Friday, February 25, 2011

Apparently Not Indestructible

About 2 minutes after Olivia snapped these pictures of me and Rhodes, he thought it'd be a dandy idea to give his mother a scare and bust a lip and tooth.  Bust them so hard that the tooth LOOSENED!

I have to say, it's not easy to send me in to "fight or flight" mode.  The last time I remember feeling that kind of adrenaline go through my body was when Landon cut his head open and needed stitches.  I knew seeing a baby tooth hang out wasn't good.

I called the dentist and they told me to come in and check it out.  That meant loading up 4 feisty kids at 3:30 and all heading to see the doc.  They called us back and we ALL had to go back and sit in one of those tiny little rooms.  In those tiny little rooms are LOTS of little things that look really fun for kids to touch and play with.  But they are completely inappropriate for kids to touch and play with.

This is where SIT TIME comes in handy out in public.  I put Landon in the waiting chair, Lillian on the floor next to him, Rhodes in the dentist chair, and Olivia behind him in another chair.  I told them they were to sit there until I told them to get up.  Even Rhodes.  And I'm proud to say they did it!!!

Rhodes scowled at me every time I reminded him to sit still or sit down.  But he definitely knew what I meant and wasn't getting up.

I glad to say that Rhodes is going to be okay.  He definitely has a nice little split on his gum, but they said the tooth would grow back in.  Isn't it amazing how resilient kids are!?!??!

Now, let's hope and pray it's a while before I get another scare like that!!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


I have found myself recently reflecting on how the Lord has provided for us lately and wanted to share.  And really record for myself, so that I can go back and see how His helping hand was always there.

Long story short, Robert is working (SUPER HARD btw) for a company that requires "full time" work for "part time" pay.  He's learning a lot and making lots of contacts!  And I have a hunch he enjoys it.  It's contract work, so he can possibly negotiate later - assuming they can't live without him.  And I'm pretty sure they can't!

BUT, we've had to whittle down the budget and be as frugal as possible.  We've had to really lean into the Lord to provide!  And He has!

These are a few of the lastest ones.

1)  Robert's car was hit TWICE recently.  One was a hit and run, and the other some one backed into his car.  So after going round and round with insurance companies (a pain), the other people (double pain), and car repair places (triple pain), some how we ended up getting our car fixed (even better cosmetically than it was before) we ended up with an extra $900 some odd dollars!  Which went towards Robert's painting company's taxes!  THANK YOU LORD!

2)  We've had these couches in the den for a long time.  They've been very well loved on couches with kids and pets!  The love seat in particular was torn way past the cushion.  We kept it covered with a blanket.  Robert swore he would NEVER purchase new furniture until the youngest child was like 10 or something.  Wow...we had a long time until then.  Well, we decided to go garage saling one weekend.  We pull up to the first house where it just happens to be Robert's new boss' house at this new job!  Before I really knew what was going on, I said that I liked a couch that was for sale.  He tells the wife of his boss and she basically "claims" it for us even though someone else had made an offer.  We were full expecting to pay $125 for it but when he went to go get it, his boss wouldn't even think about taking any money for it (and sent back some stuff for the kids too!).  And it's not a love seat - it's a SOFA!  And I love it!  THANK YOU LORD!

3)  And then there are the little things.  Especially for me.  What girl doesn't like to get pampered at the salon with a nice hair cut and color!  ME ME ME!  Well, I pretty much cut way back on hair cuts and such because I just plain didn't want to spend our money on me that way.  Well, I went to some dear sweet friends' clothing show the other day and "won" a free cut and color from my one of my friend's hair stylist!!!  I mean - PERFECT TIMING!!!  And the hair stylist was there and I got to meet her and she was SO CUTE - definitely someone I would want cutting my hair.  Of course that was based on personality alone, but still!  THANK YOU LORD!

These are just a few of the ways recently that we have really seen God show up!  And I just love the funny ways God works!  I mean, who would have thought that having 2 wrecks would somehow provide for us!  God is so funny!  I'm sure there are more than I can think of right now, but it is fun looking back to see all the ways!  His ways are so much better than our ways!

Are there any ways God has shown up for you lately!??

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Little One On One BBall

During these wonderful afternoons, Robert the kids are enjoying the new basketball goal VERY much!


After watching Daddy fly through the air about a 100 times, we all watch as a game between father and son broke out.

And yes, Landon went inside to change so he could look like Daddy!  SO SWEET!

The game wasn't complete without Cheerleaders!

They made up all sorts of cheers!!!

I think Landon won! ;-)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Glimpses of Spring

The weather here has been awesome lately!  It's given us a glimpse of what's to come!

We have a great setup at hour house.  Downward sloping driveway, large area to ride bikes, fenced in backyard, basket ball goal - it's perfect to just sit out there and relax!

Sunday afternoon was just that!

We had our snack in hand.

Checked out everything!

Enjoyed the last hour or so before the sun was gone.

Rode bikes and pretended they were motorcycles!

Made lots of silly faced because someone didn't want to smile for the camera.

Hugged on my sweet big boy!

Then played around with my little man.

He's my little Ole Miss Rebel!

Then the games started up!  A little base ball, then some one on one basket ball.

Rhodes watched from the sidelines, being as acrobatic as possible.

I love that everyone, including Rhodes can enjoy playing outside.  I feel like there has always been a "little one" that couldn't participate as much.  But now it seems that we can ALL enjoy these evenings together as a whole family!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Hey Weather!

My floors, and really my entire house in general, THANK YOU very much for luring the kids outside to do ANYTHING for as LONG as they want to!

And yes, we are out of school again.  Tomorrow too.  ??

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Great Migration: Part 2 + VDay

Valentine's Day just so happen to coincide with the Great Migration part deux.  It first started out as Mac (my BIL) was going to come over to help move the BEHEMOTH desk Robert uses.  THEN, it was changed to - Mac and Lacey are coming over and we are going to cook for y'all for Valentines.  AND he's going to help me move my desk.

Upon further review, measuring, and removal of the office room door, it was made known that this was no easy task.  

So I cooked my own Valentine's dinner.  And everyone elses too! :-)

Seared/grilled fillets, roasted potatoes with Parmesan.  A little zinfandel and fancy quesadillas (brought from Mac from work) and we were set!  And it was all ready after the desk was FINALLY moved!

Empty (dirty) little room!

This furniture (that weighs a million pounds) apparently is super nice office furniture.  A previous company that Robert worked for was moving buildings and just wanted to get rid of it.  So we gained a huge desk, other smaller wall desk, and a bookshelf.

Though it is not the office furniture I personally would have picked out, we hardly say no to FREE! :-)

Plus it suits Robert pretty well.

Ginormous desk....and a little helper!

Not sure it it's going to get in there...

I was just clicking away! :-)

WHEW!  It made it!  This is the set up right now! 

Hopefully it'll stick!

I think he was pretty excited to get down there the next morning!

And I got to clean up and try and figure out what exactly I'm going to do with my new space!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Happy Joy Joy

We are SO happy the temperature is back up! Even if it last just a week!

I really makes everyone SO much happier!!!