Happy Tuesday, friends!
It’s been a while since I’ve shared THREE THINGS, and so I thought today should be the day!
Three things about each of us right now…
1: He’s our #1 sports dad right now! Andrew does not get enough credit here in blog world for all the *things* he does. He’s a part of the cheerleader carpool, he’s coaching 3rd grade volleyball with Mades and her friends, he’s the loudest parent cheering at soccer, Smith’s personal trainer for football and crew, and last night, he was up at the high school way too late setting up for the pep rally this week (helping out his favorite freshman cheerleader). He’s such a great dad to our kiddos!
2: The Lord knew what he was doing when he paired the two of us together. This guy loves him some fall. We’re watching our favorite fall movies together (so far, he’s watched three with me!), he’s keeping me updated on when the nursery will have the pumpkins out (he keeps going by to check), I noticed he was burning a fall candle in his office, and he’s requested chili for dinner this week. I might be the ultimate Fall Girl, but I’m married to Fall Guy 🙂 .
3: He’s setting himself up for heartache once again. One big Dallas Cowboys win and Andrew is looking to buy Super Bowl tickets. Bless him. Every year, this happens. He gets so excited, and yet, they always break his heart. (Right this minute, I picture him reading this at his desk at work, and he’s arguing with me about how ‘this is the year’. Bless him.)
1: I’m LOVING this sports season! I feel like everyone is “doing their thing” and our calendar is full but not crazy. It happened fast, but you know…we spent years “trying” all of the different sports to see what would “stick”, and somehow, we made it. The list is long of sports my kiddos have done (and many, LOVED!), but this fall season, they’re all doing their “main” favorite things which makes this mama’s heart super happy. No one is complaining about practices or late nights because they’re doing what the love the most. It’s just already been a fun fall filled with so many family memories.
2: I know, I know, I know…I travel a lot, but I really miss it. I’ve been home (either here or on Nantucket) since we went to Turks and Caicos in May, and this travel obsessed girl is itching for a trip.
3: The weather has finally cooled down here (this summer is now officially the hottest recorded summer OF MY LIFETIME here in Texas), and it appears to have come to an end. Cue the happiness and joy! So far this week, I’ve basically only come inside to sleep. We’ve been watching TV outside, eating our meals outside, I’ve been working outside, and I’ve walked my dogs/run/just enjoyed being outside. Hi, my name is Shay, and I’m an outside girl.
1: It’s Homecoming Week for our resident freshman which means our calendar is extra full right now with even more high school fun! Kensington cried when she left elementary school and cried when she left middle school because she loved them both SO MUCH, but I’ve never seen her “more in her element” than high school. Other than the daily conversation about how “yes, you do need to know basic geometry to be a well rounded adult”, things are going swimmingly over here.
2: This girl turns 15 on Friday! I mean, I have all the feels. What does she want for her birthday? A black cat to name Thackery Binx. It’s all she keeps talking about. As much as I love and adore that my child wants a cat to name after the movie Hocus Pocus, she is allergic to cats. Also, we have three dogs. And her dad “isn’t a cat person” (let’s be real, he’s not a “pet person”). And we have four kids. And um, NO. Teenagers are so fun. Did I mention that she’s allergic to cats? For some reason, that doesn’t seem to be reason enough.
3: Taylor Swift. That’s all. I will never, ever, ever as long as I live hear the name Taylor Swift or hear a song by Taylor Swift and not think of this time in my child’s life.
1: This kid is living his best life. I’ve never seen him more social, more active, more “teenager” than I have this year.
2: He refuses to wear pants. Any boy moms out there living this same life? He legit looks at us like we’re insane when we tell him he needs to put on a pair of pants that ARE NOT shorts. Like we’re the weird ones. Like there’s something wrong with US! We went to celebrate Madeley’s Gotcha Day on Saturday at a very nice restaurant, he looked great from the waist up in his collard shirt…and foolish from the waist down in his Under Armor shorts. Sigh.
3: Smith is helping me with my Fantasy Football…THANK GOODNESS or else I would not have a team. He has been very proud this week that he picked the Cowboys’ defense for our team especially after this last game. #likefatherlikeson
1: Oh sweet Ashby! She is our social butterfly! Our front doorbell rings all day long because friends are wanting her to come out and play. She always off on her bike or skipping down the street with neighbors.
2: Ashby wants to do all the things, learn all the things, try all the things RIGHT NOW. She wants to learn a foreign language while taking a surf lesson and eating sushi while also taking a tennis lesson and perfecting making homemade macarons. This girl has things to do, to learn, to make and to see…and she wants to do them all right now.
3: Ashby has already reached that part of fifth grade where she’s ready for middle school. She has loved her elementary years, but she’s so excited about selecting her own classes, having electives next year that speak to her and gaining independence that comes with middle school. I’m trying to soak in these last few months in elementary with my girl, but I’m excited that she’s excited to move to the next chapter.
1: Our littlest love wants to learn how to sew! This girl reminds me so much of my cousin Brooke who has been drawing, designing and sewing since she was this age. I *think* we’re going to wait and tackle sewing lessons when she turns 10, but we talk about it all the time. Her new favorite TV show is Project Runway.
2: Right now, Mades is living her best high school and middle school life. When my other kids were in 3rd grade they knew nothing about what went on in the upper schools, but this kid here not only knows about it, but she lives it most nights a week. She has thoroughly enjoyed the three football games a week she attends, staying up late, eating more concession stand food than probably she should be eating, and hanging out with all of the teenagers.
3: Speaking of high school, right now, Madeley says she wants to be on the drill team when she gets older (and not cheer) which makes this mama’s heart happy because that’s what I did! I’m so excited to watch her grow up and see what will end up being her “thing”. She cracks us up because she loves to talk about the special days ahead…those days when the other three have left for college, and it’s just her, mom and dad. 😉
1: These three. These three are LOVING the weather! They were all complaining that we were no longer on Nantucket and back under this heat dome, but this week, they’ve gotten better attitudes.
2: Every single morning, when I get home from taking the littles to school, I can barely get the back door open because their three bodies are pressed against it ready to leave for our walk.
3: They also think a cat is a terrible idea.
So, those are three things about the Shulls right now!
We might be home in McKinney…
…but not a day goes by when we don’t talk about Nantucket too. I’m not sure when the six of us will be back there again together, but it’s certainly left an impression on all of our hearts. Anyone else miss me living on that island?! I know I do! 😉
Three Things for your Tuesday. I’ll see you tomorrow! xx