Back In Time

The past few weeks, okay, months, I’ve been participating in Throwback Thursday on Facebook. Throwback Thursday probably started over on Instagram, but to be honest, I decided to call it quits with Instagram when I started seeing all the same Instagram pictures on Facebook, anyway.

Yes, as a matter of fact, I love the run-on sentence.

So.

If you are Facebook friends with me, I apologize, because you’ve probably seen these pictures over there, but they are still so fun, and OH SO SWEET, and can we please stop time?

At a friend’s wedding. (2007)

Stevie was the Ring Bearer at McDaddy’s brother’s wedding (2006)

 

Melt my heart. (2007)

 

Stevie having fun in his Jeep (2008)

First Haircut (2006)

Watching a chick flick. (2005)

Sharing the Good News. (2006)

Ok, I need a tissue, now.

Really, can we stop time, pretty please?

Have a great weekend, y’all.

Another Day Off

Let me start by promising I won’t mention our water situation today.

You’re welcome!

Instead, I thought we might discuss the SNOW situation.

Y’all.

My boys have been to school for a total of three days since December 19th, and one of those days was a two-hour delay. (Not that I’m complaining, because I have enjoyed everyday with my boys, but because of the days missed, the kids now have to go to school until the end of May.)

We have 3-4 inches of snow on the ground. We had a snow day (and have another one tomorrow!). Earlier today, my neighbor, Jamie texted to ask if Stevie and Alex would like to come out and go sledding with her kids. She also promised hot chocolate. It sounded better than sitting in the house one. more. minute, so I threw some cookie dough in the oven because COOKIES!

The kids had a great time!

Earlier in the day, I also spent some time organizing some problem areas around this joint.

The area under our sink looked like this several weeks ago.

After repairing a leaky water pipe and adding a tension rod, it now looks like this.

I am sure I heard violins when I stepped back to take a look at this newly organized space.

I was so impressed with the big difference the little change made, I decided to organize the area under my bathroom sink, too. Unfortunately I didn’t get any before pictures.

Rest assured, it was a hot-mess.

Just look at this wonderfulness…

Extra make-up – aisle 1.

This next one is travel size and first-aid items, among other things.

And this last one is full of all of the crazy amount of little tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes we get from the dentist, along with extra toothbrushes for visitors who might visit and forget theirs.

This little three-drawer organizer works so well in this space. I love it!

This Parenting Thing Is Tough

This parenting thing is tough.

I kind of expected things to get tougher now that Stevie is in Middle School, but I never dreamed it would happen just weeks into the new school year.

I should have known better.

Sometimes, it is necessary to step up to the plate and stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you ruffle some feathers.

McDaddy and I had to do that on Friday.

We were met with opposition and unkind words.

And if you’ve ever been there, you know that stinks.

Still, we will always do what needs to be done where these two are concerned.

Even if it is unpopular.

Even if we do it alone.

My heart aches when I think about the look on his face as he asked us tough questions.

Questions that he had no business thinking about.

I am thankful for this guy, who always seems to have an [age] appropriate answer.

We take the responsibility of parenting very seriously. In fact, as a stay-at-home-mom, it is my only job. It angers me that we were treated so poorly by school administrators simply because we questioned them.

As parents, we are cheerleaders, protectors and advocates.

I am a loud cheerleader.

I am a fierce protector.

And I will step up to advocate each. and. every. time. I feel it necessary to do so.

Doing the right thing is not always easy.

It appears as though this might be a l-o-n-g road ahead of us.

Whatever the cost, these two are worth it.

 

 

Taking The Hood By Storm

When I tucked the boys in last night, Alex asked me to take one last picture of him before he turned seven.

This picture makes me smile for so many reasons. These two are best friends, great playmates, and partners in crime. 

Partners in crime who will make great use of the Spider Man Deluxe Web-blaster that he has requested for his birthday.

And when I woke this sweet boy up for sleep today, he reminded me that he is, in fact, seven.

Yes, sweet boy. I remember.

Thanks to Sandy, Trick or Treat was pushed back two days which meant it fell smack-dab on Alex’s birthday.

After a busy day at school, the birthday boy picked iHop for his birthday dinner.

After scarfing down his funny-face pancake, and in the blink of an eye, the birthday boy disappeared, and Anakin Skywalker showed up to back up his friend, the Navy Seal.

And the two of them – on official business – took the hood by storm as they tricked and treated for well over an hour.

And that, as they say, is that.

Until next year, Master….

All Dressed Up

Tuesday is Trick-or-Treat in our city.

A huge storm (Frankenstorm) WITH SNOW is set to hit our area on Tuesday. 

I am nine kinds of unhappy that my kids may not get to trick-or-treat. To make matters worse, the weatherman is calling for snow in October.

OCTOBER PEOPLE.

Dang.

McDaddy keeps saying it won’t get cold enough for snow.

I say we better run to the store and pick up milk, bread, mozerella cheese, poptarts, kettle corn, bologna, and grapes. And if I had any sense, I would of picked up a few bottles cases of water.

As I was all down-in-the-dumps about the prospect of missing trick-or-treat, I took a walk down memory lane. Halloween is always such an exciting time for this bunch. We’ve had our Halloween costumes for at least a month, and the boys have tried them on everyday since then. Alex is excited for Halloween because his birthday is the next day.

Can you believe he’ll be 7 this year?

Seems like just yesterday, he was all dressed up as a sweet little lion who didn’t want to sit still long enough for me to paint whiskers on his cheeks with my eyeliner.

 The next year, they both wanted to dress up as heroes. I love that Alex wanted to be in the WV Air National Guard, just like daddy. This was back when Stevie wore glasses, and Alex didn’t.

 And then, of course, there was my favorite costume, The Scarecrow. Only, guess who would NOT, under any circumstance allow me to draw dots and freckles on his cheek.

GRRRRRrrrrr…..

 

The next year, they both wanted to be super-hereos. This picture makes me smile.

The next year?

We were on a Transformer kick. 

 

 Thanks to Lego Star Wars, that was our next stop, though when Alex saw the Hulk mask, he had to have this costume.

 

That Hulk mask cracks me up every single time I see this picture.

And this year, if the weather cooperates, I will be out and about with Anakin Skywalker and a US Navy Seal.

I’m crossing my fingers that Frankenstorm takes his nasty behind elsewhere, and that our weatherman is wrong. It is way too early for the dreaded four letter s-word.

But I’m preparing for the worst, because that’s what I do…

Hope it’s a great week, y’all.

 

These Two

When McDaddy and I were away at the Jeep Jamboree, his computer was on the desk in the hotel and his screen saver popped up. It was this picture of the boys that was taken in 2008.

I fought back tears as I studied their faces and tried to figure out where my babies went.

I mean, it seems like just yesterday, Stevie was pushing Alex around in a laundry basket on vacation in a Florida condo.

I can hardly remember the time when Stevie wore glasses, and Alex did not.

These boys have always looked up to their daddy, and it is my hope that they turn out to be just like him.

And of course, anything they can pick up in the kitchen along the way from their mama will be an added bonus.

When Stevie was a Tiger Cub, Alex was two years old. As of Monday evening, Alex is an official Tiger cub, and Stevie is ten.

Even on the worst of days, their smiles can brighten a mood. (This picture was taken the day McDaddy left for his deployment to Cuba.)

And of all the pictures I have of the two of them, this is one of my favorites.

 And this one IS my very favorite.

 Even though I am not a fan of the mohawk, they ask for one every summer. (I think they look cute, even with crazy hair.)

 I love these two more than life itself. 

 I just wish the growing would SLOW the heck down. 

 I am blessed to look at these sweet faces and have these little arms wrapped around my neck every single day. 

And I don’t want to ever take that for granted.

You Capture – Fun

The boys love to laugh and have fun.

Yesterday, our church had an Easter Egg hunt. My boys ran around like crazy people snatching up eggs.

Someone (I won’t mention any names) forgot her camera and had to depend on the beloved iPhone to capture the memories.

I made an attempt at getting a good candid shot of the two of them.

Between the sun and their sense of humor, it was tough.

But I wouldn’t have them any other way.

Unless, they were hanging out the back of this sucker.

Which just screams FUN!

This post is linked to You Capture where this week’s challenge is fun!

Oh Brother!

These boys….

 

  • both have an extra baby tooth in the exact same place.
  • were both far-sighted in their left eye.
  • whine when its time to put laundry up.
  • are best buds.
  • love to play with Legos.
  • can string toothpaste all over the bathroom quicker than any two kids I’ve ever met.
  • fight with light sabers daily.
  • had/have the same Kindergarten teacher.
  • hate making their beds.
  • can wear the same jeans.
  • are not fans of peas.
  • love talking about bodily functions.
  • aggravate the snot out of me asking to play DS’s, Wii, and watching television.
  • have a 8:30 bedtime
  • were both saved when they were six years old.
  • are different as night and day.
  • never complain about homework.
  • would eat pancakes everyday.
  • can melt my heart in a hot second.
  • can aggravate the daylights out of me in a hot second.
  • are the absolute JOY of my life.

Camo and Cars Just To Name A Few

As a child, I always envisioned myself as a mother. I also envisioned myself having a daughter. I suppose it seemed normal considering the fact that I was a daughter – and I was all girl. When I got pregnant for the second time, McDaddy and I had already decided that it was our last pregnancy. It was no secret that I wanted a baby girl. Just minutes into our 18-week ultrasound, the tech uttered the words, “This is a boy baby”. Unsummoned tears freely flowed from my eyes even though I recognized that God knew better than we what we needed.

On the brightside, I knew that Stevie would just LOVE having a baby brother, not to mention I was already comfortable caring for a little boy. After the idea sunk in, I moved on to mother-of-two-boys-mode and I was excited about Stevie having a playmate to share cars and tools with.

I am perfectly blessed to be the mama of two little boys. I am so thankful that God chose me to mother them. There are days I look at them and wonder how I got so lucky. Other days I look around at all the ‘boy stuff’ and think about how blessed we are to have two boys three years apart.

And just today, I was picking up around the house and smiled thinking of all the reminders that little boys lived here in this house…

1. Little footprint indentions in the bathroom rug that face the toilet.

2. CARS – Matchbox cars, real cars, cars on the television, cars on the bathtub rim drying out, CARS movies, and car washing.

3. Farting is a sport and immediate cause for uncontrollable laughter.

4. Running out of toilet paper is rarely a problem.

5. Just about anything and everything you can think of can somehow be used as a weapon.

6. Typically, the only person in the house who knows where anything is, is me.

7. Lots and lots of camo.

8. Worn knees and holes in socks

9. We clip dirty little fingernails around here almost daily.

10. When you hear a big thud, there’s a pretty good chance someone has jumped from the top bunk, and more than likely it was preceded with the phrase, “Hey, watch this!”

11. We invest approximately .02 seconds in combing the hair each morning.

12. There are dinosaurs, Bakugans, Batman, and a gazillion Legos scattered about.

13. After a bath you ask Daddy to “do the fast “drownded” rat.

Happy Thursday, y’all!