What’s Happening Around Here…

I have really fallen off the blogging bandwagon lately.  To be honest, a lot of it stems from the fact that I haven’t picked up my camera much at all since the beginning of the year.  Between my surgery, issues after surgery, teenagers who aren’t that excited about having their picture taken, etc… I just haven’t taken many.  It makes me sad!  I feel so happy to at least have these few.

Today was Kendall’s 6th grade field day.  The boys never wanted me to be there.  I went on Logan’s first field day at middle school and he promptly told me after a few minutes that I could leave. Honestly, I think most kids WANT their parents there but middle school is such an awkward weird time.  They don’t want anyone to KNOW that they WANT them there.  Know what I mean? Today was another example of that.  When the note came home about it, she asked me if I would be going.  I told her no.  She got this sad disappointed look on her face.  I asked her if she wanted me to and she said yes.  I signed up. Fast forward to field day today.  My parents and I were the only “parents” there for her class.  Besides us, I think there might have been two other parents out of the whole 6th grade.  We kind of hung back and just watched her without getting in the middle of things. Then when it was lunch time, they decided to eat in the classroom. She was a little embarrassed that we were the only parents in their eating with their child.  She let us finish eating and then told us that we could leave any time.

I only got one picture during the field day events.  It was during her break enjoying some italian ice.  I just felt the need to hang back and just enjoy watching her.

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Then before we left, she asked that I take a picture of her with her favorite teacher… Mrs. Johnston. She is her homeroom and Math teacher.  Let me start off by saying, Math is Kendall’s hardest subject.  If your kids are like mine… that usually means that their teacher for that subject usually isn’t their favorite either.  However, Mrs. Johnston has become Kendall’s favorite.  She won’t let Kendall give up when it gets hard.  She encourages her to try no matter what.  If the answer is wrong, then she explains how to do it correctly.  Kendall has come home NUMEROUS times telling me how much encouragement Mrs. Johnston gives her and makes her feel like just maybe she CAN understand Math. I am so thankful for all that she has done to give Kendall confidence this year. It means so very much!

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Besides that, we have been busy getting ready for this guy to graduate!  It happens TOMORROW!  Kendall and I decided we had to decorate his car for his last week of high school.

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We snapped this picture before his Baccalaureate service on Sunday. I thought for sure I would cry through the whole thing (especially since these darn hormones have me crying at ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING) but I didn’t.  Now I do think Graduation might be a different story.  I am sooooo thankful that he chose to go to the University of Memphis for at least the first two years.  It let’s me kind of slowly get used to the idea that he is going off on his own. I can’t even imagine if he were going “off” to college.  For all of you mommas that do have kids going away… I am praying for you!  (More on all the graduation stuff coming in a post all its own! )

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Kendall is in the middle school choir and they had a Spring Concert last week.  There are a lot more kids, this was just her section on the risers!

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Some of my favorite pictures are the “selfies” my kids take with their friends. Here are a few of the girls before their choral concert.

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I am so thankful that all of my kids have made such good sweet friends.

We couldn’t resist a family picture. We are so proud of this girl!  By the way, in 6th grade anyone can be in the chorus.  However for 7th and 8th grade, you have to audition.  Kendall did and she made it for next year!  Woohoo!  I was in chorus and vocal ensemble all through Jr. High and High School.  I love seeing her perform up there! She LOVES to sing.

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Yesterday we took the kids to practice tennis.  It was windy out so they were getting frustrated with each other. I then showed them how to practice against the wall.  I did that for hours almost daily when I was playing back in Jr. High and High School.  It is great practice! They seemed to like it too.  Eric even got in on a little bit of it.

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We had grand plans of going to Long Horn Steakhouse for Mother’s Day on Saturday night but they had a 2.5 hour wait.  No thanks! Mom and I decided to go to Five Guys instead and then have Eric grill out steaks on Sunday.

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Logan and his girlfriend went to the big Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.

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Eric did a little routine car maintenance on Logan’s car for him!

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I ordered a selfie stick in anticipation of getting a big family group shot at Logan’s graduation.  However… I haven’t seen it since it arrived.  I think these two are having too much fun playing with it. LOL.

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Our little town had their annual Fair on the Square.  The kids always enjoy the food booths the best.

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Kendall met up with some friends.  This her with her friend Leela!

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I think that is the most recent happenings.  Next up… graduation stuff, March and April wrap ups too.  Hopefully this summer I can keep up better!

February Catch Up…

I can’t believe it is already April!  I guess I had better get my February post up, huh?  First off, I have been pretty sick over the past month so that is why I have been pretty quiet.  It is also why I haven’t been picking up my camera or phone to take any photos. :-(  I am FINALLY feeling a little better this week so I am hoping that I am turning a corner and won’t be back to feeling completely miserable tomorrow.  More on that whole ordeal in another post.

Now on to the happenings in February…

A certain young lady made STRAIGHT A’s on her report card.  Sooooo very proud of her.  She has always made really good grades, but Math is HARD for her and has kept her from straight A’s.  This time she worked super hard and it paid off.  We are soooo proud of her!!

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My favorite holiday is Valentines Day.  I wasn’t feeling great so I didn’t go all out as much as I usually do.  I did have some goodie bags for the kiddos and Eric though.

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Eric’s stash…  Back in our early marriage poor days we couldn’t afford much so I would buy him a pair of cheesy boxers.  It has kind of become tradition.  :-)

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If you ask Kendall, you can’t have a holiday without receiving a stuffed animal!  They are seriously kind of pet peeves of mine because they end up all over the house. Oh well.  One day I will miss seeing them around every corner.

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Noah is all about the candy. I swear that kid eats his weight in candy.

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All I need is this guy right here!  I have gotten really spoiled with him being home all the time during my surgery recovery.  I dread all the business trips resuming.

Yes, we did manage to do our heart attack door too.  LOVE!  If you aren’t familiar with it, you can read more about it on a previous post here. It is one of my favorite traditions!!

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Kendall went with her Grandma and bought us all little gifts.  This was mine.  She can’t go ANY holiday without giving gifts.  She also still loves giving little gifts for no special reason too.

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She wanted to dress up for school so she wore a Valentines sweater.  We took this really quick before she left for school.  It is one of my favorite pictures!

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Here’s a selfie she took in the car! :-)  At least one of my kids likes pictures.

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Logan came down with the flu!  First time we have had the flu in our house in like 8 years.  Not fun at all.

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Thankfully, in some ways, it happened during a snow event here so he didn’t miss any school since they were out.  I know to some of you this is NOTHING… but in our town… it shuts down for as little snow as this.

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Then a couple days later we got more.  Eric was out of town so I sent him this in a text message.

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She likes writing in the snow too…. like “Kendall loves Andy”…

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Eric always makes us snow cream when it snows but he was out of town.  This sweet guy stepped up and made it for us.  YUM!

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There was a lot of lounging around and watching Netflix during our snow days.  I think we were all ready for a few slow days at home without anywhere to go.

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Beautiful pink tulips (my favorite).

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A fresh coat of fingernail polish always makes me feel better and brightens my day.

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So there is another month – came and gone.  I swear they are flying by too fast!

Happy 15th Birthday Noah!!

Fifteen years ago today, God gave me my constant ray of sunshine.  He loves to make people smile and laugh. He loves his family so deeply.  He always likes hearing about all of our distant relatives and wants to meet them all. He has a great group of friends and values their friendships so much. He is so kind and loving.  He says he will never outgrow my hugs and I hope that is true.  I can’t tell you how much it means to me when he gives them to me.  He is beyond smart!  There are no limits to what this kid can achieve in life.  He amazes me all the time.   I could go on and on about all the things I love about him.  Let me just say that I am the luckiest person in the world that I get to be his mom.  He is my sunshine and I remind him of that all the time!

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Happy 15th Noah!  We love you so very much!!!

What’s Been Happening…

Hey friends! I am sorry that I disappeared. I have a good reason though.

I have been out of commission for a bit. I found out that I had to have a Total Hysterectomy. My surgery was on January 28th. I look like I am drugged but they didn’t give me any medicine until they were ready to wheel me into surgery. You don’t look too good after two days of a clear liquid diet and a bowel prep.

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I will be posting my Hysterectomy story on here soon as I want to get it recorded. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few pictures.

I was more scared than you can imagine about having it. My anesthesiologist felt so sorry for me because my anxiety and fears were through the roof. Note my extremely puffy eyes from crying so much.

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Well, the surgery went really well and I shouldn’t have been so afraid. I gave this thumbs up when the nurse told me that I was released to go home just hours after the surgery. Can you believe that? You can have major surgery these days and go home the same day?

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The hospital wouldn’t let me wear any nail polish so I felt naked. Kendall offered to paint my nails for me. I love that girl.

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This man has been AMAZING during this recovery period. He has stayed by my side every minute. He gets me anything that I need. He has taken over all of my household duties without any complaints. He even naps with me. I am so blessed to have such an amazing husband.

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Here’s another one who hasn’t left my side either. She is such a sweetie.

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Poor guy has had to take over the laundry duties. It is no small feat when you have a family of five. Plus the fact that the boys wear the same size, as do Kendall and I. Makes sorting a bit harder for him.

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I have had a good, yet rough, recovery. Again, I will tell the story later. Today I went out for a ride and even made a short trip into the store. Yay me!! I even straightened my hair, put on a little make-up and wore real clothes (sweats!).

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I am now 3 weeks and 2 days since the surgery and feeling pretty good. I still have restrictions… no lifting, pulling, stretching, exercising, etc. I have to say it feels good to not feel guilty about my lack of exercising. 😉

I have spent some of this recovery period on the couch with the laptop working on my 2014 Project Life family album. I think I got about 20 pages done. I am really excited about that. I am hoping that I can have that book done sometime in February. I am also working on editing my 2013 pictures so that I can make a MyPublisher photo book with those pictures. I bought a discounted book coupon over the holidays that is getting ready to expire so I need to get myself in gear on that one.

I’ll be back soon! :-)