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.
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!
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.
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! )
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Logan and his girlfriend went to the big Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.
Eric did a little routine car maintenance on Logan’s car for him!
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.
Our little town had their annual Fair on the Square. The kids always enjoy the food booths the best.
Kendall met up with some friends. This her with her friend Leela!
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!
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!!
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.
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. 🙂
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.
Noah is all about the candy. I swear that kid eats his weight in candy.
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!!
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.
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!
Here’s a selfie she took in the car! 🙂 At least one of my kids likes pictures.
Logan came down with the flu! First time we have had the flu in our house in like 8 years. Not fun at all.
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.
Then a couple days later we got more. Eric was out of town so I sent him this in a text message.
She likes writing in the snow too…. like “Kendall loves Andy”…
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!
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.
Beautiful pink tulips (my favorite).
A fresh coat of fingernail polish always makes me feel better and brightens my day.
So there is another month – came and gone. I swear they are flying by too fast!
Well, here we are again, it’s May and I am just blogging about March. Oh well. Life is fun when it’s full, right? 🙂 Let me also say that many of these photos are less than stellar phone pics. I haven’t picked up the big camera much lately. Between not feeling well at all and preparing for a certain boys graduation… I just haven’t done it. I will do better this summer!
Now on to the recap…
We finally had a snow day WITH some actual snow! Kendall went over to her friend Leela’s house and they built a snowman! 😉
I was not feeling well at all, but I was determined to get out and play in the snow with the kids!
For the record… no I don’t over soften our faces in these photos. My phone camera automatically softens faces when you use the front selfie camera. I keep forgetting to use a different camera app so it doesn’t do that!
Kendall went to her friend Brinkley’s birthday party.
Kendall wanted to make Brinkley a special poster. Kendall loves making homemade gifts for those she cares about. It is so sweet! She is always making birthday cards or signs for her friends at school on their birthdays.
I noticed that one of Noah’s notebooks was very disorganized so I told him we were going to clean out his backpack and binders and try a new system. These were the paper that were just in the bottom of his backpack. Organization is definitely not his talent. LOL!
Have you tried the new Frosted Lemonade from Chick-Fil-A yet? We all love it! At first, you can’t decide what you think about it because it’s just different. But the more you sip on it, the more you really like it!
We are all BIG fans of the band Skillet. They came to our city as part of the Winter Jam tour so we took all the kids. Skillet was awesome but we all agreed that next time we would just go see Skillet alone on tour rather than with Winter Jam. We didn’t care for any of the other bands that played.
I suffer from panic attacks when it comes to heights and crowds. This concert was general seating and by the time we got in they were already seating in the very top nosebleed section. I tried to do it, but only made it up a few stairs before I had to go back down. The sweetest lady that worked there invited Eric and I to sit in the handicap section. It was still high (as you can see from the pics) but nearly as high as we were headed and it was a much more open space. The kiddos were stuck up in the nosebleeds though.
Logan’s class took a big group photo. I am still in denial that he is graduating two weeks from today!!
The boys were both busy one day so it was just me, Eric and Kendall running some errands. She usually likes hanging out with us. 🙂
Over Spring Break we decided to take a little trip to Nashville so the kids could go shopping for their Spring wardrobes. They had so much fun picking out all new outfits and shoes. Let me just say… even though we all miss having the Jeep… traveling is soooooo much better in the SUV. The extra seats have definitely come in handy too!
Eric had jury duty that day so we didn’t get to leave home and get to Nashville until late. We checked into the hotel and went to bed. Then we got up and had breakfast across the street at Bob Evans. The kids weren’t too excited since they had never been to one before, but they all ended up liking it. We used to go there ALL THE TIME when I was little and we were traveling.
After breakfast, we headed over to Opry Mills Mall (our favorite). I had to take a quick pic of my three babies in front of the Easter display. Can you tell how thrilled they were? LOL!
We spent A LOT of time in fitting rooms trying on clothes. Logan took a few pics.
These were his clothes and shoes that he bought. I think he bought more than anyone else. He LOVES clothes!
Here’s a shot with most of the bags that we came home with. Kendall had to buy those two little stuffed animals at Cheesecake Factory. She gave the pig to her boyfriend.