Monday, January 15, 2018

My girl likes to party all the time

Harper's birthday is tomorrow but we celebrated it on Saturday.  I wanted to have a big roller skating party for her this year and I was planning it but she told me she really just wanted to spend a special day with us and her best friend Sarah Kate.  So that's what we did.  She planned out everything she wanted to do and we made it happen.  And I think she had the BEST day and we loved it so much too.  (And so much easier than a party!) 


We started the day by picking up Sarah Kate and heading to Cracker Barrel for breakfast! Scott and Will Holden were with us but they went back home for a little bit after that.  


Because the next thing Harper wanted to do was go to Claire's.  This is a mecca for my girls.  They love to go there.  I got the girls a few things.  If I tell them they can have something - they will spend 45 minutes picking it out.  Decisions, decisions.  


Then we met the boys and went bowling! This was a lot of fun and Harper beat everyone but Scott.  


Harper wanted to have lunch at a little mexican place near our house.  We eat there a lot for Sunday lunch and my girls think it's the best restaurant in the world.  Sarah Kate knew they would sing to you on your birthday so she asked the waiter.  And when they came out and sang to her - it was the sweetest thing.  She was THRILLED to death! I posted the video on my instagram under "Harper" at the top.  


We came home for a little bit after that and the girls played and we ate cake.  


And they had a lot of fun together! 



Our family! 


Me and my girl! 


Harper and her daddy


Harper wanted an ice cream cake from Dairy Queen and she wanted a swimming theme since she does swim team.  


Then we took Sarah Kate home so we could have some family time and we took the kids swimming at our community center inside.  Will Holden HATED the water this past summer but he was loving it on Saturday so I can tell this summer will be fun.  We are planning a trip to the beach so hopefully he will love it! 


We changed the kids and dried their hair at the gym after swimming and went to eat Chuy's.  That was Harper's last pick of the day.  This day was a little bit of torture for Scott and I because we are on the Keto Diet so no chips or cake for us.  It's hard to sit and stare at chips and not eat them but I did it! Anything for my girl! 

She felt special and loved and that's the most important theme.  We are just so thankful for all nine of her years! 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Fluff

We jumped back into real life this week! 


Monday the kids started back to school.  I think we were ALL happy.  Will Holden ran right into his school and the girls were glad to get back! And momma was glad for a few hours alone to try to put our house back together! 


Tuesday our Bible study started back up.  I'm leading this study and it's SO good.  I love Annie Downs and this study has so much depth.  If you are looking for something to do - you don't need a group or videos - you will learn so much! 


Our activities picked back up this week too.  Harper is back swimming with swim team.  She had piano and the girls both had gymnastics.  


If you haven't seen the video I posted of Will Holden shopping and the "special things" he wanted to buy - you need to check my instagram.  I'm still laughing.  


On Wednesday I spent the day with my friend Susan and my gas light came on as I was taking her home but I figured I had plenty of gas to pick up the kids.  I went through both car lines and the kids were wanting to go to Sonic so I got in a stall and my car DIED.  oops.  I have never run out of gas before.  Thankfully it was 60 degrees this day (it's now 28 and snowing).  And Sonic is just right down from a gas station.  So the kids and I walked and got gas and brought it back.  I tried to make it an adventure and also had the kids pray so that they could see how God took care of us (even despite of their absent minded mom).  


Thursdays are what I call "momma and Holden" day.  (He calls himself Holden and so do I half the time).  He was so sweet and good today.  We got his hair cut and he was just perfect.  (It hasn't always been that way).  Some days he can be so hard.  We are in the throes of two year old tantrums and testing things out.  But some days he is so sweet I can't kiss his little face enough.  Those days make the hard days worth it.  


You know it's a good day when you just pass out in the car line.  :-) 


I love to Netflix binge.  I usually watch something at night when I work on stuff.  I LOVED "When Calls the Heart" - it's a Hallmark show.  I still have the last season to watch.  And now I'm in the middle of another Hallmark show - "Cedar Cove" and I love it.  I've been warned that it got cancelled abruptly and doesn't have an ending.  So I'm keeping that in mind but watching it anyway.  

We have a big weekend planned celebrating Harper's birthday! I can't wait! 


Monday, January 08, 2018

Singles Day Couples - AN UPDATE!

If you are new here - about 7 years ago, I had the crazy idea to have a matchmaking post on my blog. I had people link up any single people they knew (or themselves) and then readers could read and try to find someone they might be interested in.  Sounds completely crazy ........ but TWELVE couples met and married through this.

TWELVE 
I KNOW.  I can't even.  So amazing.  I have a private facebook group set up that you are open to join.  There are over 1000 singles in that group.  Look for Kelly’s Korner Singles.  But I'm going to try a blog link up one more time per lots and lots of requests.  Anyone interested???? More on that later but for now.....let's see where our 12 couples are these days!  (and if you met here and I don't know it - please let me know so we can hear your story!!!) 
SARAH AND CHRISTOPER
(married April 2011) 
Since our last update Christopher got out of the army and we moved back north. He was just transferred for work so we're moving to Georgia this month. I'll always be a New England girl but I know I'll find more smocked dresses and big bows for Annabelle in Georgia than I'd ever found in Massachusetts. I stay home with Annabelle (3 1/2) and spend my days going to story time, handing out snacks and answering a million of her questions. In the past few years I've become good friends with Toi who also met her husband here. When I started reading this blog I had no idea I'd meet my husband or make so many sweet friends (shoutout to Michelle and Laura)! I blog at Ofdandelionsanddaffodils.blogspot.com


SAVANNAH AND AARON
(married February 2012) 

We will celebrate 6 years of marriage in February and are so grateful for the life God has given us together. Our greatest gifts are these three babies and our fourth on the way! We will welcome Crosby in June and we cannot wait for him to join the party. Hudson, Millie Grace, and Annie Sutton keep us laughing and we are so grateful to be their parents. Life is busy, but so full of joy.


CASH AND AVERY
(Married July 2012) 

Since we got married in 2012, we have been living in Cash's hometown of Midland, Texas. Cash continues to work as a petroleum geologist, and I am now a stay-at-home-mom. Our son Henry was born in 2015. A short 8 months later we found out we were expecting again! 
Sadly, during the second trimester, we were told by our fetal specialist that our daughter would not survive the pregnancy. She had a lower urinary tract obstruction, a condition that is seen in females in a mere 1% of all LUTO cases. A week before her delivery, which was set for my 19th week of pregnancy, God intervened in the most miraculous way. The doctors never understood how the changes occurred, but to their surprise she was able to stay healthy through 38 weeks of pregnancy! 
On February 2, 2017, we had AnnLouise "Scout". Holding her felt like holding Heaven. She was diagnosed at 1 day old with Prune Belly Syndrome, an extremely rare condition that is marked by an absence of abdominal muscles. Scout is now 10 months old and continues to be a miracle every day. She and her brother love to play together, and they keep us entertained daily.
Life these days looks a lot different than it did 7 years ago when we met on the blog, and we are thankful every day for the wild way in which God brought us together. I write about our life out here in West Texas and Scout's health journey at Life in the Tumbleweeds: lifeinthetumbleweeds.blogspot.com if you want to keep up with us there and follow us through the world of Prune Belly Syndrome.
TOI AND BRYCE
(Married October 2012) 
We are quickly coming up on seven years since my sister in law wrote the blog post that started it all!  I can't believe it's been seven years!  Bryce and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary back in October.  Alyson, our daughter turned 4 in August.  Our restaurant also turned 4 last year. It has been a crazy 5 years but, our little family is very happy and content with our life.  

It just blows me away that all of this started with me reading a blog post!  I had spent so long dreaming and praying for a husband and a family.  When I replied to that post never in my wildest dreams did I ever think life would be as sweet as it is now.  I also never dreamed that I would meet some of my greatest friends through that post.  Thanks to Show Us Your Singles I have made friends with some of the other wives!  Sarah and I have become great friends and weigh in almost daily on topic like the upcoming royal wedding, what Princess Kate is wearing,  parenting advice and recipes.  All the important things in life!  

CHAD AND KATIE
(Married April 2013)
Chad & I's 5 yr anniversary is coming up at the end of April. We met 6 years ago this week on Kelly's Korner show us your singles over 40. We still live west of Houston, TX and love our community.  We had a little boy (JC) in September of 2014 and we just had another little boy (Cooper) to complete our little family in January 2017. They are two completely different little boys and we love their little busy selves to pieces! I am still doing photography as a part time business while taking care of the boys as a full time job everyday. Chad works long hours as a railroad engineer to provide for our family and we couldn't be prouder of him for what he does for us. We were very blessed to have survived Hurricane Harvey without any flooding in our home, although many home not far from us did have major damage. The boys got to see their first snow in December and are pretty sure they like summer time better than winter. We are looking forward to celebrating Cooper's 1st birthday in a couple weeks and seeing what else 2018 has in store for us! 
CHANDLER AND ERIN
(Married May 2013) 
This May Chandler and I will be married 5 years. We have a little girl, Peyton, who is 2.5 and a baby girl, Charlotte, who is 9 months. We’re busy in the season of raising little ones, running a landscape business and slowly renovating our house. We’ve been very blessed and are excited to see what the future holds!
JESSE AND ELIZABETH
(Married June 2013) 
Feb. 11 marks six years since Jesse and I went on a blind date set up thanks to your blog. It's been a whirlwind ever since. We'll celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary in June. We have a 3-year-old little girl and are expecting a second girl in mid-February. We've been in our dream home that Jesse built on 11 acres nearly 18 months. We live just down the road from our small church and enjoy life in a college town in Missouri. I work at the university as a journalism professor, and Jesse is a civil engineer with a local firm. We're looking forward to a big year ahead with our growing family! 

JEREMY AND ERIN
(Married October 2015)

Jeremy and I have been married for two years and are currently anxiously/ excitedly anticipating the arrival of our first child! Bayley will hopefully make her appearance by the end of the month. We are continuously amazed by the Lord’s faithfulness in our lives. We currently live in Mississippi and love it! I’m a homemaker and blog at thislifethiswife.com.

CADE AND JENNA
(Married November 2015)
Cade and Jenna have been married 2 years and are expecting their first baby in July!!!
WHITNIE AND JOSH
(Married in 2015)
They met indirectly through my blog.  They went to church together but before he asked her out he googled her and found her featured on singles day here.  After reading about her, he asked her out! She gained a husband and three precious boys!!!
Married October 2016
I have a picture of this couple but I can't find any of the info to go with it.  So this is you or you know them - I would love an update!