Tuesday, January 2, 2018

JK's in Need

During the course of the 2017 Kinley and Jaymes created a charity called "JK's in Need." 
Every time they get together they try to do something related to JK's in Need. 
 They have been raising and counting coins and dollar bills all year. 
They do lemonade stands, cookie stands, farm fresh (backyard) egg stands. 
They make signs, put on and perform shows (mainly for their siblings and parents) for JK's in Need. Their end goal was to be able to take some money to the children's hospital and buy treats for the patients with their money. 
 Their hearts are so precious and their creativity in dreaming up ways to raise funds is inspiring. 
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Christy took them to Cook's Childrens to visit her sister who is a nurse there and they met with her and donated their money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund because that is where works and also because that is where Ben was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 11 years old. 

I am SO proud of these girls and their hard work, dedication and selfless hearts. 
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A couple weeks later we got the sweetest hand written note in the mail from the Cooks Children's Health Foundation. It was a wonderful way to start the new year! 
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I can't wait to see what they do with JK's in Need this year!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve

We had a very small, impromptu New Years' Eve with family. 
 Kinley and I were really wanting a balloon drop and I finally found a good use for the horrible octagon shaped hole in my dining room.
 A few balloons and a little clear cellophane and voila! 
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 I put up some butcher paper and had people write some goals for the new year.
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The night was full of games and music and fun and yummy brisket Ben smoked  on the green egg.
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A big sleepover means New Years Day breakfast!
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My least favorite thing about Christmas being over is having to take down all my Christmas cards. I LOVE seeing these precious faces of family and friends each day. 

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(Sidenote: If you send a Christmas card...ALWAYS send a picture. Because otherwise, does it really count!? I want to see your beautiful faces!!)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

More December - Everyday things, Helicopter Santa, American Girl, and Santa Pics

I never want to forget how this boy loves to help me make my coffee. 
 He can work the whole Keurig and stirs in my almond milk.
 Its precious time every morning. 
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McDonald's ice cream date for these two one day. 
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Kinley & Ty wore white the day that Santa was coming to visit. 
He came in on a helicopter to school one day and it was a total hit. 
All the kids in every grade gathered around the blacktop. 
Santa touched down and then made the rounds to take pics and shake hands with all the kids. 
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Ty spent his Tiger Bucks one day to have lunch in the classroom with Mrs. Richardson. We LOVE her! 
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We had a girls day at the American Girl Doll Store so we could get Kinley's doll, Lila's, hair fixed, take my old American Girl doll, Kirstin, in to have her leg repaired and have brunch. 
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Yall, American Girl has better customer service than anyone. 
They took my sweet 30 year old doll and wrapped her in a hospital gown and sent her off for repairs. A couple weeks later they called me to, not only, tell me that Kirstin was "doing great," but that they were going to replace her leg for free and also give her new eyeballs because they were a bit glassy.  (What?!) A week or so after their call, we got Kirstin back in the mail with a new pretty hairdo, new eyes and all wrapped up in her hospital gown still.
Anniversary trip to Vail, CO

 We had an appointment to get Lila's hair done after brunch but we had a little time to kill in between. So we dropped her off, picked up her hairstyle and went shopping around the Galleria. 
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When we came back to watch her get her hair done, they were profusely apologizing because they had accidentally switched Lila with another doll and she had an accidental ear piercing! 
They were so sorry but, we could have the ear piercing for free and 4 sets of free earrings. 
Yall, for real!? This is still a doll, right?
 Kinley was thrilled. 
Double-win. 
 I couldn't believe how accommodating they were for these dolls. 
Its a whole other world.
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Showing off her new hair and earrings.
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Since Kinley had a pretty special day at American Girl, I decided to take Ty out on a date to Dave & Busters one night. 
While he still loves his one-on-one time with me and thinks I am cool, I am doing this as much as I can!
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We finally got a picture with all my kids and Santa in our favorite Compass Kids Choir tees. We love the Santa at North East Mall. For good smiles, they got popcorn and cookies. 
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After Christmas, we finally did get to Holiday in the Park. We went with the Nordells and had Aubrey with us because she was spending the night.
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We love Six Flags at Holiday in the Park. Such a huge perk for our season pass!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas from Kinley

Kinley wrote her own Christmas story book one morning in her class at church.
 Love how these little truths are sinking in.
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 Love how she sees the humiltiy of Christ's birth and how God sovereignly has a plan for each of us in this story. 
Praise you Lord for sending your precious son as a baby. 
Oh let us not ever take it for granted and continue to see it in a new light and through a new lens. 
Merry Christmas