Sunday, October 11, 2015

fall break, part 1

The kids were on fall break all of last week.  While many of their friends were at the beach or Disney we stayed home.  Lots of library time.  Bowling.  Pumpkin Carving.  And a quick day trip to Stone Mountain.  A first for all five of us. 

These are the pics of us exploring the top of the mountain.  The kids were super disappointed we didn’t hike up or down.  We told them maybe when they were much older.  Maybe. 


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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pumpkin time

Time to carve the kids pumpkins. Of course, all three had very specific pumpkin plans. And Ella is the only one who half heartedly participated. But everyone had a blast playing so that's all that really counts. 
Will requested a Pokemon character. Ella wanted a ninja. And Wyatt wanted a football pumpkin. So he got a TN "T" and as a bonus his team won today. 

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

More bday fun

Nothing says bday fun like a build clinic at the hardware store. But it was raining and soccer/football games were cancelled. And did I mention it was free. So yeah, we went. And the kids had a blast!  Minus the small incident where my thumb and Will's hammer collided it was all good fun. 

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Birthday weekend

If you're going to turn 39 you might as well celebrate all weekend long. 
We decided it was time for the kids to experience bowling. We had low expectations but it went really well. All used the bumpers. And some used the "helper" to roll the ball. But after a few frames they all had a great time trying to run the ball up there. Of course, they were all really excited about the game room. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

an Ella date

Ella’s turn for some Daddy time.  Sometimes it’s the simple things…dinner and a walk (well, ride) in the park and stomping in the creek. 

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Number 1 fan!

We've never waved an Orange flag. We do not own any orange clothes. And Rocky Top has never been sung in this house. Yet, Wyatt is their no.1 fan. After his team lost tonight I told him it was okay if he wanted to pick a new team. He said "I can't do that. I'm going to be a TN football player when I grow up. Number 48." 

My Wyatt dreams BIG!

This might be a tough pill for Poppy to swallow. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

a room re-do

Part of Wyatt’s 5th birthday included a room update.  Out went to the planes, trains and automobiles (which were mostly hand-me-downs from Wilson’s old toddler room) and in came Star Wars.

Since we moved in, three years ago, we intended to add navy to his walls.  It was my favorite part of Will’s old room and I wanted to add it to Wyatt’s.  It just took three years to figure out how I wanted to do it.  Thankfully the idea collided with the Star Wars idea. 

My original idea was a “sprinkling” of stars and Star Wars ships.  But a lot like letting a kid decorate a Christmas tree, where all the ornaments end up in one spot, the same thing happened with the ship stickers.  And every time I turned around Wyatt (or Chris) requested another ship. 

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I tried to look back and find a pic of Wyatt’s “old” room and only found THIS.  Clearly, I knew his room wasn’t finished. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

play ball!

Wyatt has waited for MONTHs to play football.  He eats, breathes, lives for football (in addition to Star Wars and legos).  A few weeks of practice and it is finally game time.

No matter if he gets any flags or touchdowns, he loves every second of it. And talks of nothing else until the next game.

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2015-09 Wy4And my favorite part…every single game is played against cousin Jake.  Because there are only two teams in his age group! So these two boys have the biggest fan group ever.  Every.single.week!

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Monday, September 21, 2015

football love

Prior to starting practice for {flag} football Wyatt had A LOT of questions….


Thankfully those questions/fears have all been put to rest with a few successful practices and games (post coming soon). 

And he’s been known to sleep with his jersey a few times a week.

Football mom was never on my bucket list.  But given his love for the game, I’ll gladly join the club!


Sunday, September 20, 2015

{a first} Ella scores!

Ella scored her first ever goal today in soccer!!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️
She was so excited and seemed to have more fun this week than last week. Go Hungry Hungry Hippos! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Archery day!

Will had his first Trail Life outing this weekend, archery! They built their own bows and then learned how to shoot (safely). Archery has long been on Will's bucket list so he was ecstatic about this adventure. Chris bought him a target and a quiver for his arrows. He's hooked!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Wyatt's {first} tube adventure

Wyatt finally summoned the courage to go tubing. There was a small bribe involved but I've already forgotten what. He willingly said yes, and away they went. He said it was fun! The next day he tried again. But only lasted a few minutes before changing his mind. Progress on this "last" weekend of summer!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

School is off to a great start!

Every day is the best day, according to Ella. She is loving kindergarten, riding the bus, buying her lunch, recess, computer lab. You name it, she loves it. And her Teacher says she's doing amazing!  We are in awe at how well she's adjusted. What a year this will be!

Friday, August 21, 2015


Wyatt has talked only of golfing ever since we took the kids golfing last fall at the beach. For Wyatt's daddy date Chris surprised him with taking him to the golf place. Wy had a great time! But his favorite was the "go-go" carts. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wyatt's first day of PreK

Wyatt's LAST first day of preschool! 
Today Wyatt proudly walked into PreK to start off his last year at CLP. As usual, he didn't want to go. But he was excited to see all his friends from last year. 
After our traditional first day photo with Jake, and now Reid, wes headed to the Little Debbie store for an after school treat. He said it was a great first day!