Thursday, August 14, 2014

her last week of PreK

I'm flooded with emotions...
hmm can you tell she's a tad bit excited and counting the days, hours and minutes til she starts Kindergarten? Me, i'm fighting back tears.
 This has been Shelby's last week of PreK. She will start Kindergarten on Monday and as ready and excited as she is, my heart hurts! She had a blast at the Kickin it Kindergarten Style pool party Tuesday night and it was so fun to see her w/ all these great kids (which this isn't even a 1/4 of them! there's over 200 Magnolia Kindergarteners this year in the 2027 graduating class!)!
Each year, before the school year starts, Magnolia Kindergartener mommas get together and plan the back to school pool party where the kids and parents can all casually meet and the kids swim and have fun! They always have a banner made for the kids to sign themselves and they take a picture in front of it and when these babies are seniors (omg i figured up how old i'll be and that was a TERRIBLE IDEA!) they show this picture at their senior assembly..).
i love how big shelby signed her name :)


these two have been buddies since they were babies in the nursery together at church and now they're going to be in the Owl room together!








Kymber and Shelby became big buddies this year at Mrs. Mandy's Learning Center and I'm sure their friendship will continue on! I know their teacher's are thankful they're not in class together! LOL


I made shelby's teacher a "please take good care of my baby" basket... lol... I know placing Shelby in the Owl room is God's way of reassuring me it's going to be ok and that He's got her and she will be fine and so will I. :) I love how God thinks of me even down to the smallest detail and knows how to make my heart smile. He also comforted me in that her teacher, get this....this is how awesome my God is... her teacher is a pastor's wife! I'm sooo thankful her teacher is a Christian woman and LOVES OWLS! LOL...
I cannot believe how fast this year has flown  by! This picture below was on the first day in July of 2013 when Shelby started PreK at Mrs. Mandy's Learning Center and I was so afraid she would be scared and nervous, but just like she always is, she was not afraid but excited and ready for a new adventure. The picture next to it was taken on the exact day only a year later, this year, when it's her last days at MMLC..... wow how she's grown!!
When it was time to pick out shelby's school stuff, my initial reaction was to get her owl stuff but I held it in and let HER CHOOSE this time. She chose EVERYTHING for school and it's all just precious and not a single owl! LOL.... this kid loves Zebra's and horses soo much! She says she wants to be a "Rodeo Girl" when she grows up!


i had THE SAME folder as a kid! i love how Lisa Frank is still what's up!! ;)

Tomorrow we meet her teacher and I'm gonna be a mess trying to keep it all together but I know she's in God's hands and will have a great year and a great class!! Pray for me y'all.... i'm praying for all those momma's sending their babies for the first time to PreK, K or back to school. it's tough and I've never had to experience this. Rhett, well he's just going w/ the flow! LOL.. He will go to daycare starting 3 days a week as my work schedule changes to 3 days a week from 8-2pm...
God is good and He's got this! I just gotta let go...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Just say Amen...

This video speaks MOUNTAINS to me and my life right now...
I've been really sick the past 2 weeks, Shelby starts Kindergarten MONDAY, the hustle and bustle of life is starting back w/ school starting and dance and just life....


There's too much to be thankful for and praise God about to wallow in the pits!
I've never been tested of felt physical pain like I have the last 2 weeks. Psalm 37:24 has been on my heart a lot, "Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand." My physical struggle has been unbearable and has shaken me up pretty hard.
It started about 2 1/2 weeks ago when Rhett just wasn't being satisfied at feedings and was fussy a lot and it was a struggle for both of us. My goal was to nurse him til he was at least 6 months. I never thought it would actually happen because I could only nurse shelby for 7 weeks.  Rhett turned 5 months old on the 7th.  I thought that Rhett was just trying to wean himself so we started that process and since I have never had to do that before after nursing THIS LONG, I just did what we did with shelby; supplement until he was weaned totally.  Rhett weaned super easily and fast and then that's when my problems began. Since I thought I was drying up, there wasn't a struggle anymore with feeding until on a monday when I was hit w/terrible breast pain, swollen, red splotches, and they were hot to the touch. Long, detailed, story I don't want to relive.... I developed Mastitis and if you've ever had this, you KNOW the pain that comes w/ that! The pain and recovery of 2 C-SECTIONS HAS NOTHING on this pain! It's been unbearable! I went through one round of antibiotics, 3 heads of cabbage in a week, ice packs for days, ibuprofen, any of my oils I could put on it, went to the dr. and got cleared that I do not have any infection anymore and that it's now just engorgeed... I'm now I'm bound as tight as I can tolerate and still be able to breathe. I do not wish this on ANYONE! The pain has gone down a lot as well as the swelling and all but this journey, I'm happy to say, I WILL NEVER have again! I know this has been a testing of my faith and I do feel like I didn't take this like I should have. A lot of tears and "why me's"....God never forgot me and He didn't leave my side at all, even though I felt like He had.  I have PLENTY to say Amen about... Healthy, happy, amazing babies, one who's not a baby and starts Kindergarten in just 5 days, an amazing, supportive, never-gives-up-on-me husband and family...
Amen and Amen!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What a weekend...

Well the weekend started out pretty shakey! Shelby and I were involved in a wreck after picking her up from PreK on Thursday at the PreK.  A lady was speeding and swerved to miss another mother pulling into the PreK drive while we were pulling out and she T-boned us.  What shook me up the most was that Shelby usually sits in the middle on the 3rd row in the Yukon but today, wanted to sit behind me in the 2nd row captain's chair so she could be by Rhett, who sits in the captain's chair on the passenger's side on the 2nd row.  I said, "Sure!"thinking that would be a great idea cause Rhett rides better when someone is beside him and can touch and talk to him so I didn't hesitate to move her. I got her seat all settled and strapped her in.
That's the door, along w/ my driver's side door, that was T-boned.  We were lodged into the front right of her car and so all I could do was turn around and make sure she was ok.
Shelby was UNTOUCHED! The Lord definitely had His hands on us cause it could've been much worse.  I had over $4500 worth of damage to my Yukon XL from a small Toyota SUV.  It's frightening to see how much worse this could've been and the damage that was done by a smaller vehicle to my "mommy bus." (pictures do NO justice to how much damage there actually is. it's hard to photograph it being black)


I'm still dealing with pretty bad neck pain and muscle stiffness but overall, we are fine. I praise God that we weren't hurt and that Rhett was not with us. We were on our way to pick him up. Due to the wreck, there was no way I could travel w/ Josh on the CrossPoint trip to sing up in Heber Springs, AR area so Rhett and I stayed home while he took Shelby w/ him for a daddy/daughter weekend w/ CrossPoint.
It's funny, cause the other 2 who have daughters brought theirs too! I'm so thankful for them and for the girls taking care of and playing w/ Shelby! I have the best hubby ever to be so concerned and loving wanting to take her with him so they could have time together. It's starting to hit us that she starts Kindergarten in just less than a month! I can't talk about it so I deny it's happening....
Gigi came and stayed w/ me and Rhett and we had a great time. Rhett was so sweet and cuddly and it was nice to have time w/ just him and no other worries. Shelby had a blast w/ CrossPoint and the girls. The Lord was all over the services they sang at and The Lord was all over us too!






Thank You Lord for Your protection and mighty hand of love over us....

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

These Growing babies of ours...

It's unreal that Rhett is 4 months old now (will be 18 weeks old this friday actually)! He's such a happy, feisty, vivacious, semi-laid back, sweet little man. He had his 4 month WBV (well baby visit) on Friday and he's still in the 96% for height (he's 27" long now) and is 16 lbs (which he's in the 66% now for that where he was in the 84% range; Dr. said it's cause he's WAY more active now). He got 4 shots and one orally and he DID NOT like them at all, but who does?! He's doing sooo well! He's a big boy, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Dr. Tracie Calloway, who was my twirling buddy all through Jr. High and High School, is THE BEST pediatrician there is in my book and it's so fun getting to see her so often now! She told us we could start introducing rice/oatmeal cereal to him so I've tried it twice and both times he only tolerates MAYBE 3-4 bites and is done. It taste NASTY and really has no nutritional value so I think I'm just going to wait til we can give him baby food in 2 months. He's still EBF (exclusively breast fed) and is doing remarkably well! I never dreamed I'd be breast feeding still after only being able to for 7 weeks w/ Shelby. The only difficulty I find now is finding a place to BF him when we are out and it's time.  He nurses every 3 hours, unless he's going through a leap or growth spurt, then it's on demand. This boy loves to eat! :) LOL...


you're gonna feed me what from where? Umm Momma....that's not how this works..


He's also gotten SOO MUCH BETTER about his car seat. He absolutely does not like it but the last few weeks he's tolerated it and there's been less and less screaming, mad, fits going on back there. Now they're less and far between when I'm sitting in the seat next to his but when I'm driving, there's still usually a chance he will cry.  Young Living Essential Oils Peace & Calming and Lavender oil is used QUITE often when we go for car rides! :) LOL....
Shelby in the jumparoo at 18 weeks old...
Rhett at 18 weeks in the Jumparoo
It's funny to see how the two babies are so similar at this age!!
Poor Rhett, his toys are "inherited" from Shelby.. she didn't really like this toy but he sure does!

4 months old! 7/7/14



 Well I cannot blog about just ONE kid now.. lol...
can you believe how much she's grown in a year?! OMG
This was Shelby's first day of PreK last July...
1st day of PreK July 2013
 This was Shelby on Friday.. O M G...
I cannot believe in just a month she will be starting Kindergarten!


 Shelby had a fun week of VBS with her BFF, Joci at her church!



 Rhett on the other hand didn't know why he couldn't go to VBS


love seeing my babies play together... can't wait to see how they "play" together in the future...i'm sure there will be hair pulling and "MOOOmmmmaaa! He's ______ my toys!"

 Little man has grown A LOT in just 4 months.....




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