August 22, 2014

K5 Collage

August 22, 2014

Here it is!  I think this is going to look awesome framed and hanging in the playroom!


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Healthy Habits & Hoarding

I am a hoarder of my children’s school work.  I am trying to cut down on my hoarding and still enjoy their art work so I am working on a collage.  I went through and took photos of each piece they did last school year.

This beauty made me smile!!!


Running is not Colton’s favorite thing by any stretch, but I LOVE that Chris and I are instilling healthy habits in our children.  He sees us run and exercise and even tries to join in from time to time.  I LOVE it!!  I’m looking forward to the days when I can stand at the end of the finish line cheering this little runner on!

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August 21, 2014

This Boy!

August 21, 2014

Beckham has changed so much this summer.  He has grown into a fun and feisty little man.  He loves to “wrestle”… if you are laying in the floor he is on you in a second.

I love that he was carrying around Claire’s Doc McStuffin doctor tool in his pocket.


Beckham came walking in the kitchen about 2 weeks ago like this … I seriously cracked up.  He was ‘hiding’… “where’s the baby!?”  So funny that he could pull the shirt up all by himself! 

He has discovered hiding and hide-n-seek and loves it.  He will put his hands over his eyes and say “two two two” – like he’s counting.


I just love this face!!


These were Colton’s sunglasses when he was B’s age.  Beckham loves them – when he puts them on he says “I see you!”


Notice the pink?  That’s his “yaya”.  It’s a Pampered Chef spatula that he would not let out of his sight for weeks!


This boy is sweet and wild and we love him so much!!

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August 20, 2014


August 20, 2014

Today was a total success!

Claire of course loved everything.  She was so tired and hungry when I picked her up.  Colton only goes half a day this week so we picked him up right after playtime.  He was hot and sweaty, but said he had a great day.  He said, “I think my teacher is really nice mom!  I think 1st grade is going to be GREAT!!”

Here are more pictures from drop off.  Daddy does drop off unless he’s out of town or has an early meeting.  It is out of his way to take them to school, but he does it anyway.  I think it is a special time for the three of them.


Of course no one, but Colton was being cooperative with the goodbye hugs.


school 3

I love that these kiddos have all been together since K3.  I pray all the time that the Lord will help them to form good, Godly, and genuine friendships that last a lifetime!


Little miss in her classroom … she never knew I was there.


Beckham was saying “school… sissy”.  He was NOT a happy camper!  When we got back in the car he cried alligator tears!  My three are so attached to one another.  As soon as we walked into the house he said, “where’s sissy!?”.  He was thrilled when we picked her up.  Then when we went to get Colton he gave him a big hug!


Love my family … even if they do make me bonkers sometimes.

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First Day of School–2014/2015

It is so funny how much children raised in the same home by the same parents can be so different.  Colton and Anna Claire look so much alike, but their personalities are as far apart as the east is from the west. 

Colton was up this morning a few minutes before seven.  When he knows he has to get up at a specific time its like his body automatically wakes him it.  He was all smiles and did not seem too nervous.  This changed when we arrived on campus.  We jumped back into our school routine quickly – use the potty, brush teeth, tame hair, get dressed, attempt to eat breakfast and etc…

Claire who is normally our early riser did not wake up until I opened her door.  She woke up however, very exuberant!  She was so excited and her excitement lit up the house.  We planned to leave at 8am and by 7:30 she was asking if we could go because she wanted to meet her teacher!!


They both were happy (in their own way.. ha ha) to pose for a few pictures.


Like I said – two very different children.  They each show their excitement very differently.


My house is very quiet (Beckham is taking a random morning nap) and I almost do not know what to do with myself.  I miss hearing them sit at the dining room table playing with Legos.  School pickup is soon and I am expecting full reports on a marvelous first day!

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August 19, 2014

Full Circle moment–Last Day of School

August 19, 2014

This summer I have made every conscious effort possible to not talk about the upcoming school year.  But here it is and I can no longer ignore it.  Tomorrow has been on my mind a lot and made me remember that I did not even blog about the last day of school for last school year!  Ooops.

May was a rough month – we all, but Chris had the flu.  As you can see in these pictures Colton was still not himself.


Chris was out of town on a business trip for their last day and oddly enough missed their first day of school last year too.  On the first day last year I remember driving them with such anxiety.  Instead of movies or music in the van we prayed.  Colton prayed, Claire prayed and I prayed.  It was one of the sweetest moments ever.  I remember so specifically praying for their safety and for their hearts.  Praying that God will soften their hearts to his word and that His timing would be perfect in their lives.

We spent the last day drive just as we did the first day drive – praying.  However, the prayers from myself were prayers of Thanksgiving.  The tears streamed down my face as I praised the Lord for all He had done in that school year.  He kept my children safe and my sweet Colton gave his life to Christ.  What more could a momma ever ask?  I was so happy to have that FULL CIRCLE moment.


Claire loved K3 soooo much and was upset every time I would mention the last day.  “But mom I will miss Mrs. Shannon so much!”  Colton – well he loved his teacher and friends, but he was excited about being home with Momma every day!


Colton is definitely my lover… He loves on everyone… and sometimes his sister will even love on him!



Of course we had to get a teacher with one of her favorite people in the world!


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August 7, 2014

This Guy

August 7, 2014

I'm exhausted. In that terrible on the verge of a nasty meltdown mom of a newborn kind of way. You know, if you are a mom – you’ve been there.  But then there is this guy...

This guy has had a hard week too.  Yet he comes home and takes over.  Allowing me to have some time to myself.  Time to decompress.  To gather myself and make it through the rest of the day and night.

I love this guy.  I love him to the moon and back!!!  I am certainly not deserving of him or his selfless love, but lucky enough he's My Christopher! 

Honestly, I wish every gal in the world was lucky enough to have a husband like this guy!



I have taken the 100 days of happy challenge and this is day #1 … today I am happy because I have this guy!!!

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August 4, 2014


August 4, 2014

Last week a very important man in our community suddenly passed away.  I did not know him very well, but many in the community did.  The nice words and stories that have come from those whom he had impacted have been so astounding.  He really made an impact on so many and has left an incredible legacy for his children and grandchildren.  This has had me thinking about my own children and what type of legacy I would want to leave for them.

When Colton was a newborn I wrote an post in our old blog and I wanted to share it here because it still holds true for all of my children.

The original post from September 9th, 2008 when Colton was only 3 months old:

I had someone recently send me an email and ask me, “How would I like Colton to serve the world?” It was really a thought provoking question and shamefully so I don’t know if I had really thought about it prior to being ask. I always knew that first and foremost I wanted him to be a great man of God! I pray everyday that he will be saved at a very young age and that no matter what he does in life he will serve the Lord. I don’t want him to be a servant of the “world” or of “man”, but a servant of the Most High Priest! So I got to thinking... what else do I want for him??? Here is a little taste of my response to the email.

That he is compassionate and appreciative. Compassionate toward others and appreciative of the world around him and the opportunities that has been afforded him. I want him to also be responsible, gracious and humble. Courageous enough to start new adventures… I hope he strives to be excellent in all he does, but the realty is that he will fail… he will fail many times – and when he does I pray it will make him a better man, a better person, a better Christian. I hope he will learn that his failures do not and will not define him, he will be known by what he does after he fails. I pray that he will have resilience to overcome adversity and that he will be tolerant of the world around him, but in the same regard that he will never compromise his beliefs. I pray he will have strong convictions and that he will follow them. I hope he is a leader and not a follower, a lover not a hater. I want him to be successful, but not according to the standards of the world. And I want him to always, always to be dependent only on God… not on me and not on his own father, but on our great Heavenly Father who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us! Chris and I will ultimately let him down, but God will never let him down.


All of this still rings true.  I now need to put these words into action and do a better job praying more specifically for not only the needs of my children, but for their future.  I myself need to be more compassionate, appreciative, courageous, and Christ-like and I know if I do my children will see it and emulate my actions.  Lord, help me to be a better example to my children so that I too can leave them legacy to be proud of.

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