Monday, January 19, 2015

we love january!

This past week, Ragan killed another deer.... came to an end, meaning no cheer until tryouts for this girl in
March.  I really don't know what she is going to do with such a break but I'm sure we will figure out something.

...Brooke attended a weekend softball camp at LSU and met many new people...
...honor roll breakfast for 4-6 grade.
...William has been having soccer practice and continues to amaze me at his growth and maturity since the spring with t-ball.
recently, William run up to me and insisted he help me walk into the back yard with my eyes closed as he held my hand to guide me.  I knew something amazing had to be in our yard by the tone of his voice.  As he stopped me midway in the yard he announce "open eyes!"
We stood in awe at the beautiful yellow flowers covering every inch of our yard.  I love that he noticed that and knew how much I would enjoy these little beauties.

Brooke and best big cousin, Meghan... instagram picture I have shared of William face painting his face.  Thankfully it only took two minutes to wash off but we did have to brush teeth three times to get all of the black out of his mouth from licking his lips.  
 must be hard waking up in the  morning having two sister at your beckon call carrying you wherever you say.
 I am so thankful that my parents are able to help watch William for a few hours when I work so that I can homeschool him.  This is a decision I know was right for him as well as the rest of our family.  When we arrive at my parents' house William always has to cuddle their big poodle. 
 so sad to see this cheer season end....
love this crew.

 ...we were invited to pick lettuce at a friend's house recently,  William and his buddy did a great job helping.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015


Where do I begin? 
 Christmas is over and we are already 10 days into the new year.
No resolutions, but I do have some goals. 
Not to lose 20 lbs ...which would be nice, but I feel like I'm setting myself up for failure and disappointment when I make resolutions like that and do not reach them
My main goal: to de-clutter physically and the things in my life.
  I have decided not to worry about the little things that get in the way of clear thinking. 
 I want to stay as focused as I can on God, family....the important thing, things I love....  everything will fall into place.
This Christmas season I did not stress over accomplishing certain tasks and I really had an enjoyable holiday season. 
Don't get me wrong, there are some things I am quite OCD about but I'm trying to stop sweating the small stuff. 
 Aren't we all a work in progress?
The holidays were amazing, we spent time with John's brother and our sweet SIL and a precious little man who we are praying will be able to stay in our family.  I wish I could post pictures here of he and my kiddos but we can't quite yet, plus you would be drooling on baby cuteness overload.
Fireworks are fantastic at the neighbors and we look forward to them every year, lasting up to almost 30 min.

One of Ragan's besties and her family are living back here so they are spending time together. Her little brother and William are good buddies too so my boy has another playmate!  I've been so thrilled to know that they were going to return in the spring, however they returned bc of every parents nightmare.  Pray for my sweet brokenhearted friend as she tries to get through living without a child and still having life continue with multiple children. 
My heart hurts so badly for them. 
New news:  The shoes at the bottom of this body belong to a little boy who has started soccer. 
A boy who not only started soccer but rocked at practice. 
 Let's be honest, when we do something new I feel a tad apprehensive with concerns and scenarios running through my head.
-will he listen?
-is he going to run off?
-are they going to understand what he is saying?
-will he be the smallest one?
-how will the other kids treat him?
Let me answer this:
He listened to the coach without ever trying to walk off of the field even once.  As far as size, five boys were his exact height; the girls are a different story and were about a head taller but that's how girls and boys differ at this age.  Out of the six kids at practice everyone of them were in class with William either in kindergarten or first grade, two kids were in his class before I pulled him out of PS.  The kids were happy to see him and by the end of practice he helped the coach pick up the cones and invited him to  our house for dinner and to his birthday party in March.  Thankfully the coach declined dinner since I did not cook that night.
Who am I kidding there is seldom a night that I have cooked.
Because I like this picture.....Ragan and her friend for her birthday lunch.

An because I am longing for the hot days of summer...
...but it feels like this instead...

Goodness cold go away, I would never make it as a northern girl.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


just a few December pictures from my phone ...
Christmas Eve
Christmas day with Pops
at J's house delivering Christmas cheer, always love spending time with her.
bringing these two in the store with me, well.....
(yep, they are in one pair of pants)
pepper jelly+cream cheese+crackers=my dinner when John took the girls Christmas shopping



 Ragan's 15th birthday was Tuesday, she had a friend over, went out to lunch and had family over for cake.
coffee in bed...
I have taken a ton of photos from this week, unfortunately there is this tiny precious baby we have been loving on and we can't share his photos just yet.
We are saying prayers Aunt B and Uncle B are able to become his parents for life b/c they are pretty amazing so far.


Monday, December 29, 2014

happy 15th birthday ragan

Happiest of all birthdays to my beautiful, smart, caring and helpful fifteen year old.  Ragan, we love you more than you will ever know and are so proud of all you do.
Happy birthday!!!