Category Archives: Birthday Parties

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.  

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!

Life Update: Dates, Drama, Driving, Dirtiness, and Design

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We’ve had a couple of showings of our house. They didn’t accomplish more than forcing us to clean, mow the grass, and weed out the back hill…but I guess that’s something.

Last Saturday I took the boys on a “date” to Chick fil a. It was “Mother Son Date Knight.” We had a lot of fun. Ella Kate stayed with Jeb at home, but she still needed to take a picture with Mama.

At dinner we chatted, made a family crest, discussed life, ate dinner…and then they ditched me for the playground. I felt lots of mothers eyes looking over at me judging me for not being able to keep my kids at the table…until their boys did the same thing. I ended up hanging out with a couple of friends for a few minutes while they played.

After dinner they talked me into going to Walmart and Gamestop. We’re wild and crazy. JL bought a 35 mm camera and needed film, and they wanted to look at Skylanders at Gamestop. It’s apparently been too long since I’ve loaded a 35mm camera, approximately 10 years, and I completely screwed JL’s camera up. I loaded the film and then accidentally rolled it back into the film canister thing. After that, we gave him our old digital camera we were trying to sell (that no one wanted). He loved it and wants to put Skylanders stickers on it (the camera he bought was skylanders)…WIN.

Last Friday night Mom and Dad kept the boys (because we had bad weather Thursday and she couldn’t come). Jeb and I had EK by herself. It was crazy easy. It’s amazing how easy one kid is after having 3. We had big plans to get her to bed early and watch lots of TV. I know, I know. However, we got a phone call saying we were going to have a showing Saturday, so we cleaned, pulled weeds, and mowed grass instead.

Jeb had to work Saturday, so EK and I headed to Huntsville to pick up the boys before mom’s 10am appointment. We had some time to kill before we met Mom and Dad for lunch, so we made some returns at Bridge Street and then went to Toys R Us. Much to the boys delight they found Wham Shell, which is one of the last Skylanders they were needing. Currently, we only need 1 to have all of the Skylanders, (you can file that under the category of ridiculous). I mean, sure, they don’t have a Light Core Prism Break AND a Series 1 AND a Series 2 because that would really be ridiculous…they just have one of each kind.

Monday night we learned why Ella Kate needed a nap every day. Can someone say, DIVA?!? This was what happened when I told her it was time to go inside. We were supposed to eat dinner with some sweet friends, but that did not happen. No one wants to take this into public.

I picked JL up early from school one day last week, Tuesday maybe? I’m not sure..all the days run together. We took cookies up to Jeb at work. JL and EK had to have some before we dropped the rest off. I think she liked hers.

Late Tuesday night our realtor dropped some T-shirts off in the mailbox for us. The kids were pretty excited. They were even more excited he put them on his company Facebook page. :)

Our Sunday School class is raising money to send some little Haitian children to VBS this summer. It’s $30 per kid and that provides meals and a tshirt and such for them. I designed this shirt we are going to have printed and sell for $15 to help raise money. Our goal is more than $600 raised for the Haiti’s Eden VBS. This is the design on the back of the shirt.

And then Thursday night EK came down with Strep. So, we made her get a shot and this is what she felt like a few hours later.

Those shots are amazing. She did, however, have a bit of a fever around bedtime, but woke up raring to go Saturday morning. We had a big birthday party Saturday for some of our best buddies, and the boys were going to throw a fit if we didn’t get to go. They actually threw a mini-fit at the idea of possibly not getting to go.

EK LOVES Livi. She has 2 friends named Livi, and she is LOVES both of them!

This little train/car ride was the hit of the party for our kids, especially Ella Kate. I rode with EK most of the time because I was nervous she was going to decide to bail in the middle of the ride. She never did, and she had a blast. The boys loved it too!

This is JL with his buddy Cameron. Cameron turns 5 today and Livi is his little sister. She turned 3 Friday. :)

We finished off the weekend with church, lunch at Sweet Peppers, naps, looking at potential neighborhoods to live in once we sell our house, and eating dinner with our dear friends. It was definitely a great weekend! Looking forward to next weekend because Jeb will be OFF work!

Oh, and I went to my LASIK appt. and I qualify for surgery. I have surgery scheduled for May 16. Eeeeeekkkkk!

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We are just finishing up Dr. Seuss week here.  Cullman City Schools do not miss an opportunity to have a dress up day.  This is the reason why I was cutting duck feet out of orange foam paper at 715 Friday morning and making bookmarks for Caden’s class at 9:30 Thursday night.  Thankfully Caden’s teacher didn’t go all out with the dressing up.  She only had them do things 3 days.  Not too bad.  I got so wrapped up in getting stuff done for Caden’s class and then JL had an Unbirthday party on Wednesday too, I totally forgot to dress EK up every day. :) Oops.  Poor 3rd child.

We also had to take JL and EK to the ENT Tuesday.  JL’s 2nd set of tubes is trying to come out, which is fine, but he has fluid behind the ear drum on the side that’s trying to come out.  We’re going to wait it out and hopefully not have to put more tubes in.  He does have some mild to moderate hearing loss on that side.  EK also has fluid, but if we put tubes in, it could get the internal part of the implant wet…so we’re hoping that clears up on its own.  After their appt. we ate lunch at The Summit at a place I can’t ever remember the name of, but it’s excellent.  Then we went to Target and bought 4 gigantic boxes of different kinds of fruit snacks because that’s what our kids live off of.  And then we checked Caden out of school, so we could go ahead and go to Publix instead of waiting 30 minutes for him to get out of school.  Before you call DHR on us, they were watching Green Eggs and Ham.  All he missed was a movie, and he got that in the car, so there.

There’s nothing really new going on with us.  Just day to day stuff.  Jeb had to work today, and Caden likes to get out of the house on Saturdays, so we headed to Decatur to return some things to Old Navy, and wander around Target.  Tonight Caden went to his first spend the night party with friends.  His best friend Peyton turned 7 yesterday, so he had 4 boys over to spend the night.  I haven’t gotten a phone call that he wanted to come home yet, so I guess it’s going alright.  We went to dinner after dropping him off and ate with JL and EK…it was so calm.  It’s weird how you can drop any of the three and the crazy level drops dramatically.

Oh, last weekend we went to Birmingham (me and the kids) to try out the aqua bags Cochlear is coming out with.  EK loved wearing her ears in the water.  She laughed and threw her head back in the water.  The boys had a great time swimming too.  We swam about 30 minutes and then headed up to get changed into dry clothes.  I don’t know if you have been to the YMCA lately, but it’s not the best place to get yourself and 3 kids changed.  Our options were a bathroom stall with a hole in it where the trash can should be (so you could see to the adjacent stall), a shower, or the middle of the locker room.  We chose the middle of the locker room and hoped for the best.  We got dried off, ate some pizza there, and headed to Gardendale to eat at Full Moon.  I had promised them Full Moon, but they ate the pizza Cochlear provided as an appetizer.  We had our 2nd lunch and then went to Target to look around (apparently this is what we do on Saturdays Jeb is working).  We ended up buying a Skylander and some other stuff we probably didn’t need.

Tomorrow Jeb’s teaching Sunday School at our church and then we’ll head to Daystar to go to worship there and pick up Caden (that’s where his buddy goes to church).  Then our friend, Michael, and his girlfriend are coming to spend the night with us tomorrow night.  The boys are very excited about meeting her and seeing Michael.  They’ve been asking me questions all week.  When I told them her name was Brittany, they got excited because one of the Chipettes is named Brittany.  I hope they’re not disappointed when she shows up and isn’t a 6 in furry chipmunk with a dress who sings “All the Single Ladies.”

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So, Caden turned 7 last month! 7?!?! There is no way I can put any spin on that to make him my baby anymore. He’s growing up and I’m so proud of the young man he’s becoming.
He decided he wanted dinner, a movie, and a sleepover for his party.

Caden had a specific menu he wanted for his little dinner with his buddies. He wanted Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Crackers with cheese squares and pepperoni, and cheese puffs. We’re not big on cake around here…that’s not to say we don’t like sweets, it’s just we don’t eat a lot of cake…so instead of cake, C got cookies as his birthday “cake.” He arranged his cracker tray and it made me smile so big.

Caden had a Trash Pack party. His banner said Scrappy Birthday and he decorated with Trashies he had created.

He was *kind of* excited about his present. After dinner and present opening time Jeb took the boys to see Wreck it Ralph. They said it was great, even Jeb! Ella Kate and I stayed at home. We ended up having Bunco at our house that night in the basement. It was a little crazy, but apparently crazy life is the new normal.

Here are the boys after their sleepover. They went to bed around 1015 and woke up around 7. No one got up in the middle of the night. It was a success!

We had the boys a little combined birthday party with my family a couple of Saturdays after Caden’s birthday. It was very relaxed and we had a good time. My parents and both sets of grandparents came. We made it into a Thanksgiving Celebration. We spent Thanksgiving with Jeb’s family this year, so we celebrated early with my fam.

Meemaw even brought a craft for the kids to do. Turkey cookies!

Here are the boys after everyone had gone home. So sweet. :)

And, the final birthday party! John Luke had a Wild Kratts party at Air it Out. Here he is with his best friend, Collin.

And with Sadie.

There were about 25 kids there. It makes this mama feel so warm and fuzzy to know her little boy is loved by others. It makes my day to see him smile. :)

He has LOVED this game. It’s Disney Headbandz. He’s not quite old enough to not need help when asking questions, but that makes it hillarious. We played Sunday night as a family and I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a while. JL was cracking me up. JL: “Am I a person?” Jeb: “Yes” JL: Am I fire? Jeb: “No!” JL: Am I a person? Jeb: Yes! JL: Am I fiiiirrree?? Jeb: No! -Later- JL: Am I a dog? Jeb: Yes JL: Am I Pluto? Jeb: Yes, Did you cheat? JL: Yeeeesssss!

And today was JL’s actual birthday. He got a DS and has told everyone he’s seen or talked to about it. He’s pretty excited!

So, we officially have a 7, 5, and 3 year old in our house. Where has the time gone?!?

Happy Birthday to 2 of the coolest kids I know. Daddy and I love you boys to pieces.

July 5 we woke up early to head to Bham. We had to get to the HEAR Center at 8am for an audiogram and speech perception. Here are Eks results…

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Compare the 2 audiograms. You can see how well she hears with her implants on. It is very exciting to see how she hears almost everything on the audiogram. She may or may not hear the birds chirping or the leaves rustling, only time will tell. Her speech perception test had 3 parts. The first part was the only part she was expected to pass. She had to get an 8 out of 12 to pass. If she got below an 8 they would recommend we try some other form of communication with her, or we begin a different approach in some way…she got a 12 out of 12. So encouraging! She didn’t get many of the next set right and just said a few syllables/letters of the repetition part, however she should make progress and
be able to pass these as well. We are so thankful for these signs of her progress.
After testing we headed to Opp for the weekend. We did a LOT of swimming. The kids had so much fun with their cousins and we enjoyed our time there as well.


EK loves the water so much. We tried to keep her ears on her while she was in, but she kept wanting to get her head wet. We ended up leaving her glasses on (so she wouldn’t cross her eyes) and we’d put her ears on her when she’d wander out of the pool. I can’t wait until
Cochlear comes out with the pouch do she can swim in her ears!


She wore herself and me out with the swimming and not napping.
Here’s a pic of the kids with Grammy and Gramps at their store. They love their Grammy and Gramps!


We headed toward home Saturday with a stop in Millbrook for our twin nieces bday party. We got home late Saturday and resumed our regular schedule Sunday…


That brings me to 2 Sundays ago…I’ll add more in a little bit…

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The boys were watching a bed time movie, and EK decided she'd climb up in bed with them and read a book

Jeb’s birthday was Friday.  He is the big 3-1.  We didn’t do anything huge for his actual birthday, but we’ve done plenty of small celebrations.  I’ve rubbed off on him I think.  We’ve been celebrating his birthday since last weekend.  It’s become the holiday that is his birthday, as it should be.  The festivities started last weekend when we had a kid free 24 hours.  I blogged about that in my last post.  Then, Sunday we met Jeb’s parents and had dinner.  Friday the ladies at his office brought snacky/appetizer foods which is his favorite, or at least it’s my favorite. :)  They also got him a gift card, uncrustables, zebra cakes, pringles, and some more munch snacks.  He’s a big snacker at work because he doesn’t get time to sit down and eat a big lunch most of the time.  Jeb closed the office a little early, and our friends the Yeager’s came over Friday night to eat cake and ice cream with us.  The boys picked out decorations earlier in the week.  They got him star wars birthday cards, Star Wars 3D birthday banner w/ 3D glasses, balloons, and a Jedi Master Yoda pin to wear to work.  Saturday we met friends from college in Birmingham to eat at Chuy’s.  We love Chuy’s, but learned our lesson on when to go.  Do not go on weekends.  It is horrible.  The food was cold and/or overcooked.  We waited for 1 1/2 hours to be seated….with all 3 kids in tow.  It was not the joy and delight a birthday dinner should be.  Live and learn.  Chuy’s should be reserved for lunches or weeknight dinners.  Period. and Amen.  And that was Jeb’s birthday in a nutshell.

Here are a few other various and a sundry things from the past week…

  • I was putting EK to bed last night.  I had turned the lights off and taken one of her “ears” and her glasses off.  I started singing Jesus Loves Me to her, she sits up, looks at me, and hands me her other ear.  Apparently she was ready for quiet. :)
  • Yesterday after church Jeb asked JL if he had his ninja in his pocket.  He said, “yes, my ninja is in my pocket and Jesus is in my temple.” :)  Love that kid.
  • The boys both had Tball practice tonight.  I went to see JL tonight, #1 because I thought it would be entertaining and #2 I wanted to talk to my friend Jennifer.  JL stood in the outfield and hollered, “mommy, I want to come over there so I can kiss you!!  Mommy, I need a wipe!  My hands are dirty!”  He played with Colin and had to be separated.  Cameron was the catcher, so he couldn’t play with him.  At one point he was arguing with the coach’s daughter who looks to be about Caden’s age.  There were 2 boys on 3rd.  She was telling him he was supposed to have run home, and he was saying he was supposed to stay on 3rd.  Eventually the coach saw there were 2 boys on 3rd, so he sent the other boy back to 2nd and JL stayed on 3rd.  As the other little boy was running back to 2nd JL looked at the little girl and got a smirk on his face and said, “See, I told you.” :) It made me laugh so hard.  JL used his time in the outfield and even the infield to practice his Mario and Ninja moves.  He did get into it toward the end.  He and Colin were hustling and trying to get to the ball.  They usually ended up fighting over the ball, but at least they were showing effort.  Caden had a scrimmage tonight against another team.  He hit the ball 2 times and got on base one time.  He’ s in a TBall hybrid league.  It’s coach pitch for the first 3 or 5 tries ( I can’t remember) and then if they still haven’t hit the ball they get the opportunity to hit it off the tee.  He hit the ball while it was still being thrown by the coach.  He didn’t have to hit off the tee.  The thing I was most proud of was he tried his best, and he didn’t freak out.
  • We have therapy tomorrow.  I’m anxious to see how Susan thinks EK is doing.  We’ve got a week under our belt of working on therapy at least an hour a day.   I tend to go from one extreme to another.  I have gone from not doing much therapy at all with her, to feeling bad if I’m with her and I’m NOT doing therapy.  I had to get over that today though, so I could play Mario with the boys.  It’s all a balance, and I’m not the best at balancing.  I realize her speech is of most importance, but I can’t completely neglect the boys or we’ll have a different problem on our hands.
  • Caden on Wacky Wednesday

    This is JL and his little "girlfriend" at school. They are so cute and have such a sweet little friendship. Look at the concern on her face. JL had been crying for some reason, and she was upset that he was upset.

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We had the boys birthday party Oct. 29.  I decided to have a combined party for them and they were on board, so yay.  We did a lego party.  We ended up with about 20 kids and their parents and my family there.  I just watched the kids play and enjoy their friends and I felt so very blessed.  It’s been a long road, but we’re finally in a place where we have a church family and Sunday School class we love.  The kids finally have friends they play with at school, church, soccer, etc.  I have people I could call just to talk or because I need something.  I feel at home now…and for that I am so very very thankful!!  Anyway, we had their party.  I had a coloring wall, and a few games, food, and outside toys/playground/bouncy house.  The kids had such a fun time coloring/eating/playing on the playsets that we didn’t really do many of the games.  Games with 20 kids ages 2-6 is a little overwhelming.  My best decision of the day…let the kids play and do what they want, don’t force them to play games when they’d rather run around whooping and hollering in the back yard.  My worst decision of the day, I didn’t hire anyone to take pictures of the party.  I have no pictures during the party.  Sad story.

Caden finished out the soccer season with 7 goals in his last soccer game.  He was a beast.  He did so well and we are so pleased with how he played.  He didn’t freak out.I *may* have bribed him with getting $1 per goal.  :)  We can’t bribe/discipline Caden the same way all the time.  He keeps us on our toes.

I don’t think I mentioned what the kids were for Halloween. Caden was a Bakugan Draganoid.

For Storybook Character day at school he was Curious George’s doctor.  He looked so cute!

JL was Boba Fett for the Fall Festival at Daystar and then he was a Policeman on Halloween.

EK was a cute Halloween girl at school on Halloween, then she was Cinderella when she went trick or treating.  She really does love to dress up.  Usually she will put on the boys costumes…and they’re a wee bit big on her.  She may slip and slide all over the house because the pants are way too long…and I may leave them on her because, hey, it slows her down.  Oh, and JL wasn’t supposed to dress up for school on Halloween, but he wore his super hero cape that his “girlfriend” Sadie bought him for his birthday.  And, P.S.  He’s going to marry Sadie, because “she’s a girl, and I want to marry a girl.”

Jeb and I went to the LSU vs. UA game last Saturday.  It was so very fun.  We went with some 2 of Jeb’s partners and their wives.  We had such a great time!!  Even though it wasn’t the outcome we had hoped for, we still had fun.  At one point after the game I was trying to make everyone feel better and I said, “You know, Jesus is still on His throne, and life will go on.”  Terry said, “But what does that have to do with us not being able to make a field goal.”  True.

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The past 2 weeks have felt like summer.  For some reason the time before that was hurried, busy, not “summery.”  The last 2 weeks have been relaxed…well, as relaxed as it can be with a 5, 3, and 2 year old.  We’ve been to the pool multiple times.  We’ve laid around and watched TV.  We’ve taken day trips to Decatur, Huntsville, and Birmingham to eat with dad, or play with friends.  It’s been fun.  I am looking forward to a routine again though. :)

Last Friday Jeb and I took JL to Bham to retest his hearing.  He passed with flying colors!  We were very excited!  He had a 45 db loss in one ear and 25 db loss in the other before the tubes.  So thankful the tubes did their job!

Saturday was sweet EK’s birthday party.  She enjoyed seeing all her grandparents and cousins.  She had fun getting all the attention, eating loads of sweets, ripping open presents, and jumping in the inflatable.  Her brothers were also ready to help her at any minute during the present opening. :)

JL and Caden are still getting $1 per day for doing their chores and behaving.  They get 10 cents off at a time if they disobey, scream, hit one another, etc.  It’s been such a good way to get them to save up for the things they want, teaching them patience (to wait for the thing they want to buy), and to teach them responsibility around the house.  JL does better if he has the toy he wants to buy and gets to see it every day as he saves.  Right now he’s saving for a $20 villain robot from imaginext.  He carries it around with him every day and sleeps with it at night.  He can’t wait to have all of his money to buy it!  He keeps asking me if it’s going to “be a long day” before he buys it…that means will it take a long time? He has 8 more days to go.  When they see their grandparents it speeds up the saving process a bit too.  :)  Also, Caden is learning a lot about money…what makes a dollar, quarter, etc.  He’s doing really well with it.  He counted out his money this morning…10 dimes are a dollar, 4 quarters are a dollar, etc.

We’re watching Inside Man right now.  It’s a good movie.  Denzel has an unfortunate mustache in it though.  Maybe it’s the combo of his really short hair with the 80s-esque mustache that messes it up for me.  I don’t know.  Also, there is a fly that is driving me bananas.  Not in the movie, but by my head.    Also, Caden is singing Taylor Swift from his top bunk in his room.  He has singlehandedly made me hate that song.  :)

Tonight we went to CFA kids night…just like EVERY Tuesday night.  My friend Jennifer and I have a dedication to kids night like no other.  We will be there for adult conversation no matter what…every week.  We love it.  Sometimes our hubby’s are able to come, but most of the time it’s just us girls with the kiddos.

Caden started soccer practice yesterday.  He did a great job.  He didn’t flail and freak out at all!  That’s better than last year for sure. :)  We did tell him he’d get 10 cents off for every time he acted out.  He has his next practice Thursday.  I have bunco at our house that night, so Jeb will have all 3 kids at practice by himself.  He’s such a great daddy.

Jeb’s off work tomorrow and Thursday.  We’ve been enjoying all the extra daddy time lately.  This weekend he has to work, so we’re soaking it in while we can. :)

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  • There are multiple flies in our house that keep buzzing around my head driving me to the brink of insanity.
  • We’re getting sod put in our yard as I type.  Glorious glorious grass.  Not dirt anymore!
  • I’ve been cooking away for sweet EK’s birthday party this weekend.  Pink, zebra print, and Minnie!  So fun!
  • Mom has the kids so I could get some stuff done.  Score!  I’m finished with cooking, hanging the banner, and last minute party shopping and now can move onto folding clothes.
  • We go for JL’s recheck for his hearing tomorrow.  Hoping it has been corrected since the tubes.
  • Jeb worked 11 out of the previous 13 days and now he’s off for 5 days!  We are all so very excited!
  • The kids have 2 more weeks of vacation and then back to school they go.  This summer has seemed to fly by!  It hasn’t been the lazy summer we had last year.  We were at the pool at least 3 days a week last year.  This year it’s been 1 time a week max.  I took them by myself yesterday for the first time this summer.  It wasn’t too bad.  I was so nervous someone was going to get lost or fall in without me knowing it, but they all made it out alive and in one piece.  EK got a little sunburned, but like I said, they’re alive…SUCCESS.
  • I’ve killed 2 of the flies, but I still see 2 buzzing around.  And it’s not the laid back kind of fly.  It’s the spastic “I must buzz so you know I’m here” kind of fly.
  • I could have slept in until 9am or so, but no, I got up at 5:55am.  I laid in the bed for a while hoping to fall back asleep, but alas, habit is hard to break in one morning.  I did miss the little snuggles I get from a certain 3 year old who comes in every morning at 5:55am though.  :)  He’s a good snuggler.
  • Monday I took all the munchkins to BHam for EK’s therapy.  When I got there I realized it was PT day too.  I bribed the kids in the middle of PT.  I told them I’d give them $3 if they were good, which would give them both enough to buy a toy they had their eye on.  They did fantastic and were rewarded with an Imaginext toy and Squinkies.  They have started earning $1 per day and they save up their money to buy whatever it is they want.  They can earn extra money for doing extra chores too.  JL got 50 cents for cleaning the playroom the other day.  Sometimes, they get 10 cents for putting away all their stuff without whining.  It seems to work for us right now.  When it stops, we’ll move onto another system.
  • Tuesday my friend Carrie called to see if we wanted to meet her and her girls in Bham.  She had to go pick something up at the airport.  So, we met them at CFA and then went to Barnes and Noble after that.  We owe Barnes and Noble large sums of money for being our meeting place for all these years. :)  But, I’ve only bought something there a couple of times.  We ate at Chickfila again that night for kids night in Cullman.  We met our friends, The Yeager’s, there and had a mini birthday party for Neil. :) I counted up today (after eating CFA for breakfast – which is the default place Jeb and I go for breakfast when we don’t have the kids) and I’ve eaten at CFA 5 times since Monday (granted 2 of those times were just icecream, but still).
  • EK is doing awesome.  She’s trying to repeat things still.  She’s really blossoming.  She’s turning into a little girl instead of a baby and I couldn’t be more pleased!  She loves her brothers so very much and wants to be with them all the time.  She and JL seem to have a special bond.  He loves on her all the time.  He’s even cried before after she went to bed because he “Missed Ewwa Kate.”  She can wake him up from his nap and he doesn’t care.  If I wake him up he is in the worst mood. :)  EK’s started eating breakfast with the boys at the dining room table.  They sit there and eat their cereal while they watch a TV show.  I sat her up there one morning and gave her some cereal and milk, and lo and behold she took the spoon put it in the bowl, got cereal, and ate it…with her left hand.  She sat there and ate that whole bowl of cereal all by herself and was so proud of her independence.  With this new independence we have noticed she is left handed, which Jeb is pleased about.

That’s all I have for today.  I haven’t been feeling really bloggy lately.  My creative writing juices are just not flowing this summer.