- The farm crew was cutting hay in front of the house a few weeks ago. The kids had been playing in the yard- Tucker and Mamie had come inside and I looked out the window for AB, but didn’t see her until I looked out front. She’d caught her Pappy on his way to his truck and was telling him about all the new school clothes she had gotten. Grammy let her do some shopping at Justice and it she had to tell everyone about it. ;) Ten minutes or so had passed and I looked back out to check on her and she’d managed to add a couple uncles to her audience. ;) Precious.
TDW was the most excited to see the crew working in front of the house because it meant he got to “help” – he spent the morning cutting hay with his Pappy and asking all afternoon when he could go back. ;)
- Nen had a training to go to, so Parker & Quinn got to come play at our house! Poor little sister- somebody has to be the “cows” when the boys are building a cow pen and she’s not old enough to protest it yet.
- I started mowing the grass this summer. This was huge. I’ve only mowed a hand full of times in my whole life, and I’ve never understood women who mow the grass and claim to love it. Until now. DW mows once a week in the Summer, and if he doesn’t get it done after work in the evenings, he will do it on Saturday morning. He doesn’t weed-eat every time he mows, but he likes to do that every couple weeks, too. I decided that I could do one or the other to help him out. He wasn’t going to let me do either, and said absolutely not to the weed-eating part – but he would let me mow for him, if I really wouldn’t take no for an answer. And what started as my just wanting to help him out a little has turned into me LOVING to mow. First, the mower is not at all like the ones I had ridden before- and it took some major getting used to, but the zero-turn is so much fun. DW has these Bluetooth headphones and I listen to music the whole time, get some sun, and there’s just something so rewarding about doing and job and immediately seeing the finished product. In my line of work, nothing is ever finished and completed. ;) There’s always more laundry to do, or toys to pick up, meals to make, etc., etc., etc…. Tucker has always loved riding with DW, but since I’ve been doing it, he rides with me, too. One day last week we were hoping to finish up before the rain got us, but we didn’t make it in time!
- August is a big birthday month for our crew. Tucker on the 1st, then Cooper’s was on the 9th. We always release balloons at the cemetery on his birthday. For 9 years it’s been the same routine…we stand around with Grammy, Pop, Pappy & Nie-Nie and remember the day he was born- we laugh some- we always cry some- and while it’s an extremely bittersweet day, I always feel God’s love extra on August 9th. I know people pray us through those hard times and we have been incredibly blessed with family and friends who have loved us so well over the years. I always get texts and emails from friends and family on his birthday and nothing means more to me than to know my boy isn’t forgotten. I always worry a little too, that my kids know more about death and loss than I wish they did at their ages, but it would feel even more wrong if we didn’t do something to honor and remember their big brother on his day.
- DW’s birthday comes 3 days later on the 12th. We celebrated the night before, with Mexican food and cookie cake at Pappy & Nie-Nie’s. There’s never a shortage of help opening presents or blowing out candles in our family.
- Blue Run was open on DW’s birthday weekend, so after Quinn’s party we headed to the river with Pappy, Nie-Nie & Kels. It was the best afternoon. The weather was great and there was hardly anyone on the water. We tried a new place for dinner and let the kids sit at their own booth, while the 5 grownups sat at a table beside them. They thought they were big stuff and even ordered their own food.
- The girls recently realized that some quarters have states on them, so we told them how it was a big deal when they came out with them years ago and lots of people collected them. They decided they wanted to try to get every one of the states- so DW ordered them a collector map to put them in. They’ve been raiding everyone’s change jars to add to their collection.
- We recently had our very first visit to Chuck-E-Cheese! I’ve never been and neither have any of our kids. It was for a birthday party and I tried to leave my germophobe mentality in the car and let the kids have a good time. It was really a lot of fun and the kids had a great time. Even the pizza was good. I was pleasantly surprised by the whole deal.
- Back to school also means back to dance! Mamie started dance classes this past week in town. She’s excited to be back after taking a year off! Tucker and I ran by the dance store to get her new ballet and tap shoes and he made a friend while we were there.
- The recent total solar eclipse was really neat to see. We didn’t get any viewing glasses before everyone sold out of them, but a welding helmet worked just as good. ;) We were all out in the field after school watching it and taking turns with the helmet.
Hard to believe that September is here!