Friday, September 26, 2014

Field trip to the farm!

What a wild week this has been at our house, and it's not even over yet! On Wednesday, Tilly went on a field trip to the farm with her class.  
She was so excited for her very first ride on the Bobcat Express, which would take them to Seminary for their fun-filled day.  Sadly, I didn't get to join Tilly on her special day because I took Carter and Summer to the MAIS swim meet in Jackson.  
Thankfully, Tilly has a sweet teacher who took the time to send me a picture of their class during the day.  
Tilly had the most fun playing on the farm, and I am so thankful she was able to go on such a fun adventure with her class.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Will say "Arrgghh" for doughnuts!

Last Friday, one of our precious college girls made plans to pick up our big 3 from school and take them to Krispy Kreme for dress like a pirate for free doughnuts day! 
She made their cute costumes the night before, and they had no idea what was happening after school except a big surprise.  We've learned not to tell them about fun events too far in advance, ha!  Friday is a big test day for Carter and Summer, and we didn't want to them to be too distracted from their work.  Needless to say, when Miss Sarah picked them up in car line, instead of Momma they knew they were in for some fun! 
They went right after school hoping to beat the crowd, and it worked out perfectly.  
Carter, Summer, and Tilly were so excited when they came home with their pirate booty!  Each person dressed as a pirate received an entire dozen of glazed doughnuts for free.  Don't worry, we shared with some friends.  Thank you, Miss Sarah, for loving our family so well and for treating our children to a fun afternoon.  We love you! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sweet Teas!

Since we first moved to Hattiesburg almost three years ago, I have been meaning to get the girls involved in a program in our town called Sweet Teas.  This is a group of  girls ages preK-6th grade who meet once a month, do fun activties and make a mark in our community through acts of love and service.  
This year, thanks to some help from a sweet friend, I finally remembered and got us signed up.  We went to our first event last Saturday and had the best time.  Originally, it was supposed to be at the Coca-Cola Company, but the weather caused us to have to move to the parking garage beside the hospital.  
The girls got to make bracelets and meet Mary Poppins.  
And even have their picture taken with her if they wanted! Tilly thought this was so cool! In February, Mary Poppins will be performed at the Saenger Theater in our town, and the Sweet Teas will get to attend a "Spoon Full of Sugar" tea with the cast of characters! So fun! 
Me with my girls proudly wearing our favorite team colors! 
Another neat thing the girls got to do was to learn a routine from the cheerleaders and flagline girls who were there.  Tilly was so precious to watch! 
I love this picture so much.  She had this big open mouth smile on her face the whole time, and her pretty little brown eyes just shone with excitement.  
So precious! 
And here are the Sweet Teas (well the ones who agreed to have their picture taken - you'll notice Story is missing!) for this school year.  We are excited to be a part of such a neat organization that makes an impact in our community! 

Monday, September 08, 2014

Labor Day Weekend fun!

We kicked our Labor Day weekend off a day early because I took Friday off! 
This girl.  She's my car pool buddy, and I am loving our time together just us in the afternoons while the big 3 are at school for the full day.  Anyway, Thursday night, she, Carter and I were getting ready for our big trip to Georgia to see Mama and T for the weekend.  
We were awfully sad not to be taking these two pretty girls with us, but David was not a fan of me taking all four children on a 9 hour drive alone, ha! Plus, we didn't want them to miss their very first pep rally and spirit day of the year!  
Seriously, how cute are they?!?  So Carter, Story and I dropped the girls off in the car line, and after the Bobcat football players got them out of the car (!) we hit the road headed East to Mama's house! 
Story did a whole lot of this on our trip.  She's so my kid.  My favorite place to sleep is in the car! On the way there, we stopped for a quick bathroom break just before we got on the interstate right at the AL/MS border.  Then, for lunch we stopped at CFA in Montgomery.  This is always my stop for lunch when I make this trip.  It's about halfway, and between Mobile and Montgomery there just isn't much at all.  
I wasn't planning to stop again so soon, but these two begged and begged to stop at the peach orchard in Fort Valley, GA.  I have to share this story.  I didn't want to stop.  I just wanted to press on and be there, but something in my gut kept saying just stop, it won't hurt! So, I did.  And you know what?  We missed a HUGE wreck that happened just minutes after we went inside!  That momma gut is real, friends.  Carter and I enjoyed peach ice cream, while Story enjoyed her chocolate.  
And then we hit the road again.  See what I mean about Story!  We made it to Mama's house just after 6 her time, so well before dark, which made me so happy.  
One of Carter's favorite things to do with Mama is to watch the Braves, and it just worked out perfectly that we made it just in time for the game.  I hope he will always remember doing this with her.  So precious! I almost forgot to share. . . Mama often sleeps on the daybed in the corner of the den at night. Well, for two nights Carter and Story insisted on making pallets and sleeping in the den with her.  Be still my heart.  Such a sweet memory! 
Saturday was opening day for college football, so of course we had to put on our game day clothes, especially since we were in Georgia and all.  Cousin Keri and her boyfriend (gasp!) came over with her parents to watch the games with us at Mama's house.  And what a great game it was!  Much better than last season's opener against Clemson.  
Sunday, everyone met in town at Mama's favorite restaurant, Ocean Galley, for lunch.  On the way back to Mama's house,  I noticed that there wasn't much traffic coming and going and no cars were parked in front of the general store, so I wanted to snap a quick picture of Carter and Story.  
I've shared about this store before on here, but it belonged to my great grandfather, and I love that it's still standing.  As we were leaving Carter said to me, "Momma, it's so cool that a store is named after me!" More like the other way around, ha! 
Sunday afternoon while Story napped, Carter and I rode over to the house where I grew up.  Usually, there is someone renting it, but it's vacant for now, so the two of us got to hang out over there for a bit.  It's been years since I've been over there, and I was amazed at the rush of memories that flooded as soon as we drove down the driveway.  It was fun to show Carter my old room and give him a tour of the house.  
The driveway leading to my house.  One Easter, my mom, sister and I planted the dogwood trees you see lining the path.  I thought those trees would never grow!  They are so tall now that you can barely see the house at the end of the driveway.  Carter, Story and I left Monday morning pretty early to head home.  We made far fewer stops this go round, ha!  We were all ready to be with the other half of our party of six.  We had a great visit at home with Mama, T and Hart, and our extended family.  I am thankful we took the time to go.  It's always good to go home. . . 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Goin' to the chapel!

August has been the month for weddings, and it has been so much fun for us to celebrate with those we love! 
The first wedding was for Skylar and Lee, and it was so beautiful.  Skylar has been coming to the college Bible study I lead in our home on Thursday nights over the last year, and I have loved getting to know her.  She was just the most beautiful bride! 
David and I got to attend this one with our little loves, and it was so much fun to get all dressed up and enjoy a night out with my love.  My mom sent me this pretty dress months ago, and I didn't think I would ever get to wear it.  Perfect opportunity! 
One of my favorite things at the reception was the photo booth!  It's even more fun to do with sweet friends along for the ride.  
This past weekend, another one of my college girls, Tori, got married in Jackson.  She was the most beautiful bride, and I'm so sad I did not get my picture taken with her.  It's no joke keeping up with four little people at an event such as a wedding, ha! David and the girls went up Friday night for the rehearsal, but I stayed behind with this handsome fella, so he could help one of his favorite friends in all the land celebrate his birthday.  We rode up the wedding on Saturday with Mr. Landon.  
So handsome!
This picture is fuzzy, but I love it so much! 
These are my favorite faces.  Like ever.  And how adorable the way Tilly is looking up at her daddy, precious! 
Silly faces! 
Mr. Landon and Miss Katie were there too.  They are like family, and I just don't know what we would do without them.  
See what I mean.  
And this guy.  I am so thankful to be doing life with him.  We have a picture of us in this very same pose at my sister's wedding over 12 years ago.  I may have to bust it out this Thursday for my #tbt ;)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy 6th birthday, Tilly!

On Tuesday, August 19, our Tilly girl turned the big 6! I can hardly believe it!  That morning she awakened early and ran through the house screaming, "It's my birthday! It's my birthday!" So cute and memorable, she is.  
I interviewed Tilly for her birthday, so here are her replies for this year: 
1. What is your favorite color?  teal
2. What is your favorite toy? Palace pet.
3. What is your favorite fruit? Grapes and watermelon. 
4. What is your favorite tv show? Austin and Ally.
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Ham and mayonnaise sandwich. 

Daddy with the birthday girl.  
6. What is your favorite outfit?  Pink and yellow dress. 
7. What is your favorite game? Red light, green light.
8. What is your favorite snack? Popcorn.
9. What is your favorite animal? Cats.
10. What is your favorite song? Shake it for me, girl!

The big 3 on their way to school.  I love that they all wanted to be together this day, not always the case.  
11. What is your favorite book? Tilly the Truth Fairy
12. Who is your best friend? Sidney and Hannah
13. What is your favorite cereal? Lucky Charms. 
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Jump on the trampoline.
15. What is your favorite drink? Punch.  

Mommy with the birthday girl.  I got to take treats to Tilly's class to enjoy after their lunch.  
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas and Halloween.
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Lovey.
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Waffles.
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? Firehouse subs.
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Princess.  

Oh, how I love her!  She had the biggest smile on her face the whole day long.  
Summer and Tilly with Mrs. Pittman.  She is in her third year of O'Dell children and won't know what to do next year not having one, ha! We are truly thankful for her investment in our family.  
After school, we surprised Tilly and one of her favorite friends, Sidney with a play date!  They were sooo excited! 
A very special friend, Mrs. Ward, brought over cookies from Jody's and a card for the birthday girl.  She does this for each of our children, so special.  
So, UPS delivered a long, skinny box at the end of the previous week and Tilly has been chomping at the bit all week to open it.  
We were all pretty confident about what was in the box, Tilly's first American Girl Doll.  
Tilly chose the look-a-like doll with short brown hair and glasses.  Thank you, T, for such a special gift.  
Keeping with tradition, we let the birthday girl choose where to eat supper, and she chose Firehouse Subs.  I am thankful they aren't quite big enough to realize that they could choose places like Outback or Longhorn, ha!  We will stick with Taco Bell and Firehouse for now ;) After supper, we headed home to open the rest of her presents.  She also got to FaceTime Papa and Gigi and the Calhouns.  Happy birthday, sweet Tilly!  It was such a treat to get to celebrate your little life! We love you to the moon and back a whole bunch of times! 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Story is in preK!

Last week was jammed full of fun at our house.  The big 3 became adjusted to being at school all day every day.  Tilly celebrated her 6th (!) birthday, and Story had her last first day of preschool.  It was the last first day of preschool for our whole family, in fact.  That's a whole bunch for this momma's heart to take on, ha! 
The sweet teacher I am working for this year encouraged me to come in late so I could take this sweet thing to school on her first day.  Such a gift! You'll notice that we are all smiles and full of excitement, and I was so thankful.  This is a far cry from where we were last year.  
Story and Momma on her first day.  
Story with Daddy.  David took the big 3 to school and then came back home to pick up Story and me, so we could all go together.  I'll keep him.  
So the drop off didn't go as smoothly as I had hoped . . . Miss Gin had to pull Story off of my legs, and she cried, oh she cried.  And momma cried, too.  Whew!  Those first days can be kind of traumatic! My precious friend, Amy, sent me this picture of our two girls to assure me that Story was fine.  Such a sweet friend.  Story and Olly were together last year, and I am thrilled they are together again.  
And then, Miss Lisa, another dear friend sent me this picture of her with Story and Shelby on the playground to reassure me of a good day.  Miss Lisa is Story's assistant and Peyton's mom, Carter's BFF.  I love how the Lord is always in the details.  
When I picked my girl up after school she was all smiles, and even let me take her picture in front (literally) of the school sign since that did not happen that morning, ha! 
That's better.  Happy first day of preK, sweet girl!  We love you so much and are so very proud of you!