Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Proud of my little man

It seems like every day something happens that reminds me that Will is growing up way too fast.  I am so proud of my little guy!  I had a conference with his teacher yesterday and she had so many good things to say about Will.  First of all, Josh and I are obviously proud of how well he is doing academically.  Like his sister, Will loves to school and loves to learn.  I'm so thankful that God has given both of my children the ability to learn quickly.  Will's teacher told me that he knows all of his letters and sounds and is reading on an advanced letter.  (If only I could get him to make all of his letters and numbers face the right direction!!)  He is catching on quickly to math concepts and loves trying to sound out and spell words and sentences on his own.  He is a smart little guy and is working hard.

As proud as we are about his academic success, we are even more proud of the way his teacher complimented his character.  Although he can still be easily frustrated or angry at home and still has a tantrum from time to time when told no, he is apparently saving all of this for us.  His teacher said that he is a great kid at school and that she depends on him to be a great leader in their classroom.  She even specified that he is a "good leader" and not just bossy.  Ha ha!  She said that Will is nice to his friends and well-liked by all of his classmates.  My eyes may have filled with tears when she told me  how sweet Will is to a little girl in their class with some special needs.  Will talks to us about her all of the time.  He worries about her when she isn't doing well and is so proud of her accomplishments.  His teacher explained that Will and many other kids in his class are very protective of her and so great with her.  I pray his kindness and acceptance of others different from himself continues for the rest of his life!

My little man is growing up and although it is hard on mama, I'm so proud of him.

Plus he had to go and lose his second tooth last night!!  Slow down time!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Fun!

This weekend it FINALLY felt like Fall so of course that meant it was time to head to a pumpkin patch.  I'll admit that at first I was a little sad that we couldn't go to the pumpkin patches in Hendersonville that we have been going to for the past few years but there are plenty of great places to go in Birmingham so I got over it pretty quickly.

Before going to the farm on Saturday, we got to meet some friends from Hendersonville for lunch who were driving through Birmingham on the way to the beach.  It was so good to see friends, catch up on what is going on with everyone and let the kids play together.  I'm so thankful we moved in between Hendersonville and the beach!!

After lunch we picked up Nana and headed to Old Baker's Farm.  We had a great afternoon!  There was a corn maze, tons of animals, haystacks to climb, cotton to play in, a hayride and of course pumpkins!

Gotta have the corn maze picture

my kids were amazed that there was actually corn growing in the corn maze! :)

corn maze family photo

This place will be selling Christmas trees very soon! 

Will already picked out the tree he wants.  ha!!

My sweet girl is growing up so fast

I love this handsome little man!

climbing fun!

a miracle that I got him to stop for a second to pose for a picture

There was a huge cage full of cotton that the kids played in for so long.  It was like playing in snow!

Hayride to the pumpkin patch

Will had to find one that was just the right size for him

Isabel wanted a flat one!

I absolutely love these fun days with my family!  The perfect fall weather just made it that much better!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Quick Trip

When we left Hendersonville almost 2 months ago, I never imagined that we would still be trying to sell our house and still living with my mom at this point.  Because of that (and the fact that we were trying to get to Birmingham as quickly as possible so we would have time to get the kids registered for school) we basically packed up what we thought we would need for a month or so and then left for Birmingham.  At the end of July in the South, that means there was no thought to bringing jackets, pants or any type of fall clothes.  As we kept getting closer to Fall weather and no offers on the house, Josh and I realized that we were going to have to make a quick trip to Hendersonville to pack some more clothes.

We considered going without the kids but they really wanted to go and see their friends too.  So Friday afternoon we checked the kids out of school a little early and drove to Hendersonville.  We were only there about 24 hours but it was a really good trip.  Of course we didn't get a chance to see everyone we wanted to but we did get a chance to see some friends and pack up some things that we needed.

Friday night we got to surprise Isabel and Will's best friends.  Their parents didn't tell them we were coming and Isabel and Will thought it was the greatest thing ever.  We showed up at their house Friday night and Isabel's friend, Lillie, answered the door.  It was so fun to see their sweet reactions.

waiting on their friends to answer the door

such excitement!!

sweet girls that have missed each other so much!

They quickly started playing as if no time had passed since they had seen each other.

We enjoyed such a great night with great friends catching up, watching the kids play, eating and making s'mores!

That night the kids had a little hard time just realizing that they would have to leave their friends and rooms all over again the next day.  At first Josh and I worried we had made a mistake by bringing them but like always, our kids are amazing and handled it all so well.

Saturday we slept in a little (Isabel enjoyed sleeping late without her brother in her room waking her up early) and then let the kids play while Josh did yard work and I packed up fall and winter clothes.  We had lunch with friends, ran a few errands, got a few things from the storage unit and then headed back to Birmingham.  It was a quick trip but fun.  I'm praying that we make another trip soon because our house has sold and we need to pack up the house and move it to our new house in Birmingham!!

Monday, September 22, 2014


The kids are really loving their new school! They were all ready for "spirit day" last week!

I love getting to be involved in my kids schools. Since there were not many opportunities to volunteer the first month of school, I'm taking advantage of every chance I get now. I have had lunch with both kids recently, worked the book fair twice last week and then Friday I got to help with the Mexican fiesta in Will's classroom. 

They learned all about Mexico all week and then ended the week with a piñata and eating Mexican food! They all had a great time!

Will was super proud of his awesome sombrero!

Mad dash to get prizes when the piñata broke!

Like his mama, Will is not a huge fan of Mexican food so his snack basically consisted of a plain tortilla and tostito chips. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Will lost his first tooth

Will had his first visit from the tooth fairy this week.  He has had a loose tooth for a while but was not sure he wanted daddy to pull it out.  He tried himself a few times but just couldn't do it.  Eventually it was so loose that he let Josh try just once and the tooth was out.  He was so crazy excited and Isabel was right there to explain to him all about the tooth fairy!

He was super excited to wake up the next morning to find money and a note from the tooth fairy!!  My little man is growing up but I'm not sure I'm ready for that sweet little mouth to be full of big kid teeth just yet!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

life in Birmingham

It is so hard to believe that we have already lived in Birmingham for over a month!  Some days it seems like we have been here a week and other days it seems like we have lived here for 6 months.  We are definitely getting adjusted to life in Birmingham.  Josh loves his job and we all love our new church.  The kids are loving their new school and I'm so proud of how well both of them have handled all of the transitions.  Really the only difficult part of the move is the fact that we still have not sold our house in Tennessee.  I'm trying really hard to be patient and remind myself regularly how much worse it could be.  My mom has so graciously given over most of her house to our crazy family and we are enjoying being close to her and the rest of our family here in Birmingham.

This month has mostly been filled with school but we have managed to have some fun too.

I love watching them run to the car every afternoon with big smiles on their faces!

Isabel doesn't mind homework too much so far.  Her teacher is amazing and she loves Isabel as much as Isabel loves her!

I got to eat lunch with my little man the other day.  Unlike his sister, he loves buying lunch at school (as long as it is pizza or some type of chicken!) :)

Both kids LOVE their new church as well and I'm so thankful. They have lots of new friends there and enjoy all the activities.  They are both learning so much and memorizing so much scripture.  I'm so thankful that God gave Josh a job at a church that is perfect for our entire family.

Even though school has started, it definitely still feels like summer outside! The kids love playing with the hose at my mom's house

my sweet girl!

Will still loves playing disc golf with daddy

my cute little man photo-bombed by daddy

silly boy

Isabel and Will are sharing a room right now and they actually really love it.  However, there is not a lot of room for all of their toys.  As you can tell, Isabel's barbie/polly pocket world has pretty much taken over their room

Will is such a great reader these days.  We are so proud of him!

One Saturday Josh had to go to Samford for a church fair so the kids and I went to and enjoyed walking around Samford's campus and eating in the food court.  I love that my kids love a place that is so special to Josh and me.

Of course we have been to a couple of high school football games.  We had fun but are more than ready for the cool, fall, "football weather"
Beautiful sunset at a football game one night

Isabel has started cheerleading at her school (which she LOVES) which means Will and I get to play at a park next to the school once a week during her practice.  

Sunday, August 10, 2014

First Day of School 2014

We survived our first day of school in a new school in a new city!  The kids did great!  I am so proud of how well they have handled so many transitions.  I know God is going to do great things in them this year.

 I still can't believe that my baby is in kindergarten. Unlike his sister, Will has been excited about kindergarten for months.  New situations are much easier for him to deal with than Isabel.  He is completely fine going into a room on his own where he doesn't know anyone.  We met his teacher the day before and he was totally at ease in her room around the other kids.  I was so sad to see my baby go in those school doors but so thankful that he went so happily!

He got in the car the afternoon after his first day with a huge smile on his face and told me that he LOVES school.  My little man even bought his lunch and was such a big kid!

Unlike her brother, Isabel does not like to go into any situation where she does not know someone or exactly what to expect. I knew a new church and new school would be harder on her but she has been so brave and we are so proud of her.  She got a little teary and nervous the morning of her first day but by the time we got to the school she was fine.  She loves her new teacher and has met a couple of girls in her class that she likes talking to.  Her only issue right now is that she has to wear tennis shoes every day!  In Tennessee, she only wore them once a week for PE.  She is not a fan of socks and shoes but we found some sparkly silver shoes that seem to be ok for now.

My beautiful girl had a great first day.  Her teacher complimented something she was writing and showed it to the class as an example of what to do.  Isabel was so proud!  She also bought her lunch the first day but was not a fan of the pizza "It was a rectangle and did NOT have a crust!!"  I'm pretty sure I'll be packing this girl's lunch for the next few years!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Packing up and saying goodbye

An update from iPhone pictures because who can find the real camera right now?

The past few weeks have easily been some of the most stressful weeks of my life.  You would think that moving from the city you have lived for 28 years with a 20 month old while 8 months pregnant would be way more difficult than any other type of move.  Well, not necessarily.  This move is different/harder than our first move for a couple of reasons.

1.  We have to sell a house.  Last time we had been renting so we just had to pack up and go.  So. Stinking. Easy.  This time we had to get our house ready to sell by packing up the extra junk (that is everywhere when you have kids), fix the million little things that we have been ignoring, clean ridiculously well and then try to actually keep in clean.  To make matters worse we missed the time 2 months ago when houses were selling in a day or two. Even though it has not sold, we had to get to Birmingham anyway for work and school.  So while we wait (and PRAY) for it to sell, we are staying at my mom's house and hoping we don't drive her completely crazy!

2. Our kids start school in a week.  Wait, even better Will starts Kindergarten in a week.  That's a big deal.  It turns out there are lots of crazy zoning rules these schools have.  They will not let you start school in a zone just because you are planning to move into it. Even though we promised!  We do have a contract on a house (woo hoo!) but since our house in Tennessee has not sold, we will not close in 30 days which means problems again with the schools.  After lots of talking to school officials, getting paperwork from mortgage people and basically just praying for a miracle, I was able to get both kids registered!

3. Saying goodbye after 6 years is hard and there were lots of goodbyes!

Our small group had a "send off" party for us before we left.  It was the best night but so hard because it reminded us how many people we love in Hendersonville that we had to leave behind.  I may have spent 90% of my night holding a newborn.  2 of my friends just had babies and I could not get enough of them.  Thank goodness for social media so I can watch these babies grow up!

Almost every Monday night for the past 2 years we have had dinner with one of our favorite families.  We basically got to know each other years ago when we were both at Chick-fil-A every Monday for family night.  Then our girls started school together, our boys became good friends and we spent a ton of time together.  At some point our kids graduated to having a kids table and the adults were able to have a real conversation (well as much as you can with a kids table nearby).  Our Monday nights in Birmingham just won't be the same.  We will all miss this family terribly!

The students at BBC had a going away party for us as well.  You can tell by the cakes they got that they know us well.  

These students have been so special to us and it was a bittersweet night.  Each year at the end of camp Josh passes out "awards" to each student based on some type of inside joke from the week.  The kids love their awards and look forward to them each year.  Well, this night they turned the tables and gave Josh awards!  So creative and hilarious!!  These kids have loved having Josh as their youth minister.

We were also given some awesome gifts from students, their families and other members of our church.

Our last Sunday, our church had a reception for us.  It was so great to get a chance to get to say goodbye to so many friends.  Of course they decorated appropriately!

Saying goodbye was tough but we are officially in Alabama and ready for a new adventure!!