02 SepLabor Day Weekend

Friday we had family time at VHEW. It was Chris’s final AWS day for a little while since SNC decided they were not going to allow them again; maybe he will get them back again soon. The girls had asked for him to come to lunch so we decided we join our sweet girls on his final AWS day. Thankful their lunches overlap now. That afternoon Chris got to play a round of golf to finish off his last free day with a little more fun. 

Football Saturday finally arrived. We invited the neighbors over that were not traveling on the long weekend over for some fellowship and season opener, Roll Tide
  
Thankful during the fame these littles had fun playmates 

We had missed our game time on fun family Friday night but made it up Saturday night after neighbors left playing Spinner and Sunday morning playing the game Leia created. So blessed to have our sweet little family time together!  

Sunday night the girlies got to spend the night with Mimi since they were out of school on Monday while mommy and daddy went a date. Glad the girlies had fun and mommy/daddy got to enjoy the evening lingering over dinner and talking. 
  
Monday was a relaxing morning. While the girls were up early playing at Mimi’s, Chris took advantage of it and slept till 10. Unfortunately, Lisa is programmed to get up so she was up early but chilled on the back porch and got a little work done too. We joined the kids and Rhoads at Mimi’s for a little family time and fun at lunch then had a chill out evening at home. 

 

     

28 AugJust a few happenings the last part of August 2019

Daddy told mommy one day not to go into the office since he went shopping and bought a TV during his lunch break. She thought he was joking but turns out it was not a joke. Of course he hung it in time before football season started and he headed out of town; now we have a big TV on the porch too. Leia is loving it and staying outside on the porch more with mommy. 

Before football in the south kicks off our Sunday School decided to have a fellowship. We did not realize how many couples in our class had kids our girls ages. That water was COLD but it did not stop the kids. Thankful the girls had fun at mommy/daddy’s Sunday School fellowship and we got to know a few more couples from our class. 
 
Sunday morning daddy grabbed donuts for a treat while mommy cooked eggs and bacon for breakfast since he was heading out of town for the week. Love our breakfast on the porch on a nice summer morning before the girls headed to church and daddy headed to the airport.

Ivy’s Tuesday milestone …. she did her back handspring all by her self. She was so excited!! She has almost had this for a while but her mental block would stop her and she finally got beyond it. There is no holding her back now. Next goal back tuck 
 
While daddy was gone we girls said “oops”!  Lesson learned, those heat lamps get pretty hot, should not be turned on until placed back on the cage, and they can burn wood since the wood was smoking by the time we got home from work and school. Counting our blessings we did not catch the house on fire! Also, thankful God kept mommy and daddy calm upon discovering this ‘oops moment’, reminding us we all make mistakes, furniture can be replaced, and we will look back on this as a family story that binds us together one day.    
  

 

     

23 AugAugust birthdays

Stacy turned the big 40 this year and stretched her celebrations out big time. She and Mark went to Exuma in May for both their 40th birthdays trip. Friday before her birthday Mark surprised her by getting tickets to “Little Big Town” concert in Tuscaloosa with their friends. Wednesday before her birthday Mark took her to dinner while Mimi and Sara decorated the house for Stacy’s day. Thursday on her birthday, Mimi and Lisa went with Stacy to get pedicures and lunch. We hope you had a great time celebrating your birthday aunt Stacy!

Our girlies had fun playdates that afternoon with a stop by the Rollup Ice-cream place on the way home

Just a day after Stacy’s 40th would have been Papa’s 65th. he would be on medicare now and nearing retirement. How I miss him. I wonder what kind of celebration we would have had for his big day. I imagine we would have had a blow out for it this year. We still all got together to grill out, girls play in the pool, and we fellowship while reminiscing about some of the good times we all had together.

Our littles got to spend the night with Mimi too, make slime, and have a night of fun 

21 AugSweet Lunch Dates

Sweet Ivy has been asking mommy since the first day of school to come have lunch with her. The school ask for the first week or two not to have visitors to help the kids get back into their routine but some of her friends have had guests this week so mommy told her I would try my hardest to get up there this week. Wednesday, Lisa had training downtown that was dismissed a little after 11 so she headed straight to the school to make it to lunch with her mini-me. Ivy beat Lisa’s arrival to lunch by 2 minutes but mommy heart leaped for joy hearing her gasp in excited as she walked in the lunchroom. It was fun sitting there visiting and hearing about what had happened so far during the day. Katie-bug came in about 10 minutes later but said she wanted to sit with her friends instead of with us but we still gave her the crunch bar for her surprise we brought; Katie is just a year ahead of Leia so it was a good reminder to treasure our girlies asking us to come have lunch and go frequently when asked. Leia walked in about 5 minutes after Katie and plopped down to join us. She questioned why Katie was not there then said she may want to split her lunch between us and friends which mommy nodded, smiled, and said whatever you want to do that she was welcome to go to her table instead of sitting with us now; hoping the smile and offer hid her sadness that a phase of Leia wanting mommy around could be slowly ending. Leia said no that she wanted to have some time with mommy and Ivy so the Comfort trio enjoyed the 10 minute of lunch overlapped. The girls shared their lunches and stories of the day so far. One question mommy always asks is what is the best part of the day so far, today Ivy said her best part of the day was mommy coming to lunch and Leia said it was science experiment. Ivy headed back to class which left mommy and Leia for someone on one time. Mommy told Leia if she wanted to go sit with her friends she could but she said she had changed her mind and continued chatting away then when her class lined up she jumped in with them to go back to class. Lord, I pray they both have an incredible year.      

18 AugVisiting Gigi and our Newnan Family in GA

The girls were super excited to get checked out the first full week of school to go to Newnan to visit Gigi and the rest of our family there. The drive over seemed to be quick since we made it without any pitstops; Chris had to be shocked. Grandpa, Deedee and Gigi greeted us are we arrived then the girls were off to play while the adults got to visit a little bit. Kelly brought the kids over a little later then we ran to Target to get slime supplies while Leia stayed to play basketball with Adrian. Grandpa and Deedee fixed dinner for everyone then afterwards the kids started making their slime. It was the first time Lisa had every been around slime making. It was not as messy as she thought it would be but we still have a strict rule not to take it out of the container near carpet. Once we were done with slime the kids went with Grandpa and Deedee frog hunting; shocked Leia and Ivy went but even more shocked Ivy caught one. After a fun evening it was time for baths and bed after the first full week of school.  

Our girlies were glad to be out of the car and ready for some fun

Aunt Kelly always has fun ideas so we made slime. First time for Lisa to do it. 

Just visiting

The kids went frog hunting and this little angel caught her very first frog 

Saturday was a day packed with fun! Good thing we got a yummy breakfast to give us energy for the day ahead. We played at the house for a little bit and the girls got to paint cool pottery with Deedee in her craft room before she went to pick up Alicia to go to Bubbles and Brushes. Gigi and Lisa joined them later to see the master pieces they were creating. Then we picked Chris back up to meet up with Kelly and Diego for lunch and coffee at their house while the kids went to Sky Zone with Grandpa and Deedee. We were told Leia was great at dodging balls in the dodge ball game but we might need to work on the throwing but she was the champion in a few games. After their time was up we met back up at the house. The kids enjoyed time outside even though it was a hot afternoon once most the yard was shaded. Kelly picked up Adrian and Alicia about 7:30 then our girls got baths for us to head home but before we left we all enjoyed a taste ice cream treat together.  Thankful for a fun time with our family! 

Food and fellowship a great way to start the day
 
Deedee let the girlies paint pottery that she had gotten from Dawn’s aunt Barbara

Then Deedee took them to one of their favorite spots, Bubbles and Brushes for them to create another master piece

Chris and Lisa got to hang out with Gigi, Kelly, and Diego while Grandpa and Deedee took the 4 grandkids to Sky Zone

When we all got back to Grandpa and Deedee’s house the kids were back outside catching butterflies and playing basketball

Ice Cream treat before heading home

Sunday, we woke up to go to church then to the pet store before heading home to relax and do homework before we picked up a friend for each of the girls to take swimming at Mimi’s pool. We were about 25 minutes later getting back than what we had told their parents but the kids all were having so much fun it was hard to pull them away. Thankful for a fun weekend and the sweet memories made. 

After church we went to get Buddy more food and Ivy got to hold a bunny for the “very first time in her whole life”

Fun times in the pool with friends. Can you tell which two asked for their picture to be taken
 

15 AugFirst full week back a school

Monday the girlies  spent the first afternoon at After the Bell. Praying they have a great year this year and enjoy seeing friends that were rezoned up there. 

Thankful Tuesday Mimi could take girlies to gymnastics and to get a yummy treat since Lisa had a appointment
 
Both girlies had fun playdates on Wednesday so then had a kick off party at church with bounces and popsicles

Thursday mommy went to school for the teacher parent meeting. Ivy’s teacher showed us a couple things they had done but Leia’s teacher only reviewed a slide show presentation but gave us sticky notes to leave a message behind

Friday we checked the girls out to head to Newnan a little early. 

11 AugTreasured Weekend

School starting back makes us treasure weekends more again! We started our ‘fun family Friday nights’ back with pizza, family movie time, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, and home popped popcorn with real butter for the first weekend. Ivy had been asking to watch this movie most the summer but we always forgot about it when we started to pick a movie out. We actually watched the newer version Friday night and the older version on Sunday after church; maybe we were making up for not watching if when Ivy fist asked. The majority of us liked the older version better; Leia was the only one who preferred the newer one. We all loved our family fun time together! 

Saturday, we enjoyed fun time at Mimi’s pool with our neighbors, the Talley’s. Mimi is always one of the best host! Thankful she lets us still bring our friends over to play in the pool or her backyard oasis.  We enjoyed a epic water gun fight adults verses kids … although Leia really was a double agent and we thought she was on our side but the truth came out. Thankful for laughter and fun shared with special friends and neighbors 
 

Sunday the girls got to move up to their new Sunday School classes. Both of them liked their new classes :). We spent most of the afternoon around home soaking up time at home before the new work/school week began. Lord, I pray sweet rest each night and blessings over our children all the days of their lives as they walk in the paths you prepare for their lives. 

 

08 AugFirst day of 4th and 2nd grade

Our girls are growing up fast and time is flying! Here we are and they are starting the 4th and 2nd grade. Both of them are so, so smart and amazing. I pray they know how much they are loved and how incredible they are all the days of their lives. We are blessed to get a first row seat watching these two little girls grow into beautiful ladies, inside and out. Praying this school year brings strengthened friendships, increased knowledge, delightful dreams, and a stronger sense of who they are and want to be…May our girls soar to reach their dreams and have roots that go deep to always remember who they are and where they came from all the days of their lives. 

Leia was ready for the first day of school pictures and was all smiles
 
Sisster finally joined us for some picture action


Love that the girls wanted first day pics with mommy and daddy

Love more that they wanted a family selfie and the four of us got to enjoy breakfast together

The girls were all smiles after school! We went to get a treat with Mimi, Katie and aunt Stacy (Sara went with her friends) then Lisa and the girls went to get after school surprises at “Five and below”, picked up dinner to take home, enjoyed a few lazy minutes at home, took a nice walk around the neighborhood, and then it was time for bed again since we are under the school night bedtime again
      

 

07 AugLast hooray before school starts

Monday, the girls were super excited to have Mary babysit them one more time before school started. They talked her into getting donuts for breakfast then going to the zoo for a little fun. When mommy got home sweet Ivy was snuggled up with Mary and of course did not want her to leave but she needed to get home and we decided to go see Mimi for a evening of fun. No one ever got in the pool though. We simply visited then had dinner, Leia and Ivy sit up game time in the dining room, then rode in Papa’s truck before we headed home for the night. 

The girls decided we should have game night at Mimi’s Monday night 

Tuesday, we decided to have a FUN Comfort girls day since it was the last totally free day we had this summer. Leia had said she wanted to go to Chuckecheese while Ivy wanted to paint pottery so we did both and got to meet Chris for lunch before Ivy and Leia went to gymnastics that afternoon. Love sweet, hassle free summer days and nights; oh how I will miss the easy summer days

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Wednesday, the long awaited day to figure out who was in our class and who would be the teachers for 2nd and 4th grade arrived. It is the a bitter-sweet day since we find the reality summer is over and a new school year is beginning in less than 24 hours. This year is going to be great. Everyone has a couple friends in their classes and teachers seem to be fabulous. Leia is going to do fabulous in fourth grade and Ivy is going to have a sweet year in second grade! 

Sweet Ivy will be in Mrs Coleman

Leia’s homeroom teacher, Mrs Garcia is on the left and swap teacher, Mrs Adams on the right

Leia also got to meet her new GRC teacher and go by to see Mrs Kennamer from 3rd grade and Mrs Grote from 2nd grade, sadly all of Ivy’s teachers moved to a new school with the re-org so she did not get to go say hi to them
 

After meet the teacher we went with Holly and Alex to get breakfast at Panera and pampered with mani and pedi’s. Thankful to have such sweet neighbors and friends! 

  

Sara and Katie came over later that afternoon to join in on the fun too. Love hearing the laughter, chatter, and noisy of little ones playing and having fun as we soaked in the last summer day before school starts
 

04 AugThe Requena-Comfort Family is back in the US

The Requena-Comfort family is back in the US after 27 months in Spain. They actually came back 9 days ago. Our girls were counting down and asked regularly when we would get to see them. We chose to wait to see them since we knew they had quite a bit to get done when they returned like getting new phones, cars, and unpacking from their move. They texted mid week and asked about coming to Birmingham instead of us coming there and of course we said YES! Leia and Ivy started planning right away … they planned to go swimming, rock climb, explore the zoo, jump at Urban Air, play a round at Top Golf, hike at Oak Mountain Park or play on the inflatable water slides, go to Splash, see the Enchanted Forest, discover new exhibits at McWane, and ice skating. We reminded them that we would only have roughly 24 hours so we needed to pair the list down this visit but that hopefully they would come back soon so we could do more on the list. they got here at lunch time so we made tapas at our house and chilled out before heading to Mimi’s to swim. The kids swam while we visited then uncle Mark grilled out. The Rhoads headed home shortly after eating but the adults hopped in the pool afterwards for a evening swim. Once we were all water logged we headed home for baths before heading to bed. Saturday, Leia, Ivy and Lisa were up early. The girlies wanted to wake their cousins but thankfully controlled themselves. Alicia woke up about 8:30 and Lisa started cooking. Uncle C and aunt Kelly got up before we finished cooking so we all sat down to a big, southern breakfast. Uncle Diego joined us too but Adrian kept on snoozing; aunt Kelly had to wake him since it was getting close to time to go to Urban Air. Before we left to let the kids get a little energy out aunt Lisa played like she was a barber and cut Adrian’s hair a little. Urban Air here does not compare to the jump place in Newnan so in a couple weeks we will have to take the littles there to play but they seemed to find some things to enjoy. We had planned on ice skating but timing did not work out; we wish they had not had a hockey thing all weekend but we will prioritize it next time to get to go skate. We took them to one of our favorite mediterranean laces, Pita Stop before they had to head home to get ready for the kids to start school the next day.  It was a short visit but we loved getting to be with them and look forward to seeing them again very soon again. 

We finally got to give Adrian and Alicia their birthday presents this year since we forgot to take them when we went to Spain

Oh what fun in Mimi’s pool



The kids also had fun in Mimi’s wonderland riding the zip line

Sweet girls Saturday morning watching Descendants 3 while Lisa cooked 
    
Adrian got a home trim before school and the little sisters played with uncle Diego

Urban Air  …. next time we will try the newer jump place we haven’t gotten to go to yet



 

     
Lunch and a couple photo ops before the Requena-Comfort’s headed home

Sunday night family game night 😀