17 MarLisa’s Birthday (2019)

Second birthday celebration of the month was for mommy. Everyone in the house was up by 7 am thanks to our wakeup call from the contractors hammering; Lisa chose to think they were hammering a happy birthday tune ;). Chris cooked breakfast then went out to let Steve know about a couple decisions we made but Lisa and the girls went ahead to start eating since cold eggs are not good. We snuggled the morning away and the girls helped Lisa open gifts before we headed to Stacy’s for a birthday lunch and some family time. Lunch was great and we enjoyed the sweet time together before the Rhoads had to head to the soccer field and we came home to chill and check on the porch progress before Leia’s volleyball practice. After volleyball we went to Firebirds for burgers which ended up being a extra long dinner since our server was having some issues but we all were thankful for the table talk while we sat waiting. We headed home as soon as we were able to get baths, snuggles, and bed to get ready for work the next day. Nothing really happened extra ordinary in the day but it was perfect day getting to spend it with loved ones; days spent with loved ones are the best days!  

Breakfast by 

Morning time snuggles, presents, and fun

Lunch with Mimi and the Rhoads
Mommy and Daddy’s big present to each other

16 MarIvy’s School Musical, BibleClub 2019, Girls Mcwane Sleepover, and Leia’s first Volleyball

Before the girls musicals Mimi and Mommy met the girlies for lunch Thursday 

Ivy was so excited to perform in her first grade musical. We scored first row tickets and Ivy loved seeing us when she walked in to perform. 

Her class did a great job performing to “Shake a Papaya Down”

Thank you Mimi and aunt Stacy for joining Chris, Lisa and Leia to support sweet Ivy 

Friday afternoon we had our last Bible Club for this year. Enjoyed getting to hang out with these girls for a few weeks and the excitement they had to come each week
Ivy got to represent 1st grade girls in brain-drain
Just a little fun at bible club

Last week the 3rd graders were honored and given a special devotional

Last day of Bible Club picture

Leia and Ivy were both so excited to go to the McWane sleepover with girl scouts. Lisa had to hang out with Ivy’s troop since they required Daisy Troop’s to have a one-to-one ratio but Leia joined us close to bedtime and slipped with us since we just had one air mattress and that concrete floor would have felt rough on our backs. 


 A quick biscuit breakfast before heading to Leia’s first volleyball game

Leia had her first volleyball game after her sleepover, sleep deprived and all. Leia made a couple good hits and served for a point or two in the game. Her team won the first set but lost the next two but for a first game with sever first time players, they did a awesome job and had a great attitude

12 MarFun week: Bookfair, Openhouse, Sweetheart dance, and more

Tuesday was Ivy’s book fair and Thursday was Leia’s. They asked mommy to come to them … these girls are not dumb they got more books when mommy came but had to sign a contract to read without complaining. Mommy also surprised them at lunch on their book fair day 🙂 

Mimi spent the night Tuesday to help get the girls to school since Lisa’s boss moved a 7:30 meeting and there was no way to get the girls to school and make it to the meeting

Daddy played with his new toy when he got home from his trip and made something for both girlies

Love that they have a two single beds so the girls have their own space yet our girlies like being close so both girls get on the bottom bed together to sleep … these moments make our hearts melt. Love our girls and the love they share

Ivy wanted to help Mr Steve and his crew when they dug deep holes for foundations with the storms predicted to roll in over the weekend and always up for helping go up  in the attic to turn off the lights 
Ivy enjoyed playing on Steve’s trailer

We planned a busy Saturday: ice skating, picking up corsages for dance, makeup piano lesson, birthday party, and girls going to dance with Chris while Lisa went to dinner with Mimi. Only issue was chris woke up in middle of night sick and started running a high fever so girls dance was in jeopardy. Mommy texted Grandpa and Deedee so they came over for Grandpa to take the girls to the Sweetheart dance and dinner at Firebirds. 

Deedee, Mimi and Lisa got a nice dinner out too while Chris stayed home and slept his fever away

Sunday we all celebrated Chris and Lisa’s birthday over brunch and the yummiest carrot cake ever that Deedee made for our birthday celebration. 
We did not let Chris help blow out the candles since he had been running a fever

We got to meet the newest addition to the family, Mrs Kavanaugh Leighanna born March 12th

01 MarChris’s Birthday (2019)

Chris’s birthday actually fell on his AWS day so he got a off day as a gift from work except the silly man forgot about it and scheduled a vendor to come in for the whole week so he went into work. At least, he did leave at lunch though so Lisa and Chris got to go to have a nice relaxing birthday lunch at Perry’s before Chris headed to the movies and Lisa went to Bible Club with our girlies and 200 something of their school friends. Mimi joined us that evening to celebrate Chris’s day. Chris had requested for his birthday not to make any decisions so Lisa made all the decisions. We cooked in one of Chris’s favorite meals, Korean Beef and made cream cheese squares that is a rare treat Chris likes, got a ice cream pie, and finally let him open gifts. It was not the full day celebration that Lisa had planned with work, school, and bible club but Chris said he had a good birthday and enjoyed it which is what all his girlies wanted for him on his special day. 

 Enjoyed Chris’s birthday lunch at Perry’s

Lisa took Ivy to a classmates and Mimi took Leia home where she and daddy were going to build her robot set she got for Christmas

The only thing was when mommy got home daddy seemed to be doing it himself and even when Ivy asked to help he declined …. next time we need to get two sets 😉 

We cooked in one of Chris’s favorites, Korean Beef

Birthday treats are always great … ice cream pie and cream-cheese squares

Notice Mimi in the mirror …. she kept volunteering to take pictures instead of being in them

Present time
Ivy enjoyed the boxes Chris’s 3D printer came in

Leia made last minute edits to her card before giving it to Chris
We managed to get a picture with Mimi in it before she headed home too     

The rest of the weekend mommy ran the girls to all their events (ice skating, cookie booth, International Tea for Girl Scouts, volleyball, etc) so daddy could work on school
Leia went to a sweet friends house so Ivy had a friend over to our house for a fun Sunday playdate

28 FebRandom times at the end of February

Family dinner but we snapped the picture towards the end and Chris had to leave early to go home to do school work

Mommy took our girlies for treats afterwards; we got daddy one too

The girls had been asking to go skating after school so we ceased the opportunity since we did not have much going on Thursday afternoon. Mommy will never get tired of holding our girls hands or seeing their big smiles 
Fun time with a sweet friend

20 FebPresident Day Weekend 2018

The girlies had a 4 day weekend the day after Valentine to President’s Day. It was a much needed long break! The girls had extra circular activities everyday during their break (going to a booster ice skating class Friday, ice skating class Saturday, make-up piano lesson Sunday, and another booster ice skating class on Monday) but enjoyed down time at home as much as possible. We mixed in a little more activities too through out the weekend but .

Our Friday fun started at Top Golf with Mimi and the Rhoads girls while uncle Mark worked and daddy did school after a leisure morning. Leia was a smart chick and brought Barbies to entertain everyone while they were waiting for their turn to hit the ball. I think everyone had a great time; we extended it another hour when it ended. We got about 30 minutes at home afterwards before heading to the the girls first booster ice skating class. They enjoyed the one-on-one lessons and felt like they learned a lot. 

Enjoying Valentine treats after breakfast 

Girls day at Top Golf since girls were out of school and daddy had to do school 

What do you do when you are waiting your turn to hit the ball?!? Play Barbies of course 
The girlies got a booster ice skating lesson, short one-on-one lesson 
Then they had fun skating on the “free-style” ring which is not nearly as crowded as the public rink

Saturday, the girls woke up ready to play Barbies and played any chance they got too all day long. They enjoyed going to their ice skating lessons but were happy to go and picked right back up playing Barbies when we got home. We all enjoyed going on a family walk and play board games but the girls did not want to venture too far from home for our family fun afternoon/evening. 

Back at the ice rink having fun learning to skate better than mommy and daddy

Lots of Barbie playing since these little monkeys wanted to chill out at home

We made them break to go on a family walk

Ivy took a selfie during our game time 

Sunday was a  funday getting to go to church to learn more about our Lord and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Afterwards, we got to meet Mimi and the Rhoads for lunch before heading back home for the girls to play in the rain girls make-up piano lesson from when Ivy had the flu.   

Anytime we get to have a little extra time at home Leia normally climbs in her nursery chair while Ivy climbs in mommy’s lap. Mommy loves sweet morning snuggles! 
Playing Barbies before church 

Playing in the rain after church

Before coming back inside to let their imaginations run wild playing Barbie again

 The girlies wanted to bake and decorate a cake
Mommy got sweet snuggles Sunday evening

Monday morning Lisa got rare morning snuggles from Leia before we headed back to the ice skating rink while daddy packed for his trip. Daddy had to leave for the airport while the girls were their lesson so instead of heading home we headed afterwards we went to meet the Talley’s for lunch and fun at Let’s Play. It was a rough start with an odd number of girls but Lisa ran into a college friend and Ivy played with her daughter then we saw friends from VHEW and had lots of playmates to pal around with so everyone was entertain. Leia got to stay a little longer with the Talley’s while mommy took Ivy to gymnastics. It was a fun filled day! 

 The girls are looking good skating
Lunch fun

Fun at Let’s play

Lisa ran into a old college friend; it is so fun catching up 

So thankful when daddy travels multiple days that Mimi is willing to come take the girls to school one day so Lisa can get into work before 8 o’clock. Bonus is that we get snuggles and the girls get to pick any breakfast they want which normally is going out since they tell Mimi that mommy never takes them out on a school morning

Thank you Mimi for helping us out and spoiling our girls! 

14 FebValentine 2019

Kicked started “heart day” with heart pancakes, heart bacon and strawberry hearts for our little Valentine’s 

Daddy was out of town but the girls got to open the gift they bought each other. Loved their excitement to use their own money to but their sister a gift

Mommy got to go to Leia’s class party. The kids had fun playing minute to win it and looking through their valentine bags. A big hit was the smash balloons that popped in each of their v’day bags  

After school we made a special delivery to the Rhoads house 

We arrived home the same time as daddy. The girls were over joyed and squealed in excitement as we opened the doors. Of course the girlies knew when we got upstairs they could open their valentines from mommy and daddy since all of our little family was home

We were all so happy to have our main man back home to celebrate Valentine with his ladies

Love the girls excitement! I hope they always are this excited about life

These two are amazing! Some moments that seem so ordinary just hit you of how amazing life is and how you should count your blessings. As I looked over watching them together this was one of them that struck me and made me tear up thinking about what a amazing life we share. Love the way they play, connect, love and show us how to just enjoy the moment. Pray we all enjoy the time we get to spend with loved ones. 

Fun family night celebrating the love between us all! 
Heart shaped pizza and making one on their own

Leia challenged Chris’s geometry skills … he missed the challenge Tuesday night when she got mommy and Mimi 

Mommy entertained Ivy or Ivy entertained mommy with selfies while they did math … love her many expressions
Family game time

We are blessed beyond measure with the house full of laughter, snuggles, and love 

13 FebGirl Scout Cookies and Galentine

It was a weekend of Girl Scout activities. Friday after school we picked up Ivy and her BFF Evie for a little decompression time before we headed to UAB for their Daisy Troop’s cookie booth. Big sister, Leia came with us too and helped out since both troops were going to the Galentine party immediately following the cookie booth. The Daisy’s and Brownies were in different areas so mommy hung out with Leia since we the Daisy group had more parents to help out. Sunday we were back at girl scout activities working Leia’s troops cookie booth. 

Our little cookie, Ivy had a great time at the cookie booth. Their troop sold a whooping 405 boxes at this booth

Both girlies had a great time at the KD Galentine party

Stole the pictures from a friend since mommy couldn’t be in two places at once

Saturday morning was snuggles with Ivy while Leia enjoyed her nursery chair and ice skating lessons before we went to Mimi’s for family time and dinner

Sunday, Leia’s brownie troop had their cookie booth that we got to go too. It was not nearly as cold since we set up inside a retirement community but was prepared to be outside since we did not know what to expect. The girls sold about 100 boxes. 

Daddy loves the night before he leaves for a work trip and getting extra attention from his girls. We all played and piled on daddy to show him a little extra love.  

Thankful Mimi is willing to come chill out with us when daddy travels, take the girls to school and help with homework

Mimi left us a special Valentine treat in the fridge so Ivy and mommy got into them early 🙂 We like chocolate covered strawberries


07 FebGrandpa and Deedee visit on Sara’s 11th Birthday

Grandpa and Deedee got to come for a short visit when they cashed in on Grandpa’s birthday gift from Deedee to see Luke Combs in concert Thursday night. We had planned on celebrating Sara’s birthday Thursday too before they went to the concert with the Rhoads’ but Stacy had the flu and her stomach ulcer was acting up so Sara’s birthday celebration had to be postponed. Deedee said the concert was great the Friday morning after Lisa had gotten back from taking Leia to school. We had a low key Friday with Ivy resting on couch since she still had not gong back to school from getting the flu, Grandpa went to the golf store, Deedee and Lisa went to craft store, and Chris worked on school. That afternoon we picked Leia up from girl scouts early to have a family fun afternoon/evening at Top Golf, dinner, and Yogurt Mountain. 

Hitting the ball at Top Golf

Fun at dinner with Grandpa’s stink eye; Leia did not like the red eye

After dinner Leia really wanted ice-cream. It was not hard to convince Grandpa and Deedee

Thank you Deedee for framing our art work while the girlies made art

Saturday, we enjoyed a good ole southern breakfast before the girlies ice skating lesson. Ivy must not have had all her energy back and got off the ice before they called time saying she was cold and tired. The girls loved having a audience though and Ivy got to snuggle up in Deedee’s blanket. They headed home from the rink while Lisa and the girls headed to Mimi’s since Sara was there and we wanted to have a mini surprise party since now Katie had the flu and her weekend birthday celebration was getting pushed out again. Sara thought we were just there to say hi but she went with Lisa and Ivy to Hobby Lobby and Walmart to get material to make a parrot custom for Leia. While we were gone Leia and Mimi baked brownies and decorated for the surprise. It was a little celebration but we love Sara big and she seemed to really liked it! After playing we headed home to see Chris, make Leia’s parrot costume, and have a family chill out night at home. 

Grandpa and Deedee went to watch the girlies do their ice skating lesson Saturday before heading home

Sara joined Lisa and Ivy on our shopping excursion to get her out of the house while Leia and Mimi baked brownies and decorated for a mini surprise party  


 After cake and present time the girlies played outside until we decided to head home to interrupt daddy’s study time. Sara said she was too big to do the zip-line now 
Part of Leia’s parrot costume. Ivy decided to craft with a few feathers too

Lisa had planned on having lunch with the girls the week Ivy got sick but ended up staying home to take care of her so the week she went back Lisa made sure she surprised the girlies for lunch. That day Chris also got home early from his business trip so we picked the girls up together and took them for a special family ice-cream treat. Love getting to spend anytime we can with our girlies. 

 After missing a week of school we did quite a bit of makeup and extra homemade work sheets to understand what we missed … it’s no joke when you miss school 

Daddy got home that afternoon from his business trip so we picked up the girls together to take them to get ice-cream on the warm February day

Leia picked up the phone to take a picture everyone at dinner; maybe she is starting to like pictures again

29 JanSnow Day Bust

The weatherman said that we were going to get 2-3″ of snow overnight in a winter storm. Schools were cancelled, offices closed, and a state of emergency was called on counties with the warning on the 5 year anniversary of snowmageddon to ensure we did not have a repeat of abandoned cars on interstates and 10 minute commutes turning into several hours. In our house we filled the fridge with food for snow party with the neighbors, pulled out the snow clothes, and had the sleds ready next to the front door but when we woke there was nothing, not even freezing temperatures. The day turned into a bigger bust when Ivy got up saying she did not feel good and was burning up so we could not even have fun with neighbors. The doctor office had closed with the snow prediction but opened midday with the snow bust to confirm Ivy has the flu. Ivy spent the day sleeping while Leia did get to play with AlexAnn between the two houses (her little brother was home with a fever too). Kids across the state were disappointed not getting to enjoy a day playing in the snow but it was nice to get a unexpected free day from school and a nice warm winter day. 

Our “big” snow was a bust

Ivy excited Monday night about the snow and Leia not impressed with it 
 Poor baby had to take a trip to the doctor on our snow day with the flu

We slept and snuggled quite a bit while Leia played, read, and entertained herself