November Wrap Up


November has flown by.  It's definitely gotten colder around here.  I'm loving this sweater and boots weather.  A month of thankfulness and just so much to be thankful for.  So grateful for this life that Christ has given me.

Near the beginning of the month, I flew to Missouri to see my good friend Brandy and her little family.  She has a 14 month old, Caroline, and newborn, Victoria.  Just loved squeezing those kids and getting to know them and their sweet personalities.  Got to see mom too!

Talking with Madelyn and Theo on Facetime

Theodore: 6 1/2 Years Old


Theodore Joseph,

Today you turned 6 1/2.  You've been talking about this day for the past month.  Thinking of what you want to do on your half birthday, knowing it's time to celebrate you.  We love celebrating you any chance we get. 

You started Kindergarten in August and are doing extremely well.  Reading like a champ, doing well behaviorally, encouraging your friends and are just the sweetest thing.  We love coming to school and seeing you in action.  Your friends all love you and know they can come to you for help. Proud of you buddy.

You continued gymnastics this fall, but also started back in soccer.  Our neighbor, Mrs. Angi, was Madelyn and your coach.  You do better and better with each season.

For your half birthday, we headed to your pick, Pizza Inn.  You don't really enjoy pizza so we were surprised you wanted to go there, but you ate a couple small slices and played games.

You weigh 44.2 lbs and are 45.2 in. tall

Currently in size 6t shirts and 5/6t pants.  Size 13/1 shoes.

Your favorite foods are nachos, anything with cheese, fruit, bread and anything sweet.

Going to sleep at night around 7pm and waking up for school at 6:30am.  You hop right out of bed and are just the happiest kid.

Some of your favorite activities are Kindergarten, gymnastics, soccer, reading and crafting.

We just love you to pieces.  You are the most kind hearted little boy and we are extremely proud of the young man you're becoming.




This year for Thanksgiving, we drove to Williamsburg, VA to meet up with Tim's family.  Almost everyone was able to be there.  The drive there was pretty easy.  Got into some traffic, but overall, it went very smooth.  Kids did great!  It's such a beautiful part of the country. 

This dude fell asleep pretty quickly after we grabbed some lunch.  Sleepy boy.

Girl's gotta have her sleeping mask

Happy kid after some good sleep

End of Soccer Party


The kids had such a fun season of fall soccer!  Madelyn loved playing defense.  We called her "The Wall" all season.  She did such a good job keeping those soccer balls out!  Theo had fun just running around the field.  When he dribbled the ball down the field, he'd get a big smile, just knowing we were watching him.  They're planning to play again in the spring.  We enjoy going to their games so we're looking forward to it!

Last Practice

October Wrap Up


Girls Night Downtown

Painting their clay

2nd tooth is gone! 10/29

50's Day at School

making cupcakes

Book Character Day


Book Character Day at school! 

Bad Kitty, Goes to the Vet

The Crayon Book of Numbers - the stubby blue crown



We had so much fun on Halloween this year.  Some friends came over to join us trick or treating around the neighborhood.  "The Greatest Showman" was a huge hit at our house this year.  I saw it 4 times in the theater and took the kids once.  Then we bought it and watched it nonstop for several months.  I'm still singing "A Million Dreams" to Theo every night before he goes to bed.  Madelyn dressed up as Anne, the trapeze girl, and Theo as PT Barnum.  Our friends the Hill's joined in on the fun.  Sweet Emersen was Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz".

My little PT Barnum

School Fun Run


The kids school had another fun run this year to raise money for some equipment.  Thanks for those that donated!  They were very excited about the fun run day.  Each class was announced when they came out to the track.  The kids just loved it.  I had to work, but Tim was able to take a couple hours off and go out to watch and support them.

Theo is off! 

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip


Theo had such a fun time on his first school field trip to the Pumpkin Patch.  He is such a sweet kid.  Incredibly sweet.  I watched a group of 3 boys, he and two other friends.  His teacher took them up to walk through the sunflowers.  She followed up about what they were learning in class, pollination.  The weather was beautiful as well.  We had such a blast!

September Wrap Up


It was so stinking hot in September.  We spent many days still at the pool, outside in the sprinkler, inside in the A/C, eating sharkees and lots of iced coffee for me - tried to stay cool any way possible.  I started back teaching at the preschool.  It's fun but those kids sure wear me out!  I also started subbing at the kids school and local middle and high schools.  

Dinner and hanging out with friends

Movie Night

Daisy's Bday & Soccer


Daisy's 9th birthday was on Labor Day so the kids were out of school.  They decided to treat the birthday girl all day!

First up, make a dog house

Next, a walk outside.  It was blazing hot on her bday.  Poor dogs were ready to come in once they stepped outside!

After that, Daisy decided to curl up on Theo's chair and take a good, long nap.

Madelyn: 7 1/2 Years Old



You are 7 1/2 years old today!  You are growing and maturing so much each day.  To celebrate your half birthday, we went to Pizza Inn for dinner.  You love a good pizza buffet!  Your personality is developing into your own little person.  You certainly have your own ideas of what you want and how you want to do it.  We work hard with you to be flexible because some things don't always go how you want them to.  You're slowly realizing that.  We just can't believe how old you're getting and love you so much.

You weigh 50 lbs and 47.5 in tall

Currently in size 7t tops, pants and dresses.  Size 13/1 shoes.  Your newest clothing idea is having a different outfit theme each week.  This week is dresses.  Just love you sweet girl.

Your favorite food is still pizza. 

Going to sleep at night around 7pm, some days earlier when it's been a long day at school

Some of your favorite activities are dancing, swimming, bike riding, soccer, jumping on the trampoline, the library, playing with your brother and watching over him at school, coloring, homework and playing with friends.

One of your favorite things is reading.  You typically have your head in a book.  Just love this about you!

You have been in 2nd grade for about a month and a half.  Just loving your teacher, new and old friends and everything about school.  You look forward to going every day.
Going to gymnastics each week and trying your hardest.  We love watching you learn new skills.

You are also playing fall soccer.  You're very competitive and love winning, but are also learning encouragement, team work and good sportsmanship.  Theo also playing on your team along with your friends Baylee and Brody.

We're so proud of you and love watching you grow and develop each day.