Wednesday, August 16, 2017

May 2017

Here is our May in pictures:

Caycen's class did a butterly release

Gracie June is repping her Mama's business :)

We celebrated Mother's Day with brunch and then a little time on River Street.

I got the sweetest cards from my babies!

Caycen had Economics Day at school

We celebrated the end of the school year with Caycen's class

 Gracie June playing with her new friends at the ball field.

Lunch at Plum's, one of our new favorites in Richmond Hill.

Caycen's baseball picture

Caycen had field day

Caycen's last day of school (can't believe how much he grew this year!)

Gracie June's last day of school

We went to visit Nanny for her birthday

Gracie June got her 2nd hair cut EVER

We went to a Magic Show hosted by the library

May was fun and summer started! We were so excited for school to be out and to start our vacation. What another fun month!

Goodbye to Teaching (for now)

If you are close to me, then you probably know that since having my first child I wanted to stay at home and just be a mom. With my husband's job, that was never really an option because he wasn't offered health insurance through his job. Chance started working for a different company a little over a year ago, and now we have the option of health insurance through his current company. I also started my little etsy shop, Magically Made Tees, last July for some extra income. With all of this, I have decided that even though my babies will both be in school, I am going to be taking some time off from teaching to work from home and focus on my kids.

I absolutely LOVE teaching and I know I'll go back to it in the future. However, right now I want to devote my time to my own kids and make sure that I give them my full attention. When I chose the career of teaching, I did it with my future kids in mind. I thought that teaching would be the BEST job to have when raising my kids because I'd have the summers off with them and the same schedule. Don't get me wrong, it's been great, but it's not fully what I WANT. I do get LOTS of time with my kids during the summers and it's been so wonderful. BUT, my heart aches during the school year when my kids have fun events and I'm not able to attend them. Most teachers know how much work goes into planning for a sub or even getting another teacher to cover your class. Most school systems give you 3 personal days a school year, which also goes against your sick leave.

This past year, my oldest was in kindergarten, and it was definitely the toughest year for me. I did get to take a personal day and go on a field trip with Caycen. I had a wonderful team teacher who covered my class so that I could attend his Christmas party and his end of the year party, but I still missed so much. I never once got to eat lunch with him or help out in his classroom. I couldn't imagine my heart ache with having two kids in school and their programs and all. There's no way I'd be able to balance it all. Props to the moms who can!

So, I've decided that now is the time for me to run my new business from home and say goodbye to teaching for now. I want to be able to be the room mom for my kids' classrooms, make it to every single event that they have, and for them to know that I'm there for them no matter what.

I am so stinkin' excited about this new chapter in our lives and what it will bring. I'm excited about the amount of time I'll have to just be a mom and let all the other stuff go for now.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my decision to FINALLY stay at home and raise my babies. I pray that my kids will always know how much I love them and how honored I feel to be their mom.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Letter to 4 Year Old Gracie June

Dear 4 Year Old Gracie June,


Is it really already your birthday AGAIN??? Quote from our favorite movie "No, no, no, it can't be. I precisely remember, your birthday was last year". UGH!!! Time is going by way too fast for this Mama! You have grown so much this year and have learned a TON! We are so stinkin' proud of you and the little lady you're becoming. You have such a big heart and you love to share with everyone. You know how to make everyone feel so special and loved.

Some fun facts about you as you turn 4:
Favorite color: you've changed it to pink, but for half of the year it was purple
Favorite movie: Trolls, Boss Baby, Secret Life of Pets, Tangled
Favorite TV shows: Masha and Bear, Barbie Dream House, My Little Pony
Favorite foods: chicken nuggets, pizza, ice cream sandwiches (just recently)
Best Friends: Ella Kate and Ava

Some fun memories from this past year:

First day of preschool for you at Ford Academy.

First RHHS football game.

You started gymnastics for the first time in August 2016 and LOVE it!

I love this because it shows your love for dress up and ALL things imaginative!

You were the best soccer sister around!!!

You went to your first GA National Fair.

 Your first gymnastics leotard

Your school pictures

Dress up for school

Pumpkin patch


You went to your first baby shower and it was for Aunt Sissy

You went with Mommy to the Richmond Hill Christmas Parade

You were a donkey in your school Christmas program

We love visiting cousins

Botanical Gardens

Our tiny tree in our rental this year

Dress up for everyone and tea for those who participate!

You LOVE your baby Ray

You became Mommy's youngest brand rep :)

You have your Daddy's personality!

I painted your nails then you painted mine! And that will be the last time that ever happens!

You showed love to one of the MOST LOVING woman that I have ever met! I hope you will never loose that ability that you have to make others smile and feel so special!

Pedicures with Ella Kate

You made your first pizza

Then you became the best baseball sister too!

You can be a grump and everyone knows it!

But this smile makes up for all those grumpy moments for sure!

You loved hunting eggs this year

You went to Daytona Beach for the first time for spring break.

You went to Jacksonville Zoo for the first time

 You make me feel special!

Last day of preschool

comparison photo

You love your Nanny

You loved seeing the cows

2nd haircut ever!

Workout partners!!!

Your 4th birthday party

You and Nona on 4th of July

You started doing YouTube toy reviews because you asked to

Amelia Island

You went to your first ever cheer camp at RHHS

You are an AMAZING little girl! When I had you, all of my childhood dreams came true. I am so blessed to be your mommy. I can't wait to see all the adventures that you encounter this next year! I love you to the moon and back Gracie June!!!!! God truly made you unique and special and I know you will move mountains!