got word that Ken's grandmother had had a stroke that afternoon that affected her right side, her speech and her swallowing.  
She is 98 years old, but it still seemed a bit shocking.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 --
School's were still closed due to the icy back roads.
Maggie had a doctor appointment so I did venture out for a while.
Thankfully, the main roads were good.
We had some more snow showers in the afternoon on Wednesday.
He was watching it snow out the window.

48/365.....hoping for more....

Due to road conditions, we had to cancel our Ash Wednesday Service. I was really bummed about that, but thankful for the time at home with my family.
This silly boy.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015 --
After the snow showers on Wednesday, a cold front came barreling in.
The Siberian Express made it's presence known in the south with a low of about 12 degrees on Thursday morning.
SO, my kids had a 3 hour delay in school start times.
I did get back to the office for a while on Thursday after getting the kids off to school.

We also cancelled our last bible study session due to some questionable roads.
That was sad, but understandable.

Since we had cancelled our bible study, I had another evening free at home with my family.
I made chili for supper and was in my bedroom slippers at 4PM.


Friday, February 20, 2015 -- 
The Siberian Express brought us a low of 9 degrees on Friday morning, so there was another three hour delay.

Coffee and bible reading after sleeping in?  
So wonderful.

We had planned on getting our kids out of school early on Friday to go see Ken's grandmother.
However, with the 3 hour delay, we figured we would just take the day and head on up there.
We spent about 2 hours with her in her room.
It was very hard to understand her, of course, but I know that she was glad to see us.
Before we left, we all prayed with her.
Ken leading a prayer for his grandmother....

50/365.... precious.

We did some shopping on the way home and spent some time just being a family.

I am not going to lie.
My snow-cation has been nothing short of wonderful.
I know it cannot continue, but I am so thankful for the rest that this week has allowed my family.
Even with the sad things,  as one of the most beloved of our church members passed on Friday also, it was  certainly a week to be thankful for.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Moments {2.13.15}

Another week has come and gone.
This week has been marked by lots of little moments that I want to remember.  
Loads of work and busy times.
I love looking back each week at the pictures I have taken.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 --
Early Saturday morning, we still had company from our sleepover the night before.
These three had a great time playing outside together.

Allie was out of town all weekend with the Middle School youth from church.
Maggie doesn't like to downstairs alone when Allie isn't here. (Can't say I blame her).
So, on Saturday night these three had a sleepover in Lillie's room.


Sunday, February 8, 2015 --
Mason brought his sweet dog to visit us at SWAG Sundays on Sunday afternoon.
Such a sweet puppy.

Sunday was a beautiful day.  
A touch of spring.
72 degrees.
But, there was a lot of wind.
made for a beautiful picture!

 38/365......bright, bright, sunshiny day

Monday, February 9, 2015 --
Lots of working on Monday and shopping for groceries.

But I did get to read a book while I waited on Lillie at piano lessons.

39/365.....100th day of school....

Tuesday, February 10, 2015--
Tuesday was  cloudy, cloudy day.   I worked and then ran some errands.
It was nice to look out and see sunshine through the clouds at one point.
Tuesday night was a busy one.
Ken and I both had meetings.
Afterwards, I was ready to veg.
Which I did. With these.
Carb loading at the end of a busy day.....not the best idea.

40/365....carb love....

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 --
Wednesday was another 'regular' Wednesday.  
Work and then home to do homework and make supper for the family.
Brady and I finished his Valentines cards.
Maggie helped me make supper on this night.
We are usually so busy that it is hard to find time to cook together.
This was a special night.

41/365....learning to chop veggies.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 --
This kid came home from school in a very foul mood.  
It was wearing me out, frankly.
He keep telling me he didn't have any homework.
What you need to understand is that Brady, in Kindergarten, has the same homework each day of the week.
Every week.
Monday - Thursday.
On Thursdays, he has a Writing assignment.  
He kept telling that he didn't have any homework.
Exhausting.  Really.
We finally made it happen, though.

I walked in to the living room after supper and found this on tv.
SO very thankful that shows like this still run on tv and that my kids want to watch it.

42/365..... takes me back to my childhood.

Friday, February 13, 2015 --
I love dressing for the holiday.
The kids all wore new Valentine's shirts to school.  

Our friend, Wendy, sent me a message early in the week to see if Ken and I needed a babysitter to go out for Valentine's Day.
What an amazing friend she is to our family!!

Ken and I got to go out for supper to one of our favorite local restaurants.
We then went to see "Crowns" at a community theater.  
It was a great show and a great evening.

Another wonderful, crazy, busy week has come and gone.
Can't wait to see what this week brings.

I hear it might even involve some of the white stuff flying around the sky! 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Moments {2.6.15}

Every week, I work at getting a couple of pictures for each day that tell a bit of the story of what we have been up to.  
This week, I missed one.  
But, here is most of what we have been up to!

Saturday, January 31, 2015 --
On Saturday,  some of us had the opportunity to help a family in our church get some things done in order that they can get their home put on the market.  
I am so proud of the hard work put in by everyone who worked with us.
And, the weather was perfect to be doing outside work.  

Our friend, Jenny, was here visiting so she went with us to do this work.
She didn't even know this family. She was just willing to help.  
That is what I call a true servant heart.
She was willing and happy to help do work that wasn't hers to do.
Thank you Jenny! We love you.

31/365....She is an incredible role model for my children.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 --
The kids and I attended the early service at church and then came home.
It was a big hair day for me....

We spent the day resting and went out for a late lunch before watching the Super Bowl.
Lillie drew these and left them on Ken and my pillows that evening before she went to bed.

32/365......she is quite the artist.

Monday, February 2, 2015 --
I got these adorable ceramic measuring spoons recently and finally used them on Monday evening.
I really do love them. 

ALSO. For Christmas I received a gift card to Williams and Sonoma. You all probably know that I love most anything that is reminiscent of the 1920's.
I used my card to order these old-fashioned champagne glasses.
I don't even drink champagne, but I love them.
33/ pretty.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 --
These two girls had check ups with their pediatrician which required giving blood.
So, a treat was in order afterward!!

One of the UMW circles at church brought Ken and I a bouquet for Valentine's day.
They do this each year for the church staff.  
Such a sweet thing to do.
34/365....thankful for their care.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 --
 I arrived  at my office to find this on my desk.
Left  by my sweet Allie.
Great way to start my day.

Wednesday was a long day.  Maggie and Allie came home with lots of homework that they were unable to finish before we left for church.
Lillie made Maggie's lunch for her so that she would be able to not eat school lunch on Thursday.
I truly love when they serve and love one another.

35/365.... learning to serve.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 --
On Thursday afternoon, in between the my morning bible study, then work and going back to evening bible study, I was going to run some errands.
I decided to stay home and read instead.  
It was lovely.

SO lovely was that time and so busy was the day that I didn't get a picture with my DSLR camera on this day.
I completely forgot., no 36/365 pic....

Friday, February 6, 2015 --
These  two had their own check ups with the pediatrician on Friday morning.
Brady was the lucky one who didn't have to give blood or get shots.
Lillie had to get both.
So, they also got a treat.
We got Zaxby's for lunch before heading back to school.

Allie left on a Middle School Retreat on Friday afternoon so the other two girls both had a friend sleep over.  

36/365.....friends ....

That is what our week has looked like.
Another busy, busy week.  
And another one to come.
What have you been up to this week?