Thursday, September 24, 2015

Let the Fall Fun Begin

I'm so excited that it is officially FALL!  I love everything about fall... cooler weather, sweatshirts, football, pumpkin spice everything,  and the list could go on!  One thing we enjoy doing as a family is hitting up different fall festivals in our area.  A few weekends ago we went to the Green Creek Heritage Day Festival to watch Mickey in the parade with his biking buddies.  We had never been to that particular festival before, but it was so much fun.  The kids and I arrived a bit before the parade started so we were able to walk around and check out several of the vendors before it got too crowded.  Once we clapped and cheered for Mickey in the parade, we continued shopping.   We were able to get a jump start on our Christmas list by purchasing all of our teacher gifts, the girls picked out a handmade outfit for each of the American Girl dolls, and I bought some homemade candle melts.  It was such a fun (and successful) day. I have a feeling it is only the beginning to our fall fun this year! 

 Mickey and the kiddos after the bike parade.  Mickey was the only one without an official biking jersey on.  Thank goodness he has a birthday coming up soon!

 I think every fire department within a 20 mile radius was represented in the parade. While I'm sure the kids liked seeing the different fire trucks, the noise was horrendous.  Mackaylan was such a sweet, big sister and covered Ace's ears the entire time.  

 Only in Green Creek would the highlight of the parade be a pack of llamas! 

Love these 3 more than words! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Our Week in Review- 8.24

Last week started out a bit rocky because Lydia was sick.  You can't tell it by this picture, but she was running a fever and complaining of a sore throat.  She stayed home from school on Monday and spent the day with Grams and Pop O.  I'm sure it will be the first of many "sickies" for her since she has started public school and daycare.  If only this sweet smile could keep the germs away! 

Mondays are also our PD days after school.  A big part of my job responsibilities is to design and implement staff development for my school.  We had a fun afternoon discussing our new classes and learning different ways to use the app Telegami.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful work family! 

I am also taking a Reading Recovery class this school year through Clemson University.  We meet every Tuesday night until 6:30.  While it is stressful to have to arrange childcare for 3 kiddos during this time, I am learning a lot and the food has not disappointed me yet! 

On Wednesday we had a Coaches Meeting.  At the end of the meeting we  played around in a Google Hangout together.  We all had a great time with the "additions" and we were reminded that we are all just a bunch of big kids! haha We are hoping in the future to be able to have some of our meetings virtually instead of having to always travel to the District Office.  

Friday night we enjoyed a night in Greenville at the Greenville Drive baseball game for Sloan Family Night.  While I can honestly say I didn't see one play of the game, we all had a fun time!  The girls enjoyed the playground, meeting the mascot, and the misting machine.  Ace, and his sweet self, just loved being outside and was all smiles the entire time!

Today has a been a relaxing day.  This morning was spent doing laundry and working on school work.  This afternoon the kiddos and I went to Target, and then tonight we met the Bakers on Lexington Rd. for a swim session and pizza.  I am trying to work with Ace to be able to transition him to his crib, but he doesn't seem to like to sleep flat because he is used to his cradle and how snuggled in he feels.  So... for his nap today I used two pillows to 
"wedge" him in while he was asleep.  Evidently he liked it because he slept for over 3 hours.  Will it work tonight?  Only time will tell! 

Whew, it has been a busy week.  I'm looking forward to tomorrow and enjoying a lazy day at home with the kiddos after church.  I always like to use Sunday afternoons to get ready for the week ahead. I do not think tomorrow will be any different! :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday- Back to School

The blog has been quiet lately because we are all back in school.  Let me tell you, life with three kiddos is B-U-S-Y!  The mornings are crazy between nursing, trying to get myself and the girls fed and ready, dropping everyone off at school/the sitter's house, and trying my best to make it work on time (7:30AM!) It's definitely a challenge!  By the time I walk through the doors of the school I feel like I've already worked a full day.  I'm sure we will begin to settle into a routine very soon, but for now all I can say is I'm trying the best I can.  However, looking at these sweet kiddos and the smiles on their faces makes all of the hustle and bustle worth every minute.
Mackaylan started 5th grade this year.  It's hard to believe, but this is her last year at the elementary school.  Next year I will have a middle-schooler!  YIKES! She loves everything about school. She is an avid reader and always gives her very best!  

This year Mackaylan is sharing her "senior" year at OPE with Lydia who is just beginning her elementary career as a K4 student.   Lydia seems to be enjoying school so far, but the verdict is still out.  She is definitely our little socialite, and has a mind of her own, so we are all thrilled that we are on day 7 of smiley faces!  This year is a big adjustment for her as she is going from a home daycare situation with one other child to 1/2 day at public school and 1/2 day at daycare.   So far so good! 

 Even though starting back to school is hectic, I love the new opportunities that August always brings.     And the fact that these two get to share this year at the same school together sure makes this mama's heart happy! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cow Appreciation Day 2015

Summer wouldn't be complete without our participation in Cow Appreciation Day!  I think we figured out that this our 6th year participating.  The location of the Chick-fil-a we go to may change and some of the people that go with us, but we always go with my sister and her boys.  It's tradition and Bagwell's love traditions! :)  

I luv my herd!

 Mackaylan, Boyce (in his #cowswag), and Eli

 Lydia scarfing down her food so she could get to the playground.

 The cutest baby cow in the history of forever!

 Lydia the "cow stalker!"  She loves mascots!

 Isn't this picture hilarious?  It looks like I photoshopped my head onto my body?  However, I love this picture of my little stud muffin!

 Ace and Tia

 Eli and Bob (cousin visiting from Kansas City)

The whole gang!

Saturday, July 18, 2015


This summer we have spent a lot of time at the pool!  Mackaylan has been a fish for years and Lydia is slowly becoming one. 


I would love to get Mackaylan on a swim team, but there isn't one close by. She loves to dive, create jumps, and swim laps.  

This year Lydia's big accomplishment has been jumping in the pool and off the diving board.  I am hoping that she will be swimming next summer, but the fact that she is jumping in and getting her face wet is a big deal! 

Ace seems to like the water, but most of the time he just relaxes in his bouncy seat on the edge of the pool.  He loves being outside so he is perfectly content watching everyone else play.... at least for this year! 

Most of the time when we go swimming Mickey is at work so the we all love any chance we have on the weekends to go to the pool together!