Today was about as good as it gets for Saturdays!  We woke up with all three kids in the bed with us, playing and laughing and hugging.  Josh made pancakes.  We sat outside on the back porch for hours!  The kids rode their bikes and played.  It felt like a Fall morning.  We ate lunch, had a short nap, did a little school work to get ahead, and then went back on to the porch to watch it rain and rain and rain.  Oh, it was a nice day.  Josh took Molly with him to get his hair cut and to run in the grocery store.  That girl had a hat on, sunglasses, a purse, Snow White high heels, AND her rolling Princess luggage.  It was a sight.  This has truly been a FABULOUS day.  I love our back porch…I am finding it hard to leave the house these days!  I would show some pictures, but my camera battery is dead.  Oh, well.  Maybe next Saturday I can do the same thing, and I will take pictures then!

No-Mess Paints…or something like that.

Aunt Marcy got Molly some cool paint pens for her birthday.  I suppose that when we read what she got her as Molly pulled the gift out of the bag, Molly remembered because she asked me to paint the other day, and I said, “No, not right now, Molly.  It is so messy!”  Her reply was, “But, Mama, they are NO MESS paints.  It won’t make a mess.  It says!”  Yeah, right.



DSC_0007No-Mess paints.  As long as they are packaged up in their containers, they don’t make a mess.  As soon as Molly opens them, they are a mess.  And so is she.


Molly talked non-stop on the way to and from Ruby’s school this morning.  She wanted to know if God could see us, if could could hear us and what color we would be when we got to heaven.  She is a sweetie, and I am enjoying the time I get with her while Ruby is at school.  We miss Ruby though!  

Today is Josh’ 32nd birthday.  I would post some pictures of him opening up his presents this morning, but the girls brought them to him while he was waking up this morning, so I opted to leave the camera out of the birthday equation.  I don’t like my picture taken during the 7am hour, so I figured he probably didn’t either.  We are so blessed to have such a wonderful husband/daddy leading our family.  He is too good to us.  I love him, I love him.  Happy Birthday to Josh!

Augusta & Pneumonia

Well, Friday we left for Augusta to see my family and attend a baby shower and celebrate Molly’s birthday with a “cousin party.”  I felt a little run-down, but that was definitely not out of the ordinary.  I just thought I needed to start taking vitamins again.  Friday night we stayed up late talking to my parents, so when I felt like I had been run over by a truck by Saturday afternoon, I figured that my body was just reminding me that I am older now and cannot stay up until 1:00am and make it through the day without a nap.  Saturday night I realized that something was WRONG.  I woke up with a bad fever.  I waited until we got back home to see a doctor…ends up, I had pneumonia.  It was not fun.  Josh was such a HUGE help.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much he did around here.  He took off two days from going into the office.  He carted kids to and fro, fixed their meals and left me to lay in the bed.  I could learn a thing or twenty from him in compassion and nursing.  Anyway, I am feeling better.  We didn’t have email access or internet all week, but I didn’t miss it, seeing as I was in the bed for most of the week.  I have loved being without it in some respects, but in others it has been quite annoying…maybe I can blog about it another time…..WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE FROM NOT HAVING COMPUTER ACCESS…nah, that’s sound boring….OK, Moving on to some pictures………

DSC_0005Molly, Josh and her FANTASTIC cake that Sweetie bought her!  Wow.  She loved the cake.



DSC_0018Sweetie bought all the girls “party dresses.”  They all wore them except Molly, the party girl!  Ugh.  I could have forced her to wear it, but really, how fun would that have been?  And I should have gotten a picture of all the cousins, but remember….I had PNEUMONIA, for goodness sakes!  On a healthy day, I would have had that dress on Molly in two shakes of a lamb’s tail and would have taken atleast 46 pictures of the cousins, but I digress.

DSC_0028This is the princess card Sweetie and Paw Paw gave Molly…it sang…and Ruby sang the “Every Girl Can Be A Princess” song all the way home.  It was lovely.

DSC_0031The violin from Sweetie and Paw Paw. They all loved it.  

DSC_0033Feel the love?

DSC_0041Molly loved her shades and bicycle basket and all the other goodies from Aunt Cacy.  Aunt Marcy contributed to Molly’s art chest, of which there can NOT be enough supplies.  She also solved the backpack dilemma.  Ruby had one from 4 years ago that all three of the kids fought over.  Molly got one from Sweetie this year, so that would leave Mack out or leave him fighting for two princess backpacks, BUT the art supplies came in a blue backpack!  How perfect!  Happy Birthday, Mack…..I mean, Molly!

And lastly, here is a picture of a “Little Me” that Ruby made for school.  Even with pneumonia, we got her school work done this week.  Kindergarten is fun!  Josh even got in on the action Monday night when I was useless.  He was such a help!  Did I mention that?!  


DSC_0045Here is a picture of the two cuties….Molly is clearly going to be Kindergarten-ready, seeing how she already sits and does just about everything Ruby does.  

OK, off to bed!  Ready for a fun Friday…..and Josh’s 32nd birthday!!!!!

Molly turns 4

Molly had a fun birthday.  After school, we all went to the Mall to eat, to buy magnet earrings (“ear-angs,” as Molly says), play a little bit and enjoy a slushee with a cookie, of course.  Fun times were had by all, and we were all exhausted with this day that was filled with so much!  Here are some pictures:

DSC_0007Molly couldn’t wait to open this gift.  It kept moving and giggling…a doll with a motion detector that crawls and giggles and performs other bodily functions I won’t mention.  

DSC_0010Look at her go!  Even now as I sit here typing this, I can hear Josh walking around in the living room and that baby is somewhere in the living room, too.  Every time he goes near her, she is giggling and cooing at him! Ha.

DSC_0011Getting Ready for the Mall

DSC_0012Oh, so ready for the mall!

DSC_0013This has been the method of transportation for Mack the last handful of times we enter the mall.  He loves this thing and it keeps him in one place.


For the record.

Today was my first day “teaching” Ruby as an official home-schooling parent.  We went over a handwriting song about starting your letters at the top of the page.  We played a phonics game, identified some shapes, wrote the number one, colored a picture, Ruby talked me the whole way through NEW BEGINNINGS and told me all about The Vick family, and more!  Gran was here and helped Ruby with making her own sentences with some sight words.  Ruby read her DICK & JANE book that Katherine let her borrow.  She didn’t enjoy cutting, but she endured and finished the little project she had to do.  Overall, a great first day!  I guess I should mention that Gran and PawPaw were downstairs playing with Molly and Mack while Ruby and I did school upstairs.  We’ll see how tomorrow goes without their help!  

Also, on Ruby’s first morning of school, Gran was telling Ruby how her Daddy’s (Josh’s) favorite time in Kindergarten was nap time.  Ruby asked Gran Why it was his favorite.  Gran said, “Well, I guess he just liked taking naps.”  Ruby said, “That is so funny.  My Daddy STILL likes taking naps!”  

This is where I insert a picture of Josh sleeping on the couch, but then I think better of it and just leave it to your imagination.  🙂

Ruby’s First Day of School!

Well, our little Ruby is off at school today, hopefully enjoying every minute of her time there.  We went to Open House Saturday night.  Ruby got to meet Mrs. Honaker for the first time;  I knew she would love her from the start!

DSC_0004And I mean, really, look at what a sweet lady she is!  Can’t you just tell how nice she is from the picture???  I am telling you, I cried when I met her at a Teacher/Parent Meeting because I just knew how perfect she would be for Ruby.  Ruby is going to love being in Kindergarten with Mrs. Honaker.  When Molly asked her how she liked meeting her teacher, Ruby said she had fun, “but when the principal was talking it was sort of boring.”  The principal did a fantastic job and was just talking mostly to us parents, and all the while Ruby was dying to get into her new classroom and meet her teacher.

DSC_0006The room far exceeded her expectations, as Mrs. Honaker had lots of goodies and a scavenger hunt waiting for the kids.  Very fun night.

DSC_0007Ruby picked WAFFLE HOUSE as the restaurant to go to after Open House.  She said, “It’s fun for it to be just me and mama and daddy.”  It is hard to get one-on-one time with the kids, but it is always so fun.  Mrs. Mary was watching Molly and Mack…they were more than happy to be able to play at her house.  Molly even came home with birthday presents and a birthday cake!  Mrs. Mary is too good to us.

DSC_0008_2And THIS morning, two little girls got ready for school.  Molly gets to go to an Art and a Music class each Tuesday morning and this was her second time. Today is Molly’s Fourth birthday.  Once she got that birthday pin on her shirt, she walked around with her hands on her waist.  She walked everywhere like that.  And when I dropped her off at Art class she wanted me to be sure and tell her teacher that it was her birthday.

For Ruby, all of this was new.  I hardly slept at all last night.  I was so excited and my mind was racing with what to pack in her lunch and what time we should leave and wondering if I explained to her clearly enough the importance of shutting the door when she went to the bathroom.  Everything is new for her, and I was getting nervous for her.  I packed her lunch and sent a snack, too.  She looked so cute in her uniform with her backpack and lunchbox!  She didn’t seem nervous at all until I was about to leave her in the gym at the table where her class is to wait to go to class.  BUT, there were no tears shed.  I am thankful for that.  I think she is going to have a great day and be exhausted!

DSC_0013_2Ruby, 5 years old—August 18th, first day of Kindergarten

DSC_0014Molly, 4 years old TODAY!

Don’t ask me where she gets that big hair…we all have calm, smooth hair around here…yeah, right….Not to mention that the humidity is off the charts these days!

DSC_0017Anybody need a model for school uniforms?  I think Ruby is ready!

DSC_0021Daddy and his girls!  Sweet.


DSC_0024This is Ruby getting some smiles and encouraging words from Mrs. Honaker on her first day at school.


When I left her she seemed a bit nervous, but I am sure she has been too busy to be nervous today.  I am so excited for her, and I can’t wait to go pick her up this afternoon.  

We have a big night planned for Molly’s birthday….a trip to the mall to buy magnetic earrings since Daddy doesn’t want the girls to get their ears pierced yet, pizza and ice cream and the play area.  Should be fun, and I will make sure to get lots of pictures for a post tomorrow!  We can’t let the middle child’s birthday be overshadowed by Big Sister’s first day of school, now can we?

Sparks and Cubbies and Puggles, OH MY!

DSC_0167_2I would have never guessed that one day I would have my very own Spark, Cubbie and Puggle.  Awanas started back up last week.  Each kid is in a different part of it.  How fun for them!  I am so excited that all of them get to be a part of such a great program.  Ruby already memorized (again) John 3:16 and has already gotten down, “The Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.”  I John 4:14.  Molly’s verse is “God loved us and sent His Son.”  I John 4:10.  Mack doesn’t have a verse this week, but he can say, in his best caveman voice, “Me Puggle.”  It is adorable.  We were telling him that he has a baby platypus on his shirt, but he says it is a bird.  Whatever.  I hope we all hang in there all year as we attempt to hide God’s Word in our hearts.  

Tonight we have a Sunday School class party at church.  Then, Saturday evening we get to take Ruby to her Open House and meet Mrs. Honaker.  I am so excited about that!!  Sunday everyone has a new Sunday School room, so that should make for an interesting morning.  Any down time we have will be used to get us organized for the first day of school on Tuesday.  I better make sure my battery is charged for my camera!  And that I have some Kleenex handy.  🙂