In Perspective: Week Thirty-Six

What a fun week this turned out to be! We spent the first part of the week out of school on Monday and Tuesday. We took avantange of being home and made the most of our time. I caught up on all the household chores and found myself making different things in the kitchen. I was also able to get ahead on some of my lesson plans and school stuff. 

We returned to school on Wednesday and Nana took Joshua to get his braces. Joshua makes the 4th set of braces for our children. He’s been hurting, but he’s finally back to eating! 

On Thursday night Joshua had middle school baseball tryouts. We found out Friday morning that he made the team!! He is beyond excited and we are so proud of him!!

We’ve had a great weekend. We attended the football game on Friday night and I spent yesterday running a few errands and marking things off my chore list around the house. Jackson was excited to clean out the aquarium. It took some time, but it was all worth it. Our little baby fish are doing quite nicely and are getting bigger each day. Jackson loves making sure that Mango, Allison, Juliet, and George are okay. 

We enjoyed a nice Sunday today. Jason started a new series at church that I am really looking forward to. I always enjoy listening to him preach. 

The kids have had fun together at home this weekend. Abby Kate has been working on a school project and has been SO helpful around the house. I found Joshua getting in some more swings this afternoon. 

We have a busy week ahead, but it’s going to be fun! 


In Perspective: Weeks Thirty-Four – Thirty-Five

We started out our last two weeks with a Friend’s Day at church. It was a great day spent in worship with our church family. Jason got in the dunking booth and was a good sport as several kids dunked him. I only wish I had a picture. 

Jackson visited our eye doctor and we found out he is far-sighted. He’s been struggling with headaches for awhile now. Maybe this will help him. He sure does look handsome to me. 

Joshua had three teeth pulled to prepare his mouth for braces. He enjoyed “Mr. Nose,” but by the time I got him home, he was in so much pain. Thankfully, the cold tea bag and Motrin took care of his bleeding and pain. After that, we had a good evening at home. 

This past Wednesday, Nana drove up to Tennessee and picked up Mimi. Mimi came down for Grandparents’ Day and we were happy to have her here with us a few days early. I think we might’ve worn her out. 

On Friday, our school celebrated Grandparents’ Day. Jackson was so delighted to have both Nana and Mimi there to share in the day. 

Joshua got back into the swing of things with his first tournament of the fall season. The weather was perfect and Joshua had a great day on the field. He pitched 3 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits and struck out 4 batters. And at the plate, he was 1 for 2 with an RBI single.

In Perspective: Week Thirty-Three

We had such a fun week! Monday was the big Solar Eclipse. I was super excited to watch the eclipse with my family! I found all the pictures, news stories, and my view from the backyard fascinating! We had 98% coverage here. I was amazed at the amount of light we still had with only 2% of the sun shining through. It was definitely one of those special moments that we’ll be talking about years from now. 

We successfully completed out our 3rd full week of school and we are definitely getting back into the swing of things. The kids are loving their new classes and teachers. And I’m enjoying my new bunch. 

Jackson went to his first lock-in with our church this year. He really had a great time! Jason and I had a date night while Jackson was at the lock-in. Joshua and Abby Kate had a great time with Nana! Thank you again Nana!

Jason and I enjoyed dinner at one of our favorites – Sam & Greg’s. Afterwards, we spent some time walking around downtown. The weather was so pleasant! It did not feel like August in Alabama. We got to see Jason Isbell in concert Friday night. This was my second time to see him and it was awesome! 

Friday evening was beautiful!

We spent today at church for our annual Friends’ Day. It was a great day of worship followed by dinner on the grounds. Once again Jason found his way into the dunk tank. I wish I had had my phone to get a picture.  

In Perspective: Week Thirty-Two

This week was a big one for Jason and me! This past Monday, August 14th, Jason and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary! These past 18 years have flown by. I am so thankful for the blessing Jason is to me. 

Nana came over Monday afternoon and spent a few hours with the kids (thank you Nana) while Jason and I celebrated over dinner at Connor’s. We’ve tried several fancy places in town, but at the end of the day, we just love a meal from Connor’s.  
Abby Kate started her swim lessons this week. She’s really working hard to build up those leg muscles. I am so proud of her hard work and dedication! 

Yesterday we headed up to Nashville to see Jason’s family. We always get together at Jason’s aunt and uncle’s house for a pool party. We always enjoy our time with family!

Tomorrow we are looking forward to the solar eclipse. Everyone has been preparing for the big day. I can’t wait to see it! 

In Perspective: Weeks Thirty & Thirty-One

Well we survived our first 8 days of school! The kids are really enjoying their new grades and teachers. I’m loving being back in the classroom doing what I love to do! I think that I’ve been running on adrenaline because today I hit a wall. I was so tired that I just had to get in a good old fashioned Sunday nap. 

First Day of School

I was finally able to find the time for a little late birthday celebration for Abby Kate. We had a fun time! 

The Birthday Girl

We are looking forward to a new week. We have appointments, practices, and a date night planned. I can’t wait to see where this week leads us. 

In Perspective: Weeks Twenty-Eight & Twenty-Nine

These last two weeks of our summer break have flown by! I cannot believe that I return to work tomorrow morning. I’m really excited about teaching another group of third graders. Joshua and Abby Kate are entering middle school and they can’t wait. We spent this past Friday night at orientation and walked the halls and met their teachers. I’m thankful that they will still be with me. They’ll just be downstairs. Jackson will have his orientation tomorrow night for the 4th grade. He has big goals for reading and practicing his multiplication facts. 

I spent last week (week twenty-eight) at church camp. I went as a kitchen mama and had the best time!! I love working in the kitchen and it was made even more special with some wonderful friends. Joshua and Abby Kate had a great time!! I am SO thankful for the opportunities they have had this summer with our youth group. These years are so special and I am grateful for all that our youth ministry does for our kids. I also love watching how they are growing in their relationships with others and with God. 

Abby Kate loved spending time outdoors. Photo Credit: Julie
Joshua loved playing! Photo Credit: Julie

We spent this past week getting ready for school. I was able to finish up my classroom. I love the way it turned out!

My home away from home!

We also spent this week running errands, riding bikes, checking out books at the library, shopping for school stuff, and jumping in the pool when we had the time. 

We always love a trip to the pool!
I might’ve made multiple trips across town in search of this beauty. I finally found it this Friday!!

And finally, my new Fitbit Alta HR arrived!! 

I’m really excited about my new Fitbit for reasons other than steps. Back in April, I had a doctor’s appointment and they ran a lot of tests. Unfortunately my triglycerides came back higher than high. They were so high that they couldn’t get a read on my LDL. The short of it all was that my cholesterol was really bad (my dad and grandmother also struggled with high cholesterol). I followed up with my family doctor and read up on all things cholesterol and fats (the good and the bad). I decided to take control and began working on watching my cholesterol and saturated fats intake. I also decided to drink more water and less of the sugary drinks. I even started watching my sugar intake in sweets. I didn’t want to say that I would never have —- because I knew that would make me crave it all the more. I’ve worked really hard over these past 4 months and I’m happy to say that my hard work is paying off. My recent tests came back and my triglycerides dropped over 200 points. My HDL increased by one point and they were able to get a read on my LDL. Overall things are looking better and I am so thankful. I still have more work to do, but I am very pleased with my progress so far. 

In Perspective: Week Twenty-Seven

This was the week of doctors’ appointments. It seemed that we had something scheduled every day this week. I’m happy to say, that the teeth are cleaned, Joshua continues to grow, the hairs were cut, and AK rocked the PT. We even added a trip to the after hours orthopedic center and found out that Joshua has a buckle fracture in his pinky. Yesterday Joshua, Abby Kate, and I left early for church camp. I’m excited to spend the week helping out in the kitchen. Jackson and Jason are holding down the fort and I’m sure there will be plenty of stories from their week together. 

There’s no use in crying over spilled milk. Right?

It got a little boring at the after hours clinic.

This boy can put away the food!

After jason calling me out for my parking job in the garage, I walked out to this white car parked a little too close to me. Y’all, I couldn’t even open my door. I had to get in on the passenger side and climb over.

We even took Mimi to a doctor’s appointment. Jackson held her hand as we walked in.

I’ve been waiting for a hummingbird all summer. I was so excited to finally see one from my kitchen window.

We are ready for camp. Some of us are more silly than others.