Monday, December 4, 2017

Happy Birthday Josh and Visiting Santa!

On Saturday my Lover Love turned 36! We needed to drive up to Birmingham to have Mia's labs drawn so we stopped by to see our new baby niece on the way! Josh was sickly earlier in the week so he had not met her yet! She was actually due on his birthday but came a few days early! He was excited to finally get to hold her and of course the rest of us loved on her too! Then we headed to the Cheesecake Factory and stuffed our faces with all the food! haha! We ended the day at
Children's Hospital for labs which is no fun but had to be done!

This was also Brooks' first time to see and hold baby Nora. He said, "Mommy, I think I'm about to cry because I love her!" Melt me!

 Mia loved holding her! She fell at school and busted her lip and hurt her chin, poor thing. So clumsy.





































Last week we had our annual visit with Santa! Last year when we visited we only had 7 days until we left for China! We were doing a daily countdown on social media and asked Santa to participate! He was more than happy to and was so excited for us! He held up seven fingers and took a picture with the kids! He made us promise to bring her to see him! 

I fully expected to have a crying Mia in this year's picture. She doesn't really like being around people dressed up and doesn't really like strangers. It's really hit or miss depending on her mood! HA! #truth We walked up with our entourage of people-11 of us(there was no line, which is why we visit Santa so early in the season!). Santa looked directly at Mia through the sea of all of us and said, "Well, there you are!" It was like they were long lost soulmates. Instant love between those two! 

And then the stars aligned and the Heavens opened up because....wait for it...

ALL SEVEN KIDS SMILED FOR THE PICTURE!

Say what? The photographer was like, "UM HOW do y'all get them to all smile?" It was just luck lady, promise!

LOVE IT!

Writing letters to Santa...









And finishing off with a train ride!









Friday, December 1, 2017

Our Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving! A few weekends before Josh and I were able to get away for a few days to the beach by ourselves! It was heavenly! We decided when we were down there that we would bring the kids back Thanksgiving weekend. We had lunch at my sister's house and then headed south! YES! While we were there we saw the movie The Star...it was SO good! Highly recommend you take your kids to see it this Christmas season! We also went to a local alligator rescue. Super cool! We saw hundreds and hundreds of alligators from little babies all the way up to gigantic ones! We were also able to hold one! It was a nice break before a super busy time of year!

Watching the game from our fav spot!


 Reece's Thanksgiving lunch at school!

Brooks' Thanksgiving lunch at school!!
 I have no idea! haha!












 Griffin drove all the way to the beach for the first time. #imanervouswreck








Just because she's so cute! And just a tiiiiiiny bit spoiled. She sits behind me in my office chair almost ALL day long!

















AND I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST! 
Meet Nora Lee! Our sweet little niece was born the Monday after Thanksgiving! She's oh so sweet and cuddly! We just LOVE her!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Meet Rosie, Cheer Competition and Halloween!

These were going to be three separate posts! HA!

Well, Meet Rosie!



She's Reece's new pup! She was a super early birthday gift. Reece has been asking for a puppy for a very, very long time and I kept saying no. I didn't want anymore inside dogs, even after the ones we have are gone. Or so I thought. Then it hit me that Reece is SUCH a good kid and helps SO SO much with the littles. Most of the time we don't even ask her to help, she just does. Josh and I will both tell you, we would be lost without Reece and her help! :) So, new puppy for her! haha!

The other dogs are not so excited about the new addition. Chippie is our 16 year old Chihuahua and she doesn't mind the puppy. In fact, I think she likes her because she wags her tail when she's around. Daisy on the other hand, she's just butt hurt. She'll pear around the couch and just look at me all hurt. Yikes. She'll get over it, right???

Last weekend was one we have been working hard for! Reece's cheer competition! These girls have worked SO hard on their routine. They pulled it off and came in 2nd place! So very proud of all of them! And, glad to have some free time now!


And to end the most random post of all, Halloween! We went to my sister's house to trick or treat with cousins! We had a hayride around the neighborhood and then went to Big Mama's! :)

Oh! And somewhere in the mix of all that we carved pumpkins! This was Mia's first time and she's DEF my child because she wasn't about to touch that mess!!
 


 








Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Football and Cheer

I mentioned in the last post that football and cheer are keeping us super busy! Josh and I have been run ragged since school started trying to keep up with five kids. Truth.  Between football, cheerleading, Griffin breaking his hand(physical therapy three times a week) and Mia having to get blood often I'm not even sure how we've kept up! We've definitely had our share of stadium nachos for dinner and sometimes lunch and I don't want anymore for a LONG time! haha!

This football season has been different for us. Peyton is in 8th grade and so he was on the middle school football team. He was LOVING being the big dog on the team so to speak since he was one of the older guys. Well, after practicing all summer, they didn't have enough boys to keep the team. Peyton was bumped to the JV team which also dresses out with Varsity on Friday nights. He was upset at first to say the least because imagine being in middle school and being thrown into something with a bunch of WAY older kids! Yikes. However, it's been a really great experience for him and he's gotten to play under those Friday night lights several times!

Reece is LOVING cheer so much that she signed up for the competition team! We've been practicing like CRAZY for November 5th! Fam and friends, don't miss this!!!

Here are a few pics of our season, not too many of Peyton because it's too embarrassing to take a pic for mom!








Homecoming Festivities!