Friday, August 17, 2012

Our Big Weekend

Recently, there has been a major change in the life of my little family!

The BIG news came amidst birthday parties, wedding receptions, and play dates with friends!

Our big weekend began with Chloe (not mine) celebrating her 5th Birthday!

Chloe's sisters greeted my Chloe, Evan, and I outside when we arrived at the party. They are always such great hostesses! On our way into the party room, they asked us if we wanted to see "their angel." Since the invitation indicated that this was an Angel-themed party, I really didn't think twice about the question.

Well, we were pleasantly surprised to see sweet angelic Chloe when we walked into the party room!

I got a snapshot of the Chloes

Her mother, Jennifer, always puts together the cutest party spreads! And I just loved the cake that was made by another friend!

As an Auburn grad, I'm a big fan of Auburn football!!! But, I couldn't help myself when I saw that Mattel had released its new University Barbie Collection, and since Chloe and her family are big Alabama fans, I got her the University of Alabama Cheerleader Barbie.

(Shh! Don't tell, but a certain Little Auburn fan may get the AU Barbie for her birthday!)
Then, it was time for arts and crafts!

The kids made angel wings!

And this photo is to serve as proof that Evan was actually at the party. He is the typical male and hates having his picture taken. He's learned the trick is to stick his finger in his mouth, so that I don't get good shot. But little does he know, that doesn't stop this Momma!

We have so much fun at the girls' parties! Thanks Jennifer for always inviting us!

That night, Chloe and Evan had plans to spend the evening at their Nana's house to celebrate her birthday. Chris and I also had plans to spend the evening at a friend's wedding reception that we had committed to about a month earlier. (Sorry, we don't have any pictures to document either of these events.)

Well, Chloe and Evan made it to Nana's and Gandaddy's house via Aunt Sara, but Chris and I didn't make it to the reception....

Instead, some hard decisions were made. Without going into any detail, Chris decided to resign from the Police Department. When he FINALLY made it home that evening, we discussed our possibilities for the future. This resignation has been a long time coming, so we had had discussions about this very situation in the past. To be honest, I have secretly, okay, maybe not so secretly, wanted this for several years.

I am officially married to a college boy! With a few tweaks to our finances and with the assistance of the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Praise the Lord!), Chris is officially a college student. (He started classes last week, and, so far, so good!)

The day following our BIG night, the kids and I had plans for a play date with good friends. Lo and behold, Chris was actually able to join us on a weekend DAY! It has been several YEARS. Actually, Evan had never had the pleasure of spending a normal day with Momma AND Daddy since Chris joined the Force shortly after Chloe was born. (That fact boggles my mind!) Cops don't get holidays...and mine didn't get weekends. 

The kids had fun playing on the water slide and the adults had fun socializing. (There goes Evan with that finger again!)

Tyleigh, Chloe, and Evan

Little Tyleigh was a riot!

We had so much fun spending the day with Tyleigh, her brothers, and her Mommy and Daddy!

Well, that was our weekend in a nut shell. We've been super busy getting financing squared away and Chris enrolled in classes, so this blog post is a couple of weeks overdue. I hope this post was enough to satisfy your curiosity. Wish us luck on our newest adventure!


  1. I've been thinking about yall! I'm so glad for Chris to be going to school. Everything happens for a reason, and I'm thankful he has stayed safe over the past few years. Any idea of what he wants to persue a degree in? I hope we can see yall soon!

  2. Thanks for the words of encouragment, Shannon! Let us know the next time that you're in town or in Auburn. We'd love to see y'all!

    P.S. Is the date scheduled for your little man's 1st birthday?!

    1. We are going to try to come down for a game sometime this year. Maybe we could get together then! We are planning to have Jack's party on Oct 20th :)

    2. Okay, keep us updated! I think that the fam is going to try to make it up for Jack's party!:)