Thursday, October 31, 2013
I sometimes feel really dumb writing things about J on my blog. He and I have been dating for over 2 1/2 years. But, we're not married. There is no guarantee that we will continue to be together, therefore I feel like I might be judged when writing about him. I also wonder if ever I'll regret writing about him. I am also having issues with random females facebooking me and leaving horrible messages. It's pretty awful. When I began receiving these messages, I broke down in tears and realized that so many of our memories over the last 2 1/2 years involve J and Little Miss. Our trips, our holidays, our religious milestones, etc. However, my heart is full of gratitude for him today and this entire week. Therefore, I'm posting about him anyways.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
After a dollar movie on Saturday, we took four of the five kiddos to Fresh Market. They do a cute Halloween deal the Saturday prior to Halloween every year. There was trick-or-treating, donut eating contests, spooky bingo, coloring, a cake walk, and a fishing pond. The kids got hooked up! Brooklyn won the donut eating contest... don't mind that she is totally using the string to guide that thing into her mouth! :) They had fun while we grabbed some groceries. Brilliant marketing strategy, if you ask me!!
This is a lucky, lucky girl. You see, she has a daddy who will do anything for her. He recently made up a song that he sings to her. It goes something like this: "Brooklyn is a princess and she has a prince named daddy and they go to the castle everyday and play, play play." It's pretty much adorable. He is also so good to my boys. He sits down with each kiddo over the weekend and has a little one-on-one with them. They talk mostly about school and grades. They go over everything that needs to be accomplished and how they are going to do that. Then they usually end up having a wrestling match. Last night, there was a bit of an issue... or four. This mama was done and done. He called and talked to each of the boys individually and things immediately calmed down. Even though he lives 45 minutes to an hour away, I am so grateful for his influence on the kids.
Monday, October 28, 2013
This weekend was so pretty! Perfect weather for what is probably the last nice weekend of the year... and until like May or something. Sad! Josh and the kiddos went out and raked/swept leaves on Saturday. I vacuumed inside and did some laundry and watched them as they worked. It makes me smile just to watch them.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
The children went to Papa and Grandma's house on Friday night for a Halloween party and sleepovers. They had a costume contest and won awesome prizes, like mustaches. Awesome. Then, they carved pumpkins, ate pizza, watched movies and eventually dozed off. They love having sleepovers with Papa and Grandma and the dogs. Parents normally aren't invited, so the only pictures I have are from the pumpkins that they brought home. They are pretty rad!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Last night was my last night of service learning... at least the last night that I HAD to be there to complete the required hours. I cried the whole way there. I have fallen in love with these kids! They melt my heart. They have so many talents and strengths that we could never have because they are just simply closer to the Spirit. These pictures were taken during our karaoke hour. They LOVE to sing. Even those who can't speak will at least make noise with their voicebox. They sway to the music. Some of them just close their eyes and listen. You can tell it calms their soul. They are happy and kind. They are patient and compassionate. They love to snuggle and be loved on. They have a spot in my heart forever. The coordinator asked me to keep on coming back. I think I will, thank you. I won't keep going every week, just because it's too hard. My boys need their Mama home at night. But we will definitely stop in and cook and sing with these angels as often as we can!
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Friday was a ROUGH day for me. Like, ROUGH. Crappy! Josh drove down with Brooklyn and informed me that we were getting dinner and going to a movie. Best medicine for a horrible day! We took the kids to see Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. I took a picture of the kiddos before the movie, and then Brooklyn took the camera and laughed hysterically every time she snapped a picture and the flash went off... blinding the boys! The movie was adorable. The night was perfect.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Done. This baseball season is over. Braxton really loved playing baseball. He was finally getting the hang of hitting the ball and now the season ends. I'm proud of him. He is such a great teammate, a great cheerleader for his teammates, and he is just a joy to watch. He makes everyone laugh and giggle and smile. I'll miss watching him play under the lights twice a week. What I won't miss is the four days a week commitment. Yikes! Until next year!
Monday, October 7, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Colton and Brooklyn spent lots of time together on Saturday and Sunday. Colton is so patient and kind with Brooklyn. He is so focused when he is playing with her... really at his best. He taught her the art of playing Checkers on Saturday. They laughed and talked and played. It's so great to see my boy able to focus for a few minutes when he plays with and teaches Little Miss. They had hours of fun!