26 OctA week of fun

The girls decided to have a family fun night instead of going to carnival at Shades Mountain this year. We cooked tacos, aunt Stacy brought cookies for them to decorate, and played games. Love spending time with people we love! 

Finished products

Unfortunately, the Rhoads had to leave before game time but we still got to have some fun

Ivy decorated her pumpkin for the school pumpkin parade  

Sweet Ivy loves unicorns

The girlies had a blast at our neighbor/friend, AlexAnn’s 10th birthday party! Leia and Chris got to go out to dinner and enjoy catching up before Chris went to do school work and Lisa walked down to help Holly 

Pin the horn on the unicorn
Tattoos are always fun! Ivy was covered in them
Everyone got a sweet gift from the birthday girls momma ….  a Maltelda Jane pillow case  
Happy birthday sweet girl

Al finished his protein treatment in Texas and got to dong out of the treatment center and come back home to sweet home Alabama



21 OctGirls first musical at Shades Mountain Baptist Church

The girlies first performance a Shades Mountain Baptist Church was during the morning service today. Last year we went to watch Sara but Leia, Ivy, and Katie all decided to do it too this year. We arrived early for sound checks and practice where Lisa snapped a couple pictures. All seemed to be going great except when the Rhoads girls arrived we realized they were on the opposite side of the stage so we moved seats and  sat with Mimi in the middle of all the girls. As the service got closer to starting we noticed Ivy looked upset and was looking around. We thought she just did not know where we were sitting  so mommy went to let her know where we were sitting but as she approached Ivy ran to jump in her arms and said she did not want to do it. Lisa sit up front with her trying to encourage her to join her friends but she refused. After the second song she would sing from Lisa’s lap and even stood for one song. Leia on the other hand did amazing and lit up the stage. So proud of Leia and enjoyed the sweet snuggles from Ivy during the performance. 

During rehearsal
The real performance

20 OctCamp Kanawahala – Girl Scout Camp

The girlies joined the girl scouts this year and the service unit was this weekend. Unfortunately, we thought it was brownies and above since email for our little Daisy were not being delivered so Ivy missed the service unit but Leia went and Lisa got to chaperone. It was a good time with very little sleep for all. Friday evening we arrived to sit up our beds then joined all the other girls there for a campfire and songs before going to make a s’more and heading back to our rooms for the night. We attempted to have lights off at 10:30 but most of the girls had different plans and we got up and down every hour with girlies talking loudly, laughing, or kicking the wall. We were all up at 6 Saturday so decided to go ahead and get dressed so we could clean our rooms and pack up before breakfast since we were only spending one night. Saturday was packed with fun! We had breakfast, went to a flag raising ceremony, learned outdoor skills, hit the target in archery, canoed, and worked on fling flyer badges with another 3rd grade troop. Fun day but tiring. Thankful for Mimi and Stacy that cooked at the house for the Bama game and getting to hangout with them for a little bit before getting into a clean shower, relaxing back muscles on a heating pad, and early bedtime in a comfortable bed. 

On the way to camp Lisa and Leia enjoyed a nice dinner and little shopping.
Mimi took Ivy shopping with her cousins on a girls night so daddy could do school work
The girls enjoyed making s’mores


Thankful we stopped by and grabbed Uno cards on the way! They came in handy entertaining kids during our down times

After the raising of the flag we explored Alice Island

Group shot

Learning some outdoor skills

One of the knots they worked on today

A break during our hike

This is the first time Leia has ever learned archery but she looked like a natural

Much needed lunch

One of the highlights of the day for our girls. They were all so excited to canoe  
Whole service unit group
Ending the day working on a badge


18 OctVHEW Carnival 2018

The girlies decided they wanted to go to Carnival this year. Unfortunately, daddy had a work dinner and mommy hurt her back and was having a hard time walking; thankful for Chrio and Stretch Zone to get mommy moving again by Friday night. Thankfully, our sweet neighbor/sitter was available and took the girlies up to have a night of fun. 


16 OctHair-be-gone

The first time Ivy asked to cut her hair was on a whim so we waited a few months to make sure it was what she wanted since it does not grow back very quickly. She continually asked about it so we went today for her to do what she wanted to do. Ivy and mommy both cut 10.5 inches off each to donate to a cancer society to make wigs for kids undergoing treatment. We pray it is a blessing to whoever gets a wig our hair is part of and pray complete healing over them. 


14 OctGirls Trip to Great Wolf Lodge

The girls had October 12th out of school instead of on Columbus day so we decided to take a little girls trip since the dads had work. Lisa, Stacy, Mimi, and the 4 little munchkins headed to LaGrange Georgia to explore Great Wolfe Lodge. It was a great trip! We played in the water park, climbed on the rock wall, explored the ropes course, played putt-putt, made a few strikes and spares in GWL bowling, won prices in the arcade, trick or treated in the lodge, enjoyed relaxing with morning yoga, and played their magical quest game. It was a fun filled 48 hours with some of our favorite ladies. 

Water Park fun 
Our first ride of the day 
The girls loved the leap pads

Stacy and Lisa rode down together and at the bottom Stacy fell out of the raft

Sara held Lisa to her word that she would ride the tornado even though Lisa was not thrilled about it but this one was much better than the one in NC so then Stacy rode it too

I am not sure how many times we rode the slides but there were 87 steps each time we did so everyone was getting a good leg workout

We were racing down the double tubes





Dinner in the water park

Swinging in the trees (aka ropes course). The big girls started and after watching them a few times Ivy decided she wanted to try too but she had to have a adult so Lisa got to swing with the little monkeys. It was fun! Thankful we did it when we did because they shut it down for a safety check the rest of the weekend
Using their muscles to get up the rock wall
Who all got hole in ones? 😉 No one kept score but everyone had fun practicing their putting
Ivy thought it was fun to swim in the pond on the putt putt course. 
 Every afternoon they had trick or treating in the lodge

There is a first time for everything, Lisa beat Mimi on the TenPaw bowling lane (it was not real bowling or Mimi would have won)    


We paused the game to get a mommy-daughter pic with each of the little munchkins
Final scores
Magic Quest

Arcade and treats …. what more could a girl want
Sweet, sweet snuggles! Love them!!
Breakfast in the room

Panning for gems

Morning yoga
Thankful for a fun couple nights with these girlies

08 OctSeptember wrap-up/First of October 2018

Blessed to get to have a lunch break with our girlies one Thursday afternoon

The girls put on a mini show at in their hiphop dance class. It maybe the last one of the year since both of them are saying they do not want to continue taking dance but they did great! Mommy took a video since daddy was out of town

Leia asked if we would get her some books but I think she tricked us. They came with more than books but the girlies are enjoying using the head lamp

Friday afternoons are great for sister dates

They are good for playdates with friends too. A afternoon full of friend, crafts, snacks, and play … life is great



Busy Saturday preparing for our block party

Aunt Kelly came in town for 4 or 5 days so we had to head to Newnan to see her while she was here. It was a very short and sweet trip. We left after our block party Saturday which had us arriving in Newnan at 11pm. We did not get to see Kelly that evening with the jet lag but were happy to see Gigi, Deedee, and Grandpa. Loved getting to hang out and visit with them all for a little bit! 

These two monkeys went straight to snuggles when we arrived

Sunday morning they were excited to facetime Adrian and Alicia. As we were driving over Leia kept saying it would so fun if we were surprising them and their cousins would have been there too. Next time aunt Kelly comes she will be bring them and uncle Diego. 
It was a great day to have lunch outside 

Deedee has so many beautiful butterflies in her yard! 

Before aunt Kelly went to work and we headed home Lisa requested a few family pictures


Daddy traveled 3 weeks in a row so the girls slept with mommy in the middle. Not sure how mommy fit sometimes but all the snuggles are sweet. A little funny that happened one night after daddy got home was when Leia woke up to go to the restroom then climbed back in our bed pushing Chris over a little and zonked out; guess she thought he was in her spot. After belly laughs mommy got up and carried our sweet Leia back to her bed so daddy would have room to sleep 


Just another day after school. We got to pick up Sara and Katie too since Stacy was working late and they did not want to stay at aftercare. All four got their homework done then grabbed boardgames. Mommy’s heart was happy that they went for those over electronics!

The girlies were excited to sleep in the den for a change of pace

Mimi took the four grand-girls shopping for their halloween costumes. We have a huntress, cheerleader, butterfly, and snow princess this year. 

The girlies had fun redecorating their rooms

Chief Leia cooked dinner for the family one evening. She did a great job using the kids cooking subscription we had gotten the girls for 6 months. 

23 SepWeekend fun: Gigi came to visit

We were so excited that Gigi got to come visit and see our house. It is the first time she has come over since we bought this house. We loved having her, Deedee and Grandpa! They could not get here fast enough. The girlies thought Gigi, Deedee, and Grandpa should have come Friday after school so on Friday night to keep mommy and daddy sane from asking how much longer Leia got to spend the night with Mimi while Ivy went to a birthday party then had Ivy spend the night. It was a fun night for the girlies but they said Saturday was the best getting to visit with Gigi. Mimi and the Rhoads wanted to see her too and Deedee needed to try patterns on the Rhoads girls so we decided to have everyone over to watch the Alabama game and golf tournament. It was fun getting to fellowship together; sports is made just to fellowship in Lisa’s mind ;). So a great day and weekend visiting! Wish we could have visited longer; thankful next weekend we will get to visit too since we are going to go visit everyone in Newnan when Kelly makes a quick visit. 

These two monkeys put themselves to bed early but um that may have been a mistake because they woke up and was playing in bed at 5:15 the next morning

These two need some makeup lessons … it was not fun getting this off of their pretty little faces

Meet blue face Ivy and purple face Ivy

Love how these two have kindred spirits and always make everyone laugh when they get together 

So excited Gigi arrived! 
Leia enjoyed showing them her website she is doing for school … we have said she is Chris’s daughter right

Made me smile watching these two play Zingo … of course Ivy may change the rules to ensure she wins (she might have gotten that from her Papa)

We had Mimi and the Rhoads over to watch the game with us so they could visit with Gigi too

We did snap a picture of Gigi with Sara and Katie before they left then we visited on the front porch while our girlies played with the neighbors a little while until it was bedtime
Morning coffee or whip cream for Ivy

We felt so blessed to get to spend time with Gigi, Deedee, and Grandpa this weekend!

18 SepKeeping it even: lunch with Leia, ice cream party with Ivy

Lisa got to have lunch with Leia 

then go to ice cream party with Ivy and her class
So thankful for this season of life where it is fun to hang out with mommy and I get to know the girls friends 🙂

Ivy is going to have such a great year! Her teacher is fun and teaches where the kids do not even realize they are learning. 

Sweet Leia’s glasses finally arrived …. she was so excited and said they were going to help her read better 🙂

16 SepWeekend fun

Ivy had her first girl scout meeting. She said she LOVED it :). I think both girlies have met some fun, awesome girls. Praying blessings over each of their new friendships. 

Sara and Katie were staying with Mimi since Stacy and Mark went to the beach but before they headed to Gardendale we all went for a afternoon treat

We found out one of Leia’s sweet classmates lives around the corner so we got to have a impromptu play date  

AlexAnn and Max showed up while Anna Clarie was here since they were hanging out with us for the evening

What a fun evening! 

The evening turned into a spend the night party with AlexAnn 

Saturday, we met back up with Mimi to paint pumpkins and play at Chuckecheese before we went to the Talley’s to cheer on the Bama boys