Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Program!

Our preschool hosted a super fun spring program a few weeks back. It was adorable to see those little bodies rocking to Michael Jackson. Ms. Catie is a BIG believer in teaching the kids to honor the differences in people and to make the change to love everyone. Carl and I loved the program. Our kids need lots of exposure to diversity because there is not much in our town. I am so thankful for a teacher that uses music to teach our children!

Henry sang "You are my Sunshine" - the Koala class is not quite ready for Man in the Mirror. He saw me after his performance and did not make it back to the classroom for a class picture. Oh well, there will be more time for that later on!

Evie's next performance will be as a Kindergartener. WOW! Time sure flies when you are having fun.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Evie and Henry loved Easter celebrations this year. They loved it so much that we have had multiple celebrations! Egg hunts were a hit and it was fun to see Henry progress. His first egg hunt of the season, he only picked up blue eggs and immediately ate the candy. Then, he decided to help his friends pick out eggs. By the third egg hunt, he had it mastered and went to town picking up eggs. He had quite the collection in his bucket!

My parents came to visit for Easter which was nice. They have never been to Nashville for Easter. We had a low-key weekend venturing out for an Easter story at a local church and for a car show. Mostly, just hung out around the house playing outside, dying eggs and eating way too much!

Evie and Henry looked adorable in their outfits. Easter clothes are my favorite - it's so nice to wear the pastel colors after an entire winter of dreary , heavy clothes. Evie and Henry posed for lots of pictures. I got quite a few- they do their best when it is just me. Too much going on and they are not interested in posing. Evie is super photogenic - Henry has a hard time stopping what he is doing just to take a picture. Sweet Easter Babies!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kindergarten Registration

It was a BIG day several weeks back -  Evie is registered for Kindergarten and I only cried a little bit. My sweet girl is so excited about her new adventure and talks about going to kindergarten  

Evie is ready and I will be ready by August.

As a teacher, I think this might be harder for me because I know what is about to happen! My baby girl is going to grow up right before my eyes. Not sure I am ready for that but it is going to happen.

It was the first time I even walked in the school - the same school that we bought this house for, the school that I never imagined we would even live here long enough for Evie to attend. It's a wonderful school with neighborhood kids. 

The doors with the keypad gave me the chills - doors that have been changed due to horrible acts of violence. While, I am happy that security measures are in place and that the school is safe for all the students. It was a reminder of how much daily life in schools has changed since I was a classroom teacher. I remember lots of lock-down practices and doors were always secured. Name tags marked school personal at all times and elaborate sign-in systems monitored activity in the school. It's a whole new world now!  I filled out about 200 forms and brought certified copies of every document imaginable. 

Evie's school is about a mile from our house and she will ride the bus. Henry will really be ticked off when Evie rides away on that big yellow bus. Evie is counting down the days until that big yellow school bus stops for her to climb aboard!

I am praying for a wonderful teacher that loves children and understands that children matter more than test scores. A teacher that does not expect a classroom full of robots! A teacher that allows me to come in the classroom and volunteer. Evie is a teacher-pleaser and will do just fine with any teacher.

Life keeps on changing and this is going to be a huge change for our family! It's going to be exciting to watch Evie embrace kindergarten. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lately . . .

Oh my poor blog! It's harder and harder to keep up with this but I do want a record of my life with two young kiddos.

We have been busy the past few weeks! Lots of outdoor playtime, birthday parties galore and we even had a Master's party last night. Evie and Henry were so excited to have a party since we never host more than one family at a time. It was for our church small-group and it was really fun! 

Evie had a birthday party this afternoon and the moms came up with a wonderful idea. We split into shifts. Taylor's mom picked up Evie and Sloan and then Sloan's mom took the middle shift and I had the last shift - with ice-cream and cake. I dropped off the girls on the way home. Birthday parties are getting longer and longer these days so it is so nice to share the load with other moms. Evie was beyond thrilled to ride in the car with her friends.

Evie started back with swim lessons a few weeks ago and is loving them! I love that she only goes twice a week and am hoping to her ready to pass the YMCA swim test this summer. Evie jumped right in on the first day and loves that her sweet friend, Molly, is in her class. 

Easter egg hunting is another favorite right now. We have been to one hunt already and have a few more in the works. Henry hunts for blue eggs and opens it immediately eating the candy. Evie rapidly collects the eggs and then finds a safe spot to devour her loot.  It's so fun to see how different Henry and Evie are from each other. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Weekend Fun!

Hope y'all had a terrific weekend! We sure did enjoy the time together. 

Evie hid in her closet to polish off a cookie so Carl did not see her. 
Friday: Kristin and her kids came over for our monthly lunch and play date. Evie and Anna play well and Henry gets in the way trying to play with Jacob. It's hard to be 2! Henry took a nice long nap after skipping his nap for 3 days due to school and not being tired on Wednesday. He has been sleeping later lately though so it's a trade-off. We had Chinese on Friday night and our kids thoroughly enjoyed trying out chop-sticks and were surprisingly good with them!

Saturday: I headed to out to run some errands in the rain! It was so nice to get out for a bit. Evie and I left after lunch for a Girl's Trip. She wanted shopping and ice-cream. I can handle that! We went to Downtown Franklin and walked around peeking inside the shops. Sweet Ce-Ce's rounded out our afternoon. Evie selected sparkly nail polish and a little bunny at Five Below. Do you have a Five Below? Everything is less than 5 dollars and Evie thought it was so cool. Lots of stuff that is marketed towards the tween group really lures the girls in to shop. I treasure my special times with just my best girl. She's so fun and was thrilled over the smallest things from parking in the parking garage to riding the "everator." We had dinner at a neighbors house - delicious dinner and fun times. We got home super late and everyone went to bed!

Henry loves playing Barbies with Evie. He just goes about playing pool a little differently!
Sunday: Everyone slept late which is always a treat! We headed to a 40th Birthday this afternoon and it was so much fun. They had a grilled cheese food truck and it was AMAZING!! My sandwich was amazing and I will be hunting this food truck down again soon.  Henry and Evie were just happy to hang out with their little buddies. I had a school meeting this afternoon and Carl held down the fort. It was a gorgeous day. I am so excited for the warm, sunny days on the horizon this week!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring Break Fun!

We had a super fun and relaxing spring break last week. It always goes faster than expected but the good news is less than 2 months until summer. Spring Break Summary . . .

Nana and Ipop's: We traveled to North Carolina to visit my parents. It was perfect timing because it was my Mom's birthday. Evie loved singing Happy Birthday and eating cupcakes. Carl and I went with my Mom to my grandmothers house to look at some things for us to keep. Evie caught on real fast that if we asked sweetly and mentioned it would her remember Mamaw that she could get lots of stuff. Evie has had a ball playing with the Barbies and tea set that she scored last week. Henry is getting some twin beds and I selected some jewelry. It was a bittersweet time - lots of memories in that house and it always makes me sad to think of my own parents getting older too. On a happier note, we went to the park with Evie's friend Maddie and went to visit some friends. On Sunday, we went to church. Evie chose to stay in the nursery with Henry because it was super fun with lots of cool toys. Uncle Ben and Mary Devyn picked up some cotton candy for an after church treat.

She She and Poppy's: On Sunday, we headed to South Carolina to see Carl's parents. Henry spent most of the visit longing for a boat ride but it was not boat weather. We went for milkshakes which is always a treat. St. Patrick's Day was spent eating traditional fare with Carl's mom's cousin and his wife. That was fun and I was proud of Evie for trying unfamiliar food. It was a very nice visit.

Home Base: We returned to Nashville on Tuesday and spent a few days adjusting. Henry was way off schedule and needed some sleep coaching. We stayed home Wednesday and unpacked a bit. Evie enjoyed an indoor picnic since it was super windy.

Adventure Day: Thursday was a BIG adventure day. I took the kids to Opry Mills Mall and we spent 4 hours there. That's a first! We shopped, went out to lunch at Chuy's, rode the train and carousel, and played at the playspace. After our mall adventure, Henry passed out in the car and we headed to Trader Joe's for some essentials and then played at a nearby park that we adore.

Dentist: Henry had his first dental appointment. Both kids are cavity free! Dr. Ryan did an amazing job and everyone had a terrific experience. Henry watched Evie go first and then he climbed right into the chair and opened wide. Evie went back for her x-rays and Henry was quite concerned about his sister. He kept asking, "where my Evie go?" Henry was relieved when Evie returned!

Zoo: On Saturday, we headed to the Nashville Zoo. Both kids had a blast and Henry said hello to every.single.animal that we came across. Evie's favorite animal was the flamingo exhibit and Henry favored the monkeys. What a fun morning together!

Friends: We enjoyed time together with friends a few times last week too! Impromptu playdates are always fun.  Go Bananas is the newest play spot in town and it was a great place to spend the morning. We had the Onello's over for dinner on Saturday. Evie and Abby are beyond precious together and have so much fun playing together.

Spring Break was a hit! I enjoyed lots of time with my children without a schedule or time table but it's time to get back on track. Sweet Memories with my family!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Blogging is always in the back seat these days. I asked Carl the other day how I used to blog every single day. He replied that we only had one kid and he had a normal job that did not involve travel or late nights. Yes, I agree - that has to explain it!  Here's a snapshot of our days lately to help me get back on track.

Lots of life has been going here - just not much photographic evidence. We have been spending hours playing outside in the yard and at the park. I went to read to Evie's class last week for Read Across America week and it was so fun. We had a birthday party for both of her teachers and of course she has been enjoying the regular birthday circuit around here with everyone turning 5 too. 

Carl and I went to Yellow Porch for dinner which is always a treat and enjoyed some time without our children. 

We went out to lunch and to Stones River Battleground on Sunday. I was not expecting the children to enjoy this but they loved the cannons and are still talking about them. Evie asked lots of hard questions about war - yikes! She can really think beyond her years. Let's be honest - she asks me questions that I have never even thought about. Henry was just happy to sit on the cannons and say "boom."