Flying by February 2.10.17 – 2.19.17

February is zipping by. Just like all of the rest of time, I guess. We’ve been adapting to a new schedule. School.

I’m teaching now, and I take my children. I have some apps that they use to do some lessons on.. and here, you see, my super obedient son was doing his school work… (not… he was taking pictures of his sister’s mermaid drawing.)

We spend a couple of days a week here and that’s been a little bit to get used to. I do enjoy it. I was always meant to be a teacher I believe.

The other day Judah was so tired he put himself to bed in our living room.

We all had a great Valentines Day, but I’m thinking Judah’s was the best.

He loved his book! It’s basically a catalog of all of the Hot Wheels they have. He runs up to me with the book flung open and a car in his hand all the time saying, “SEE! I HAVE THIS ONE!”

And I’ve been running again. Got my goal of 12 miles a month set – and I did good in January. I’m slacking this month so I need to get on the ball. I was proud of my second mile being shorter in time than my first.

I took Lucy with me to hattiesburg the other day, and we found some shoes for $4. When I find shoes for $4, I buy the shoes. I let Lucy pick hers out. She chose these rainbow wonders. Yes, because in case you can’t see them, they do – in fact- also light up.

She tried them on in the store – and she said, “Mom… That was the first time I had to try shoes on to make sure they fit me in the store!” And I’m thinking, how does she even know that this is a milestone?!

Ah, my girl is getting big.

And FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY our chickens are laying again. Aren’t the eggs so so pretty?

And that’s about it. We’ve been quite non-stop (as always, I guess) and so I’m blogging less. Sorry about that if you are far away family. We love and miss you all.

Y’all have a great President’s Day weekend!

“Winter” Days 2.1.17 – 2.9.17

This February has been jam packed so far. We made it home and then Wes pulled his new car into his shop. And then it sat. For days. He checked fuses, he checked sensors, he rented gadgets to test.. other stuff.. I don’t know. (Actually – he rented a fuel pressor gauge to test his fuel pump and fuel relay – but I’m sure most of my readers don’t care to know specifics. I know more about cars than I ever thought I would.) So after everything on the car tested as working… We started going back over it. We priced the parts. Fuel pump was about $150. Timing belt was about $75, but a LOT more work. The sensors we replaced were about $8 and $12. Not terrible, but.. Also not the fix. I suggested we go through the two fuse boxes with a fine tooth comb. Both of us looking, because what if it was a hairline blow? Second fuse we pulled out of the case… blown to bits. If you looked at it on one side – looked fine and dandy. Flip it around? Dead. Also – it was too small. So when the battery power was undone and then hooked back up, it probably zapped it.

$4 fix. And I’m SO glad that’s over. And I’m SO SO grateful that when stuff breaks down at my house or with my car, my amazing Hubs is able to fix it. We are super blessed. I grew up with my Dad being like that. Need to remodel, “lets do it!” And I’m really glad I married a guy who knows how to work with his hands. It’s awesome (and saves a ton of money.)

On to other things…

Lucy and I got dressy Sunday and both wore our heels.

I had to show her how to prop her leg up. She’ll learn…

And a close up of us because.. In the other one you can barely tell who we are. Her hair looks much bigger in the picture than it was. I promise I didn’t tease it. 

And my little monkey boy in his flannel. I love it.

He’s choosing Daddy over me most days now. He loves his Daddy. And he still loves me, but if he’s got a choice between the two, he almost always picks Daddy.

And he did just that Monday night. He went with daddy to the Men’s ministry meeting. I told him they weren’t eating kid food like I had made. He said, “It’s okay mom. I can eat that.” Like a big boy…

And so, Lucy and I had girls night. We ate chicken nuggets and mac and cheese and watched “3 Tails” a mermaid adventure movie. Which is based on some Youtube Sensation girls apparently? (I can only give the movie 1 star because… well… It was awful.) Lucy LOVED it.

And my baby boy, who like I said loves his daddy, wore himself out and fell asleep with Dad in the chair.

What a sweet guy.

And a random thing. We heard a loud pop early one morning, and knew lightning struck close. Well, it did. Real close. It struck a tree in Wes’ aunt’s back yard. And she lives across the woods from us. (Like.. .25 miles as the crow flies.) Yes, I just used that.

It’s hard to see, but in the tree is a long slinky strip of bark pulled clean off of it. It wrapped around the tree several times.

And Lucy made a chicken in our homeschool group the other day with sculpey. Sculpey is a low bake clay. I think she did pretty dang good for a 6 year old!!

And you are officially caught up.

Monster trucks and a Hot Red Car 1.28.17 – 1.31.17

So, we are all into monster trucks in our family, so we always try and go see them when they get close enough. Usually the New Orleans show is big enough for them to do tricks, so that’s where we go. 

I feel like I need to add- I use credit cards for everything- like, everything- and I collect points. I use those points for our trips like these. We didn’t pay for our hotel room. It was points. All we had to pay was parking. And we usually get some perks for being a card member- like upgraded rooms to the top floor. 

We were right by the Superdome, so we walked there. And I was able to squeeze our whole group in a picture!

And we were all rooting for somebody. Judah was for Grave Digger, Lucy for ScoobyDoo because a girl drives that truck, Wes was for MaxD and I was for El Toro Loco. 

This is me and Lucy trash talking. She loves the shows more than Judah at times I think. 

And the show wasn’t as good as last years show, but we all had fun. 

Then… we had our own little adventure. Wes found a car her wanted in Houston. So his plan was- hitch a ride to his Dad’s, let them watch the kids, we fly to Houston, pick up the car and head home. 

And so that’s what we did. 

It worked really well because we didn’t have to take 2 vehicles to New Orleans. Wes’ dad picked us up from New Orleans on Sunday, and brought us back to the air port on Monday. 

We’ve never flown anywhere together. This was our first flight. And- you remember our free hotel room? Yep. Free plane tickets too. 

And we were in Houston in about an hour. 

We got an Uber ride from the airport to south Houston, or Sugar Land. Met up with the guy about 5 minutes after we got out off the Uber ride. Test drove, signed the title, paid him, and we were out. 

With or very shiny, very RED, car. 

We were back in Thibodaux by 6:30 that night. We were gone 12 hours. Then we crashed because we were so exhausted, and headed home the next morning. 

Judah liked riding in style, don’t let him fool you. The kids love the car. It has color change lights and they love that. Judah loves that it’s red. 

And then we got back to normal life. 

I’ve started helping a dear friend with her work. She teaches other people’s kids, she homeschools them and I’m helping her with Art and Science. So that’s been an interesting change. I haven’t really had to “go to work” in a long time. But I get to bring my kids and I teach them there and she helps me with them too, so it works out really well. 

Well, we are off to start our day. Hopefully you’ve been enjoying this beautiful week! Thank you south Mississippi for your winters! Haha!

Just Days 1.19.17 – 1.27.17

Not much to report here… Just school and wintery/summery days. This January has been mild – and I don’t mind at all. Given our AC is still not performing at 100% – we don’t have consistent heat when it gets very cold. So, it hasn’t been that much of an issue for us.

So, here’s some pictures. Judah loves salad. And asks for it on a regular basis.

Lucy’s still drawing. I liked this one of the “Which” from Snow White and the seven “Dwerfs” haha!

We had a Barbie party too. I’m trying my hardest to play some each day. It’s not always easy to. Which sounds awful. But when I know what all I “need” to get done in my house and life, but I realize that my time with her is limited. She won’t be asking me to play barbies much longer. So, I pause on the clothes or the sweeping and we play.

We got rid of a few of our chickens. We were having an issue. See our little rooster?

He’s in the upper right of the picture. Trying to stay away from our older rooster. The older rooster was constantly chasing him and some of our older hens were constantly pecking our smaller birds. So, out with the old (and the new roo) and now our flock is getting along a lot better.

Then… We sold Wes’ motorcycle. It wasn’t something he was using. He likes riding, even still, but with the terrible drivers everywhere… It’s not worth it. He said every time he rode, he’d pass people on the highway, staring at their phones. It made me nervous. I don’t doubt his ability to drive, but I do doubt distracted cell-obsessed folks who aren’t paying attention to a man on a bike.

Judah wasn’t pleased.

But then he got some cake and he perked up.

And the kids begged us to go fishing.

And they did good!

And then they stopped biting. And so we sat and watched the water.

I know how blessed I am and I am so grateful that God allows both of us to be home most of the day. Our kids see both of us, more than most kids see their parents. There are only a few hours out of the week that I’m not with my kids most weeks. Maybe one night they stay with their Mawmaw, which is a great break for me and she loves getting them.

And the same applies to Wes. He’s home with us. And I know that most families with a stay at home mom, the dad is gone 40-60 hours a week. And I know most families the mom and dad are gone 40-60 hours a week… And I’m so so grateful that I don’t have to be away from these growing kids.

I saw Lucy call her Aunt Christy last night. She was sitting indian style on the bed, with the phone to her ear. Yes, I had to help her find the phone button, and I had to help her put it to her ear right. But everything else? The way she looked around when listening to Christy talk, the way she moved her hand when she was talking to her. Her glances at me while I teared up at my 6 year old going-on-15 year old… She looked so grown and I realized that I’m going to blink and these days will be over.

So… That’s a lot of the reason whey I’m blogging less, I’m facebook-ing less, I’m putting my phone down and I’m trying to enjoy this family of mine while we are able to be together throughout these days.

I hope that you take advantage of every moment with your family that you can. I know that I don’t always, but I’m trying. I’m trying to put folding laundry below the need of playing barbies or setting up monster truck ramps. I want to make sure I play with them while they still want to play.

Ok. I’m off to spend a weekend with my family. Playing, enjoying each other, and just making the most of this time that we have together.

Inappropriate January 1.10.17 – 1.18.17

I’ve been spending more time in the real world and it’s been nice. I set myself a goal to run more (12 miles a month, which is a low goal, I know.) I’ve been doing good so far. I’m over half way there already and I’ve got 13 days to go. So, I’m doing pretty good so far. Hopefully I can stay motivated.

Secondly, I saw a picture of myself the other day. A friend took a snapshot and I realized that I had put on a little weight. Now, I know that I’m not fat. But I do know that I’m bigger now than I have ever been. So, I’m watching what I eat and I’m paying attention to my calories again. It’s not much fun, but I’ll be glad to be back into my clothes.

The other day Judah was dressed so cute and I had this sweater vest that I bought when he was a wee-baby. I asked him to put it on and take a picture.

He did not like the vest.

Then we went to eat with my family. I do believe my kids are loved.

And then I had a day where I just flat out felt the devil attacking me. Mentally, physically. Just charging at me full speed. And I finally (around lunch) started charging back and I took my day back.

He had stolen my morning with thoughts and pressings and I wouldn’t let him steal anymore of it.

I ended the day playing with these two monkeys and we had a blast.

And then a sweet friend of mine invited me and another friend to dinner. We went and ate together and had a good time, then came back to my house to… do math.

We are all homeschooling moms and I subtract “funny” as everyone says. So we tried to combine our powers as teachers and figure out how it works.

I don’t think we did. But we had fun laughing at the differences.

And then – to update you on our Air Conditioning unit… The heart of the machine is dead… Caput. Over. Finished.

So we have to replace that one part (around $1000) or the whole machine ($3800). So.. Yay. We are getting lots of quotes by different people to see what they say. Gotta check it all out. It’s still working currently, but just not real well.

And when it rains it pours right?

Yep. Our toilet leaked. And must have been leaking for a couple of weeks, because our floor was very wet. It soaked up through all the wood so we are currently keeping a fan on it and a heater on it to help the wood dry so we can get our toilet back and then repaint the floor.

Pro: This fix will be the cost of a toilet seal ring (like $8) and floor paint. I wanted to repaint the floor anyway, and so now we have to do it.

So.. That’s what’s been going on with us. Hopefully your house isn’t going bonkers like ours is (it’s just the devil and he’s not going to win. He’s grasping at straws at this point.)

I’m off to start the day!

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