January Pics in review

 Chaney decided to put on every hat she could find along with a few scarfs.  (This reminds me of the Friends episode when Joey puts on Chandler's clothes.)

 Chaney is pointing to her tooth.

 Tucker and Chaney eating their snack after rest time.  Today's snack was a drumstick and according to their face they are enjoying it.

 Rigley rolled onto his side this week and I though he may go on over, but he didn't.

 Chaney taking her own picture (before the tooth fell out).

Hanging out watching the iPad

 Our little diva color coordinating her sunglasses and robe.

 My littlest man sleeping on my legs.  Sure doesn't look comfortable does it.

 My littlest twosome.  They sure do love each other.  I'm hoping they will be as close as Chaney and Tucker are.

 She got in her big sister's make-up box, can you tell?

 I've been working trying to update our blog with new ideas and this is one that I did.  I wasn't sold on it but I did think it was cute.

 Princess Paislee

 Princess Chaney in her ruby red slippers.

 Hanging out...they love each other too.  Clothes baskets make great seats and trains and many other fun things.

 Little man is always smiling....
 ...unless he's sleeping.

 See...I'm not lying.

 When he is on the floor Paislee gets a stack of books and goes and reads to him.

This was Paislee eating breakfast.  Let me explain the flashlight on her head.  My kids love flashlights.  Love them.  For Christmas Josh's parents got them flashlights that go around their head.  She wanted hers on this morning, along with her jacket.  Sometimes kids are so weird.

Outside in January

Today was a beautiful day.  The kids were able to go outside and play for a little while and get some energy out and they even found a way to get all muddy.  Yes, folks, leave it to my kids.  The littles stayed in with me.  It's hard to imagine that we are on the last day in January and the high today was 63*.  Not only was it warm but we have hardly received any snowfall and I'm sure that not one school around this area has even had a snow day...yet.  I'm sure that after the Super Bowl that February will be a blizzard month. Or we will be having snow in May.  Just my predictions.

 Here is Paislee in our new Craig's List purchase.  We went and picked it up this morning and then Pais played in it all day.  She can't wait to take a ride in it with her little bro.

 Rigley is loving his hands these days.

 Sometimes he is sweet....sometimes.


 Gator fun

I'm not sure what song they were singing but they were sure belting out the tunes.


Hole in the Head

Chaney has a few loose teeth.  In October when she went to the dentist, he informed her that she had 7 loose teeth.  One by one she is slowly working on getting these teeth out of her mouth.  Her most recent one was one of her top front teeth.  This tooth she slowly worked on while she was sick with the stomach flu and got it really loose.  Last Wednesday evening she was drinking from a cup that had a hard plastic straw and she accidently jammed the straw into that tooth.  After a few kleenexes we saw what that straw did to her tooth, it knocked out from her gums.  Short version is that this tooth was about half a centimeter longer than her other front tooth and was so extremely loose.  I mean loose like she could twist it every possible way and it even moved when she breathed...yes, gross!  There was a few days that she looked like she had those "billy-bob teeth" or another easy way to describe it was she looked like white trash (I mean that in the nicest way possible).  We bribed her with everything that we knew of to get that tooth out.  We were going to pay her then give her the normal tooth fairy rate, then there was a Kinnect game and nothing.  Aunts, uncles, grandparents, everyone wanted to get that tooth out and she wouldn't let anyone pull it.  The later half of this week the kids (and us) have all come down with headcolds so there has been alot of saline drops and nose sucking.  On Saturday evening I was working on Chaney and I got my hands in her mouth and flipped her tooth out.  Seriously, with one hand I got the tooth to stick out then took my other hand and flipped it out.  That tooth was so loose she didn't even know it was gone until I told her.  Now she just has a big hole in her mouth.  This is her third tooth.  Mayber her new one will be in before the summer and she can eat corn on the cob again.


Family Times

Whew!  What a week.  A week that started out like no week ever should but ended today on a positive note.  As we said good-bye to "Ikey D" we realized how many things we have to be thankful for and still tend to take them for granted each day.  This week we were able to spend time with family under terrible circumstances.  My grandparents were able to see and spend time with each of their kids (from 3 different states) which rarely happens.  We were once again reminded that each day is a gift and we are not guaranteed tomorrow.  Today's services remind us what a powerful Savior we have.  His promises are so true.  Our hearts are filled with so much sadness but rejoice at the same time.  

Below is a picture of my grandparents and their 6 kids.  My mamaw so enjoys pictures of her family and we have become her personal photographers (which really helps when it comes calendar time each Christmas).  Though the circumstances were not what we wished it was so good to see each aunt and uncle and spend more than a few hours together.  Please keep Dan, Nancy and the girls in your thoughts and prayers.  We know that the hardest days are ahead of them, not behind them.  Family will be leaving town, the oldest two will be going back to school and Micah will be the only child left at home and everything will be reminders of what their family once was.  Your prayers mean so much to us and even more to them.

Front row: Mamaw & Papaw or Carolyn and Hubert
Back row: (Dad) David -1, Pete-6, Pam-2, Paula-3, Dan-4, Andy-5

‎"If there comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."
-Winnie the Pooh

(This quote was posted on Facebook on Sunday by Isaac's sister, Kylie.  Isaac passed on Monday.  Who knew that this quote would be so perfect for a moment like this.)


Our Family

This is Isaac.  Isaac is our cousin who is an 8th grader at Morristown, he was 14.  This weekend he came down with what was thought to be the stomach flu, a severe case of the stomach flu.  Isaac unexpectedly passed away yesterday.  Please keep our family in your prayers.  Especially keep Isaac's parents (Dan & Nancy, Dan is my dad's brother) and Isaac's sisters (Kylie, Taylor & Micah) in your prayers.  There are a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of shock at this point.  Pray for strength, understanding, peace and everything that goes along with a death situation.  Also, pray for safe travels for all of our extended family that will traveling in as funeral arrangements are made.

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There'll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be


Odds & Ends

As I sit here on this Wednesday morning our 3 oldest are playing Playdoh, the littlest is sitting on my bed talking to me, I'm watching Hoda & Kathie Lee (my guilty pleasure each day) and it is snowing outside.  It feels like forever since I have posted anything of some substance so I will try to catch you up on what is (or has) going on.  We are spending alot of these winter days inside.  Since Rigley is almost 3 months old and it is now mid-January I really don't want to take four little ones out.  We do our best to stay entertained and drive ourselves crazy all at the same time.  We did get a Kinnect so we do spend our evenings as a family playing games and looking crazy....but we are making memories.

Last Wednesday night we had a first for our family.  We had three kids come down with the stomach flu at one time.  Yes, three puking kids.  Tucker started at 10, Chaney at 1 (am) then Paislee.  Baths at 5 am and cleaning floors all through the night.  So far, I can say the only downfall of having a big family is when three kids decide to puke at the same time.  I ended up getting in Thursday during the day.  We thought Josh was in the clear but he came down with it Saturday evening.  Yuck!  I think we have finally gotten over the hump.  Rigley seems to be going strong.

Rigley is growing like a weed and is doing more each day.  He loves to lay on the floor and watch his siblings and watch some cartoons with them.

Paislee is asserting her independence and talking more and more and more (yes, sometimes it drives us crazy).  A few of her sayings right now that make us laugh are apple juice sounds like happy juice and when she says baby Elmo it sounds like baby homo.  These always bring a smile to our face.

Tucker is our little breakdancer in training.  He is constantly trying to pick fights with his sisters and wants to wrestle all the time.

Chaney is our new make-up model.  Each day the first thing she does is change clothes and get her make-up on.  (I have no idea where she gets this.)

I have decided I can't take another winter in my cracker jack box house so we are making plans to get out.  These plans may take a year or so (lets hope not for my sanity sake).  We will do alot of praying and wait for God's leading.

Last, but not least, we have been doing some rearranging of stuff on our computer and getting new software and such.  In going through pictures I grabbed some out of all four kids to see who looks like who at this stage.  The pics below range anywhere from the 2 month mark to the 4 month mark.


New Bible Study

Tonight starts a new Bibe study at church and I'm super excited to get going with it.  It's another Beth Moore study, she is one of my favorites if you can't tell.  I can't wait to see what is in store for me along with the friendships I get to make (and rekindle).


Day out at Jac's

Today was a day out at aunt Jac's.  My hair was in desperate need of Jaclyn's magical wand.  We went up and Chaney and I got our hair trimmed and the kids played...and played...and played all day.  They had so much fun with each other.  I really wish we lived closer to her (or them to us).  

 Rigley was blowing bubbles and trying to put himself to sleep.

 Paislee found that her safe place was in the corner behind the chair.  I found her here a few times hiding from the boys.

 Pete was trying to eat the mic.

 Paul is still giving goofy faces.

 ...and this was why Pais was in the corner.

 Hank...enough said.

 Tucker though these pictures of him jumping were really cool.  One of their favorite things to do is take all the pillow off of her couch and then they jump into the pillows.  They did this for about an hour.

...and then it was nap time for a few little boys.

Chaney got her hair cut, she loves it by the way.  These pictures below she was trying her hardest NOT to smile....can you tell?