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043016 – 050616: Family Vacation! (Picture Heavy)

I was quiet this week because we were on vacation and I didn’t want to blow my whole vacation being on my phone. So I only used it for pictures and google maps mostly.

We went to Pensacola, as we always do. We think this may be the last year we go there. The kiddos are getting bigger and starting to enjoy the hikes and the looking around and so hopefully we’ll go explore some new places next year.

We stayed the first half of the week at Fort Pickens. It’s a fort that was used to protect the coastline in Florida and was also used as a Union station during the civil war.

It has a beach, and so the kiddos liked being able to walk to the beach. (Granted, its sort of a far walk…)

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My crazy boy.
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And my sweet girl reading her book (It’s a book of knock knock jokes… We heard jokes all week).
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We toured Fort Pickens and my kiddos loved it!
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“Is dat a cannon? Dat’s a BIG cannon.”
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And then more beach. It wore little guy out.
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And turned Lucy into a mermaid!
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We went crab hunting.
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We ate some good breakfast.
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We toured the Naval Aviation Museum (always a hit with the kiddos).
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We went down the board walk.
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And Lucy held a fish! (Don’t tell her that was the bait…)
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And then Mawmaw had to leave us because work (boo!). We had a blast with her though and we were all glad she could come for even a little bit of the trip.

We changed campgrounds the day after she left. And it rained off and on, so in between rain, we played cards and rode bikes.

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We had never toured Fort Barrancas, mostly because we didn’t know it was there. (We aren’t so great at history and whatnot.)

Fort Barrancas was further inland than Fort Pickens and was originally a Spanish Settlement. Where Fort Pickens was built by slaves and maintained by slaves, and was built for use, Fort Barrancas was built by the Spanish, then maintained by slaves, so it’s much prettier and much more ornate. We also thought it was odd that the Union used slaves to work in their forts during the Civil War. Contradictory, huh? Fort Pickens was a Union fort, and Fort Barrancas was a confederate fort. They did have combat and they were very close to each other.

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And then we hung around and watched the Blue Angels fly from Fort Barrancas. We felt super National watching them fly over us on a fort surrounded by American flags and cannons.

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And then back to the bay. We spent a whole afternoon on the bay in Big Lagoon. The kids loved the shallow water and the non-waves, except by occasional boats.
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We hunted for Hermit crabs.
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And I won. I found the biggest one we’ve ever found.
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The hermit that was in there was much too small for the shell. He must’ve just moved in.

Then of course, with my two, there was a sand fight (that I didn’t partake in).
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And then of course some time for me to warm little guy up. The water felt great, as long as you stayed in it.
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The last day we were there we played at Perdido Kids Park. The kids always love it there.
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We got Ice Cream.
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My kids learned that I’m relentless with a camera and posing them.
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They also learned I’m pretty handy with a self timer.
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And then we made it home in plenty of time and now we’re all tired and we’ve got the Okatoma Festival today. So.. WHEW!

033116 – 040216: April is here!

Wes’ mom and I had a garage sale Saturday, and it was crazy. 

  
We did it at the church and sold quite a bit of stuff. We had stuff left over, but we, thankfully, got rid of a lot that was taking up room in our houses. 

While I was doing my painting Class on Friday, Wes and Mr. Danny got our lights all hooked up and running.  

While I was garage selling, Wes got our cabinets primed and painted, and I love them! 

 
  
Now, our left to finish checklist is…

  • Finish painting (trim and walls)
  • Clear coat the floor
  • Put in the lower outlets and tie it into the new breaker
  • Put in the new bulbs when they come in Monday 
  • Trim around the stairs, and paint them
  • Stain the French doors
  • Find a dry erase board and bulletin board for my walls. 
  • Move ALL my stuff in!!
  • Get the outside done! (This is sorta a big one..)

We are getting so close!

And finally, Saturday one of my best friends got married. She found her guy and I’m so happy for the two of them. Congrats Gabby and Jeff! Marriage only gets better. 

They had the cutest little photo booth at the wedding, and so Christy and I and my kiddos got a picture, and shockingly everyone was smiling! 

And then I forced Wes to take one too. And he actually was a crasher. He had officiated a different wedding of another family that we know well and their wedding stated at  5, so he was able to make it to Gabby’s reception. 

It was getting cold and our kids were shivering, so we had to leave before he actually got to see Gabby. They’ll see the picture and know he came by.  
We’ve had a busy productive weekend. I’m glad Sunday is here. Even though Sunday’s aren’t really a day of rest for me. I’m excited about church.  

051515 + 051615: last of the beach days

Our week has come to a close. We are tired and worn out and sun kissed and we got sand in every cranny we can find. We are happy to have had a vacation and we’ve already started planning our next one. We had a great time as always and will definitely come back again, because we love taking our camper places. 

 
Saturday we met up with Mawmaw at the campground we spent our first two nights at.  We swam at the pool and had fun spending time with family. 

Judah was in his happy place. 

  

We enjoyed having a few moments not being crawled on. 

  

We went back to the nature center and Judah found some friends.  


He’s always in the middle of it. And Lucy held a bearded dragon!  

 

I was shocked she held it, much less touched it! 

And then we went back to our camper for the last night. My kids finally laid together nicely and watched their show. 

  

We had a good week, and it’s hard for Wes to come home, but not me so much. I’m ready to get back to my kitchen, and my routine and then to branch out in my new endeavor. Which, I don’t know if I’ve even blogged about it yet. I’ll check and update you if not. 

We’ve had a blast, but Mississippi here we come. No place like home. 

Devotional: 2 Samuel // Trip, Home, Impromptu Photo Shoot

This is what makes you so great, Master god! There is none like you, no God but you, nothing to compare with what we’ve heard with our own ears… 2 Samuel 7:22A MSG

Today’s verse is more of a ‘for later’ type devotion. I want you to think about this verse all day.

None like you. Nothing to compare.

Last week I heard Francis Chan speak. And he got up right after Gungor (band). He said, “How’d you like Gungor?!” And the crowd cheered. “And what about Jesus?” The crowd cheered louder.

Then Francis, doing what he does best, got all emotional and real with us and realized that we tend to group Jesus in with things, and we shouldn’t. He’s not something to be compared with.

He is on a whole new level and our human minds keep trying to put him in with other things in our lives.

I was thinking the other day about my life. I’m 27 years old. I’ve done some fun stuff with my life. I’ve been a few places. Seen some neat things. But I wondered if there was anything I missed out on because I chose to get married at.. ahem… 19.

Yes. There are things that I missed out on.

But… If I hadn’t married at 19, I would have missed out on this:
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and this…
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And then I started thinking.. who am I? What am I most?

Christian? Mother? Sister? Friend? Wife? Woman? House keeper? Chef? Ha at that last one. Definitely not a chef. I do cook a lot though.

I need to be a Christian even before I’m a mom. That needs to be first, and needs to be on a whole different level than everything else I do. It should come before.

So.. Today – think about your life and (I did mine by time) rate yourself. Think about who you are, what all roles you play, and based on time.. what are you? Who are you? And if you need to change it.. then change it.

Mothering is probably what I am most. I do a lot of mothering these days. I have two small children and they need me more than I’d like most days. It makes all those other things much harder to accomplish. (Especially the house keeping one.. have mercy it’s like trying to rake with the leaves falling and wind blowing…).

But, that is no excuse. It is one, but all excuses are just that. Reasons to avoid.

My life is broken into parts, and it needs to not be. I need to just be a Christian. And then let everything else fall underneath.

There is nothing to compare with Him or the things He has done for us. Will you join me?

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Life Blog

I was going to do this post yesterday, but time came up short (as always). So I ended up sleeping instead.

I also realized, my life runs a little smoother if I’m up before everyone else in the house. I can blog, get my mind right, get my focus steady, and have a little time to start getting the house in order.

Since Judah, it seems like I’ve been working REALLY hard to keep the house at least “walk-thru-able”. I’m just so tired still. He sleeps well, but any time sleep is broken, even 5 hours and 4 hours isn’t the same as 7 straight. But anyway.

Our Catalyst trip went really well. We had a lot of fun. It’s like.. fun time for adults ha!

It took us a little over 7 hours to get there (from all the stops) like.. Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa. Oh my. That was good.

Little man was VERY happy to be out of his carseat. He did so well on the whole trip though.
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They had a megaphone out, just hanging, and anyone could say anything they wanted.
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Also, they had a pirate ship (you know, the ride from the fair?), Hammocks, beanbag toss, etc. Stuff like that all around.

There were like 13,000 people there, and we had pretty good seats. This is Gungor. The lights in that place were amazing.
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I wore him pretty much the whole time, in my Moby.
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So every night when we got home, he literally laid like this!
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Stretched out!

I finally got to meet Tripp and Tyler from.. Tripp and Tyler.
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We saw some cool stuff, like the Earth Harp from America’s Got Talent.
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(The strings of the instrument start on stage, then go up to the rafters of the building.)

We ate at the ATL famous food trucks.
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Mmmm.. Happy Belly is right.

Then we came home and everyone, especially Mr. Judah, was very happy.
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And then Lucy and I had a little impromptu photo shoot Sunday afternoon. Daddy dressed her (and his justification was, it was all pink, so it matched). She looked adorable.

And this happened.
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And my favorite from the day.
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Really cute kid right there.

And this morning I was up before everyone. Got a pot of coffee brewing, and then wrote my blog. Halfway through, Lucy woke up, gagging in her bed. Then I held her over the sink to throw up. Then Daddy ate a piece of bacon and said he felt sick too.

So.. Glad I started this day off good. Seems as if I’ll be a mommy to three today.

Wouldn’t change it for anything. I love my family and love taking care of them.

Devotional: Proverbs 29 and my Uneventful Weekend

The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that. Proverbs 29:25

There are so many times when we don’t do what God asks us to do because of other people.

There are times when God shouldn’t even have to ask us to do something, and we don’t do it because of people.

Other people. People.

Wesley spoke yesterday about the day the sun stood still. Then he added how we let people trap us in fear, and how they are just people. They have never paused the universe.

But our God has.

He stopped the earth from spinning, because of his people.

He can do, whatever he wants to do.

And we trust other humans opinions of us, more than God’s.

And like what Wesley said also… What’s wrong with us?

There is no need in worrying about other peoples opinions of us. God’s opinion is the only one that really matters, but we (for some crazy reason) trust that other people know us better and deserve our 100% attention rather than the God of the Universe who knows how many hairs you have on your head.

It’s hard though. People do matter, we are supposed to love them. But putting their opinion above God’s isn’t going to get us anywhere.

Let’s live for Him, not for others.

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Life Blog

I know that I’ve been quite the complainer here of late, and I would like to change that. Wes and I feel like this lil guy will be our last, and so I need to enjoy this pregnancy as much as possible. Even with my never ending list of ailments – it will be over soon and I’ll have a sweet little baby in place.

I am only 37 weeks and two days pregnant, but since Lucy decided to be an early bird and show up at 36w3days, I sort of expected him to do the same. I’m only 2 days into technically being full term.

I’d much rather me be uncomfortable for a few more weeks than him show up and not be ready to be here. Just because I’m sick of pregnancy doesn’t mean he is 😉

So – I’m not complaining anymore. I’ve been kind of waking up each day thinking.. “Is today going to be the day?” But every day that it doesn’t happen, I get a little bit depressed. So now, I’m just saying that I’ll meet him August 6th. That was the latest day my dr. suggested for an induction date. Anything sooner, and I’ll be happier. I’d much rather not be induced, but… I’m so far past ready, and with my history of a speedy labor, if I’m induced, then I KNOW I’ll be at the hospital when I have him instead of the possibility of having him in my jeep.

Friday we went to Hattiesburg just to get out of the house, and I started having contractions. I knew they weren’t getting stronger, but I just kept having them. We went to eat, and they continued, then we went to hobby lobby and they still continued. So, since my Dr’s office is right across the road, and I was having them so frequently, I decided to stop in.

They hooked me all up.
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And sure enough, contractions – 3 minutes apart. But, they weren’t doing anything. I mean.. besides irritating me.

Then Saturday I had almost no contractions. Like, 3 maybe. And then Sunday was uneventful as well. Again, almost no contractions.

The best part about right now? Just me an my girl. We still have every second to spend with our Lucy Bea. Saturday I noticed she had gone missing for a few minutes. Then I heard the loudest sound coming down my hallway. Sorry its blurry.
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She was in my new heels. Such a girl.

I think Lucy will miss me being pregnant.
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She lays on my belly to watch TV. Pretty cute.

And she plays with Daddy before bed each night. Again, sorry for the blur.
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And here’s me at 37 Weeks. This is the longest I’ve ever been pregnant!
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And HA! Boy does it show.

Hope your Monday is great!