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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.  

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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!

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. :)

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.

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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So, we put our house on the market. We don’t like to let things die down. If it ever gets slow, or I don’t have a project, I find something to do…this time it’s finding a new house plan, finding a lot to build it on, and selling our house. You know, no biggie. We love our house, but there are things we’d like to change…and we liked building…so we’re going to do it again!

Thankfully this isn’t what our lot looks like right now, but it did for a week or two. Every time I thought of it I played the Sanford and Son theme song in my head. I just tried to type it out…it’s not easy to type instrument sounds. The kids had a blast on all the broken toys and the adults enjoyed the broken chairs to sit in. Thankfully after all the junk was thrown away we still have chairs to sit in so we can all chat while the kids play.

Currently we have a dumpster in between our house and our neighbors house holding the contents of the vacant lot.

I got to eat lunch with these 2 kiddos last Wednesday. JL talked me into taking him to therapy. Surprise, when I got there, the head of the special ed program for Cullman City schools was going to sit in on our session. Well, that’s swell. Thanks for the heads up. I had told her about how awful EK had been doing in therapy, so I did have that going for us…better than flailing on the floor was a step up from what I had told her about. EK did fairly well. I threatened JL to behave and be a helper instead of a distraction. I’m not sure what I threatened him with…maybe his life, no, I wouldn’t do that.

 

 

Thursday, Jeb got LASIK surgery. I was more nervous than he was. So, I loaded up my reading material…house plans and Not a Fan (the book we’re reading in Sunday School…great book…convicting…steps on your toes). I had high hopes of picking out the house plan of our dreams and reading all of the chapter for Sunday School. I was adamant I wouldn’t watch his surgery. I walked back to sit with Jeb in the waiting area. We sat there for a while, and then they took him back. I got a wild hair, a surge of courage…I walked back to the observation window. I sat down. Jeb laid down on the table. I started reading. They started surgery. They put the thing in Jeb’s eye that kept it open, they started writing on his eye, then they made the flap to OPEN HIS EYE UP…um, that’s the time I started to feel a little light headed. I kept telling myself I’d be okay, I decided I should walk away. I walked to the waiting room. I walked up to the receptionist desk. I said, “I know this may sound weird, but I’m about to pass out and I don’t know what to do.” I thought about laying in the floor. I decided that might be weird. I said again, “I don’t know what to do.” I walked over and got some water and took it to a chair. The room started spinning. My leg started shaking involuntarily. I got very hot. I don’t remember what happened next. Then I remember starting to feel better. I took my jacket off and fanning myself. I ate lots of chocolate and drank more water. I don’t know if I passed out or not. I was by myself, so I guess I won’t ever know. :) Eventually Jeb got out of surgery and I went back to sit with him. He could already see better than before. It was amazing! I brought him back home and he laid down and took some medicine to make him stay asleep. He woke up the next morning seeing 20/15 without glasses. Crazy.

I realized how competitive I am during this process. Jeb can see without glasses and I still have to wear my glasses. And I was pretty sure I’d have a giant panic attack pass out freak out if I tried to get LASIK. I really struggled with it! If I get LASIK, which I am planning to do as of right now, know that it’s solely because I am competitive and I can’t let Jeb “beat” me. :) I’m not sure how I can prepare for it so that I don’t flip out when they put the laser into my eye. Small steps. I’m going to the consult first. Well, I haven’t even made an appointment yet. We have to save up money for that and the lot we’re buying to build on.

We had a couple come to look at our house Sunday. While they were here we took the kids and our neighbors kids to 32 degrees. We all had so much fun. We love hanging out with our neighbors. We will miss them terribly if we move. Our boys are just a few months difference from their boys. Every afternoon (well, the ones it’s above 60 degrees) we all gather in the lot between our houses and the kids play in the sand, ride their bikes, play in the fort, etc.

 

This week has been pretty low key so far. This afternoon I worked the book fair at school. EK stayed all day at school and even took a nap. She does so well there. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it , but she actually tells them when she needs to potty. Maybe someday she’ll do it here too.

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Spring Break was a couple weeks ago…and it was 40 degrees.  I’m thinking a trip to Disney World sounds nice about now.  But, lets be honest, when does a trip to Disney not sound good?  Never.  We had no big plans Spring Break week.  Jeb’s parents came up the first weekend of spring break to hang out with us and celebrate Jeb’s mom’s birthday.  We took them to dinner in Huntsville Sunday night and my parents kept the munchkins for us.  We enjoyed the uninterrupted adult conversation.  We went to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Jeb and I have been there a couple of times, but the last time we went was when I was pregnant with Ella Kate.  Since then we’ve eaten at Flemings and Connors multiple times (and Victoria and Albert’s once).  Ruth’s Chris was good, but not as good as I remember it being.  For what it’s worth, Connors is cheaper and just as good I think.  That’s just personal opinion though.  Jeb’s parents hung out with us Monday morning, and then headed home.  Tuesday we went to buy the boys new shoes (modeled in the pic below), Toys R Us, bought Skylanders, and ate lunch with my Daddy.  Let me tell you how the Lord shown down upon us.  We went to one store, ONE, and found shoes for both boys.  The shoes they picked out were the FIRST ONES THEY TRIED ON.  Glory.  Hallelujah.  Amen.  That is so much better than the last time…when we went to four stores.  F.  O.  U.  R.  Last time it took the entire afternoon.  This time it took 15 minutes.  It was a special blessing.

Wednesday we ended up going to Hartselle to get one of Jeb’s nurses to clean out John Luke’s ears because, yuck.  Both of his tubes ended up coming out, and his ears looked much better…but as of right now, after a week of no tubes, they have fluid filled in them again.  Boo.  Little buddy is probably going to be getting more tubes.  :(  Wednesday night Mom & Dad met us at Cracker Barrel in Hartselle to take the kids for the night.  I LOVE our kids to the moon and back, but not having to put 3 kids to bed, and being able to sleep all night and sleep late (730!) was phenomenal.  We got up Thursday, watched a few Big Bang Theory’s (we’re starting from the beginning and trying to catch up), went to lunch at Carlton’s, looked at a subdivision, and met with a realtor to talk about putting our house on the market.

Friday Jeb had to go back to work, and Grangran and Grandaddy came here to watch the kids and play.  The kids LOVE when they come.  Of course, Grangran brought eggs to hide, Grandaddy brought peach water and special little Dr. Peppers for the kids to drink.  They all had the best time.

 

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The verdict of the spend the night party was: success!  I texted Peyton’s mom on Sunday asking if Caden wanted us to pick him up before our church service and he said, “I want to spend as much time as possible with my friends.”  So glad he had a good time!

The verdict of night with Michael and Brittany was: success!  We always love catching up with Michael, the kids adore him, and we all loved Brittany too.

A couple weeks ago JL had Dr. Seuss week.  His teacher made it low key too.  I’m a big fan of that.  We had to send him in black for cat and the hat day.  Mrs. Betty sewed all of their hats.  Isn’t it cute?  He had to wear green on green eggs and ham day.  On “Oh The Places You Will Go” day he was supposed to dress up as what he wanted to be when he grew up, he chose a teacher…then a builder…then a teacher…then he was undecided.  We went with wearing his CCPS shirt and jeans because “Mrs. Amy said teachers wear regular clothes.”

This little girl is growing so fast.  She’s learning more and more words, it’s slow, but steady.  She’s definitely making progress.  We’ve had some issues with her complying in therapy and are trying to work through them.  The last couple of weeks have been MUCH better, so hopefully we’re past the brunt of the therapy battle.  We have an appointment for her to have a Sensory Integration Evaluation in April too.  She shows signs of having sensory issues, so hopefully this will help us know how to treat them.  She’s still loving school.  She’s started telling them when she needs to go to the bathroom.  She still doesn’t tell me at home, so hopefully she’ll start that soon.  We’re working on oral motor skills like tongue movement and trying to pronounce things correctly.  Like instead of “A-ee” saying “Amy” and being able to move her tongue from side to side and up and down.  She’s making progress, so that’s great!

She’s pretty funny these days.  

Caden is such a big boy now.  He can read so well.   I love how he can read pretty much anything I ask.  That is very helpful!

He loves to write too.  We were playing outside Sunday and the kids had been fantastic.  They were playing in the pile of sand our neighbor was using to mortar his bricks in his backyard (we live next to a builder).  Our neighbors were playing in the sand too, so no harm no foul for messing up the mortar sand.  They got tired of that, so they started playing on old broken toys our neighbors are getting rid of.  Currently they’re all piled in our empty lot between us.  It looks like an episode of Sanford and Son, but has provided much entertainment until the dumpster hauls them away.  Once they were tired of that they all decided they wanted Chad to drive them on the Razr.  Everything was well and good until H’s foot got stuck on the gas and then I’m not really sure about the part between the beginning of the story and the end…I do know how it ends… they flipped 1 1/2 times and landed on the side.  The boys were suspended in the air by their seat belts and Chad was thrown all around the Razr.  H got a burn on his neck (as you can read in Caden’s letter).  As soon as this happened my boys were emotionally FINE.  They escaped completely unscratched…and not emotionally traumatized.  I cannot say the same for Carrie and I.  I kept looking at Jeb, who of course happened to not be home when the incident occurred (he was at a SS teacher meeting) and saying “It just flipped.”  Which was a take off of “That dog just died” which is what we kept saying to each other after we went to visit friends for the first time ever and within 2 minutes of being there (and meeting their kids for the first time) their dog just died.  Like dead as a door nail.  For the next week we’d just look at each other and say, “That dog just died.”  It was emotionally traumatizing.  So, “it just flipped” was my catch phrase for a few days.  And Jeb would say, you’re still thinking about that?  Why yes, I am still thinking about what could have been and how I saw it all with my own eyes.  We are all so very thankful they are all in one piece and still living life like little growing boys should.  Here is the letter Caden wrote to his teacher IMMEDIATELY after it happened. (TRANSLATION:  Yesterday we went on a ride but unluckily we fell over. When we fell over I was hanging by the seat belt.  But luckily I didn’t get hurt.  But my friend Harrison got a scrape on his neck and his dad got a dent in his leg and my brother didn’t get hurt.  I think we should not do that again.  I don’t know how it happened.)

This guy turned the big 3-2 on March 9.  We had a fantastic weekend celebrating him!  We started his birthday out at Waffle House, which was interesting with our 3 kids.  I left feeling like I  needed to bathe in sanitizer and then take a shower.  After that Jeb played Skylanders with the kids and I cleaned up the house, which was fine with me.  I didn’t realize it would happen this soon…the kids already know more about certain things than I do.  Skylanders?  I have no clue about.  They were asking me questions in the car yesterday about which was the first water element, undead element, etc. they bought…I said I don’t know.  JL said, just guess mom.  I said, no, really I can’t even guess.  I have NO idea.  That’s something they do with Daddy.  I just go with them to spend their money buying new Skylanders.   Back to Jeb’s birthday, that night we went to Fleming’s with some of our best friends, The Yeagers, and had a blast as always.  The food was wonderful as was the conversation.  The guys always discuss new business opportunities and Jennifer and I discuss life and then throw in our 2 cents about the guys business plans.

I started this post a week or so ago…I feel pretty confident something new is going on, but I don’t know what it would be.  Honestly, it’s been pretty quiet around here.  Quiet is relative when you have 3 kids.  Nothing out of the ordinary is going on.  No kids are playing sports (amen).  There’s nothing going on with PTO at school.  Caden had a field trip last Friday to Sci-Quest, so EK stayed at school all day.  That was a pretty big deal for her.  We decided to stop going to our church for Sunday School and Daystar for Worship, we need to be committed to one church.  Jeb’s medical practice is doing well.  He’s seeing 65-75 patients a day.  The restaurant I couldn’t remember from the last post was Urban Cookhouse.  We’re selling the boys “Trash Pack.”  The bidding is up to $91…for rubber trash type things.  Crazy.  Our dryer burns our clothes when you put too many clothes in it.  After burning Pottery Barn sheets, one of Jeb’s favorite GAP non iron (so it’s my favorite too) shirts, and a few JCrew Shirts, we have decided we need a new dryer.  You might think we should just put less clothes in, but no, we have a super capacity washing machine…we fill it to capacity…and then the dryer can’t handle it.  I have someone cleaning the house weekly again instead of biweekly.  It has been a God send.  I can’t tell you how much it has lightened my load.  I’m actually sitting right now while EK is at school…all the clothes have been folded put away and ironed (except for the ones in the washer/dryer right now because lets face it…it never REALLY ends), the beds have been made, the floor is swept, and the counters are clean of clutter…it’s a March 20th miracle.  I haven’t made dinner though.  I should probably think about doing that.  My car’s pretty trashed though.  Oh, and I need to buy EK eggs for her egg hunt.  They were due today.  Oh well, maybe someday I’ll have it all together.  I guess that’s about all the random I can muster for one post.

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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.”