Hey there end of May! How did you get here so quickly? This month has truly just flown by! And the end of May means we are finishing up our school year. I know a lot of homeschoolers go year round, but we need a break, meaning I (the teacher) needs a break! And I’m sure the kids need a break from me teaching them too…ha!
The end of May also means that our good family friend is graduating high school tonight! Woo hoo. She’s an incredible girl who is definitely going to become an amazing woman. She’s off to study art at a great college and I know God has wonderful plans for her future!
A few months back I snapped a handful of senior pictures for her. Her beauty just radiates and her joyous spirit is contagious! Happy end of May! Happy Graduation! Happy Friday!
When the kids were little, we used to take daily walks. Mostly, it was probably to help fill the time. But it became our thing. And I loved it. Somehow, business has seeped into our lives and walking with each other has become a thing of the past.
Well this week, we picked back up and went on one walk. One…it’s better than not at all. And it was great. We talked about the day. We found cool things (like a beehive in the knob of the tree). We just slowed down and enjoyed each other.
I want daily walks to become part of our routine again!
A few weeks ago we purchased chickens. It’s something we had talked about for years, but our little town didn’t allow backyard chickens. The laws recently changed and we were ready to jump on the chicken bandwagon. Well, these little chickens (who were residing in a cage in our bedroom) were quickly getting big enough to move outside, but their coop was not done!
Josh took a day off of work last week to help build the coop, but even after a full days work, this darn building still was not done! Ahh…we were not the happiest. This little coop (okay, it’s not so little) took us daaayyys to build and many, many hours, but I am happy to report late Sunday night we finished the coop!
Well, it’s not actually finished. We have nesting boxes to build, pvc feeding areas to construct, and a roosting box hinged door to install. But this coop is done enough that our chickens can move out of our bedroom….woot!
We had a wooden fence that was in need of replacing, so we tore that down and used all the wood we possibly could to build our coop! So this coop is probably 80% reused wood and hardware.
We did a little happy chicken dance, moved our feathered friends outside, and eagerly slept in a clean smelling bedroom for the rest of the week! Oh happy week!
Oh…by the way. Today is the first of May, which means it’s me made May. For the month of may I pledge to wear at least one me made item every day. I’ll be documenting what I wear for me made May on instagram if you want to follow along!
My mother in law is a woman who has a ton of neat traditions. She buys the kids new Easter outfits every year (taking requests on colors and styles), she keeps the grand kids for a week each summer (camp grandma) and she buys each grandchild their first pet when they turn seven.
Sweet Pea’s first pet was a guinea pig, Patches (back when Sweet Pea was seven she spelled it Patchis!). Sweet Pea was determined when picking out her guinea pig. She knew exactly which one she wanted, and exactly what she would name this new pet! She lovingly learned how to care for this new animal and was such a good caretaker. This week, Patches passed peacefully in her sleep. It was such a hard and emotional morning when we found her. We had Patches for nearly four years and were smitten with her! Sweet Pea even had a guinea pig themed birthday party when she turned nine!
Here’s the best picture I could find of Patches…back when Bubba had long blonde hair!
This past week my baby turned eight. I might just cry a little at how quickly he is growing up. Bubba requested a horse birthday party, so we told him he could invite three friends to go on a trail ride. We arrived at the trail riding ranch and played with the ponies while the grown ups filled out paperwork. We walked around and looked at all of the horses in the stalls, and even saw a baby foal that was just a few days old. As our horses were being saddled, we watched the cutest (and oldest) basset hound munch on fallen treats on the ground (his name is Elvis!).
It was a great Birthday party and a great trail ride. Our horses were all sweet horses and our trail guide was very patient with our large spread out group.
This whole growing up thing though, I know it is all apart of raising kids, but it gets harder and harder as these kids numbers keep getting bigger and bigger. Each year, I say this age, this age is my favorite. And you know what? Each year, I love the age my kids are. There are favorite snippets, favorite moments from each year, but I love seeing their personalities grow and the act of becoming who they are.
Bubba filled out a little questionnaire at the orthodontist the other day and I wanted to preserve some of his answers.
- movie is The Princes Bride
- dessert is fried ice cream
- drink is cream soda
- food is chicken
- color is blue
Our family has been so fortunate to hold annual passes to Disney for the past 10+ years. We recently have been talking and decided to not renew our passes this year. Life has become so busy, the kids are getting older, and we just thought it was time. These annual passes were expiring on Monday of this week, so Josh and I decided we would surprise the kids and stay at a hotel for the weekend near Disney.
We sat Sweet Pea and Bubba down Thursday night to explain that we had a little surprise for them. Sweet Pea immediately chimes in, “you’re pregnant!” And then Bubba giggles and says “no, mama’s belly would be much bigger if there were a baby in there!” No, we are not pregnant, but man did our weekend getaway surprise sound like a small surprise now!
Off to the hotel we went and we had such a great weekend. We don’t get away often with just our family of four and it was so nice! Josh and I walked away from the weekend saying that we need to do these little getaways more often!
If you’re wondering what all these animal pictures are, they are from Animal Kingdom, which has always been one of our favorite Disney parks. We love rides, and we love parades, but Animal Kingdom just feels a little slower paced, a little less crowded, a little easier to enjoy!
Our one last hurrah as annual pass holders was great! We stayed up super late and enjoyed our days to the max! And we have been super tired this week from all of our fun!
I know I’ve said this here before, but I have fair skin, fair skin in the super sunny state of Florida! This past week I sewed myself a new dress, put it on to get ready for church on Sunday, and noticed one of my moles on my back was a new color, a darker color. In that picture up there it is a blinding spot to me, like a flashing neon sign saying this spot looks suspicious! This is not a fun feeling! I’ve had two skin cancer spots removed before (one in my late 20s and one a couple years ago). Neither have been melanoma (the first was a basal cell carcinoma and the second a squamous cell carcinoma), but my skin is so prone to these problems, my mind immediately races to the worst possible case scenario!
There was nothing I could do about it Sunday, but first thing Monday morning I made an appointment with my dermatologist to have it biopsied. Thankfully she doesn’t think it is anything bad, but wanted to be certain, so it has been sent off to the lab to test for cancer. I know skin cancer is the most common cancer, and is easily treated if caught early, but that c word still makes my knees shake! So this week has been a knee shaking kind of week!
Ending on a happier note, the orange blossoms are blooming in our small town! It has been joyfully beautiful to ride through town in my 20 year old jeep, with the windows down smelling these little white flowers that are so dreamily fragrant!