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August- 8.15.17 – 9.11.17

The summer has come and gone. It’s September and school is in full swing (most days). We started early and so we have had a few days off here and there. When it’s 77* and breezy- we take a ride. School will be there tomorrow. 

Speaking of riding: Lucy is officially a no-training-wheels bike rider! We’ve been trying to take her to the trace as often as we can because there she can just go, and go and go like she wants too. Our road isn’t set up for humans to be on really. 

People think my posts about “What I See When I’m Running” are just for giggles- but truly they are for awareness that at any moment a person on a phone could end my life. So, we don’t really allow Lucy to ride on the road at our house unless one of us is out there to yell at the folks who pass by going 40mph on a basically one lane curvy little backroad. 

So the trace is much safer, and no one loses their voice. 

I also have 2 fish! Judah’s fully gotten the hang of swimming and they both love it so much. So long as they have on their masks, they swim swim swim. 

And school this year has been fun. It’s a new challenge, because Lucy’s subjects are a little more lengthy. Slightly more in depth. Her reading is still her strongest subject and man does she love to read. 

She also loves doing her science stuff. She’s got a few projects and reports to do this year with our homeschool group and she’s already gearing up. She’s so creative I feel like I need to document that I’m not the one doing the projects for her. She really is doing all of it. (Ok, minus anything with exact-o blades or hot glue). 

And my little man. Wow. He surprises me each day in his school. Reading definitely doesn’t come as easy for him. But he’s a trooper and he tries. He tries hard and he almost always gets it. We’ve had a couple of days where it just wasn’t happening. And on those days we pause, go outside or upstairs and we sit together and we just talk. 

He is only 5. He’s reading some, knows all his letter sounds and is counting really well, so I’m super happy with where he is. He’s also taking Vocational courses with the headmaster of the school. 😏 

He loves helping his daddy so very much. And I don’t mind at all him helping in the shop. Have you ever taken your car to get it fixed? $75 an hour labor isn’t bad money. You can make a living without a college degree. 

That may be where Judah’s headed. And maybe where Lucy is. I don’t know. And I don’t care. They will graduate ready for college- whether or not they go. 

But now… I’m not worried about that. I’m still taking walks with my 5 year old who wants to point out every spider and hold my hand. 

And I love it. 

Wes has officially hired me as his crew member for graffiti work. I feel like I’m helpful to the team. My very first piece:

The lights were out because of electricians so the first part that says “you jelly?” Isn’t really readable. 

And then my hands. They are easier to see in real life. The contrast in the picture isn’t great. They are sign language hands that say T M F D. For TeaM Fitness Depot. It’s Paul’s hashtag he uses for gym posts. 

That was a fun job. My hand still sorta aches. 

And these two cookie-eating cuties. Insomnia Cookies in Hattiesburg ain’t no joke. Delicious!

And just in case you were wondering: Lucy Bea is still her crazy eclectic self. I caught her “shopping” at the house Mawmaw’s stuff is stored in. She gets her digging/shopping honest- from both sides- Ms. Steph and me!

My cute little bag lady… 😂

Ok. That’s a pretty major update. I’m back to life- school doesn’t happen if I’m not there!

A few weeks of catchup and a 2 year old.

It’s been a long while, and I’m very sorry. Almost a month.


Actually. I’m not.


I haven’t been doing nothing. I’ve been getting up early mornings and going for runs. I’ve been working and making money. I’ve been planning payments and figuring out how to collect credit card points (for lots of free stuff!). I’ve been working with our church’s VBS (for 9 days now!). And I’ve been fueling the mind of a four year old to try and be a giver, and been corralling an AAAALLLLMOOOST 2 year old little boy who’s had a little bit of an upset stomach for a few days. I’ve been doing laundry, cooking at every meal (we are trying to not eat out as much), cleaning the house. And that just about catches you up.


So the fact I haven’t blogged and I won’t have the passed month on my record books, I am very sorry about. I write and blog to try and remember my life. Not necessarily just for others to read. But I felt like I needed to blog today. I went outside to mail a letter, and my breath was taken away from me. And NOT because of the dang HUMIDITY of South Mississippi. It was COLD out.


Ok. Let’s put an asterisk by cold. It’s 62 out. And still July. So… basically… in Mississippi… That’s cold!


Lucy had woken up early and we sat and swang on our porch swing wrapped up in a blanket listening to the sounds of the morning. And I had that rush of mom feeling that you get from time to time… The love that you have for this person. And I used to have them more frequently, but I’ve gotten busy. And I didn’t really know Lucy. But I’m starting to know her, the real her, and see her personality coming through her 4 year old self. And she’s delightful. And I just held her and rocked her and we listened to the owls and the birds and the crickets for 20 minutes on this brisk July morning. It was fantastic. And just look at this face. Those eyes. She’s gonna be gorgeous when she’s grown up.


If you look closely you can still see her koolaid mustache from VBS.

The kids have all had quite a blast. And all the Adults are exhausted. So I guess that means we are doing it right.

What cute kids!

Mr. I-don’t-dance.

And last weekend we took Judah bike riding by himself. We let him get to be an only child for a little while, since Lucy was swimming with Mawmaw.

He wore himself out riding the bike trailer. Such hard work, y’know.

We’ve even done some fishing.

And a little bit of lazing around.

And I caught this out of my kitchen window… my sweet precious Lucy…

When I asked her what she was doing, she said, “Just plain with Ed!” She was hitting the ground like inches from her feet. So.. there’s no way Ms. Terrible-Aim would have hit the cat… but I made her stop anyway just in case. HAHA!

And finally.. my sweet baby boy turns 2 tomorrow. He was the best surprise of my entire life. And I’ve already taken his 24 month pics.

I mean.. his little poses…

He had just kissed a tree and then looked at me.


And his newest favorite face to make..

What a cute lil grump!

I would apologize for the mass of pictures in the blog today – but I’m assuming you won’t mind.

Have a great rest of July! August is coming!