Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Scott and Nathan went kayaking last weekend. Nathan loved it! He felt very "grown up" to get to go out in Daddy's kayak!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Scott's 29th Birthday

Yesterday, we celebrated Scott's 29th birthday!

Of course, Scott requested my six-layer carrot cake. The boys devoured it! {Shhh, don't tell anyone that I accidentally used fat free cream cheese for the icing. THE HORROR.}

It was a special day celebrating this guy we love so, so much!

Happy birthday, babe! XOXO!

Hurray For The USA!

On Friday, the boys' preschool held the annual spring musical. This year, the theme was "Hurray for the USA!" It was so precious! And finally, for the first time in three years, this momma got the FRONT ROW! The key? Get there fifty minutes early. I'm not even kidding!

Jack's class sang two songs. The first song was about the colors and attributes of the American flag. They sang about the thirteen stripes, the fifty stars, and the red white and blue! The second song was about waving the flag, and they all waved little American flags. I definitely teared up, just seeing my baby up there being such a big boy!

Nathan's class did five songs--three singing and two instrumental. They sang about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. My absolute favorite part was the last song, they performed using the hand bells. Talk about a teary-eyed momma! That was so beautiful. I'll never forget it. I cannot believe my sweet Nathan James just has two more days left in preschool, and then it's off to "real school!"

My mom came in town to see the boys' musical, and of course they were over-the-moon thrilled that BeeGee was there!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Strawberry Festival

Every year, since we've moved here, we have attended the Strawberry Festival. I guess you could say it has become a family tradition!

Nathan and Jack wanted their faces painted. Jack wanted a storm trooper, and Nathan wanted Darth Vadar. That sweet girl was NOT prepared for those requests, but she googled some images and this momma was SO appreciative!

We walked around, grabbed some kettle corn and strawberry smoothies, and relaxed and enjoyed some good music!

It was a wonderful family outing! :)

Friday, May 6, 2016

Awana Awards Night

This past Sunday evening was Awards Night at Awana. Nathan has worked so hard all year, and he was very much looking forward to this special evening!

They called each child up, one at a time, and all the parents clapped and the teachers said something sweet. For Nathan, they said, "Nathan always knows his verses. He doesn't even need us to give him the first word!"

Nathan was one of five boys in his class to receive the highest award for Cubbies. He finished his entire book this year and memorized and recited twenty-six Bible verses. That's a lot for a five year old!

I was so proud of him, and I could tell he was very proud of his hard work. He has been diligent every week this school year to work on Awana verses.

The teachers had a funfetti cake for the kiddos {and their parents}. Jack, of course, had to sit up at the table with the other Cubbies and get a piece!

Then all the Cubbies and their leaders sang a song. It was so sweet!

Nathan James, I just adore you more than words can ever say! You are hardworking and persistent. You don't take "no" for an answer {sometimes that drives me crazy}, and I know you will go so far! More than anything, your heart for the Lord and his holy word is so evident to me as your Mama. Your sincerity of faith and your desire to do what is right fill my heart will pure joy. Jesus, thank you for this boy! What a blessing he is!

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!