Monday, April 25, 2016

Jack's New Bike

On Sunday, after we ate lunch, we headed out to the store to buy Jack his very first big boy bike! We didn't tell him where we were going or what we were doing until we got to the store. He was so excited! I could tell he was bursting with joy at the reality that he was going to have his very own bicycle!

As soon as we bought the bike, he asked, "Can I ride it when we get home!?"

"Of course!" I said. He has been riding that bike for two days, non stop! He tells me all the time, "My bike is super awesome. It goes super fast!"

We've come a long way, huh?

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Quick Stop In Nashville

Nashville is a good "half way point" between Roanoke and Little Rock. So, as this week is Scott's vacation--and what was supposed to be mine {story to follow}--we decided to get a hotel room and stay the night in Nashville and break that long drive up.

We only had a morning to spend there, and it.was.freezing. when we woke up. Thirty-seven degrees! Hello! I pretty much packed hoodies for us and we needed serious jackets.

Our first stop was for breakfast at Biscuit Love. Such a cool restaurant! And Nathan told me, "Mom, this is the best bacon I've ever had in my whole life. It's even better than your bacon." I personally felt like the biscuits were waaaaaay too salty--like so salty that I couldn't even eat half of mine. And the bacon was salty, too! I felt like I had a kidney stone by the time we left.

We then drove by Vanderbilt Medical Center and down Music Row. And we had ambitious plans for seeing the Parthenon. I literally cannot put into words how miserably cold we were!

Scott said that his favorite part was when we were in the Parthenon, in front of the huge statue of Athena, and all of a sudden we hear Hot Wheels racing across the marble floors. The boys decided that they had finally found the perfect place to race their cars. Momma put a stop to that, but we did get a good laugh!

I'm hoping that this isn't the most miserable vacation ever. Why? Because I'm in bed with the flu, working on grants and proposals. {That is, NOT taking a vacation.} I've never had the flu before, and it is not fun!

I hope I'm feeling better soon! I want so badly to get out and go have fun with my guys!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter and Egg Hunts

After almost a full five days of Nathan having the fever virus and having to miss out on everything, we were finally able to have a fun-filled Easter weekend! Thank goodness!

Our first stop was to the Fletcher's Easter egg hunt. The boys had a total blast! They got a ton of eggs, and they had a lot of fun with their friends.

Our next Easter egg hunt was the Thomas' egg hunt. The boys had so much fun running around with their friends. It was a little bit chilly, but the food and company were both excellent!

On Easter morning, the boys were so excited to see who could grab the most eggs. I can only imagine them doing this when they're a bit older. Yikes! ;) They both got new baseball mitts and a new football.

And then it was off to church! Don't my guys look so handsome? And yes, I'm pretty sure this is the dress I've worn the past two years on Easter Sunday, but oh well!

There's a "little" something extra in this picture!
And finally, we went over to the Eckert's house for an Easter egg hunt and supper. We had a great time! I made my six layer carrot cake, and it was delicious!

I hope that your Easter was wonderful this year!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Jack's Easter Bonnet Parade

Easter Bonnet Parade sounds so girly, I know. But, this three year old was so, so pumped to rock his lime green fedora with hot-glue-gunned-on Easter eggs. Let me tell you!

I love my Jack Ryan so, so, so terribly much. He oozes confidence and fun! This boy came bursting through the double doors, leading his class, and quite literally passed his teacher. I thought my heart would explode! {We'll not talk about the fit he pitched having to wear a sweater vest to school. I know, I'm the meanest.}

He stood up on that stage with his hands on his hips the whole time, and I could have died! He looked so cute!! I wish I had gotten a picture of his entire class, but oops! I was just focusing on the cutest one up there!

When Elton John Came To Roanoke

Y'all, when I heard that Elton John {basically the single person I've dreamed of seeing in concert for two decades} was coming to little Roanoke, Virginia, I could hardly believe it! I was beside myself with excitement! And of course, along with our close friends Josh and Candace, we snatched up the closest seats we possibly could!

The concert was last weekend, and all I can say is that he is perfection itself. We had a total blast!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Homemade Tortillas

On Sunday, I decided to make homemade tortillas! I just looooove Mexican food {it's my fav!}, and I love going to a restaurant and having made-from-scratch tortillas.

Little did I know just how easy it was to make them! I grabbed this recipe from Childhood 101.

You will need:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup warm water
1. In a mixer, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.

2. Add the oil and water and mix until the dough starts to form a ball.

3. Place the dough on a lightly-floured surface and knead until smooth. This is how you knead:


4. Divide the dough into sixteen balls. Flatten the balls with your palm.

5. Cover the pieces with a clean tea towel {or I just used a big paper towel} and let it be for 15 minutes.

6. Heat a frying pan. One at a time, roll out the dough until it is very, very thin. 

7. Place the dough on the frying pan until a few golden spots appear. Cook on both sides.

You're welcome, people! These were the BEST tortillas I've ever tasted! :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The 100th Day of School

Today is Nathan's 100th day of school! The task? "Dress like a 100 year old man."

Was he successful?

Well, of course he was!

Nathan and I headed out to Walgreen's last night, because I waited until the last minute to get my wheels turning on this. "Do you have any face paint?" I asked an employee. "No, ma'am," he replied, giving me an are-you-crazy look. Nathan wanted to buy a cane so badly, but the cheapest one was like thirty bucks. No way! So, we bought a pair of reading glasses for ten dollars and left.

I ended up mixing white ink from a stamp pad with black paint to get a grey beard on my child. And I put baby powder and hair spray in his hair. It turned out great! {You just can't tell in these pictures!}

"Mom, this is my old man face," he said.

Well, I think your old man face is adorable, you cutie pie!

He was so, so, so excited to get to school and show his teacher, Mrs. Bratton, his "costume." And if you ask me, he was the best looking old man in there! ;)

A Valentine's Visit

Well, it's easy to say that my favorite gift this Valentine's Day was a visit from my mom and dad! We had a wonderful visit with them. It was bitterly cold the entire time they were here, so all of our activities were indoors!

We ate out at a couple of our favorite restaurants, Bent Mountain Bistro and Wasena Tap and Grill.

{Of course, when Pops and BeeGee are in town, you sit in their laps and not in your chair! Duh.}

Both of the boys' Valentine's Day parties were on Friday, the 12th. I was one of the party moms for Jack's class. Nathan was very jealous! I kept telling him, "I'm the party mom for your Easter party! I can't be in two places at once! Cool your jets!"

They were most especially excited to wear their adorable shirts that their BeeGee sewed for them!

I had so much fun in Jack's class. I decorated the classroom with red streamers, and I had a fun heart wreath craft for the kiddos, and I brought along a Valentine's Day book that played music. I told everyone they had to stand up and dance. It was precious! And Jack was Sweet boy would not participate at all {except for the craft and the eating of the cupcake--"Mommy, can I have two cupcakes, please??"}. He just clung to me the entire time. And I loved it!

The next day, we all went to go see Kung Fu Panda 3. The boys really enjoyed it!

Valentine's Day, we skipped church and I stayed in my pajamas for a good portion of the day! We sure enjoyed Pops and BeeGee coming to town to see us, as we always do! This Valentine's Day was extra sweet, that's for sure!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Daddy And Me Day

Both of the boys had "Daddy and Me Day" at school this week. Nathan's special day was yesterday, and Jack's was today.

Nathan James was so, so, so excited! When it came time to get dressed, he asked, "What shirt do you think Dad will think is the most handsome?" And, when I was combing his hair, he said, "Do my hair JUST like Dad's!"

How precious is that!?

We pulled into the parking lot, and Nathan said, "My stomach hurts a little bit."

"Really, sugar?" I asked

"Well," he replied, "It always hurts a little bit on Daddy and Me Day."

He was equal parts anxious and excited, I do believe!

They had a great time together! :)

Jack, being the three year old that he is, was not worrying over his hair and his choice of shirt this morning. He was simply stoked to be spending the morning with his dad!

When we pulled in the parking lot {when your hubby gets to work at 5:00 AM, he can't exactly take the kiddos to school. ugh. annoying.}, and Jack saw Scott's truck, he started screaming, "DADDY!!! DADDY!!!"

I picked up Jack this afternoon from school, and the first thing I asked him was how Daddy and Me Day went. "Mom! We ate doughnuts! I really liked that food! But, we didn't have cupcakes. Just grapes and oranges." I laughed. True to form, Jack was thinking about his tummy. :)

I'm so blessed to have these two boys. They're so different and wonderful and unique. And I'm so blessed, as are they, to have Scott. He really is the best daddy. Most nights, he comes home late and exhausted, and he gives his all to his family. I couldn't ask for a better man! And the boys couldn't ask for a better daddy!