Edited Sunday night: I wrote this post on Friday and had it scheduled for today, but tonight as I watch the news, I am just so heartbroken and burdened. It feels like not a day goes by that there isn’t some horrific event unfolding right there on the TV. I feel like my prayer list keeps getting longer and longer every single day. My heart is heavy right now, friends. I’m praying for you right now. You who read this blog. I’m praying that the peace of the Lord is with you today and whatever it is you’re going through. I’m also praying for the victims and their families from yesterday’s shooting. I can’t even imagine their grief. May God be with them today too. xo
Happy Monday, friends! I have such a random assortment of pics for today…
Bundled up and ready to watch Smith play his last football game of the fall!
The cheering section 🙂 . It was 34 degrees at kickoff, so we huddled in our chairs and kept warm by cheering loudly from the sidelines.
I bought my dad this hat last Christmas. When my parents walked up, my mom was like “thanks for buying him that hat”. Hahahahaha! It was MADE for him!
Someone asked me if Madeley was affectionate with Samuel unprompted and the answer is YES! If you know Madeley, you know that she’s super maternal with kiddos younger than her. She loves “taking care of” and loving on Samuel and Britt. It was so sweet of my whole family to get up early and come sit and the cold to watch Smith’s last game.
Later that night, we got sitters with the Slaughters for the little four and took the big four to dinner and a haunted house. Here we are moments before we went inside.
And here we are when it was over. Both Nixon and Smith lost a tooth inside the haunted house?! What the heck???? It’s like their teeth were so frightened they jumped out of their mouths! Isn’t that funny? We had the BEST time inside! It was just the right amount of fun and scary (never scary enough to upset anyone). This will have to be a new framily tradition!
Oh hey there two big bobcats hanging out in my backyard. Please go away. (Insert BIG eyes HERE!) They were looking for lunch…otherwise known as Poppy and/or Frenchie.
The Sunday night before Halloween, we always go up to our country club’s Halloween party. It’s always such a fun night of family fun!
Can I just say that I think bobbing for apples is gross? Right? All I see are germs in that water…
My cute little pumpkin.
Um, they had a realllly good person doing face paintings there. I was seriously impressed with this one’s artwork!
One big group pic before we left!
Last Monday, our kids didn’t have school, so I asked the big two what they wanted to do on their day off…and they said go to the zoo. Now, I want to be totally honest here…I did not really want to go. The zoo is about an hour away (with traffic) and being that it was a Monday, I typically have a ton of work to do and that would have wiped out my whole day…BUT we went. And do you know what? IT WAS OUR BEST ZOO TRIP EVER! Thank you Jesus that I didn’t put myself first because I would have totally missed out on the blessings from that day.
First of all, the zoo opens at 9:00, but when we got there at 9:45, there wasn’t a car in the parking lot. Not one. As we parked in the closest spot to the entrance, I told my kids that maybe it was closed, but that we’d walk up and ask. When we hit the entrance, I asked and they were like “nope, it’s just not busy”. Second of all, it was chilly at the zoo that day (like 50) and not blazing hot (the typical temperature when we visit the zoo), so that was extra delightful. Plus, when we walked in, they were selling pumpkin spice coffee. Seriously, it was like the Lord threw that one in just to be nice to me 😉 . The whole zoo was decorated for Halloween (which was the next day), we had the place to ourselves and the weather was crisp and gorgeous. It was PERFECTION!
My kids were pumped when the tiger saw them and stood up to come check them out. See him back there? They were so excited about this 🙂 .
My four babies in a jeep!
She was all smiles all day long!
This was taken right after we fed the giraffes. See how no one is around? Ha! We had all of the giraffes to ourselves!
I love their little laughs.
And we ended our day by spinning around in circles on the carousel. I was seriously so nauseous for about 15 minutes after this, but it was worth it. My kids are still talking about it 🙂 . It was just the best day with my kids. I hope I never forget it.
Morning snuggles with our little French fry.
And yes, she’s wearing an American Girl skirt because…she’s being raised by three little girls.
My big two headed to school on Halloween 🙂 .
Both Ashby and Madeley had parties at their school on Halloween too. Ashby got to wear a costume…
…and it was pajama day in Madeley’s class 🙂 .
So, there are some pics for your Monday. xo