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!