Sunday, March 31, 2013

Spring Break and Soccer Video

Let me start with soccer...Chloe scored 5 goals last week for her team, the first of which was about 15 seconds into the game. It was so fun to watch the girls play, and David coach them. He loves it so much. He said he would never coach again after her 4 year old year, but since then, he has been assistant coach every season (we are on #5) as he can't just walk away from it. Back to Chloe though... There were several girls who assisted her so well...almost like they practiced some of those plays. I love watching Chloe grow in her skills and abilities on the soccer field, along with the fact that she is learning teamwork. We are going to allow her to go to a soccer camp this year that is put on by the APSU head soccer coach. It's an all day camp that is just a week long. She has been asking to go and after talking with the coach, I feel like Chloe is definitely ready. Exciting!!! Check out this video of my girl scoring a goal... and then a few more pictures.

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this pic of Chloe high-5-ing David after she scored her 4th goal!!!

scoring her fifth goal of the game. so proud of her.

Now, spring break. Last year, and every year prior, when both kids were just in the Parents' Day Out program I couldn't for the life of me understand why parents get so excited over school breaks. I was kind of foul just wondering why oh why preschooler kids who go to school two days each week needed a spring break. HOWEVER, now, I get it. I understand those parents who couldn't wait for breaks. This has been the best week (minus the kids irritating each other). No homework, no rushing around in the mornings, no lunches to pack, no car circle, etc... Instead we did the following:

Monday - met my best friend for lunch and then went to an indoor play place for about 3 hours. This is a huge treat to them as I NEVER take them to Kids N' Play. I detest the place...except when I have friends to talk to while the kids go crazy.
Tuesday - met a group of friends at our Chick-fil-A for brunch and then we all took our kids swimming at the YMCA. In all, there were 6 moms and 12 kids. We ruled the pool...haha.
Wednesday - I took the kids on a day trip down to Nashville to eat at the Rain Forest Cafe and do some spring clothes and shoe shopping. It was so much fun. Found some great deals at Stride Rite - my go to shoe store for the kids "church shoes" and some fabulous sales at Gymboree. Got Chloe 3 spring dresses and a little cardigan to wear over her Easter dress, both kids needed a new bathing suit and they were cheaper than the Target ones I usually buy them so I snatched up new suits for them, and the splurged $4 on a cute pearl bracelet for Chloe that has a pink bow on it. ADORBS!!!! After we got back to Clarksville, I took Chloe to the dollar store as she is obsessed with playing school with her babies (and me, Brody and David). They have great teacher supplies there so I stocked her up on some things and then went to Walmart to finish off her school supply collection. She is sooooo cute playing school...except when she plays it with Brody and they end up fighting because she tries to make him go to the principal's office. Hahaha.
Thursday - Today I took the kids to see our friend's Maltipoo puppy. I am friends with this lady's daughter and son-in-law and have come to know and love her over the past several years at church. She is an incredible lady who loves Jesus, lives for Him, and it also just so much fun! Anyways, after Chloe played with Cha Cha (the puppy) for a while we left and went to see the new movie The Croods. Incredible movie!!! Then we headed to lunch, home, and the park. It's kind of crazy that on Monday it was snowing and today it's 63 degrees. Thankful for both though.

Now that the week is almost over - we are bowling tomorrow - and I realize how exhausted I am and just how much the kids really have irritated each other, I'm wondering how am I going to make it this summer?!? Oh wait, I know...CAMPS and VBS!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Joining In...

After prolonging it for over a year, I've decided to hop on the bandwagon and link up with this adorable girl's BLOG on Wednesdays for "What I'm Loving Wednesday". So, here we go...

1. I love my church! I absolutely love my church, the staff, the leadership, and what we stand for. It is a beautiful picture of love, forgiveness, redemption, Jesus, and hope. We started attending Grace Community Church in in January was a church plant that started in September 2006 so we were some of the original people and our hearts are tied there. The church has been through several changes in the past 7 years as far as leadership structure, loss of and addition of staff, a HUGE increase in attendance and membership, many many lives changed and souls saved. Many many baptisms and a rockin' youth program that serves the entire city. We are in a community group that meets on Sunday nights and honestly it is the BEST community group that you could ever imagine or pray for. Really, it is and yeah, I may be slightly biased, but our group is the real deal. Authentic, honest conversation while digging into the Word makes my heart scream with happiness. If you live in Clarksville and are looking for a church to visit or call home, come on. I would love to have you as my honored guest!

2. These gems...cutie oranges and pink lemonade. So get this...for those who don't follow my cancer journey blog and have no idea, I had to have a total hysterectomy 2 weeks ago because of a questionable mass on one of my ovaries and a thickened uterine lining (you can click over to that blog to read the major details of WHY I had such a major surgery: Praise You In This Storm). Anyways, since the surgery, I have had a TOTAL aversion to soda, and I mean a TOTAL aversion. The thought of drinking a soda of any kind makes me almost gag. It's weird because before the surgery I LOVED my diet drinks and would have at least 3-4 cans/day of them. Now, it's strictly flavored water and lemonade. That's all I really want to drink. No complaints here! And the cuties, well, I LOVE them because they are super easy to peel, small, tangy, and juicy. They are by far my favorite fruit in the least they have been recently.

3. Soccer season!!! I love the fact that both of my kids love soccer and they both were blessed with a natural ability...(they got it from David as I have never played soccer in my life, yet David was a great player through his teenage and young adult separate post. Stay tuned for that one (inserting an eye roll here).

4. I love that Chloe decided to get her ears pierced again! She was so much more confident and brave this time around and didn't even move a muscle as the girl pierced them. She had them done a year ago and did great except for the fact that she was highly allergic to all the earrings we tried...even the nickel-free and hypoallergenic ones. So, I reluctantly decided to let the holes close up knowing that they really needed to heal well with nothing in them). This time we went with 14K gold for the studs she has to start out with and wear for 8 weeks, and we will probably stick to that metal or titanium as they are both good for ears that are very sensitive.

5. Hi, my name is Kelly, and I am addicted to reality TV shows. Most of my guilty pleasure comes from BRAVO TV including the Real Housewives of _______________ (insert all of the city names as I love them all). Recently, while needing to rest and recover from the surgery I had, I read this book :

I admit it...I read it in 3 days and LOVED every single word of it. It's not that it was greatly written and of literary genius, but I love Brandi's candidness and her ability to make me laugh...even though it hurt like crazy to laugh with an 8 inch incision across my abdomen. Currently I am reading this: 

It's not that great so far, but I am one that will keep reading it because I paid for it. Hopefully it will get better. I'm only about 1/4 of the way through so there is time... come on Andy Cohen, don't disappoint this huge fan of yours! 

And I will stop there. How did I do for my first Wednesday link up? It was fun and I may even do it again next week. In the meantime though I will be blogging about Brody's first soccer game so stay tuned, you don't want to miss a second of that action (again, inserting eye roll here).