Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Birthday BOY

I can't believe my first baby is 3. I asked him what he wanted to do and he said go to the "jumpy place" and of course it wasn't open. So I was going to take him to Chickfila for lunch, but couldn't get him out of the house. It's becoming harder to get clothes on him and get him out if he's not on board. So we stayed home and made cupcakes and decorated the house for his "Party" at the house. He kept talking about his party and this year I wasn't having one for him. So I decided to invite the neighbors over for cupcakes. We were supposed to go to the pool, but it wasn't a pretty day. I love this neighborhood. I can have a mini party and do barely anything.  We took lots of videos yesterday since it was just us. I hope everyone enjoys watching him open presents and seeing his decorations in the morning. Thank you to everyone who sent him a gift! It's so thoughtful.

You would think I tried to trick him with crazy candles....nope. These are regular, non joke, easy blow out candles. I'm not sure when he stopped being able to blow out candles. He was so good at it last year. It was too funny. I wasn't expecting it at all. 

I finally got a pic of both of them yesterday afternoon. They were so cute together....they always are. She always looks for her brother. I mean she is obsessed with him. 

These pics are from the weekend. Hannah stayed over and my neighborhood has a pool party. It was so much fun and a beautiful day outside. 

We can't wait to see our GrandPERE and GrandMERE tomorrow. woohoo. We've been telling Micah about it for so long.  Can't wait for our time together. So glad Craig is taking off work for their visit. 

Love you all.

Friday, May 19, 2017

New du and a new outlook

I did it. I cut it all off. It was like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders (literally). So much hair was cut off my head this morning and I couldn't be happier. Yes, I love my hair, but it was time. I need to regrow it and get it back to its luscious locks. It was so dry and unruly. I couldn't do anything with it and it was really getting to me. Even putting it up in a bun was hurting my head. So now I'm a new person and I'm ready for new challenges.

 Woah.. look at all that hair. Looks pretty on the floor, but it was time for a chop! Hope Craig still loves me. LOL He hates when I cut my hair. The best part was that she came to MY house and I got my hair cut in my own kitchen. Seriously!!! She is a friend from MOPS and I was so lucky that I could get my hair done on a Friday afternoon!

Sorry it's been so long. I've had a few complaints that I'm not keeping up my blog ((GARY!!) but I love that you all read it. It really makes me feel good.

Here we go. This sign was put in our yard on Saturday and it has really made me sad. Everything is happening so fast. We are getting kicked out of this neighborhood, but it's not just that. It's a family, it's friends, it's every day/night playing and drinking wine and having girl night with friends that live across the street. There's nothing that can buy that. SADNESS. So we are still not for sure what we are going to do. We have been waiting for a sign one way or another. Really trying to keep our eyes and our hearts open to what God has in store for us.

Here's what I know. There's a good chance we could be going back to Dallas. No offers yet, but a little bird may have given us the information. Until we get the offer, it's still up in the air. So we may rent here, or move to Hannah's. The worst part is people coming to look at this house and walking through at all times of the day. It has really given me a bit of anxiety that I don't usually have. The biggest problem is people who are hours late or don't show at all. GRRR

My mother's day started out with my neighbor and friend Betsy. She was leading worship and I was singing in the choir. This Sunday (21st) I'm leading again and I'm so excited. I'm definitely not as nervous this time.
 After a long morning at church we headed to lunch at a place called The Crafty Hog. It has an area for kids right by tables outside with sand and toys. Micah is in his own heaven and we get to eat. He eats really well there too. So it was a nice day of church and brunch.

This week I was supposed to stay with my sister from Monday-Wednesday since Craig was out of town, but it fell through since the boys got sick. Micah and I went to the Children's Museum on Tuesday with Noelle. It was our first time there since she was born. It was a lot of work, but lots of fun too. Wednesday we decided to go out to Suwannee and spend the night with Rachel to give the boys a few days to recover. Hannah, Caleb, Micah, Noelle and I went to Cracker Barrel for brunch. It was delicious and the boys ate up their blueberry pancakes with no questions!!

 Looks like Micah may work at UPS too one day.

Quick video of Micah getting it done!!
They loved the rocking chairs and playing checkers.

Micah didn't sleep very well at Rachel's house. It was the first time he cried for me and wanted me to hold him. I think he was just overly tired, but I had to pay for it. I think we will still try and have one more sleepover before we move.

I'm telling you this little girl is living up to her name with flying colors. So joyful and sweet!! Loves to be around people and especially her cousins and aunties!!

Soon she will be meeting her GRANDMA for the first time!! We are so excited for them to come see these two cuties. To celebrate BIG brother turning 3 and little sister turning 5 months!! So much to celebrate and try not to think about all the stress about moving for a few days. 

Micah did have an accident in his pants yesterday. I still need to encourage him to go to the potty. Today he's done good though. He told me he wouldn't go in his pants again. So at least he understands and is willing to try. 
This boy is tough some days, but he has such a great heart. I love that about him. He really cares for others and wants to be someone people love. He's a people pleaser. (takes after me) Thankful I don't have to worry about him hurting other kids.  Today the hair stylist brought he almost 2 year old and Micah just took care of him and played with him like he knew him forever. He is a very talented social little boy!

Love you all!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Giving grace

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Acts 20:24 NIV

This is the verse of the day. And it hit me. This is the goal in life. To show and tell others the good news of Christ. It's hard to not get caught up in my career, my family, what I want and what I need. This morning I am sitting here in my bed with a few minutes to myself (much needed) and now I'm reading this and thinking of all the ways God will teach us his blessings in the months to come. Life is not supposed to be all about ourselves but about others. The biggest command in the bible is to love others as yourself. That's a hard task. It's so hard to think of others when your life is about to be turned upside down.

Yes we will be struggling soon and yes it's stressful...but God is so good. He's given me so much to be thankful for. I need to remember to tell others and show them why it's so important to give your life to him. And we will be fine. It's nerve wracking but there are so many things that could be worse than having to move. We still don't know our next step and have no idea what we are doing but we have each other and trusting God with our future. I need to make sure Micah knows that. I'm sure this will be hard for him to lose his home and all his friends in the neighborhood.  (It's hard on me too). Everytime we have moved I am amazed by the friends we make and how God provides.

Last night I went to choir practice and Craig had a hard time with baby girl. She wouldn't take a bottle last night and cried herself to sleep.  I am leading worship next week and now craig will have to endure another night alone. I hate that it's been tough on him, but I know it's good for him to get to know his daughter and her needs. Like I said ..she mostly just needs me. There's not much I can do about it.

The other day I had my first ever meltdown ( that I can remember) in public. I had to step out of my car and cry in the parking lot. Micah is the best little boy...but we are constantly together and it can be tough. I just need a few hours away from him sometimes. I need grandparents to drop him off. It's just so hard sometimes and he gets under my skin. I'm sure it's all the stress I'm under that's making it worse but I had to step out and pray.  Pray for peace and grace. I need to give my son grace. He's only 3 (on the 23rd) and he's not an adult. Sometimes you want them to be....so I stayed home yesterday and we had a great day. I just loves him and played with him and tried to understand his needs. It's only bad when I need to go somewhere for ME. He has his own agenda these days.

Here's something to sing about: Micah is fully potty trained. No accidents this whole week. Pee and poop on potty. I'm realizing he really doesn't need to pee as much as I think he does. He pees maybe every 2 hours. And now he runs to the bathroom by himself and I don't even need to make him.

It's pretty awesome. I'm so proud of him. Almost 3 and potty trained!! Now the hard part is taking him to the potty with a baby in tow. But better than changing a poop diaper on a 3 year old!! Yuck

Love you all and we are excited to see what the future holds.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Things are coming up so fast. My mind is spinning and I don't know what to be doing. Seems like I need to pack up my life but I don't know where to start. It's May and we have so much going on. Next week Craig is leaving for a few days and I'm gonna stay with my sister. Then my in laws are coming to stay.  It's good to keep my mind off of the fact that we will be out of this house by the end of June. And it will be here so soon.

I mean I need to start packing everything. It's so sad though. I really don't want to leave yet. I have such great neighbors and the summer is the best part with the pool. Ugh. I think our plan is to live with Hannah until we figure out our lives.

Maybe Hannah and I could actually get out on our own and do something while the other watches the kids. Haha that's a ton of kids though. Noelle is kind of stuck to my hip..she goes with me everywhere. She's just such a good baby and I know what she needs and usually she just needs me😁😊

We had a crazy weekend. Weiner wagon on Friday.  Saturday we had neighborhood party. Sunday we went to the Braves game. It was so fun to take Micah to the stadium. He was so excited to be with us and took it all in. It was an exhausting weekend but I wouldn't change a thing!!

Yesterday Micah checked out a book at the library for the first time. We had fun with our neighbors there and at the train slide after. Got a couple pics with it too!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

House update

First off I want to say these cookies turned out good. Both my boys ate them up. If you like the taste of coconut then you will like them. Here is the recipe.
  1. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper, set aside. 
  2. Combine peanut butter, honey salt and coconut oil in a saucepan and heat, stirring continuously, until melted and well-combined.
  3. Stir in vanilla and cocoa powder.
  4. Add quick-cooking oats and mix well.
  5. Add coconut and stir until completely combined.
  6. Drop 1 TBS portions of mixture onto your prepared baking sheet. Continue until you’ve used all your cookie mixture.
  7. Let cool in the refrigerator or freezer until hardened. 
  8. Serve cold or frozen!
  9. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator!
They are made with coconut oil, that's why they taste like coconut. I'm sure if you did butter instead they would be good too. I don't know if they would turn out though. Anyways. I felt good about giving them to both my boys. There is no bad ingredient. We ate them all in one day. ((that's what happens with big men in the house))

So here is the situation happening right now. We need a lot of prayer. We have no idea where we are going to live in a few weeks. Our neighbor was serious about buying the townhouse and renting it to us next year. She even came over for dinner Tuesday night with her boyfriend and told us everything was in the process. We gave her a very detailed tour of the house that night. The next morning (Wed) I got a text from her saying she didn't want the house anymore. These things happen, it was just very sudden and unexpected. I wanted to cry when I got the text, but i was out in public and held it together. It was the first time I felt scared and afraid of the future. Like I had no control of what was happening. I am still nervous, but there's nothing I can do. There's no point in fearing the future when I can't control it. Even if I plan everything, it could still not happen the way I want. So maybe this is best. We rely on God for what happens. He will take care of us. I'm sure Craig is feeling uneasy as well, but we have Hannah and Rachel here so we will always have a place to sleep. It sure won't be easy moving...where ever we go. I'm not looking forward to it. 

We love you all and appreciate all your  prayers. Love you all

Monday, May 1, 2017

Fun at the lake

We had so much fun with the Voss family this weekend. It took about 4 hours to get there, but it was well worth the trip. They were both really great in the car. I was surprised how well noelle did. She cried for the last 10 minutes on Friday night because it was dark out and she couldn't see. I think she was done being in that carseat. We got there Friday night around 9pm and left Sunday around 2pm. It was nice to have a whole day to relax. They have a beautiful home on the lake and Craig and Kevin got to go fishing in the morning and took Micah later in the afternoon. Kevin has a nice fishing boat and we were able to take a little bit of a boat ride later too. Noelle was a little nervous when we went fast but she seemed to like it.

We did go karts later and arcade fun. Then grilled out with burgers and Mac and cheese. Kaitlyn had an instant pot and made me want one! She made some gourmet  Mac and cheese in about 7 minutes. It was yummy and Micah loved it!

We really got to just relax and look and the lovely view all weekend. We even got to go to their church and Micah had lots of fun in the nursery (I was told). So thankful everything went smoothly. We really needed a little get away with all the stuff happening here.

Right now we are hoping our Neighbor buys this home and let's us rent it from her for another year.  We have a feeling Dallas could be in our future because all the jobs are moving there with AT&T. 

I made some fun cookies today after grocery shopping.  Healthy no bake cookies made with coconut oil.  I'm going to try one and let you all know if they are worth making! I always need a chocolate fix and if I can get it in a healthy way I will take it!!

Love you all