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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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

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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. 

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

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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.

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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! 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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Life Lately {April 2016}

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April was so busy. It was so busy that I didn’t take as many pictures as I normally do. It was just one of those months that alternately seemed to fly past at warp speed but we were so busy that it seemed like the month lasted forever. I know, a total contradiction. Such is my life.

This girl has a real love of puzzles. She adores them. She’ll happily spend a whole afternoon putting together puzzles. I bought her a bunch of new ones at the Dollar Store and she’s a happy camper. I have to admit- I’d much rather help her put together a 100 piece puzzle than play with dolls. Shhhh…

My little man got to go on a little adventure with a friend during Spring Break and he had so much fun. He’s finally at the age where he wants to go out with his friends. For so long he was a mama’s boy who didn’t want to be away from me at all. It’s nice to see him starting to branch out of his comfort zone and experience some new things without me. 

Take a good long look at that beautiful clean kitchen. I took a picture because I knew it wouldn’t last long. And I was right. This clean kitchen lasted approximately 45 minutes until the kids got home from school and dumped their lunch boxes and book bags out on the counters. One day I’ll have a clean kitchen all the time. One day.

Matt has been cutting his hair and the boys hair for years. Ty finally asked for a hair cut when he could no longer see through his thick hair in his eyes. Matt cut so much hair off his head that it looked like a small furry animal had moved in our house. 

We’re trying very hard to teach our kids how to manage their money so Zoey saved up her allowance, and her tooth fairy money, and the money she got from her grandparents for a whole month to have enough to buy this Rainbow Dash play-doh set. And the pride on her face when she paid for it herself was amazing and worth every single second of whining I endured while she saved. Mostly.

We made the hard decision to start preparing to sell our house and move within the next couple of years. We found several neighborhoods that we’re focusing on and we’re making plans to get our house ready to sell. It’s hard thinking about leaving the house that we’ve lived in for 11 years, the house where we brought 2 babies home to, and where a whole lot of memories have been made. But we’ve outgrown this house. 

Maia has really come out of her shell this year in 5th grade. She is on the student council, the safety patrol, the bully prevention team, joined the chorus, and volunteered to be a buddy to a Kindergarten student. This girl…she’s going places. I just love her.

We spent a good part of the month trying to recover from a horrible respiratory virus that swept through our house so getting out and spending time at the cool park was great. Zoey had a lot of fun running around with her cousin, Jax, and getting out some of her energy.

We spent way too much time at the Target minute clinic this last month. We suffered through Strep Throat, Sinus Infections, Walking Pneumonia, Ear Infections, Pink Eye, and Bronchitis. I’ve had enough. Hoping May gets better!

Anytime I can get the kids out of the house and into the sunshine I immediately see their moods improve. These 2 have been at each other’s throats recently so seeing them play nicely at the park together was refreshing. 

Zoey is officially registered for Kindergarten next year. We attended our elementary school’s beginners night last week and she had a blast. I’m still on the fence about the charter school. Zoey has a spot and this morning Maia got offered a spot but Mason is still on the wait list. And it’s not our top choice charter school so it would only be temporary until they get in at the charter school where Ty will be next year. Is it worth it to move them for only a year or so? Parenting is so hard, y’all. 

We took the 3 little kids to the zoo last weekend and they had so much fun. Ty had football camp so he couldn’t come but we have a year pass so he’ll be coming next time. It was the perfect weather- cloudy, in the low 70’s, with a light misting rain every couple of hours. It was so much fun. 

May is shaping up to be another really busy month for us. Decisions have to be made regarding the charter school, Maia graduates from 5th grade, all the kids have field trips…plus EOG’s, and EOC’s. I’m ready for summer!

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