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Easter Weekend


We had an Easter egg hunt at church on Saturday.  They divide the kids in 3 different age groups.  It’s more of an Easter egg gather than a hunt.  They just throw the eggs all in a field, and the kids pick them up to their hearts content.  :)


These 4 boys are such sweet friends.  My 2 would spend all all day every day with them if we allowed it.  And Ella Kate is in love with Micah.  ”See Mi-Ka!  See Mi-Ka!!!!” 





The boys were serious about their hunting.  They fit as many eggs into their basket as they possibly could.  

Ella Kate preferred to twirl and occasionally pick up an egg or two.  Then she wanted to swing.


We went to church Easter sunday of course.  We just stayed for Sunday School and then headed back to the house.  We went to Meemaw and Papaws house in Huntsville for dinner, so we wanted to make sure the kids got a rest break that afternoon.  Before the kids took their Easter clothes off we took some pictures!  I was so excited they cooperated!



At Meemaw and Papaw’s house we had another easter egg hunt!  Mom stuffed these eggs with money, which is the best prize. :)





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…



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…

  • We have a landscaper.  He’s been installing our sprinkler system this past week.  He cut our internet cable line while digging.  We haven’t had internet since last Monday.  It wasn’t too bad though.  I actually read a book instead of surfing the internet.  Crazy.  What’s even more crazy is I enjoyed reading the book.  Go figure.
  • EK got her glasses last Monday.  She’s been keeping them on like a champ.  She takes them off when she gets tired, but that’s to be expected.  Most of the time she leaves them alone though.  I feel like it’s really helping her!  I haven’t noticed her eyes crossing hardly at all since we got the glasses.  She has already scratched them, but they’re under a 1 year warranty.  For some reason the bifocal she has cannot have a scratch resistant coating on it, so it’s going to be nearly impossible to keep it from getting scratched.  We’re going to always have another lens on order.  Right now she has one coming in…and while we’re waiting for it she’s scratched the lenses even more.  We go back to see Dr. Cogan in a couple of weeks, so I’m going to see if he can prescribe her a different bifocal…because she’s 2 and she’s going to scratch it…there’s no way around that.
  • EK’s party is this Saturday.  It’s a Minnie Mouse/Zebra print theme.  I should probably plan some sort of something as far as cake and food goes.
  • We should have sod in our yard by the time EK’s party is here.  I am beyond excited to actually have grass in our yard!!
  • EK already looks weird to me without glasses.  I think they suit her nicely.  She looks precious.
  • John Luke got up 3 times last night.  First time, he didn’t want to sleep.  Second time, he needed a toy to sleep with.  Third time, he needed to pee.  This was at 2:30am.  He came in again at 5:40.  Fun times at the Hornsbys.
  • Took EK for her 2 year check up.  Her height is 33 in.  She’s in the 25th percentile.  Her weight is 25lbs I think (or maybe I just made that up).  She’s in the 50th percentile for weight.

I started this post yesterday evening and fell asleep while writing it…so now I’m finishing it up…

  • We had some sweet friends over for dinner last night.  We hadn’t gotten to sit and talk with them in a while and we had the best time.  All of the kids played well together, too.  Good food, good fellowship, good times, what more can you ask for on a Saturday night?
  • Today we went to FBC again.  We started watching a Passion video series today.  Today Louie Giglio spoke and it was so great.  We’ll finish him up next week and then move on to Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, and John Piper.  Throw in Voddie Bauccham and you’d have my favorite speakers ever all in one video.  I’m excited to watch them!!  After SS I went to check on the 2 little kids.  When we dropped them off we left them screaming bloody murder.  When I got to the children’s building EK was still crying off and on, so I went ahead and picked her up.  JL had calmed down and was completely fine, but he saw me and wanted to come with us too.  We all went to the service together for a while and then left early.
  • Ella Kate is making a great deal of progress.  She readily says a few words now…mama, dada, up, bye, and hi.   She’ll also tries to repeat different words we say to her…moo, banana, and pull to name a few.  She is also imitating a lot of her learn to listen sounds.  She says puh (boat), brrrrrr (car), moo (cow), and probably some more that I can’t remember.
  • We bought Caden’s schools supplies last week.  Eeeekkk!  My first baby is going to school.  I may be more nervous than he is.  We have 3 weeks till the big day though.  3 weeks at home together.  I need to come up with something for us to do.  By the end of that time we might all be ready for school to start back. ha!


Not a whole lot is going on with us right now.  It’s been great.  Since we’ve been back from Disney we’ve just been hanging out in Cullman spending time together and getting back in a routine.  I am so thankful to report to you that we have had no trees fall on our house, no tornadoes come through our city, no house debacle to speak of, and no one else has been sick.  The lull has been much needed around here. :)


Hope you all have a great Monday!


I think I forgot to mention we went to my Great Grandpa’s 102nd birthday party last Saturday.  It was a lively gathering at the assisted living place where he lives.  He had a bunch of sweet residents from the assisted living home come to celebrate with him.  Jeb and I are so blessed and thankful to have all of our grandparents still living and one of my great grandparents still living….and my grandmas even read this blog, have cell phones, are on facebook, and send email.  :)

Jeb was off last Thursday, and after being home all day we realized we didn’t see each other any more than on a day he was working!  SO, Friday night after work we decided we needed some family time…we bought BBQ from Johnny’s, ate together (which lasted about 10 minutes), and did something else that I cannot remember.  Saturday afternoon after Jeb got off of work we went to Huntsville to shop at GAP (40% off everything!) and we made a quick stop at Dirt Cheap (we got zhuzhu pet parts, marvel dress up stuff, and a my first princess doll. It was late when we got finished, so instead of the good dinner we had been envisioning, we ended up heading back toward Cullman and stopping at Wendy’s. :) We are sophisticated people as you know, so we waited till the end of dinner to play with the kids toy.  We put the headband with the cup on top of it on of our heads and threw the ball into the air trying to catch it in the cup.  Fun times.

Today we went to church at FBC again.  All three kids went to their classes.  Again, it is a process, so Jeb missed the first part of church while he sat with JL to get him comfortable in his class.  Caden was with me.  EK went right to her class and was fine (she did cry off and on, but was fine overall).  Jeb got to church, we sat together until Children’s Church time, then I went to Children’s Church.  I sat with him for about 15 minutes and eventually he let me leave after Ms. Joey told him I’d be back in 15 more minutes…he said, “oh, that’s no big deal!”  After church we went to Sportsmans Lake for a diaper shower of a couple we had met at church.  We had a chance to hang out and spend some time with their Sunday School class and I’m happy to report, it was marvelous.  It was seriously like old times in Tuscaloosa.  It was so refreshing to be able to chit chat with ladies while Jeb talked sports with the guys. :)  Loved it!

I started this post on May 15 and now it’s May 24 and it’s still not finished…so I’m just going to post it because that’s what I do.


Jeb had a few days off in a row, so we spent Easter in Tuscaloosa.  We went down on Saturday and came back Tuesday.  We filled up every mealtime with meeting various friends at the big city restaurants. :)  We also got to go to NRC to church and all 3 kids stayed in their room the whole time.  We got to sit through a virtually uninterrupted church service (EK’s CI fell off one time, so I did have to take care of that).

We stayed with our friends Michael and Jesse, who are more like family than friends.  Saturday night we got into town and met the Kings and Whitworth at Moe’s, which is where Caden drew some interesting pictures which confirmed we should begin bathing EK and the boys separately.  Sunday we went to church, then after church we ate Easter lunch at the Reynolds house (who are also more like family than friends) and hunted eggs and visited with everyone.  JL referred to Dean as “dat boy wif de yewwow shiwt” the whole time (and continues to do it to this day)…why would he still be talking about dat boy?  Because “dat boy wif de yewwow shiwt says butt in da face butt in da face.” ha!  I love that Dean solidifies to me that my boys are just being boys when they do that same stuff. :)  I love that he plays with them and loves on them.  They sure do look up to dat boy.

Scott and EK

The kids were worn out after Easter at the Reynolds’

After lunch we went back to Michael and Jesse’s and hunted eggs again.  Caden became  a well oiled machine when hunting for eggs.  He had fire and determination in his eyes.  He was a man on a mission.  He would not stop until every egg was found.

“Jesse, I no yike dis.” (JL)

When we finished there we met our friends the Connells and the Guys at McAlister’s for dinner.  We love those guys and always have a blast with them.  They always are so much fun.

Monday I had a doctor’s appt. because I haven’t found a new doctor yet.  After that, Carol came to pick me up and Jeb and the kids met us at CFA.  I had intended on us talking, catching up, and getting/giving a little encouragement to each other…I believe that happened but it was peppered with interruptions, some teachable moments, ice cream, maybe a meltdown or two, and so on…the kids always add a new layer of fun to everything.  After we left there Jeb put the kids down for a nap while I went shopping…by myself!  It was so fun!  I rewarded myself with a free snack attack icecream cone from CFA.  Every day that week they were doing a free snack, and Monday was ice cream.  Yes, I believe I will have some of that.

We love the Youngs!

Monday night was the night I had been looking so forward to.  The Youngs were having us, The Carters (and their 4 girls), and The Simpsons (and their 2 boys) over for dinner.  8 adults and 11 children 7 and under (7, 5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1)…2 ended up not being able to come though.  The injuries stayed at a minimum….just a couple of feet related injuries occurring when feet flying through the air connected with faces sitting still (someone was swinging and kicked a kid on the ground on accident…twice).  Nothing belonging to the Youngs was broken, which is a miracle in itself.  We had loads of fun, good conversation, good food, and the kids got to run off some energy on the Young playground outside.  Wonderful evening!

Caden was hiding eggs and Scott was following him and “not looking”

Oh, I almost forgot, before we went to the Youngs, we went to Dirt Cheap…we hit the jackpot with Zhu Zhu pet parts.  Caden was in Zhu Zhu heaven.  The toys wee 80% off, so we got parts for $2 and $4.  It was great!  I even got a lot of zhu zhu pets we already had, so i could take their wheels off and replace some of ours with bad motors.  It’s amazing what you’ll do for your kids isn’t it?  (tangent…this week I keep thinking about how much I want to just give our kids everything they ever want and then I am reminded of the verse in Matthew that says “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!…that kind of love blows me away.)

Back to my timeline of Easter weekend…Tuesday it was time to say goodbye.  On our way out of town we had dinner with 2 of our favorite Tuscaloosa-ians (is that a word?  i have no idea), Scott and Lori.  We enjoyed spending some time with them and the kids were soooo good, so we got to have some wonderful conversations.  Love love love those 2 (and Ariel and Dean too. (: ).  After lunch we left Tuscaloosa thinking we’d be back in 3 short weeks for Ariels graduation. We nonchalantly drove out of town, not having any idea we’d be back in a mere 3 days and we’d come back to destruction and devastation.

EK and her friend Lori


Jeb was home this past weekend.  It was the first weekend in 3 weeks that he’s been home.  We started out the weekend on Saturday with me and JL taking a riveting tour of all the yard sales in Cullman.  He had lots of fun, but got tired of it more quickly than his mama.  He was a good sport and kept going.  I think he enjoys getting some one on one attention…that’s rare around here. :)  I got a lot of books, some Scooby Doo plastic figures, JL got some spiderman slippers and a spiderman mask, GAP shoes, smocked outfit, shorts for Caden, a plastic zhu zhu pet, princess picture frame, an antique bowl (EO Brody), and we got a Lane bed rail set…all for $17.  I love a good deal.

We got home and all headed to Wal-Mart with the rest of Cullman and all it’s surrounding counties.  I had every intention of going on Friday, but the weather was bad.  I didn’t want to get out in the pouring rain and I certainly didn’t want to drag EK out in it with me.  We had to get groceries for our little dinner party/meeting we were having that night.  We had all of Jeb’s partners and their wives and kids over Saturday night for dinner and then the guys went downstairs to meet while the girls entertained the kids upstairs.

Sunday we went back to First Baptist.  We had plans to try the other young married Sunday School class, so we asked JL’s teacher where it was (they are in the class).  She explained how we would get there, and off we went.  We sort of got lost and ended up at the Welcome center, so we asked where the class was.  They pointed us to the class and in we went and plopped down.  We looked around and we were the youngest people in the class…by about 20 years.  The people closest to our ages were the college students who were sitting with their parents.  We found out after doing a little research, there are 2 classes with the same last name and the one we went to was the wrong one.  We will just try again next time.  EK lasted an hour again.  She was fine, but when people started coming to the nursery door she would start to cry.  Eventually she didn’t stop, so we took her out.

Remember the last post where I said I wouldn’t write late at night.  It’s 11:15.  I’m falling asleep.