Monday, May 22, 2017

a few extra kids

 Our friends had a 15th anniversary and had not been away alone together in many years, so we told them to leave their kids with us and go away! :)
They have an 11 year old, 8 year old and a 7 month old. So I definitely got my baby fix for a few days!
Joey had a field trip on Friday so baby Ember got to join us. I kind of forgot how much different (aka harder) it is to have a baby with you on these things! But thankfully Meredith was there too and helped a ton!

I had plenty of helpers back home.


It was a rainy Saturday so baseball games were cancelled. It cleared off enough later in the day to hit the trails with bikes and scooters (and a stroller). :)

We also stopped at our friends house to see their new puppy!

 And went to Joey and Kylah's piano recital.

Sunday was bright and sunny and clear enough for a few baseball games. So we loaded up all the kids again and went to cheer on Joey. 
Ember doesn't look too thrilled to be there...

My friend DeAnn got in a lot of snuggles at the baseball game too!

It was a full weekend (with a little less sleep than I normally get...), but it was fun having a full house and a baby around. Well, Joe may disagree about the baby part. He likes Ember, but was reminded that he is happy that we are out of the baby stage! :)
I was quite exhausted for the next few days, but I'm so glad our friends got to enjoy some fabulous time away together. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mother's Day

 I was awoken by three smiling kids with presents on Mother's Day morning. My favorite.
We headed to church (and got our picture taken!) :)

Then Joey had a baseball game. But he lost, so we were done by early afternoon.
We had started working on the landscaping in the front of our house, so we decided to finish. It was quite the job, but we got it done! Joey was really a ton of help which was nice. The girls...not so much....

Before...

During...

And after...


I love it, and it makes the front look so much homier! 
Now to keep the plants alive and growing... :)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Baseball days

 Joey has been playing in a lot of baseball tournaments lately. Our weekends are full of baseball, and our weeks are full of softball, but we love it and the kids love it!
I coach the girls, so it's so fun for me to sit back and just watch Joey play.
He's growing up so much lately!

We had a tournament this past weekend in Springdale. Connor played on the field right behind us the entire day, so we got to watch him and be with the Adair's all day while Joey played. It was perfect. 
It was also Meredith's birthday so it was extra special!

These little people are so cute together (and they get so dirty at the baseball field!)

 Baseball boys.
Joey has officially surpassed Connor in height.

Joey won his tournament which was so fun for everybody.

Go Yellow Jackets!

It's so fun to watch these two together (even when I have to close my eyes when Joe yells at Joey...) :)

Spending so many nights and days playing baseball and softball while still in school wears a little one out!

It wears Kylah out too! She never falls asleep before I come tuck her in, but she did this night right in the middle of reading her book. Sweet girl.

We still have plenty of baseball and softball left to go, and thankfully school is almost over for the year!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The big 3-6

 I turned 36 this year. Kind of a ho-hum number. But my birthday was anything but ho-hum this year.
My birthday was on a Friday so I had the day off. I had lunch with Meredith, Leigh and Jill at Olive Garden (why didn't we take a picture?!?)
Then I took a nice nap since Joe volunteered to pick the kids up from school!
Then I opened presents when the kids and Joe got home--a new bike for me! 
Then we ate Mexican and headed back to our house for a fun game night with the Adairs, Dunns and Adams. Such a fun day. Sadly no pictures of that day...

But THEN...I also got to have an actual birthday party. Meredith and Tricia planned a super fun birthday party for me at Junque2Jewels which is a local store that you can go and create things for your house. Most of us had never been, and I've been wanting to try it for a while now.

I was so excited that so many of my girls were able to come! 

I love this girl. I love that I get to do life daily with her and that our kids get to grow up together. There's no better best friend than her!

We had so much fun creating and snacking and talking.

The finished products. It was amazing how good everything turned out. I can't wait to find the perfect place to put mine in our house!

What a fun birthday!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Daddy/daughter dance

 On Saturday Joe took the girls to their first daddy/daughter dance at our friend's church. The girls were SO excited to get dressed up and go dancing.
We spent time doing their hair and a little makeup. They loved it.
How adorable are they?!



And their date is pretty good looking too. :)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

mushroom hunting

 So a random thing we have learned about Arkansas is that there are a few weeks a year that edible wild mushrooms grow. Apparently they are quite the high commodity if you can find them. Well there are some wild mushrooms (called morel mushrooms I think..) that grow in the valley behind Dave and Meredith's house. Joey, Audrey and Kylah went hunting for them one afternoon and came back with a few. They look quite funny, but we were up for trying them! Meredith was gone, so she told me how to make them. It wasn't until after we ate them that she said "they were hollow, right??" (Apparently that's how you can tell if they are edible or poisonous.) I gave her a hard time for waiting until after we ate them to be sure! :)  (don't worry...they were hollow...) :)

Audrey and Kylah prepped the mushrooms and we cooked them in oil.

The finished product. Not much to look at. And honestly I didn't think they tasted that good, but they weren't bad. 

And this is sometimes my view when I walk outside. I love it. Basketball and random neighbor kids playing (by random I usually mean the Adair kids.) ;) 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter

 My mom came for Easter weekend. The weather was perfect on Saturday for some outdoor adventures.
We went to the park for a picnic lunch and the kids played for a long time (the perks of Gramma pushing the swings!)

We stopped at Walmart, and of course the kids loved the Easter aisles.

Gramma and the kids dyed Easter eggs. I can confidently say I was very happy to let Gramma run this one. :)

They made emoji eggs, so these are their emoji faces.

We celebrated my mom's birthday too.



It rained overnight so on Easter morning everything all of a sudden looked to green and beautiful outside. We headed to church for a great service.

After we got home from church we let our kids do an Easter egg hunt. I was very thankful to have my mom there to help me fill all those eggs! The kids loved it!





We had three other families over for Easter dinner. It was an impromptu but fun dinner. We definitely should have gotten a picture of everyone together!
Here are all of the kids playing baseball outside after dinner.

My mom had to go home that afternoon, and we were sad to see her go. But we had such a fun weekend with her even though it went quickly!