Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cousin Time

My boys are blessed to have lots of cousins in their lives.  On my in-law's side there are lots of cousins, which we are lucky to get to see a lot.  Since my brothers live in Virginia we don't get to spend as much time as we'd like with that side of our family.  I've always tried to look on the bright side and since we don't get to see them as often, we consider the time we do spend with them extra special.  This summer they were visiting Texas and we had a super fun afternoon hanging out together.  We grilled burgers and let the kids swim and play in the backyard.  The day ended in an unexpected way (remember Will's tooth incident) but like family does, they were there to support us through that stressful situation and take care of us when we needed help the most. 

Here are a few photos from their visit this summer.

My niece Ella is close to the age of Ben.  She and the boys had fun in the pool.

They also played with the giant sprinkler ball. 

Lily just turned two.  She and Ella are just too cute!
My brother Chris and sister-in-law Laura sure do have adorable kiddos!

My niece Cassidy is gorgeous.  She's old enough to be in Junior High.  How can that be? Since she's the age of the students Mark and I teach, it was fun to talk to her and hear all about what's going on in her life.  She told us about the latest apps on her iPhone.  She told us about school.  She loves shopping just like me!  We went to the mall and she bought some cute clothes, and then we ate dinner at Taco Diner.  It was fun to hang out with her and my brother Brian.

Even though our visits are few and far between there's still a special bond with our family.  
We love them a lot and we cherish our time together.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Morning Encouragement Hebrews 12:1

{Monday Morning Encouragement} 

Hebrews 12:1
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, 
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, 
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us"

Monday, October 13, 2014

That There's A Swimming Pool...

It's the coldest day of the fall so far, and I've finally decided to share some photos from this summer.   This blog post has been saved as a draft for months, but I never found time to publish it.  It's all about our "redneck" swimming pool.  Our little above ground swimming pool is always a highlight of the summer for the boys.  When I shared some photos on Instagram this summer I said, "That there's a swimming pool boys.  Don't go falling in love with it now because we're taking it down in a couple of months."  Just like  Cousin Eddie said on Christmas Vacation in regards to his RV, ha!

Will and Ben have the most fun in the pool when friends come over.  Their very favorite guest is Maggie.  She comes up with all sorts of creative games to play in the pool.  I'm boring and don't like to play.  I prefer being left alone to lounge on a floating mat.  See what I mean,  I'm no fun.

These photos of Ben's hair are hilarious.

Ben was finally tall enough this year that he didn't have to wear floaties.  He was so excited to get to swim like Will. 

Will hates the bright sunlight so he always has to wear his sunglasses.

The best belly flop award goes to Will!  I love this photo!

Since I'm in the mood to post photos from summer, in a few days I'll blog about the visit from my family in Virginia.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Morning Encouragement Isaiah 40:8

{Monday Morning Encouragement}

Isaiah 40:8
The grass withers, the flower fades, 
but the word of our God stands forever.

Are you in need of encouragement?  
Maybe you need advice.
Do you need comforting?

The word of God is where you should turn.  Things, people, and circumstances can all change, but we have the word of God to cling to.  It's a constant.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Life This Week

Photos from this week.

Will and Ben are really patient when they wait for us after school.  The school day isn't over for them when the bell rings because that's the life of a teacher's child (or for these guys--both parents are teachers, bless their hearts!).  While we finish up, they get to play on the computers in our classroom and eat snacks.  I took this of the boys in Mark's classroom just before we went home.  I thought they looked really cute with their backpacks on.

Ben's my "helper" when I buy groceries.  On Friday night, we like to "go to town" and my favorite thing is Super Target.  It's our fun getaway after the work week.  Yes, I did just say "fun getaway".  I live in a small town and Super Target is a big deal. When one is at Super Target to buy groceries they might end up with a chess/checkers/and "that other game no one ever plays" set.  I'm not sure why Ben wanted to pose with it.  Also, please disregard how many times I just used quotation marks.   

The Super Target we like to shop at is just across the street from Whole Foods.  Will thinks it's fun to try on the glasses.  Don't worry!  We didn't let him keep them on for long.  I know it's not good for his eyes.  Mark and I both wear glasses so I think the boys want a pair of glasses, too.  We hope their eyesight is much better than ours so they don't have to wear them.

While at Whole Foods we picked up these cupcakes.  My blog friend Nicolle does a cute thing called "cupcake Friday" and it made me think of her.  This is our family's first "cupcake Friday".  Any excuse to buy cupcakes works for me.  I didn't let the boys in on the secret that "cupcake Friday" is a thing or they would want them each week.  Maybe I didn't let them know because I would always give in and get them.  Who doesn't love cupcakes?

There was a big storm that passed over our area on Thursday afternoon.  It didn't last long but it was intense.  The boys didn't like the thunder and electricity flickering on and off.  They wanted to snuggle up beside me while it passed.  I didn't mind the extra cuddles at all.  We decided to take a selfie in the storm. It was a good distraction.

One more photo from this week.  
Mark reading a story to the boys was a sweet moment. I love how they are listening so intently.  I sure do love these guys and feel lucky to have them in my life.  Mark doesn't like me to take his photo, but I wanted to save this memory. LOVE!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happiness is...

Happiness is Fall!

Like about a million other women in the U.S. my favorite season is fall.  I so love many things about this time of year.  Just look at my Pinterest board "Fall is my Favorite" and you will see images of falling leaves, cozy sweaters, bonfires, pumpkins, old trucks, plaid blankets, stacks of firewood, colorful foliage, and lots of other fall-ish things.  Did you guys read the funny article on buzzfeed about basic white girls and fall?  If you didn't, then you should.  It made me laugh hard!  My teacher BFF Kacie and I were guilty.  I just can't help it.  It's my favorite time of year! 

These photos just reinforce my love of this time of year.  

 This bag of coffee at Target got my attention because of the fall packaging.  I didn't buy it, but I was tempted. It says "COZY" and looks like a cable knit sweater, how did I walk away from it?  

I have an addiction to Bath & Body Works candles.  Especially when they go on sale 2 for $22 and I have a $10 coupon.  My husband doesn't even bother to ask anymore what I'm going to buy.  He knows it's candles.  What do you think about this name?  Perfect for fall!

Sweet baby clothes are my favorite.  My boys are getting too big, but my friend has little guys who still look adorable in matching fall shirts.  These are from my friend's Facebook shop Little Missy Boutique.

What's a post about fall without the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks?

The PSL in all its Autumn glory!

If you are fellow lover of fall, then I hope you are enjoying this time of year as much as I am!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Morning Encouragement John 16:33

{Monday Morning Encouragement}

John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation.  But take heart; I have overcome the world.

It's easy to get distracted by the things of this world.  It helps to remember this world is not our home.  While we are here, we will encounter trials and tribulations.  I can't imagine that what we suffer on earth would ever be worse than what Jesus' disciples faced, but if they could take comfort in these words, then I know we can, too.


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