Friday, March 27, 2015

Red Cake {Yumminess}

Doing a little guest posting on my sweet friend, Nancy's, blog this morning.  

You definitely wanna hop on over and get my Grandmomma's famous Red Cake recipe.  

It's a little piece of love, from our heart to yours. 

And enjoy getting to know the Crazy Nine... because they are pretty much awesome sauce.

{thankful for}
khaki pants
odd side jobs
forgiveness and grace
vanilla candles
the tiniest sprinkles of spring
weed flowers, graciously gifted every afternoon

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The {List}

We've done A N O T H E R round of sickness over here.


I can't even.

And despite doing an epic job at keeping up with my Project{365} this year, I haven't downloaded the majority of my photos.

And I ran across this cute list on a feed I follow and thought it would be super fun to break the silence.

*So, here is my list*

Reading: The Best Yes, my Bible (my one year plan is realistically looking more like the three year plan)

Playing: Design Star.  We have some plans up our sleeves and that means our house needs to be getting market ready.  So, we've been trucking away at our #onegiftcardatatime master bathroom, just ordered some flooring for 4 spaces in the house, and have a small craft room in the works.  We are also playing bedroom basket turnover as soon as we get the floor in.

Watching: Well... was watching... seasons are in that breaking point and we really don't have anytime anyway with Pman's new ball schedule.  So, up until last week we were shamlessly addicted to The Bachelor and Switched at Birth.  I'm also a Duggar fan and have enjoyed seeing their realities unfold this season.

Trying: To cherish every single day.  hour.  moment.  Our family has gone through some big changes recently and patience from everyone is a must.  But even in the trying times, I'm truly trying to cherish the moments because I know how fleeting they are.  Best advice I was ever given (shout out Sista Shasta!) was: The days are long, but the years are short.  {que the tears...}

Cooking: Pork Chop Bulgogi, Macaronni and Cheese, Rice, Corn

Eating: ...ate... two mini cupcakes and a few lime tortilla chips for after-school-snack

Drinking: Sweet Tea.  All day, everyday.

Calling:  I haven't called a single person all day I don't believe.  It's really hard to talk with Jack Cruz in the background.  Even if he's all happy go lucky.  And he always takes the phone from me anyway.  That cruise ship director guy that keeps calling is gonna have to brush up on his Korean before he gets anywhere...

Texting: My Bible study girls.  I love that we can 'converse' all day, everyday, about {EVERYTHING}

Pinning: Some dream home ideas, farmhouse tables, colorful bunting, craft room storage, and anything with a white sofa.  Because it was be a whiiiiiiiiiiiiile before I can purchase a white sofa.  Can I get a Momma-of-boys-woop-woop?!

Tweeting: I tried twitter for .2 seconds.  There are no pictures.  Kinda like this post.

Crafting: Cut boards for my farmhouse craft table this weekend.  Scouting out the right boards for the legs this week and hopefully will be able to turn them next week.  ... building is considered crafting, yes?

Doing: Swinging on my front porch, listening to my kiddos playing in the mud behind me, typing this blog post

Going: to ball practice this evening.  Pman is on the 5/6 year old ball team and we are literally scheduled for practice/games 6ish times each week!  With some not starting until 7-7:30 and lasting about an hour and a half each!!! HOLIZE COWZ.  Five year olds, people.  Five.  And did I mention they aren't allowed to use a tee?!  ... I'm like dying over here.  I refuse to fuss at Perry for playing in/throwing/eating the outfield dirt.  I seriously wouldn't mind a tee.  Nutso.

Loving: THIS WEATHER!!!!  Oh My Stars, fabulous.  And that my kiddos are currently head to toe mud balls.

Hating: That they are wearing their BRAND NEW WHITE {were white} monogrammed St Patty's Day T-Shirts.  At least that's a one day holiday.

Discovering: More and more each day that I L-O-V-E being a boy mom.  I have always dreamed of a little girl.  So has Justin.  And we both still do.  But last night I actually looked at our boys across the dinner table... ok, Taco Bell's table... and whispered to Justin that the crazy part of myself thought it would be really super awesome to be starring at three little boys.

Enjoying: The one person swing my grandparent's gave me for my birthday two years ago... that I'm currently swinging in.

Hoping: Like I mentioned above, we have a little something dancing around in the background that's had a few roadblocks and we are really hoping for and looking forward to that being ironed out.

Celebrating: St Patrick's Day!!!  I love a good excuse to whip up the boy's some festive shirts the night before!

Smelling: Dinner seeping through the windows.  Because they are up.  Because this weather is AH MAY ZING

Thanking: God that Perry is currently hugging Jack Cruz and checking on him and saying he's sorry, since he accidentally just whopped him in the head and slung mud in his eyes.  Oops.  No seriously, this is huge.  Like parting the red seas BIG.

Considering: Hmmmm.  You know.  I am considering something right now.  But its in the pray-about-it stage and I'm not quite sure I'm ready to lay all my cards down on the table right this second.  I'm mysterious like that.  And nope.  Because I know everyone's thinking it, we're not planning another pregnancy or an adoption.   Well, actually we definitely are, but not for this very second. ;)

Finishing: My afternoon unwind and relax time.  Because its time for homework, dinner, and ball time.

Starting: Laundry.  Because my boys are LITERALLY mud from head to toe.  Those shirts are totally ruined.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Blanket of White

Remember that last post when I said we were all finally feeling better and all healthy again?  Yeah.  That lasted about 48 hours and we were back at it again.  Colds, sinus infections, strep throat, and ear infections this round.  

And though two of us were still feeling pretty crummy, there was no way we were not playing in this year's blizzard.  

And yes, all my northern friend folk, to us Alabamians, 3/4 inch of snow is considered quite the winter storm! ;) ... But to our sweet surprise, we got a little more this year... some even getting 8-10 inches!!  (The 'crazy' amount of snow started about 2 minutes North of us, but we got just enough to have lots of fun, but still be able to grab some take-out cheese dip from the local Mexican restaurant down the street! Phew!)

{thankful for}
a snow week
a hubby that brings home surprise cheese dip
two snow angels
a dapper little snowman
two rosy noses
snow boots
a triangle bathtub
peppa pig
snuggly blankets
the sweet reminder that He washes us white as snow

Monday, February 2, 2015

Icky Sickies and Boo Boos

So, after our great start into January, we then face planted the icky sickies.  

My Pman has had stomach virus twice

And he has been fighting a horrid night/morning cough since October.  

So, for quite some time now, we've been keeping a pretty low key trying to get him on the mend.    

And finally, he was good enough to head back to school.  Not exactly perky, but not icky either.

And, I guess Jack Cruz was feeling a little left out, so he decided to throw in a fever virus and a few boo boos. 

And let me assure you, when Pororo bandaids are involved, those boo boos magically multiply pretty quickly! ;)

{thankful for}
essential oils
pororo bandaids

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Brotherly {Love}

Jack Cruz is a ROCKSTAR.  Sweet buddy has been so very brave during his transition into our family.  We have a long way to go before everyone is completely adjusted to our new normal, but I can honestly say he is a PERFECT fit for our family.  And I'm thankful he's home every. single. day.

My Sweet P is AMAZING.  He had his world rocked too.  He went from being the center of our world, to having to share it with his baby brother... who really isn't so much of a baby.  And likes to play with all of his special toys.  And even though its been hard to watch Perry struggle, it's also been one of the very best ways to help illustrate to him love, compassion, mercy, grace, and forgiveness.  

And slowly, but surely, we are getting there.  Month by month.  Day by day.  Minute by minute.  

Slide by slide.  

Brotherly Love.  One of His Greatest Gifts.

{thankful for}
the little playground at the end of the street
evening light
a warm January day
a healthy day
fresh air
His love shining down

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Baby It's {COLD} Outside

January has been pretty bitterly cold and wet, so we have done lots of fun activities inside.  Including but not limited to: bubble baths, painting, side walk chalk in the 'foyer' and on the walls, and rolly toys.  

My boys headed off to the Monster Jam in Atlanta for some much needed "Man Time."

Little bit and I stayed home as I had little desire to strap him in a car seat for a few hours drive.  Did I mention he has decided the car seat is not cool?  Unless, of course, I give in and allow him to watch Peppa Pig, in which case he's golden.  Sign him up for a cross country road trip.  

We were gifted (the most amazing gift ever!  seriously people.. listen up for future gifting ideas) a family membership to our local children's science museum.  Hello bonding time. I think we've been four times already.  Pman loves the shark/stingray exhibit and Jack Cruz is seriously infatuated with the bubble station.  It's been a more than perfect place to take the boys on these frigid cold days to allow them a place to stay warm and dry and play and enjoy themselves.  With Jack Cruz still learning that we are 'forever,' its also a great place to pop him in the carrier for some face time or to provide a big, happy 'shared' environment for the boys to bond.  You know... a place where the toys don't belong to one child or the other so there's no dominance, there's no cat's tail to pull, or beautiful picture frames of Mommy's to break.  

Yeah.  It's pretty blissful. 

And with a membership, we also get a discount at the food court.

We may not can keep our children in a bubble, but at least we can photograph them through one! ;)

Life literally feels like a hurricane right now.  But see that smile on my face?  
It's a good kinda hurricane!

We were thankful we went soon enough in the new year that the Winter Wonderland exhibit was still set up.  Second from Coke, Jack Cruz's favorite thing in all the world is trains.  

Or water.  Maybe its water???

Thankfully, the weather was GORGEOUS for the past five days, so we were able to enjoy some MUCH needed outside time.  But, we're already right back to snow flurries and rain.  Boo.

I'm thinking McWane is back up on the schedule soon.  

{thankful for}
gifts that give adventure
wind shield wipers
the amazement of jelly fish 

Friday, January 23, 2015

The {Greatest} Show on Earth

Perry's Kindergarten class took a fun field trip to the Circus this week.  It was really one of the best circus performances I've ever seen and we had a great time!  Here's our recap:

Starting off.  Pricing.


Holy Cow.  

$14 Cotton Candy.  SERIOUSLY?!

I 'bout died.  

So, instead, we opted for a large coke, nachos, and a motorcycle.  Oh yea, and $8 parking.  

And of course, the tickets...

All worth it for the fun and smiles! 

Okie dokie.  This lady?  This Jemma girl.  


She's certifiably crazy.  

I believe they said this was her 468th time being shot out of a cannon and she is the youngest human cannon ball on the planet.  I'm not sure I've ever seen this stunt before and if I have I didn't remember it.  I was super impressed with how gracefully she flew through the air.  And her somersaulting at the end was quite the delicate little landing.  

The clowns are never my favorite and to be honest, I never really think their skits are all that entertaining.  But, they are a vital part of the industry and therefore photo worthy.  

As a former gymnast, this type of flexibility and strength is simply astounding to me.

For real... how cute is Dumbo?!

I always leave the circus wanting a pet elephant.

These girls weren't very entertaining to me, but this upside down splitter was so sweet and came over to the side to smile and dote on a few little girls.  So she won my heart.  And their costumes were the sparkliest things I had ever seen in my life, which I loved.  

And if we thought the cannon ball girl was cray cray, meet this guy.  Yeah.  I just simply can't imagine.  He was in that cage with 15 tigers/lions at one point.  I couldn't stop myself from thinking that I hope he knows Jesus.  

He totally upped the vulnerability when he decided to do a handstand on a stool and let this roaring animal jump through his legs.  I was seriously impressed.  

The poodles were simply amazing.  They were sooooooo cute and had the entire audience laughing.  They were P's favorite and a very close second for me.

This act was the flying trapeze replacement.  Kinda boring, but cool costumes.  

Again, I wasn't thoroughly entertained by the tightrope walkers, but this girl doing the splits up there really amazed me.  

These trampoline guys were INCREDIBLE.  

Words could never do them justice.  I snapped a few shots and then sat in my seat completely mesmerized.  My favorite part!

{thankful for}
a Mommy Perry day
a Daddy Jack Cruz day
that everyone had a GREAT day
the safety of all the performers
nachos cheese and hot peppers
a large coke
belly laughs
steel city pops
my favorite coat
Pman's rainboots

Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
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