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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Start of Something New for Me!

Some of you know that Trevor recently took a job with a company called EDC. Some of you might be thinking, wait, I thought he started his own company, or wait, is this another new company? Well, the answer is YES and YES! Haha! That whole story is probably for another day! So, I'll start here. 

Trevor now works for a company called EDC (Educational Development Corporation). They are the distributing company for Usborne Books and More. To be honest, I really had never heard much about Usborne Books and More. I associated them with Scholastic, but that's about the extent of my knowledge. For those of you that don't know, they have books for children of all ages. They have fiction and non-fiction and many are award-winning titles. Well, after Trevor started working there he brought home a couple of their books for Brooks. Brooks fell in LOVE with them! I am not kidding when I say that! He already loved books, but once we started reading those, they became the ones he ASKS US to read, even now. 

So, initially I just kept asking Trevor to get us some new titles because we would read the same one 7 times every day! Haha! I then discovered that they have independent consultants that sell them. Now, I am not the direct salesperson type so, to be honest, I NEVER considered this an option for me. Trevor would hint around it, but I would blow him off and tell him I AM NOT A SALESPERSON! Then, we went to Florida....

Brooks and I read this book together all the time. It's called My First Word Book. It's an Usborne book that Trevor brought home right after he started working for EDC.
You can look into it here
It has tons of pictures with captions of what each item is. Brooks points out all the pictures he knows, names them and then each day I would add one or two more that he didn't know yet and we would practice them together. One of the picture/words is "Parachute." He has ONLY seen a parachute in this one book and we only talked about that picture a hand full of times. To be honest, I didn't think he would see one in the near future, so I didn't focus on that one a whole lot. Well, fast forward to us being in Florida on the beach. We are sitting in the sand having fun family time and then a boat drives by in the distance with a parasailor. Brooks looks up and starts yelling "parachute, parachute, parachute". Seriously, the coolest thing ever! I mean, I am a teacher, I know kids learn so much from books, but this was so cool. One picture in one book and Brooks was able to identify it in person! SOOOO COOL!

Well, that was when I decided that I wanted to look into being a part of Usborne Books and More. That was a SCARY thought (still is!) because I am no salesperson. But, I don't have to be! I am just a mom, passionate about books, passionate about literacy, wanting to be a part of something bigger than myself. When I was speaking with my Team Leader on the phone, she shared with me that her team (which I'm now a part of!!!) put together $33,000 worth of free books for children taken emergently into foster care! Truly, that is the story that made the decision for me. That is a story that I want to be a part of! It is so important for children to have books at their fingertips and to end the literacy crisis. I saw it at my school every day when I was a teacher. 6th graders would be on a kindergarten or 1st grade reading level. It really affects EVERY aspect of learning when a child is behind in reading. Try reading a math book (which is already like a foreign language for many) on a reading level that is 5 times above yours!

ALL OF THAT TO SAY...I am now a crazy book lady! AKA an independent consultant for Usborne Books and More!

It's my goal to share these amazing books with everyone I can and find the perfect ones for YOUR family! 

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME FREE BOOKS for those kiddos in your life???? Get in touch with me!!! 

Join my VIP Group on Facebook: here is the link.
Seriously, if you'd like some FREE BOOKS, get in touch with me!!! 

I'm so excited for this fun adventure!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mama’s Day

I got to spend quality time with my 3 guys on Mother’s Day and that’s exactly what this mama needed. I was at church in the morning but when I got home and everyone got up from their naps, we went for a walk, played at a newby playground and then had dinner together. 

I love getting to play with these two littles! 

I’m also so thankful for the moms in my life. One of the best things about moms is, they make incredible grandmas!!

My kiddos hit the jackpot with grandmas!! ;)

But seriously, I have learned so much from my mom and from Trevor’s mom. I am so thankful to have them both in my life and still forming the woman I am today! You definitely look at Mother’s Day in a whole new light after you have kiddos. It’s makes you appreciate all those crazy things that they did for you and how selfless they were through it all! 

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas out there! You have the most important job out there! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Trevor's 30th Birthday Wiffle Ball Game

This year for Trevor's birthday, he wanted to play Wiffle Ball. It seems random BUT, we have some friends that do this every year for their birthday. We were invited last year and had so much fun. (Thanks for the idea David and Amy!) Trevor came home that night and ordered a Wiffle Ball set and has been talking about it ever since. So, that's what we did!

Since we celebrated on Cinco de Mayo (we celebrated a little late due to being out of town and a hectic schedule) we decided to have a Mexican feast. We had tacos, taquitos, queso, chips, dip and dessert. I don't think anyone went hungry.
It was fun finally getting to have people over to our house and getting to entertain. We have missed that since selling our other house.

This is where we played Wiffle Ball. Thankfully it was not a muddy mess like we were expecting. It turned out perfect. 

These families are so special to me! Thank you for making us a priority and coming to celebrate!

By chance 6 years ago we moved in next to these people. Seriously, God had his hand in our lives before we even knew it.  We were so lucky to have them as neighbors for 4 years! We love you Randy and Cassie! And your sweet kiddos. 

You all are true friends! Thank you for coming out to celebrate Trevor! We loved staying up wayyyyy too late catching up with y'all! 
What a fun day! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TREVOR and congrats to your team on winning the Wiffle Ball game!

Trevor's actual birthday is April 27th. We did celebrate as a family that day too. I went up to Trevor's work so I could meet his new co-workers and see his new office. Then me and the boys took him to Cheddars.
Thank you Usborne Books and More for keeping my kiddo entertained through lunch! :)

That night we ate fried tacos and homemade Oreo Cheesecake with family!
Recipe Here
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABE!! I hope 30 is one to remember! :)

Morris Brothers 22 & 7

This has been such a fun month with these two boys. They are interacting more and more and it makes me so excited for the brotherly relationship they are going to have! 

Brooks turned 22 Months on May 1st and Rhett turns 7 Months on May 9th. 

All About Brooks:
*This kid is a ham! He seriously cracks me up and his personality is shining through more and more each month.
*He LOVES books! In the car ride to Florida, that is what kept Brooks happy...books and books and books. I love that he enjoys it so much and he learns SOOOOOO much from them. We know so many different animals and animal sounds, we know all sorts of vehicles and things that drive. We know all kinds of foods and other things that we don't see daily, just from books. There is a parachute in one of his books that we talk about, which he has never seen in person, only in this one book. When we were in Florida there was a para-sailor and Brooks was pointing at it saying "parachute parachute." It was so cool because it that moment I knew he was learning so much through books.
*I think we have an 11th tooth breaking through.
*He is the SWEETEST brother. I know this will probably change through the years, but I'm praying it won't. He gets so concerned when "Bubby" is crying and he loves when Rhett chases him around the house in his walker. He always wants to show Rhett books and everything else that he loves. Yes, he takes toys from "Bubby" sometimes, but he is usually good about taking it back to him and saying sorry. 
"Last month his answer to most questions was "no" and this month it's "yeah." Haha!
*His FAVORITE activity is riding the Ranger. Every day when Trevor gets home he starts saying "Ranger Ranger." It's our family time in the evenings. I love that we live on land and have the opportunity to do these fun things with our kiddos. 
*We had a little tummy virus that was passed from Rhett to Brooks. One Tuesday morning Brooks slept until 10:45am. That NEVER happens. Haha! But, I just thought he was making up sleep from vacation and sleeping in the car. We went to Panera with my mom after he got up and right when we walked in the doors, Brooks puked everywhere. I felt so bad for him because I could tell he was embarrassed and obviously a little shocked at what happened (he has never thrown up before). Thankfully the workers were so kind! And thankfully Brooks was only under the weather 1 day. Rhett was a different story!
*He loves giving kisses!! Talk about melting my heart! :)

All About Rhett:
*What a big month for this kiddo! We starting sitting up really well. I don't trust him all by himself, so I either sit behind him or I surround him with pillows.
*He is a rolling machine. I will put him on the floor in the living room and then next time I look, he has rolled on the concrete floors into the dining room! Haha! Who needs crawling when you can roll!
*He wants to hold EVERYTHING. If you have something in your hand, it is his mission to get it and then it usually goes in his mouth.
*He did great sleeping this month. No more issues with that thankfully!
*He did roll over in his sleep suit, so we had to ditch that. He is now sleeping in a sleep sack. I'm hoping to have him sleeping with nothing soon, but for now, the sleep sack is perfect.
*He is talking and communicating more and more. If something is taken from him (usually from big brother) he has found a way to grunt and communicate so he can get it back. Haha!
*He loves eating solids and loves to join us at dinner time now.
*He had a huge growth spurt while we were in Florida and seemed to be hungry all the time. It showed in his weight because right before we went to Florida we were at the doctor for our 6 month check up and we were 16 lbs 6 oz. Right when we got back from FL we went back to the doctor because little man was running a really high fever for a few days (it was a tummy virus) and he weighed 17 lbs 4 oz. Whoa! In one week he gained almost a whole pound! 

Now onto our life in pictures...
Bedtime snuggles! 

Playtime on the porch!

We love books!

Lunch time

Sitting up like a big kid!

He love me! Haha!

We went on vacay this month to Florida. You can read about it here, but here are my 3 favorite picture from that trip...

Back to reality! :)
Park day. 

I'm so glad Trevor and I built this sandbox for him for his 1st birthday. We have spent hours playing in that thing!

My ice cream date!

Birthday lunch for Trevor. Yummy Cheddars!

Family Ranger Rides

We love this swing that my grandpa built!


When mom is at church...

Cousin play time!

Family walks 

Trevor is the sweetest. This guy got his lawn mower stuck and of course Trevor offered to help. This is the closest thing we have to neighbors. Lol. Such a good role model for our boys!

This pretty lady is meant to be a BOY MOM! 

Zoo Dates

This little stinker rolled over in his sleep suit. Brooks did the same thing at about this age so I knew it was coming. Now this baby is a tummy sleep...he gets that from his mama. 

Our new books also can be used as blocks!  ;)

Some bloopers!

I love these little babies so much. I was at church all day yesterday and I seriously missed them so much. I loved coming home and getting to snuggle them both. I know I'm with them all the time, but I still miss them when I am gone. I'm so thankful for getting the opportunity to stay home with them in these years. Financially, it was definitely scary at first, especially since we were starting a new business at the same time, but it is amazing how God provides. LOVE YOU SO MUCH BROOKS AND RHETT!