August 31, 2015

Summer Book Review

I've read a few books this past month or so, after downloading Kindle Unlimited so I thought I'd share what I've read, because I really loved them all!! They are all fairly different genres I would say, but they were all page turners, and really had me hooked!


The first book I read was Leaving Haven. I loved this book. I love books about relationships between friends and the bonds of motherhood, so this was right up my alley. I will say the way the chapters are laid out got a bit confusing, since they were out of sequence and back and forth between the present and the past, but it wasn't too bad. If you like Emily Giffin (which I love), I would say this is a mix of Something Borrowed, Baby Proof and Heart of the Matter.


The second book I read was Fairy Tale Interrupted. SO good!!! I mean, I literally couldn't put it down. My children may have been a tad neglected while I was reading this one. I recently became fascinated with JFK when I caught a mini series on Netflix on the Kennedy family. I became interested with JFK Jr. and found this book highly recommended through the reviews on Kindle. It was so fascinating. It's written by JFK Jr.'s personal assistant, one of his closest confidants the last five years of his life. She began working for him shortly before the start-up of George Magazine, and worked closely with him until his death. I was fairly young when he died, and too young to have really known what George was at the time, although I'd heard of it as an adult, but let me tell you, this book was amazing. This reads like fiction, but it's not! I couldn't believe everything this woman got to see and experience. I love how her feisty personality really shines through the text, and how I got such enormous insight into what JFK Jr. was really like, not just the man the media portrayed him as. Read this book!!!


The most recent book I read was Yellow Crocus. I'm a huge lover of history, and I'm especially fascinated with early America and the Old South. If you love historical fiction, or if you loved The Help, you will probably be just as obsessed with this book as I am. It was amazing. It's about a slave who is taken away from her own baby to be a wet nurse to the baby of the master of the plantation. It's told through the eyes of both the slave, and her charge. It's amazing. Did I say that already?? I couldn't put this one down, either. I was hooked from the first page to the last. It's so fascinating to just get a glimpse at what life was like back then, and so heartbreaking to see how slaves were treated as property,  but the true lesson for me was that the bonds that tie us together as humans can overcome anything. I really would love to read more books like this.
 I can't say enough great things about it. 





August 27, 2015

Meet Lucy

**Warning: Long post that is probably going to bore most of you, but I had to officially document Lucy's story of how she became ours!!** 



Mother's Day weekend we went over to my parents house to swim and eat, and a little visitor arrived. My dad said she had been there all morning, so we went out and had a look. There was the cutest lab mix I'd ever seen! She had a collar on but no tag, and didn't look malnourished but her coat was a little worse for the wear.

She had the sweetest demeanor, and let us pet her right away! She stayed in the driveway all day. My dad, being the huge animal lover that he is, ended up giving her some food and water. My mom said she slept in the flower bed that night. The next day, my parents let her hang out in the backyard/garage. She slept in their garage that night...and the next. My mom put out some fliers in their neighborhood and asked around to see if she could find her owner.


I'd been talking to Chad about getting a dog for awhile, but he was not on board AT ALL. I was hoping to talk him into it by Christmas ;)  Once I saw Lucy and saw how sweet she was, I was in love! I begged him to think about adopting her if we couldn't find her owner. My parents also kept telling us how mellow she was and that she seemed like she'd  be a great dog.

On Wednesday, we decided to take her to the vet to see if they could find a chip in her and see if she'd been spayed and how old she might be. No chip was found, but the Vet was almost certain she'd been spayed and that she was 3 years old or less. We took her back to my parents house and discussed that afternoon if we should give her a little "trial run" with us. Well, wouldn't you know that night my mom called and said a lady that saw the flier contacted her and that Lucy was her dog.

 My mom chatted with her and she'd told my mom that the dog's name is Minnie and that they lived on some land near my parents neighborhood and while they were out of town, she had hopped the fence and ran off during a thunderstorm. The lady said that Lucy had shown up on their property when she was around 6 months old and that they nursed her back to health, had her spayed and kept her as a yard dog ever since. She's only about 18 months old, too. She said she had run off several times before but that she was really sweet and loved to be around people. My mom told her how we'd been thinking of keeping her if we couldn't find her owner and the lady said that would be fine with her since she hated that she kept running away. I called the lady to talk to her about everything, and as it turns out, Chad and I went to school with her son and she and her husband were in the same Sunday school class as Chad's parents for years! We were so relieved to know she'd been taken care of by a nice family and that she hadn't been abused or neglected! We agreed we'd pick her up the next day and bring her to our house to see how she'd do.

On Friday, the kids and I went to Petco and  picked up food, toys, a crate, dog bowls, a collar and leash and brought her to our house. We had already started calling her Lucy before we found out her real name, so Lucy stuck. Chad had dogs growing up but they were always outside dogs, I grew up with pomeranians, so it was the complete opposite for me. Chad said he'd never want a dog in the house, but somehow I convinced him to try it out... and Lucy has been perfect from day one!!! She'd never been an inside dog before, and she was in heaven from the second we brought her home! She didn't try to jump on the furniture or pee on the rug, she  she laid down with the kids and while they put on Homeward Bound for her, hahaha. So fitting.

She had a few health issues when we got her, and now that she's been with us a few months she is thriving! She had some fleas at first, so we gave her a bath with the blue dawn dish soap and put her on flea treatment. Our vet said she is allergic to fleas, so she had scratched and nibbled herself and her coat was sparse in some places. Even from July to now she looks so much better! You can really tell in these pictures how good her coat looks now.  She also has a mild case of heart worms, and we have her on a heart worm medicine now and may take the next step and do the fast kill method to get rid of them for good. 




She has us all obsessed with her and Chad has said from the beginning how happy he is that we found her! He's even come around to say that he thinks his dogs growing up were never that good because they were never allowed in the house, haha. We also love what a good watchdog she is!! When we're gone, she pretty much stays planted on the catwalk upstairs so she can keep a good eye on the house. If one of the kids starts crying at night, she will beat us upstairs to check on them. We are all obsessed with her and we are so lucky she found us!



August 24, 2015

Kindergarten!!!


This happened today. 







It's safe to say my heart was aching a little lot today. Uggghhh.... How did this even happen!? Wasn't it just a year or two ago that I was bringing my baby boy home from the hospital??
Time just flies. It really does, and no matter how many times you hear how fast it goes, you never quite get it until you're a momma.

I clearly remember rocking Graham in his nursery right after I brought him home from the hospital. Tears welled in my eyes as I had a moment of clarity that he will never be this tiny again. Ever. Time is fleeting. So I pray I can bottle up the memories of my kids while they're still little and keep them tucked in my heart forever.

We love Graham's teacher and I'm praying hard that he will have an amazing year!! We can't wait to see how he will grow and mature, and all of the things he will learn! We are super excited for him! He did so great this morning. He was up bright and early and couldn't wait to head out the door. (Thank you, Lord!) The morning went so smooth and daddy came with us for drop-off. Claire was so excited too, but didn't bat an eye when we had to leave. Me and Claire met Krista and Brinley for breakfast and then came home and took Lucy for a walk and went to the park and before we knew it, it was time to get in the carpool line!

Graham seemed like he had a fun first day, and is super excited to go back tomorrow. Hopefully the new won't wear off too soon... ;) Luckily, Graham's a morning person, so that should help a lot! I was a little worried about there being no snacks because he's a huge snacker at home, but he said it was no problem!

So thankful he had a great first day and can't wait to see what this year has in store!



We're SO proud of our baby big boy!!! 


June 4, 2015

Graham's 5th Birthday!

On June 3rd our boy turned FIVE! Last summer we took the kids to Splashtown and they loved it! Every night since when they pray they thank God for Splashtown, ha!!! So we thought instead of a big party this year, we'd take the kids to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels with my sister and her family, since my niece's birthday is the week after Graham's. We ended up having a small Avenger's themed family party at our house on his actual birthday, and our sweet friends Traci and Tripp had us over for a little birthday swim playdate, too!! We are so blessed to have so many people love our kiddo. I mean, he's pretty hard not to love though!!! Happy 5th birthday, buddy!!! This may be our best year yet!!!




                













GRAHAM AT FIVE:

Favorite Color: orange and blue 
Favorite Toy: Anything superhero, legos, puzzles, PAW patrol
Favorite Outfit: T-shirt and Athletic shorts 
Favorite TV show: PAW Patrol, Avengers, Kids Songs
Favorite Movie: Dolphin Tale
Favorite Fruit: Blueberries, apples, grapes 
Favorite Snack: All of them!
Favorite Lunch: Ham and Turkey sandwich (no cheese!)
Favorite Breakfast: Oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar
Favorite Book: Superhero Book, Little People Valentine's Day Book
Favorite Animal: Gorillas and seals
Favorite Song: Sugar by Maroon Five (hahaha)
Favorite Thing To Do Outside: Play catch and practice hitting (or hitball as he calls it)
Favorite Drink: Juice box, Sprite or Gatorade
Favorite Holiday: Easter
Best Friend: Jackson, Tripp
Favorite Dinner: Cheeseburgers
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Construction Worker or Firefighter


April 6, 2015

Easter Sunday {2015}

This year we hosted Easter at our house with our families and friends!!! It was such a fun day, filled with good food, an Egg hunt and lots of laughter. The kids woke up to their filled Easter baskets and ran outside to see if the magic jelly beans they planted had sprouted into lollipops! 









After checking out their loot, we went to church and then came home to host Easter dinner. 














 Love these adorable bunny cupcakes our friends (and neighbors) brought! 

When we were filling the kids Easter eggs, Chad mentioned how is Grandad loves the licorice jelly beans, so we made him some Easter Bunny poop, the kids loved giving it to him. Anything poop-related is just such a riot to a 3 and 4 year old. #poorgrandad #goodsport 
 The hunt is on!!! 


 Right after this picture was taken, the screams started when G's foot got caught in the tree. #drama

 Sweet Brinley!!! Love this tiny thing! 
























All of the Easter traditions are fun, but I never want my children to think that is all there is to this day.