Thursday, February 26, 2015


Tuesday we were all surprised by an unexpected SNOW DAY!!  One of my favorite childhood memories was waking up to an unexpected blanket of snow covering the ground so I was happy to be able to share this moment with Mackaylan as well!

I was up with Lydia (who had a dose of the horrific stomach bug going around) when I heard KK in her room getting ready.  I called her down and as she approacged the bottom of the stairs I opened the front door to reveal a small winter wonderland. She was so surprised!

At first we were only on a 2-hr delay, but that status was quickly changed to closed when the snow started sticking on the road. 

While my entire day was spent taking care of this sweet, little princess, I did take some time to walk outside with Mackaylan and snap a few pics. This snow was very wet and not very thick so we were not able to sled, but she and Mickey did have an opportunity to build a snowman.

The snow was beautiful and didn't stick around very long,  but today we are actually enjoying another snow day so I definitely won't complain!

Pics from #snowdayinthesouth Round 2 coming soon!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Yesterday was the day we have all been waiting on all winter long. ..a SNOW DAY! Now,  we didn't get very much snow,  but we did get a lot of ice and that was enough for school to be cancelled and the sleds to come out!

The sleet and freezing rain stayed on Monday afternoon.  I knew the girls would be anxious to get out and play so I picked up the supplies we needed to make"ice marbles" to help pass the time. We had a great time adding food coloring and water to the balloons and then taking them outside to freeze.  Once they ate frozen you are supposed to peel off the balloon to reveal your "marble." Ours still haven't frozen entirely,  but with the temps in the single digits the next few nights I think it will happen before the weekend.

The girls were up bright and early so we all suited up and headed for one of the big hills in our neighborhood.  It's on the opposite side from our house so Mickey made 3 trips on the 4-wheeler to get us all over to the "sledding zone" safely. The ice was perfect which made the sledding "epic! " Mickey,  Mackaylan,  and Lydia all enjoyed sledding.  Baby Ace and I enjoyed watching them and taking pictures. 

Once the sledding was over,  we came back to the house and I made breakfast. In typical Lana fashion,  I burnt the toast,  but luckily we had a new loaf so I was able to make another batch to go with our sausage and eggs. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day so I love when I can sit down to a hot breakfadt because if usually consists of cereal,  pop tarts,  etc.

Mickey had to go into work around lunchtime,  but the girls and I spent the afternoon cleaning,  organizing, and just enjoying being together. 

And then to top it off,  around 5PM, we received the call that school would be closed again today!  Woo hoo! Now we can finish some of the "nesting projects" we started yesterday! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Girl and Her Lucky Pennies

For some reason this past week Lydia has had a special attachment to "these" two pennies.  Every night before she has gone to sleep she has had to make sure they are tucked nicely under her pillow.  If she wakes up in the middle of the night and can't put her hands on them,  down the stairs she comes! "Mama, I can't find my pennies," she mumbles through tears. Yes,  you read that right...tears!  So,  up the stairs we stumble to find the pennies (or replace them, if necessary!)  Once they are back under her pillow, my little 3-yr old sleepyhead crawls back in bed and drifts back into dreamland.  It beats all I've ever seen, but I wouldn't trade these days for anything!

Some kiddos have a special blanket or a soft stuffed animal that they need to sleep.  For this little girl it is all of the above PLUS two,  lucky pennies!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sister Sleepovers

The past few nights Lydia has been sleeping on the trundle in Mackaylan's room. Before we devised this plan she was coming downstairs on a regular basis asking to sleep with "Baby Ace!" While that was sweet, it just wasn't feasible. So, a few nights ago we decided to put the new sheets that Mackaylan got for Christmas from Tia on the trundle and we tucked Lydia in with the agreement that if she gets up she returns to her bed!  So far, it has been working out wonderfully.  I have told Mackaylan a few times this week of how appreciative I am of her allowing Lydia to do this, but I don't think she really understands how much it means to me. The time is coming where I will be up many times a night with a newborn so I need as much sleep as possible in the next few months!  Needless to say,  we have ALL enjoyed these "sister sleepovers!" Let's just hope they continue! :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Week in Review

One of my goals for 2015 is to blog more consistently. I was reminded once again this evening that the purpose of my blog is to capture and document life. I don't always have to use lots of words- I can let the pictures speak for themselves. What a great reminder! I also don't need to wait for an "event"-my goal is to document the real. The everyday routine. Who we are and what we do at this stage of life. So, without further ado, here are a few pics from the week! 

On Sunday, we went to eat lunch after church with Grams and Pop O. The girls wore their matching "sister shirts" in honor of Tia's bday! 

Monday was out first day back to school after Christmas break. This week has been an adjustment to get back in the swing of things.  We are all looking forward to this weekend that's for sure!

One thing that made Monday better was getting my "Womb Wrap" in the mail. I have worn it a few times this week and am very pleased with this purchase! I think I'm going to purchase a white one too! :)

Mickey has been leading a men's Bible Study this year. They held their first meeting on Tuesday night. The girls enjoyed having Maddi and Jenn over to play during this time. 

I am trying to cook more, especially before Baby Ace arrives. On Wesnesday night I made a semi-homemade chicken pot pie. It was pretty good if I do say so myself! ;) I think I have enough ingredients to make another one to begin our freezer stockpile (another goal before March.) 

Today we actually had a 2-hr delay due to extreme cold temperatures. However, I had a meeting to attend off-campus that began at the regularly scheduled time. I decided to treat myself to some hot chocolate from Starbucks before heading back to school! 

Tonight was our first trip to El Surenos for 2015. This is a weekly tradition we have had with my mom for a year or two. We all look forward to it each week! 

Happy Friday, friends!!