Friday, September 27, 2013

Hobby Lobby

We went to Hobby Lobby to help my friend Danyell get ready for her sweet boy's 1st birthday.  When we got up to the checkout, Olivia saw some pillow stuffed animals.  They were in a U shape so she picked one up and asked what it was.  I told her it was a pillow for your neck to use if you are going on long trips.  (I thought that would solve it, she would put it down, and we would be on our way.)  "Mommy, is Korea far away?"  I told her yes it was, to which without skipping a beat she says, "I need this then to go to Korea to get my baby Easton!"  How could I argue!  It is a long way, and well, she was pretty darn cute when asking!  She had a reason for needing this, right?!?!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To the fair!

Several weeks ago, I left as soon as the school day was over and met my parents outside in the parking lot to grab Olivia and get home to meet John.  First up, we walked around to see what all there was at the fair.  We walked through the petting zoo which to her sounded super fun until we were in there.  She freaked when the pig came close.  She loves animals, so we were stumped!  I was trying to get her to just pet his head, but as you can see, she was NOT having it!!


  After walking around, we got some tickets and Olivia started out with the slide.

  We tried to get her to do some of the rides without us, but she was not having it.  Without asking her, we got on the Ferris wheel.  She was really nervous.  It was the BIG one!!  I can't say I love it, but I tried to grin and bear it. Once it was over, she said she loved it!
We went over to watch the pigs and duck races and then finished out the fair experience with good ole fair food.
 She was exhausted at this point.  She had been to school and then to the fair without a nap!  I don't think we got out of the parking lot before she was asleep.  Just for the record.....she ate this whole corndog minus 3 bites and two large glasses of lemonade.  She topped it off with homemade ice cream. Yum!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Time for a check up!

The doc is in!!!  After asking Olivia what she wanted to be for Halloween numerous times, it was decided that she would be doc.  I kept thinking she would change her mind, but nope, Doc it is!!  I am a bit partial, but I think she makes a pretty stinkin' cute Doc McStuffins!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fall is almost here!

Saturday the high for the day was low 70's and a lot of sunshine.  Could we even ask for a nicer day?!?!  We headed to the park for a picnic breakfast and then walked followed by some play time. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Birthday care package

I am not sure that Easton received his package in time for his birthday, but he was thought of nonstop nonetheless.
 We had a simple celebration this year since we are waiting to travel.  No big party like last year, but a celebration here just us.  We are hoping that we go soon, but we aren't sure as there are a lot of steps still to go.  If it is near Christmas, we gotta save every.single.penny!  Hello international travel during the holidays!

Friday night on the 13th, we celebrated Easton.  It was the 14th in Korea, his actual birthday so we lit 2 candles and sang happy birthday.  Olivia tried to blow the smoke to Korea for him, but I am not so sure it got there this time....she was nervous about blowing out the candles with the ice cream already on top. 

And what kind of present do you get a child who isn't home yet??  He gets....drumroll......a mattress and box springs!!!  Don't knock it, he's gonna need it, right?!?!  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Happy Birthday Buppy!

Is it possible to love someone more than I love my dad?  I don't think so!  He is such an important figure in my life and I love watching him with my child.  They are two of a kind!  She gives it right back to him when he dishes it out.  I never imagined that he would be so crazy about her, or vise versa but they are great buddies.
Saturday we celebrated dad's birthday, and Olivia proudly made him a card and delivered it to him.  John brought home some of my dad's favorites....fried pies!  I made him two homemade meringue pies (yes, I can cook) and mom cooked  a great dinner.  Leslie, Annelyn, Adeline and Moose all came up and we had a great evening.  The worst part of our day was that UT lost, but other than that, it was a great day!  Dad got to ride his motorcycle, and the weather could not have been better.  The girls played and had a lot of fun together.  I think I have decided....I have the BEST family ever!  I am truly grateful.  What a gift! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

School playgrounds

There are few people in this world, as I am still learning, that I know love me for me no matter what.
The Jenkins' family is one of those families.  It doesn't matter if they are packing to move at 3:00 a.m. in a chilly garage and need more boxes, having a yard sale that we don't decide on definitively until midnight the night before, or just texting each other at 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning to see if the other one is up.....I know that she (and the whole family) are there if needed.  I love Traci and her 4 sweet kids and her wonderful husband.  They are a God fearing, loving family that I am blessed beyond measure to have come across in my life.  I am sure many people could say these things about Traci.  Her spirit explodes with kindness and I am quite sure she has the ability to make everyone feel loved.

 Even though she has moved an hour away, we find great ways to meet up and hang out for much needed friend time.  This school playground was a perfect spot for a CFA picnic lunch and friend time a few weeks ago.


Saturday, September 14, 2013


Finally, we went!  We have talked and talked about going, but lets be honest, we are busy!  It is hard to commit to even 30 min. outside of the normal day.  I know, ridiculous!  So, we decided our best bet would be Saturday mornings when Miss Olivia is fresh for the day.  By 4:30 or 5 in the afternoon she is done.  For a kid who is already shy and stubborn, all of that does not equal a good time had by all.  We all went for the first lesson because she will be more likely to do it if her daddy is there.  He had a great lesson! ;)  She had a decent first lesson.  She participated after 15 or so minutes and with that, John had to do the circuit with her.  This class is labeled as the 'shy' class when I called about beginning classes.  I am hopeful that she gets more confident each time and is excited to go soon.  At the end they had streamers that they were waving and when they were done, her teacher said just wad it up and throw it in the middle.  Bless her!  Wad it up???  Have you lost your mind?!?!  Not my child.  She preceded to fold her piece and when it wasn't right, she opened it up and folded it again.  She stopped in between and ran over and said, "Her told me to wad it up and throw it.  I fold it though."  I hate we don't have more pictures, but we were just trying to get through the lesson.  I snapped these once she was being more independent. 

When I asked her later in the day about what her favorite part was, she held up her hand.  Yep, she liked the stamp the best!  (You can barely see it here.)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Lazy Sunday

We are at Mammy and Buppy's house this weekend dog sitting while they headed to Knoxville for the UT game.
We were heading to church, but Nana called this morning needing John to help move some things so Olivia and I are here enjoying hanging out together. So far we have made pumpkin bread, played the cabbage patch game (multiple times), and are currently playing in the water table.
 These are the days I hope I never forget.