Thursday, August 22, 2013


The littles and I spent the afternoon in the dentist's office.  Lucky for Lyon, he didn't have an appointment on the books just yet.  Frances Ellen and Cash were very excited to see Dr. Perkins.

When Cash gets nervous, his teeth chatter and his little body shakes.  His hygienist noticed and asked if he was cold and if he had a blanket.  He said no, but my brother does.  They came out to get Lyon's blanket and sent me a couple pictures.

Cash had a good report!  Frances Ellen did have one cavity that we will get filled next week.  Lyon got a balloon out of the deal!

Kindergarten and things

So far Frances Ellen loves Kindergarten.  She is a lover of school, learning and participation, so it comes as no surprise.  She has been very tired at the end of the day so it has been difficult to pry details out of her!  She has been practicing her writing, including spaghetti noodles spaces between her letters and meatball spaces between her words, just as Mrs. R. instructed.  They have been writing their names as well as the words red, yellow, blue and I.  Frances Ellen was very excited to tell us that she had sang the R-E-D-Red song for her whole class!  I ran into Mrs. R in the teacher workroom and she confirmed it too!

Cash is following in sister's footsteps and insisted on taking his backpack to school several days last week.  That has since faded, but he is a little more interested in coloring and school.

Lyon is our little happy to be here dude!  Everything makes him laugh or smile.  He also stood unassisted a few times this week.  Maybe walking is just around the corner.  He has a check up tomorrow morning, hopefully he will get an A+!

First Day of School Pics

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kindergarten Open House

I can't believe our sweet FEN is already in Kindergarten!  Where does the time go?  We were very excited to learn FEN would be in Mrs. R's class this year, and FEN was even more excited to attend a VBS with Mrs. R. has her teacher!

The Monday before school started we had Open House.  As Judson and FEN walked up to the school and down the hallway, FEN raves about how much she loves the way the school smells (freshly painted walls!) and how much she loves school.  We were eager to see Mrs R.'s room and get our final instructions for the big day.

While I finished working the Open House for PTO, Judson took FEN on a date for a grilled cheese and I meet them at home for the surprise back to school party.  FEN insisted on closing her eyes as she entered the house and upon opening her eyes proceeded to thank Cash profusely for all his hard work putting the part together and telling us all how much we mean together.  She also asked if the decorations could stay up as long as she wanted them too. I would be lying if I said I had cleaned it all up!  Not to mention that we put candles in our cake and sang "Happy First Day of School...."

Then we read a book about the first day of kindergarten and FEN proceeded to prepare Cash for his first days of big school (PRE-K next year for him....)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Beautiful FEN

This picture was taken at Holli's Sweet Tooth after Frances Ellen's PreK Open House.
I just love it!

First Day of Pre-K (Part One)

Frances Ellen had her first day of Pre-K on Monday August 6th.  The day before, our terrific Mrs. Amy had taken her to get a sno-cone since she will no longer be at her school for the majority of the day.  I quickly got to work on a First Day of School Party.  She was one excited little girl!

Blog Renovation!

I would like to thank Erin of for my fabulous blog renovation!
I just love the new look!  She is soo easy to work with and perfect for tech challenged people like me!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Link Up with Lucy

Tonight I am linking up with Kate Krull from Three Kids,  A Minivan and a Mortgage.  She is the mother of three young children, Ella, Lucy and Jack.  I have been following her blog and her family since Lucy was diagnosed in 2011 with Medulloblastoma.  She is a very gifted and honest writer and a true inspiration.  Our family continues to pray for healing for sweet Lucy and comfort and strength for her family.

Judson and I are participating again this December in the St. Jude Marathon weekend in honor of Lucy.

I am delighted to join her linky party!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Been a Long Time Gone!

Life has kept me pretty busy, and I haven't posted in about a year.  With Frances Ellen starting school, I want to blog to keep up with her school activities and stories, not to mention our other two littles, now referred to as "the boys".

I should be having a blog makeover in the coming weeks and am very excited.

I also have to learn to more efficiently upload my photos.

Three littles means busy busy Mommy, but this Mommy never wants to forget anything.  Here's to making this happen!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Running for Lucy

I think I have mentioned Lucy before.  She is five year old girl in the Memphis area battling Medulloblastoma, a rare and agressive form of brain cancer.  God has pressed this sweet little girl and her family into my heart.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of Lucy and a prayer for her healing and recovery, her spirit and strength, and the struggle her family is enduring.  God has blessed Judson and I with two healthy children.  Every night when I thank God for these two smiling faces and shining stars in our lives, I also pray for Lucy.  My heart hurts for her parents, going through the unimaginable.  Lucy has been through surgeries, radiation and now chemo, much more than a five year old should even know about.  But I see something wonderful and encouraging in her face.  She is strong and amazing.  She has had an inspiring impact on many lives, including mine.

With all of this in mind, I signed up to run in the St. Jude race on December 3rd. Not, not the marathon or even the half, but the 5K. It seems simple, but seeing as I haven't done any athletic since having Frances Ellen and Cash, it is what I need now. And I am loving it!  My "training" is allowing me some quite time to talk to God, about our children and Lucy and all the children of St. Jude.

So, I ask you to pray for Lucy. Join me in helping St. Jude and continuing their efforts to find answers for children suffering with cancer and other challenging diseases.

You can donate to St. Jude and follow Lucy's story in the links below.
Sara Nowell's Page

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

What we have been doing lately..

Well, I was thrilled to be there for the arrival of Kristi's baby on January 27th.  The handsome Bryce made his debut at 1:44 p.m., and is absolutely adorable.  Brian and Kristi are the most loving couple and we couldn't be happier that they are now a family.  And, I wanted to take Bryce home with me when I saw him again last weekend!

Cash will have surgery at LeBonhuer on March 21st.  I am getting more nervous as it approaches.  I pray for a successful surgery, great doctors and a speedy recovery. Poor man has no idea!

Frances Ellen has really been enjoying her "dance class" (can't say just dance, have to say "dance class").  She loves her ballet slippers and tap shoes.  She shows us some of her moves.  I haven't really pinpointed the routine yet, but I am sure it is amongst some of those moves.

Cash is walking around everywhere, and it is so funny.  I don't remember Frances Ellen looking like this when she walked.  It isn't wobbling, but I can't explain it...just so cute.  He is very proud of himself and walks in the room and says "heeey".    When he was born, I was so used to Frances Ellen walking in and out of the rooms in the house I found myself expecting Cash to come walking down the hall too.  Now, it makes my heart smile to see him wondering about.

Cash is also very much the helper.  Loves to make sure the laundry room door is closed, likes to give you his plate when he is done and also likes to help unload and close the dishwasher.  Yesterday I was sweeping and looked up to see him bringing me the dustpan!  He is going to make some girl very happy one day!

Last weekend we went to visit Gigi in Columbus and had a great time being lazy and playing.  Frances Ellen also became interested in the piano and we had a couple lessons.  The four of us made quite the sound.

We went to the park this past Saturday, which is a great way to wear out your kids and allow them to sleep well!  By Saturday evening, Cash was pretty tired and a little fussy.  I told Frances Ellen "Cash is so tired."  Sitting in her bean bag she replied "put him in bed."  I asked her what I would do with her, and she said "leave me in my bean bag"

Our very sweet friend Clay gave Frances Ellen and Cash bean bags for Christmas.  FEN told me she would not unzip the bean bag and let the beans out because that would make Clay very sad.  We love Daddy's friend Clay!

Finally, please pray for a little girl named Lucy.  I read about her on Friday and cannot stop thinking and praying for her and her family.  Here is the link to her mom's blog -
I get fussed at for reading stories about people that make me sad, but I can't stop thinking about this sweet Lucy that I do not know.  She has a long way to go, please add her to your pray list.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Busy Week!

So I've been slacking on the pictures, but I have been sick and busy!
Full week this week too!  Yesterday I went to the dentist, two cavities!  Today Cash had his ears checked from his most recent ear infection, both ears looked great by the way, and Frances Ellen had dance (or as she calls it "dance class").  Tonight entails laundry, walmart and the State of the Union.  Tomorrow is a little easier, just work and Gigi comes.  Thursday we have Cash's appointment at LeBonheur AND my best friend in the whole world is having her baby!  To cap off the week, Judson turns the big 3-0 on Saturday!
Frances Ellen continues with her good manners, which she is really proud of, and Cash is still teaching me how much boys like to eat!