Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pensacola part 3

After the museum the kids enjoyed playing in the water and visiting with everyone. Caroline visited until she couldn't hold her eyes open anymore.
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Pensacola part 2"

Uncle Bob, Aunt Sue, Austin Kieff, Caroline and I took a trip to the Naval Museum. We all had a great time. Austin Kieff asked a million questions and Uncle Bob had all the answers. Better pictures to come once I upload my cf card...including lake pictures from Cullman and fun pics from last weekend!!
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Pensacola part 1

The kids and are enjoying the weekend in Pensacola. The weather is beautiful and the kids are behaving...for now!
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Things Caroline Says...

I'll be right back kiddos!

I busy now.

I no like it.

I hold my baby.

I do that myself.

Caroline no want your help.

I going to work. Be back soon kiddos.

Poppa gives me dollars. My college money.

Go Trojans!

I play on playground.

I help you.

Let's go for a ride.

I sing in chapel.

These never get old:

Hold me mommy.
Rock me mommy.
Let me help you.
Love you too.
Momma hold me.
I go with Momma.
I love you, mommy.
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The kids went to work with me on Sunday because David had to work as well. Austin Kieff and Caroline both behaved much better than I expected...that is after my boss left. They were actually pretty good while he was there...only asking 100 questions instead of 1000! David picked them up about 4:00 and took them to the park. I finished up a few things before meeting them there. We finished off the afternoon with a trip to our favorite Mexican restaurant. We missed church...especially Sunday school. David and I have a really great group of folks in our class. Our teachers are awesome and we are so glad they took our class! We are so thankful God led us to FBC-Troy. We are also thankful for our jobs and the opportunity for some fun family time!!
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mother's Day

Working seven days a week gets old...even if  you are lucky enough to be able to do some of it from home.  I feel like I have missed out on so much with my little ones lately.  Caroline is truly Miss Independent.   She is so smart and I LOVE to have conversations with her.   Today she told me,  "My mommy is home.  I so happy to see you.  Please no go back work today."  I told her, "Mommy is not working any more today!  We are going to Miss Jessie's wedding."  She says, "her gonna be beautiful." 

Speaking of beautiful, my little ones are so beautiful to me.  I love to watch them sleep.  I love to watch them smile.   I love to watch them play or dance or run or jump or pretend to read a book (although Austin Kieff is doing better and better with reading).  I am enjoying motherhood so much more than I ever imagined.  What a gift God gives women.  Motherhood is such a blessing, whether it is biological or through adoption. 

I was lucky to have the ability to carry these precious miracles inside of me.  I felt them grow and change until it is time for us to meet them in person.  We have a bond so different than that of any other...and on Mother's Day we celebrate this relationship.  We also celebrate the relationship we share with our mothers. 

My mom is a very special lady.  She has experienced so many hardships during her life, yet she has done everything physically possible to spare her children from any pain.  She has felt the pain of losing a child.  She has felt the pain of losing a spouse.  She has endured the pain and difficulty that comes from being a single parent.  She has held our hands and kissed our scrapes.  She has calmed our fears and endured our teenage angst.  She has persevered and through doing so she has taught her children  many valuable lessons.  She is an amazing woman and an even more amazing mother.

Here are a few pictures from our Mother's Day weekend.  I hope you enjoyed spending time with your mother, remembering your mother or just honoring the mother's and mother figures you know!

Lily and Caroline having fun with Bubbles.
Notice the bracelets Caroline is wearing.  They
are from her first trip to the Dentist!

Lily enjoyed playing with stomping on
the bubbles!

The boys enjoyed a little ball!

Caroline is just like her Grandmomma...who
is just like her sister Ann...she LOVEs any doesn't matter what kind...even stinky
smelly fish from a pond...she  wants to  hold, and  pet, and
kiss or hug...I can only imagine the pets we will have
at the Jordan house over the next several years...

Austin Kieff and Jacob had a great time playing ball.
I think David and Grady did, too.  Mary Margaret even
joined in the fun!

My mom had all of her children and
grandchildren at church on Sunday!

Not sure about the expression on Mom's face,
but I could not pass up this adorable picture
of Lily and Caroline!

Perfectly unperfect, ha! 

I LOVE this picture!!

Definitely going to be a favorite, too...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Kindergarten Registration

I honestly cannot believe that my baby boy, my baby boy who is as tall or taller than most first graders we know, will start  kindergarten in the fall.  It seems like such a short while ago that Nurse Anna was advising me to call someone because there was a very good possibility I would go into labor or that he would have to be taken due to his stats.  Wow, five years in June.  I just cannot believe it. 

Austin Kieff let us know that he was going to be a REBEL just like his momma, Uncle Grady, Uncle John Wayne and Papa!!  I was hesitant since he has been right across the road from my mom for almost five years...but thankfully now that Papa has retired and is working for himself, he will be in the area.  I am very excited that Austin Kieff will know what it is like to start and finish school in one location (that is if we do not leave the area!).  I went to four different schools before making Zion Chapel my home and boy am I proud to have graduated a Rebel!!

I pray Austin Kieff will have all the opportunities to travel and be a part of amazing organizations like I did.   I pray he will be challenged mentally and physically.  I pray that he will make lifelong friendships.  I pray that he will develop a strong love of the Lord, respect for his country, himself and others.  All these things I know can be achieved in our  wonderful little community.  We may be small, but we definitely have a lot to offer in Jack, Alabama!!

Friday morning Austin Kieff was so excited to get dressed to register for Big School! He dressed in his Columbia shorts and polo all by himself and decided to wear his plaid sprerry-like target shoes, ha! He said they were "more comfortable" than his Sperry shoes. He put his important papers in a folder and was ready to go. Of course I had to take a few pictures!!

The sun was, too bright...he needed his shades

Walking In

Outside the multi-purpose room

Hudson Jones and Austin Kieff
David and I were in birthing classes with Hudson's parents.
Hudson and Austin Kieff started daycare together as infants and
were together until Hudson moved to  Pike Lib last fall.
They are also in the same Sunday School class. 
That is Kristy, Hudson's beautiful mom in the background!!

Patiently waiting his turn to be evaluated.

Checking  out  the contents of his goody bag.

Jackson Adcock and Austin Kieff
T-ball buddies!