Friday, August 26, 2016


Our week flew by and the boys came home with smiles and things to share everyday. Roen has embraced being a big kid to the fullest- he seems so happy and proud to be in Kindergarten! Remi loves learning new things at school and he takes it pretty seriously. He doesn't usually get overly excited about school, but rarely does he have a complaint about it either. I think I may have a scholar and a social butterfly on my hands!

I truly feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing school with awesome teachers and students!! Roen's sweet little class only has 12 students and 24 total kindergarteners- something about that just comforts my heart!!

Aren't they just the cutest, perched up there doing their homework...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Too Cute Not to Share....

On Saturday, we all loaded up in our rangers and jeeps and hit the dirt roads with friends. Some good friends of ours have a ranch that we usually go to where the kids fish & roam for the afternoon.

This was the big 'ole fish that Remi caught. And this sweet guy he is with is in 8th grade and made Remi feel super duper special for asking him to go fish with the big boys!!!

I sure do miss Summer...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bus Riders...

Well, I have a couple of little bus riders on my hands.

As I sat on the front porch reading and waiting for the bus to round the corner, I couldn't help but worry that both boys made it to the bus. But it stopped at our driveway and both boys raced off with with big smiles and looking quite a bit older!!

Roen says he wants to ride the bus everyday! Remi isn't quite as enthusiastic- and I told him I could still pick him up- but he has decided that if Roen is, he will. So, for now, you will find Little and I sitting on the front porch every afternoon awaiting the arrival of our boys...

Little Anne yesterday, waiting for the boys

I would be lying if I said this whole bus situation didn't break my heart a little bit :(

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The First Day...

The boys both had a great first day.

Roen was smiling from ear to ear and had plenty to tell me about his day. He and his best buddy found Remi at recess and according to the boys, they dug a hole! Remi reported that he saw Roen at lunch and 'he did a good job carrying his tray'. I just love that they get to be there for each other!

However, Roen came home announcing that he wanted to ride the bus home from school. I was in no way prepared for this! Last year, Remi said the same thing until school started.... after school started, he didn't once want to ride on the bus- which was perfectly fine with me. In fact, I kind of preferred that. But this morning, Roen was still saying he wanted to ride the bus home- even if Remi didn't ride with him. That brave little booger!! There was no way, I was going to hold him back, so after some serious thought, Remi decided he would ride with Roen.

I told them I would be waiting on the front porch.

I am very anxious to see what they think. They will be the very first stop and there are quite a few other kids I know on the bus too- I have a feeling that yesterday was my last day to pick them up :(

Here are a few sweet pictures of them yesterday before school....

Monday, August 22, 2016

Kindergarten & 1st Grade...

Well, it's here.

The day I have been dreading since the beginning of Summer. We had the most amazing Summer break and I have purposely been soaking up every minute in preparation for today.

Today, my baby went to Kindergarten. For the past 7 years, I have spent every ounce of my time, love and energy into being a stay-at-home mom. A job I had no idea how hard it would be way back when I was pregnant with Remi. A job that seems like it has no end in sight... until your babies go to school. A job that I will treasure forever... those days have gone and pasted, and though a new chapter has started, I hope I never forget how blessed I was to get those precious years with my babies.

Today, my world got flipped upside-down. No peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for lunch today, no train noises in the background as Roen pushes around all his favorite trains, no refills of orange juice and no one to tell me to take the 'short-cut' on the way to pick Remi up from school this afternoon.

Micah came with me to drop the boys off this morning, and I swear I don't deserve him, because I didn't even have to ask him to come, he just knew. He knew that I would need him. And as we walked out of that school, with tears falling down my face, he laughed and then took me to breakfast.

Remi was very quiet and serious. I kissed him in the parking lot because I knew he would be too embarrassed to kiss me once we got to his classroom. But, I could feel the emotions welling up, and I forgot and ended up giving him a big kiss right in front of everyone. It embarrassed him, but he was sweet about it. That boy... I have no doubt that he will dominate 1st grade. I have the upmost confidence in that kid and I just always find myself being so proud of him.

Roen was quiet and shy. We picked out his seat (he picked the exact same desk as Remi did on his first day of Kindergarten), he put up his water bottle (he wanted me to do it, but I made him) and then I hugged and kissed him a thousand times... I couldn't pull myself away. I didn't want to leave. I could feel a bit of desperation in his sweet little hugs. But he held it together and did great. I probably sacred him as I waved bye bawling my eyes out.

Last year, when Remi went to Kindergarten, it was hard. This year is harder... they are both gone and my house is way too quiet!

We had the best morning. After the boys ate breakfast, they got dressed and then played Legos in Remi's room until it was time to go. They both talked about how as soon as they got to recess they were going to find each other. Roen said if his shoes came untied he was going to have Remi re-tie them- triple knot and then he told me he was going to miss me a zillion-ninety-nine.

I will miss those boys a zillion-ninety-nine too... they have no idea what an honor it has been dedicating my every day, every minute to them for the past 7 years.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Visit With Pops...

Remi gets ideas of things to make almost all day long - every single day.

Several days ago, he decided he wanted to make a boat and was asking about things that float and things that wouldn't disintegrate in water. Because, I also like to make things, I found a cute little twig boat on Pintrest. Of course, once I showed Remi, he could hardly wait to make the little twig boat. We soon realized that because we have only baby trees, finding twigs at our house was going to be impossible.

But in true Remi fashion, he had an idea! "I know where has lots of sticks! We need to go to Pop's house!" So, the next morning, we went to Pop's house to gather sticks, explore and check out the chickens and their eggs.

It has been almost 2 years since we lived with Pops while our house was being built, but I don't think they will ever stop loving it out there...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Meet The Teacher...

On Tuesday, the boys had Meet The Teacher. I am super excited about this year and their teachers. Roen got who Remi had last year and I think Remi will love his 1st grade teacher.

Roen was very very shy- hid behind my back, started giggling, got silly, started being silly with Remi- poor thing, new situations give him the silly nerves!!

Remi, of course, was all business. He takes school very serious. He said 'hello' to his teacher, answered her questions and I don't think broke out a smile the whole encounter!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Kitchen Help...

Anytime Micah leaves town, I make the boys spaghetti. They like it so much, that they have pretty much burnt Micah and I out on it. So, I make it for them as a treat anytime it is just us three.

And the best part is, of course, helping in the kitchen....

However, when Roen gets in the kitchen, things seem to get a bit hectic. The boys start fighting, and no matter how long Roen gets to stir, or pour, it is never enough and eventually this is how Roen ends up...

But, he always finds a way to get happy again...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pete's Dragon...

This is our last week before school starts back up on Monday.

I have several things on our fun to-do list before Summer come to an end. One of those things was taking the boys to see Pete's Dragon. I loved this movie as a child and just knew I would love the remake too!

For me, this was the best movie we saw this Summer! It was so so so good! I think I cried at least two different times.... and the boys sat wide-eyed, jaw-dropping for most of the movie. It seemed short- which is good for us, it was about a wild boy and his fury, green dragon... a perfect movie for the boys! By the end of the movie, they were both telling me they were gonna be Pete- or Elliot, they couldn't decide :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Tiny, Little Getaway...

On Thursday, Micah and I hired an overnight sitter (thanks, Madison) and we headed off on a road trip to the good 'ole Hill Country. More specifically, we headed to Gruene, where we saw one of our favorites, Chris Stapleton.

Now, I know what you are thinking, that EVERYONE LOVES Chris Stapelton nowadays, but I can honestly say, we have had a 'thing' for his music since The Steeldrivers. In fact, one of my all time favorite songs is Where Rainbows Never Die. It reminds me of my Pa and of when he started losing his battle to cancer, which almost always makes me tear up.

Here's the thing about Stapleton. He sings on stage with his wife. And really it is more like he sings TO his wife. It is as if they are in their own world- him singing, her with the tambourine, all the while looking into each other's eyes... it really is like witnessing something almost spiritual watching them perform.

To say this little getaway was the highlight of the Summer, would be an undetstatement. I LOVE good music with Micah. It just feels good. And a road trip... well, now that just made me feel like we were back in college!!

The only proof of our presence at the concert is a video of him singing Fire Away. You can hear me singing loudly in the background and I secretly love it because, although, I have a terrible voice, there is just something about being in an audience of 1,500+, not knowing a soul, besides the one with his arms around me, belting out a song and feeling like you are in moment that you never want to end.

Thanks for giving those moments to me, Micah.

We also popped into Magnolia on our way through we could pass that up (by 'we' I mean I)...