06 MayWeekend Fun – May the 4th be with you

May the 4th be with you … Leia has been celebrating this since she was little bitty. Had to throw a flash back in the post since it popped up on Facebook. I do think our Leia buns have gotten better over time

Leia played her last volleyball game for this season. Afterwards mommy took them to a ice skating lesson then we chilled out at home for a little bit before going back to the rink for a friends bday party that afternoon

Saturday evening was snuggles, laughter and sweet family time

Sunday Chris finally took Leia to the fair while Lisa and Ivy went to see Mimi. Of course we said yes when Ivy asked to bake a cookie cake 

We also went to see Papa’s grave since it was decoration Sunday. How he would love playing with his grand-girls! He is missed so much everyday 

She loves taking some selfies and texting them to daddy
Of course she may have gotten it from her daddy. Mommy said get some pictures at the fair and this is all we got …. selfies and a picture of Leia’s hurt leg getting off a ride which prompted a visit to the first aide tent and Leia deciding she was done at the fair for the day

Monday was like Christmas morning at our house. After living with a muddy mess somewhere in the yard for a couple months we got the last of the concrete poured.  We have a driveway again and concrete under the porch. With each concrete pour we let the girls make a permanent mark. Today the girls chose footprints on a step down to the back yard. We are going to have so much fun riding bikes and playing on all the cement we added. 

02 MayIvy’s Mental Health Day

We had thought about giving the girls a mental health day out of school before the end of the year so they had some special one on one time but Ivy showed she needed it before we could even tell them about it. The school nurse called at 8:10 that Ivy was in her office with a tummy ache. Turned out once we got home her tummy ache was magically cured and she had lots of energy to play so we turned her sick day into a mental health day where Ivy got to call all the shots. Her picks after chilling on the couch was to go to Chuckecheese, Newks for lunch, Pet Store to browse, and to play outside at aunt Stacy’s house since we had workers at our house. Ivy said it was a awesome day. She seemed refreshed and re-energized for school the next day and mommy loved spending some special time with sweet Ivy. 

Selfies/playing in the car waiting on Chuckecheese to open. Ivy loved playing paper, rock, scissors to entertain us while we waited

It was awesome being two of four people playing! She ended up with over 800 tickets

Ivy loves going to Newks for the breadsticks and parmesan cheese but we have been burnt out but since se was calling the shots that is where we went for lunch; she was all smiles

Next on her agenda was the pet store to look at the animals and a added bonus was Ivy was able to hold several animals at the pet store
Playing at aunt Stacy’s then back in the car to get sissy at the bus

01 MayLeia’s Debut in Shades Mtn Spring Musical

Leia joined kids choir this year but missed the Christmas musical since we were out of town but got a part in the Spring musical along with Sara and Katie sung a solo. Loved that they all stood so close in the performance so we got to sit with the Rhoads and Mimi watching to cheer on our little stars. 

Shades put on a great spring show with the kids

We were about ready to go

So proud of these girls! 

It was Leia’s debut in a Shade’s program

Katie debuted her beautiful voice with a solo. Sara was a old pro

Thankful Mimi came to watch her three big grand girls perform 


30 AprWacky Day and 3rd Grade Service Project

Leia’s third day service project field trip fell on the same day as wacky day for the school. She did not want a wacky hair style since they were going on their service project but Ivy had a wacky spider style. Lisa got to go with Leia’s class and they put pipe cleaners in her hair afterwards for her wacky. Proud of all the third graders working hard to pack lunches to send to South America through RISE Against Hunger. 

Wacky day

Leia’s class along with all the other 3rd grade classes did a great job on their service project this year

Sweet friends

28 AprMagnolia Festival Weekend (2019)

Mimi helped Lisa in the yard all day Thursday and Friday so by the time the weekend came we needed a little fun time. Leia elected to have some one on one time with Mimi Friday night since she had not gotten to spend the night the previous week. She lucked out on her one on one night fell on the weekend of Magnolia Festival. Mimi took her for opening night fun riding carnival rides and playing games. I think she had fun then got to watch a movie or two that evening too; her kind of night. 

Glad Leia had fun with Mimi on her one on one at Magnolia Festival
Saturday morning Leia enjoyed TV at Mimi’s while mommy and Ivy enjoyed sitting on our new porch

Saturday, Mimi brought Leia out for her last regular season volleyball game then let Stacy have the truck so she rode back to Gardendale with Lisa and the three girls  for some fun at Magnolia fest too. (Katie had a birthday party so she did not go). The height difference and desire to ride different things had Mimi and mommy split up but everyone had fun then we headed back to meet Stacy and Chris at Pita Stop for a family dinner (Mark was home sick). 


Sunday morning daddy slept in until well after church begun so the girls got to have a little fun with their Magnolia Fest prizes at home then go play with a couple sweet neighbors; fun Sunday morning 
Chris took his last test of this semester so to make sure the house was quiet Lisa and Ivy went to Stacy’s to see what she was getting into outside and give her opinions. Ivy ended up staying to go with Mimi and the Rhoads to cheer Katie on at her last soccer game of the season Sunday afternoon while Leia and Sara went to dress rehearsal for their play Wednesday night

26 AprVHEC Valleyball

VHEC does a couple weeks of volleyball for 4th and 5th grade. We went to cheer on our favorite 4th and 5th graders for both their games. Love watching them have fun and love life. Praying all the kids in our family love of life and the joy is never squished as they grow and change the world.  

23 AprSeason of life

This season in life is one of the sweetest! Mommy is treasuring this season!! Sweet Ivy woke up with a nightmare in the wee morning hours and came to tell mommy so of course mommy moved over so she could climb in to snuggle and be comforted. She drifted off to sleep wrapped up in mommy’s arms for the next 6 hours of peaceful sleep. Mommy woke up the next morning before little Ivy and thought about how blessed we are to have this season in life. Our girls are growing so fast and these moments of them coming to get comforted and needing us to help them are fewer and farther between. Several friends have older kids and we have been hearing how they miss these simple moments. Hearing them talk about that makes me treasure these moments even more. Thankful for the opportunity to watch our baby girls grow, have them in our house everyday, hear their laughter, talk to them, see what they are wearing, and doing daily life with them. How much these simple moments and things will be missed as they continue to grow and eventually go off to school, move out, and start families of their own. Enjoying this season in life now and trying to live in the moment. 

21 AprEaster 2019

Easter does not get as much fan-fare as Christmas, we barely even decorated this year with the construction and craziness of life but we rejoiced on Easter morning that we can say HE IS ALIVE. Easter has became one of my favorite holidays because of what we get to celebrate. So thankful for God’s faithfulness and love that he sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins that we may live. Thank you God for your love! Thank you Jesus for being obedient to your Father, showing us mercy and love, and creating a way for us to live eternally in Paradise!  We will get to celebrate with Jesus when God calls us home. I pray that each person in our house, all our family and friends will get to hear the sweet words, well done my good and faithful servant when we stand before Him. Happy Easter! 

The Easter Bunny was generous to our girls

They even got a fun early morning egg hunt

Breakfast with our little bitty family

Church with Mimi

Surprises for all 

Papa’s tree … how we miss him but all so thankful for Easter morning, knowing that because of Jesus’s love for us we will be reunited for eternity

The rest of the family arrived; blessed we all live close to each other

Egg hunt fun at Mimi’s 

We got to hid eggs again at home a few times before bed time

Ivy told mommy that she missed our tradition of pancakes in fun shapes at Easter so mommy made a special make up pancake to keep our tradition alive and promised the next holiday we would not forget. Thankful for sweet traditions and pray our girls remember them as they grow and we remember to keep them alive and teach future generations the importance of family and being there for each other

20 AprGood Friday Fun and Sweet Saturday

Friday the girls were out of school so we took advantage of it and met some new and old friends at the ice skating rink. We ended up skating for a little over 3 hours between the free-style skating, public skating, and private lessons but it all was so fun. Alyssa and Adra came back for play and lunch at our house between public skate and private lessons. 

Love our new and old friends! 


Friday evening we headed to Gardendale for dinner and play with Mimi, Sara, and Katie. Ivy spent the night with them but Leia came home since she had a 8:30 volleyball game Saturday morning. She got a sweet playdate with her friend Grayson while sissy was playing with her cousins then the family headed over for a family fun afternoon/evening dying eggs, hitting the volleyball, and fellowshipping over dinner. Blessed to have these sweet moments together! 

Playdate with Grayson on Saturday while sissy was at Mimi’s 

Saturday we had family fun afternoon/evening dying Easter eggs with family, playing volleyball, and cooking fajitas/tacos. Blessed to have a little sweet family time

14 AprMommy and Ivy Regular Ole Day at Mimi’s

It is not often that mommy gets pictures of our normal regular days when she is in them. However, today mommy and Ivy went to Mimi’s to hang out with her a little bit (Leia wanted a home day so elected to stay home since Chris was there studying).  As we were playing doing our thing together: volleyball, chase, a board game, etc…  Mimi grabbed her phone to take a few pictures. So thankful for these pictures! I pray both of our girls remember the times we play and have fun more than the work and nagging times. It was was a sweet day with Ivy and Mimi that mommy does not want to ever forget.