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What We Did: Weekend Edition {11.7.16}

We had another really busy weekend. I’ve just come to accept that life is busy and is going to remain busy for at least the next decade. So we just embrace it, tag team dropping kids off at various places, and drink heavily at night. ha! Our weekend started as always with Friday Night Lights. It was Tyler’s last regular season home game for the year and it was our school’s biggest rival team. We had a bunch of friends and family come to watch and our team did not disappoint. 



We won 42-0 and Tyler played a fantastic game. He had 6 individual tackles, 5 assisted tackles, 4 hurries, a tip, 2 almost sacks, and a fumble recovery. He had a blast and it was a wonderful way to close out the regular season. Now we’re on to the playoffs. 




It was also senior night so we had a great time celebrating the seniors and the stands were packed. This is such a great group of people- moms, dads, siblings, players…I’m so grateful to be a part of this amazing school. I’m going to miss football games. Although I’ll see a lot of these people again in a few weeks at basketball games. 


Saturday morning started bright and early with Mason having his first basketball practice at 8:30am. Which means we were up and moving by 7:00. Which sucks when you didn’t get home from the football after party until almost 1am. Coffee y’all, lots of coffee. 



We came home and dropped off Mason after his practice and literally turned around and left to drive Tyler to his basketball practice that started at 11. It was only 1.5 hours long so Matt and I just stayed to watch. Most practices are closed so it was nice to get to watch one. 


We dropped Tyler off at home after practice and Matt and I headed off to vote. I didn’t take any pictures because we had to leave our phones in the car. I don’t understand this rule but whatever. We waited in a long long line and it was almost 2 hours before we got back to the car. My stomach was growling and so was Matt by the time we were done. 


Matt and I barely had time to scarf down a sandwich before we were back on the road. Maia’s school had a Fall Carnival and both she and Tyler signed up to volunteer. Being at charter schools means that our kids are required to complete a certain number of service hours every semester. Maia and Tyler’s schools are right down the road from one another so a bunch of the football players offered to help with her school’s Fall Carnival to earn a couple of service hours. Maia did face painting and the football players did the bounce bootcamp and the knockerball. It was hilarious and fun and the little kids had a blast. I was volunteering also so I didn’t take any pictures. I can’t believe I didn’t get any. 


We left Maia’s Fall Carnival and headed a few miles down the road to Tyler’s schools November Fest celebration. They had a chili cook-off, live entertainment, bouncy houses, and the introduction of the winter varsity teams. I love being a part of this school. I love walking around at an event and knowing so many people, and feeling the spirit of community, and my kid having so many friends and feeling like he really just fits at this school. It’s amazing.




After Matt and Tyler consumed enough chili to ensure a very uncomfortable ride home for the rest of us, it was time for the winter sports teams to be introduced. Now let’s take a moment and analyze the picture above. Notice how the girls varsity team is wearing their uniforms? Notice how the boys team is not? Yeah. They were supposed to be. Clearly the coaches need to understand that if they want anything to get accomplished they have to email the moms. ha! We’re in the middle of an interesting transition from football to basketball. Football is still in season because our team made the playoffs. So the football players cannot practice during the week or play games because you can only play one sport at a time in high school in our state. Half the team consists of football players. We’ll see how this goes. I feel bad for the basketball coach.

Saturday night was get in your pajamas, sit on the couch, and watch Alabama play LSU in what was a much closer game than I anticipated. Sometime around 9:30 I realized I never ate dinner. I was going to make a pizza but I decided I was too tired to chew. I drank my dinner instead.




Sunday was hair cut day for the boys. The football coach has been on Tyler’s back to cut his hair and then the basketball coach chimed in and agreed. So Tyler got a hair cut. He went with a faux hawk style. I really like it. 


While Matt was doing hair cuts I was helping Zoey with her first Kindergarten project- the turkey decorating. It’s a right of passage. I’ve now done 5 of these dang turkeys. If I was smart I would kept the older kids’ projects and used them for the little kids. But she had fun and that’s what matters. And the project is done. 

The rest of Sunday was spent cleaning, doing laundry, and watching lots of football games. I’m gearing up for another extremely busy week. Tyler has the week off for football. Because pf the flooding in our state from the hurricane the playoffs were delayed a week to start next Friday so the coaches gave the players this week off. Of course that means they are eligible to attend basketball practice even if they can’t fully participate. Sigh. It’s all good, playing multiple varsity sports will look great on his college apps. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. 


The Weekend Recap {October 31}

Oh man, we had quite the weekend. It was jam packed with fun and family and friends, exactly how I like it. It got off to a not-so-great start with a trip to urgent care for Tyler.


He was diagnosed with a staph infection. You can see a few of the spots peeking out from under his shirt on his left arm. He has 6 spots on his arm, 1 on his thigh, and 2 on his back. He’s on super strong antibiotics- oral and topical- and we go back in a few days to get it checked. 



Friday afternoon Matt went to Zoey’s Kindergarten class for some pumpkin carving. This is something he has done with every one of our kids in Kindergarten and it was a little bittersweet to know that this is the last time. Not bittersweet enough to have another kid, but still bittersweet. It’s a fine line, folks. Zoey had a blast and she is really proud of their pumpkin.





Tyler had a hard game on Friday night. He started at nose guard and was having a fantastic game, they were having to triple team him to keep him from breaking through their offensive line. Then he went in the game on offensive line for one series and got hurt. He took a helmet to the side of the knee and his leg twisted under him when he fell. Then 3 guys fell on top of him. He played the rest of the game at nose guard but he was clearly hurting. 



We only have one regular season game left before the playoffs start and Maia has been begging to get a picture with Tyler after a game. He was nice enough to oblige her even though he was hurting. Love seeing my kids together. It gives me all the feels.


It was after 11 by the time we got home. The team trainer examined Tyler before we left the field and told us to do ice for 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off in 3 hour intervals. By the time he got showered and fed and comfortable in bed it was midnight. So I dosed him with Advil at 11 and started the ice at midnight. Which meant I had to stay up for 3 hours. It was a long night. A Long Night. I didn’t get into bed until 3:30 after his 3 hour ice intervals were done and he had a second dose of Advil. Then I was up at 6 to start all over again. Have I mentioned that I’m tired? Cause I’m tired.



Zoey went to a birthday party and fall festival with her bestie and had the best time. These girls are so amazingly adorable together. I just love them. Zoey had a blast. Her bestie’s mom has rapidly become one of my favorite people. It’s rare at the age of almost 40 to find new friends that you really really click with but I have done it and I’m so grateful. 


Speaking of besties, Maia found hers at our neighborhood Fall Festival. These two have been friends since they were 3 & 4 years old. It’s been awesome to watch them grow up together.



We did face painting. Mason chose a football, of course. His big brother is his hero right now and Mason cannot wait to play tackle football. I can wait. Zoey chose a pretty butterfly. Sweet girl.



We played games. They had a bunch of fun games set up for the kids. One of them won a lollipop. The other did not. I’ll let you guess which is which. Ha!




We ate lots of good food, saw lots of great friends, and met some new neighbors. The kids had a blast. 



Cotton candy was consumed in bulk by everyone. And it was good. 



Tyler felt okay enough with his knee to venture out to visit with his friends for awhile. He mostly sat on the curb and let his friends hang out around him. Like a queen holding court. Don’t tell him I said that. ha.



We took a fun hayride around our neighborhood. The kids loved being pulled around in a hay filled wagon by a big tractor. It’s the little things, folks.




The kids did apple bobbling. It was hilarious and they had a great time. They were dripping wet and got zero apples but a good time was had by all.


I didn’t even notice until I uploaded these pictures that one of Mason’s friends is photobombing in the pumpkin. Ha! 

It was a really busy weekend and we managed to work in a trip to IKEA, a trip to the library, and a trip to Sams Club. Plus we dropped into one of Matt’s co-workers Halloween party on Saturday night but we didn’t stay too long because we had friends come over to watch the Clemson/FL State game. What a GAME! I love busy, fun-filled weekends but honestly I’m looking forward to a nice quiet one sometime in the near future. 


Life Lately {September 2016}

Life lately around here has been busy. So very busy. September, as I mentioned, is just the busiest most stressful month when you have school aged kids! Basically you just have to buckle down and ride it out. But it’s not all bad, of course, we had a lot of great moments too! 


It started out a bit rough. Zoey was the first to get sick. She got a respiratory virus that came with fevers and massive amounts of mucus oozing out of various places. It was…great. Then Mason fell, then Maia, and finally Tyler, Matt, and myself. So 98% of September was spent dealing with various people’s ailments. 



But being forced to stay home with sick kids gave me the chance to finally finish up my gallery walls in the living room. The first one is the large wall behind the couch and the second picture is the smaller wall across from the stairs. I’ll show you more details later but I’m so happy with how they turned out!


The month started out great for this big boy. He locked up his starting right tackle position and he played great! He’s an amazing dude and I’ve never seen him so happy. I take a deep breath and thank the heavens every day that he got in to this charter school. 


I’m going to be really sad when football season is over, even if it is a massive amount of work for both him and us. It’s worth it. He’s made some amazing friends on the team and he really loves it. 


Lots of time was spent waiting for football practice to end but I managed to get quite a bit of reading done so that’s a plus. This is about the only time I can actually sit and read right now. 


And then in mid-September it all fell apart. After the homecoming game in mid-September Ty was diagnosed with a concussion. He had a rough go of it. He started with a bad headache and then came the nausea, dizziness, blurry vision, light headedness, and extreme sleepiness. It was a rough week right after the diagnosis.


He officially was put on concussion protocol after I got him evaluated by a sports medicine doctor which meant he missed almost 3 weeks of football. His concussion happened on 9/16 and 10/4 was his first full practice back after being cleared. 18 days. 18 days of grumpy teen boy. Awesome.


Meanwhile I spent a lot of time at Target where I found these amazing, delicious Fall lollipops. I bought them for the kids but then I ate one and then I ate them all. So good!


I also found these adorable knit hats with faux fur pom poms on the top. They are so cute and I love them. Plus at only $5 each I didn’t feel guilty for buying one in each color. 


More recovering. Our dogs are super sensitive when the kids are feeling good. They hover, they try to lie right on them, they love on them. Chase was all over Tyler all week long!


A very good friend took pity on us the Saturday after Ty’s concussion diagnosis when 2 kids were diagnosed with strep and the other one had an ear infection. She’s an amazing friend. She brought us a dozen donuts and Pumpkin Spice coffee. 


I made so many crockpot soups in September trying to make everyone healthy again. All the veggies, all the broth, all the protein. 


A PSL frapp made this one feel better about her raging ear infections. She started out with an ear infection in one ear but the antibiotics did not get rid of it so when I took her back she had infections in both ears. Sigh. 


Mom just can’t get sick. Clearly. Because we have to deal with this. 


And Ty had college planning night in September. How am I old enough to have a kid going to college planning night? This seems wrong. But we got a lot of great information and Tyler has already narrowed down his college choices and he knows he wants to major in engineering, he’s just trying to decide what kind.


And the car line. I spent a lot of time in the car line, silently cursing stupid people who try to turn left despite the NO LEFT TURN sign right there! Why? Is this a test, God? I’m afraid I’m going to fail this test. 

So that was September. I’d like to say that October is shaping up to be less busy stressful…but it’s not. But that’s ok! Life is good!


The Weekend Recap {10-3-16}

We had a rare unscheduled weekend and we made the most of it! Tyler did not have a football game this Friday, it was their bye week but he would have been out anyway because he’s still in the concussion protocol. Good news- he should be fully cleared for full contact practice and games on Wednesday! And he never ever wants a concussion again. 


Because this was our first Friday night at home since the first week of August, we made the most of it with an impromptu family night. Pizza for dinner, we watched The Shallows, and deep fried twinkies for dessert. The kids loved the twinkies. I drizzled them in chocolate and strawberry sauce and added whipped cream. I’m their hero. It was so nice to just hang out and relax. 


Matt brought me home some fabulous whipped cream vodka so we topped the night off with these amazing Blue Breeze cocktails. They were so so good. And pretty. We also tried dirty root beer floats and they were delicious too.


Saturday was full of errands. We did the library to drop off some books and pick out some new ones. Then we hit Sams Club. I fed Matt, Maia, and Zoey samples for lunch. They ate lentil soup, orange juice, almond milk, cliff peanut butter bars, cheese stuffed raviolis, bacon, fruit salad, cheese cubes, chicken nuggets, pizza bites, and french toast sticks. It was a productive trip. 


Check out the side eye on Zoey. She asked for a picture with the pumpkins and Maia jumped in the picture to photobomb. That side eye is epic. She is her mother’s child. For sure.


Saturday night we spent an hour in the hot tub before watching the Clemson-Louisville game. Holy cow-that game. My heart was in my throat the entire time. Clemson made that game much more stressful than it needed to be! 


Sunday morning we woke up to temps in the 60’s. Oh my gosh, I almost did a happy dance on the back deck in my pajamas. Matt and I drank our coffee outside on the deck and watched all the leaves falling in the yard. It was glorious. Of course, it was just a teaser because by mid-afternoon the temp was back in the high 80’s. Boo.


Matt ran out and grabbed the kids 2 boxes of donut holes and got me a large iced pumpkin spice latte. He knows how to keep his family happy. Food and coffee. That’s all we require.


And then I spent the afternoon negotiating the weekly carpool. Tyler’s coach sends out an email on Sunday afternoons with the practice and game schedule for the week. Then the negotiating and finagling begins to cover all the practices and meetings. I worked out the schedule for Tyler and then worked out the morning drop off schedule for Maia. 


October means it’s time for crockpot soup. Even if Mother Nature hasn’t yet gotten the memo and insists on killing us with temps in the high 80’s. It’s still October and I’m still making crockpot soup. So Sunday night was Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Soup and biscuits. Yum!


And I made my first pumpkin dessert of the month. White chocolate pumpkin earthquake cake. Oh my gah, y’all. It was so good. So very good. I’ll share the recipe soon. 

So that was our weekend. The little kids have no school today so they’re home with me. I think we’re going to run to Chick-Fil-a for lunch and then take a dip in the hot tub. The hot tub is great now that the air temp is lower than the water temp. Ha!


Life Lately {Summer 2016}

I just realized I haven’t really done a Life Lately picture post in quite awhile. Life’s been busy. And that’s very contradictory to how Summer should be, in my opinion. But as the kids get older, the busier life becomes. It’s been hard trying to balance the enormous time commitment that is high school football with making sure the other kids have fun too. 


So we’ve been doing a lot of this. Swimming, swimming, and more swimming. It’s been so hot around these parts that the pool is pretty much all that anyone wants to do. 


While waiting for Ty to finish in the weight room at school, Mase has been exploring the playground on campus. We’re really hoping that the other kids get into this amazing school next year and spending time on the really cool playground has helped Mase decide that switching schools won’t be so bad!


And more swimming. This scene ended about as badly as one would expect. Maia dumped Zoey out of the float from underneath. Zoey screamed. Maia laughed. Zoey punched her in the face. It was a whole thing. 


We’ve had quite a few sleepovers around here. Mase had one with all his neighborhood friends. Maia had one with all her friends from her old school. Ty had one with some neighborhood friends…although there was zero sleeping involved in that one, more like all night Xbox One tournament play. Our house has been full of kids all summer long. 


Ty had a physical done for football recently and the doc couldn’t believe how big he is for a 15 year old. He’s 5’10 and 210 lbs. The doc was super impressed with Ty’s Duck Dynasty beard too. Ha! 


Zoey has picked out her book bag and lunch box for next year. Shopkins and donuts, ha! But in true female fashion, she changed her mind 48 hours later. We’re currently in negotiations. 


July means the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I love it. I plan for it. I shop it like a drill sergeant. I did put myself on a budget this year though and I was very good. I stuck to my budget and even came in under it. I also bought shoes for the kids too, so not just stuff for myself. Ty got Sperry’s, Mase got leather Converse high tops, Zoey got Sperry’s, Maia got Converse. I also managed to sneak in 2 different Blardigans, a great lace sleeved sweater, and a couple of other things I’d been eyeing up. 


Cam came down and spent the weekend with us recently. He hasn’t been able to come down in awhile because he had knee surgery last October that ended up with complications and he couldn’t travel. Then once he did recover from knee surgery, he fell and broke his femur which meant surgery and a huge cast and he again couldn’t travel. We’ve up to visit him several times but this is the first time he was able to come here. We went swimming, we went in the hot tub, we made Smores over the fire pit, we watched a movie outside…they had a great time.


This little dude took a bad fall off his bike this week. He was wearing his helmet, thank goodness, but he really tore up his knee, elbow, and stomach. Poor guy, he’s been hanging out on the couch for the last few days trying to recover. 


Big Red here locked up a starting position on the football team yesterday! All that hard work has paid off. They announced the starting offense after practice yesterday and Ty is the starting Right Tackle (for those of you who are not up on football positions, he’s playing Michael Oher’s position in the movie The Blind Side lol). Starting defense will be announced soon and he’s still in the running for the Middle Linebacker position. So fingers crossed. I can’t tell you how much it’s meant to me, as a mom, to see him thrive and flourish in this school. Best decision we ever made was taking a chance on this charter school lottery. 


And there’s been a lot of this. Sitting in the heat waiting for football to be over. I’ve read a lot of books, sweated off about 7 lbs, and shopped on my phone way too much. But I did almost all our school supply shopping on Target’s app so holla! Matt took pity on me and bought me a rechargeable battery operated mini fan for the car. Now that’s love folks. Haha!

That’s pretty much been our summer so far. Hope yours has been as much fun!