Thursday, March 26, 2015


Here's to another installment of the latest and greatest happenings around the house. Enjoy!

Whoa. Audio books. My boys have discovered the greatness of audio books. Austin goes down for a nap at some point (remember I gave up on those), and the headphones (similar - the point is that they are noise-limiting) go on. And all is quiet. It is glorious. Glorious.

Yep. I made a minion. It was so much fun, too! I especially love the banana candies. I mean, hello? You HAVE to have bananas if you are going to make a minion. So, the cake was a banana cake with a banana cream cheese frosting. Yum! Speaking of that... I have some cake in the fridge...

Here comes the sun. And, you know what that means, right? The zoo!! Of course, everyone in the state of Alabama stole my idea... Not cool. We didn't stay long. I got them to leave with the promise of ice cream. There were just WAY too many people. Can't wait for Spring Break to be over here... We want our zoo back. Ha!

So, for now the backyard will have to do. There seem to be a few creatures of interest back there. In fact, Austin found AND CAUGHT a grasshopper. On the first try, people. You don't even want to know how many time it took me... He just went in there and grabbed him. Little explorer man, that one. Anyway, hopefully, we won't be in this backyard for much longer. Soon, I hope to share our new home with you. Keep the prayers a-coming! We really do appreciate them!!

I can give you a sneak peek though! This is my new backsplash that will be installed soon!! The gorgeous granite is already in place. Y'all. I cried when I was sent the photos of the new kitchen. It was even more beautiful than I could ever imagine. I cannot wait to cook all kids of goodness in there for my family!!

For now, while we keep the house as clean as the day we first moved in, this will do for now.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Boys' First Fun Run

Andrew and Alex ran in their first 1-mile fun run this past Saturday - so exciting!

Our friend, Becky, was doing the marketing for the Junior League of Birmingham and asked if we wanted to come. Sure, why not? These guys have a TON of energy. Let's do it! It was the perfect day for it at an awesome venue - Regions Field!! Go boys!!

Talking numbers before the race

Alex at the start line. Andrew is standing next to him, but you cant see him...

And, they are off!! Go boys!!

Andrew is circled. Go Andrew!!

Here comes Andrew after his first lap around the stadium!!

Alex jumps back in with Daddy's help on the last lap. Andrew is inside on the left of the circle. Alex is with Jason.

Our little runners with their medals!! Yay!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beach Week!!

Yes, beach week!! Austin and I tagged along on Jason's business trip last week to Panama City Beach. And, y'all. It was fabulous. Sure, it might have been Spring Break for the kids...which apparently, I am not... Wow. I mean, like, wow. There are no words. But, luckily, I figured that most would still be in their hungover slumber in the morning, which is perfect to hang out at the beach. It was GREAT! My husband is great! He knows exactly where to take me when I need to relax...

The beach... I love the beach. The sand, the waves, the sounds, the salty air. A piece of heaven.

Anyway, here is a look at all the fun Austin and I had in Panama City Beach and Destin. Oh! If you are reading this in an email, you may want to click through. Also, turn it up! Enjoy the beachy goodness!


Wondering where Andrew and Alex are?? No worries! They headed to Camp Nana-Papa. See? Told ya. I am one relaxed mama!

Have a great week, y'all!


Places we loved:

Uncle Ernie's Bayfront Grill
Captain's Table
The Oaks by the Bay
Pier Park
Fudpuckers - Destin
Camp Helen State Park

Monday, March 2, 2015

Weather Whiplash

Last week there was snow.
Today it is raining and 54.
Tomorrow the high is 74. Sweet.
Wait...Thursday there could be snow?!


While I wrap my head around the fact that people in these parts are going to be purchasing sunscreen AND French toast supplies, take a look at some of the fun we had last week. What is she talking about?? Yes, people in this area hear the word "snow" at just a whisper and they all go running to buy milk, bread, and eggs... I have lived here for almost 8 years and I STILL have no idea why. It is the strangest thing ever.


Yeah, it is pretty. But, I am happy that it was  gone by the end of the day. Very happy.

Friday, February 27, 2015

7 Quick Takes: Current Happenings

1. The Tiny One - Take 2

12 Weeks, 2 Days

So, this wee one of ours MUST be a girl. Only because this one is already causing drama. But, I could be wrong still. I won't know until either next appointment or the one after (I haven't decided yet).

I go into my what was supposed to be regular 10 minute prenatal check-up. And, suddenly it turns into an hour. Little Bit didn't want anyone hearing his or her heartbeat. Nice. Mommy appreciates that... Let me back up a tad. I'm slightly worried (every pregnancy) that something bad will happen. This one more than the others. I know... Lame. And, I will be 14 weeks tomorrow - still not one bit of movement felt (though...we have been extremely busy so I could have missed it).

Anyway, Dr. F. has a shadowing doctor right now and she had an issue with finding the heartbeat. But, it was fine... Dr. F. will find it. Only, he came in and 20 minutes later he STILL couldn't find it. UGH!

They both left and got the ultrasound tech to take me next. Seriously?! But, it was interesting how I felt all of a sudden... I knew that it was going to be fine. And, whatever the would still be fine. With everything that has happened lately, I was honestly ok. I just said a quick prayer and waited until my U/S.

Thankfully, Little Bit is perfectly healthy and (even though I can't feel anything yet) was rolling around like crazy in there! So, all is well and we should know very soon which "A" name will be announced! YAY!!

2. Baby Bump Photo Yet??

Sorry! I don't have much of a bump just yet. But, someone did say that I was starting to look pregnant! So maybe next week you can have a pic. Maybe.

3. Train 'Em Young!

Austin's new favorite thing to do is push the laundry basket around the house. As long as he has Baby Fox helping and gets to keep the basket when he is done, he loves helping Mommy!

4. A New Cousin is Coming Soon!!

Those two boys... They crack me up! So we walk into Belk the other day to just get out and put and end to cabin fever. And, of course, they say, "Oooooohhhh....not a mommy store!!!! Where is the Lego store!?" As soon as I explain that Silly Mommy just wants to find something extra to put into Aunt Kate and Uncle Justin's box (I swear...I will send it out tomorrow, guys!!), they were ALL OVER THAT. They each were grabbing this outfit and that outfit. Asking what number we should get. In the photo, Alex (front) is trying to figure out where the pants are to those onesies. Andrew is trying to figure out why that girly outfit is blue when it should be pink in his head. All the questions and comments about items for Baby Keira were so funny!

Note: Just so Kate and Just know...those are NOT the items I chose. There is no pink only because I'm assuming that you have way too much of it from the baby shower (saw that happen at another shower I went to). Also, I realized that girl clothes are overwhelming. So, if this is a boy again... I will be TOTALLY fine with that!! Haha!

5. Snow Actually Happened. 

After an ENTIRE day of waiting and waiting for the mysterious snow storm to come, the snow finally decided to fall. At bedtime. Stupid snow. Anyway, the boys were SO happy when they woke the next morning and gobbled up their breakfast as fast as anything, Austin included, to get their gear on and go out in the slushy mess. Can you tell I'm not a big fan of that white stuff?

6. Snow Explorers

Really. That's what Andrew decided their name should be where there is snow. Austin walks in the snow like a champ, by the way. Alex and Andrew's first times in the snow...they looked like little cats with tape on their paws. This guy? He was born for walks in the snow... Hope he knows down the road that the South is the only place one should live though. I can't do the North. I just wont survive. Like, for real. Still not sure how I survived our Minnesota trip! ;)

7. The Great Thaw

Around these parts, if the boys have been playing outside and it is under...maybe 50 degrees? They request hot chocolate to be ready where they are almost done playing outside. Lately they have been requesting hot chocolate in a "real mug" and are just so excited when I deliver. I may have to let them pick out their own special mugs once we can move to the new house!

Good times once again!


Friday, February 20, 2015

7 Quick Takes: Quiet Mornings, Wacky Weather, and the Fresh Princes

1. Sweet Brothers

It pleases this mama when there are days like this... Austin, by the way, has found a new snuggle buddy.

2. Morning Reading Time

I've slowly re-introduced morning reading/quiet time. Currently, this is Austin's favorite book - Richard Scarry's Just Right Word Book. So cute.

3. "Hotel Place"

Welcome to the "Hotel Place" built by Alexander Industries. You give the guy at the door your card, and you can go sleep for a little bit or a long time, according to Alex. Are mommies able to themselves??

4. Zoo...on a Saturday??

Yep. It's true. We went on a Saturday (one of the dreaded days...). Luckily, it was kinda cold and most people didn't come out until around the time we were leaving. We had someone come by to see the house, so off we went. Good times, too! There was a birdwatching event going on. Andrew found a pretty cool bird and Alex had found a nest. Fun!

5. Sometimes the weather isn't frightful. And, it's delightful. #wintergoaway

Same day as the zoo pictures above. See? It DID warm up. This was just this past Saturday, people. Right now? 30. Ew. Tomorrow's high 35. Double ew. I hate winter. Hopefully this is the last artic blast...

6. Another Quiet Morning

Puzzles are the best. Especially when there are MULTIPLE puzzles in one box. Awesome. They probably worked on those all morning. I know I had them clean up for lunch anyway.

7. So this is the story...

...all about how my life got flip-turned upside down. I'd like to take a minute; just sit right there. I'll tell you how I became the "Fresh Mom of B'ham!" Hahahaha! What sillies. Love it!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Men See Fire. Need More Wood.

Last week we got our fireplace going after years of not using it due to the little people that run wildly about. Also, we wanted to make sure everything was in proper condition for the Open House and for whoever may move in next.

Little did I know that having a fire roaring once again, meant that these little people (and their fearless leader) would revert back to primitive times...

Sure, we have the Duraflames and some extra wood from our awesome neighbor. But that was not near enough for what they were going for. Not at all.

Cave Man Daddy takes the bigger offspring, Dino Boy and Runs Wild, to Big Hill.

You have to look REALLY hard. But they are up there. There is an orange bucket off to the left and they are over on the right. Hunting. And gathering.

You can maybe see them better here... The Boys have blue jackets on and Jason's white tee in hanging out the back of his hoodie. They were out there for like 45 mins. Maybe longer.

But they came back bearing gifts for Cave Mama and Little Squealer

Also, they loved showing off how strong and powerful they both are.

My cave men did a great job at finding the finest firewood in all the land! Look at that fire!

Cave Mama happy. Cave Mama make dinner now.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sometimes Wii Win - Sometimes Wii Lose

It is entirely TOO COLD outside. We seriously cannot wait for the amazing weather to return...

In the meantime, we are running out of things to do, games to place, and places to go. So, it is time. Time for the Wii.

Note: There are 2 videos at the end. If you cannot see them you may need to click through to the blog post. Enjoy!

Andrew LOVES playing Frisbee Dog! He's getting better at it!!

No. Austin is not actually playing the Wii. He has a Wii Candy Dispenser Remote that Rachel and I found at Toys R Us ages ago. Need one for your little Wii player so they don't feel left out? Click here. He is pretty cute "playing" along, though! Andrew would make his guy do something and Austin thought it was him LOL So cute and so funny! He's very serious about it!

Andrew's Victory Dance Celebration

Alex's Quiet Win

So, how are y'all fighting the never-ending Cabin Fever?? I need some more ideas... Or a new Wii game for preschoolers.


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