Author Archives: Jennifer

Fall Fun

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Y’all.  We’ve been so busy.  I don’t want to blog.  Well, I want to get my thoughts out, but I also want to play Candy Crush, watch TV, and let my mind veg.  Usually after the kids go to bed, the last 3 things win out (well those and laundry).  Laundry, oh you are my nemesis.

So, here are a few tidbits of info.

Caden has settled in at his new school.  He’s still making all A’s.  He just turned 8, and he had 6 buddies over for his party.  They went bowling and 5 of them spent the night.  They had SO.  MUCH.  FUN.  He had the time of his life.  We have been incredibly blessed by some sweet boys who are his age.  We are so thankful!

JL has started kindergarten.  Like I said in my last post, he was the first golden apple in his class, such an honor. :)  He has also received 3 bug awards for “Being Unusually Good.”  He continues to be thoughtful, caring, and compassionate.  We are so proud of the boy he is becoming.

EK is progressing in her language by leaps and bounds.  We have changed therapists and they mesh so well.  We are so thankful for Mrs. Kelli.  She is a GOD SEND.  EK has caught up to her hearing age, and now we need to get her caught up to her actual age.  So thankful for the progress we are making.  She is still in Pre-K at CCPS.  She is loving school and she is doing really well.  She enjoys going, which makes it so much easier for me to drop her off.  She’s my other half, so it’s weird when she’s not with me.  EK was golden apple for her class a few weeks ago.  What an honor for her.  So thankful she is an example of good behavior in her classroom.

My dad got to go to “Pumpkin Carving with Dad” for JL’s class.  Jeb had to work, so I was thankful Dad was able to take time out of his day to hang out with JL.  He even came early and ate lunch with me.  :)  Love my daddy!

Jeb took 2 of his best friends to the UT vs. UA game a few weeks ago.  We all went to the quad to tailgate, and had a blast.

The next day the girls and I went to Target and the guys watched the kids.  They climbed a tree. :)

Then there was Halloween.  It was supposed to rain on Halloween (which it did. bah!), so we went out to a church trunk or treat on the day before Halloween.  EK was Rapunzel.  She is slightly obsessed with Rapunzel right now.  Caden was a soccer player.  He’s not the dressing up type.  We told him if he didn’t dress up he didn’t get candy…he decided to be a soccer player.  JL was Yoda.  He lives to dress up.

I have made it a priority to eat lunch with the boys once a week.  They don’t get a lot of one on one attention, so I choose days EK is at school and I eat with them.  I am so thankful they still enjoy seeing me at lunch.  It won’t be that way forever.

Here’s Caden with his buddies from his bday party.  Love it!

He chose Shogun for his birthday dinner.  He LOVED the bday candle.  He wasn’t a fan of the ice-cream.  I was green tea.  EK LOVED it though.

JL lost his first tooth.  I tried to pull it out at home, but he HAD to wait till school for it to come out.  He was a determined little guy because it was out that afternoon when I picked him up.  He was so excited to get his sticker at school (you only get the sticker if the tooth comes out at school) and to add to to the tooth tally.

We all were really missing Disney, and we were able to make a reservation at there over Thanksgiving.  I am so incredibly excited!  We’re going for JL’s bday and EK is just to the point where she is in LOVE with the characters and such.  So so excited to see her there.  She’s finally excited about all of those things, and seeing characters, and all things Disney.

JL and EK had their Veteran’s Day program last week.  It was great!  We are so thankful for our Veteran, Grandaddy.  He served in the Korean War.  He has come to Caden’s programs the past 2 years, and now to JL and EK’s.  He did make it to Caden’s for the last 5 minutes this year.  Hopefully they won’t conflict next year. :(

One of my best friends went with EK and I to Disney on Ice.  EK was in awe of Mickey and Minnie.  She had a blast.  So glad we got to go!

We have a lot of trees where we live.  And this time of year, that means we have a lot of leaves.  I mean, like a ridiculous amount of leaves.  I’ve semi raked the front yard, and this is what happened.  Leaves are so fun to play in, and they were so deep the kids could hide in them.  :)  We LOVE all of our neighbors.  It is so fun to have so many kids out here.  Unfortunately there are no boys, but our boys make due. ;)

And, last but not least, we had pictures yesterday.  Here’s the before and the after. It’s not as bad in this pic as it was in real life. After pictures we went to Yogurt Mountain and they had chocolate and whip cream all over their faces and shirts. It was hilarious.  These 3 keep me laughing, keep me on my toes, and show me what’s important in life.  I love them to pieces.  

Loose Ends

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I am so incredibly behind in blogging.  That’s the beginning go most of my posts.  This post will tie up loose ends from the last post, and then I’ll have to catch up from Sept, Oct. and Nov.  So, EK got new glasses.  They were precious.  I mean so incredibly adorable.  BUT they weren’t sitting on her nose the right way and her eye started turning in again.  :(  We’re in the process of getting it corrected (as of today).  Until we get the bifocal put in the correct spot, we will be wearing her old glasses.  The old ones are the correct prescription, but her ophthalmologist wanted her bifocal to go down some.  

 

We went to see Mumford and Sons.  It was an incredible concert.  I didn’t realize it was a big deal we got picked out of the lottery to go to the concert.  You have to “apply” to go to their concerts.  For the money we spent (not much, like $40 a ticket maybe), it was an INCREDIBLE concert.  The best part was we have a friend who had VIP passes, and she got us into the VIP box at the end.  The last few songs were awesome.  We had this view.

A lot of our friends were there with us.  :)

And we even ran into an old Tuscaloosa friend who I miss bunches. :)

It was such a fun night!  We didn’t get home till 2 AM, but it was totally worth it.  2013 has been the year of the concert for us.  New Kids on the Block (ha!), Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, and Justin Timberlake (this weekend!!!!).

 

My Mom Thinks I’m Smart

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Caden started drum lessons.  It’s loud.  He plays in the basement.  I can hear them 2 floors up.  He is quite the musician, so I try to get over it. :)

I started chalk painting a little bit.  We don’t have the extra money to go out and buy all new furniture, so we painted what we had.  It was pretty easy, and looks good.

I had to deal with some unfortunate stuff toward the end of the summer.  Life isn’t always easy, and I’m never going to please everyone…then I found this on Instagram.  It was exactly what I needed.   And then, this glorious day happened.  It was PSL time again.  I had it 3 days in a row.  It came out the day before my birthday.  It was like Starbucks little present to me.  Then, I woke up one morning and decided to see how many calories my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte had in it…I get Nonfat and No Whip..surely it wasn’t many.  Ugh, a regular size is 210 calories. :(  I haven’t had one since.  Sad story.  It will definitely be a special treat, not an every day occurrence.  Alabama has been playing like a #1 team, and EK, the encourager, is happy to cheer them along.  ”Good job!!  Good job!!”JL was the FIRST golden apple in his class.  When Caden got upset that he wasn’t the first golden apple, JL told him, “It’s because I listen, obey, and am sweet.”  The same day he got the golden apple (which is basically an award for being polite, listening, following directions, etc.) he also got the BUG award (“Being Unusually Good”) for finding his sight words in a book.  He told me the night before he had been trying very hard and had been doing his best to get a BUG award.  So thankful he was rewarded for his efforts.
Caden had Grandparent’s Day and my Mom and Dad were able to come.  Don’t they look great?!?  I love my parents.  I am so thankful that they are so close and can be involved with our kids. :) This cracks me up.  ”My mom thinks I AM SMART.”  Well, yes I do buddy.  Apparently I tell you that a lot.  His favorite thing to do is go to Disney.  We all miss Disney.  It’s been since May.   Caden is playing soccer.  He had one rough game where he acted a little ugly to other players, but this game (when this picture was taken) I was SO incredibly proud of him.  His team was losing, he got a ball kicked in his face so hard it confused him for a few seconds, but HE PLAYED HIS LITTLE HEART OUT AND DID.  NOT.  QUIT.  So thankful and so proud of him.   He wasn’t the only one who enjoyed Yogurt Mountain (or Yo Mo as C calls it) that day.  The little 2 had a blast too.  Unfortunately Jeb was working. :(

Hey, I’m almost caught up with current life! Only glasses, a concert, and a few details in between. Yay!

First Day of School

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School started with a bang.  Our babies are growing up.  We started Pre-K4, Kindergarten, and 2nd Grade this year.  The little 2 are at school together and C is at a school by himself.

C walked into school and had to go to the lunchroom because it wasn’t 7:45 yet, we walked in and it was a bit overwhelming…until we saw some of his sweet little buddies.  The Lord is so gracious.  We walked in and there was ONE seat next to his buddy, A.  C told us he was good, and we left and took JL and EK to their school.

EK was in the same class with the same teachers as last year.  She has learned so much and progressed so far since she started.  We are thrilled and so thankful!

JL has a precious teacher, who we happen to go to church with.  She was one of the 2 we requested, and we are beyond thrilled for him to have her this year. He is loving school, but wishes he could play outside longer.  :)

Here are all three of them before school.  We managed to get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and take pictures AND leave on time.

 

 

Jeb wasn’t off work the first day, but he managed to take everyone with me and just get to work late.  I made the rounds at the end of the day and everyone had a great first day!  We headed out after school to get a treat, and then onto soccer practice…and another year begins.

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Y’all, it has been such a great year, but we have been in survival mode since…hmmm…May maybe?  I’m hoping it’s calming down.  Maybe this is the new normal?  Let’s hope not.   Well, August has come and gone.  We had a beach trip which was pre-empted by a wedding.  We ended up going to the wedding with EK and sent the boys to the beach with Mom and Dad.

I think they made it fine without us.

The wedding was in Memphis, which is where one of my favorite people had just moved.  Meet Courtney.  We have lived in the same city since 2010, however we didn’t decide to start hanging out till about a month or so before she moved to Memphis.  Sad story.

After lunch with Courtney and her husband (who is also pretty awesome), we eventually made it to the hotel, and then to the “non rehearsal rehearsal dinner.”  That would be a rehearsal dinner without the rehearsal.  Here’s a pic of all the guys who have ever lived in Jeb’s old college house. The 4 on the right are Jeb and his old roommates.

Here’s the crew from college who celebrates “Truth Day” (Thanksgiving-FRIENDS style) and Christmas together every year.  We now have a new member, Brittany. :)

We got back from Memphis and slept on mattresses on the floor in our new house.  EK watched Fresh Beat Band because it seemed like the right thing to do at 10PM after riding home from Memphis.

Then the next day Jeb went to work, and I directed movers while corralling a wild 4 year old.  Oh, it’s every bit as stressful as your imagining, except MORE.

Well, everything got moved in, and we were making progress, and that’s when it happened.  The thing you don’t ever want to happen, but it happens all the same.  The Great Stomach Virus of 2013.  It didn’t pass anyone by.  You’d think it was gone, and then another man was down.  It was a rough week my friends.

And then, once it had held each one of us captive, it went on its merry way to attack another house.  And we were all back to normal.

Here’s JL before his 5 year check up and shots.  We were only 8 months late for his appointment.  No biggie.  We’re 14 months late for EK’s 3 year appointment.

 

And just like that, summer, or the lack thereof was over, and school bags were packed and traffic signs were made for PTO.  

Cullman to Huntsville to Opp to Huntsville to Memphis with Hartselle, Birmingham, and more Cullman in-between

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So, it’s July.  I’m way behind.  We’ve had a busy summer, and it’s almost over.  It hasn’t been the relaxing summer I had hoped it would be, but it has been awesome nonetheless.

It didn’t take very long for the dog to get acclimated to our house and for the kids to love her.  She became the 6th member of our family very quickly, and has become quite the protector.  We need to work on how to tone it down for when we don’t want her to attack someone.   Right now EVERYONE but the 5 of us are intruders.  She can’t turn off the protector inside her.

Jeb had a fun Father’s Day.  We actually spent it in Huntsville with my family.  Jeb is such a great dad to our munchkins.  We are so blessed.  It was such a blessing to be with my dad this father’s day and both of my grandpa’s.  My dad cooked some stellar Filet Mignon.

Some girls from our Sunday School Class went to see New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees, and Boyz 2 Men in Nashville.  It was SO much fun!!!  We didn’t get back till 2:30AM, and this grandma is getting too old for that.  I need more sleep than 3 hours…the kids didn’t care that I stayed out late.  They got up bright and early, and wanted to PLAY, PLAY, PLAY!!!

Ella Kate learned how to pedal her big wheel this summer, so we bought her a bike.  It’s still a little big for her, but she loves it anyway.  She went from not understanding pedaling at all to going full speed.  It’s hilarious to watch her focus and her little legs going around and around as fast as she can pump them.

She and “E-My-Tah” (Eliza) have become best of friends.  She loves her puppy to pieces and Eliza lets her lay all over her and get in her face.  She loves her right back.

Our appraisal and inspection went well with both houses, so we closed on our house July 1, and our house we are buying July 8.

Regardless of the amount of things that needed to be packed inside our house, we still played outside most of the day.  I have never been so behind in packing as I was this move.  It was crazy how much I didn’t have done just a few days before the move.  On the days Jeb wasn’t home or I didn’t have any help, I literally would get 2 boxes packed all day.  That’s all.  2 boxes.  It made it tough to actually accomplish anything, but we had fun riding bikes outside.

And sometimes we all played outside even when Jeb was home.  We just threw packing obligations to the wind and enjoyed time with the kids.  They’re only 3,5,and 7 once.

We had a laid back 4th of July.  It pretty much rained all day.  We grilled out and shot roman candles under the patio.  We also had wars with the little popper things.  We threw them at each other.  It made me laugh really hard.  We did get to shoot fireworks on the 3rd too…the kids talked us into doing it 2 nights in a row.  Thankfully it wasn’t raining on the 3rd. :)  

Ella Kate got a new Barbie doll.  She’s all about barbie dolls these days.  They take a bath with her, they go into Walmart with us, they sleep with her at night, their hair gets dragged on the ground….they ride bikes with her…and sometimes their hair gets tangled in the wheels…and their heads pop off.

We lived among chaos for a few weeks.  It was a little unnerving.  We FINALLY got everything out of the house at 11:50PM on moving day…we had to have it all out by midnight.  10 minutes to spare.  BOOM.  It was the least prepared I’ve EVER been for a move, and we’ve moved A LOT.  I hope to not move for a very very very long time!!

The day before we moved, this little girl had a 4th birthday.  I am so proud of her.  I’m proud of her progress.  I’m proud of her independence.  I’m proud of her determination.  She’s my girl, and I’m so thankful for her.

She makes me laugh really hard most days.  I love this kid.

The boys were in Opp for her birthday, so I took her to get some yogurt to celebrate with just us girls.  When Jeb got home we went to Logan’s to celebrate again (because it totally makes sense to do that on the night before you move).

We went down to Opp Friday and were reunited with these 2 crazy boys.

They were actually  happy to see us!  It was so nice to all be together again. 

Saturday morning, the boys, Jeb, Jacob (his brother), Kim (our sister-in-law), Gramps, and Wyatt (our nephew) went fishing.  EK felt like she needed to model a fishing hat.  Grammy and I took Colt (my other nephew) and EK to Jeb’s grandparents house in town.

Unfortunately it was raining, but fortunately for me…I wasn’t going.  I don’t like to fish in the rain…or really in the sun either. ;)

Caden on the other hand LOVED it.  He was in his happy place.  He caught some blue gill and bass.  JL did as well, but we don’t have a picture of him.

These 3 are best of friends, and I am so thankful.  They don’t see Wyatt very often, but they have a blast with him when they do!While we were in Opp EK got to use her new Aquabag from Cochlear.  Her implant stayed on so well and she LOVED hearing while she swam.  So thankful for the technology we have!

After we left Opp we headed back to Huntsville to resume our 20 days of living with my parents.  First day with all 3 kids was a fun one…we went to Ulta, Toys R Us, Panera, and hung out at the house.  The kids are getting so much better.  They have their moments where they act like wild hoodlums that have never set foot in public, but for the most part they’re taking steps in the right direction. :) They all got a pastry from Panera because they had been sooo good!   The boys requested that Grangran and Grandaddy keep them while I took EK to therapy, and GG and GD were beyond thrilled to do that…so EK and I had a fun lunch sans boys.  She thought it would be fun to wear a lei into Urban Cookhouse. Why not?

We spent some time with my meemaw and papaw too.  The kids love going to their house and swinging and picking vegetables…and EK insists on pottying in the garage.   After MM and PP’s we stopped by the mall and used $45 worth of gift cards a friend from residency had given us.  We got these 2 stuffed animals and these 2 kids were super happy.  Their names are “colorful” and “kitty cat.”  Our kids are so imaginative.  Except, not really. We had a little birthday party for EK at Mom and Dad’s on Saturday.  If you’re counting, that’s 3 parties for her.  I know.  She needs more attention.  It’s sad really.  Anywho, she picked out this precious dress to wear.  She’s big on wearing dresses these days.  

And she was so very thrilled with all the presents she got.  4 princess dolls, playdough, doll cars, princess slippers, princess sheets, and lots more. :)  So glad she’s a girly girl. :)
Her party came complete with entertainment too!  John Luke the amazing helicopter flyer show…and Caden…outside on the oasis…4:30, 5:00, 5:30.  Love them.  They put on quite the show. :)

Well, that’s an overview of what’s been going on up here.  I’ve been trying to finish this post for days, so there’s been more that’s happened since I started it…that will have to wait.  And Jeb took me on an incredible 10th anniversary trip, but that will get it’s own post.  BEST trip of my life.  We go to Memphis this weekend for one of our best friend’s weddings, and we move MONDAY!!!  So excited!

Dogs and Marriage

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Meet Eliza.  I wanted to name her Piper, but no matter how much I told the boys this house isn’t a democracy, they still tipped the scales when they sided with Jeb on Eliza.  I thought Piper was so cute.  Now we’re going to have to adopt a kid so I can name it Piper. ;).

Eliza is a full bred German Shepherd.  When she runs through the house it sounds like a horse is galloping through the house.  Her breeders said she’d get to be about 75 lbs.  She’s a little hyper right now.  She thinks when JL runs from her, he’s playing with her, so she chases him…which has led him to be terrified of her.  EK is skittish around her as well.

I’m hoping everyone will get used to her and she’ll get used to us soon.  She’s already wanting to play a lot more than when they first left her with us.       

 

And, 10 years ago today, Jeb and I got married.  Wow, things were different back then.  In 10 years we’ve moved 5 times (about to be 6), Jeb has started and completed med school and residency, we’ve had 3 kids, we’ve both had LASIK, we’ve lived in 4 cities, and we’ve been to Disney 19 times.  When we said “I do” we did it for life.  Every day isn’t easy, but we persevere.  It honestly has never been hard to be married to Jeb.  I never would have expected to have been here 10 years ago.  I am so thankful for the life we have been blessed with.  I can’t wait to see what comes in the next 10. :)

Since we’ve been back-I just thought May was bad

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I’m singing “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson in my head now because of my catchy title to this post.  I use the term catchy very loosely.  So, we got back on Friday.  We left at 9am and got back at around 5pm.  I kid you not, we stopped for a total of 15 minutes the whole 10 hours.  We are not afraid to just keep driving.  The boys may have allegedly gone potty in a bottle so as to keep from stopping.  Thankfully they did not have to boom boom while we were driving.  That would be a phrase I just stole from Big Bang.  That show owns me.  And when we got home, we don’t rest, we keep going.  I had everything unpacked and loads of laundry going before bedtime.

We had a wedding Saturday evening.  The wedding was only about 15 minutes.  It started at 5 and we were finished with the reception by 630…and we were one of the last ones to leave.  We had paid a babysitter to feed, bathe, and put our kids to bed, so we weren’t about to head home just yet.  We ended up going to Starbucks and chatting with our friends till 10.

Sunday we went to the lake with my family.  My cousin and aunt and uncle were in town from Oklahoma and Texas.  It was so good to see them!  Courtney, my cousin, came back home with us.  I wish she could live with us permanently.  She’s so fun to have around.  I don’t have siblings, so she’s the closest thing I have.  Love her to pieces.

Courtney stayed Monday and Tuesday.  We also had VBS that week as well.  We took Court back to my aunt and uncle on Tuesday.  We met them and my meemaw and papaw in Hartselle for dinner.  Then Wednesday Jeb was off work and we got an offer on our house.  We also took the boys 2 best friends home with us Wednesday from VBS.  They spent the night and Jeb took all the boys to see Epic.  We accepted the offer on our house and then Thursday I went to look at another house for us to buy.  Jeb and I had only seen it once before and we weren’t looking at it with the intentions to buy it.   I went back Thursday without Jeb since he was working, and we put an offer in on Thursday evening.  Our offer was accepted Friday. 

 

We had a rainy carnival at church Friday night and I helped a friend pack to move.  Then I think we just hung around the house Saturday.  I’m really not sure.  Life is starting to run together at this point.  Sunday was supposed to be lake day with our SS class, but it looked like rain.  We changed it to pool day.  We went back and picked up the Murphrees after church.

We fed all 6 kids lunch and then took them to the pool.  We were only an hour late.  I count that as a success.  The boys were best friends with the oldest 2 Murphree boys, so they have been so sad to have to say goodbye.  They had a blast together Sunday though.

 

This little guy is the littlest of the Murphrees and he makes me laugh so hard.  The Hornsby’s sure are going to miss all of the Murphree’s.  We trust that the Lord called them to move for a reason though.  Praying He will be glorified through it.  

This week, the boys have slept together in the floor every night.  I’m not sure how long it will last, but we don’t mind.  It’s summer afterall.  They fall asleep every night watching a tv show.  Monday we started therapy with a new therapist, and let me tell you, it was FANTASTIC.  I love her.  I left feeling good about life instead of wondering why my kid hated therapy and why my kid always acted so awful in therapy.  So thankful for this new change!  Today I ate lunch with another friend who’s moving, and we had our inspector come for our house .  We got a 100.  Yay!  That’s one hurdle down and 3 to go.  The appraisal is supposed to be done on the house we’re buying soon.  I’ve gotten all the paperwork in, now we’re just waiting on appraisals and inspections.  So nerve wracking.

Also, we’re supposed to be getting a german shephard puppy Friday…you know, because we don’t have enough going on right now.  Thankfully they will board her while we’re on our anniversary trip, and while we’re homeless for 20 days after the closing of our current house and closing of our future house.  That’s a long story for another day.

So, there you have it.  I think I’m juggling at about my maximum right now…PTO President for next year, finishing up treasurer duties from last year, selling house, buying house, keeping current house clean, being mommy and wife, laundry, trying to make meals work out of the food we currently have so we don’t have to go to the store.  We are out of milk and bread, so Jeb is asking that I go purchase the essentials tomorrow.  It promises to not be the low key summer I had imagined, but I am so thankful for the Lords faithfulness during this whole situation.  Thankful for the sale of our home.  Thankful for us finding a new home.   So thankful. :)

Home again, home again

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We went back to Disney again.  If you’ve known us long, or read our blog very long, you know this is a normal thing for us.  We were just there in January, and the time before that was December.  This trip marked my 40th time to Disney, Jeb’s 22nd time, Caden’s 17th, JL’s 15th, and EK’s 11th.  This was one of my favorite trips to Disney to date.  EK was so much fun this trip.  The boys are getting to an age where they are easier to handle as well.

We went down a couple of days before Mom and Dad got there.  The excitement was through the roof by the time we got there.  We left home Thursday night AFTER Jeb got off work.  We ended up leaving about 630.  We had to leave the house “show ready” just in case someone called to see the house while we were gone.  That was quite the feat.  The kids only had a 1/2 day of school that day, part of that 1/2 day was Caden’s Bye Bye Brunch.  So, I had all 3 kids at home, while I packed us up, and loaded the car.  OH, I also got a text from our realtor that morning that he wanted to show our house at 1pm that afternoon.  You don’t turn down a showing, so I said “Sure!” and then I drove the kids around for an hour till he was finished showing our house.  Good times.  After that, I finished packing and loading the car.  We drove part of the way Thursday and finished it up Friday.  The kids were SO READY to be there.  We unloaded our bags, and headed out to the park.  We had planned to meet our friends at EPCOT.  We pulled into the parking lot and found this.

They woke up shortly after this.  Apparently I didn’t have my A game going this day.  We got there, got EK’s special assistance card, and then her ear started blinking that the battery was dying.  We had to cancel on our friends and go back to the hotel to get new batteries.  Thankfully they met us at the hotel to eat dinner.  We ended up going swimming afterwards so the kids were happy.

Look how cute this little rugrat is with her little pig tails.  LOVE.  She developed an undying attachment to her flip flops during our trip to Disney.  I’m not sure why.  However, I am thankful she’s actually able to keep them on.  This day, she wanted her “pop pops” but I was able to get her cute red Sun San sandals on and get her out the door before she took them off.  From time to time she’d start whining, and we’d think there was something wrong with her.  I’d ask, “what’s the matter?”, and she’d say, “Pop Pops!!!!!”  Cracks me up.

This is the obligatory castle picture.  I love a good castle picture.  I love that the kids all wanted to wear their hats.  EK still will get hers out from time to time and just wear it around town.

We always have to play the pig game.  The boys LOVE it.  It’s one of their absolute favorite things about Disney.  EK will cut you if you try to take the pig from her.  She designated herself as the pig carrier.  She actually crawled into one of the machines to try to get the pig back while the boys were playing the game.  We had to grab her by the ankles and pull her out.

Riding the monorail is also one of our favorite things to do.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve always loved it and now the kids do too.  Everytime EK saw it she’d point and say, “Boat!” and I’d ask her what it was and she’d say, “Monorail.”  She still calls it a boat and a monorail even when we look at pictures.  Not sure why she gets it confused with boats.  We stayed at Bay Lake Tower, which is part of the contemporary, so we had the monorail coming through the atrium when we’d eat at the hotel.  She LOVED it.

 Before we allow JL to go to kindergarten, we really need to teach him the importance of wiping his face.  I fear this is how he will look every day when I pick him up from school.

The guy on the bottom left is one of the parking lot attendants we saw at Animal Kingdom.  We thought he looked like one of our friends (top right).  We send text messages back and forth with friends and this was the final list of the 4 people who look similar.  Couldn’t they all be brothers?  I think it’s pretty crazy how alike they all look.

I told Caden to give me a warrior pose.  It’s obviously not his forte.  He can play instruments with the best of them.  Dressing up, not his thing.

This guy, he excels at dress up and role playing.  He LOVES some dress up.

EK loved this ride.  We went to Animal Kingdom one night and there weren’t a lot of people there.  We were able to ride this over and over again.  The ride would finish and she’d say, “No, ride again!”  I don’t know how many times we ended up riding this ride, but I’m glad the adults took turns riding with her.  Going around in circles for long periods of time isn’t as easy as it used to be, which is why I sent Jeb on the teacups with the boys.

The last night we were in Disney Jeb had the boys at EPCOT riding Test Track and I took EK back to the room so I could pack.  She sat just like this for over an hour watching Fresh Beat Band.  I was able to get all our packing done.  So thankful she was able to stay entertained while I got some work done.

We had such a fun trip.  We were exhausted as usual, but it was good.  We move at our own pace at Disney these days.  We wake up whenever our kids wake us (usually at 7ish on vacation), we get ready, we eat in the food court area, and then we figure out where we are going.  This is so much different from the pre-kids Disney trips…I used to have spreadsheets, dinner confirmation numbers, and parks picked out every day…all done months before our trip occurred.  We always do quick service dining because we don’t want to have to plan our day around where we are eating a meal.  Next time though, the boys have already requested to eat at Chef Mickey’s and to eat in the castle.  So thankful I have been able to carry on this vacation tradition with our little munchkins.  So thankful I was able to bring Jeb over to the Disney side.  Once you go, it’s hard not to be hooked. :)

May: The month that almost killed me.

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So, May came and went.  I thought November and December were busy, but May put them to shame.  The end of school madness is drives mamas to the edge of insanity.  It is finished now.  These pictures are not necessarily in any particular order because, well, I don’t feel like moving them around.

A good portion of a couple weeks in May were consumed with Teacher Appreciation Week.  We LOVE our teachers at Primary, and we make sure they know it!  Our dining room table became the hub for everything appreciative.

This was my look for approximately 2 weeks before LASIK.  I had LASIK the afternoon after field day.  I had every intention of taking a shower before surgery, but then, I didn’t.  I was SO FREAKED OUT about surgery, but it was a piece of cake.  I took a Valium, and they deadened my eyes…and then they shot lasers into my eyes.  No biggie.  It all seems like a dream now.  I never got panicky or anything.  Praise the Lord!  I remember coming back home and looking for EK’s ear, then taking a shower, and then trying to find her ear again (it had been lost earlier in the afternoon).  Eventually I got so tired (because I was on Demerol and Phenergan) I went inside and put the shields over my eyes and taped them on top of my hair.  That was not fun when Jeb had to put the drops in my eyes later that night and rip the tape off of my hair.  My hair was so tangled in tape, it was awful. But, then I woke up the next morning, and I saw 20/15.  LOVE LASIK.

Mother’s Day was great.  This was the card Caden made for me.  Please notice at the bottom it says: just made this a few minutes ago.  I love honesty.  I can’t remember what else we did, but I know I felt special and it was a great day. :)

Like I said earlier, these pictures are not in order, so here’s the teacher appreciation luncheon.  Isn’t it cute?  Those daisy’s were some of the prizes we gave away.  They were the first things to go. :)

Here’s the final product for the Haiti shirt.  I haven’t actually placed the order yet.  Oops. This kid cracks me up.  We got these Minnie Mouse pjs from a friend in Sunday school.  We turned around and she had put them on top of her dress.  She loves Minnie and she loves to dress up.Jeb works 2 Saturdays a month.  We go to Target.  It’s simple.
These 3 are precious.  I am so blessed to call them mine.   Here’s my mother’s day lunch photo.  We ate at Backyard Burger.  Yummy!  They have fantastic salads. This girl had her first ponytail!  How cute is she? This guy graduated from Pre-K.   We could not have had a better year.  I wish we could take Mrs. Amy with us to CCPS.  We LOVE her!  JL would run and jump in her lap and give her a huge hug every morning.   Here is the happy little couple. JL asked Sadie to marry him a few weeks ago.  She said yes.  I’m so glad he found his soulmate  at the age of 2.  I found a valentines day card Sadie made him when she was 2.  Melts my heart.  Love her. :) We were blessed with the BEST teachers this year.  Not only did JL love his teacher, but EK and C loved theirs as well.  It makes it so much easier to be able to drop the kids off when I knew they’re being loved on by these sweet ladies all day long.  And here are some comparison pictures for you.  JL first day and last day of school. Caden’s first and last day pic. EK’s first day at the school for hearing (in September) and her last day as a Firefly at CCPS. We ended up in Huntsville for some reason or another.  I can’t even remember why we were there now.  I do know we went to the cookie company and dropped $10 on 4 cookies though.  The kids thought it was totally worth it.  :) And this is so typical of JL.  They all had their baths and asked for a “variety tray.”  A variety tray is a tray with lots of different snacks on it.  Then they sit down to watch their show…and JL has on an eyepatch and a telescope.  Any time is a good time to be a pirate.  And in between all of this we had a few house showings.  We had Field Day.  We had bye bye brunch.  We had other various and a sundry things going on as well. May was so full!  I thought June would bring slower pace, but alas, it’s not the case.  So thankful to have this house full of munchkins to keep me busy.