Friday, May 29, 2015

Wests Around- Starting off Summer

We left Jay's last day of preschool and headed straight for the beach! Helllloooooo Summer!

 11 days later we cam home!

We've had a great start to summer with beach days, boating, playing at the beach house, friends and family.

We went to Mobile to join Team Loving Lacy for the Great Strides walk...

We've enjoyed the 1st (and 2nd) watermelons of the summer and both were delightful. Jay got the first slice and was thrilled to eat it on the deck at the beach. He's a wise one.

 Joseph and I realized that we met 14 years ago on May 17th at the Flora-Bama. Now, here we are at the beach again so much different, so much better. It was so fun telling the kids and Jay dubbed it our "met day". I think this is a new holiday. Happy Met Day!
 We spent almost all day, every day in swim suits.

  Even after dark.

 These two on the beach are perfection. They play with each other, they play independently, they make new friends. THey are excited about everything and have a ball. We just have the best time on beach days.
 Lizzy has discovered loungnig and has fully embraced it.
 This guy and the sea. Its a bond that will never be broken.

We boogied at the Flora-Bama. 

Fell asleep at the wheel.

Enjoyed time just hanging out.

 I have to laugh and share this to remember how normal it is for building supplies to be delivered when Joseph is around. Some men may go to Lowe's and pick up something to complete a project now and then. Some men may go hit some golf balls on a day off. Joseph? He has building supplies delivered by the truckload wherever we are. Its so normal to me now I don't even ask what they are for, but I do know where to tell the delivery drivers to drop them off. I love that Joseph always has a project, and I laugh because they are literally never ending. Happy Holiday weekend--here's the third wood delivery in two days!!
 We came home and spent one day just playing at New House then hit the McWane center ALL DAY Thursday. The kids were awesome and loved it all. They are perfect ages to enjoy all the McWane Center has to offer. It was just the best.
 Our hour of Itty Bitty Magic City was awesome! They spent about 30 minutes at the greatest water table in the world then played Firefighters and Vet for the rest of the time. Don't miss this if you go--get there early in the day so you can be sure to get a time slot!

 The summer exhibit is all about classic toys--we literally played all day! So fun!

That wraps up the first two weeks of summer! Its been nothing short of awesome so far! We're excited for what the next week brings!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Last Days of Preschool 2015

We had the best, best year of preschool this year!

Lizzy was with Ms. Beth on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Jay spent 5 days a week with Mrs. Lindsey.

I also got Mrs. Phillips, Jay's 3 Year teacher, in this picture--both teachers poured so much into Jay over the last two years--his success at school will be all because of these two!

And for posterity purposes--here's how much Jay has grown this year--

and Lizzy, too!

They both learned so much and grew so much--I really can't believe Jay will be in Kindergarten in the fall but he's so, so ready! We went to orientation at his new school in April and everything is beyond wonderful. He's ready for the new adventure and a new backpack!

Preschool has been just the greatest experience for us--no one tells you that the few tears you shed when you leave them for the first time are NOTHING compared to the sobbing you'll do when you pick them up from the last day of preschool! There's a fantastic adventure ahead for our little Kindergartners--and these few, quick years have shaped his heart and mind in a way I never dreamed. We're counting the days of this precious summer and not hurrying through one moment of it. I only wish I would have done the same since day one.

I'm so thankful for the day I first discovered our sweet preschool while we were still house shopping. Its amazing when you can step back and see God's provision and answers to prayers you hadn't even yet prayed. This has been the best experience we could have asked for.

Now, on to enjoy summer!! 77 days until Kindergarten!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Loving Lacy and How You Can Too!

This girl.

She's all things bubbly, funny, bold and delightful.

Sweet Lacy is a great friend to both Jay and Lizzy and these three have a rowdy, silly, sweet time every single time they get together.

We most often see Lacy at the beach, aside from the occasional trip to Tuscaloosa.


She's the world to her parents, our friends Brad and Ashley.

We love her to pieces, which is why we're joining her family and the rest of Team Loving Lacy at the Great Strides Walk to Cure CF again this year.

We've contributed to the cause before, last year joined up with Lacy's team at the walk and this year want to invite you to help fight Cystic Fibrosis and find a cure for CF for Lacy and all of the other little spark-plugs born with it.

Jay, Lizzy and I will be walking laps on May 16 and would love any support you could give to our team.

Lacy has had a great year! She's gained 3 pounds putting her over the 40 pound mark which her doctors are happy about, continues daily breathing treatments and is living life to the fullest as a beautiful, bright, 6-year-old!

New drugs and research to fight CF and find a cure are on the cusp of defeating the type of CF that Lacy lives with. By joining together in the fight we can help sweet Lacy and other young people like her! 


These kids just adore each other and we humbly ask for your help (and donations!) to make this a great year for Great Strides against CF!