Tuesday, November 26, 2013


This Sunday Drew got a new calling. I was overwhelmed. Sunday morning we had a big meeting so we dropped the kids off at a friends house.  After a long emotional morning, I sat in stake conference, with the kids while Drew sat on the stand. I was wrestling with Annie and after taking her out 3 + times, I asked Mac  to take her to get a drink. 5 minutes later he came back and said "I lost annie" We both got up to look for her, she was right in the foyer with a friend. But as we were walking out together I thought, "This is going to be a crazy couple of years but it's ok, I have Mac." At only 7 years old, Mac is wise beyond his years and so helpful! He's always trying to do what's right. He knows how to smooth situations over and seems to know exactly when I need him. I'm going to have to rely heavily on him, especially on those long Sundays but I have a feeling that he will rise to the occasion. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Drew has been in trial in West Virginia all week. When he goes out of town I usually  A.  get into a cleaning frenzy B. become the crazy craft women C. become a book addict or D. redecorate the house. This week I became all 4. Read all day monday and cleaned out my cupboards. Tuesday started a quilt and brought out the Christmas decorations. Wednesday and Thurday I spent the days/ nights finishing up those projects. The whole time I had Annie a long for the ride. She's my little sidekick, when I cleaned, she cleaned. When I read she played quietly next me. When I decorated she undid everything I did. She's crazy but I love having her around.

Annie is still passionate about life. - that's a good way to put it right? She's into that "hiding when being naughty" stage. She loves hiding with my makeup bag and applying as much as she can before being found. And when found saying "mommy, I look pretty!" When she knows I'm upset or getting after her for doing something wrong she looks at me with a big smile and says "mommy, you beautiful" and then i can't help but smile and laugh. she must have done this 10 times today. Seriously, she knows how to smooth things over. She still adores her brothers but when in trouble or has to go to bed or time out, she cries- "I want Mackie" if Mac is home he cuddles with her and tells her what she should have done or what she should do. It's probably the sweetest thing ever and something I try to emulate. He's so patient with her and loving. She's lucky to have him around:)

I love my little Annie girl!

She helped me collect pine cones for a christmas craft

wearing my boots and making us laugh during FHE

During one of our many trips to the fabric store.

Cheering for Mac during his basketball game

that's orange chapstick! she loves make-up- oh boy!

She loves babies, especially this one.

Annie is also in that "mommy" stage. She has 3 babies at all times. Usually she's putting them down for naps "shhhh they're sleeping" This is Scarlet she's a good sport, Annie carried her around most of the morning cause "scarlet's a baby, she needs me"

Waiting for the cookies to finish- still loves her sweets   

Monday, November 4, 2013


Ward trunk or treat. 

Pumpkin carving FHE 
Halloween story time at the library  
The weather was suppose to be really bad so the city of Lexington postponed treat or treating to Friday. I knew the kids would be sad so we had a Halloween party with just our family. We made "grave yard" pudding, Spider Oreos, skeletons out of Q-tips And explosive eyeballs. 

Trick or Treating 

" handing out candy"

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mac's birthday weekend

My parents made their annual "birthday" visit and this time they brought my grandpa Heaps with them! He has wanted to come out since we moved here 8 years ago but because of health and other issues, he hasn't been able to come until now. We had a lovely time; Im so glad they all came out. 

They got in late Tuesday night so Wednesday we took it easy. Going to lunch with Mac and Gray and their friends Diago and Tyler.

It was fun to have grandpa and grandma at Gray's T-ball game

Thursday we went to Claiborne Farm. 

Grandpa and War Front, one of the top stallion in racing. 150,000 per breeding

Then off to Keeneland. We could not ask for better weather! 

Grandma is not above bribing 

Friday we went to Darley Horse farm

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Mac opening Grandma Rita and Grandpa Bret's birthday present 

 Friday night my parents and Drew took the kids to a corn maze.

Saturday Morning and the birthday boy!!! Opened presents, ate breakfast and ran to the boy's soccer games.


Visited Fort Boonesborough 

All Mac wanted to do for his birthday was go to Monkey Joes... He had a blast! 

4 generations

Sunday morning my grandpa flew home while my parents stayed her for the rest of the day. We went to church, rode bikes and made Mac a real birthday cake (that I didn't get a picture of). Once the kids fell asleep my parents drove to Indiana to do some work.

I was sad to see them go. It was such a blessing to have them here and I loved every second of it.