Chickenpox, play time, sleepy time and all over cuteness

Well, it was a long few weeks around our house during the month of July. A few days after we returned from our travels, G started showing chickenpox spots. He was such a trooper and other than a few restless nights, he didn’t really complain about itching or anything. I was hoping MJ would get them as well so we could go ahead and be done with chickenpox (K had a mild case as an infant so I assumed she wouldn’t get them). And man did she get the chickenpox! I have never seen a case as bad as hers and they didn’t show up until 2 weeks after G’s began.

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One night, I woke up and K wasn’t in her bed. This is where we found her. So sweet!

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I bought Adam the book, The Homeschooling Father and he is almost finished reading it. He has been helping in the evening working on school with the kids, which right now is a lot of play with a little lesson. I love watching them!

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I took advantage of Adam taking pictures of Ashli Grace and I asked Adam to take pictures of our kids as well. K will be 5 in a few weeks, G is 2 1/2 and MJ will be 1 in a month. Enjoy the pics!

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Sweet cousins

Here are some photos from our kids and Ashli Grace. They love her so much and it is sweet to watch them interact with her (MJ will love her one day. Right now, she is annoyed when I hold another baby).

The girls

The girls

We had a really hard time getting Graham to smile. He was so serious!

We had a really hard time getting G to smile. He was so serious!

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Kathryn is always looking at her and whispering or cooing to Ashli Grace. Precious!

K is always looking at her and whispering or cooing to Ashli Grace. Precious!

 

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Ashli Grace

We are so happy to welcome our newest niece Ashli Grace  into the world! She was born early in the morning on August 15th with a head full of black hair! She weighed 7lbs, 8oz and she was 19 inches long. She is an easy going baby and she is beautiful!! My sister Debbie is doing great recovering and she is in love with little Ashli Grace. Adam did a photo shoot last week but I will also post some pictures of when she was first born. Enjoy!!

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July travels

The kids and I did quite a bit of traveling in  July. We went to Atlanta July 16th to watch the airing of my Uncle’s documentary at the Jimmy Carter Center. I traveled with my parents; my mom rode with me and my dad drove a separate car. It was such an honor to be there and see what an impact the documentary is having across the nation. There was a panel discussion afterwards and Jimmy Carter was on the panel. You should really check it out: Search for Identity. This is my uncle, Charlie Tuggle.

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On the way to Altanta, we stayed the night at my sister’s house in Hamilton, GA (near Callaway Gardens). We walked down to the creek with the kids. We picked up niece (13) in Hamilton and she drove with me the rest of the trip to Atlanta. We were able to stay with dear friends in north Atlanta and we also visited with my sisters, one who lives in Atlanta and the other two came for the documentary viewing.  My sister, Laura, lives near the Gwinnett Braves stadium so we took the older 2 kids to a game. It was so fun explaining the game to them! The weather was beautiful (a bit rainy) and there were fireworks after the game. On the way home, my nephew (15) rode with me as my helper. It was a great trip.

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Explaining baseball to Kathryn

Explaining baseball to K

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Explaining baseball to Graham

Explaining baseball to G

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Playing at the creek

Playing at the creek

A week after returning from Atlanta, we got back in the car (crazy right?) and drove 9 hours to my Dad’s hometown of Ft. Meade FL for a family reunion.  Adam wasn’t able to get time off work so my cousin Derek, who lives in Pensacola, agreed to drive down with me as my helper (my parents were in a separate car and they were a HUGE help as well). If anyone has ever been around K and G and knows how many questions they ask in a 30-minute time frame can understand what a big sacrifice it was for Derek to agree to help. The kids love him and we had a great time. He and my mom took shifts as my passenger-helpers and they were AMAZING!! I am so thankful for 3 good travelers! It is such a blessing that they know how to entertain themselves and they are content reading or playing games! I was so thankful we were able to stay at my Aunt and Uncle’s house and our family from NC was staying there as well! We made a lot of memories but I am so glad to be home with Adam and back in a routine!!

Madelynn right after my Aunt pierced her ears!

MJright after my Aunt pierced her ears!

Pool fun with the cousins

Pool fun with the cousins

Amelia is 6 weeks  younger than MJ. It was so fun watching them together!

Amelia is 6 weeks younger than MJ. It was so fun watching them together!

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Everyone that came from my immediate family

Everyone that came from my immediate family

My 2 cousins and all of our kids- 5 kids under 4 and Bethany has a little boy on the way!

My 2 cousins and all of our kids- 5 kids under 4 and Bethany has a little boy on the way!

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My dad and his brothers and sister (we were celebrating her husband's 80th birthday)

My dad and his brothers and sister (we were celebrating her husband’s 80th birthday)