Hayes got his summer haircut this week. The next day, he gives me this gem:
“Mom, I’m gonna go on a trip. Because that’s what dads do. And I have a dad haircut. So I’m a dad now.”
Keller is a very entertaining child. He lives life with no holds. He loves hard. He fights hard. He plays hard. He has his own way of doing things and God help the person who gets in his way.
Keller loves food. Especially popcorn. Which he calls “pinecones.” And I’m just not ready to correct him.
He’s also been rocking some Mr. Potato Head glasses which he refers to as his “sunglasses.” Like, wearing them is serious business.
So this morning, we went to the Farmer’s Market. Of course we had to buy some of JuJu’s kettle corn. On the way home, I hear some crunching. I look behind me and see this.
Keller had ripped the bag open with his teeth and started eating his snack.
He says to me “Mom, I WOVE pinecones!”
Then, I swear to you, he gasps and says “where did my sunglasses go???” as he starts digging in his seat.
How could you not know those tiny glasses are squeezed onto your head? How? Writing it down doesn’t do the moment justice. I’ve been laughing about it all day.
1. Big weekend at the McCormick house. We now have 3 functioning toilets instead of 2. And we are still married. Pretty big accomplishment.
2. Potty training adventures started two weeks ago in our house. I have spent countless hours in our bathroom. Trying to convince my sweet child that pooping is awesome, especially when done in the toilet. Giving out m&ms. Repeating “shut the lid” over and over so it becomes a habit. I’m starting to feel like an air traffic controller for bodily fluids. On the plus side, Keller has done really well and become really independent with it. Except for the whole poop thing.
3. As much as I love our bathroom, I hate bathrooms in general. They gross me out. Especially when the lid doesn’t get shut before flushing.
4. Cheaper is not always better. Right? Like toilet paper for instance. I can’t do cheap toilet paper. Clothing. The cheap stuff never fits well, loses shape after 1 wash, and doesn’t hold up with frequent use. And if I have to replace it often, am I really saving any money? But, know what I always prefer cheaper? Sunglasses. They never get broken or lost if they cost $5 at a gas station.
5. When we bought this house, there were no blinds/curtains on any window. And we have 16 windows in this house. When I began searching for curtains, I realized the options were limited. And expensive! For the boys’ room, I got white curtains from Ikea. I love them because they are super cheap and long. Then I started to hate them. Because they are so thin. And when the sun rises at 5:42 am, so do my children. And they don’t make black out panels in the length I needed. So, I had some custom drapes made recently for their room with amazing fabric I got to pick, black out panels, and in floor to ceiling length. Totally worth every penny. They are adorable and functional. Their room is like a cave now, even in the middle of the day. Now, I can’t wait to get new drapes made for other rooms! Check out my girl, Katie, if you need some.
*Their room is still pretty bare. They have been no help in decorating ideas. Also, their room is only this clean because they were at Nana and Pappy’s.
6. We finally made it to the farmer’s market this weekend. Y’all know I love supporting local businesses. I was super pumped about buying a bunch of fresh vegetables. You know what I left with? Coffee, bread, sweet rolls, and blueberries. Oh well, there’s always next weekend!
7. Do you ever think to yourself, “Gah. I wish they would stop talking about themselves all the time. Do they really think we want to know every single thing they do and think all day?” Says the girl writing a blog post about herself, I know I know. But seriously. It’s amazing how much we grow when we start thinking more about others and less about ourselves…
8. Did y’all know there is a new High Cotton family member? Kristin, the ghost blogger, had a sweet babe! Maybe, if we harass her, she will blog about her entertaining birth and post some pictures!!!
9. Father’s Day is almost here!!! Are you ready? According to Hayes, his grandfathers want pictures of themselves and his dad wants a ninja turtle bubble gun…
10. This weekend has been filled with news of several unexpected deaths. My heart is broken for so many families, friends, spouses, and children who are left missing someone special. The time we are given here is truly precious. I hate that a death is what makes people say to hug your loved ones and live every day like it’s your last. But I think it’s human nature to get into a routine and forget how special it all really is. Pray with me for the families who are grieving their loved ones, specifically the family of Jordy McConnell. Even as he faced his own battle with cancer, he held onto his faith and kept thinking of others. He gave us all a great example to follow in our own lives and I hope we can continue his legacy for him.
June 9, 2014 was a big day for our family. We closed on our house in Ohio. We scrambled to finish packing our stuff after a trailer-hitch install fiasco. We ate supper at Chipotle with our people. And then we started the drive down south.
So here we are, a year later. It’s crazy how much has changed. We put every single detail of our lives in God’s hands last year. And I must say, He did good.
Ryan and I are both gainfully employed. Something that was not in place when we moved. I have a great work family and I get to do what I love every day. God has put so many people and opportunities in my life already. People and opportunities that weren’t there a year ago and I am so excited to see what the future holds for both of us.
We have a house. A beautiful house so perfect for us. We also are now the proud owners of a master bedroom door and ceiling fan…two things this house did not have when we purchased it.
The boys are at a great daycare with teachers who love them. Watching their friendships grow is especially precious to me. These are the friends they will grow up with at school and church and on sports teams and I’m so excited for my boys to find lifelong friends.
The boys don’t run up and down the stairs for hours every night. Thank God. Instead they sit in bed and have the most random conversations. Currently “Keller, please share that toy with me. You’re breaking my heart!” “No, Hayes.” “Well, this tiger is magic.” “So.”
Hayes completed a season with TOT, the most amazing basketball class ever. And his first tee-ball season. And so begins my life as a boy mom, full of games and practices. And after game snacks. That was Hayes’ favorite part.
My children are obsessed with Zaxby’s. Or “spaxby’s” as Hayes calls it. Grilled cheese and chocolate milk make them insanely happy.
We have found so much comfort and stability in our church and it was a piece we were definitely missing before. It’s amazing what a difference the right church can make.
I still sometimes struggle with having people here. Someone I can call to go grab coffee or drive around and vent. A spontaneous lunch date. I’ve met so many amazing people since we moved, but building those relationships takes time. It has certainly made me more sympathetic towards others in this situation. It can be so intimidating to be the new girl where friend circles are already established.
I can’t wait to read this on June 9, 2016 and see how much has changed.
To our friends and family, we couldn’t have made it through this past year without all of you! Thanks for the prayers, phone calls, visits, sangria dates, texts, food and everything else. We are so blessed.