Kindergarten Graduation

May 18, 2022

 Last night Harrison got to celebrate the end of school with Kindergarten Graduation. 

I'll be honest, I'm not that sappy mother who gets teary because, well, life has to move on. We also are completing his "victory lap" as one of my teacher buddies at our school in Hoover called it. Y'all, doing what was best for him and repeating K was rough on a child of the 90s who was brought up in a time where that had a ton of stigma. 

But it's been best for him, with his speech delay and expressive language that we have worked so hard on - reading doesn't come easy for his little brain. He's so intelligent, but reading is hard (heck I remember how hard it was for me.) 

He's done so well, and learned so much over the years. Maybe after we see the developmental pediatrician over the summer I'll share a bit more. (crossing my fingers they get us in during the summer) 

This is Harry and his best friend. Like BEST friend. These two hug and carry on each time they see each other. When we were leaving last night I was cracking up because - we had parked a space away from each other - but they were both putting their hands around their mouths to yell. Like they couldn't hear each other. And were talking something about ice cream flavors. 

I haven't the slightest clue why little boys are so quirky, but they're adorable. 

Another thing that made me laugh last night was that at the end of every song people would clap, and I don't think Harrison expected it. He would smile so big and then (be the only child to do so) take a bow. 

I haven't started going gray yet, but this child is going to be the reason why. 

He is the most preacher's kid child. (insert eye roll) Last night he came in and walked right on stage, as if he owned the place. Sometimes I wish my children weren't so familiar with church, they act like it's a second home and hold nothing back. 

He then removed his shoes and continued to carry around his bucket of popcorn. Jeremy had to get up to check the AC and off Elliot went. He didn't like that his Harry was gone, and wasn't about to let Daddy go off without him either. 

This particular picture was taken when he announced, "You can take my picture too! I say cheese." 

Let it be known he is busier than any busy bag I will ever create for him. 

Some of Harry's favorite people came last night - we just forgot to get a picture with Brandon and Kali (and I should say Mia because Harrison was about to propose marriage after Kali let her hand him a graduation present... of Pokemon cards.) 

This is Naomi, we use to be next door neighbors. Harrison has loved her and her husband since he was old enough to walk across the street and demand a spoon full of peanut butter. Seriously, we never got home that he didn't look for their cars and then take off to their house with us trailing behind him. 

We surely don't deserve it, but God has placed amazing neighbors next to us time and time again. 

Last up, us... minus Elliot who was having none of it. 

Hopefully we will get the professional photos in soon and I'll share those as well. 

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FIVE Old Navy Dresses I'm Loving Right Now

May 17, 2022

 With the summer heat in full swing, I tend to lean towards dresses. 

Louisiana is hot, and peeling skinny jeans off your body at the end of the day is less than thrilling. Shorts work for after work and weekends... but church and school still require real clothing for the months of May - then August to October. 

After the thrilling Laura Ashley craze of winter, I've grown fond of it in a sense and am leaning into that look for summer as well. I won't lie, I'm a touch sad I didn't get any collared dresses back in the winter. 

With May sales happening at Old Navy, Mother's Day was a treat, it is high time to jump on it and forgo anything that clings to your legs for the next several months. 

Memorial Day is coming up - so keep checking their app for big discounts. 

And before I link to all of these dresses let me tell you my two criteria for a cute dress these days. First, I have to be able to wear biker shorts underneath. Elliot is ALWAYS lifting my dresses up, and I can't risk offering a peep show after church. Second, I have to be able to wear an actual bra with it. At this age, after nursing two children, a full blown real bra has to be in place. 

Let me add a third one on before I link the dresses, I also want a decently high neckline. The older I get, the more coverage I appreciate. 

1. Tiered Chambray Puff Sleeve All Day Midi Swing Dress

I bought this same dress but in blue gingham and can't find it on their website to save my life. Also, anything with "swing" in the title means you will be easy breezy during the scorching summer months. 

2. Puff Sleeve Printed Sleeve Dress

This comes in several colors and might be my favorite of five. It's got arm coverage, leg coverage, and the dangling strings that allow you to tie this puppy up if you risk your toddler digging in the top of your dress. Plus it's super cute. 

3. Fit & Flare Flutter Sleeve Tie-Back Midi Dress 

This one is mom bra risky, but worth wearing one with straps. Plus it's long enough to not flash anyone and chambray might be my favorite material to date. 

4. Flutter-Sleeve Smocked Floral Embroidered Mini Swing Dress

This dress also comes in pink and a blue chambray color. Conservative, cute, perfect for the hot months ahead. The embroidery detail makes it look better quality rather than a plain print dress. 

5. Stripped Button Front All Day Midi Swing Dress

I'm in a full blown "what can I wear clogs with" phase and this dress is perfect for clogs. Wear it to work now and even into the fall season. The blue hue makes me much more versatile for spring through fall. 

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Meal Planning Monday

May 16, 2022

 Y'all know I start on Thursday - so here we go. 

Also, I had to bring myself to actually meal prep for work this week. I've been making chicken in the instant pot and just bringing that with rice... I can no longer eat such simple food. It just really isn't me. I need things that taste good.

Thursday | Easy Skillet Chicken Tinga Enchiladas

Friday |   Pizza (Jeremy was at a graduation) 

Saturday | Sunday School Class Game Night - we had Caribbean Pulled Pork Tacos and I have got to figure out how they were made. 

It was pulled pork and white corn tortillas with cilantro, sour cream (made more like Crema), red onions (but they seemed like they had been pickled or such... but they weren't vinegary. Like I said I've got to pick the brain of the person who cooked.), jalapenos, salsa, guacamole, and a cole slaw that had pineapple in it. There's a ton to unpack from that meal lol! 

Sunday | Raising Cane's Fundraiser for the youth group and dinner turned into Pickle Cookies. Hear me out on this one - it was full fledge things I did as a kid but recently rediscovered on Instagram Reels. Ritz topped with sliced pickles, cheddar cheese, and then put under the broiler for a hot second to melt. Strange, but so good. And no, no one else ate them. 

Monday | Cobb Salad

Tuesday | Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet with a chopped salad (nothing pretty but it works for a low carb day) 

Wednesday | Sam's Chick-fil-a knock off nuggets and fries (the kids fav and my fav on single mom night) 

Lunch - I grilled bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and pineapple - seasoned with Tony's and some bbq sauce. Then I seperately grilled chicken thighs with greek seasoning and lemon juice. These were intended to be kabobs but I did not have the desire to kabob anything last night. 

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Baby Ducks and Awards Day

May 13, 2022

 The victory lap of Kindergarten has nearly ended, Harrison had his awards program yesterday. The only event left looming is kindergarten graduation. 

I need to check this child's height from last year to now, he seems to have doubled his leg length. There was definitely some sort of growth spurt over the winter, pants that I've had for two years that were always too big were suddenly too small. 

Anyway, Awards Day, he got the award for kindness. 

Elliot has determined that his award is his. He found it, at his house none the less. He can't read or he would know that stealing a kindness award does not demonstrate kindness. 

The biggest highlight for this child though, was when he got to cuddle ducks on Wednesday night. Especially the little one who really was into cuddling. 

In case you're wondering, he now wants a duck. 

Elliot, on the other hand, is a firm believer that indoor animals are unnatural. He's accepted Dill has 2 years of being terrified of stuff animals and taxidermy. 

Side note: he was freaked out by the taxidermy at the cabin in Dry Creek (so was his buddy Dill). 

Here, in this photo, you'll notice Elliot is trying to kick a duck. Not a hard kick, but a very "three year old who was mad at a duck" for flipping it's water over... then Elliot sat in it... and got his bottom wet... so he was retaliating. 


In other Elliot news, I swear I'll forget all these things simply because too many things happen in a 24 hours period...

...We were stuck in traffic yesterday (road work), Elliot became so incensed that the trip was taking too long and he wanted to go home that he began demanding I unbuckle him because he was going to walk home. 

He continued this demand for 30 minutes. 

I also tried to bribe him into pooping in the potty with a snowball, but he said he preferred a king cake. I realize this potty bribery is going to get expensive, but with the extent of his stubbornness, I'm willing to accept it. 

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Mother's Day 2022

May 12, 2022

As someone who rarely loves a surprise, I don't know why up until this year I have left this holiday to be determined by my house full of boys. 

I don't generally want a lot, just a relaxed day at the house, an easy lunch, and to check something off my to-do list. (yes I generally save wish list items for holidays) 

I did quite a few things that made this day last, essentially, a weekend. 

Friday we headed to Home Depot to gather 12 terra cotta pots, while Jeremy was off at an event. Saturday, again Jeremy was at an event, I planted my cut flower seeds in their cute little pots while the boys played. That evening we went to dinner and essentially did as little as possible during the day. Sunday we went to church, ate at Raising Cane's, hunted down a kiddie pool, ran by Lowe's, picked up snowballs and then little else the rest of the afternoon. 

The boys played in the pool and on the trampoline, and sprayed everyone with water guns. 

Here's my pot setup. I bought 10 9 inch pots and the two larger ones at the top are 12 inch. I also grabbed two smaller pots to throw herbs in (sweet mint and lavender). 

Below are the flower varieties I am attempting to grow. I'll say attempting until they actually grow and bloom. 

Top left to right: Stock Katz Fragrant, Queen Anne's Lace

Bottom left to right: Zinnia State Fair Mix, Gomphrena, Craspedia 

From top to bottom, the sides mirror each other I have: (top step) Stock & Craspedia, (next down) Zinnia, Gomphrena, (bottom) Queen Anne's Lace (outside) and Zinnia. 

Next year I might try tulips. 


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Intending to Strawberry Pick in Dry Creek

May 10, 2022

The last weekend in April we spent the weekend in Dry Creek, at the pastor's cabin on the Dry Creek Camp campus. 

Y'all it was nice. Not like Hilton nice, but like youth pastor's family who needed a break from the normal nice. The cabin was lovely and the kids enjoyed everything we did that weekend. 

I wanted us to go strawberry picking at CM Farm and what we ended up doing was every activity except for strawberry picking. 

The boys played until Elliot was being such a tired 3 year old that he couldn't control himself anymore, and we went home. 

My photos are all mixed together, but we got to go fishing and play in the sand. Harrison has been fishing a few times before in ponds, but this was his first time to catch one. 

Take a wild guess at which child was terrified at horses and ended up having fun. If you guess Elliot you are correct, he and the pup were equally terrified of the mounted deer head in the cabin. 

There is no prospect for this kid becoming a vet one day. 

Elliot in the "snow" that he kept arguing with me about until he threw it in the air and got a taste of it. Last winter it actually snowed in Alabama, and he has never seen sand before, so this is entirely our fault for not exposing him to the dangers of sand. 

But now he has been, and from here on out he will likely stay away from eating the stuff while telling hi mother she doesn't know anything about anything. 

What could be more 3 year old than insisting that sand is snow, your mother is ignorant about types of snow, eating some, and then requesting that the ignorant mother get the "snow" out of your mouth while you spit and sputter?

There's that first fish I was talking about. 

It was a keeper and we all ate dinner off this catch. 

Until next time. 

I'm crossing my fingers that we can stay in the cabin during the youth group Winter Retreat and not feel cooped up at our house for yet another year of Winter Retreat. 

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