Monday, February 25, 2013

Saturday Fun Time

This is just a picture of me and the hubs during our date night Saturday.  We were so very grateful that Emily would volunteer to babysit for us so we could have a night off.  Yes we felt bad leaving her with a sick TLC (Taylor Lee Coble) but we did stick around and feed all the kids, bathe them, put the twins to bed, and make sure TLC had all his meds so he would sleep/watch a movie for Aunt Emily.  She had it pretty easy and we did not have to feel too bad about taking a couple hours to ourselves.  We ate at a cute little Cajun/Southern cooking restaurant in Roswell on Canton street (one of our favorite places to go).  And then we ended the night at Kelly’s Kakes for dessert, a cupcake martini, and some live music.  It was so much fun, and I am so thankful that Aunt Emily let us have some time out. 

Emma Grace and I got to spend the morning and afternoon together on Saturday morning. Emma Grace has desperately needed some one-on-one time with mommy and daddy, so I took her to Gymnastics on Saturday. Then we ran a few errands, had lunch at the place of her choice (McDonald’s), played at McDonald’s, then went to Wal-Mart so she could pick out a Barbie (because McDonald’s ran out of them in the Happy Meals). Then we picked up Fancy from the Groomers, and her love tank has been filled for a while. I jus tlove this picture of her and I - you can see the excitment in her face!

I wish that I could figure out how to have that much one-on-one time with all my kids, my husband, and myself every day. If that was so, then everyone in the house might be happier all the time.

Weekend With The Family

What an exciting weekend we have had.  We had absolutely nothing planned, so we were able to spend a lot of time together as a family plus one since we had a surprise visitor.  Yes that’s right Aunt Emily surprised us with a visit on Thursday night. No one knew she was coming she just showed up at the door, and oh how excited we were. 

Poor Taylor woke up sick on Saturday morning, and we quickly took him to the doctor because he never gets sick unless he has strep, and low and behold he had strep.  By Sunday he was still not feeling well so we just hung around the house all day long.  But Sunday was such a beautiful day (in the high 60’s) that we played outside and drank Sangrias all day long.  I am so ready for warmer dryer weather.  It has been so rainy and cold here, and the babies and I are tired of being cooped up in the house. 

I don’t have a lot to say today, but I did want to post these cute pictures. 

Emma Grace has needed some one on one time so this weekend she got lots of love from everyone!!!

These two are going to be the death of me.  They are climbing on everything.  There new favorite thing is to climb up my high barstools and sit at the bar.  It is real cute until one falls to the ground on their head.  I did pull them out a little table and chairs this weekend so they can start having snack somewhere besides their highchair.  I am trying to give them the independence they are looking for, but it is so hard with two of them. 

My sweet boy!

This is the picture that Emily, Emma Grace and I took the night Emily surprised us with a visit.  So excited she is here to visit. 

Taylor and Emma Grace dressed up like they were in a Mardi Gras parade.  They are as ready to head to Baton Rouge/New Orleans as I am.  Only about 5 more weeks, and we will be knee deep in the best Cajun food on earth, chillin’ in Manna and G-Daddy’s pool.  Oh what I would not do for some bread pudding right now.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

40 Days of Trial

Once again I am feeling so behind on blogging. I find that if I have pictures to download from my phone I am pretty successful at getting them out there; however, to find 10–15 minutes to sit down at my actual computer is almost impossible. But I have a few minutes early this morning, before my children are up and I thought I would blog about my Lent sacrifice.

I have never been huge about giving something up for Lent. I am not sure why, but I just never have. I once gave up wine, and did not know how I would make it through the 40 day. But this year I felt compelled and committed to give something up for Lent. I thought about it really hard and I really wanted to find something that would help drive me closer to my Lord. Lately I have really been struggling who I am and who I want to be. And I am getting away from the fact that we moved to Atlanta so that Ryan could further his career and I could focus on our 4 precious children. There is more to this story, and I will save it for another blog post. But recently I have been finding myself consumed with trying to fit in this new little small area of the south, and trying to make my house looks like something out of Southern Living or one of the many decorating blogs that I love to read.

One of my favorite pastimes has always been shopping, and collecting things. I am not sure if I have tried to make up for some void or insecurity in my life, or if it is just a disease. But when we moved from our house in Bentonville out to the Farm, in April of 2011 when I was about 4 months pregnant with the twins, I decided that I was going to work to become more of a minimalist. Seeing all of the stuff that we had collected over the 7 years that we lived in our Bentonville house, and realizing how much money we had spent on toys, clothes, toys, decorations, toys, and crap made me realize that we were so wasteful (and that we had way too many toys). I could not believe how much we bagged up to be dropped off at the Goodwill, and how much money (not to mention time) we had wasted accumulating this stuff. Well I decided right then and there that we were going to start focusing more on spending time with our growing family, and less on collecting stuff.

All this worked out great until about 7 months ago when moved into our new Atlanta house. Now I find myself consumed with wanting, wanting, wanting, and wanting. I continually have a mental list of things I think I need: 4 new rugs for my house, some new artwork for various sports in the house, some trinkets to fill my empty living room bookshelf’s, a kitchen table, a new washer and dryer, a new knife set, not to mention cute clothes for me and my kids. But at the end of the day does this stuff matter, I have to ask myself. I can’t take all this crap to heaven with me when I die, so I need to determine what the right balance is. And seriously why do I need cute clothes – the reality is I wear yoga pants 99% of the time because I am at home all day every day with three very small and messy children.

So right now for Lent I am committed to giving up buying anything that cannot be consumed, most specifically buying anything on the internet. I love internet shopping. Oh my goodness what could be any better than shopping in my pj’s while my kids are playing? I’m sure as heck not going to take all 4 of them to TJ Maxx with me. It was too the point where I was getting at least 3 Amazon packages a week. And oh did I love to hear that FedEx truck pull up each day.

Now every time I find myself "wanting" I try to push myself into prayer with the Lord and come out on the other side with my “wanting void” filled and repurposed dedication to the Lord. I can’t wait to see where the next 40 days leads me.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Blue Ridge with Friends

This weekend we had the opportunity to spend a long weekend in the mountains with our dear friends the Vanloh's.   And what a great time we had with all 7 of our children!  We hiked, swam, built fires, had great food and drinks.  It was a wonderful weekend filled with ever lasting memories. 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Friday Play Time

Yesterday we had a wonderful time hanging around the house all day long, and playing.  Emma Grace had a wonderful play date with her friend Hailey, and Preston and Addison hung out in their hats and birthday suits playing with the remotes.  Actually it rained all day and it was not fun being stuck in the house but these pictures were too cute not to post.  

Special Visitors

Today we had special special visitors come to visit us.  My childhood best friend Debra came up from Macon, GA  to visit us with her two children Sydney and Thomas.  We had the best time spending the day together and watching the kids play together.  Debra and I grow up together for part of our childhood in Birmingham and we have stayed in touch long distance for the past 18 years.  I just love Debra and I am so thankful that we live this close to each other now.  I do pray we find a way to start spending more time together now that we are so close.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Georgia Aquarium

This week we had to be at daddy's office early one morning so I could do my health assessment for his insurance.  And when I say early I mean 8:00 a.m., so I figured the three little kids and I would go and do an activity since we were out and about as anyway.  It was actually a crazy day full of storms and tornado alarms, but we had a blast at the aquarium none the less.  We love packing our lunch and going on adventures together. 

Random Pictures

Here are a few pictures from this week.  Emma Grace and Taylor are always so excited to get a package in the mail, and Emma Grace loved wearing her new dress this week.

Emma Grace had a blast with Chloe during play time this week.  Those two crack me up.  They fight for the first hour of their play date, while they define dominance, and then they cry when it is over because they will miss each other too much.  We are going to spend a long weekend the mountains with Chloe and her family in a couple weeks, and I told her momma "it will be so interesting to see which one is more dominant on even playing grounds." 

And I figured out how to get Emma grace to wearing her lab coat.  I just had to buy her a Doc Macstuffins doll and doctor set and she was all in, because Doc Macstuffins wears one.  Now she won't take it off!

Now you are al l caught up on our life........  Not much going on as you can tell.

Ice Sensory

I love it when I can pull out items for sensory time and the kids take to it, especially when Emma grace joins in.  The babies are getting to such a better age, where they are actually starting to listen to directions. These are pictures from our Ice Sensory time this week while I was trying to cook dinner.  The babies loved it and they stayed on their blanket the while time.  Their little hands were ice cubes when they were done an hour later but they love it none the less.  I know I will one day look back on these crazy days and miss them, and wonder how we ever survived.

Chess Awards

Last week Taylor completed just first semester or chess.  He was so excited to get his two trophies for his accomplishments.  I am so proud of him, and so are his coaches.  Smart little boy.