Monday, June 30, 2008
Alex we all miss you!!! We hope you enjoy your trip, but hurry back!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
After lunch, Tiffany, Andrea and I practiced for a "performance" we're doing for our church in about a month. It went really well. This was my second practice and I was thrilled to have it better under my belt. Andrea picked up on it VERY fast and did great! Tiffany is a wonderful teacher!!!!!
The night ended with a big group coming over for a cookout. It was tons of fun for the kids and adults. We played the infamous corn hole and some kid football. Andrea stepped up to the plate and manned the grill for us. She whipped us up some great burgers and dogs. Thanks Andrea!! If the men hadn't been so in to their corn hole game, we might have had some help for ya. LOL. I think it's safe to say that everyone had a good time and we'll be doing it again soon!!
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tomorrow, I'm excited to be apart of The Journey Women's Ministry service project. We are volunteering our help at the Brooks House. We're going to be cleaning, taking care of lunch (for the volunteers building a fence and women and children that are staying there) and helping to organize and do any other things they need us to. I think it is a great cause and I'm thrilled to be apart of it. I would like to throw some praise out to Jersey Mike's and also Heavenly Ham here in Lebanon. Both places were gracious enough to donate sandwich trays to help feed all these volunteers tomorrow. They were both very kind and it didn't take any begging to get them to donate. Subway, on the other hand, hasn't been so gracious. Out of 6, yes 6, Subway locations in Lebanon, not one was willing to do anything. I was disappointed. That is one of my favorite places to eat and I was bummed that they weren't willing to help out at all. Jersey Mike's will have to become my new favorite!!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Hope everyone is having a great week so far! I will have tons to tell after the busy weekend we're in for. Stay tuned.....
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Another first yesterday!! We seem to be having a lot of those lately. Ashton spent the night at his KK's house. Yes, I've lost my mind! I left my baby boy a good hour and a half from home ALL night!! Since his big sleepover with Kaleb, he wants to spend the night everywhere. The other day he asked to stay at the Brooks House, a women and childrens' shelter here in Lebanon, when we dropped the kids off after taking them to Pump it Up. He doesn't seem to understand that you can't just spend the night where ever you want, when you want to. I've been trying to explain to him that you have to be invited and then we will talk about it. So far, we've had a few breakdowns over NOT getting to stay somewhere, but I think he'll get the hang of it. Much better than me, when I was a kid. I wouldn't stay anywhere without crying hysterically OR having to go back home. I was a whimp!!!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tomorrow, our family heads to Summertown. It is a small town just outside of Lawrenceburg. We're joining the rest of my family in celebrating my niece, Addison's, first birthday!! We're all excited about getting to spend some time with them, which we don't get to do often enough. Then Sunday, Casey (my sister) and I are hosting a baby shower at my house for our sister-in-law, Courtney. It is going to be exciting!! I'm sure there will be tons of pictures to come from both events.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday turned out to be a great day all the way around. We started out the day joining a group of moms from church at Pump It Up for some fun. It was our pleasure to get to take two of the children staying at the Brooks House with us. It was a great time for everyone!! All 16 of us had lunch at Sir Pizza and boy did we have a great server. That guy was very patient for there to be 12 children with us. WOW!! Last time we went, there wasn't even that many of us and they asked if we were a daycare. LOL!!
Later that afternoon, I got to spend some time with a couple of girlfriends. We played around in the kitchen making some snacks for our women's bible study. It was fun just to hang out and play around. No stress! Just fun!!!!
We had 9 women show up for our study. We're doing an Angela Thomas video series. I have to admit the first night was not impressive for me, but this second one was much better. I'm hoping that it continues to be good and I learn a lot from it. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.
Thursday was a great day as well. We had a couple of friends over to play. Later on in the afternoon, Miss Hannah came over to play. We're hoping to start using her from time to time to keep the kids so that Alex and I can get out. Maddie some times has a hard time warming up to people, so I wanted Hannah to have an opportunity to play with her before I just turned her loose to watch them on her own. It went great!!!! Maddie loves Miss Hannah and Ashton did too. I asked Maddie before bed if she had fun playing with Miss Hannah and she said yes. I then asked if she wanted her to come back and play and she said yes again and "I not cry", which anyone that knows her knows that is big. Normally if she doesn't feel good about something she will say, "I cry". Looks like we've got a winner with Miss Hannah! YEAH for Mommy & Daddy!!!!
Monday, June 16, 2008
Alex came home during naps from his hockey game. They won 10 to something. It was a good game from what he said. Of course, the downside is that he got hurt. He took a pretty hard hit/fall and will probably need to get his hip x-rayed today to verify he hasn't fractured it. Let's keep our fingers crossed!!!
After cooking Alex's favorite meal for dinner and us eating, we took a family stroll. We walked up to the Cheuvront's house to take Cason back his hat that he'd left at our house. While we were there, some friends from church pulled up, on their way to her parents' house, to say hey. Then we stopped by some other friends' house on the way back because they were out and we chatted with them a little. It turned out to be a major social stroll in the end because as we got back home, our neighbors' pulled up and we sat outside talking to them for a bit as well. It was nice to get to catch up with so many friends.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Alex came home from the men's retreat with very little to say other than how tired he was from getting to bed so late and being woke up at 6:30. For those that don't know, Alex doesn't like to get up early. Prior to us having kids, Alex had an 11:00 rule. You were forbidden to call our house prior to 11:00 because he was likely to still be asleep. Needless to say, he doesn't get to do that anymore. From what I've picked up, it sounds like the guys had a great time! That's awesome!!!
Last night, we had a group of friends over for a cookout and some cards. It was fun. It's always great to get to visit and chat up with friends and let our kids play. Too bad I got beat, yet again.... I'm feeling a come back though! Stay tuned for that.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I also had the opportunity to get out myself last night. Grammy & Papa Andy came over and played with the kids and Mommy got a girls' night out. I went to dinner with several other girls and NO KIDS. It was nice to sit through an entire meal without the interruptions. I don't get to do that much! I also had a great time just chatting and catching up with them. We don't get to sit down and just talk much with everyone's busy schedules. Can't wait to do it again!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, Ashton had his VERY FIRST sleep over. He's never really wanted to spend the night anywhere and we've just figured there was no real point until Maddie could go too. Well, here lately Ashton has been wanting to spend the night with his best buddy, Kaleb, from church. We haven't let him until Monday. We had dinner with Erik, Katrina and Kaleb and then went back to their house to play a little. On the way over to their house, Ashton said that we could all play, but he was going to stay and we could go home. LOL. Well, after we got there Kaleb and Erik asked Ashton when he was going to spend the night? Of course, Ashton jumped up and was ready. Sssoooo, Alex and I took Maddie home for bed and got his stuff together. Grammy came over and sat at the house for us so that we could run his clothes and stuff back to him and say good night.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
This is a picture of Kaleb walking over and picking the grass off Maddie's shoulder and then leaning in to hug her, while he thought no one was watching. It happened so fast, I can't believe I got a picture of it. It was absolutely adorable!!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
After bowling, Kevin and Tiffany had to head home. Kevin has been working a lot of overtime this week and had to go back in this morning for more, so he needed some sleep. The rest of us went to our house to play some Golf. This is the card game that I've beat Erik at a couple of times now. Well, last night just wasn't my night. Not only did I loose to him at bowling, but I also lost to him at cards. He's feeling pretty good right now. "God loves him...." as he told me.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
We got to the mall about 9:40 and it doesn't open until 10am, so we headed for Tj Maxx instead. Of course, that was delayed because there was a bright red sign flashing at us. Krispy Kreme here we come! You can't pass up the hot sign!!!
After a sugar rush, we were off for some real shopping. Tj Maxx proved to be a good stop. We found a great little quilt for Maddie's new bedroom decor and some other random things. Now off to the mall for the real deal!! Katrina didn't really buy much... go figure... leave it to me to spend the money. I, on the other hand, found tons of stuff. I was really on a mission with no children, so I had to find a lot.
We finished up there, but you can't leave Rivergate without some Olive Garden for lunch. We both like it, but don't eat there enough. Perfect choice! After lunch, we headed back to Hendersonville for one more stop at Home Goods before heading back toward the house. I found a massive amount for Maddie's room there and I'm totally excited. I can't wait to get it all put together and ready for her. She is going to love it! The perfect little girls' castle!!! The day basically wrapped up around 3 in the afternoon. Alex was beyond ready. All he could see was dollar signs. LOL
All and all it was a great day! Can't wait to do it again. Set a date Katrina!
Monday, June 2, 2008
After getting all worn out there, we took all the kids to Sir Pizza for the buffet. Can you believe the lady asked me if we were a daycare?! I laughed and just said "No, we are just three stay at home moms with all our kids." Pretty funny, huh?!
Friday night we hung out at home with some friends. We enjoyed a cook out and lots of playing around. The kids got outside and had a ton of fun. We hooked the garden hose up to the sprinker and put it under the trampoline for them to jump around and cool off. THEY LOVED IT!!!! Oh, and not to rub it in anyone's face, but.... Alex and I learned how to play a new card game and I have to say.... I was pretty good for a first timer. Yes, the first game we can chalk up to beginner's luck, but I also did better than Erik the second game too. So, I think he might just need to admit that I could be better at Golf than he is.... LOL.
Saturday, Alex was SUPER DAD! He took the kids swimming and gave me the day to myself. I got out almost all day to do some shopping!! It was wonderful. I needed to take care of several things and I got to get it all and then some done. I also had some lunch with a couple of girls from church and really enjoyed that. Later that afternoon, some friends from church that live in our neighborhood came down and let the kids play and then we went for some dinner. It was a busy, but great day with friends!
Sunday, WOW!! Another amazing day at The Journey. Erik's sermon was awesome! Every week he impresses me with how he gets his message across in such a way that everyone can relate and apply it to their lives. At the 9am service, we had two baptisms. It was great! One of them is a girl I've just barely gotten to know, but her baptism touched me in a big way. I was so moved by the amount of love and support she had from her family and friends. It has to be a great feeling to have that in such an important time in her life. What a blessing!!!
At the 11 am service, an old family friend of Alex's was being baptized with her daughter and nephew, so Alex stayed to be there and show her support. I was so glad he got to be there and yet after he got home to tell me about how much more had happened, I wish I could've been there too. FOUR, yes four more people came forward during that service to be baptized as well. It is awesome to see what God is doing at The Journey!! So many lives are being changed. It is exactly what Erik has been talking about.... A Jesus Movement.