This was our last full day in Elko. At 7:00, my dad came to get the boys for a morning of fishing. They were up and ready to go get some fish. I am glad that they were able to spend some time with him. They even got to have a short visit with Aunt Karen. When Papa Wayne came back he showed all three of them how to clean one of the fish. They were very interested in why he had to cut the fish’s head off.
Judd takes time for a quick snuggle with Mema! As we waited on dinner to be finished, the kiddos got in some last minute time on the slip-n-slide. We ended the night with a big bubble bath.
We have been spoiled this week, well maybe I should say I have been so spoiled! This week has been busy seeing family, friends and just having plain ol’ fun! Today we were able to visit with aunts and cousins. We went swimming and enjoyed a lunch of pizza.
Here are some pictures of the boys gathering vegetables out of Papa’s garden and picking blackberries. I think Judd ate as many as he picked, but isn’t that part of the fun!
Today was another wonderful day in Elko. The temperature reached the high 90’s and the humidity didn’t fail us either.Early this morning, Mr. Bill came and got them and took all three kids to pick plums and play in his worm pit. The worm pit is always a highlight in Elko. He brought them back around lunch and of course the kiddos wanted to play in the water again.
Here goes Day 2 of slip n slide fun.
Watch out he will melt your heart!
Way to go Jake-man!
We tried to get some pictures of the three of them but they wanted to goof off!
Do you like the silly faces?
I left for a few hours to run a few errands so Anna Kate “needed” to call me on her phone.
When did he get so big?
Our day ended with a visit to some good friends house, Jim and Amber Cleghorn. We went to meet their baby boy, Parker. I did take my camera but I didn’t get any pictures of the kids with Parker, maybe next time.
As a side note, Praise the Lord I was able to get 4 new tires today!
The kids and I finally made it to Elko after a 9 hour drive that should have only taken 8 hours. What took us so long you ask? A flat tire! Yes, three kids, one pregnant lady, 100 degrees, a quarter tank of gas outside of Pell City, Alabama with only three good tires. It was only after 20 minutes of sweating, trying to find the jack hidden in my car, keeping the kids contained in the car did a truck driver pull over to help. I must admit I was a bit nervous but I just prayed that the Lord would protect me, I was talking to Jim and an Alabama Trooper was on his way to help (However, he never showed up). This ordeal took about an hour and then we were back on the road. The tire blew out completely so I will be getting new tires in Georgia this week. It was crazy but the kids did great!
Today was our first full day in Elko. This is the first time we have been to Elko during the summer in quite a few years so the kids are enjoying Papa and Mema’s water toys for the yard. The kids were up at 7, breakfast by 7:45 and in the yard at 8. It was way to early for me. I was wiped out and they were running full speed ahead.
First things first, check on the black berry bushes and the tomato plants. They seemed to be doing just fine. Oops, I think Anna Kate got a sour one.
Finally, at 10 we put on their bathing suits and set up the slip n slide. Let the fun begin…..
I am blessed to be married to such an awesome man that gets the honor of being called Daddy by three little people named Jake, Judd and Anna Kate. They adore him and love him more than I could have ever dreamed. He loves his family and he loves being a dad. He truly enjoys every minute. His energy is limitless, which has to be with all of them wanting to be under his feet at all times. He sings silly songs and has silly nicknames for the kids that make them laugh.
Most importantly, he loves his boys and baby girl and wants to see them love Jesus more than anything else. He puts there character building and godliness before worldly accomplishments. He isn’t perfect, he will make mistakes and he will have regrets. However, my prayer is that our kids will always be proud to be called “Jim’s son or daughter.” I pray that they will always be grateful for the lessons that he taught them, the sacrifices he made, and that memories we are making will always be treasured. Jim thank you for your faith and how important it is to you to share it with the kids.
Thank you for loving us in so many ways. Thank you….
Our family just arrived home from a spending four days in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Our youth were there for Beach Retreat and Jim and I were asked to speak to the middle school students. It was a great week and we were very blessed to be apart of the camp.
It was a LONG drive that divided into several days of travel. Our kids enjoyed Florida but I think Jake is the only one I can classify as a beach bum like his mommy. I wanted to share a few pictures from our “vacation.”
June 1- Tonight Jim felt the baby kick. It was so fun. His face was priceless. This is the earliest that he has been able to feel any of the babies move. Keep kicking baby. I sure do love you.
June 4- This pregnancy is so very similar to my pregnancies with the boys. I think the only difference at this point is my eating habits. I really crave cereal for dinner most nights and nothing is ever appealing, not to say that food doesn’t taste wonderful it just isn’t appealing when I look at it or try to decide what to cook each night.
Today was my 19 week visit. We were able to do a sonogram today. It was so wonderful to see the baby again. The brain, heart, stomach, kidneys, and bone growth are all fabulous. We saw ten little fingers. We are blessed with such a healthy little baby and we couldn’t be more thrilled to hear the good news. At this point we know the baby is healthy and weighs approximately 12 oz., which is a little less than the boys but we also had the sonogram a week earlier. We can’t wait to see if you are a boy or a girl!
This year’s soccer season ended in May after so many rain outs. I didn’t know if we would ever be able to finish the season. The boys did great and Judd found his soccer position, GOALIE! He stopped 6 goals in the last few games. It was so exciting to see him stop the ball and kick it back on the field. He was so excited. I hope that I never forget his face the first time he stopped one, since I didn’t get a picture. This is one of him getting ready.
We had the team party at our house and Judd finally received his first trophy! He has been asking for this trophy since the first practice. Does he look excited?