Monday, June 3, 2019

Hello Monday!

Wow, it's been over a month since I posted last! I'm determined to write a lot more this summer!! 
Of course we have been crazy busy!! The end of the school year is always insane.

The little girls finished up soccer towards the beginning of May.

Izzy ran her first Fun Run at Gabby's Girl's On The Run 5K last month! 

She's been accepted in the kindergarten, dual immersion program. I think we got like 3 acceptance letters in the mail ha! She isn't super excited going to a 90% Spanish classroom. She really wanted to go to school with Alex.. I feel terrible because I talked up Alex's school so much and got her all excited about going to school there... then we found out she was eligible for the dual immersion and really felt like that was too great an opportunity to pass up. We passed up the same opportunity for our older kids back in Texas and really regret it. I think Izzy will be really glad she can speak both languages in the long run and we hope to get Indie Grace in the same program in a couple years. 

 Alex finished up baseball and can't wait to play again this fall! Their coach took the team out for ice cream after one of their last games. 

He also finished up Trail Life. It was hard to balance both Trail Life and baseball but we really want him to do Trail Life again this fall. He loves it even though he had to miss quite a bit with baseball. Hopefully his baseball schedule will look a little different this fall. 

Just looking cute after a haircut last month! 

Gabby's GOTR team painted one of the school rocks right before their 5K. They went with the spring theme that Gabby chose! And she was named Rockin' Creative Thinker on her end of season award! Her coaches were both SO sweet this spring! I wish they could coach her every season. 

GOTR ended with the 5K last month. J ran/walked with her for the first time! 

Gabby is just about finished up with American Heritage Girls as well. Their awards ceremony is next week!  

I've been super busy with buying and selling. I love it and I'm making money but it's a lot of work too! J has been working hard to make extra money as well. 

We're trying to save for our Disney & Lego Land trip this fall. Tickets are bought but we need plenty of spending money too and we don't use credit cards. 

Izzy and I are also planning to fly out to Texas in August for my sister's baby shower. This will be Izzy's first time on a plane! 

We're hoping to get to the beach once or twice this summer! I really want to go to the Outer Banks for the first time. My kids and I are dying to see the wild horses and I've just been wanting to go to Outer Banks since we moved out here 2 years ago. 

I can't believe we've lived out here 2 years already! We moved out the day after school let out for the summer back in Texas in June 2017. 

If everything goes as planned we'll have grandparents visiting in June, July and August (three different sets). 

We had our big, season grand opening/20th anniversary of our neighborhood pool party Saturday night! The pool actually opened mid-May but the first pool party date was rained out so it was rescheduled for June 1st. We had a great time with food trucks, face painting, games and a water slide! 

I'm on the social/pool something committee so we stayed until the end to help clean up. Gabby and Alex enjoy helping out. They go around closing umbrellas, putting away pool toys, cleaning up, reclining chairs, etc.

I'm cleaning the pool house once a week for extra money again this summer. I hate it because there's no AC and it's always hot, sweaty work but the extra money comes in handy! On the plus side I can wear a bathing suit under my clothes, rinse off any time in the outdoor showers and take short breaks to cool off in the pool! And the kids can swim while I'm cleaning! J helped clean last week. (Thank you Lord!) and cleaned the boy's bathroom for me. I hope he'll continue to help out all season. :) 

It's bittersweet (mostly sweet) that the kids can all jump in the pool and swim around without me being right there with them. The little girls are still in Puddle Jumpers but are totally independent with them on. Izzy is 5 1/2 now and ready to learn to swim without a floatie. Gabby and I have been working with her a little bit. She's kind of terrified but making a little bit of progress.. I think. I'd really like to put her in swim lessons and may look into it pretty soon. 

Anyway, enough rambling. This post is long enough ha! I'm going to try and post a few times a week this month and keep the posts a bit a shorter. 

Thanks for stopping by!! 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


I totally forgot to post about Easter. We did a low key, indoor Easter egg hunt at a small church nearby on Saturday, the day before Easter. 

The girls enjoyed getting their faces painted!

And Easter Sunday after church! Their outfits were all over the place this year ha!! S is in a play
dress because she hates dresses and I didn't want to spend money on something fancy that she wouldn't want to wear. I prepared her for days in advance that she would be wearing the dress above for Easter. And L insisted on wearing a hand-me-down dress from her cousins both Saturday for the egg hunt and on Easter Sunday.. so I had to wash it Saturday night. I didn't even bother with sandals for the little girls this year. S is going through a picky, picky, picky stage when it comes to shoes. She only wants to wear those light-up Paw Patrol tennis shoes from Wal-Mart ha! And L needs more expensive shoes. I haven't gotten her good supportive sandals this year.. still searching for a good, affordable pair that she can wear with inserts. So anyway.. both girls ended up in tennis shoes and dresses this year lol! C only wears tennis shoes despite having a nice pair of leather sandals that he won't touch. Anyway, here is a look back at a few Easters.

 J's first Easter, 2009

C's first Easter, 2011

 2017, right before we moved to North Carolina (Side note: Someone stole that bench off my front porch not long after this. Still makes me angry. I loved that bench!)

2018, Our first Easter in North Carolina

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Afternoon at the park by the lake

We went to a park by the lake with friends last Thursday. There were 9 kids, all under ten, between both of our families! My friend and I were so busy chasing kids around we hardly had time to visit. As soon as our van doors opened the older 8 scattered in 8 different directions ha! We had a great time though!! This was our first trip to the lake this year. Last week was spring break for C. We didn't do a whole lot so this was a fun outing for him. At least he got out one day. We wanted to go to Boone on Friday but it rained up in the mountains all day so we had to cancel. 

Of course C had to climb this tree that hung over the lake. I had to stop S from climbing up right behind him ha! 

L with her little friends. They were so cute together! 

After we left the beach area we drove through the park over to the playground. S was so excited to get to sit in the front seat for a few minutes ha! 

One of our little friends' was so excited to ride in our van with L for a few minutes. So cute! 

We had such a fun time and were worn out when we left. My younger three took long naps that afternoon and I got a migraine and had a long nap myself. So much fun though! We can't wait to go back! 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Myrtle Beach, Part 2

It's taken me a while to get the second day of our Myrtle Beach trip up. We went down there in early March (you can see the photos of our first day here). The first day (Saturday) was freezing cold on the beach but that Sunday was bright, sunny and absolutely beautiful! 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up

I'm linking up with Hello Monday again today. 

Our weekend was pretty laidback. The little girls soccer games were canceled Saturday morning due to rain. We went to church Sunday morning and were supposed to go up there again Sunday evening but the evening event was canceled due to possible bad weather. I was excited for some great storms Sunday afternoon and evening but we got almost nothing. So disappointing ha! I love a good storm! Saturday and Sunday afternoon/evening were both pretty lazy days around the house. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Monday, March 25, 2019