Tuesday, March 20, 2018

December Happenings

I'm thinking I may never catch up, but here is what went on in December, minus Christmas. That will have to be a separate post because I have not even gotten Christmas pictures off my phone yet!
December started out with putting up the Christmas tree! We were still living with the Reeds while our house was being renovated, so we put up their tree. The boys had fun going through all their very many ornaments!

 Christmas pic with Roo at the cabin one weekend!

Both boys did Santa's workshop at school in early December where they packed snacks and food for those kids that are less fortunate. I love this day at school and volunteer every year! I just think it's such a good reminder for our kids to know and understand that some kids can't just run to the pantry and eat whatever they want whenever they want, and that some kids' only meal is their hot meal they get at lunch at school. This just blows their minds!
Hudson had his second guitar recital and he did so great! He played Ode to Joy. I'm so proud of him getting up there in front of everyone. These were all the kids that performed that night.

We played a lot of basketball in December! Both boys LOVE basketball. It was Harrison's first time to ever play and he tore it up. He was a maniac out there and definitely doesn't look like a kindergartener!
 These 3 boys had so much fun!

We went to the living nativity at Briarwood for the first time in December and it was so good. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Maybe the most memorable part of December this year was the most unexpected snow day! We had not gotten snow like that in SO long and it came on a Friday and we were all just able to enjoy it. It was so pretty and was the best snow for building a snowman!

We don't have good snow clothes (need to put on the list for next year!) so it was go out and play for a while until your toes turn blue, then come in and put the clothes in the dryer and warm up and then head right back out. Repeat.

We also did our annual tradition of going to the Alabama Theater to see a Christmas movie with the Reeds this year. This year, we went in the daytime and saw Polar Express. Always a good one! They had closed off the streets outside this year and had these cool planes and big rig trucks. The boys loved it.

We also had a little scare with Mr. Hudson. He got hit in the back playing football at church after school one afternoon and couldn't feel his legs. So, that was a fun trip to the ER. The feeling did come back so that was good! We think he just had a stinger...but it was scary there for a while. Of course we arrive in the ER at 6 and get home at midnight, with nothing to show for it...but grateful that it was nothing worse for sure!

Hudson had to miss his class party as a result of his back injury, but Harrison had his and it was so cute! He has a sweet class this year.

We also went to our annual gingerbread house decorating party at the Bridges house. My kids LOVE this event each year and it's been so neat to see how it has evolved over the years. We started with only 4 kids that were maybe 3 or 4 years old, and now it's grown to be a big group and there's a lot less decorating these days and a lot more football playing in the yard...but still a great time by the mamas and the kids!

 We did come home with some pretty cute gingerbread houses!

It was a fun and busy December!

Friday, February 16, 2018


We spent Thanksgiving with Joel's family at the lake this year. It was a beautiful day and we ate ourselves silly. The boys played a lot of football outside and ran around the entire time. It was a perfect time and we can't wait to spend lots of weekends there this summer when the new house is finished!  
We tried to take a family picture, but my kids were NOT having it. It's a little far away anyway!

 What could be better?!?
Sadly, that was the extent of my picture taking on Thanksgiving. I don't know how I did not get a picture of all the food! And we played a fun game where we had teams and were given a nursery rhyme and we had to sing a song about the lake. Our song was I've Been Working on the Railroad" and our lyrics were about working on the lake house and it taking FOREVER long to finish. It was hilarious and we most definitely won! :)

Later on that afternoon, we headed to my parent's cabin. They graciously waited on us this year and we celebrated Thanksgiving with my family on Friday up there. So, we got two Thanksgivings this year! Not that my waistline needed that, but it sure was good!

Friday afternoon, my parents took us to a farm that one of their friends owns. It was such a fun afternoon. We started out feeding their chickens.

The reason why we went is because the people that own the farm raise peacocks, and they had laid some eggs that were to hatch at any moment. They thought they would have hatched by the time that we got there so we were really looking forward to seeing some baby peacocks. However, when we went in the cage, there were a couple of broken eggs and one that hadn't hatched yet, and they decided that they probably weren't going to end up being viable eggs. Boo! But, it was still fun. The boys were IN the cage with the big peacocks and the peacocks started flipping out. It was kind of a crazy few moments there trying to get the boys out! :)

 They had a cute little barn that we walked through and took some pictures.

 My sister and sister in law! :)
 The boys were all over the hay bales!

Then we went to see their cows. There were several baby cows that the boys wanted to go pet, but the mama cows just wouldn't have us getting close this time! We did get to see several cows "playing twister" as Morgan called it, so that was fun explaining (or NOT explaining!) that to the kids, haha!

We stayed the rest of the weekend and had a wonderful time!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

November Happenings

Life was so busy this fall that it took until mid November to get down to Auburn for a game. We picked a good day to go though! It was such a beautiful day! We had to get some pictures in front of Samford Hall.

Thankfully some sweet family offered to take a picture of the 4 of us! We of course then returned the favor!
The boys were so excited to be there for a game. I'm hoping we'll get to more next fall!
They tried really hard to get on the jumbo tron, but no luck this year!

Out of all the games we've taken the boys to, we've never gone to roll Toomer's Corner afterwards. We decided to go this game and the boys got to throw a few rolls. They had fun!

We also celebrated Rooney turning 3 in November! She had a unicorn party at the park and it was so cute!

I volunteered to go with Harrison's class to the McWane Center. I knew better than to do that, but I did it anyways and felt like I needed a bottle of wine afterwards. Phew. I had 4 kids I had to keep up with and that was next to impossible. They had fun though!

We also experienced some sadness in November as well. I found out I was pregnant in October and then went for my 9 week check up in November only to find that the baby was right where it should be, but had no heartbeat. It was devastating...but everything happens for a reason and I know that it was just not meant to be. We didn't really tell anyone, but I do want it on the blog so I can go back one day and eventually tell the boys about their baby brother/sister that we lost (they don't know of course) and remember where we were in life when it happened--my memory is struggling these days! I can tell you that it was going to be one loved baby though! They had been asking for years to have one! :)

Next up, Thanksgiving...it was bittersweet this year with everything going on, but we made some good memories anyway!