Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Surgery and Such ...

Sunday was one of the best Mother's Day I have ever had. It was nothing fancy and it was nothing short of perfect. 


I woke up to a beautiful new wind chime, fresh flowers and muffins. The boys and I snuck downstairs to make a banana pudding for the husband (yes on Mother's Day, but he finished up one crazy semester on Friday and he deserved his most favorite dessert). At church I was given another pretty set of flowers for being the Momma with the most, who knew? After church we grilled out with the family and then Travis and I worked on a project we've been wanting to tackle. It was nice to just spend some time with him. Made my Mother's Day! 



First thing Monday morning, we were thrown for a loop. To not air all the dirty laundry, I'll just say my Pops ended up needing emergency surgery and according to his Doctor, we got here just in time. Apparently, his abdomen was full of infection, puss and other yucky things - so full that he was close to dying and we never even knew. 



He is going to be here about a week. 

So last night, we watched Family Feud, MisFit Garage and Swamp People. It was kinda nice. I really don't get to see my Dad very often. So yea, I'm soaking this up. I'm soaking him up these next few days. 

I'm thankful for Nurse's Station coffee and warm hospital blankets since my Dad is freezing the room out.


I'm thankful for the feeling of being a kid again listening to my Dad teach me about fixing cars and such. 


I'm thankful for a husband who never questioned me being gone, a brother who is hopping on a bus to get here tonight and family and friends who are helping out with my babies. 

Please pray for my Pops. We're having a few bumps in the road and right now he really needs rest. Please pray for a smooth recovery and for restoration in more places than just his body. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

This Girl ...



Sugar Lump.

Lump of Sugar.

Klo.

Boogie Bear.

Pretty Girl.

Sissy. 

Sister. 

Khloe Ruth.

You've acquired so many sweet and goofy names in the past 9 months. You have swooped in and knocked every last one of us off of our feet, even Kohen. You smile as soon as your eyes pop open in the morning and who ever is in the room with you at the time smiles too. You're such a great baby, always happy (unless your sleepy), always laughing at your brothers. You love your jumper and jumping in my lap and for Heaven's sake I have never seen a Baby Girl love her Daddy like you love yours. Your whole body goes haywire as soon as he comes through the door. I am so thankful for that sweet bond I am already watching grow between you two.  You just started crawling last week and now I can't keep you in one spot to save my life. You weighed almost 17 pounds at your check up and all your brothers crowded around to comfort you when you had your finger pricked. Good grief. You are still nursing morning, noon and night and in between. You love yogurt! 


Sugar Lump, you are the best!

Happy Nine Months (and Two Days) to You!

Mommy loves you more each day!


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

So There's This ...

It has been almost a month ago since I fulfilled a promise to both myself and my friend Nicole. When she left Georgia to move to Arizona last August, I promised to come visit. I promised to bring my sweet baby girl with me so they could meet each other since Nicole would miss her birth by just a few days. If I can be honest for a second, I normally don't follow through with promises like this. Sure, in the heat of the moment, in the days when your best friend is packing up to move clear across the country, promises are thrown around. We promised we would FaceTime, we said our kids could be pen pals, I promised to come visit in the Spring. Considering we never FaceTimed and our kids never wrote a single letter to each other, I told myself I had better make that trip happen. 

On April 9th, Khloe and I headed to the airport to fly to Phoenix. I was so nervous about having her on the plane. I just kept praying she wouldn't be that baby that screamed the whole time. And thank the Lord, she wasn't. Considering I woke her up at 5am to head to the airport, she slept just about the entire flight. When she did wake up, she was as happy as could be. 



She slept and I read. The perfect combination.

Nicole was waiting for me at Baggage Claim and although I was forever away from home, I felt at home just as soon as I saw her face. What is so crazy about this girl is that I haven't known her that long. It seems like most times, "best friends" have known each other for forever. We just met about 3 years ago. And even though our lives are so different, we are just the same. We are Mommas, we are wives, we are girls who need a friend. We struggle, we have triumphs, we text each other when we make the worst parenting mistakes ever. She is one I can rely to understand why I give my kids melatonin at nap time sometimes so I can regain my sanity. She has answered countless (and sometimes ridiculous) homeschooling questions over and over and over again. We have brought each other Starbucks in the middle of the day so the other one doesn't have to get out. Our friendship has just clicked. And I thank God for her and her sweet family every day. 

Wow. That was mushy and gross and I really didn't mean to go there. But I did.

So where was I? Airport, then breakfast at her very favorite spot.


Seriously, the best vanilla latte I have ever had. 

I really just spent the next few days stepping into her life in Arizona.

We shuffled the kids around school. 


We climbed a mountain, which was one of the most liberating things I have ever done in my entire life. Everyone should conquer a mountain, even if you do stop at Quitter's Point and go to Chipolte. 




She showed me around her town, which is so beautiful! And took me to the Farmer's Market. 


(First time meeting my Aunt Ruth who lives in Arizona too!) 



We talked and talked and ate guacamole and talked and ate some more guacamole on her patio. We watched Jeopardy and answered all the questions wrong. I got to smooch all over her babies while she got to smooch all over mine. We even planted two plants in her backyard, Lord I hope they are still alive. We ate good food and the best yogurt I have ever had. 






Other than spending nearly two days at the airport to get home, the trip was practically the best. 



It was nothing fancy, which made it perfect. Just getting to be a part of the Pope's everyday life was exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to see where Josie went to school, their cute little neighborhood, their favorite spot for ice cream. And that is just what we did. 

P.S. Next time, we will fly on a regular ticket. 


Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Week In Words - 03/23

Life This Week - 

It is Saturday night and I am in my pajamas and have been for a few hours. Good Lord, I love nights like this. I need nights like this. 


This week has been great! Although, I think any week following a week like the one before this past one, would be great. Know what I'm sayin'? 

For the most part, life was pretty low key. We did have a play date on Wednesday at the park and (swoon) it was wonderful. It was wonderful to see our friend Livi, it was wonderful to get to know a new friend, it was wonderful to sit and chat to another Momma of five about struggles and such. It was, just, wonderful. 


Here is Khloe and her newest friend and possible future husband. You can check out their family blog over at House Of Kent

We did StoryTime for the third time in a row this month. And I can see Kohen start to come out of his shell more and more. He's actually dancing to the 'get your wiggles out' song before the story and this week he pulled his own carpet square and sat with his brothers, without me. Huge step for him! 


This week I took Kruz out on a date, just the two of us. This child. Oh this child. 


He opened the door for me, without me saying anything. He picked O'Charley's for dinner and somehow landed both me and my Momma for dinner. And loved every second of it. After dinner, he insisted on "the place with the big brown cones" aka Dairy Queen. So we hit up the drive thru and ended up with this ginormous-dipped in chocolate-filled with M&M blizzard cone.


I should've known it would've been a dripping mess. We pulled over into a grassy spot and enjoyed our ice cream there.

Kruz: So this is what a date looks like?
Me: Well, yea. Sometimes dinner, but always something sweet. And I normally just talk to Kollin and Kolt.
Kruz: Talk?
Me: Yea, talk.
Kruz: Hi.


He ate about 10 bites (none of the actual cone) and was done. Go figure. 


Here are a few more random moments from the week.




Khloe (and Mommy) are loving her BowBands from Lindzee's Bowtique. And who knew how great Kruz would be at folding socks? Kohen plays in the walker more than Khloe does. And sometimes a baby girl just needs her Daddy to fall asleep with. And yes, I let Kollin drive across the church parking lot. 

I survived. 

School This Week - 

Kollin and Kolt finished up another PACES Math Book this week and have started to learn how to carry in addition problems. It has been fun seeing them faced with a challenge, something different. They both took to it easily though! They are both doing really well in Math this year, they must take after their Daddy in this department.

In Mother Goose Time we are continuing to blast through space. 

One thing we learned about this week was galaxies! We talked about what they're made up of, Earth's Milky Way (the study complete with a Milky Way bar of course) and made our own galaxies! Oh glitter, how I loathe thee.



I always make it a point to do Math with Kruz (and Kohen when he is in the mood to sit still) while Kollin and Kolt work in their PACES books. Every month MGT provides Math Cards with each box of curriculum. 


We love these cards! Love them! And I use them as a building block for more. I'll start with the easier ones and just continue to give him different addition and subtraction problems. We work through the advanced cards together. And those aluminum foil balls are our very own moon rocks. Ha! 


MGT also provides Folder Games each month. This month the game gives us practice on shapes. 


Outings

Friday was Family Day and we headed out to see Paddington at the Dollar Theater. It was cute. I mean what I saw of the darn thing. By the time I dished out popcorn, passed the drink around 387 times, nursed Khloe, fed her sweet potatoes and took Kohen potty - I might have seen about 10 minutes of it. But it was cute. 

Who am I kidding? I'll end of renting it to watch it because I didn't see a lick of it. 

Conversation of the Week

On our date, we stopped by TJ Maxx and Kruz picked out some new undies. Avengers undies. 

Me: Kruz, why did you pick out Avengers underwear? 
Do you even know what Avengers are?
Kruz: What's Avengers? That "A" - that "A" is for AdvoCare!
These are AdvoCare underwear! 

Favorite Snap -