Thursday, August 21, 2014

Moving This Blog!

It's still in the works, but I have decided to move this blog to another address/page (still using blogger), because it's more fitting for my family.

I've been blogging here since 2007 and there is a lot of material that I want to hold onto, but before kids I didn't really blog about anything that I care to remember.  My goal one day, is to print off my blog in book form, for keepsakes of our lives while the kids are young.  It would just be impossible to do that with this blog.  There's over 1,000 blog entries.

I have moved over a few posts from this blog over to my new blog, and will be adding more updates there as I can.  I will no longer be posting here.  I will leave this blog up for a little while... until my other blog is in order, but then I will eventually make this one private just so I can keep track of just one blog and keep this one to myself.

SO, if any of you would like to continue reading about our family, then please save this new address for our blog.



Thanks!!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Kenadie's 1st day of Preschool

This morning, I had a little preschooler raring & ready to go.  She couldn't get me out the door fast enough.


She knew I wanted pictures before we left and ended up getting annoyed with me because she was done after two pictures and I wasn't finished getting what I wanted.


I did the same "Back to School" sign for Kenadie as I did for Lincoln.  I loved how they turned out.  Again, these were not my original idea, but I did do the work in designing them and printing them off at OfficeMax.  Really simple and very easy.

Do you see the annoyed look!?!?

When we got to school she was fine.  She practically ran to the door.  BUT, the moment we got inside the classroom and her teacher greeted her, she froze up and tried to hide behind me and would not let go of me.

Adorable tote bag from this Etsy shop.

I was so heart broken, because I knew she was looking forward to this day and I knew she would have an amazing time going to school, but she just couldn't get past the fear of "actually going to school".


My aunt that made Lincoln's back to school shirt, also made Kenadie's shirt.  It turned out super cute!

She cried and cried as the teacher took her by the hand and took her to the bathroom to wash hands (hanging up their totes and washing hands are their morning routines).  It was the saddest thing I had witnessed with her.  I had tears welling up in my eyes and by the time I got back to the vehicle, I let it flow.  I felt horrible leaving her like that.  I had this sense of guilt that I had never felt before.  I felt like she would hate me for doing that to her.  I had never ever left my child as she cried, before.

Her fake smile.  She was over it and just ready to go.

I made it back home and Chris and the boys got ready so they could join me to pick her up.  We had a few errands to run after school was over.  Lincoln didn't have school today, as he is still being staggered in this week and doesn't start full time until next week.

When we finally picked her up and spoke with the teacher, we learned she had had a great day.  Her teacher said she finally got Kenadie to smile, especially during music time.  That seemed to be her favorite time.

Returning and checking out books at the library after school!

I asked Kenadie if she enjoyed her first day and she told me she did.  She got to make a puppet, sing, learn to cut and glue, and had a snack.  When I asked about any new friends she made, she couldn't think of any little girls names from school, however, she did tell me there was a little boy named Brody, with red hair, that was there (then she giggled). Such a silly girl!

I am so glad she had a good day and the tears didn't last the entire time.  I pray that when she goes back on Wednesday, we have a less dramatic drop-off.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Preschool Orientation Day!

Today was Kenadie's Preschool Orientation Day.  We got to meet with her teachers and check out the classroom.

Kenadie was SO excited that it was finally her turn to get to go to school.  As I was getting her ready along with myself and two other children, I quickly realized that I am going to have to get up early on school mornings to make sure I am showered and ready so I can get all three children ready and out the door on time.  I see very early bed times in my future!

When we got to school, Kenadie was a little shy and hid behind me a little when the teachers tried talking to her.  They were very sweet and patient with her though, so that eased my mind for when she starts Monday and I have to leave her.




I honestly think that she acts shy more so when I am around.  People have told me that she will talk and participate once I leave.  I am really hoping that is the case and she thrives this school year and comes out of her shell.

We stayed for probably an hour and she was still shy.  I asked several times if I could get a picture of her actually looking at me, but she would not look at me at all.




She got a little more comfortable and moved around the room and played with different things.





I really wanted her picture in front of this board that has all of the students names, BUT she would not look at me.  However, she did search for her name and pointed to it.

She is officially a preschooler now and her first day will be Monday.  I am praying that I won't lose it and cry.  It is so emotional for me right now.  My babies are growing up and there's no stopping them!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eczema stinks!

Lincoln has suffered from eczema since he was 8 weeks old.  When he first broke out, I didn't know that it was eczema at the time, but as he got a little older it become more of a problem.


By the time he was a year old his little cheek was broke out horribly!  It was pitiful and we tried everything we could to help. Nothing seemed to work.  The dermatologist finally had to put him on an antibiotic to help clear it up.  Thankfully it has gone away and has not returned (on his cheek).

He once broke out on his back around his under arm and shoulder blade, and we got it cleared up, but he has since broke back out, but not as bad.

Right now he has a large spot on his leg that we have been dealing with for months!  I had it almost cleared up completely and then he would start scratching again and it got worse.

But now.  We have found something that has been working a miracle on his eczema.


Apple Cider Vinegar!  This stuff is amazing!!!!  I have been dabbing this on his spots with a cotton ball several times a day.  I've let him soak in the bath tub twice with ACV in the water.  And the only other thing I've been using on his spots is 



Aveeno's Anti-itch cream at bedtime covered with a large band-aid.

Here are his results:


This spot is on the back of his leg at the bend of his knee.  Look at the difference in just ONE day!  It's a lot less red and it's not as scabbed over.  You can tell it's beginning to heal.


This spot is on the front of his leg.  The picture on the left is day 1 and the picture on the right is after one week of using ACV.  That spot has been on his leg for MONTHS with nothing able to clear it up.  

And if this isn't enough proof that everyone needs ACV in their home, check out these other reasons why this is good for our bodies!!


I am so thankful we have found something to work on Lincoln's eczema.  It has been so hard on him and I hate to see him suffer.







Bays Mountain Park

Last week, Chris and I took the kids to Bays Mountain Park for some family fun.  Chris had been to this park a couple of times, but the kids and I had never been before.  It was such a fun day.  It was so pretty there and not crowded at all.

We knew this would be one of very few last chances to do something with the kids before they start school full time, so it was so nice to have this time with them.

The pretty dam we walked across.  


Lincoln and Kenadie loved this and thought it was so neat.







They had lots of trials and different habitats.  My favorite was Lily Cove.  I love lily pads.


As soon as we parked, we were met by a doe.  It was not afraid of anyone.  Trying to bum food from others who were picnicking.


We saw three wolves.  That was pretty neat to see up close, but that's as close as I would like to see one and really ever want to see.  

We hope to make it  back during Fall season while the leaves are changing.  I know it will be beautiful then.





It was a fun family day.  We left the park and headed to Longhorn Steakhouse for supper and then we went shopping for Lincoln's school supplies.   I am going to miss these days when we can just pack up and go when and where ever we want, but I am also looking forward to the school year too. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Lincoln's first day of Kindergarten!

Today was Lincoln's first day of Kindergarten!


Last night I snuggled in bed with him and read "Look out Kindergarten, Here I come!"  Such a cute book and precious time spent with my Lincoln.  After reading to him, I was talking to him about going to school and everything he would be doing, he admitted he was a little nervous about going, but he knew he would be OK.  I knew he would be OK too.

This morning he was SO excited!


I loved making his "Back To School" sign, which was super easy and super cute. 


My aunt made his shirt.  She has a machine that prints off images and words and she irons them on shirts. The shirt says, "Preschool is SO last year.  Kindergarten Rocks!"  It turned out so cute!  Lincoln's principal seen his shirt as she greeted us this morning and she absolutely LOVED it!  




Lincoln was so excited to get to see his friends from Preschool.

While the kids played, the parents visited with three different people over policies and procedures of the school.   We were at the school from 8 - 11:30.  


After the parents got information about the school, we all headed back to one of the classrooms where one of the Kindergarten teachers read to the students.  It then led to the kids going on an clue hunt in search of a Gingerbread man that they had just read about.  Super cute!!

Once all of the clues were found, we all headed back to the classroom where the kids made a gingerbread person.


Lincoln had a blast and did not want to leave when it was over.   Needless to say, he isn't nervous anymore.  Actually, he's quite upset he doesn't go back tomorrow.  The first two weeks he will only go a total of 5 days, because they stagger them in so they get the children use to everything and they are not so overwhelmed.  

We go this Wednesday for his Kindergarten screening and to drop off his supplies, then he won't go back until next week.  He had so much fun!  I am so excited to see what this school year brings.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Harrison is 8 months old!

Harrison, when I put your Eight Months sticker on for your pictures, I felt a little sad.  There are only 4 more stickers left and then  you will be a year old.  You won't be a baby anymore, but I reminded myself you will still be my baby no matter what.   You have grown so much this month and I can see how much older you seem just at 8 months.  You learn quick and I am so thankful you're happy and healthy!!  

Weight: We don't see the doctor again until August at 9 months

Height:  n/a

Clothes:  12 months and 18 months onesies

Diapers:  Size 4, just switched to Walmart's "Parent Choice" brand.  Worked for my older two, they seem to be working well for Harrison as well.    

Nicknames:  Mister and Baby (really slacked off on nicknames... mostly call him Harrison)

Bottles: Usually he will eat a 6.oz bottle every 4 hours.  This last month he almost refused the bottle during the day time.  It was such a struggle to get him to eat because he was teething and I just think he lost his appetite.  Just the last few days have you really started taking more formula.




Sleeping:  This month you have resorted back to sleeping like a newborn.  You are waking 2 to 3 times EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT.  You cry something awful until I pick you up and you start looking for your bottle.  Your teeth hurt you so bad and I know it's not your fault, but you have wore me out this month.  I will be so happy when July is over and we can get back to you sleeping all night again.  I KNOW you can, because you were doing such a good job before.  

Naps:  You take two naps a day.  First nap is usually from 9:30/10:00 - 11:30/12:00 (two hours) and then your second nap is 2:00-4:00 or 3:00-5:00 (two hours).  

Milestones:   
  • Crawling at a faster pace
  • Drinking from a sippy cup
  • Standing alone, no support, for a few seconds at a time


Foods:  This month you have really gotten into finger foods.  You had your first taste of honey nut cheerios (which you are not allergic too),  baby gold fish crackers, corn, green beans, bananas, breads, mashed potatoes, baked beans, macaroni & cheese.  You also eat your pureed foods and would rather eat the fruits instead of veggies.  You prefer peas over all the other veggie purees.  

Outings/Trips: Cades Cove - Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Discoveries:  I've been working with you on saying "bye-bye" and opening/closing my hand when I say it.  I have seen you holding your arm up in the air and closing your hand and you will throw out a "bye" before or after you do it.  You are almost there.

Likes:  Tractors and lawn mowers.  Baths.  Sleeping on your belly.  - This was from last month... it has not changed!  




Dislikes: You do not like when someone takes something away from you (normally it is something you shouldn't have to begin with)