Thursday, June 16, 2011

Beating the heat!

This is what we have been doing every afternoon when the kids wake up from their naps. We spend about 45 minutes playing, slipping and sliding in the water because it has been so unbareably hot here! I took these pictures yesterday, so enjoy! I know Ethan's not in any of them but he was kinda hard to photograph yesterday.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

While he wasn't looking

Our house, lately, has become a construction zone. Long pieces of molding and trim lie in the hallways while big sheets of sheetrock are propped up against our walls as our "fixer-upper" home is having to be quickly "fixed up". The kids are taking it in stride and even using it to their advantage. I found Logan outside the other day playing in a pile of sawdust left behind by Brian's table saw (table saw not turned on or plugged in at the time, for those concerned). He had no idea that I was sitting by him and taking his pictures, but instead caught up in a world where Thomas the Train was splashing through the "dirt".
As I looked through these pictures, I couldn't help but think of the movie Toy Story. Logan playing so sweetly, in his own little world, and everything in his imagination seeming to be so real! And then I look down at Thomas and see the smile on his face. The smile that is always on Thomas's face and it just seems to come full circle. Does that make sense?
Here's Thomas sitting patiently, buried in a pile of "dirt" waiting for Logan to push him through it to make it all fly up in the air!
It just looks like Thomas the Train is having just as much fun playing in the sawdust on a hot day, as Logan is. These two friends go on lots of adventures together and I so desparately wish I was privy to every detail! What fun it is to be a child!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

How we spent the holiday weekend

This past weekend was a holiday weekend with Memorial day being yesterday and we did what most people down in the south do on Memorial Day weekend....swim. For those of us that are fortunate to live in the south, Memorial day is the official kick off to summer and from that day on it will only get hotter and hotter. And fortunately for us, my parents live on a lake that is perfect for jumping, splashing or floating in. I am determined to get Mackenlee to swim this year, if it kills me. Last year she didn't want to jump into the lake, and if she did it wasn't really "jumping". As you can see, this year she wasn't afraid after I showed her how. Logan, however, has never had a problem jumping into the lake.
We spent a lot of time floating on the rafts. No chance of laying on and working on my tan when my kiddos were wanting "boat" rides. Oh well, maybe next time.
We also spent a lot of the weekend looking at what seems like thousands of campers. Not that we are really big camping people but Brian recently got a new job in which he is going to have to live in Birmingham for a few months and then we will all be moving back to our home town so he can build the new power plant that they are building in Kemper county, Mississippi. Since the long stay hotels are quite expensive, we have opted to go the camper route. But we do actually want it to be nice enough to go camping in after he is finished living in it. We would also like it to be nice enough for me and the kids to come up and visit him while he is in Birmingham. I am already looking forward to trips to the zoo and to Alabama Adventure!
After spending the night with my parents Saturday night, we drove home Sunday morning so Brian could work on the house. We went on another short trip to look at yet another camper.
A little side story here.... We get in the car and head towards Thomasville, AL which is about 45 minutes away from where we are at. We found this camper on craigslist, I believe and it sounds great! 1999 Coachman 30' camper with the bed layout the way we wanted and everything. "Great Condition" the guy said so we loaded up with directions to the guys house in hand. His house is right across from Dirt Cheap, so I had a feeling that this was it since Dirt Cheap is my favorite store. We see the camper from the highway and pull into the driveway. We look up and a huge sign hangs above the garage "Have your Palm Read". I look at Brian with this "really?!?" look on my face. I was not impressed. We look at the camper, it reaks of cigerette smoke and sewage. The carpet needs replacing immediately and it seemed that the toilet needed replacing as well. So apparently the guy was in mid sentance when he said it was in "great condition". As in "It's in great condition for something that needs a lot of work!". Also, shouldn't this guy have known that we weren't going buy the camper?? I mean, they were psychics! ha!
After our adventure to Thomasville we went to our church for some singing fun and then a "Pounding" for our new music minister where we had hamburgers and hotdogs and where the kids played on the playground until they could hardly move. We had a great time officially welcoming Bro. Don and Kim to the church.
Monday was spent with friends as well. We had a big cookout at Foscue Park and the kids played football, chase, or just played in the dirt. Either way it was H-O-T, hence all the bright red faces on these sweet children! Also, looking at this picture makes me realize how blessed I am! I have known most of these kids' mamas since we have moved to Demopolis and I am so glad that I can call them my friends. It has also been so much fun watching these girls grow up! They are so much fun to be around and are such amazing young ladies!
After the cookout, we went home and grabbed our swimsuits (and I had to pick up Brian and Ethan since they couldn't go to the cookout) to go swimming. I have an awesome friend who loves to share their pool and we are so glad that she likes to share! My kids have loved going swimming over there and they have always had a great time playing with her children.
Logan apparently didn't want to go when it was time, so he came after me with a water gun.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and I hope that you actually took the time to thank a soldier or remembered a fallen soldier. For if it wasn't for them, we would not have this great country that we live in with all the freedom that we have! Thank you to all of those that have served in our military, past or present. I am so greatful for your service!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A new milestone!


I just had to stop by and show you all what my little girl did today! She decided that she wanted to start swimming! Mackenlee hasn't had any swimming lessons because she has been afraid to go under water. She would scream and yell and protest and most definitely did not want to go under water. Today, she borrowed her friend's mask and started swimming! I am so proud of my girl! In this video, she is swimming to her friend! Thank you, Alyssa, for being such a supportive friend and helping her learn. You are such a sweet friend to Mackenlee!

Twisted Thursday

As everyone I am sure knows, on April 27th a massive amount of damage was done in the state of Alabama by several tornados that ripped through the state. Tuscaloosa was one of those cities that had a lot of severe damage.
One of the teachers at Mackenlee and Logan's WEE School thought up of this wonderful idea to raise money for relief efforts for Tuscaloosa. She planned and brought to life a bass tournament that had lots of fun for the kids as well. She got a big slide, cotton candy machine, sno cone truck, hamburgers and hotdogs, hay ride, and lots of door prizes.
After the kids' doctors appointments yesterday, we came back home and picked up Brian and headed down to the city landing. The kids spent most of the time playing on the giant slide. When they finally got a little thirsty, we got them sno cones and then Logan went to admire the firetruck. He was in awe of it. The number one thing that he wants to be is a "firetruck man". Seriously. He has been praying for that every day for the past year. "God help me be a piretruck man". I really think that was the highlight of his time at the river last night!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Future Power Co. employees

It was a slow day today in the power industry at Greene Co today (due to the holiday weekend that is upon us and a golf tournament) so I took the kids out to see what their daddy does all day. They were anxiously awaiting our trip out to the plant so they could tour the place and see exactly how power is made. Not sure if they understood any of it (or really if Brian shared how it works. Knowing him, though, he probably did) . Sorry the pictures aren't great. These are from my phone since I didn't want to take my good camera out to the nasty coal burning plant. Our first stop was to daddy's office where the kids got to see a piece of coal that they burn. Mackenlee was facinated at the fact that the coal was created from the dinosaurs. Logan just thought it was neat in general. ha! Apparently I interupted Mackenlee in the middle of her busy work schedule. She is my future little engineer. She thinks so much like her daddy, that it's scary! She is like a girly, pink lovin', lipstick lovin' clone of him.
Brian took the older two all around the plant. The kids say that they rode the elevator (Logan's favorite part) and went to a really loud area and went to the roof (both were Mackenlee's favorite part). Brian took a picture of them on the roof.
It appears that once they got back to the office, Mackenlee had some more work to finish up before we could go home. Logan had to sit and supervise.
Ethan chased laser dots around on the ground. Silly baby.
And the best part of the tour was the hard hats that the kids got to take home. Logan even snuck out with Brian's safety glasses. If he gets his way, he will be wearing those for the next month. The boy loves sunglasses. Probably because he looks so cool in them. hehe!
After the tour, Brian came home with us (like I said, slow day in the Greene Co power industry) and we went to pizza hut for lunch.

Monday, May 30, 2011


We went camping last weekend. Let me start out by saying that I don't camp. My husband likes to camp but my version of camping involves a Hilton with a nice fluffy bed, and room service. I am not big on bugs, sweating, and no sleep. Yet we packed up our camper and drove it to Foscue Park here in town, unpacked everything and set up.
We were suppose to be out there begining Friday night but at 4:45 my daughter woke up with a high fever, complaining of her stomach and her throat hurting. I was about 20 minutes away from home when I got the phone call telling me that and the doctors office closes at 4:30 so to the ER because there is no place that I can take her in town on a Saturday. She tested positive for strep yet again and then we went home and started our medicine. She woke up Saturday morning feeling a lot better and no fever, so we loaded up the camper and she took it easy with minimal playing and lots of time inside the camper with the air conditioning and a DVD player.
When we got there, Ethan was very interested in everything about the camper. He "helped" unpack and set it up while the other 2 went to check out the playground that was literally right beside our campsite. We brought their bikes, bubbles and anything else that might keep them entertained outside but the playground was lots of fun. It was really nice to be able to sit at our campsite and watch the kids play then go stand in that sand!
Logan had found a phone at the playground and had to make an important phone call. He was calling Poppa and talking with him. Silly Logan.
We ate dinner (hotdogs cooked in the microwave with chips) inside in the air since Mackenlee needed to cool off a bit and then we went outside to do s'mores on the campfire.
The kids loved those! Ethan didn't really know what to do with all the mess they made so after half of his first one, he opted to eat just the graham crackers. Mackenlee and Logan each got a turn to help daddy roast the marshmallow for their s'more and then they made them themselves.
After s'mores, the kids took one more trip around the circle on their bikes. Logan saw Mackenlee's bike and spent about 10 minutes trying to climb on it. He would climb on, fall off the other side. Climb on and flip the bike over. Never crying, he would just get back up, set the bike back up and try again. Finally he got his balance just right to where he sat on it without flipping it over. And then he started peddling!! My son, who could barely reach the peddles actually rode the bike by himself. He is one determined little boy.
Sleeping that night was not as fun to me as it sounds. The kids went to sleep pretty easily but as soon as 10:00 came around (when the campsite closes it's gates) Ethan started to wake up and cry and that happened for a while. Brian moved to the side of the bed that I was sleeping on and said "I thought it would be easier on you to help the kids if we just switched spots." That comment made me a little upset because I didn't want to be out there to begin with and then he was making me take care of the kids??! Mercy! I forgave him and tried to go back to sleep and then Logan woke up several times with coughing fits. Not nebulizer or inhaler. I couldn't wait to see 6:00 on my phone (that's when the gates opened again and i could get out!).
We are going camping again for Brian's birthday. I doubt me and Ethan will be sleeping out there but we will definitely be coming out there to play and to fish. Maybe this next time will go a little smoother. Next time we will use an air mattress. My bones are less forgiving than I am.

Friday, May 27, 2011

End of an Era....

I have always thought that graduation from pre-school is silly. I mean, it's not really that big of a step. The whole cap and gown and pomp and circumstance. It has always seemed a little much. These children aren't being sent out on their own, to make a life for themselves or move away from home to further their education. They are simply going to kindergarten. Going from a private pre-K to the public system.
Yet, there was just something about seeing my first born up on stage with all of her school friends, singing Friends Forever, that made me realize that she has grown up so much over the past year. She has matured so much is really turning into a young lady. She is complete fearless jumping into kindergarten with both feet. She is beyond excited and can't wait to make that big step, into the school system. My little girl is a young scholar. She definitely doesn't get that from me. I did just enough to get by and thankfully I have enough sense that doing just that got me good grades. But Mackenlee loves to figure things out. Look and see how things work. Add. Subtract. I can't wait to see how much she is going to grow and learn through the next year.
Mackenlee, we love you very much and so proud of the young lady that you are turning into! You make us so proud!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


"On the good ship, Lollipop

It's a sweet trip to the candy shop!

Where the bon bons play,

on the sunny beach

of peppermint bay.

Lemonaid stands, everywhere crackerjack bands, fill the air,
And there you are, happy landings on a chocolate bar, See the sugar bowl, Do a tootsie roll, in a big bad devil's food cake

if you eat too much, oh, oh, You'll awake, with a tummy ache!"

On the Good Ship, Lollipop - Shirley Temple

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Our little garden

This is our second year at the attempt to have a garden and so far things are turning out great! Last year we grew tomatoes (tons of them), eggplant, bell peppers (epic failure) , banana peppers and jalapeno peppers (tons of these too!) and this year we have cut back a little. We are doing Roma tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, squash, eggplant (forgot to take a picture of those because they are being taken over by the squash and their big overbearing leaves) and strawberries. So far the strawberries are my favorite! I wanted to do those last year but we waited too late to plant. We have pretty much only been able to eat one at a time, and it has been mostly the kids eating them. But the 1/2 of one that I got was really sweet! I was so proud! Sadly, a bird has gotten a few of them. Mackenlee calls them "Berry Birds" from watching Strawberry Shortcake and Logan gets really upset when he sees that a bird has dined on one of his berries. He will come up to me with this stern look on his face and say matter of factly "a bird ate MY berry!!"
Our squash are doing magnificently! I didn't realize how much room they would take up. Our poor little eggplants aren't getting any sun because of these things. They are really pretty plants and have really large, pretty yellow/orange flowers. The squash themselves, well, they kinda look like a phallic symbol. It took a while to actually get a shot of them without having to make this blog post rated PG-13. Ha! We have several that are close to being ready to pick and I can't wait to have grilled squash fresh from our garden!!
Our cucumbers are doing wonderful as well! They and the squash really took off while we were gone last week. We left on a Saturday, stayed in Texas for a week, and came back and it was like a time warp. These things had quadrupled in size in just a week!! We have several cucumbers on their way!
Our tomatoes are also growing like gangbustas. We have tons of tomatoes that are growing bigger every day. I am so ready for them to turn red but I may end up picking a few green ones so we can have fried green tomatoes one night. That is one of my most favorite things to eat during the summer.
All the kids are really enjoying the garden. They check it every day and love to give it water and pull any weeds that may have dared to grow in their garden. This was such a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies last summer. They helped grow it, they picked it and they enjoyed eating it! I hope that it will work out the same way this time! I am hoping I will have some posts about what we will be canning soon.

Soccer time!

Soccer season started a few weeks ago and this is Mackenlee's 3 season to play. She absolutely loves it! Our spring season is more of a practice season, so (at least for the U6) all the kids are grouped together and not put on teams. They do all sorts of drills and then there is a scrimmage at the end of each practice. She loves it and she seems to be pretty good at it. Kicking the ball has always seemed natural for her. Even when she was little, she perferred to kick balls rather than throw them. Mackenlee has missed the past two practices due to us being on vacation but she is looking forward to this Saturday when she can get back onto the field.
This Saturday is going to be a busy day for us, which seems to be the norm lately. Along with soccer, we have 3 birthday parties to go to. Hopefully all the soccer, and partying will make the kids sleep in a little Sunday morning!