Happy Birthday Little One

It is hard to believe that the little one is now in double digits. It was just yesterday that we were waiting to travel to China to get her.  She has come so far in the last 4 years of new experiences. Birthdays have been one of them.  We do not believe she has even known what a birthday was before she was in our family.  Her first one with us was a little hard to explain, but here we are almost 4 years later, and she has fully embraced what it is.  She knows when all of our birthdays are, and she especially looks forward to planning hers out.

This year was a big one – turning 10.  She planned out what all she wanted to do for her birthday. She wanted waffles with fruit, her and her sisters to put on a My Little Pony show, cake pops, dumplings and spicy noodles. Her birthday was originally on a crazy busy day, but thanks to the Lord and some bad weather – we were able to make it all work out.  We had a day of celebrating her. It was fun watching her truly embrace her birthday and enjoy unwrapping her presents.

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enjoying her pink cake pops

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the weekend kicked off picking Asian pears @ Lynd Fruit Farm

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getting some new friends from Build-a-Bear


Weekends – How I love you!

After my baking was over on Friday, it was time for the weekend to get going. Friday afternoon the Dear Sisters had a tennis match at home against Worthington Christian. Hubby and I decided that it would be fun to ride our bikes to the match. We have not been bike riding all summer, and we thought it would be a perfect day for it. After a little stop and start by the little one, we finally made it to the courts.  I was truly a beautiful afternoon for tennis and a bike ride. The little one was happy knowing there was going to be Whit’s in the end.

Hannah and Emily got their second chance at playing doubles since they were rained out earlier in the week.  It is funny to hear them announce them as the Dear Sisters. They played great together and won their match 6-1, 6-0.  They both had great shots, and Emily got an Ace. It was a great win for them.  It was great for the team as well since they won too.

"Venus and Serena"

“Venus and Serena”

After their match, the big girls went to teen night.  They were so happy to see their friends, since they had not seen many of them since the end of the school year.  I am so thankful we have a wonderful homeschool group with families who are investing in our children’s lives.

You would think, the weekend could not get any better, but wait – we cleaned the playroom and “tunnel” (what we call our storage area). The girls were not too excited, but it had to be done. I know it was not what everyone wanted to do, but we had clothes to be put away, things to be cleaned and organized, and another got step forward to be ready to start school.  I’m not sure we are ready for school, but the room is getting there.

My favorite part of the weekend is always Sunday. I get to come together with my family and my faith family to worship.  It was a wonderful day of worship and preaching. OK, I may be biased about the preacher, but he is my favorite.

This weekend has gotten me ready to face the week, but weekends I do love when you come around. What was your favorite part of your weekend?


When SEC football makes me happy!

Our weekend started off with me busily getting my cinnamon rolls ready for the farmer’s market. It is fun playing with dough and deciding what flavors I will have that at the market. I always have plain cinnamon and cinnamon pecan. Other flavors I rotate through are cranberry orange, lemon blueberry (when I can get fresh blueberries), chocolate chip pecan, and new this week – caramel apple. The new flavor was a hit and sold out first.
I enjoying spending the day at the market seeing all the people and their kids and dogs. It is also fun to talk to other vendors. We often with trade products with each other. It is always fun environment and to interact with all who come out in the mornings.

When the morning was over it was time for football- specifically SEC FOOTBALL. Hubby’s beloved Auburn had already won earlier, and I was just hoping my team – Mississippi State – would make a decent showing and just possibly pull out a win. We were underdogs, but some people were thinking we might just win. As a long time fan, I have learned not to get my hopes up to high.

The Bulldogs were playing LSU at night in Death Valley, and the odds were definitely stacked against them. There is always hope, and crazy things happen in the Valley.  The game was exciting to watch. We held them at the goal line, and there were many 3 and outs. We scored multiple times on their defense. It was just so much fun to see them do so well and to take a lead into halftime and actually kept the lead for the entire game.  There a was a short time in the game where I thought LSU might come back, but thankfully the Dawgs took a stand and did not give up! My family all abandoned me after halftime(someone had to preach the next morning) and I had to watch the game alone. Well, almost alone – I had twitter and my brother via text. It was just a great game to watch and celebrate with all my Mississippi State friends. HAIL STATE!