Grace calls it quits with first grade and Lila and Asher finish out their year at the Montessori school..and Lila off to Kindergarten next year! Finally, getting 2 free!
Grace got to be a part of the special tennis with Dr. Tennies for her perfect attendance award and getting the High Achiever award for Miss Scheyer’s class…finishing a great year with a performance of reciting her Jumping Rope Shel Silverstein poem…and then Lila and Asher performing their songs (well, Asher performed the first one, and then just shrugged and made a frowny face the rest of the time. We made it through the last day of school!
Field day for Grace when I was away at my friend’s wedding…the week before school letting out… and then swinging Summer around!
The last day of school… the littles met Grace at the bus stop with water guns… then Miss Alison bringing the kids in the neighborhood to come shoot her with a water gun too 🙂
Then getting 2 teeth pulled and then getting one taken for free while she was under some anesthesia bc she had another loose tooth… to make room for the expander she’s getting soon. She was a brave chick!
Mother’s Day weekend with my family at the pool with pizza, then some lake time and Hibachi with my mom, and some wine time with my man in the front yard to finalize the weekend.
Then some Mother’s Day love with my Mother-in-law and the family and our Christmas present to her was family pics so we finally made them happen on Mother’s Day weekend. Our big beautiful family 🙂
Nothing like a weekend at my parent’s lakehouse (which they let us use and got out of town for us to use)… then we went to visit the campus and take some “walk-down-memory-lane” pics at UNG. We went out on the lake and then to a winery for dinner and Blue Bicycle for dinner and back to the house to hang out and talk about the years we spent together and the years we have made families, gotten husbands, and become Physical Therapists… they are some of the coolest people that I would never gotten to know… unless she shared a degree. It’s amazing how God put us together from all different backgrounds, and families and accents 🙂 So glad I have these girls in my life!
My little family… Moby enjoying the spring time with not so hot outside and not so cool inside…so spending his time in the middle …. and then Adam capturing a moment with all the sqwearts praying at night. We usually only have the biggest 3, but Summer has decided she doesn’t need sleep as much as we would like for her to have, so she has been partying hard at night.. so we kept her up to do books and prayers and she is just too much… saying AMEN through the whole prayer… oh, my little heart. And then Lila playing peek-a-boo with Summer around the wall… Summer getting a huge kick out of it! I just hope these memories can bury themselves into my heart and stay forever… the LOL’s coming from Summer 🙂
Moby and I watching the sqwearts play in the sun while we stay in the shade…and then Summer making the kids do whatever she wants them to do 🙂 hahhaha, #bossbaby and taking a pic of the kids before we go ride their bikes to the playground… and I’m only pushing a single stroller now… because Asher is riding his bike (with some helpful pushes from his mother along the way up the hills) to the playground. I’m sure soon enough it’ll be no stroller, and 4 kids riding along the sidewalk… I can’t imagine and then I can imagine all in the same thought… they are all getting bigger and I haven’t had a baby again to distract me from the inevitable… time. My babies aren’t babies. (insert teary-eyed mom)
the love of my freakin’ life (who, disclaimer, I want to kill sometimes, or wring his neck, but at this moment, really truly love), turned 37 and I wanted to get his favorite people together at his favorite place and make a fun weekend happen. Unfortunately, his biggest brother couldn’t come up, but his parents and big brother and wife all met up to go to the Casino in NC for an overnight trip. Special thanks to Adam’s mom and dad who paid for a hotel for us and because his mom won a Jackpot before we even got there, she bought dinner too! It was actually our 11 year anniversary weekend before his actual birthday, but hey, I might not like gambling, but I love a reason to get a hotel, drink red wine and have fun with family! I might have taken off with Terese to go find a quiet spot outside to drink red wine during the daylight hours, but hey… we got to both enjoy ourselves! 🙂 And Adam still came home with some of his birthday money… so we call that a WIN!
Then on Daddy’s actual birthday, his sqwearts surprised him with a funfetti cake when he got home from work… the real reality of a birthday… the one that really sticks in your heart when you see and hear your 4 kids singing happy birthday to you… it’s a good 37 for sure Daddy!
Lila being Lila with sitting on her brother, Summer being Summer and trying to drive my car… and then Grace’s 1st grade field trip to Warbington Farms when her brother and sister could join. I am lucky I can take my Friday’s off work and take the kids to another kid’s field trip… and I’m lucky she still wants us all to come and join her.
and then going to Grace’s besties birthday party at the RV park for a fun night with her siblings in tow and then Grace got to stay for the slumber party… she came home with lots of stories and new friends with older girls (since it was Makayla’s sister’s birthday as well she had her older sister’s friends at the slumber party as well)… hearing from Grace about her new friends and the new games she learned made me tear up and feel nauseous all once…. my little girl isn’t staying little much longer….
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Gracie getting upset that dinosaurs existed but not mermaids… trying to potty train a 21 month year old, haircuts, dinners that are so ordinary yet so not ordinary…
St. Patrick’s Day with a Lucky Charm breakfast, Compassion Experience in Canton, GA so that our kids can get a little bit of a dose of the realities that Irambona from Rwanda (the boy we have sponsored from age 8 until 18) and to see the differences in life and the power of giving… the list goes on and on… and Grace got the most out of it… she asked lots of powerful questions and understood the importance of giving to those less fortunate. Afterwards we stopped at a local Chick-Fil-A which never disappoints and then kept on driving to the Tellus Museum for a day to soak in the science! Dinosaur bones, meteorites, planetarium, science area for kids to see what light and magnets and energy are able to do… then we made the drive back home with the kids and asking them what their favorite
Payal and I drove down from Atlanta to Augusta to first see all of our friend’s new houses or revised houses that my friends now own in my former neighborhood we all grew up in… and got to see my second-parents who helped raise me – the Bailie’s – my next door neighbor’s parents who always fed me southern food and also let me just eat all of their food after school… but I kept their child out of trouble as much as I could 🙂 Then we headed to Brie’s parent’s lakehouse which I fully expected to stay in the house that I stayed in while in high school, which was kinda like a trailer… and I pull up to this amazing house… what?!?! So I guess they renovated it… or tore it down and rebuilt it. We just sat around enjoying the view and eating snacks… then we pulled it all together to take the two pregnant chicks (about 31 weeks) to go to Rhinehart’s for dinner where I can have my beloved crab legs, but this made Bailie and her baby not feel so well, so we had to take her back home and we went back to the house for some wine (well, for me), dessert and finally around 1am some sleep… though it was a short time, it was a great time to reconnect with some great friends.
Just an array of things happening at the Weart house over the last month… walks home from the school bus (when I didn’t forget Grace 😦 so mad at myself for that mistake but she took it like a champ), registering little Li for Kindergarten, goofing off at the playground and with Daddy, Mexican food and our baby being able to enjoy the salsa that is too hot for Grandpa, dentist visits for all 4 sqwearts, Chick-Fil-A night to celebrate Trent Basden’s birthday, a date night with all of the Sigma Nu’s but this time without the kids at Top Golf, celebrating neighbor’s birthdays, and eating Hibachi with Grandma… just a few of my favorite things that have been going on around this place…
So every 2 years we have been having a baby, which means meeting a deductible for the year… and every other year we have been meeting that deductible…well, this year we decided to take the money that we normally spent towards that deductible and go on a trip to Colorado! Well, we didn’t spend that much… but with 3 weddings and 4 colleges and retirement to plan for, we don’t use all that excess money… we gotta save! But we work hard, and I’ve got a lovely friend willing to let us come say with her who lives in Denver and we decided to just do it! We had a great vacation… Nichole, my friend from GT, let us stay with her but also went out of her way to show us around Red Rocks, let us use her car when I made reservations for the wrong day, and directed and took us to several areas around the Denver area… letting Adam reconnect with Jacob, a friend from high school, and allowing me the ability to try new restaurants and try new things… and just enjoying the scenery that she sees on the daily. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as careful with my bag of almonds and tampons so poor Izzy girl had to go to the vet to make sure she was ok with pancreatitis and making sure she passed the tampon she ate… can you imagine feeling responsible for someone’s heart….well, Izzy is Nichole’s heart and I am so glad to report (a month later and a lot of money later) that she is doing better…. but seriously, worry about that poor dog daily.
Adam and I took a night away to travel to Winter Park, where Adam’s maternal grandfather used to work, and we tubed, snowmobiled, and skiied. The tubing was way more fun that Adam thought it would be (see, I told you so!) and the snowmobiling was beautiful! The view in Colorado was just breathtaking. The skiing was a bit more rough….my knee was throbbing after a few hours, but some Ibuprofen and wine made it all ok… oh, and a few days of miserable pain and swelling. But it was good to know that I still had it… I could still ski! I couldn’t or wouldn’t do the black diamonds, because apparently that means moguls, and there is no way in HECK I would do that to my knee! So we stuck to the blues and blue-blacks (which were groomed blacks) and finally called it a day when we couldn’t see because of the snow storm. Adam drove through the snow and made it back to Denver… I was kinda impressed with his skills and his ability to remain calm when any more snow than 1 inch in GA would have had me “snowed in” for days… but luckily, I had him. It was a great trip to see my friend and see some snow and then get back home to some pretty awesome kids that had a fabulous time with YaYa and Aunt Terese and cousins… I am pretty lucky to have an amazing friend and some amazing family…. and of course, pretty lucky to have my amazing husband who can fly down a mountain in record speed, and also speed down the hall to get me some popcorn when my knee hurts too much move… all of those things impress me. Thanks for bringing me home safe, Lord… I really missed my #sqwearts.
Yep, Valentine’s Day with organizing shelves… and when I say organizing, I mean giving up on organizing… grocery store shopping, car wash with the kids – they love to see if the guys working will wash their window, Daddy giving the kids a huge Hershey’s KISS and then we celebrated our evening together with me wearing no bra or no makeup, Meiomi wine (the-fancy-in-a-box-kind-of-wine) and probably some more HGTV.
Well, it was bound to happen… little Li turned 5! She is a spunky ball of energy, a force to be reckoned with … but the most sensitive little thing. She wants to be loved by all, she loves to belly laugh, she loves to eat really, really slow… the loves to sing and dance and will follow the orders of anyone older than her, besides her parents, and knows how to read and can just see things before me… she can just see and feel things that she shouldn’t be able to see and feel at 5… but she does. God has blessed me with this amazing, fiery red-head that makes me smile and go crazy every single day… when you see her smile, and see her angry face when she doesn’t get what she wants… you’ll know what I’m talking about 🙂
Daddy Daughter Date Night at the Gibson Co. for some painting and pics (insert lots of heart emojis here) … the girls wore their Christmas dresses from last year and the pearls that they wore around their naked bodies during their 6 month pictures on our dining room table… (heart strings tugged) I am so, so, so, so lucky to have them… only by the grace of God.
Some pics to remind me of the little things… Grace reading a chapter book, KidStuf with friends and cousins, Daddy and son time, gymnastics with the girls and our small group bringing some laughter with their masks from the infested sqwearts 🙂
Just the daily things going on… Summer rummaging through the cabinets, Lila and Cousin Tyler being sweet at church together, the cousins just coming over to hang out… Grace’s glow party at school where we brought Lila and got to play with neighbors Makalya and Kennedy… dancing the night away to KidzBop! Burger King breakfasts, funny times with Asher looking like he’s 80 years old with the cane Mommy needs for work… and then Lila learning how to do the monkey bars all by herself (even the higher one!) and Grace doing them backwards… you can always find Summer reading a book to herself or her baby, Asher smashing some transformers and the girls playing school upstairs.
God gave us a 2018 snow, so we met up with neighbors to slide on the 1/2 inch snow/ice at the school again and enjoy the snow at home. Lila wasn’t really feeling it this time, so she opted for the warmth of the home while Grace and Asher opted for some snow angels and snowball fights before coming in for some hot cocoa. Just one more demonstration of God’s beauty… even if it didn’t last too long.. it was beautiful while it lasted…. and doesn’t that make the miracles- well, miracles? Because they don’t last too long… just long enough to hopefully appreciate them… and then just a memory of the miracle? Pretty awesome, God… two thumbs up.
It was a lot of ups and downs during the season for the Vikings his year but it culminated while at my brother and sister-in-law’s house to watch the playoff game against the Saints and the Viking’s, Minnesota Miracle… it was amazing! Though the latter games didn’t go as we wanted, it was a great night seeing these brothers enjoy their team move forward. It was a great season for the Vikings… and for the most part, I had a happy husband and that makes me a happy wife!
Enjoying not only a cookie cake, but also an ice cream cake for my birthday… even if I started my birthday off with pink eye, thanks to Grace… and then still getting over sickness and not being able to taste anything… so Adam surprised me with something sparkly and took me to see my boyfriend, Zac Efron in a musical movie with popcorn for dinner… so yeah, it was awesome. Grace made me bracelet to wear, the Grands sent me a fruit arrangement that the sqwearts ate within 2 days (luckily I got a few bites in before they devoured it), and then that weekend I had planned a girls dinner with my friends and they surprised me with a cookie cake… so it was a good birthday weekend. God has blessed me with a pretty awesome hubby, beautiful, healthy children, friends galore and a little arthritis to bring me back down to reality. 🙂
The girls get to enjoy a treat since Asher is now capable of getting IN and OUT of his car seat!! WooHOO! Mommy only has to worry about getting one kid in and of the carseat! The girls are temporarily in the same gymnastics class and I am so proud of how hard they are working to get better and improve their skills… Asher is in a class with all ladies… and this will be his last class, even though he loves the class, the girls new classes are not only an upgrade in skill, they are also an upgrade in price, so yeah, he got the boot! When he is older and able to do a little bit more, we will put him where he wants to be… but for now, we gotta watch the wallet!
Well… this is how 2018 started… everyone got the FLU. Luckily, the flu shot allowed us the kids and I to get over it quicker than poor Daddy.. but we made the most of it, catching up with National Geographic and PBS Kids and Disney movies…
My parents gave us a night away to have a New Years Eve out of town *but still close by. We watched the Vikings at a bar close by and Adam even left at halftime to go start our vineyard tour in Cleveland, GA… enjoying two wineries at Serenity Cellars with live music and tastings and then to Habersham Winery before checking into our hotel and going to dinner at a chinese place… because we didn’t want to have to drive for dinner — because, well, we drank too early 🙂 Home around 10pm to enjoy TV and a clean bed that we didn’t have to clean… it was a nice get away before returning home to Adam getting the flu for a week… ugh. It has been a rough holiday… but luckily God gave us one night to enjoy each other with less stress before having a week of sickness at home… because of course the kiddos got sick again too… first, the stomach bug, second, the flu… but luckily the kids and I got the flu shot so the symptoms were less for us, but Daddy was not so lucky… so yeah, this was the last hurrah before the crazy started. I love the picture of the kids that Grandma sent us… I told Grace that New Years is a time to party and dress up with sparkly clothing and stay up drinking bubbly drinks… so I bought the kids some sparkling grape juice and my mom sent me this picture – the girls all dressed up in everything sparkly they could find… and Asher just enjoying the bubbly drink that he has never had before… Love those sqwearts. Happiest of New Years!
Since Dawn was in town, I organized a sibling dinner with my brothers from another mother… and since one of them is on the board of Fogo de Chao, but he’s a vegan… we got go there and make him pay 🙂 hahaha, thanks Doug! Frank enjoying a fancy drink thing and I’m pretty sure I drank a whole bottle of wine since I had Dawn as a DD — I mean, I’m not pregnant or breastfeeding, so when in Rome!?!?! 🙂 It was a great time catching up and laughing about the old times with bonky head and sneaking out and discussing becoming parents and old-people… time sure does fly!