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Hi! I'm Lacey!

I am a full-time working mom from North Alabama. I love my family, my friends, and my God!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

I always love Memorial Day weekend... I feel like it is the official kick off of summer!  We spent the weekend  hanging out and eating with family and friends, checking a few things off the to-do list, and getting ready for all the fun things coming up this summer.

The weather was sooo nice on Friday so the girls built a little homemade slip-n-slide out of garbage bags to play with while I did some painting and crafting for VBS coming up next week.  She was so proud of it.

Hadley went to a birthday party for a little friend of hers and had a blast playing on the water slide and eating snow cones.

Saturday night, we went Point Mallard to the Alabama Jubilee Festival to see the hot air balloons.  It was too windy for them to fly but I was so glad the rain and storms held off until we got home.  Hadley's Kindergarten teacher loves Pepsi so she made me snap a few pictures of her with the Pepsi balloon to send to Mrs. Howell.

On Sunday, we grilled with Jarrod's family for lunch before heading to my mom's for a shrimp boil to celebrate her birthday. We got to have our first official pool day of the year at her house for a little while before hanging out with some of our friends that were in town for the weekend.

I got up early on Memorial Day to run the Cotton Row Run 10K in Huntsville.  I've had several friends talk about how much they love this run so I was excited to finally get to participate.  It was very fun and patriotic and there were people sitting out on their front porches cheering the whole way. Besides some pretty tough hills, the race was super enjoyable and I finished way better than I thought I would.  This was my first ever official 10K race so I was really glad I did it!

I went and bought the girls a real slipping slide and they set it up after I got home.  We spent a little time playing with it and some more time swimming before crashing early for movie night at home.

We had a super fun weekend spent with so many people we love.  We are looking forward to a really great summer ahead!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Softball Season

We finished up softball season this past week.  Hadley had the best year and had so much fun.  She was so sad after their last game and it broke my heart to see her tearing up so.  But I cannot say enough good things about her and her little team this year.  She has improved soooo much since last year.  She played first base this year and did soooo good!  I was so proud of all the little girls on her team and am going to miss coaching them!

Monday, May 22, 2017

To my first baby on your last day of Kindergarten...

Oh my goodness my little one.. how did we get here so fast? Nobody warned me that this day would be so hard for your mama!

You have absolutely thrived this year! I never imagined you would learn so much. You started this year barely knowing how to write your letters and numbers and have now learned to read books and add and subtract big numbers. Your teacher always brags on how smart and attentive you are. You just soak it all up and do not miss a thing.

You have accomplished so much this year. You have completed lots of book reports (80 to be exact), written lots of sentences, and recited umpteen million sight words. You have worked math workbooks, made posters, and collected lots of box tops. And I have loved every single minute of it. I have loved observing your creativity and exploring new things with you. I have loved watching your excitement when you share what all you've learned and special little milestones that you've reached. You are so smart and have truly excelled. I can only imagine how much you will learn in the years to come.

You have made the best new friends! You have new little buddies that you talk about all the time. You don't see color or status and I love you so much for that. I pray you always stay that way and always make friends with everyone in your class like you have this year. You have been so kind and caring and have been such a good leader to your peers. You have been extremely well behaved and came home with "green" every single day... you really are your mama's child ;-)

You have had the most wonderful teacher that I could have ever dreamed of. She has taught you to be responsible and independent and has nurtured you into a wonderful little person. You have loved her so and strive to please her every day. We have both shed lots of tears over the last few days when we think about these last few days in Mrs. Howell's class. I think she will always hold a special place in both of our hearts. I truly believe God has a special place in Heaven for Kindergarten teachers.

You have had so much fun this year that it's hard to pick a favorite…. the fun run, kite day, field day, your field trip, the limo ride and pizza party, holiday parties, cheering with your friends on the playground, growing strawberries, eating ice cream on Fridays. Or maybe your favorite thing was making new friends, playing with them at stations, checking out books from the library, eating in the lunchroom, playing in PE, dressing up on spirit days, making things in art, performing your Christmas play.... the list goes on and on and I just pray you have cherished it all as much as I have tried to.

So my baby, here we are… ten months past that day when Daddy and I walked our nervous little girl with her big backpack into her big new school. You've lost seven teeth, gotten glasses, shot up a good 3 inches, and grown into a smart and responsible little leader. And as I sit here reflecting on this year, I can't help but be filled with gratitude and thanks for such a wonderful first year. But now it is time to pack up our green binder, fold up your rest mat, and put away your lunch box one last time. We will go out and get ice cream to celebrate your perfect report card and all you have accomplished so far. But then, I will sit here, hold you close, wipe my eyes, and say a little prayer to God to please let it all slow down just a little because I know these precious years come and go way too fast!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend

What a fun weekend we had!  And the weather was so perfect!

On Saturday, a group from our Sunday School class went down to Birmingham to try a little zip lining adventure.  It was sooo much fun!  I was a little nervous climbing the 80 foot tower, but it wasn't near as scary as I thought it would be.  I loved getting to spend time with everyone and can't wait to go back and do it again sometime.

Sunday was Mother's Day and my girls were so sweet.  They both made lots of little crafts and cards at school and church and gave to me and Jarrod brought home some hanging baskets for my porch.  I loved these little questionnaires from the girls so much.  Not sure exactly what Hunter Claire was describing on hers considering I don't really care too much for pork, orange is my least favorite color, and she hasn't been to my work but like once in her life and only stayed for like 2 minutes but it was sweet anyways.  My thoughtful little Hadley also wrapped me up a quarter and three pennies and was so excited about them all.

After church, we went and enjoyed some time with my Mee Mee and Aunt Nancy.  The girls all love going over there.

I brought the girls back home to Jarrod and then got to go to the grocery by myself!  I stopped by Starbucks on the way and just took my sweet time strolling the aisles.  Not going to lie... that is one of my favorite things to do!

We spent the evening enjoying a little time on the back porch and prepping for another week.  School is out in just a few more days and I am already looking forward to some slow summer days ahead!  It was a great weekend and am so thankful for these babies that made me a mother and for all the mothers in my life!