Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Classroom

We are all ready to go for school on Monday (or at least I hope we are)!!!  The public schools here start on Thursday, but we are going to start on Monday and give ourselves an extra 3 days out during the year.

Obviously this is new for us and we are excited about it.  A little nervous, but excited.  I'm sure I will learn as much, if not more throughout the year than the girls!!!

We have a back to school swim party on Tuesday evening with the support group here in town that has about 100 families in it.  We also have a back to school gathering with our school covering near the end of the month that has about 75 families.  I'm looking forward to getting to know people I haven't met in this community and my girls to make even more friends.

Here are a few pics of our classroom.  This house is small but we make it work for us and we are appreciative for it.  The girls desks are small and they have had them for a couple of years and I have found real school desk on the Internet but wanted to wait until next year before purchasing them to make sure this all goes well for us.  I do anticipate it going well, however you never know about anything, right?!?!  Except that God is always in control (just they way I need it).

Bulletin board for the girls art work and such.  White board for doing work.  American Flags.

Map of the World and the United States.  Their desks.  All of their books and extra things.

Teacher's desk (mine).hehe  My storage with teachers books and extra things.

Oh, and just pure cuteness who will be all up in the middle of home school............

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Look who's

STANDING all the time now!!!  Yeah for another new milestone!

So now that she can stand, she likes to climb on things and sit down!  I've got a feeling this will eventually lead to some bumps on the head and such.

Yesterday, we went to the Library for storytime and checked out some books for the week.  We went to Eron's favorite place here in town for lunch, Blue Moon Cafe, where the girls hate to eat and they have no high chairs (meaning they probably don't like a bunch of little kids in there).  We went to McDonald's first to get the girls their food and then Anna Claire got to sit in my lap (grabbing my plate the whole time) while I ate.  Abby, Kyndal, and Marley of course finished eating way before us so they played at the table (and around the table) while we ate.  I'm sure folks were glad to see us goooooo!!!  We then went swimming and wore the girls out (and me)!!!  I cooked dinner after giving all 4 girls a bath and then helped Eron make a dress.  I was pooped, but of course Eron helps all the while with different things.  Good memories were made and fun was had.

This morning as Eron got ready to go, the big girls put on a concert for Anna Claire (which she LOVED)!  We had a really good time together!

Playing on Aunt Eron's phone!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A bit random

Aunt Eron and Marley are here for a visit before we kick into school gear!!!  This morning they were playing store and Eron was the cashier and Anna Claire was on site watching!

This afternoon we tried to go swimming, but it came a down pour, so back home to playing we came.  The girls gave Eron a makeover!

Aunt Eron made this super cute wipe box for Anna Claire!  It's so cute and matches her bedding!

And this is one of Anna Claire's 1 year old pics that I bought a really cute frame for and hung up by her changing table.  It matches her bedding too and is so cute!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Little happenings

Not too much going on around here besides lots of swimming.  Abby and Kyndal want to go swimming everyday!!!!  I'm thankful to have a place to take them, but I'm a little tired of swimming already (just being honest)!  Only because I'm afraid Anna Claire will get burned or too hot, and Kyndal just learned how to swim, so she never wants to wear floaties and she always wants to jump off of the diving board, and having to keep my hands on Anna Claire too, just becomes a real work out. 

Aunt Rikki has been here for a visit since Sat. so that has been fun. 

Aunt Eron and Marley are planning to come tomorrow to visit for a few days, so that will be fun too.

Then we are starting school on Monday!!!!  I'm very excited and a bit overwhelmed/intimidated, but hopefully it will go better than good.

Anna Claire has been pulling up some, so maybe she will be walking before too long.

Rikki bought Anna Claire a couple of new outfits and was playing dress up with her while Abby was the photographer!!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The 3 F's

Food, Fun, and Fellowship!!!  We had some friends over last night, John, Nina, and Lexie.  We had a good dinner, good conversation, and some good fun!  The girls of course just play the whole time, but once Anna Claire went to bed they wanted to play the Wii.  They wanted to play Just Dance, and they danced the night away.  Nina and I gave it a try which I'm sure was quite a sight.  Then John and Craig did a song which was just hilarious.  I got it on video but have no idea how to put that on here, but I did get a few pics!!!

This is how the girls entertained themselves while I cooked dinner!  Anna Claire got the best end of this deal and actually Kyndal did too.  Abby did most of the pushing!!!

Craig took half a day off today and we took a family road trip to Opelika, so that was a nice time too!

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I went back to the doctor yesterday for results on blood work and the ultrasound.  My blood work was normal and the ultrasound did show gallstones.  So the he is giving me some medicine for if it's an ulcer for 2 months.  So if I don't hurt anymore than it's an ulcer, but if I hurt any while I'm on this medication then it's the gallstones and I have to have my gallbladder removed.  So far I haven't hurt anymore.  You can have gallstones and they never bother you.  However, ulcers can come back, so that's not good either.

The other day I went to the store or something and the girls stayed home with Craig and when I came in the door, Abby and Kyndal said mom we are playing school and Anna Claire is our student.  When I came into the classroom they had that baby sitting in their desk!!!  It was funny, and Anna Claire was loving it.

I took the girls swimming yesterday morning for a little while, and to the doctor in the afternoon (with ALL 3 girls).  You can imagine how fun that was, b/c we waited an hour to see the doctor!!  We survived though.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  We have a birthday party on Sat. for one of Abby's classmates and Aunt Rikki is planning on coming Sat. or Sun.  The girls will have fun for sure!!!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Girls Weekend

Friday me, Abby, and Kyndal took a trip back to B'ham for the weekend for Justin's birthday party.  We left after I laid Anna Claire down for her nap.  Her and Craig were staying in Eufaula.  We missed them alot, and I think they missed us too.  We did have a good time though.  We met Eron and Marley Friday afternoon at the Splash Pad and the girls had a good time, then we went to Yogurt Mountain, which is always really good.  We then went to Eron's house where she made us dinner and then I went and stayed at moms while the girls stayed at Aunt Eron's house.  Saturday my mom and I went to Hobby Lobby and got us some breakfast and then we all headed out to Justin's 10th birthday party.  They swam and ate lunch, and had cake.  All the kids had a good time and of course it's always nice to see family.  Saturday night I went with Eron to a wedding of a girl from high school, so that was fun.  Mom and Steve kept the girls who played in the rain, had a bubble bath, and ate cookies and ice cream.  I know they had fun and they were EXHAUSTED after that long day.  Abby and Kyndal went back to Aunt Eron's to stay while I stayed at moms.  I have to admit, it was nice to have some quiet time.  Sunday we went to church with Eron and then to lunch at Chuy's at the Summit with Eron, Marley, GiGi, and Rikki.  That was also really nice.  After a stop at Wal-Mart, we were on our way back home.  The girls did not nap at all on the trip home and when we got here, I gave them a bath and I headed right back out the door for choir practice.  During church, the girls told me they were soooo tired at least 10 times.  After supper and a Bible story, they went to bed and didn't get up until 8:30 this morning.

Anna Claire was asleep when we got home so I didn't see her until they came to church, her reaction was soooo sweet.  We did have a really good time, but I am ready to get back to normal after traveling so much the past two weeks.

We went and bought school supplies today and are getting our classroom in order and all ready for school to start in 2 weeks.

Very thankful for a wonderful hubby who is also an awesome daddy who stayed behind for the weekend and took Great care of our 13 month old.  I know they had a great time together.

Prayer Request:  I have been having some chest and back pain randomly for about 3-4 months.  However, recently I'm having it more often and it is very uncomfortable, so I went to the Dr. today.  He did blood work and I'm having an ultrasound in the morning and going back to the Dr. on Wed. for hopefully an answer.  He thinks it's an ulcer, pancreas, or gallbladder.  He said they were all easy fixes so that is good.  Just pray we find out what is it, and that it gets corrected soon please and thank you!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cousin Fun

Saturday, Aunt Rikki and cousin Ella came for a visit.  That afternoon we went for a cookout/swimming fellowship time at the William's house.  The girls had a great time exhausting themselves swimming and jumping off the diving board.  The adults enjoyed by watching, eating, and talking.  Sunday, we went to church, and after lunch Aunt Rikki took the girls to get a shaved ice.  After church that evening, we had pizza and the girls were tired after playing the day away between church.  Monday we went swimming for a couple of hours before Aunt Rikki and Ella had to head back to B'ham.  We really enjoyed their visit alot, all the girls had so much fun together.

Kyndal jumping!

Marley jumping!

Ella jumping!

Abby jumping!

Sweet girls

Thank you to Miss. Haley for entertaining Anna Claire most the evening!

Hilarious!!!  I went to check on them during the night and Marley was inches from falling off of the bed, so I had to move her to another bed!

Cuties ready for church!

Enjoying shaved ice and some cartoons!

This baby was tired, but as always a good trooper!

Ella was a little sad about leaving the cousin fun, she will have to come back real soon!

After Rikki and Ella left, the girls took a good nap and after that we went to the park to play for a good 20 minutes before it began to rain.  When I told them we had to go, Marley said why are we leaving already we just got here!!!


Tuesday, we met Aunt Eron in Opelika at BWW so she could get Marley.  We went to Hobby Lobby and then to Yogurt Mountain. 

Love, Love, Love these 3 girls so much!

Okay, this is totally random to this post, but I got me a bike Wednesday so I can start riding on the trail and hopefully ride off some of these unwanted lbs!!!!  We shall see how well it works!?!?