Sunday, September 14, 2014

September so far

I will never say cold front and hold up finger quotes as if to mock it again. We sat through two very chilly baseball games and one chilly/wet football game this weekend. Texas weather is in fact insane..i am sure tomorrow it will be 102 again.

Both boys started baseball this weekend, both at 8:00 am, clear across the park from each other. We took turns watching them relaying messages. Baby Boy just wanted to bat and then chase his ball and bring it back and start over. His coach would say "Baby Boy come here" and he would say "WHYYYY? I DAH PITCHER!!!". It was quite comical but he loved being like bubba and "pwaying bwast ball". Goober's highlights included a great stop as short stop and stealing home base to score!!! His team won by 1 point and he was pretty happy. He is opening pitcher for his next game on Tuesday night.

Ribbit participated in Cub Cheer this year. She got to hang out with the cheerleaders on Friday afternoon .They taught her cheers and a little dance that she performed at half time at the Varsity game on Friday night. She didn't care that it was super cold and there was a constant stream of mist pouring sideways at us. She owned that field :).

All kiddos are doing great. Chelsea has lived here exactly one week and I think we are all finding our places nicely. She is such a big help, doing dishes, helping clean and of course watching Baby Boy daily. She has the kids picked up from school and homework done 3 out of 5 days when I get home. They love her and we love her :). She is making decisions about her future and we are helping her look into some 2 year programs and getting her connections with some places where she might be able to volunteer and get some experience in the field she in interested in.

Adam is still working away at home and school. He is also in the thick of football season so I imagine our productive weekends will become a little less productive :).

I'm still running daily and strength training 2-3 days a week. I have received some bad comments lately about how my clothes are getting big and I'm going overboard with losing weight. I of course feel better then I ever have in my life and for once feel beautiful and proud of my body. It got to me thinking about how some people really can't be happy for your success. I personally haven't ever had any self discipline when it came to food and now that I have had success it that area and have learned how to push/challenge my body so that I actually feel good about myself I have found that long desired self discipline. It actually is pouring over into other parts of my life and I have been able to find a great routine, energy level and even some emotional stability with it. I can't think of one bad thing that comes out of eating right and exercising. These comments are coming from the same person who asked me if i had regrets about adopting my kiddos on the 2nd day of being a mom in front of my kids so I don't give it too much weight.....but it does make me want to encourage others who are trying to be their very best...even if its in an area of their life that I don't put much value on or that I myself struggle with. Plus, my husband will be the first to tell me if I am going overboard...and since I allow myself one cheat day a week...and BOY DO I USE IT..I think I will be fine. I just might need some new clothes :).

That comment and what my sweet boy wrote today in church all got me to thinking about this topic and so I felt like writing it out might help me process today in church our pastor spoke about Daniel..he is actually preaching through the book which is awesome since we are in the thick of our Daniel campaign at our school. "Raising up Daniels in the world of Babylon". He spoke about the 3 friends of Daniel going into the furnace, taking a stand and how Jesus came to them in their furnace. He also spoke about what the men told Nebuchadnezzar "we will not bow down and you can throw us in the furnace, and our God will save us, BUT IF NOT we will still serve Him"...But if not...that is what true faith in God is...loving and trusting God even if we are in the furnace!!! Now Big Man heard all that and this is what he wrote down for his sermon notes..."grown ups should be role models for kids". WOW. Thats right buddy. Me and Adam should be showing him how to stand, how to have "but if not" faith and how to search for Jesus in the fires of our life". I am so proud of this insight and hope that I am being a good role model to my kids through my faith, self discipline, love for my husband and many many other areas in my life!!

In honor of college football :)

That child will touch anything!

As he yelled "mommy, I goin to punch it down" the library.
Muscle Men!!!
Chic Fil A Dress like a Cow Day!!!..long lines in Alabama!!
Building Lego cars at the library.
Wallace Gilberry football camp
Mowing the lawn with Papa and Jad
Cheetos and sno cones at the ball park in Alabama.
Spa Night with CC
This little man wears himself out to the point of sleeping while he stands :)
A picture I will always kiddos with their great grandparents...actually their awesome great grandparents :)
They tend to wear Papa out too!
They basically sleep in whatever position they can in the summers :)
One of 3 bowls of ice cream he had at an ice cream social in the church where I grew up and where Adam and I got married!
Bowling with CC and Papa....Sister strikes another pose

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Beginning of Fall

We are trucking along just fine lately. Our kiddos have seem to get right back into their school routine. We are still struggling a little bit to make sure that all things get signed and not in the morning before school ;). Things are hopefully to get a lot easier though as my cousin, Chelsea will be moving in to be our nanny! She is going to stay home with Baby Boy and then help us with the older two after school. I teach 45 mins after Ribbit and Goober get out so this help us get them home with plenty of time to complete HW and unwind before we do dinner, any practices or church and then start our bedtime routine. It always seems rushed and unorganized in the mornings and the 5 o'clock hour so I am hoping an extra set of hands (especially to get dinner or laundry started :) will be so helpful. We love Chelsea and everyone is excited to welcome her into our home!
Momma has also been busy meeting her weight loss goals :). I ran 75 miles in August and it took every ounce of energy I could muster to meet that...running 5 miles 4 days in a row to make sure I met it! I also met my goal of winning our schools summer weight loss challenge. Today was our final weigh in and I won overall percentages!!!!! I'm so stinking proud that I finally lost the weight I put in once we got married. I rewarded myself with new running shoes :) and have already logged 4 miles and one weight training session in September! I want to set a good example for my kiddos to set goals..even if it means that I wake up at 5:00 every morning ( and I do) to get it all accomplished!
We are gearing up for baseball season for the both of the boys (first games are this weekend) and Ribbit is doing Cub Cheer here at our school. We have lots of church events coming up and we are also working on our home remodel on the weekends. We got the living room painted, curtains hung and closets cleaned out this weekend!
We are also in the thick of college football season and watched many games this weekend ..WAR EAGLE. We even watched one game at my brothers engagement dinner :). Chris FINALLY (just kidding) proposed to Micah on Thursday and surprised her with a trip to TX to celebrate with her family over the long Labor Day weekend. I am so happy for my brother and we could not have hand picked a better wife to encourage, love and complete him. They are smitten and I'm excited to see the wedding come together. Our kiddos are excited too to gain another aunt...well 3 aunts. Micah has two sisters, one who I'm already close to since I have taught her we are claiming them all since they live 15 minutes from us :). We had dinner with them on Saturday and I think the two families are going to blend just fine. I was in tears at the first toast to my brother and I'm so overwhelmed how God has shown off in his life!
Thats all for now. Here are some pictures:)
Here is how we spent our 4th of the lake with Adam's side of the family.
 Big Man going backwards off the slide.
 The cousins, Uncle Jason and the in the distance Goob and Will on the kayak!
 Captain trying to convince Ribbit to slide.

Baby Boy's turn
Nannie and Papa...two of the sweetest people I have ever met!
Snuggling with Nannie while he ate his dinner
We even got to go to Wayne and Judy's 50th wedding celebration..Baby Boy was obviously attentive.
Playing putt putt on our last night in Huntsville
She would rather pose with the fake smiles like real models :)