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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!

062316 – 062516: Cousin Visits

My kiddos are creative and I truly love that. We got home and unpacked and they wanted to paint. So, we painted. 

Lucy got some cute little bird houses for her birthday and she was kind enough to let her brother paint some with her. They had so much fun. 

Then Thursday we went swimming! 

We stopped by and got my niece. My beautiful girls…


Truly crazy how much they favor. 

The blond beauties. 

I jumped in the shower and when I got out, found Lucy playing with Kaileys hair while Kailey read fair takes to her. 

Love my sweet girls. Kailey slept in Lucy’s bed and I haven’t seen Lucy that excited in a while! 

We all had fun and I’m planning on getting her again this summer. She’s going to be a Junior in high school and I can’t believe my eyes. 

I mean, you know they grow up so fast… She showed me pictures of her from just like two years ago and I cannot believe how much more grown she looks. 

And Lucy too. Her birthday is this week. Tuesday. After Tuesday I’ll have a 6 year old. I cannot process. 

Hope you’ve had a great weekend filled with family and fun too!

062016 – 062216: Little Swimmer and a visit to Louisiana

We shimmied on down to Louisiana to visit with Wesley’s dad for Father’s Day, and to get a little pool time in with Lucy. She’s almost 6 and it drives me bonkers that she can’t swim yet. But this week… We got it!


She’s finally figured out how to go under water and she’s been having a blast doing it! Wes and I couldn’t be more proud!


And our weekend of swimming wore out my kids like I’ve never seen. 


They were out about 15 minutes after we left. 

We had a blast visiting or family, and Lucy of course left them with drawings everywhere. 

Judah enjoyed the pool as well and started putting his head underwater before we left. He couldn’t have his sister outdo him. He’s only sorta competitive, haha!

Lucy made Wes the cutest little Father’s Day gift at church. My favorite? He’s not very good at…”he’s good at everything.”

This little guy took naps while we were down. Crazy! He never naps. Swimming is exhausting!

And of course we got ice cream. And we also got it everywhere. (At least Judah did. His hands, shirt, shorts, legs, face, hair, elbows, chair and mirror had some form of ice cream on them before we left.) 

A great trip and super productive as well! 

We are so proud of our little girl and her finally braving the waters. 

082415 + 082515: still don’t visit

Well…

As if 2 weeks worth of upset stomach wasn’t enough, I woke up Tuesday morning hugging a trash can. I guess it was only fair that everyone else in my house puked… It was my turn. 

We had planned on taking the kids to see Shaun the Sheep on Tuesday though, and it was the last day of it in the theater. Wes stepped up and took the kids anyway. I got cute picture updates.

   
 
Monday evening we played with the rabbits. And we found a turtle! Fables came to life.  

 
And then our youngest couldn’t stop playing with the turtle… Whilst he was naked. 

  
We cannon keep clothes on that kid. 

Lucy’s nerves get all out of whack when we play with the bunnies in the church yard. Because they can still sneak out of the fence, we have to watch them closely. Lucy gets beside herself with fear that the bunnies will escape. 

  
The whole time we were out there, “can we please take them back to their cage now?!”

Lucy helped Judah get his swim trunks on too, which was so funny to listen too. 

   
Her legs are longer than his, so she just kept pulling the shorts up. 

 
At least they were working together. 

And what a great day Tuesday was, minus the sicknesses. It felt amazing to be outside, the 3 times I was able to sit out. 

I am hoping now that I’ve thrown up, that my body can start getting back to normal and no one else in my house will puke for a while. 

081415-081615: happy birthday Mawmaw

We did regular stuff during the weekend- had a birthday party on Saturday to celebrate my nephew Keegan. 

  
And then Sunday we swam and celebrated Mawmaws birthday, poolside.  

 
Then a little homemade ice cream, because America. 

  
And Lucy’s friend Mo spent the night with us, and they had a blast playing house. 

  
Snow White and Spider-Man ladies and gents. The kids had such a blast. 
And that was our weekend!