Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Where I've been

Well it's been over a month since I did a blog post.  Which I guess is the longest I have gone in 16 years.  I had a few people email me to ask if I was okay.  So I thought I would do a little life update! 

The reason I haven't been blogging is I went back to work full time a month ago.  I didn't plan to drop blogging but I just don't have enough hours in the day.  I started work and kids started sports and there is only one night a week that we are home and that's a catch up night.  But I plan to try and update from time to time.  

Work is great! I went back to what I did before I had kids.  It's been 13 years, so I have a bit of a learning curve and I'm trying to re-learn and catch up but the people I work with are awesome and I'm loving being back in an office environment.  It's not been TOO bad so far getting used to working all the time and juggling everything else.  I've just had to let some things slide.  

I think the biggest thing that has had to slide for me is time with friends.  I haven't even seen Laurie for more than about 10 minutes in the last 5 weeks which is so weird.  We barely even find time to talk.  But we are going on vacation together in two weeks and I can't wait! I'm making new friends at church and that's been a blessing.  But I don't have time for coffee dates or walks anymore with friends.  But I hope I can figure that out.  

The kids are doing great with new school years and new schools.  I'm so proud of them.  

Will Holden is playing flag football.  Scott is helping coach.  That is keeping us busy.  And Harper is playing volleyball.  So our Saturdays have been busy with games.  And birthday parties.  We have been to so many parties.  Apparently all our friends were born in September. ha! 

I don't know if you have heard but my hogs are having a REALLY great year! It's been a fun football season so far! 

Our AC went out.  That was fun.  It was 87 in our house for about 4 days.  I was not pleasant.  To put it mildly.  And then we got to buy a new unit for a small fee. ha! ha! UGH.  I'm so thankful to have AC again.  

I went with Susan to a speaking event last Saturday.  It was a lot of fun.  

Hollis went on a field trip.  It was the first one anyone has been on in 2 years.  

The Stamps came to visit last weekend.  We had a lot of fun with them.  We kept them busy but it was a nice weekend.  

I'm helping in preteens on Wed nights and leading a 5th grade girls small group with my sweet friend Crystal.  I'm enjoying that so much.  We are LOVING our new church.  We have jumped all in and it's been amazing.  I've seen so much spiritual growth in my kids but also in myself.  I'm just so grateful that God has led us here and I am so excited any time we get to be at church! 

So that's what we have been up to over the last month! 


Monday, August 23, 2021

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I'm super behind on blogging - not that literally ANYONE cares. ha ha ! But for my own prosperity - I'm going to do a few posts to catch up! 

Right before school started we had to get the back to school obligatory hair cuts! 

Our church kid's ministry had a skate night.  It was so fun.  I think I had more fun than the kids but I LOVE skating.  I've suggested a moms night out skate night.  

Thankful for the friends my kids have made! 

The weekend before school started, Scott and WH went to south AR to work on the deer camp for a few days and we girls had a weekend together.  We had the BEST time! I love spending time with them.  They are so much fun.  

We went to WH's open house without him.  I met his teacher and dropped off his supplies.  She was referring to him as William which is technically his name but I had to let her know to call him Will Holden before he and all the other kids corrected her.  I never knew if the double name out stick but I love hearing all the kids yelling "Will Holden" all the time! 

The girls and I went and ate at Ye-Yo's which is a big favorite.  Then we walked over to the Momentary.  

The Momentary is a free modern art museum in an old Kraft cheese factory.  I have to admit - it's a lot of weird stuff but I still like to check it out from time to time.  

We walked around that area before heading home.  

The next morning we were up and hit up Onyx coffee before shopping downtown for a little bit. 

We always love to visit Remedy Road.  

We tried a new lunch spot - Sunny's.  It's a healthy organic place.  

Harper has been wanting highlights so I had my friend Crystal give her some.  They are SUPER subtle but I wanted her to feel confident and happy going into junior high and it did the trick.  

She was so excited and proud! 

I can't believe how she is growing.  But she's so kind and beautiful on the inside and that's what I'm most thankful for! 

I usually let the girls get their nails done before school starts.  They LOVE having nails.  It was a fun treat! 

Then we headed to Hollis' open house at middle school.  

Hollis has the sweetest home room teacher and a great team of teachers.  And she has 5 of her best friends in her class which honestly is a complete dream.  

Saturday the girls and I did some tennis shoe shopping and then met up with Laurie and Sarah Kate for lunch.  Then we did more school shopping.  

Sunday we headed to church.  

And then Harper went to a birthday party for one of her new church friends.  Harper has made the best group of friends at church and it's an answer to prayer as she starts youth group.  They are always texting each other Bible verses and talking about God and praying for each other.  And they sit together at church and take pages of notes from the sermon.  God is working on her heart and it couldn't come at a better time.  

While we girls were doing all the girly things - the boys were having a total boy weekend.  They drove tractors, built bridges and fished.  This is my favorite picture ever of Will Holden.  I'm going to put it on a canvas somewhere in my house.  


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The dog days of August

We are soaking up all the last few days before school starts but it's also a busy time.  Yesterday was one of my favorite days - the days everyone in elementary finds out their teachers.  Why is that such a fun day? It's all the texting and facebook messages of "who did you get?" and figuring out who is in your class.  We now know who almost all our teachers are and we are ready for the year.  We have a few open houses later this week.  This year possibly holds more uncertainty than it did last year but we are going to pray and keep on going as normally as we can. 

Harper and her friends talked me in a slumber party Friday night.  These three have been friends really since kindergarten but best friends since the 4th grade.  They are at different junior highs and different classes and different sports this year but I'm hoping they stay so close because they will meet back up in the same high school in 2 years.  They were so happy to all be together.  They are always on FaceTime together but in person is SO much better.  Their faces show how I feel when I'm with people too! 

One of the moms sent me the picture on the left of them going into middle school.  And now they are headed to junior high.  It just happens so fast. 

Saturday afternoon we headed to the movies.  My kids act like we are going on a trip.  They always take blankets and pillows.  It was actually hot in the movies.  I told them they didn't need sweatshirts.  

Me and Harper.  

We saw Jungle Cruise.  Listen my family liked it.  I hated it.  I'm sorry if you love it.  It's just my opinion. It was long.  Dark.  Boring.  And a lot of snakes.  I love Emily Blunt but even she couldn't save it for me.  I think WH was bored too because I took him to the bathroom 3 times and he came to my seat about 3 more times.  Which means he isn't interested.  I was glad to take him to the bathroom each time. ha! 

We went to a new TCBY by us after the movies and that was our dinner. ha! I don't like frozen yogurt either.  My family doesn't get me. ha! 

Then we went home so I could watch the NFL hall of fame.  Now I could care less about the NFL but this one interested me.  Cliff Harris who played for the cowboys also played for OBU and our stadium is named after him.  Steve Atwater and Jimmy Johnson were Razorbacks.  And one of my favorite IG follows who I think of as a "friend" - Landyn - her husband was inducted.  My actual friend Darla was there with Cliff Harris and she follows Landyn too so she sent me this picture.  I loved it.  

IT was fun seeing so many Arkansas ties! 

Sunday we went tot the church for the first time in a month after our quarantine.  I was so happy to be back and it was such a good service.  I cried so much my eyes were swollen.  And the sermon was on Hell.  Not a fire and brimstone sermon - but we are walking through Jesus' parables and this was one on Hell and the seriousness of it.  It was so life convicting.  I don't want to see anyone that I know ever go to Hell.  And I pray if you ever hear anything from me - it's that Jesus is real and He just wants you to trust Him and walk with Him and spend eternity with Him.  I wrote the notes above down and I am overwhelmed with how God has brought so much good to us after a very very hard period of time and a long season of praying for Him to help us grow in Him.  

Yesterday we picked up a friend and had a picnic in the park and played.  

Harper had them doing filters in the car. ha! We were parked.

And then we swam for a few hours.  We basically had a pool to our selves which was so nice.  We are going to miss these sleep late and swim days.  But a routine is going to be so good.  

We hope you are enjoying these dog days of August.