Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Top Three Reasons I Love Summer

Cannot believe they are all going to school next week
I will miss these faces on work days-Tuesdays & Thursdays....and Mon, Wed, Fri while she's away

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Gymnastics Camp

Twice this summer, Sydney has gone to a gymnastics day camp at Starz Elite.  They do all kinds of gymnastics, crafts, have lunch and just play!  She loved going to "camp!"

In June, she went with Kelly, Adriana, Caroline, Hannah & Audrey. 

Last week, she went with Anslee.  Glad we've been able to fit this in during the summer for our girl!

Friday, July 27, 2012

18 months

The baby of our family is 18 months old and on the move.  He does everything in his power to keep up with big brother and sister.  Here's one of his latest....
climbing up on his own                                                                       Ready....

And after you "go", your daddy scoops you up at the bottom.
He looks like he's upset in this picture, but he certainly is not. 
Actually, he will immediately get up and do it all over again and again :)

Luke recently had his 18 month checkup and weighed in at 28 pounds and 6 ounces and is 34 1/2 inches.  These measurements place him in the 80th percentile for weight and 97th for height.  His head is in the 75th.  He only needed one shot and had a good report!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Africa Girls

Three of my sweet friends are in Africa this week proclaiming the good news!

I've had the chance to talk with LeAnn by text a few times and they are doing great.

We met before they left to pray as a group for LeAnn, Brittany & Brandy,
and enjoy time together over dessert. 

Blessed with my group of Christian friends- Proud of these three ladies and their willingness to go!

Thankful also for those who have been keeping my 3 kiddos while I've been with my
mom over the past three weeks-LeAnn, Stacy, Julie, Jeff's mom, and (today) Dwan.  Love you all!

Monday, July 23, 2012

First Slumber Parties

The same day my mom checked into the hospital, Jeff left for a conference in Houston.  The kids and I loaded up and headed to Georgetown.  They spent two days with Granny, went with me to visit my grandmother one day, and another two days at the Linn's.  I am so blessed to have such amazing support from Jeff's family and our friends during this time so that I can visit with my mom and dad at the hospital.

While we were in Powell County, all five of the kids had so much fun together.  We visited their splash park one evening, went swimming and to the park.  While I was away, they had a lot of time to play, play, play.  I was glad to have time to visit my mom at the hospital and with my two friends, Stacy and Brian.   

One thing the kids were very excited about was sleeping in the same room together.  Sydney and JJ have never had a "slumber party."  Avery had the room all arranged just the way she wanted when we got there Thursday.

 the water getting ready to dump...

It only took a little while to settle down.  My kids (especially Sydney) are serious about their sleep.
 Early the first morning, the 4 sat down to draw pictures for Nana.
 These two are crazy about each other
 Almost bedtime again!
    My kids had a great time staying with their friends.  Looking forward to the next time.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friends & Fountains

A few weekends ago, we met up with Todd & LeAnn and Josh & Brooke and their kids for dinner and fun.  We ate at Mellow Mushroom, one of our favorites.  I forced the kids to stand here and take a picture after dinner-they treid I think the sun was too bright !
We then drove a few blocks to circus square so they could play in the fountains.  At this point, it was probably still 100 degrees outside so it was a great night to play in the water.

Love these beautiful faces

Josh and Daddy tried to make sure his 2nd balloon didnt fly away, so they tied it to his trunks
 Snack time

My sweet boy happy with a balloon & his first lollipop!

 Playing tag
 More fountains-the littlest was right in the middle of it!

Don't think they could've enjoyed the night any more!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Transplant Day

Today was transplant day.  The cells arrived here last night, and at 12:30 today, in a very anticlimactic fashion, a generous stranger's bone marrow was given to my mom. 
The bone marrow was in an "IV like" bag.

Now, the long rejection phase/recovery process begins...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Two Birthdays in Two Days (Revised)

With a plan that only God could make, my mom and I will be celebrating birthdays back to back.  I was born July 17th-34 years ago.  She will receive a bone marrow transplant on the 18th at the University of Kentucky hospital. 

I can't say it any better than my dad did here earlier tonight. 

(3:26 pm 7/17...the cells have arrived on the UK campus and they are going to the lab for processing.  The scheduled time for the transplant has been now moved back to early morning on July 18th) 

Overwhelmingly thankful tonight that a stranger in Europe is donating her healthy bone marrow (right now!), and that my mom will receive it tomorrow.  Thankful that today was her last day of chemo!  Thankful for my mom's wonderful attitude and will to fight.  Thankful for caring nurses and knowlegable doctors.  Thankful for so many family members and friends who are praying on her behalf.  Thankful that God is with us every single step of the way.

Here's to you mom-I love you!  Can't wait to be there for this amazing day in the history of our family. 

I pray we share many, many more July 17th and 18th's!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sydney @ 5

My sweet princess starts kindergarten one month from today.  Lately, I've found myself wondering-how in the world have the past five plus years flown by so quickly?

Sydney had her checkup a couple of weeks ago.  She weighs 41 pounds and is 43.5 inches.  That puts her in the 75th height percentile, and between the 40th and 50th for weight. 

Lucky for her-no shots!  She did very well on her hearing and eye test.  She will still visit an optometrist before starting school, but tested at 20/10 in both eyes at Dr Chris's office. 

She is such a big girl!  She has started swimming some in the pool (where there is no shallow end) with no swimmies and is gaining more confidence and skill each day!  I am so proud of her. 

The picture above, and the rest-courtesy of my photographer friend Brittany :).  More to share soon.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Part of the Crew

Tonight they let him join the crew. 

When Jeff was getting ready to take him upstairs for bath time,
Lukey ran to the tub that his big brother and sister use.
 They promised me they would be careful.

AND, he loved it!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Fun & A Great Cause

Last Saturday night, we joined some good friends and headed to the grand stand event for Alex's Lemonade Stand at Compton's.  Earlier that day, there were over 40 lemonade stands in BG, with the money raised going to help the fight against pediatric cancer.

I am so proud of Riley, who is the community organizer for the event and has been since she was 11!  She has helped our community raise over $150,000 for this foundation.
Riley was one of my students at Greenwood this year. Sadly, her family lost both of her baby brothers to cancer in the early 2000's.

Our kids enjoyed cotton candy,
 sno cones (I think this is his first sno cone ever!),
 making a spin art craft,
 playing basketball,
and a bouncy too.

Jeff and I enjoyed "strategizing" the raffle auction...and we had a great strategy to win a great prize!

Too bad we didn't :)! 
That's definitely okay though...the $ was for a great cause.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Our Fourth

On the 4th, we were excited to have Daddy at home in the middle of the week!  We spent a laid back morning at home, and then after lunch headed to Nashville.  We had not been to Opry Mills since the reopening, and we had a couple hours to shop at some of our favorite places. 

Then, we went to Rainforest for dinner.  This is somewhere they love...we did not tell them where we were going- only gave them a clue....the clue was "elephant."  They guessed the zoo, and circus, but in the end were very excited to see this elephant.  Funny moment...thinking through the fact that this was a "pretend" elephant, Sydney asked me "Is that someone dressed up like an elephant?"

After dinner, we walked to the Opryland Hotel to watch a couple of the fountain shows.  This was something Sydney loved when we were at the Gaylord in DC last summer, and she was excited to take JJ along this time.  It's not exactly the Bellagio, but it is a lot of fun to watch!

Waiting for the show...
Yes, his arm is around her.

Yes, I asked him to do it...I don't care-still precious!

In between shows, we walked around and got a treat.
They enjoyed their treat!
And as usual...this baby boy was gold.  I could go on and on about him.  (Sometimes I do)

After we were finished at the Opryland, we drove home and watched fireworks at a local church. 
Fireworks two nights in a row...they were excited!
Both nights, we were very close to where they were launching the fireworks, so it was pretty loud-Luke never flinched.
Special day with these people I love so much