Monday, April 24, 2017

Rainy Days and Mickey




Thursday I went to a fundraising luncheon for a great organization in NWA.  Saving Grace helps girls who have aged out of foster homes or group homes.  Foster care is a huge issue but it's also hard when these kids become adults and are thrown out in the world without any guidance.  Saving Grace takes girls in and they go to school and get jobs and get counseling and are assigned mentors.  They are given life skills.  It is such a needed organization.  


Our weekend was miserable weather wise.  It was pouring down rain and cold all day Friday and Saturday.  The good news is it was a good weekend to slow down and catch up.  It's been so busy lately and I was so happy to be home and actually be caught up on laundry!!!! Harper had choir practice for her musical on Sunday both Friday night and Saturday morning but other than that we stayed at home.  I took the little two with me to Lowe's after we dropped Harper off at church Saturday morning.  


And then to Walmart where by this time Will Holden had had ENOUGH! And so had I! 


Our big excitement for the weekend was Scott and I spent over two hours cleaning our kitchen floor.  He was on his hands and knees scrubbing and I did the pre work and the drying.  It was worth it but it was hard work! At one point me and all the kids were just laying in our bed.  I love those kinds of weekends.  
 Sunday night was the kids choir musical at church.  This is always a big production.  It was so good! 

 Harper loves being in the choir! I'm excited for next year when she and Hollis will both be in it.  

I wanted to send Will Holden some treats to school today and his teacher requested fruit so I made tiny little mickey fruit designs and because Will Holden LOVES cheese - I cut it out in his initials.  


Riding home from school with a BIG mickey balloon and a mickey doll his good friend Remington gave him.  (We were actually in car line when I took this so I wasn't driving! :-))


When Harper was two I threw her a huge mickey themed party at the local jump place and invited about 25 kids.  Which was great.  But I learned along the way that a two year old barely knows what a birthday is and we can celebrate just as well with just our family.  Now if you throw huge pinterest worthy parties every year - that's awesome but for us - it was easier this year to just celebrate as a family! 


The girls loved helping him open his presents! 


We had two huge birthday cakes in march since we have two March birthdays so I decided it would be fun to have a cookie cake.  I called Walmart and just asked for some kind of Mickey cookie cake.  This wouldn't have been my pick for design but it worked.  I was just happy his name turned out.  I had to spell out his name no less than 14 times over the phone and at point she kept saying "Will and Holden?" so I had no idea what we would end up with.  It was really good thought I have to say! 


When I was putting him to bed I said "Did you have a good day buddy?" He nodded his head several times and said "had a good day".  And I had a good one too.  Because of him.  

Two


Will Holden - how is possible that you are TWO today????


It really seems like just yesterday you were born.  And we all fell in love with you!


And we have been on a wild ride ever since.  


I can't believe that I have a white headed little boy.  I will never get over what a gift you are! You smile at me and I am just mush.  You have the best belly laugh and the cutest sense of humor.  


You are BUSY.  Oh my WORD.  Even my hair hadn't turned gray when I was a lot younger - it would be completely white by now.  You don't walk - you RUN.  You are constantly climbing on things or running our doors or writing on walls.  Rest is a word that is no longer in my vocabulary.  :-) 


You wear a size 2T and a size 8 shoe.  You weigh around 34 pounds.  You LOVE Milk (or "nuk" as you call it).  You love cheese and yogurt more than anything. I guess you are just a dairy man.  You also love eggs.  Other than that you are hit or miss on what you like.  You are the BEST sleeper.  You still are very consistent with naps.  You love to play outside more than anything else.  And you are OBSESSED with Mickey Mouse.  (or as you call him "dot dot" (as in the hot dog song))


You go to MDO three days a week and it's been SO good for you.  You love going and you love "Ms Sassy" (as you call your teacher).  You are the only boy in your class but you are used to being surrounded by girls.  You are almost the only boy in your church class too.  You are ALL BOY so you make up for it.  You love balls and tractors.  


My favorite thing of being a mom is watching how much you and your sisters love each other.  I told Hollis I was so glad we had you because she is the BEST big sister.  She just adores you.  Her teacher showed me her kindergarten journal and EVERY page was about her "and her brother Will".  Your sisters are FIERCELY in love with you.  They mother you to death.  I often have to remind them that I'm your mom and not them.  ha! And you just ADORE them.  It's been the sweetest thing to watch and I pray you three always stay close.  



You love for me to sing you songs at night.  And you also love to pray when you go to bed.  You are the sweetest snuggle bear.  And you LOVE your momma.  You love daddy but you are very attached to me.  (It's hard for me to ever leave a room if you are in it. )  I will admit I secretly love it! 


You are growing too fast! I can't even talk about you without getting misty eyed because I'm so crazy about this boy of mine.  You are the best gift! Happy day Bubby! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites

I'm going to get back to the Friday Fellowships next week.  I have taken a little break from them but more to come!


I thought I would link up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites this week for Friday Favorites.



My girls have these gold tennis shoes I got from J Crew and I LOVE them.  I'm not a fan of tennis shoes but gold ones? Yes! I'm planning to get myself a similar pair before we go to Disney in the fall. 


Last night we had Tacos and Testimonies at our church.  If you want to hear some powerful testimonies - take this link and watch.  I promise you will thank me.  P.S. Grab some kleenex. 


I'm still doing Hello Fresh meals and it's been a real life saver for me! And I feel like I have taken a cooking class.  I've made roasted parsnips, couscous, mashed cauliflower, and polenta.  All things I would have probably never made on my own and it's been delicious.  I'm actually so impressed with myself. ha ha ha! You would be impressed with yourself too! Take $20 off a box and try


Harper's teacher announced yesterday that she was expecting to their class.  Harper wrote her this note and Mrs. E sent me a picture. I haven't stopped laughing since.  She also wrote her husband Jake a note that said "My parents have been through this three times - what are you scared of?" She is the funniest kid.  


All three kids are my favorite.  But I'm posting a picture of this one because he is just so cute and sweet.  And he sat and let me take his picture for 3 seconds.  

Happy Friday friends!