Monday, October 16, 2017

Saturday's Coming

Are you a football fan?  If so, do you have a favorite team?

Here in our house we watch a lot of football.  We cheer for all the Big 12 teams, our alma mater-Arkansas State, and if you're Tab you'll watch practically ANY game that's on.  I'm adding a new favorite to this list...The University of Iowa.

I think I've mentioned before that I like football, but I'm an even bigger fan of College Game Day on ESPN Saturday mornings.  It's a pre-game broadcast show that's live in a big college match-up town each week.  They talk all kinds of stats but they also share some heartfelt stories.  A few weeks ago, the kiddos and I were watching and they shared the story about the new tradition at the University of Iowa.  After the first quarter of the game, the fans all turn and wave at the children and families' watching from The Children's Hospital.  If you haven't seen it, you need to go watch this segment.

I was bawling in my coffee and I looked over at Ebby Lee and she was doing the same thing (just minus the coffee).   What a story!  And what a way for those families to feel some Hawkeye love.


The seventeen-year-old in the video, Daxon, really touched my heart.  Can you imagine being in a hospital room slowly checking off the days and just not having much to look forward to?  All week long he has his mind set on-Saturday coming.  He looks forward to this wave from the Iowa faithful during Hawkeye home games on Saturdays.

It immediately made me think of these verses...

"Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness."  2 Peter 3:11-13 (The MSG)

As Christians we're supposed to be living our lives with eternity in the forefront of our minds.  Sometimes with the busyness of everyday life, all the sports' practices, and all the laundry, I forget to do that.  So I'm speaking to myself just as much (if not more) as I am to you.  :)

I hope we can all be encouraged today to do just that...remember heaven's coming.

And maybe this weekend we can all cheer just a bit for those Hawkeyes.  They definitely gained a little piece of my heart.

Thanks for letting me share with you today. 

XO

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hey Friends!

I hope you had a great week.  I'm not sure why this happens but short weeks tend to have me drowning and craving the weekend even more than a five day week.  Why is that?!  My kiddos were out of school on Monday and that just threw us off for the whole week.  So we're stoked that Friday is HERE!

Today, Narci, Andrea, and I are sharing our FAVORITES with you.  We invite you to join us each and every Friday to do the same.  Blog some favorites and link-up to join!

I have a little look at what's been happening around here...

There is an amazing flea market about one and a half hours away.  They have EVERYTHING you can think of...new things, old things, used things, etc.  It's in the small town of Canton, Texas.  It's fun to go any time but the fall is the BEST time.  Shay and I decided it'd be fun to load up these kiddos and head out for a day in Canton.  I can't brag on those five kiddos enough.  They were AMAZING!  We spent several hours walking around, shopping, taking it all in.  We ate and we shopped some more before it was time to drive back to McKinney.  We never once had a melt down.  Not once!  A day in Canton is hands down a FAVORITE always.  :)

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Want to know what I bought in Canton?  Nothing but holiday gear for Britt.  I'd mentioned on the drive that she didn't really have anything "Halloween" to wear.  Well, we took care of that and also scored a couple things like the outfit above that can be maybe "Halloween" or just cute.  ;)  These two joined me at the gym and took the cutest picture on our way inside.

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My friend, Amanda, celebrated her birthday last week and several of us went out to celebrate!  You guys need to check out this spot in Frisco.  Have you heard of Eight 11?  It's an outdoor wine bar with some delicious food.  We had a cheese board, the most delicious truffle potato chips, and yummy pizzas.  (And great girl talk as well!)  ;)

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Last Friday, we met up with the Shulls for a trip to our local pumpkin patch.  They have pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, a hayride, and pumpkins, of course.  It's right off a busy street so it doesn't really feel like the country BUT the short five minute drive to get there is amazing.  Bowen enjoyed his little ride with Princess.




Our crew enjoyed a nice cozy hot hayride.  haha! 


We met up again later that evening for dinner on the square before the McKinney Boyd Homecoming Game!  And please take a minute to see Ashby's pose.  I mean...she has some skills!  It was a great Friday.  Pumpkin patch, the square, and Friday night lights...absolutely perfect!

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Saturday-Tab's mom and step-dad were in town to watch Nixon's flag football game.  Afterwards we went to the square to eat lunch and do a little shopping.  We stumbled upon a few festivities happening and checked those out.

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On Monday evening, Bowen and Ashby went to a cute little pumpkin patch birthday party.  Here they are posing with the birthday girls baby sister.  I was afraid it was gonna be HOT, but the sun went down and the weather was perfect.

These sweet girls turned five and Bowen was excited to celebrate with them!

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I shared "A Little Bit of Everything" about these cuties on Tuesday.  You can see it here.

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We went to the fair on Tuesday and had the BEST time.  You can read all about it here!  Someone asked about my sweater...it's pretty thin so perfect for fall in Texas.  :)

If you can't tell...we're doing our best to FALL-HARD!  Pumpkin patch, football game, fair, and just more fun to be had!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Our Happy Place

On Tuesday, the forecast in Texas showed a high of 70 degrees.  70 DEGREES!  We quickly changed our fair plans to Tuesday.  We love the fair but the fair AND fall weather.  Now that's a force to be reckoned with.  :)

Tuesday, we snagged the kiddos out of school early to enjoy a day at the State Fair of Texas.

Look at us...some are wearing layers!  haha!  Big Tex is the tall guy in the back.  It's kind of a tradition to grab a picture with him, so we did it as soon as we entered the fair grounds.

Miss Britt was taking it all in!  SO MUCH TO SEE!

She was pointing to Big Tex and I'm sure thinking...WHAT IS THAT THING?!

I've mentioned my love of a show before and this year didn't disappoint.  We learned all about horses at this horse show.

This sweet thing was enjoying it.

When the crowd clapped, she joined them.

Me and my baby girl

This little farm exhibit is a stop every year.  They go through and do some farm work.  At the end, they get paid for their work and get to choose a snack with their money.  I have no doubt Nixon Slaughter will be asking to go through when he's fourteen just for the Veggie Straws at the end.  :)

During one part of the exhibit, the kiddos have to dig a hole, plant their seeds, and water (pretending of course) them.  They were each given ten little seeds.  Bowen was planting each seed separately when he finally looked up at me and asked, "They're not really going to grow.  Right?".  In other words, he wanted to hear..."Just dump them and let's move on."

Waiting patiently for Bowen to ride the tractor.


Then it was time for the petting zoo!  If you guys remember a couple years ago our stroller was stolen at the fair so this year Tab and I took turns sitting out.  He did the petting zoo.  :)


Then it was time for the Lone Star Stampede!

It was full of all the Texas favorites...longhorns, horses, roping, and good ole' country music.

This girl was a fan!  At one point, Nixon turned around and said that it couldn't believe it was Britt's first fair.  We were all so excited to share it with her.


After the show, it only took about four minutes for this to happen.

It was late afternoon and I decided a Fletcher's corny dog would hit the spot.  I don't even really like corn dogs but these are GOOD!  I shared it with everyone awake.  #yousnoozeyoulose

Then I spotted my FAVORITE fair food.  This little stand has the BEST catfish and spicy tartar sauce.  They put a cajun seasoning on the french fries that's a little too much for me, but the fish and tartar sauce get two thumbs up!

This was Ebby Lee's nervous face as she watched Tab talk her into this ride.  haha!

She didn't seem to mind.  :)

Ebby Lee was a big fan of the fun house!

Love doing life with this guy!

Then it was time for the HAUNTED HOUSE ride!  If you look closely, you can see that Bowen is half crying, half laughing.  He talked a big game and then got crazy nervous when it was our turn.  Don't worry-he kept his eyes closed the ENTIRE ride so he wasn't scared a bit!

Ebby Lee kept her eyes closed most of the time too.  ha!


These three enjoyed the big ferris wheel, The Texas Star, while Nixon and I got SCHOOLED playing some games.  Why will those little bouncy basketballs NOT go in the rim?!

And Ebby Lee talked me into the Alpine ride.  Just a few seconds after this picture the guy behind us asked them to stop the ride because he was about to lose it!


When Tab and I were first married, he showed up from work one day with a boot like this to put in our front yard.  No offense to these boots, it just wasn't really our style and we've joked about it for years.  So we both were laughing when we spotted this at the fair.

The Log Flume ride...yes, it was finally a COOL day and they rode the Log Flume!

They rode this Haunted House ride because it looked a little scarier.  I must say when those doors opened Nixon had BOTH HANDS over his face!  haha!

We played a few more games and then made our way back to the front of the fair to watch the parade.  The guy we asked to take our picture didn't notice Britt in the stroller because of the big ball she was holding.  He took about five pictures of the five of us!  Luckily, he was super sweet and then took a few with all six.

We looked at all kinds of cars and trucks, saw the world's largest hot tub (or at least the biggest one I've ever seen), and found everything you can imagine for every college in the state of Texas.  Then we found a spot to watch the parade.

A marching band, a float with Big Tex, and a light up man on stilts is the perfect way to end the day at our happy place.

We started going to the fair when Ebby Lee and Nixon were two and one.  We had a blast that day and now it's something we look forward to all year long.  To see our past fair posts, you can look here...


If you go during the week, you can find great deals for cheap entry tickets.  Yes, the rides, games, and food can add up, but there are so many things completely free to check out.  I highly recommend a trip to the fair for your family if you're local!  I'm telling you...it's our happy place.  :)