Friday, June 20, 2014

FREE Summer FUN!

We have tried to soak up summer before today - D-Day…Jonathan's back surgery.  This has been a long time coming - MRIs in February saying that he had a herniated disk & would need surgery.  Jonathan wanted to wait until I was out of school, being that he can not lift or play with the boys.  We had it today - thank goodness we went through with it.  It was larger & harder than thought.  We appreciate ALL the prayers many of you said for him.  So…we have been busy leading up to today!!! 

We enjoyed several trips to parks - playing & picnics. FREE FUN! 

Jonathan & the boys at Victoria Bryant State Park 
We went the Canon Airport - sat in an airplane, talked with a mechanic & owner, & saw planes fly off.  FREE FUN!
HEAVEN for Peyton! 
Nolan in awe! 
We had Mega Sports Vacation Bible School at Royston Baptist!  I was so proud to see Peyton singing those church songs, earning his good behavior stars, & learning more about Jesus.  The theme & my 2nd graders that I 'sheperded'  were excellent.  We LOVED it.
Father's Day & Mega Sports VBS Sunday Celebration

Jonathan took Peyton to Home Depot to make a free craft - a lawn mower!  FREE FUN!
Peyton proud of his lawn mower! 
For my birthday, we went the Aquarium (you are FREE on your birthday)!  It was one of the best birthday's.  Jonathan surprised me & took me to my favorite Atlanta restaurant, Atlanta Fish Market, for lunch (a great time to go with two boys)!
Atlanta Aquarium on my birthday 
Nolan loved to put his hands in the water & try to touch stingrays

We are slowing down this week - taking care of Jonathan (& thanks to Nana for her help), completing summer home projects, & trying to get ahead on a few school things (all while the boys sleep).

I love free fun!  I love summer!   I am blessed to have three wonderful boys to share in the memories. I am thankful for smart doctors who took care of Jonathan today! Check out these wonderful attractions in Georgia & - THANK YOU for your prayers today & moving forward!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello Summer Break!

Hello Summer break!!!  I am so excited to see you!  Whew - it's been a tough school year & I am ready for a much needed reprieve.
I have loved drinking my coffee in my pjs, getting to feed my boys breakfast, enjoying a long workout (if you live in the Royston area - come to boot camp at the park - it's awesome!!!), & my favorite summer outing - swimming by a pool! We have already started our summer off with a BANG!!! My sister, Nancy & her family, came to visit us for Memorial Day weekend.  We had a blast - playing outside, shopping, bowling with the boys, exercising, & just enjoying time together!  I always cherish family time & feel so blessed that both the Barlow's & Fraley's come to visit.
Laney & Carter, Peyton & Nolan 
Nancy & myself with our youngest
After the Boatman's departure, we headed to Destin, FL to see Jonathan's parents & enjoy time on the beach.  This year was so much EASIER & more FUN than the previous years!  I wasn't nursing, neither boy needed a morning nap, Peyton loved to play in the sand & explore on his own, Nolan was happy with his Papa under the umbrella (he is his father's son), & I got to start reading an excellent book, Whistling Past the Graveyard.  The weather was beautiful at the beginning of the week, but we did have rain at the end of the week.  While in Florida, Jonathan & I celebrated our seventh anniversary.  We appreciate Nana watching the boys so we could go out on a date!  It was wonderful - beach-side dinner, yummy ice cream, & uninterrupted time together (which is rare).  

Enjoying Papa Rusty's boat 

We loved our time away!  
BIG, BIG news with the Barlow Bunch - I am now a Mary Kay consultant! Yes - I am going to sell make-up.  Jonathan is beginning his doctorate this fall at Duke Divinity, & I'm hoping this may help in a small way with his school loans.  I am excited to begin this adventure, but also nervous it could flop.  Of course, I want to be successful & make a positive difference in women's lives.  So - if you wear make-up, love feeling pampered, & love giving good gifts - call, text, send me a Facebook message, & I'd love to book a party or sell you product.  Crossing my fingers & praying this is a financial blessing for my family.
Welcome Summer - I've missed you!