Fresh eggs ;)


A few weeks ago we went with Kelley and Lolo to pick our chickens. Tyler built a coop...it's so neat! It's awesome and we can't wait to have fresh eggs!! ;)



The kids LOVED looking at all the baby chickens. There were baby ducks too! I wanted to bring one of those home. Ha! Wyatt and Lolo really wanted to touch them...Sis, not so much. She was fine looking from a distance.




We visited them again earlier in the week. They are getting so big! Just a few more weeks and they will be able to go into their new coop!!! ;) Yahoo!!!

The first day...


Well, another summer is over. It's come to an end. The swimming days, play dates in the park, and sleeping in late...it flew by. I must have blinked...;(


This summer was awesome! One to remember for sure. We had highs and lows but what summer doesn't. We have grown and learned so much...and we still haven't been on our "summer vacation." (14 days until we leave, but who's counting!?!?)


Wyatt is attending the same preschool as last year but is going M,W, F this year. It's going to be an adjustment...for all of us. Ha! He is the "big kid" in class this year and his teacher has already named him her "helper." We know he is going to make great strides this year! We believe it!


Wyatt,
   You were all smiles this morning...you didn't shed a tear. Well, you did shed a tear when we had to fix your hat and you realized you couldn't wear a hat to school...then to be honest again when you realized you had to wear your squishy shoes with socks and no flip flops...but no tears at school! No tears when you entered the classroom. We are so proud of you. I don't know who was more upset...me or Sis. She has been asking for you all morning. She wanted to go back and get you before we even left the parking lot.
   You are such an awesome boy and I can't wait to see you grow this year. Thanks for being the best little boy ever!

I love you!
Mommy

Such truth...

It's been a while since I have written a post that was heavy on my heart. I love posting the daily life we live, the small things that we might someday forget, the little pictures that don't go to "big" events in a scrapbook so they are never printed, etc. but sometimes I have a heavy heart. Sometimes the Lord just calls me to type...so that's what I am going to do today.

This summer has been a summer of so much growth for me personally. I have taken a step back from so many situations. I have watched so many little "things" happen. I have been shown true love...and because of that I think I have become better at giving true love.

If you have been reading for any period of time you will remember I attended a women's conf. in March. It was perfect timing, God always knows, right?!!?!? I was shown so many things those 2 days.

Personally I have learned I am not the same person I used to be. Period. That's all. Just like everyone else I know change has happened in our daily life. We all deal with things differently. Some run, some hide, some like to act like it didn't hurt them...


I think for so long I was searching for myself...my "old" self. It wasn't until the Lord showed me I have changed...he has changed me. He made me who I am. God continues to mold me into what he wants me to become, as long as I allow him. The hard part of this (for me personally) is the "change" part. Being an honest human here...my priorities, my outlook, the way I love, my needs, all change.

After realizing this about myself I began to reflect. Then one day I woke and thought...wait, if I am not the same person neither is Mark. ;) Hmmmm....I haven't actually sat down and read blog posts all summer. Funny the first one I would come across would be THIS ONE posted over at scissortail SILK.

Please take a second and read...

Think about her words, she says this better than I ever could. Maybe this describes you with a friend, husband, family member?!!? Just pray about it...

4th of July



The week of July 4th was SO FUN for us! It's always a week filled with great time with our closest friends! The kids always have their red, white, and blue clothes on and we enjoy LOTS of time outside! The pictures of Wyatt and Sloane above just make me smile...I know they are mine but they are too cute...like really! ;)


I have this picture from the past 3 years with all these littles. It's so fun to watch them grow together...even more important for them to see their parent's with true friends...having a great time! We love traditions! 




Wyatt got to hold a sparkler all by himself...Mr. BIG stuff right here folks! ;0 


During the day on the 4th we had a swim party at Maw Maw and Paw Paw's pool! It was such a great time! The Daddy's thought they were 12 again...;) 

 That evening the group headed to a friend's new house to watch neighborhood fireworks. Mr. Stephen had a few to shoot off too! ;) It was so fun to watch!


The kids took turns wanting to stay inside and not watch/hear the fireworks. Towards the end we were able to watch as a family...in the driveway...with all our friends....making special memories!
 


And....because I love comparison pictures so much...here we are...2009-2014 ;)
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. 

1st T-ball season


Wyatt had his last t-ball game of the season today. It was a blast! The 1st year went great. I am so glad we waited for him to actually "want" to play. ;) I think it made things a lot easier. 


His coach was great too!  Family and friends made it to his games...he is a great hitter and by the end was running straight to first base. Ha ha!



He is a very serious player too! He always gives a thumbs up once on base. Wyatt even made a friend on his team! Yahoo for summer ball! ;) 

Swim fishy swim...

This kid literally grew up over night. He "was three and then changed to four." It's been a summer of HUGE growth with him. HE loves to swim. Actually love would be an understatement. I guess he does come by it naturally. ;)


Fear of the water hasn't ever been a issue with either of our littles. Wyatt turned 3 at the beginning of the summer and within 2 weeks was jumping off the diving, swimming to the side (without a floatation device of any kind), getting rings from the shallow, etc.  It just clicked...


About 1/2 through the summer he started asking me to teach him the "right way to swim." There weren't many places to start lesson this late in the summer so we settled for a 6 week class at the local YMCA.


He loves it! We only have 3 classes left and he is already asking for more...;)


Jammin at the Zoo 2014


Last week was the Jammin at the Zoo event we attend every year! It's always a blast! Mark I have gone for 6 years. As soon as Kelley and Tyler moved to STL we knew they would love it as well. The Zoo is closed down and only open to paying participants. There is live music, food, drinks, etc. and LOTS of people watching. Ha ha! 
 
The above picture is because I love comparison pictures...it's so fun to have friends to do life with! The animals are usually out as well. Mark and Tyler wore JEANS...jeans people! It's July in MO!!! That is so rare. The night was perfect with a light breeze.


It was a blast...and did I mention I am one lucky lady that this guy was my date!?!!? Yahoo for more Jammin's.