That Day We Met TIM & FAITH!

I still cannot believe this happened, ya’ll. It was definitely an experience to remember.

Thanks to my nanny for pulling some strings and getting us in to watch the filming of Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s new music video “The Rest of our Life.”

Mom and I could not containment our excitement – we were giddy all day. Of course we had hopes to meet them, but we were just excited to see them in action!

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We made it to the set before they did. We walked around the bar scene created. We were in awe by all the knick knacks, pictures, and love notes – including one from Johnny Cash to June <3

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They filmed outside first. We just stared at their beauty – I had to remind myself to take pictures, because I was just staring :) She was on the phone in between shots, and he was taking pictures of the scenery.

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We then went inside where Faith had to film the bar scene. On the way in, Tim noticed a guitar which is free for anyone to play in the restaurant when they are normally open. He picked it up and started playing whatever came to mind!

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We were in different rooms than the filming, but we were able to watch on the TV screens in the equipment room. Since Tim was not in these scenes, he was in this room also watching and talking to everyone. He was such a nice country boy – he reminded me of the guys in our area…just drinking beer and talking about fishing and sports.

As Faith was walking through a door in one of her scenes, he looked at the screen and said, “Look, ya’ll, that’s my wife.” OMG <3

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I did not want to intrude and ask him to take pictures – I did not want to bother him! I guess he saw Mom and I just staring, and he said “Do ya’ll want to take a picture?”

YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

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We met Faith and shook hands in passing when she was leaving the makeup area. We could not get a picture with her since they were whisking her away to start filming again. Oh my, ya’ll, she is so beautiful….and so nice.

It has been killing me not to post about this since September 18th! We were asked by the production crew not to post any pictures or videos until the music video came out to the public. I’m so thankful to my nanny and family for letting us experience this once in a lifetime day! I’m also super thankful I got to do it all with my mamma :)

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Kennedy’s 7th Birthday – Emoji Sleepover

When Kennedy asked to have a sleepover for her birthday, I was super nervous! We have never had a sleepover at our house before…I was worried about crying, how the dogs would handle it, and what time I would actually get to bed! They shocked me! These girls were so well behaved, and they were all sleeping for 11:00pm. Definitely a success!

We invited all her cousins and neighbors, and had 7 girls stay over to sleep. Easton was the only boy allowed ;)

We invited all her boy cousins and neighbors over for some cake and pizza before the sleepover started. She asked to have an emoji party, so that’s exactly how we decorated!

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When it was cake time, Daddy lit 7 candles for the birthday girl. I double checked the candles when I bought them to make sure they weren’t “trick candles.” Apparently, I need to triple check, because a couple of those candles would not blow out! Luke had to come to the rescue :)

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When it was present time, Kennedy loved opening new clothes, pillows, and an artist kit!

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Out of all of her presents, I think her favorite one was her new books. This girl loves to read! Her class reads Junie B. Jones books when they have extra time, and she was shocked to get a couple of her own. She read all weekend, and she finished her first chapter book that Monday :)

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Another one of her favorites was her very own camera. Since she is the selfie queen, I figured she would be super excited with her own camera. It works like a Poloroid camera, and it shoots the pictures out! She was able to put them in her very own album to keep in her room.

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Next, we sent the boys home so that we could begin with the sleepover fun!

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They started off by coloring a page I created for them with their names. We hung them on the fireplace when they were done.

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Next, we played Emoji Bingo. They loved it so much, I think we played two or three times!

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We then had a disco dance party! We turned out all the lights, gave everyone glow sticks, and turned up some dance music. They were laughing, dancing, singing – it was so cute! Even Daddy joined in on the fun. They were laughing at his dance moves :)

My camera wouldn’t focus with all the light action, so I eventually had to turn on the flash :(

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Next we laid out everyone’s sleeping bags in the living room. We rented Captain Underpants and had some popcorn! I went to check on them around 11:30pm, and all of them were knocked out!

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When they woke up the next morning, they had Emoji muffins and Emjoi pancakes for breakfast!

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They really were so well behaved, and they gave me hope for more sleepovers in the future ;) Happy birthday, love bug! I hope you had fun :)

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To Kennedy on your 7th Birthday

My sweet Kennedy,

I can’t believe you are already 7. SEVEN! No more smocked dresses, less and less bows, and even toys are becoming a thing of the past. Seven years sure did fly by quickly, but I SO enjoy watching to grow in to a beautiful and smart young lady.

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Did I mention SMART!? You are blowing me away by everything you are learning in school. You ace all of your tests, you are eager to do homework, and you actually want to read books all the time! I could not ask for a better student. Keep up the hard work, and you will do amazing things.

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You have been working so hard over the past year at training for your first gymnastics competition next month. I have seen you grow so much as a gymnast. You fall…get back up… and try harder. You never want to quit – after hours of practice, you come home and you are still flipping. It’s in your blood, and I love your dedication.

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Being the oldest, you help me out so much. I can already tell that you will be a good little mamma one day. You are so caring and considerate toward Jules & Easton. They are lucky to have a big sister to look up to like you :)

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I love your hilarious personality. I find selfies, videos, and the funniest messages all day long. I love when we laugh so hard that tears are coming down our faces. You are contagious! Some of my favorite moments are in the car on the way to gymnastics. You love for us to play “funny stories” – we have to tell a hilarious story to see who will laugh first. I think I laugh more at YOU than the story.

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You make me so proud to be your mommy, Kennedy. Have a wonderful seventh birthday, my love.

Love, Mom

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Jules’ First ER Visit

Ironically my last post was “A September to Remember” – the month didn’t disappoint!

My pretty girl has been rocking 5 stitches just in time for Halloween! I knew Jules was a tough cookie, but after this weekend, she really proved herself!

After a mishap with a metal bat, we were on our way to the emergency room. Jules did not cry the entire way there. Five stitches were no fun, but she was eating a popsicle in no time! She even asked me to save a popsicle to give to Kennedy when we got home :) Such a sweetheart. She was excited to tell everyone she got “five stitches cause she’s five years old!”

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Big thanks to Aunt Lisa for getting us there and keeping us both calm! She was a huge help!

Jules’ friends and cousins were so worried about her – they called and Facetimed her to make sure she was feeling better. They drew her pictures, gave her cards, and even drew her on our driveway :)

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Since we have been home, my sweet girl has not complained one time. She has not even asked for Tylonal. She is stronger than me! I told her she will get a lot of attention at school this week! She has the coolest looking Halloween makeup of all! She is the most beautiful and pretty little Frankenstein I ever did see :)

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September To Remember

Whew – September went by fast! I can’t keep up lately! I feel like I am a certified professional taxi/Uber driver…just driving people where they need to be all the time.

I have not had time to sit down and update all month, so here’s a little recap of everybody :)

Kennedy has mastered her aerial! She does not need to do this skill for competition, but she loves to practice it anyway. She is putting the final touches on her routines for her first competition in November!

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Jules has been loving school. Her favorite part of the day is recess, and I can tell by the rocks she brings into the house when she takes her shoes off :) She too has been practicing her gymnastics skills, and has mastered her pullover!

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Easton Matthew has been in his glory during harvest season. He LOVES watching the “cane cuttas” and tractors. He wants to “ride” on anything and everything…Grampi’s motorcycle, four wheelers, tractors, and pink jeeps :)

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Mommy & Nana had an amazing experience this month which deserves a post in itself coming soon :)

Mommy & Daddy attended the Saints game – we didn’t win, but it was some much needed parent time away :)

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Harley & Deuce, well, they just watch the living circus that happens around them everyday. They are amazing pups who put up with a lot!

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Life has been busy, hectic, and wonderfully chaotic. Bring on Fall!

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The Porch Swing

While were engaged, we met with our priest periodically to discuss our plans, future, relationship, etc. in preparation for our upcoming marriage. I remember he asked us, “Where do you see yourselves in 10 years.” Immediately I told him, “Sitting on my front porch, swinging on our swing, while the kids play in the yard.” That has always been my dream when I envisioned my future. I can remember telling that to my friends in high school.

One Christmas (last year I think?) the kids were opening all of their presents that Santa brought. When the excitement died down, Seth said ” I think Santa left one more present on the porch.” I had no idea what he was talking about.  I walked outside to a swing hanging on my front porch. How “Santa” did this without me knowing, I still have no idea. It was the sweetest and most thoughtful gift ever.

That swing has heard some funny stories, listened to some tough conversations, and rocked many kids to sleep. It has welcomed a porch full of friends, but also serves as a good quiet getaway when we need a minute.

It’s the audience during the fashion show, the wait for the bus stop, and (sometimes) the time out spot! It’s the “OMG what a day” relaxation chair. It’s the music playlist, the weather watcher, and the UPS greeter. The perfect spot for morning coffee or a good glass of wine…it’s all of the above.

It is one of my favorite places. It is a symbol of my dreams come true <3

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Easton’s 2nd Birthday Party – Mickey Baseball

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It was easy to decorate for Easton’s Mickey Baseball party – we had most of the baseball decorations from his room already…and I just added ears to everything! I bought cheap white tablecloths and painted baseball thread and mickey ears on all.

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Thank goodness I took pictures before the mini hurricane passed through right before the party started! It lasted about 10 minutes…good enough to soak everything. I was drenched, my hair was a hot mess, but Easton could have cared less! I guess that’s what matters the most!

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Even though we had a water slide blown up, my boy just wanted to play ball (shocker). His Pappy and Grampi threw and kicked ball with him while the other kids played on the slide. This is seriously what he wants to do all day long!

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He also loved playing ball with his cousins on his “real” baseball field Daddy painted for him in the yard. What a lucky boy :)

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The biggest surprise of all – Mickey Mouse himself – came to visit Easton on his birthday! At first he just stared…and then Mickey Mouse picked him up, and Easton freaked out! He was screaming. It took him a little while, but he finally warmed up to his idol.

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In no time, Easton was high-fiving, fist bumping, and hugging Mickey. He kept waving to him and blowing kisses! He absolutely loved when Mickey played ball with him, and also when Mickey danced to the “Hot Dog” song.

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Next we sang to the birthday boy – he was all smiles. He was singing along himself! He sure did like that icing ;) The cake was made by a family friend – and it was just as good as it looked. She did such a good job, and it was delicious!

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He was so excited to open his presents – he wanted to stop and play with each one!

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One of my favorite keepsakes from the party was his “game ball” that all of the guests signed. It now sits in his room as a reminder of all his friends and family that love him so much.

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He played hard that day – never stopped! When he finally sat and relaxed, it did not take him long to fall fast asleep…right on top of his new Mickey :)

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