It has been an amazing three days around here. We absolutely LOVE Michael being home with us. I have to say he is the World’s Best Dad! (And I have pictures to prove it!) There is nothing more enjoyable than good ole fashioned family time. ~Salon with Daddy, playing in the snow, drinking hot chocolate, watching Christmas movies, playing in the snow some more, opening an early Christmas present (Duck Dynasty board game), and getting absolutely smoked at Trouble by Cassidy (she says, “Trouble is in my blood!”), I actually have to agree!~ These are just a few of the things we have be doing since Thursday. And since I don’t have a Facebook anymore, I thought I’d share some pics on here! Hope everyone has enjoyed the snow. If you have a moment listen to Winter Snow, by Audrey Assad. It’s a great song and she has a beautiful voice.
Goodbye, November…Hello, December!
I haven’t posted anything in a while so I thought I would tonight! We were quite busy in November, in fact I have know idea where the month went. I know it is only December 1st but I can already feel January closing in on me! I feel like I have about a month before Korie will be making her big appearance. I know looking at the calendar it is more like 10 weeks, but with December being jam packed with things to do, I feel like I have January left to prepare for her. It is going by very fast. I go see Dr. Riche’ again on Tuesday; and then next Thursday is the long awaited appointment with the Spina Bifida Team at Children’s. I have had several people ask me what they could specifically be praying for, so I wanted to list a few things. At my last ultrasound her ventricles where not dilated (which means at the moment she didn’t have any fluid on her brain), so I am praying that this will continue for her. The majority of SB kids require a shunt for the hydrocephalus. I found a great video that explains the procedure. However, I am praying she will never need this. I am specifically praying that her bowel and bladder function will be completely intact, that she will have full function of her legs, ankles and feet. There has been some discrepancy between doctors as to whether or not she has clubfeet, so I am praying if she does/did the Lord will heal her completely. I know clubfeet is not a life threatening medical condition, but I pray she will never have to suffer through the treatment it takes to correct them. And of course it is never to early to be praying for her soul. I pray the Lord will use her in a mighty way! Thank you for your faithful prayers for Michael and I, the Lord has been with us every step of the way. I know it can sometimes be difficult to know what to say in such situations but I really do appreciate everyone who has reached out to us.
I keep thinking back to the day we had our anatomy scan and we were told she wouldn’t survive. I can remember, like it was yesterday, us telling Braylon and Cassidy. We told them Korie was sick and would probably not live. (We felt like we needed to prepare them and I have no regrets about this.) But now I keep thinking about what Braylon told us. He said, “Mama, there is still time for God to heal her!” He is absolutely right!!!! The faith of a child…
Braylon and Cassidy were in a super cute Thanksgiving/Christmas program at Grace. Braylon was not at all thrilled about being in it, but he did great! And Cassidy didn’t do anything that caused a scene so I would say she did pretty good too!
We broke tradition and put our Christmas tree up the day before Thanksgiving, but by Thursday evening I was glad we did! Michael put the tree together and the kids did all the decorating. I sat on the couch and supervised!
We spent Black Friday afternoon/evening in Fort Smith shopping! I know the thought of Black Friday shopping with the whole family doesn’t sound that inviting to most, but we had a GREAT time!!! I almost want to go out on a limb here and say we should make a tradition of it but we will just have to see what next year holds! We found some pretty good buys, but the best of the day was a few new additions to our Mickey Village!
I will end this extremely long post with a super sweet picture of Cassidy and the snowlady Rosemary made. I hope everyone will remember the Reason for the Season!
The kids started Grace Academy on Tuesday. Cassidy has been so excited. She had her backpack ready before we were even sure they would be going. Braylon, on the other hand, was not as enthusiastic. He was doing pretty good Tuesday morning, until we got there! I thought he was going to chase me out of the building! But, Mommy always knows best, and he had a GREAT day and can’t wait to go back. I did lose $10 to him though. Apparently Braylon will do anything for money. Even ask “a new friend” what color his bedroom is!!
Cassidy had her first field trip today at Wild Things Farm. She DID NOT want mommy going with her at first. She even said, “Mommy, do you ever see moms at school with their kids? I don’t think so.” Sometime between Tuesday and last night she changed her mind. It had absolutely nothing to do with me coercing her!
After we got home from the field trip, we decorated the pumpkins we picked. They turned out super cute.
It has been a very busy, hectic, chaotic week. I am looking forward to tomorrow. Tomorrow is always a new day!
Today marks 7 years that my sweet mama has been gone from her Earthly home. In so many ways it seems like it was just yesterday that I still had her with me. But when I look back over the last 7 years, they have been the most important years of my life. Major milestones have happened and she hasn’t been here to share them with me. I am so very thankful though that she was able to celebrate the birth of Braylon with us. We only had her for four short months after that, but what a blessing it was to see her with him. She was so proud! I truly believe waiting on Braylon to get here is what kept her going for as long as she did. And I can only imagine how much fun she would have with Cassidy! She would absolutely adore her personality and curly red hair. I can just picture them delivering newspapers together!
So today, I am going to eat scrambled eggs and a honey bun, and remember what a special lady my mama was! She wasn’t perfect but she loved us girls with all she had.
“IT’S A BOY!…no wait, maybe that’s a foot…okay, never mind I have no idea if it is a boy or a girl.” It is a good thing Dr. Riche’ can tell the difference between feet and “goods” (if you know what I mean!). So apparently baby girl is sitting criss cross applesauce breech in my belly. She refused to cooperate for Dr. Riche’ so luckily the super nice ultrasound tech was able to fit me right in for a gender scan. It took her about 5 seconds to tell me I was going to have another girl. And she said it with certainty! I go back in 3 weeks for my anatomy scan and will definitely get another confirmation then, but in the meantime, I plan on buying all kinds of baby girl things!
Cassidy is over-the-moon excited! Braylon, not so much! He did ask me if she could still share a room with him, so I guess he isn’t too disappointed.
Cassidy has decided to call her LaLa until we can choose a name, better than Aquafina I guess!
Let the name game begin!
We are studying Apologia’s Human Anatomy and Physiology for our Science this year. During our first two weeks of school we learned about Egyptians and how they “mummified” people, we even “mummified” apples as an experiment, and this last week we have learned about the cell. This is an incredible amount of information for Braylon and Cassidy to take in, so thankfully there was a project that sparked their interest. Apparently candy can motivate a child to learn!
This turned out to be a fairly expensive cell but it was well worth it. We assembled our cell as follows:
1) Cytoplasm: 1 package of yellow jello (we used Pineapple Island) with an additional package of Knox gelatin to help hold the cell together. Poured into bowls and let set over night.
2) We very carefully used a knife to cut the part of the cytoplasm where we would put the organnells.
3) Mitochondria: Jelly Beans
4) Lysosomes: Skittles
5) Golgi body: Smarties
6) Endoplasmic Recticulum: Fruit Roll-up
7) Ribosomes: Nerds
8) Centrioles: tubular cake sprinkles
9) Nucleus: Jaw breaker
10) Once we finished placing our organelles we flipped the bowl over on a plate and our cell was complete!
We had a lot of fun making and eating the cell. I can remember building a life size cell in 7th or 8th grade with Mrs. Blaylock, and I can honestly say if it weren’t for that cell I would have probably not retained any information about the cell. I am hoping these hands-on activities will also help Braylon and Cassidy!
Up next in Science…The Skeleton System. This should be fun!
Stout Academy is back up and running as of this morning. We didn’t really shut down this summer, but there was definitely not any structured learning going on.
We did our traditional first day of school pictures, and then Braylon wanted to mix it up a little. Braylon NEVER wants his picture made so I indulged him. And I thought it turned out quite nice considering this was our first and only attempt at Braylon, in a tripod, holding his “First Day” sign!
The kids filled out a “First Day of School” questionaire and here are just a few of their Q&A’s…
I am most excited about…”math” (WHOA who is this kid and what have they done with Braylon? Seriously, I think Braylon is stronger at math than any other subject, and I am excited that he is excited about it)
When I grow up I want to be a…”man” (I sure hope so, haha)
My favorite game is…”video games” (okay, no surprise there!)
The best thing that happened today…”nothing” (Does this answer count since it was before we had school?)
I am most excited about…”being in Kindergarten” (Cassidy has been begging to start school, so she could be in Kindergarten, for weeks now)
When I grow up I want to be a…”teacher or nurse, like my mama” (*tear* she is so sweet, even if she is brown nosing!)
My favorite thing to eat for lunch is…”ice cream” (and breakfast, and dinner and anytime she can get her hands on it)
My favorite thing about school is…”I get to be with my mama all day” (*tear* she is very good at this already!)
So overall, we had a GREAT first day back to school. I could absolutely live with everyday being like today. I know that isn’t reality though. We will have our great days, not so great days, and when can I enroll my kids in public school days. I will just keep praying for the Lord to bless our homeschooling journey and help us learn out of any situation.
Happy Anniversary to us, Happy Anniversary to us, Happy Anniversary God Bless us, Happy Anniversary to us! I remember when we went to Victory Baptist always singing this when there was an anniversary to celebrate. Then the couple would put change, equivalent to the years of marriage, in the offering plate after the song. I’m not sure why, but I can still hear my mama sing this. And I know if she were here she would have surely called me first thing this morning to sing to me!
Anyway, HAPPY 13TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY my dear husband. (Poor thing had to hear me sing to him!)
Not sure exactly how this happened BUT Cassidy got a comb completely stuck in her hair. Her and Braylon had been playing super hard together all day. They played “Pirates” most of the afternoon, but I guess Cassidy decided she wanted to play “beautyshop” and Braylon wanted to play “Star Wars”, so they improvised. Braylon was giving her a Princess Leia up-do and this is what resulted. I have to admit I laughed so hard I was crying. But then…IT WOULDN’T COME OUT. COMPLETELY STUCK. I thought I was going to have to take her to Krystal to have it cut out, but Aunt Tra came and saved the day. 4 or 5 applications of conditioner and about an hour later we were able to retrieve the comb. I am pretty sure this was the last time Cassidy will let Braylon play “beautyshop” with her!
Tonight was Braylon’s last t-ball game EVER. A little bitter sweet for me. I thought I was ready for the season to be over but now I’m not sure. Braylon was disappointed tonight when he realized he didn’t have anymore games. I know there is always next year, but next year won’t be super cute t-ball anymore. If he plays, it will be pitching machine. Homeruns and a double play were the highlight of this season for him. We may have come in last place but I couldn’t be more proud of Braylon and our team.
And last but not least…It’s A Girl! For Jared and Becky that is. I am so excited for them. Girls are so much fun, (until a comb gets stuck in their hair!) I can still remember the ultrasound day for Braylon and Cassidy! There are not many things that can top those memories. I know Jared and Becky are going to be super parents. And I am absolutely sure that Cassidy and Abby will show Baby Girl the ropes! CONGRATULATIONS JARED AND BECKY!