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Monday, September 26, 2016

My 2 cents.....

The news is just unreal over the last few weeks.  All I see are shootings, riots, protests and just awful things in the world.  So here goes....

If the police says "Stop"....you stop.  End of discussion.  They are the police.  You do not run, turn your back, argue, fight...anything.  Just stop...period.

Looting is stealing and is a crime.  Breaking windows, doors down, car windows and the like are property .  Where is the protest in that???  All looters seen on film should be arrested, placed in jail without opportunity of attorneys , trials...nothing.  Go to jail and do not collect 200.00.

Not standing and placing your hand over your heart in honor of this great nation and our soldiers during the national anthem??  Disgraceful.  You do not have to like for everything that happens in this country but if you do not support this nation??  Get out.  Try another country and let's see how that works for you.

A drunk driver just killed two teens the other morning here at 7:30 a.m.  For all I care, they should go to jail.  Never have driving privileges again.  What in the world are you thinking???  You're not is that answer...you are not.

Locally a man drove his six year old daughter up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and then stabbed her to death. Over a custody battle with his ex-wife.  Stabbed his own baby girl to death.  Stabbed.  Does that register???  What is wrong with that picture???  Everything.  Every single thing.

Satan is prowling, and prowling around this world.  Seeking to devour.  To kill, steal and destroy.  These are God's Holy Words.  Satan prowls like an animal.  Gets people to act like animals.

We need Jesus.

plain and simple


Sunday, September 18, 2016

I've Been Everywhere, Man!!

That title shows my old age and my hillbilly roots for sure!  But since school has started I thought my life would slow down a bit.  Wrong!!!  I am even busier than before.  Something has just got to give. Between work, church, my kids, my grandkids and my boyfriend (still cringing over that word!) ,my time is gone.  I have about 10,874 pictures to share but I will try to cut it down some.  I took a mini vacation last week and went to Pigeon Forge. TN.  I went with my guy and another couple.  Before the rumors start flying...we were properly chaperoned and he slept on the couch.  the other couple are married and in their sixties.  Not that 60 is old!!  As I edge closer it is looking like the new 40! We went to a gigantic car show.  I saw some amazing cars.  Just gorgeous vintage vehicles that were unreal.  I haven't said it much lately but my guy is just the sweetest man in the world.  I just never knew that so much kindness, gentleness and sweetness could ever come out of one person.  He is just amazing to me.  Always just such a gentleman in every word and deed.  Did I mention he is a cutie too?  Since my last post my little Finley has turned 6 months old!  Kyra turned 2 years old and my very own Megan turned 28 years old!!!  I got my babies all together for another historic photo shoot.  Baby wrangling is the career to get into....hardest job ever!


Mimi, why is this beaver sniffing me??


Fin, I think he thinks you need a new diaper.  Do you. little buddy?


Hey Fin-Man...you kinda smell funny!  Don't worry Beavy...Mimi will fix that!


Finley, you have two teeth and are sitting up on your own.  You are just the cutest little boy in the world too!

Megan looking so pretty on her birthday.  How did my baby have a baby???


Let's all sit on the quilt guys!



Come back here Brooks!!  Savannah put your dress down!


Nope...Brooks is done!

Somebody look at the camera!!!



We had a great time.  Just grilled hotdogs and played outside.  But to us...that's the best time.

Kyra had an Old Macdonald Party.  She had a few farm animals there!  Sweet Piper holding Chicken Nugget the chicken.


Brittany, Aaron and Kyra.  You can just barely see Bucky the goat.


A rare photo of me and sweet Finley.  He is so squeezable!!



Erica and her precious cargo!


Such a sweet family!  Hard to believe that Kyra is already 2!


Clothes just do not impress kids!



Blake and Mr Brooks...such a sweet boy!


I can't leave out Miss Savannah....all smiles

Monday, August 29, 2016

The First Day

Today was the first day of school in our county.  So many sweet faces!!  All the little kids were super excited and glad to be back in school for the most part.  I had a pretty good first day back too!  Piper started first grade and she was super excited!!  Her teacher is Mrs. Bowles and she is the same teacher that both of my girls had in kindergarten.  We all just love her!  I found out today that she is retiring after this year and I could just cry!  We all love her to pieces.  But I am so glad for her....I would trade places with her in a red hot minute.


Erica brought in the crew to walk Piper in on her first day.  People she passed in the hall gave her that "look".  You know the one that you give a young mama with more than 2.5 kids in tow!!  The baby in the stroller is Megans' little Mr. Finley though!!



My big girl.....time has just got to stop moving on!!!!



The fabulous Mrs. Bowles.  She truly is a great teacher.  I am so glad Piper has her for first grade.  she is just going to learn so much!!



Seeing all the kids today makes me feel a whirlwind of emotion.  Their little faces and their sweet looks.  I just pray that they all have a great school year.  I know that some homes are not ideal and many children have very hard lives.  I wish I could take them all in my arms and just give them a big hug!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Birthdays, lost teeth and 5 months old!

 Well, I have let 2 birthdays, a five month old update for Finley and about a bazillion other things slip past me.  I honestly do not know what takes up all my time I just know that at the end of the day I tell myself..."well, you let another day go by and did not write one thing down or post one photo so you can look back on this time!!"  Between, family, dating, menopause and just life....I just can't seem to get a thing accomplished!

Here are a few shots from the last couple of weeks.  I promise I will get better now that summer is winding down and life gets more normal.  I promise!!


Mimi...did you forget to put up the pictures of me and Mr Beaver??  We had a great time together this month!!

We did Finley??  Gee, that makes me feel good.  You like me don't ya??



Yeah, but he likes me better, don'tcha little Fin??


Piper and her best friend Faith.  Pool parties are the best!

Watching around 15 kids in the pool is very hard!!



But Birthday Cake and ice cream are worth it!


Starting first grade with a new backpack!


This little sweetie steals my heart each day!

Piper lost her first tooth!!!  Time...stand still



The gang!  Brooks looks so sad and poor Finley was being held upright by a good ole ear tug!


My daddy at his 75th birthday supper with all his kids and grandkids!  So blessed!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Winding Down

Summer is now on the downhill slide for all of us school employees.  Back to school commercials are all that is on TV.  Busy is a word that for me...has permeated my life as of late.  I am truly so busy that I just fall into bed each night worn slap out.  But it is a good busy.  My children and grandchildren are the most fun things and I am loving every second of it.  It goes so fast!  Last week was....VBS.  Y'all know that I usually say that it stands for Very Bad Situations but not this year.  Best VBS ever.  I had the most precious kids.  Five of which accepted Jesus in their sweet little lives.  Makes me cry to just think of it.  While we were singing one song I watched little boys and girls link arms while they sang "We will worship You"....I bawled!!  The best thing about this years VBS was that my sweet Piper asked Jesus into her heart on the last day.  Is VBS worth the it???  Yes, Praise Jesus...Yes.  I only had one meltdown.  During craft time.  I had to turn my back and pray to Jesus that i would not hate crafts.  One of the helpers laughed at me and then she really laughed when she realized how much i struggle with crafts.  Homemade slime y'all....it is not funny nor fun. Picture frames with 10,000 stickers the size of a pinhead?  Makes both my eyes twitch.  Just give me a birdhouse to paint or a macaroni necklace to string and I am good to go.  Piper also turned 6 years old on the 4th.  Her party is this Saturday so I will have tons of photos then.  But for now...



Time???  Stand still...please!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sweet times

This summer has just went by so fast.  I have not had one minute to even take a breath it seems like!  Erica and her babies have been gone a week visiting Blake's family in Wilmington and I have missed them so so bad!!!  I was telling my boyfriend (cringe!! that word!) how much I missed them just a bit ago and he is so sweet.  He is just as crazy about those babies.  So sweet.  But this week I have gotten to spend some quality time with little Finley.  And oh, the sweetness is more than I can stand!!  He is such a cutie and he just loves his Mimi.  And his Mimi just loves him.  He just lights up when he sees someone he knows and he just bursts open with the biggest smiles ever.  Until you whip out a camera.  then he just about won't even look your way.  Those other three must have give him a heads up on Mimi and her camera.  Never fear, next week I am taking about 1000 pictures of them.  With the waning of summer vacation from school it does give me time to think even when I am so busy.  I haven't written on this blog too much as of late and for that I'm sorry because there are things I do want to remember.  Us older gals...we do forget.  This has been the best summer in a very long time.  I suppose the kids being older and more playful is one part.  My girls are such good moms and such good daughters and such sweet friends to each other is a pure blessing.  Having this man in my life is still so overwhelming that I still struggle with why anyone would ever be this sweet.  I know my friends are tired of hearing me say just what a kind and sweet man he is....but he is.  I so look forward to seeing him every day.  It is sorta like being a teenager but without the drama and we don't care one lick about all the stupid stuff.  We both have been there and done that.  Sweet....is so much better than bitter.


Speaking of sweet......


Hey Mimi....I am not gonna smile...no matter what


Nope just gonna kinda lay here ... not smiling


I see you jumping up and down.  Cartwheels won't help either Mimi.  But could you help me not fall through the chair arm??  Please!!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Family + Christmas in July

I love my family.  They are so special to me.  We are not perfect and we fuss and get on each others nerves.  But I do love them so.  My girls have been coming over every day and bring the kids to swim and we have a great time.  do I get anything done??  Not one thing.  No laundry, no vacuuming, no dusting no housework at all.  Is my house messy??  You betcha.  But I love it.  They have been having some friends over with their babies and that has been so sweet.  Most of these young mamas are from the old youth group and I tear up seeing them with their own families.  Time....it just goes.  I have been taking pictures galore this summer.  I just love capturing all the little moments that you think you will remember but you don't.  You really don't.  One of the biggest things in my life is building a legacy.  We all have a day that we are leaving this earth.  If the Lord tarries it will be by death but the day is coming.  I so want my children and grandchildren to remember me as a mama or grandmama that laughed with them, cried with them, took time with them.  Listened.  Talked.  Hugged.  Kissed,  And loved them.  Really loved them.  Not just gave them stuff or took them on grand trips or paid for all kinds of things.  Those things are great but I want them all to know how much I love them.  And I want them to know how much the Lord loves them and how much He loves me and how much i love the Lord.  I want them to love Him too!  So we sing Bible songs and we do Sunday School papers and we talk to Jesus.  When I take photos I try to capture their personalities.  I want them to look back and see them and laugh til they cry.  Remembering.  That legacy.  Once again, I love my family.



Megan and her childhood friend/sister, Anna and their babies.  Born 2 weeks apart  Finley and Chandler....so sweet.


Two sweetie pies right here!



Family from out of town is so sweet and special.



I could eat this one right up.  Oh my goodness the sweetness!!!



Stop growing Savannah!!  Just stop!!!


Sneaky smiles are the best kind.  Savannah loves little Fin.



This one??  Best baby ever.  He is just one big lump of love.


Some of the old youth group.  Melanie on the pink float and Jennifer with her new baby, Stella, and Erica.


Megan her little love, Finley.


My sweet and precious babies.  For once I got them all to kinda sorta look.


And then this happened........



Brooks had a major photo shoot, super model meltdown.  I have no clue what the dog is doing but the caption from "Home Alone" seems to fit.  It's Christmas in July, people.