Life with the Bs



Hello!  I can’t believe that I haven’t posted in two months.  I have some updates and one big one for you so stick with me!

  • Nolan’s baseball team won the 5/6 World Series!  That was pretty cool and he was excited.  They even got trophies!

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  • I sprained my ankle walking into the garage.  My ankle rolled and all my weight went onto the side of my foot.  Ouch!  It’s been two weeks and I’m still limping around.  My foot is pretty colorful.  I wish I had a better story!
  • We had our third and final placement was Safe Families.  The 3 year old was with us for 6 weeks.  She was a sweet little girl and we sure do miss her but she is back with her family so that’s a good thing!

Now for the big announcement…..I’m pregnant with a baby boy due in November!  We got involved with Safe Families because I felt like our family was not complete.  Looks like God agreed!  We picked up our last placement on a Monday and I found out I was pregnant that Saturday.  Janie was thrilled and cried tears of joy.  She can’t wait to have a baby around.  Nolan was not interested in becoming a big brother.  However, I think he’s come around a bit now that he knows it’s a boy.  We’re still a little shocked but very excited!

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What’s new

I wanted to pop in and say hello.  No big updates but I have a few little ones.

  • Tim and Janie attended their 5th father daughter dance.  The theme was Candyland so Janie was in heaven!  dsc_1508a
  • Nolan had baseball assessments and he’s an Angel this season.  Let’s hope he behaves like one too!
  • Janie is going to give swim team a shot.  She’s not a super strong swimmer yet so I think it will be great for her!
  • I read the Orphan Train and loved it.  I remember stories about my great grandpa being on the Orphan Train and the book really piqued my interest.  I called my grandma to get more information and she said they didn’t know much.  I did some research and have contacted the hospital that they think placed him on the Orphan Train.  We hope to get his birth certificate as well as some information on his birth parents and possible siblings.  It may take a few months to hear back but I’m really excited and hopeful that I can provide my grandma with some information on her father and his life before the Orphan Train.
  • We are still living without a microwave and surviving!  I think we actually have a plan in place to remove it and do something like this…..

That’s about all I’ve got for now!

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He still needs a nap

Nolan has a summer birthday.  I didn’t think much about it until party time and all his friends were out of town.  But when we were getting close to Kindergarten, people started asking me if I was going to send him.  Of course, why would I pay an extra year of childcare if I don’t have to?  The cut off is in September and his birthday is well before that!  The more I talked to people, the more stories I heard about people doing 2 years of PreK or a year of private Kindergarten and a year of public Kindergarten.  I was all confused…..I thought he was ready!  I talked to his PreK teacher towards the end of the school year and asked what she thought.  She assured me that he was ready.  So in August, he went off to Kindergarten.

Things have been great!  He loves it, he’s learning all his sight words, and only changing his color on occasion (Angelica TOLD him to throw food in the lunchroom).  I was pleasantly surprised at how well he was doing.  However, he started falling asleep on the bus ride home.  They are the first stop so the ride is all of about 10 minutes.  He would come home and melt down.  No fun for anyone!  I realized that he’s a young 5 year old and the boy still needs a nap.  They don’t have nap time in Kindergarten anymore.  We usually have an 8 o’clock bedtime on school nights but this wasn’t cutting it for Nolan.  I bumped his bedtime up to 7 – 7:30.  What a difference it has made!  No more after school melt downs.  He’s well rested and hasn’t been falling asleep on the bus.  I can’t believe that 30 minutes could make such a big difference!

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Thanksgiving Wrap Up

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!  I got to host this year.  I was only in charge of turkey and mashed potatoes so that was easy.  I used this recipe to brine the turkey.  It turned out pretty good!

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However, this is what Nolan ate for Thanksgiving….

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That’s cranberry sauce and a roll.  He has no idea what he’s missing!

We spent Black Friday at the Fernbank Museum and even ran into neighbors that had the same idea!

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Nolan wasn’t excited about stating his fear.

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But he loved this lightning thing.  He talked about it all day!  Don’t they sell these things?  I think they did in the 90s.  There’s a Christmas idea!

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A turkey and a major award

Janie won 1st place with her photo and 2nd place for visual arts for her grade in the Reflections program at her school!  She’s always been a little artist so this program is right up her alley.

These medals are no leg lamp but I’m not sure she would like a leg lamp anyway.

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The kindergartners had a Thanksgiving program last night.  Nolan was a turkey.  He said that he and Emma were so embarrassed because they had to sit in front.  He also lifted his shirt and scratched his belly during his “part”.  Too funny!

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mid scratch

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I love our school and I’m so thankful for all of the programs that they offer but I’m looking forward to a night at home.  It’s too cold out there for all this running around!




Nolan funnies

I don’t know if these will come through in reading them but people always ask if I write the stuff he says down….now it’s recorded 🙂

I had a loaner car from the dealership last week and Nolan always wanted to put it in park or reverse.  I told him that he needed to be careful with that because when I was 3, I put a car in neutral and it rolled down my grandparents driveway.  He looked at me with a serious face and said, “Did you die?”

We were talking about Baxter’s birthday and Janie thought that was the date we got him.  I explained that dogs need to stay with their mom for about six weeks so they can drink her milk.  Nolan chimed in, “Baxter has a mom?”  I said, “Yes, he does.”  He responded, “Is it you?”  No son, I did not birth or nurse a dog!

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Extracurricular Activities

We had a weekend full of extracurricular activities.  Tim had a track day at Road Atlanta.  The weather was wonderful and the kids enjoyed spending the day there on Sunday.  That’s Tim in between the kids.

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Nolan had his last baseball game and team party.  He really looks like Chicken Little with that helmet, especially while running the bases.

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Janie earned her white belt in Choi Kwang Do.  She was very intimidated at first but I can tell that she’s getting more confident.


My extracurricular activity……hmm.  I went to Zumba last night….no pictures!  I’m also still on a sad story kick.  That’s the bad thing about Goodreads, you like one sad story and they recommend more.


Games and stings

We had a busy weekend full of ball games.  Both kids have great teams this season, although I did find myself cheering for the other team once our teams were up over 10 runs.  I always go for the underdog!  We ended up with 2 red and black teams this season…..the Storm and the Flames.  Gotta love that!


Unfortunately, we didn’t end the weekend on a high note.  Janie was wearing a long skirt at a family get together yesterday and walked over a yellow jacket nest.  She was stung once on each ankle.  We saw a yellow jacket fly out of her skirt so we got her some meds and calmed down her down.  Then all the sudden she started screaming again.  There was another yellow jacket in her skirt!  It stung her on the finger and stung one of the adults at the party under her eye.  Needless to say, our party was over by that point.

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Sight and insight

I took Janie for an eye exam last week and her eyes have changed quite a bit.  After learning this, we took her to a softball lesson where she got hit in the face with a softball (she has a face mask but wasn’t wearing it for some reason).  No wonder she hasn’t been able to hit or catch a ball….she couldn’t see it!  Her new glasses came in a few days later so hopefully this will help both in the classroom and on the field!  One pair of new classes have sides that change color (purple or pink, of course) and the other pair have bling.

Nolan asked me the other morning over breakfast how things get their names.  I didn’t understand the question so I asked him what he meant.  He said, “that’s a chair, this is a table, and that’s a candle.”  I love to see how little brains work.

This common core stuff in school is ridiculous!  Janie had subtraction math homework last night.  Instead of subtracting, they want the students to make a number line and jump between the numbers.  One of the problems was   76 – 23.  That’s pretty easy subtraction, why not just subtract!  Here’s an example of what they’re teaching.  I can only imagine how frustrated the teachers are with this stuff.  I really hope it makes it’s way out of our schools soon.

We found this outside Janie’s door the other night as we were going to bed.  I’m cool with her loving Jesus more then me!


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More tubes

Nolan got another set of tubes (installed?) and his adenoids taken out yesterday.  The kids are on fall break this week so it was the perfect time to do it without missing any additional school.  Although, seeing pictures of everyone else at the beach and Orlando has been kind of a bummer!  Not that we had any plans for a trip anyway.

We had to be at the surgery center at 7:15am.  It’s in Atlanta and you know about Atlanta traffic.  I was putting a bag together of snacks and things to do while we wait.  I grabbed that and hopped in the car.  We were about half way there and sitting in crazy traffic when Nolan asked for a tissue and I realized that I left my purse at home!  But hey, we had snacks and reading material.


They can’t risk Tim losing any hair in the OR, since that’s obviously a problem for him!  The surgery went well.  The doctor said that Nolan’s left ear was heading for an infection so we had great timing.


He looks pitiful in this picture but he’s been typical Nolan at home.  Two popsicles, a smoothie, and an Italian ice seem to work wonders.  Now the hard part, trying to get him to take it easy for the next few days!