It has been a very long, sad week, but I’m grateful for the help I got so I could go to Chattanooga to be with Carrie. Ninnie and Big Poppa helped me out with the kids while Matt, Mom, Dad, and I went to Chattanooga for the visitation and funeral. Mom and Dad left earlier than me to help out with the kids, and Matt had to travel on to Montgomery for work. I was able to go to Carrie’s parents house and stay with her for a few hours before heading back to Franklin. It was nice to have that time with her even though I wish I could have stayed longer and done more.
It was nice to be back home and have all of us together again. When sudden things like this happen, it makes you so thankful for what you have. Before going to bed tonight, I checked on the kids. Cole usually sleeps so perfectly, but tonight when I checked on him, this is how I found him.
Then, I walked straight into Chloe’s room to check on her and found her like this.
It put a smile on my face.
I got one of those phone calls today that brings you to your knees. That knocks the breath out of you.
We had left church and had just finished eating lunch at Ninnie and Big Poppa’s house when Carrie called. I immediately knew something was wrong. Very suddenly and unexpectedly her Dad passed away this morning. My heart is in pieces for Carrie and all her family. Her dad and mom welcomed me into their home countless times, and he is going to be missed tremendously. He was only 64 and such a wonderful dad and grandfather.
There are no words. Please pray for Carrie, her mother, and her brother – and the rest of their family. We love them all.
Matt is going to be out of town on Valentine’s Day, so we decided to celebrate a little bit early. We spent the Saturday hanging out, and Matt got the grill going Saturday night. The kids “helped” us cook, and we had a good time feasting and celebrating.
We’ve had the best (and most unusual) weather lately! After gymnastics, we came home and played outside until nap time. This was our first “picnic” of the year, and the kids loved it! So nice being back outside!
Cole has discovered boxers and would much rather wear them than his normal big boy undies. He only had two pair of boxers, so I needed to get him some more to alleviate the problems we had of getting him dressed if both pair of boxers were dirty. The boy knows what he wants to wear! So, I went to Target, and they only had boxer briefs. I was a bit hesitant to buy them because Cole was not with me to see them and I didn’t know if he would like them. But… oh my. He loved them! It’s all he wants to wear, and he is so proud of them. It just cracks me up seeing his little legs in boxer briefs…. or “box-uh bweifs” as he calls them.
It’s Super Bowl time, so we headed over to the Clark’s (nice, new, awesome) house for some football, food, and friends. Like every other Super Bowl party in America, I’m sure, we had an abundance of food. It was fun hanging out, and Chloe and Cole were so excited to play with Abigail. Little did they know how many other kids were going to be there. 10 total I think? Give or take a couple? So needless to say, as much as we tried, we were unable to watch all of the commercials and the game. Actually, I think we missed more than we saw, but it was a really fun time. Niki turned on Mickey Mouse, and I think that got us the longest, uninterrupted stretch. How cute are they all snug in Niki and Jeremy’s bed?
Unfortunately, I think they were the quietest during halftime – Madonna. Hmmm… But anyway, I won $50 at the end of the third quarter, and the Giants won. Yay Eli! All the kids were well-behaved and happy, and so were the adults, so it was a successful party. It was 9:30ish before we got home and got the kids in bed. Tomorrow morning – a school morning – could be very interesting!
Chloe was helping me cook some Super Bowl foods, and she begged and begged and begged and begged to lick the bowl or the spoon or the beater or anything that had some chocolate stuck on it. I finally folded and let her have a beater. She was a v.e.r.y. happy girl.