Thursday, June 22, 2017

Travs Game

Since we haven't been able to make going to a Royals game work this summer, we settled for a Travs game instead.  They were playing a Royals AA team, though, from Northwest Arkansas.  It worked out well because we got free tickets from the library for signing up for the Summer Reading Program.

It was a warm night, but we found a good spot that was slightly shaded.  We were right behind the visitors bull pen, so it was fun to watch them warm up right below us.

Our character-- Lincoln.

Our sass-- Hannah.

Our quiet, shy one-- Layton.

And our surprise-- Ledger.

We had a great time and actually stayed for the entire game!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trip to Texarkana

It is always so good to go home.  I wish we got to go more often.

Jimmy gave Kris an old trailer and so we brought it home with us so we would have a place to store it until we get on our land.  It needed an overhaul and so Kris, Dad, and Layton worked on it all weekend.

I can't say enough about this little guy.  He is such a helper.  He loves to be with his dad and Pappaw and do whatever they are doing.  It just makes my heart so happy.  I hope he is soaking it all up especially all the knowledge that he is seeing/experiencing.  That is how kids learn.  I can totally see him being like them when he is older--able to do/fix just about anything.

They cleaned first.

Then, fixed a few things and replaced all the boards.

They even had to do some welding.

They painted it.

He is not dead.  He is changing out the light.  Ha!

I think there are a couple of little things left to do, but it is pretty much done.  It looks so much better and is actually usable now!  We are thankful to Jimmy for this gift.  I know Kris will get lots of use out of it one day really soon!

Meanwhile, Lincoln and Ledger had fun riding the side-by-side.  Look at that face!  (Hannah wasn't here on this trip.  She was in Nashville at Jr. Impact.)


Ledger was showing Pappaw how to fist bump.

We had a great weekend and look forward to our next trip!

Father's Day 2017

This guy.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and knew it was the perfect gift for him.  His kids are nuts about him and I guess I am too.  

Kris is an amazing example of a hard worker.  He has selflessly provided for our family and allowed me to stay home with all our kids.  He is a loyal friend.  He is faithful.  He is fun.  He is so wise and continually amazes me with his ability to look at a situation and make a great decision.  He is trustworthy.  His bosses trust him with all kinds of things because they know how competent and honest he is.  He pushes me and the kids out of our comfort zones when we need it.  He is loving and sentimental.  

All these qualities and more our kids are blessed to see in him.  I am so thankful for this guy!

Sometimes I just giggle when I think about how much like my dad Kris is.  They are two peas in a pod for sure.  All the things I wrote about Kris above, I can say about my dad as well.  I sure have been blessed to have him for my dad and I love him so!!  He is such an example to me!

There is one more dad in my life, Lyle.  Oh how Kris looks up to his dad.  I know where Kris got a lot of his qualities--from his dad.  He is funny and witty.  He is faithful.  He is a hard worker and tough.  He is a good friend.  He is a devoted husband.  He is a leader.  These are just some of the qualities that make him a good man, husband, and father.  

So, Happy Father's Day to all the dads in my life!  You are loved!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Impact 2017

Hannah recently went to her first big overnight church trip.  She went with the PV Tweens to Nashville, TN, to Impact Jr.  It was 4 nights and 5 days.  She was so excited!

The group that went before they left.

Hannah and Katelynn on the people mover.

All the kids with Mrs. Tina and Mr. Todd in the back.

She and Katelynn roomed together.

This was all the group watching Kenzie do her karate thing in the talent show!

Her week was full of prayer, praise, classes, and speakers.  The theme doesn't get announced until the opening curtain.  This year it was "Seek."

I am SO extremely thankful for this group of kids and all the adults who have anything at all to do with our church's Tween ministry.  Hannah is so blessed to have them.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Ledger at 13 months

My sweet Ledger is 13 months old.  I love love this age.  He is doing so many cute things and learning so much.  I think if I could bottle him up right now, I would.  He couldn't be any more precious.  

Here are some of the things I want to remember about this month:

Ledger got another tooth on June 1.  It was the right bottom lateral incisor.  So, that makes 7 teeth total.  Four on the top and three on the bottom.  

He is talking more.  He says "doll" for ball and discovered the boys' basketball recently.  He was so cute trying to bounce/dribble it down the hall the other day.  He will still play catch with you.  He calls all cars, trucks, and vehicles "tractors."  He says "tractor" pretty plainly.  Other words he is saying are Momma, Daddy, Bubba, Sissy, Dash (da), Bath (ba), thank you, bye bye, snack (nack), poo poo, no, and shoe.

Ledger can stand up on his own.  He will push toys around.  He finally started walking on the 10th.  It was an exciting day! 

He absolutely loves books.  I love to see him sitting in the floor looking at books.

He loved the pool when we went for the first time on May 30th.  He did great.  He also likes to swing, but doesn't seem to care for slides yet.  They are a little scary.

He likes to ride in the little wagon Mimi and Pappaw got him while Layton pushes him.

I started weaning him this month and I am down to just the last feeding of the day before bed.  I am not ready to give that one up quite yet.

He is still getting into everything.  We have to really watch him in the kids rooms.

Ledger is a great eater.  He has taken to whole milk really well.  I still haven't given him juice.  So, he just drinks milk and water.  He likes most foods, but doesn't seem to care for pasta much.

These monthly pictures are getting so hard to take.

We have a walker!!

On June 10 at almost 13 months old, Ledger decided he was ready to start walking.  I am so happy I got it on video!

This one was about 30 minutes later.  He was off!!!

Then, about a week later, he was already looking like a future basketball player.  Love him!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Berry Picking 2017

Today we did our annual berry picking.  I love doing this with my kids.  They are crazy over fruit, so they love to go and fill their bellies while we fill the buckets.  We tried to get out there as early as possible to avoid as much heat as possible.  However, it is a long drive and so it was pretty warm.

Ledger still had to watch this year.  Next year will definitely be interesting because he will want to pick his own I am sure!

He did enjoy eating some blueberries while he watched.

I love that we always go with the Stephens.

Me and my berry pickers.  We picked blueberries and blackberries.

Stacey and her girls.

These usually last us quite a while.  I mostly use the blueberries for muffins and smoothies.  The blackberries are usually either for cobblers or to put on waffles.