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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SO MUCH....To Catch Up On!!

The past month has been a blur, lots of fun stuff going on!

First up a trip for me to Chicago
with some high school friends:)
Our friend Janet has had such a tough year
her husband Doug had a massive brain bleed after surgery
so it has been a difficult year of recovery for him 
and lots of care taking for Janet...
She is such a joyful gal
and has risen to her new role with such strength and grace
she constantly looks for God's joy
she is such a blessing
and oh my goodness she is a hoot as well:)

So we finally got our acts together and gave Janet a needed respite in Chicago
at Terri's house
we have talked about doing this for years
I believe we need to do this every few months now:)
I love how you don't see great friends for years
and pick right back up where you left off 30 years ago!
We all love each other so much....

goodness I love Chicago
we went on the architectural tour
this was my third time and I have never been bored! 

we went through Terri's pics and found so many great ones
Val is missing from this pic:(

we had such a great trip!!
Janet, Valerie, Terri, me and Margie

Terri's husband Steve took us out the evening before Val and I had to go home
SOOOOOO many laughs!



Next up was Cancun a week and a half later!!
Hank had a meeting so I tagged along
such a great treat for this mom that does not do this ofter
twice in one month!!!
Our big kids are a bit sick of keeping littles I would think:)

my view with coffee in the morning
I know......disgusting right???
especially when it is free


Hank's VMG group
it was so nice to meet everyone and their wives
(with Karen and Alan, Darren and Anne)

goober selfie

only in Cancun haha!!


and lastly
end of the year parties and field day
it is still so weird that I don't go to John David's school for last day events!!

so cute!!
field day in the gym....it rained sooooo hard!!

Sarah and M

the 3 amigos
(think Courtney should have taken this too)

I love this pic so much!!
Courtney took it, so not fair that Janie will pose for others:)



Alex and Janie are great little pals
I love Janie's class
so very thankful we held her back
she is in her element now:)


We are getting geared up for summer!!!
summer swim team started this week
Janie LOVES it Madeline tolerates it haha

We have a busy summer
thankfully!!
going to Pensacola on Saturday for a week with EVERYONE
bigs and littles
and my parents
I am soooooo excited!!

John David has a meet in Atlanta that just the 2 of us are going 
to the middle of June

We get to go visit Granddaddy (Hank's Dad)
over 4th of July

and lastly July 8-15th the girls and I are heading to Columbus
for Janie's big check up with Dr. Levitt
He did her surgery 2 1/2 years ago in Cincinnati
I sure am going to miss being able to stay with Val:(
we will go visit her over the weekend though!!
While there Janie is also doing laxative training to see if she can go without enemas
this is a big deal....
praying for my girl that she will be able to "work" with this
we are told 50/50 chance
so lots of prayers for this
looking back over our journey with Janie
I am confident of God's constant hand upon her
whatever the outcome I know she will continue to be the whiny joy she is!!
she is such a blessing to us!!

Happy Summer!
not going to miss homework and crazy mornings 
but....
:)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

I am so thankful I get to celebrate Mother's Day with my entire crew each year!! I always say I am a spoiled brat that all the bigs live in town!!!!

Hank treated us all to an awesome lunch at Texas de Brazil.....it was wonderful!!!

this gift from Gardner and Kendyl was the winner
I about died laughing!!

too funny that our family totally fills the elevator!! M and J are too short to see hahaha

makes me smile:)



Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Sarah Jane!!!!

Janie is finally 6....she has waited a long time to turn 6:)!! We celebrated all.day.long!! Our kids love to have breakfast in bed when they are young enough not to want to sleep in til noon. I heard Janie up before 6!! By 7 I was up and asked her if she wanted to come with me to get her donuts. She wanted to stay in her bed with her ipad (a treat for sure) and be "surprised" when I got back haha!

She opened a few presents from the family....

for some reason she is all about Brave right now

my goodness I don't know a child that is this joyful!

Her favorite gift was some markers and a journal:)


We had her party planned for 11-1 but it was raining so we pushed it back to 12-2 and the sun started shining at 11:45 whooo hoooo. Janie was very specific that she wanted her class and brothers and sisters for hamburgers, hotdogs, pickles and cake:).  We had such a nice afternoon with all her friends and families.

I have no idea what she was whispering to Maddie.....so cute!!

She was so very excited about her "my little pony" cake....
Uncle John texted me asking how long the my little pony phase lasts
my answer....forever.... lol!!



I love this precious look on her face as we were singing Happy Birthday!
I think I sang it to her 50 times today!
It is a joke in our family that I sing it obnoxiously to each child alllllll day long
they are groaning by midday......not Janie!
This girl is ALL about her birthday! 




The party did not end there!
She chose to go out to eat Chinese....
on the way to the restaurant she said
"hey, I wish I chose that place where they make fire"
So we did what all parents do when it is their child's birthday!
We called Osaka to see if a hibachi table was available and it was:)


one excited little girl!


my goodness this little girl loves all the fuss over her!!
she asked me many times during dinner when the singing was going to happen!!:)


one of her favorites
she believes her pink horsey needed a friend:)

Kendyl posted this picture last night from Basspro and I did not even notice the horse!!!
so funny! that horse went all over downtown last night!


if you ever wonder what big kids do during a long birthday party of shrieking kids.....
play cards:)

Happy birthday Janie Jane!!! We love you so very much!!!!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Janie's Dance Recital!

Janie takes ballet and tap at her school, they have a small recital each semester. My goodness she was so into it and was all smiles:)


these two are such sweet friends!
Even Madeline asks when Caroline can come over and play:)



those legs are way too cute!!!


a serious pose from the cheering gallery
Janie was SO excited to have them there!





Madeline could not wait to give Janie her flowers
she hid them behind her the entire recital:)



Madeline looks so sweet here.....she was actually trying to get Janie to give her a few haha!

this precious girl brings us so much joy!!!