"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Monday, August 22, 2016

She's Six!

Mondays aren't so bad when you finally get to go back to school after a three day weekend AND it's your birthday.

Then you come back from Spanish class and see Momma waiting in the classroom with cookies...


Finally, you walk home from school and find even more surprises before going to a favorite restaurant...


But that wasn't all. The birthday celebration actually began a few days ago with an extra special trip to the Star Theater in Russell Springs to see the Little Mermaid, live, on stage...


Six is off to a spectacular start...


Happy Birthday, Lila!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

19 Months

Once again we've switched up Declan's day. While he used to catch his nap in the car line, now it's playground time at school while waiting on the walkers...


At 19 months he exhibits no fear and refuses to get down when it's time to go...


I'd say he's right on track. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A New Year...A New School

Our new house is a hop, skip, and a jump from great school. So close, actually, that I can even hear the intercom announcements from our yard. 

We've been bus riders, car riders, and now we're walkers...


While it's a great school, it is yet another new school for Piper. Three schools in three years, but this brave second grader handled it well...


That is, until mom started taking pictures at school...


Lila is just happy that school is back in session. The summer was long for this first grader...


Definitely in her element...


And ready or not, Kindergarten, here comes Levi...


I have to say, after three straight years of sending someone to Kindergarten, I've worried the most about this one. But it was all for nothing because he was named star student on the very first day. 

At least that's how he told it. Actually his name was on a star on the door and he thought he did pretty well. I reminded him that everyone's name was on a star on the door. 

But at the end of the day he was still on board even though "kindergarten is going to be harder than he thought it would be."


While they went straight to work, the rest of us enjoyed another Kindergarten Boo-Hoo Breakfast...


I'm thankful that Easton is hanging out with us another year. He can finally be in charge and he's a great help with Declan. 

Here's to fresh friends, a blank slate, and that new crayon smell!

Happy 1st Day of School!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Downtown Kind of Day

Ah, summer vacation...a time for the love between siblings to grow stronger. Each day was spent in blissful harmony...


Well...not exactly but at least we had this one moment of peace to close out summer break. 

After that was over, we headed out for a final day of food...


And downtown fun...


Because tomorrow the bell will ring the summer out and a new school year will begin.

Friday, August 5, 2016

This Old House

Slowly but surely we're starting to settle into our new "old" house.

I'm not sure I could ever forget how it all came to pass, but nevertheless, it's a story worth sharing.

It was Good Friday and I was making my daily rounds looking at new real estate listings. Spring was in the air, the market was booming, and houses were selling soon after they were listed. I had learned the hard way that there was no time to waste. 

So when a very interesting house caught my eye, I took action. I called my realtor and requested a showing ASAP. The first time available was immediately after school, and this meant dragging five children along. I remember wishing that I could make other childcare arrangements, but there was no time.  So, I gave stern orders to stand inside the door and not touch anything. 

While we were there, the owner came walking through the house. I cringed at the sight of us all, especially one child in particular that was breaking all the rules. 

We left with hopeful hearts that this just might be the one. But it was a cautious hope as we remembered the people in line behind us waiting to view the house.

At the end of the day there were multiple offers on the table. We found out the next day that ours was chosen. We found out a few weeks later exactly why. 

Apparently the seller of the house "saw all those kids" and wanted us to have it. 

He wanted to give life to the house...


And that's one expectation we can certainly live up to.


Friday, July 29, 2016

If These Walls Could Talk

Eleven years ago a girl and her dog moved into a house...


One husband, five kids, and countless memories later, I said goodbye to that same house. Except somewhere along the way, it became a home...



It all started back in the spring when we found a great house in an even better neighborhood. 

So we went to work...



Did a lot of packing...



And re-packing...



It was exhausting...



And bittersweet...

Charlie and Levi 2012

But there was one thing I discovered as we spent the summer saying goodbye to our first family home...



This house or that house, here or there...

 "Home" is wherever my people are. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gulf Shores 2016

Recently I read that there's no such thing as taking a vacation with children... 


 Instead it's just a change in location...


Truth or not, I will gladly "relocate" to the beach at any time...


We kept it simple for the most part...


Beach...


Pool...


Eat...


Repeat...


Of course, in true Piper fashion she shook things up by losing a tooth the evening before our departure. 

Could the tooth fairy find us?


And at the end of the week...


I called it vacation after all.