Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Back To School~2017

The boys had their first day back to school yesterday. 
 We went to meet their teachers and see where their new classrooms were going to be last Thursday.

Gentry, my kindergartner, has Mrs. Waters, just like Jubal did.
I requested her, and I'm so thankful he got her.
So, we are familiar with her and where her classroom is located.
Gentry will excel this year, I'm sure, because she is an awesome teacher.

Another thing that makes us happy is he has lots of his friends in his class this year, too.
Hadley & Clara Jane may end up squabbling over who is Gentry's girlfriend,
but I think they will all survive. ;)

After orientation, we went to get Jubal's hair cut and Gentry's trimmed up over his ears.
I'm so happy Gentry's hair is growing back out, so no major cut for him.
Jubal looks handsome as ever again, though.

We tried talking the boys into going to a movie or the trampoline park over the weekend.
They chose to have friends over instead, though.
Miles came to play the PS4 with Jubal, and Zakari came to hang out with Gentry.
They had a good day with their buddies anyway.
No big hoorah before school started back, but they got what they asked for.

I had my friend, Christie, make the boys each a cute t-shirt to wear on the first day.
Gentry wore his proudly, but Jubal was not having anything to do with it.
I guess he's at the age now where he likes to decide what he will wear.
No more having shirts made for him.
Guess those days are gone. :(

I did make him let me get a picture of him in it.
You can tell he wasn't happy & I was forcing him to smile.

I let him change into his pick after this picture.
Can you tell the difference in his smile?

I absolutely love Gentry's shirt.
His teacher loved it, too.
He's my little heart breaker.

They both said they had a great first day.
I could tell Gentry loved it just by the look on his face.
He was so excited telling me about it.

Jubal seemed to enjoy his new 2nd grade teachers.
He has two teachers this year since they switch classes mid-day.
Ms. Dreggors has him for homeroom, Math & Social Studies.
Ms. Hunter has him for Reading & Science.
He then has an art class & PE.
He likes getting to go to different classes during the day.

I'm praying they both have an awesome year.
I'm so proud of my big boys!


Wednesday, August 2, 2017


July was a busy month. 
 I figured I would just wrap up the whole month with this post. 
 Most of it was spent in the water, so we have lots of pictures at the river & pool.

First up, however, I want to show you Gentry's new hair cut.
He's been asking for a "spiked" cut for awhile, so I figured we would try it.
Thankfully, it's almost grown back out before school starts next Monday.

Don't get me wrong, it's a very cute cut, 
I just prefer my boy to have his hair like the picture on the left.
He looks too "growny" in the pic on the right.
Plus, we've never spiked it again since the day he got it cut.
My boys are on the go too much to slow down for you to fix their hair.


The boys got to take their first ride on a jet ski this summer.
This is something we will probably invest in when they're a little bit older.
As much time as we spend in and around water, this would be an asset.
I don't want to get one until they are old enough to ride on their own.
Their daddy wouldn't mind riding them around, but this mama doesn't ride.


Palm Beach Island.
This is one of our favorite places to go.
Clean, convenient, no minnows nibbling on your toes, & no sharks to worry about.
The boys love jumping off of the 10 ft. diving board.
You can walk across the entire pond, except in the deeper areas made for diving.
The water is never freezing cold, either.
They have a food hut, and play music all day long, so you don't have 
to haul a bunch of stuff with you when you go.
We will be going back one more time before they close for the season.
So much fun!

This is what happens after a day well spent at PBI.
This is before I even got pulled out onto the highway as we were leaving.


This was another fun day at the river.
My friend, Arlyn's brother, Jessie, gave the boys lots of fun rides.
We grilled, chatted with great friends, and just enjoyed the day.
Nothing better than a relaxing day in the water.


The boys had a great time playing with their cousin, Colton.
This is silly Jubal in the mask. :)

Nothing like a boy and his trucks.

We love to go to Shane & Julie's to swim.
The boys love the diving board & the slide.
Gentry was able to enjoy both since he can "officially" swim this summer.
Jubal practiced his back dive/flip until he was frustrated.
Maybe next year, big guy.

All in all, it was a super fun month.
I enjoyed my ten days of vacation with my boys.
I think "staycations" are my jam.

Now, we're preparing for the first day of school.
We get to meet the teachers & visit the boys' new classrooms Thursday.
I'm excited for them.

Goodbye, summer vacation.
Until next year...


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jubal Turned Seven

Yes, I know...I'm so far behind. Life does that. It gets busy sometimes. We've been enjoying the last few weeks of summer before the boys go back to school.  I have a 2nd grader and a kindergartner.  What?!?

Back to the post at hand, though.

Jubal turned 7 on July 12th.  Since we had already celebrated his & Gentry's birthdays with one big party, I just sent a cookie cake to daycare for him on his actual birthday so he could celebrate with his friends there.

Yes, they spelled his name wrong even though I spelled it for them twice when I called to order the cookie.  It's okay, though, because his teacher said he didn't even notice since they were all just anxious to eat it. Ha!

He got to pick what he wanted for his birthday dinner, and he picked cheesy bread.  Cheesy bread!  What he wanted, he got. :)

I'm just glad my boy enjoyed his day.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Our Fourth Of July

I was on vacation the entire week of the fourth, and we had an amazing time as a family that week. 
 I'm only going to post about our fourth today, though. 
 There are far too many pictures & fun times to share all in this post.

Larson had to work this year on the fourth, so Laney & I took the boys over to
Darla's house to swim and cool off since it was a scorching day.

Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures because I stayed inside in the AC.
You'll just have to believe me when I say the boys had a 
good time swimming for a few hours.

After Larson got home from work, we grilled some hotdogs,
ate some supper, and killed a little time before heading out
to see the fireworks in Hagan at the Wildlife Club.

The boys had their friend, Skyler, with us.

I actually flat ironed my hair & put on a little makeup. ;)

We were invited over to Tiffany & Justin's to play cornhole,
so after the fireworks, we went over there.

It's always fun to go, and we had a great time.

It was a great 4th!
I'll post more on our week later.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Birthday Party Time!

We threw the boys a huge birthday party for the both of them this past Saturday.  
I started planning this party back at the beginning of April.  
We decide last year that we would combine their parties into one big party, 
instead of two separate parties only three weeks apart.  
Turns out, it was a success.  

We also made the decision last year to sell the smaller water slide
we had purchased for them (that had served us well for the past
three years of birthday parties) to be able to put forth
money to rent a much bigger slide this year for them & all of their friends.

The slide was a huge hit.
It wasn't only a water slide, but also a fun obstacle course.
I planned the party to be from 3-7, but was more than happy when 
a few guests decided to stay a little later to continue to play with my boys.
They were all having so much fun on the slide, who was I to ruin that? ;)

The same slide, different angle, set up in our backyard.

It was a delightful day.
My boys had the best time.
The grownups that attended had a wonderful time, too.
Some even stayed until well after midnight playing corn hole.
We stayed up way past our usual bedtime, and it was well worth it.

I didn't get to take many pictures because I was most 
definitely enjoying the party & the company.
Us adults were able to enjoy uninterrupted conversation
all afternoon since the children were having so much fun themselves.
The food was ready whenever the kids were hungry & they 
were allowed to eat whenever they wanted to.

Greyson, Zakari, & Gentry
I managed to get this picture before Grey had to leave.
These three have been best friends since they were in the toddler room at GCA.
I hope their friendship flourishes throughout the years & they always remain buddies.

Jubal, Garrett, Colton, Dalton, & Brady

I did not set a certain time for any activities this year.
We prepared the food ahead of time, got it set up on the table (covered, of course), 
had all the drinks they could possibly want in two different coolers,
and the only time we interrupted them was when we called them
for cake & ice cream.

Jubal picked a Minecraft cake.

Gentry picked Teen Titans for his cake.

There was not one slice of either 1/4 sheet cake left!
Once again, Lynne outdone herself with her delicious cake baking skills.
This year I picked almond flavored cake with her signature icing.
I served it with cups of ice cream this year instead of scoops & what a difference it made.
I never realized how much easier & less messy it was.

The boys got lots of great gifts, but I do think they enjoyed getting money the most.
Each racked up with cash & we took them to spend it however they wanted.
That was a big deal to them.
So many new fidget spinners. ;)


 Our Guests:

Colton, Garrett, Brady, Dalton, Gwen, & Olivia
(Ian & Kenneth couldn't make it)

Greyson, Zakari, Remy, Hadley, ClaraJane, LilyAnna, & Will

We also had Gabriel (their cousin), Aunt Heather, Shawnya, Tori, Bailey, Tiffany, Justin,
Lexi, Sean, Cooper, Erin, Jennifer, Tammy, Keira, Shelby, Gage, Jeremy, & Nikki.

What an awesome day we had with lots of family & friends!!!

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