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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Arden's 7th birthday.


Every year Arden tells me "this was the best birthday ever."  I'm glad she thinks so because I did zero prep for her birthday.  Well, ok, I went to the store and stocked up on contraband snacks to sneak into the movie theater.  Does that count as party planning?  

This year she went to the movies with some of her friends.  They saw Zootopia.  

Poor Jack was the only boy out of the whole group.  He played the part of annoying little brother perfectly, though.  He's in this kissing phase where he kisses everyone.  Therefore, he was annoying all the girls by kissing them on their arms and hands repeatedly.  "Jack!!! Stop kissing me!"  lol.  
Above is a pic of Arden and her friends right before the movie.  Notice Jack's backpack.  He's the smuggler of the snacks.  I know, I'm a terrible person; I get young kids to do my dirty work.  I did buy a large and large popcorn, which Jack promptly spilled all over the floor, so I got paybacks for my misdeeds.
After the movie we headed over to a frozen yogurt shop.  It was just a little ways down in the parking lot, so I packed all 10 kids into my van.  They thought it was the coolest thing ever that they could sit on the floor and *gasp* not wear seat belts.  (If they only knew how I used to ride in a car.)
It took longer for them to decide who was going to sit where than the drive itself.  Apparently these are important decisions to make when you're a 7 year old girl.  
We all had frozen yogurt at Tutti Frutti.  Some of the girls had never been to a froyo shop and immediately fell in love with it and all the options they had to choose from.  
Afterward we took the kids back to the house (with seat belts on) and some spent the night.  If you want to know how the rest of my night went with sugar-high girls, refer to my previous post.  

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Post-party African wildlife.

After taking 10 kids to the movie theater for Arden's bday by myself, I'm hiding out downstairs in my bedroom, hoping no residual party guests (including my own kids) find me.
So here I sit, listening to the sounds of stomping elephants above my head, screams of hyenas, and charging rhinos.  I sip my wine and focus on the art of blissful ignorance.  I mean, if there's still noise I know at least they haven't killed each other.  I just hope the ceiling doesn't fall through.  

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Way back when..

This morning, Arden and I are talking while getting ready for the day.  She is telling me how she is super excited for the weekend.
"First, I have field day on Friday.  That is so fun because you don't have to learn anything that day at school.  Then Daddy is taking me to Cici's.  He said I can go to Cici's for my straight A's present.  Then I'm having my birthday party.  It's going to be the best weekend ever!!!!!
Me, "It DOES sound like a fun weekend.  It I were 7 years old I would be super excited too."
Arden, " Yeah, but WAAAY back when you were 7 you probably didn't get to have much fun.  They didn't have fun things back then."

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Easter!


We had a great weekend hanging out with Sarah and Adam because they were in town.  We didn't do much but sit around and eat Bluebell ice cream.  

Easter morning we went to church and then Easter afternoon we went to Tomi and Eddy's house.  Going to Tomi and Eddy's house is our tradition and we have been doing it since Halle was a baby, so this was our 14th year to go!
Our family Easter pics.  

These are the littles ready for their egg hunt at Mimi and Poppy's.  Poor Halle couldn't participate this year because I told her she was too old.  She wasn't too happy about that.  

They had to close their eyes and Brian counted down.
Arden is off!
They are racing each other to the first egg they see.
Poor Jack is at a disadvantage because he's shorter than Arden.  Here he has spotted one in the bush that he can reach.
They both came out with a good haul, though, lots of chocolate and coins.  This year Jack found the egg with the five dollar bill!  He's rich!


Spring has sprung!

Kite fishing.....But without the fish.  



Playing a little baseball with Daddy.  

At this exact moment, "Mommy, why do you always take pictures of me and post them on Facebook?"  We'll I don't always, dear.  Sometimes I post them on my blog.  
Neighborhood Easter event, plus a couple of pics from my dad's house.  The azaleas are blooming so they girls had wear one in their hair.  

Palm Sunday.  I know it doesn't look like it but Arden is enjoying being at the front of the church waving palm leaves.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Arden's Baptism

On March 6, Jack's birthday, Arden was baptized!  She trusted in Jesus as her lord and savior and decided to follow Him a few months ago.  She was super excited and somewhat nervous to get baptized.  I'm so proud of her decision.  
Over the last year and a half she has had question after question about God.  I just prayed and prayed that I was guiding her right with my answers.  I didn't want this to be a forced decision, obviously, because that doesn't lead to a healthy or fruitful relationship with Jesus.  She did finally come to believe in Him when she was ready.  
Arden was baptized in a portable baptistry since we are members of a portable church.  Even better, she was baptized in a large room that is known as the "cow palace."  It was definitely a unique experience.  
Poor thing had the flu!  She started feeling bad on the previous Friday and by Sunday she had a 103 temp and just wanted to stay in bed.  But, she also didn't want to miss being baptized! "I HAVE to be baptized and my whole family is coming so I have to do it."  She was a trooper and was very excited in spite of how she felt.
This is her a little bit before she took the plunge.  She is standing next to the portable baptistery, which is like a miniature jacuzzi.  Isn't it cute?!  Pastor Trammel baptized her.  

We then had a nice lunch with our family afterward to celebrate her baptism and Jack's birthday.  She received some special jewelry and gifts for her day.  It was a wonderful day.  
Now I often hear her "evangelizing" to Jack.  We'll be in the car and they'll be in "deep" conversation in the back seat. She'll be saying something like "Welove Jesus because he is God and God loves us and is bigger than you can even think of." Jack will be all into it and looking at her and going "ooooh, ok."  Lol, hilarious.  

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Jack's Fourth Birthday Doctor Party

We spent the whole day at Burrough's Park.  Jack had a doctor party.  He loves the TV show, Doc McStuffins, but since all of DM party stuff is girly, we just went with a general doctor theme.  With me working again, I had very little time (and energy) to plan.  Jack enjoyed it, though.  He played with his best friends on the playground, played in the dirt, ate cake, played games, ran around, and played some more.  The older girls rode their bikes and roller skated, climbed trees, and just enjoyed being outside; it was a gorgeous day.  We were at the park almost 7 hours, so Jack and I both crashed when we got home.
Eye chart along and few medical gloves blown up with smiley faces.  Instant balloons.  Ha!
Q-tips made of pretzels and white chocolate.  Marshmallow cotton balls.
Jello "shots", tongue depressors, and pretzel thermometers.
Adlie with her jello shot.  Don't worry, no vodka in these.
What drink do you serve at a doctor party?  Dr. Pepper, or course!
Some of the kids got X-rays.  

apparently Arden has scoliosis
The kids played doctor on stuffed animals (like Doc McStuffins does!).  They had play stethoscopes, bandages, blood pressure cuffs, syringes, etc etc.  Some of the stethoscopes I made out of ribbon, poms, and headbands.  They were easy and the kids loved them.


Bear gets daily check-ups so I know he's healthy.

Arden fixing Myleigh's broken arm.

I made band-aids out of tan and white felt, with velcro tabs.  They stick well to stuffed animals and are reusable! (not a feature I would want in a regular band-aid, though)

 I got a check-up too!

An "Operation" game similar to the traditional board game, but without all the buzzing.  The kids used tweezers to operate on the animal (I was trying to draw a bear, but it looks like a mouse.) by pulling candy from different parts of the body.  Of course, if you're going to do surgery, you have to scrub-in.  Scrub hat, mask, and shoe covers are necessary in order to keep the surgical field sterile.

The cutest surgeon ever!!!!
Arden is trying to pull Air Heads out of the head part.
Myleigh is trying to get Butterfingers out of the hand part.  Myleigh took it up a notch by trying the game with surgical gloves.  It made it that much harder since the gloves were so big.
Jack ended up knocked the operating table completing over and falling on the patient, so I can't say bear-mouse survived surgery.

I totally slacked on the cake decorating part, which was perfectly fine since they "doctored up" their own cupcakes.  I had gobs and gobs of left over sprinkles and sprays and "eyes" and glitter and all kinds of cake decorating stuff.  The kids used it all to decorate.
  


I bet Jack is trying to figure out how to get the squeeze icing directly into his mouth.

They each had a chocolate and vanilla cupcake to decorate.  Or like Jack calls it, "Milla."
Emerson, lol!  She had a huge glob of icing on her chin and her tongue was going back and forth like a windshield wiper, trying to get it off.  Her tongue just wasn't long enough!
Now that's a satisfied look if I've ever seen one.  (Side note: this kid had about ten cupcakes!)



Even though the party had a doctor theme, most of the time the party was spent....


swinging with friends....

playing on the playground......

just being cute...

watching the dads throw around the football...

 trying to throw the ball like the dads...

acting silly...

climbing trees...


turning Myleigh into a mermaid...

just loving on your friends.