Monday, January 15, 2018

school is out again...


School is out today for MLK Jr. Day.  I think Clarice has only been to school a handful of times in the past thirty days...sigh.
 I am ready for the new year, and ready for our routine to get back to normal.   

So...a friend of mine told me about the Jesus Story Book Bible.  It is great.  I'm really glad I ordered this one.  The kids enjoy (for the most part) listening to the stories from the Old and New Testaments.  

I love Saturday mornings because I get ready, pick a kid (usually Clarice since she isn't terrified of public restrooms), and go run errands...
 On that day I picked up a bookshelf at Hobby Lobby which I came home and painted bright blue.  I'll try to do a video about it soon...it is going to be epic!

Lance is really getting into drawing with his markers.  It is usually the first thing he likes to do in the morning...

And making pizza with daddy...

And throwing the football...he is really running on all cylinders these days!



That is all for now.  Hope you all have a great week!

xoxo,
Kelly

 



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year's weekend + goodbye 2017


Matt had a three day weekend, so we had lots of fun saying goodbye to 2017 and celebrating our 12 year wedding anniversary.  We were able to go out to lunch alone on Saturday which was really nice.  Then we stopped by the hardware store to try to solve some storage issues.  Later that afternoon I had a hankering for an ice cream waffle cone...so I made one myself.  Thanks YouTube for all the weird how-to videos!

I just finished reading this one...it was really funny but did have a few curse words.

I've decided...anything by the Robertsons (Duck Dynasty) or by the Gaines's (Fixer Upper) is fine by me.  They both tend to be very pro-Christian and pro-family.  This book was so good!

Matt grilled out on Sunday night.


And he cooked again on Monday night right before the big game...Go Dawgs!

No sick days for mommies!

So...Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Anniversary Matt!

xoxo,
Kelly


 

 

Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas 2017


Hey y'all, here are all our ups and downs of Christmas 2017...(mostly ups)
We drove over to Matt's parents house on Christmas Eve after church and enjoyed a really nice lunch and opening presents.  Lance loves to play the piano when he is over there or at least pretend.

Clarice was so happy about the doll her Grammy got her.
 The kids just love going to Grammy and Grandfather's house!

On Christmas day we drove over to Baba's house and saw my side of the family.  Clarice loved looking at the dogs.  

Lots of selfies...




And lots of food...they had a Low Country Boil.


We are so thankful for both sides of our families.  We are very blessed!

On Tuesday Clarice and I thought we were going to volunteer at the food pantry, but it got cancelled.  This was information I could have used before I drove there, but that's ok.  Clarice and I had fun driving around and getting lost and stumbling across a horse pasture.  I just had to stop and let her see them.  She really loves horses.

For the "down" part of Christmas, our hot water heater had an electrical fire on Tuesday night.  We had to call 911 and get the kids out of bed and out of the house.  Thankfully we were home when it happened and the fire department said it was just the hot water heater.  We got a new one the next day.  It was a rough way to round out our year.  We are still very thankful about the timing, and we are really trying to stay positive about everything. 

All is ok now...especially when I can cuddle up with these cuties.

A few weeks ago I ordered a shirt that said "thankful."  I am really trying y'all! 


xoxo,
Kelly

 

Friday, December 22, 2017

recent stuff...Christmas edition


Last Friday Matt had the day off work so we were able to go out to lunch on our own!  Merry Christmas to me! 

Clarice acting like an elf at Chick-fil-A

The other day I handed off a little gift to Lance's school bus driver.  That particular day they were having trouble with one of the students, and I noticed that the driver has an assistant who was helping her.  My heart dropped as I handed the driver the gift.  So, I was so excited to make a last minute trip to Hobby Lobby the other day and get the assistant this cute mug that was 50% off!

Clarice and I went to pay the utility bill, and I wanted her to pose in front of the tree...or at least just stand still.  Even the grouchy receptionist got a kick out of watching us!

The kids are now out of school.  Yesterday while Clarice was taking a nap (I think she fell asleep but I'm not sure), Lance put down his I-Pad and picked up a paint brush.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

xoxo,
Kelly

P.S. I finally did our snow days video.  You can find it here. 


 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SAHM Job Experience


A few years ago I decided to start my own company.  Right away I was in charge of recruiting my own personnel which meant giving birth to the notion that my time, my body, my energy, and my money were no longer mine.  Apparently I didn't know what I was getting myself into.  The early days involved working the day shift AND the night shift.  I put my chin up and my chest outward and marched on.  

The team I assembled had a hard time getting along with me and with each other.  They seemed quite whiny, and were somewhat unresponsive to the basic rules I put in place.  I made my points quite clear that I was in charge, but I still ended up with egg on my face.  

Since we all had to work long hours together, I was also put in charge of my teams nutritional input.  Unfortunately for me, I was also in charge of managing, cleaning, and worrying over the output which took up a good bit of our budget not to mention all my energy. 

I was also my company's buyer, so my team and I would strategize over our buying options.  We came up with lists and more lists.   Finally we would brave the elements and go out to find how little our funds would carry.  

Transportation was a bit of an issue for my team, so as you can guess, I was put in charge of that too.  Their lack of motivation for themselves, and gratitude towards me was beginning to wear on me.  I put on a brave face and plowed ahead.  

As the years ticked slowly by, my team became better communicators.  They became very vocal about what they wanted and when they wanted it.  The feedback was appreciated since most of the conversations and brain storming sessions up to this point seemed one-sided.  

The company is now flourishing and is making the world a brighter place.  I'm  very thankful for my team members who pushed me to becoming who I truly am...a Stay At Home Mommy.  :)


Saturday, December 9, 2017

snow in Georgia


It is snowing...in Georgia!  December is a bit early for us, so it should be an interesting winter.  Hope you like the pictures.  I am working on making a video, but am having trouble with the technical stuff.  I'll let you all know when I get it up on YouTube.  





Hope you all have a great weekend.  It is still snowing here!  We are so excited!  :)

xoxo,
Kelly

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Jump!


We have been doing lots of jumping around here lately.  Clarice got to go to a birthday jump party two weeks ago.  It was in the evening, but she still behaved really well and had a lot of fun.


New PJs and slippers

One good thing about the recent (and more frequent) no-nap days is that she passes out on top of me at 7:30 at night.

The place we volunteer every month is having a Christmas tree sale.

Lance got to be part of the Sunday morning service and carried a Poinsettia.

Going out for ice cream

And lastly, Lance has really enjoyed writing more.  He wrote "jet" on one paper and "jump" on another.  He also likes to write the alphabet in bubble letters.

Hope you all have a great week!

xoxo,
Kelly
 

school is out again...

School is out today for MLK Jr. Day.  I think Clarice has only been to school a handful of times in the past thirty days...sigh.  I am r...