Archive for the ‘Went’ Category

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

Happy 4th of July!

I got a STICK, Mum!

I got a STICK, Mum!

Striking a pose (with a bit of Went hair to the side).

Striking a pose (with a bit of Went hair to the side).

The Littles

The Littles

My sweet Girls

My sweet Girls

Me and KB

Me and KB

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Adorable outfits came from Goat and Lulu!  I love that they match AND Went’s JonJon is reversible to be LSU colours for fall!

Beach Caterpillars

We were blessed by a dear friend asking us to come spend a few days with her at the beach.  Otto had to work, so it was me and the three littlest Caterpillars, plus my niece – Princess Flower (PF).  We headed to Topsail Island on a Saturday, and stayed until the next Thursday (to make it home before the storms and to spend the holiday with Otto).

The view was beautiful, the weather was fantastic.

The view from our balcony - looking at the two older girls in the surf.

The view from our balcony – looking at the two older girls in the surf.

We spent two mornings at the beach, and took a few short trips.  The island was once a military installation, so we visited the local museum: Missiles and More.  What an amazing little free museum!  Not only was there no admission (we left a donation), but their exhibits were outstanding.  They made the most of their small space, including a large fossil dig outside for the kids (again – FREE – they even provided the baggies to take fossils home in!).  When we arrived, each child was given a Pirate Sticker, the two volunteers (I’m assuming they were volunteers) were incredibly articulate, letting us guide ourselves, but answering (in great detail) any questions we had.  I was suitably impressed.

My favorite exhibit

My favorite exhibit

Inside at the Touch Table

Inside at the Touch Table

Digging for Fossils

Digging for Fossils

We also visited the Turtle Hospital, and saw the Turtle ICU and the large area where they housed turtles being rehabilitated.  GO’s one request was that we adopt a turtle, so we took home pictures of Kit the Turtle!

A turtle!

A turtle!

Went was fascinated about half the time...the other half he was bored senseless.  Turtles in large blue tubs....over and over!

Went was fascinated about half the time…the other half he was bored senseless. Turtles in large blue tubs….over and over!

Listening to a volunteer talk about types of turtles and how they get injured.

Listening to a volunteer talk about types of turtles and how they get injured.

Riding the Stone Turtle outside.

Riding the Stone Turtle outside.

We only ate out twice – once at a fun Hot Dog place, then my friend and I had a grown-up dinner at a “fancy” restaurant (where I had the best steak I have had in YEARS)!

The Gang

The Gang

We enjoyed the beach and the pool, and simply relaxed in the sand.

GO in her puddle jumper (for the pool).

GO in her puddle jumper (for the pool).

One of the cool things we saw was the Navy practicing rescue missions in the ocean right outside our door!  That was so different and cool.  We watched for almost an hour.

The helicopter was dropping in a "victim", then rescuing them.

The helicopter was dropping in a “victim”, then rescuing them.

We also visited two different playgrounds (and might have had a chocolate milkshake)!

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The Atlantic Waterway (Inlet) where we got to see shrimping (with a net), during a playground break.

The Atlantic Waterway (Inlet) where we got to see shrimping (with a net), during a playground break.

I’m so grateful to have had this chance with the littles.  I know GO and PF went home with great memories!

~Mummy Butterfly )i(

Father’s Day

We had a quiet Father’s Day.  The big boys were at their Dad’s house in Kentucky, so it was just us and the Littles.  We enjoyed a wonderful morning at church, then had a special lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants (Top Dawg Tavern).  After that, we headed to a local State Park to play on the playground and take a few photos (since everyone was matching!).

Walking to the playground together.

Walking to the playground together.

Love her "pose".

Love her “pose”.

Went said "My Turn!" and tried to pose like GO!

Went said “My Turn!” and tried to pose like GO!

GO and her Papa

GO and her Papa

Love these Caterpillars

Love these Caterpillars

Playing on the playground (yes, GO has shorts on under that dress!)

Playing on the playground (yes, GO has shorts on under that dress!)

Otto and his Littlest Caterpillar

Otto and his Littlest Caterpillar

Smiles!

Smiles!

Everyone on the playground! ;)

Everyone on the playground! 😉

Went and his Papa

Went and his Papa

Me and the Baby Girl - I love her headband!

Me and the Baby Girl – I love her headband!

Went giving his "thoughtful" face.

Went giving his “thoughtful” face.

I’m so blessed to have a partner as incredible as Otto.  He’s the definition of co-parenting.  There is never a point where he says “that’s not my job”, from changing diapers and bathing littles, to rocking fussy babies and building retaining walls.  He’s an incredible dad and husband.  We thank God for him every day.

Happy Father’s Day, Otto!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

AHG Spring Court of Honor

After Kindergarten Graduation, it was time for my GO to promote in her scouting program, also.  Kindergarteners are “Pathfinders” for a year, then they move up to 1st grade and “Tenderhearts”.  I have been blessed to not only be the Troop Coordinator, but also the Leader of her Pathfinder group.  With five girls moving up, this has been a pretty incredible year.

The Pathfinders

The Pathfinders

Recieving her Fanny Crosby Level Award

Recieving her Fanny Crosby Level Award

I love this thoughtful pose

I love this thoughtful pose

Me celebrating our Committee (they work HARD!)

Me celebrating our Committee (they work HARD!)

SO happy to not only have my girly become a Tenderheart, but to know that a dear friend is joining us next year.  NC is a Pathfinder and is the oldest of three girls.  Her baby sister, M, will be a Pathfinder in a few years with KB!  (C is in the middle – she is Went’s age!)

Went was excited about the centerpieces...none of them stayed on the center of the table, though.

Went was excited about the centerpieces…none of them stayed on the center of the table, though.

GO holding one of our Mascots

GO holding one of our Mascots

KB watching (and wishing a noodle would fall in her mouth)

KB watching (and wishing a noodle would fall in her mouth)

LOVE how Scouting continues to be a source of good friends and a blessing in our family’s life!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Last Day of School

I can hardly believe that we are already to summer.  Last Thursday morning I had a crying little girl (who didn’t WANT to graduate – her teachers/class is that amazing) and a little boy who wasn’t sure what was happening…but it involved his swimsuit, so it must be AWESOME!  We were blessed with spectacular classes this year, I loved being the Room Mum for the littlest kids.  They celebrated with pizza, sand, and water!

Went's Best Buddy

Went’s Best Buddy

Went and his Pizza :D

Went and his Pizza 😀

Up Close of Went, playing in the sand

Up Close of Went, playing in the sand

And this was a special year – as GO’s teacher has a son, GO’s Room Mum has a son, and I have a son (CW) who were all in Kindergarten together at this school years ago!  That made this year all the more sweeter.  The Kindergarten had a field day, and ice cream sundaes for lunch!

GO running a relay race (dixie cups of water into a gallon jug)

GO running a relay race (dixie cups of water into a gallon jug)

Running her race!

Running her race!

Cheering on her friends!

Cheering on her friends!

SisterSheep in the Big Wheels Race

SisterSheep in the Big Wheels Race

GO in the Big Wheels Race

GO in the Big Wheels Race

Sack Race

Sack Race

Sack Race

Sack Race

Since last August, we have found a church home…Otto and I have become more sure of our future living situation…we added a new daughter, KB…we prepared to graduate our oldest, OPM, from High School…we have discovered new (and closer) friends…  This has been a wild year, and I am thankful that once again, Bright Beginnings Preschool was so integral in all we did.

HAPPY SUMMER FRIENDS!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Graduation Night

Yes, there were tears.  Lots of tears.  My girl is growing up.  I am happy to see her becoming a big girl – and someday a woman – I am a little sad to know she is needing me less and less.  I am so proud of her.  SO PROUD!

Outside the School

Outside the School

Cousins came to see her graduate!

Cousins came to see her graduate!

The three littles: 6 months, 7 months, 3 months

The three littles: 6 months, 7 months, 3 months

I have this picture/pose from the first day of school.  They have ALL grown.

I have this picture/pose from the first day of school. They have ALL grown.

During the ceremony, GO was presented with the Character Award for “Creativity” in her class.  She IS a creative mind.  After receiving her diploma, she then stepped to the mic and said “When I grow up I want to be a doctor who helps babies be born”.  I’ve always talked about how B10 announced he was going to be an Entomologist at age 3.  In going through GO’s paperwork (the school gave us all her records since she was 1 and in the Wee Learn Class), I realized that apparently GO has been the same way – since (at least) August of her 3 year old class she has said she wanted to be a doctor who helps Mums have babies.  That has consistently been her heart!  It will be very interesting to see if she follows the same path and was able to recognize God’s calling on her heart early, as her brother did.

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Singing and giving it her all!

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"When I grow up I am going to be a doctor who helps babies be born."

“When I grow up I am going to be a doctor who helps babies be born.”

We had a cake reception afterwards for each class.  Everyone stayed to eat cake, goldfish, pretzels, and M&M’s (perfect Kindergarten reception food!).  So blessed to be with these friends and family!

Sweet Teachers!

Sweet Teachers!

Went having snack!

Went having snack!

KB listening to the singing

KB listening to the singing

Mummy loves you, GO!

~Mummy Butterfly )i(

Homeschool Field Trip – Tennessee Aquarium

This Friday we had a homeschool field trip to the TN Aquarium.  Cookie went with us – along with three other families (5 adults and 16 kids in total!).  We visited the aquarium first, then took a ride on the Electric Shuttle around Chattanooga.  I think everyone had fun, and even though it was quite painful (I REALLY shouldn’t be in the car for that long), I enjoyed being with friends.  It is days like this that make homeschooling so worth it!

(There aren’t that many pictures, because we gave B10 a special privilege and basically let him sit with the camera for over an hour in the Butterfly Exhibit.)

On the electric shuttle!

On the electric shuttle!

The boys waiting for the rest of our group

The boys waiting for the rest of our group

GO in the underwater part

GO in the underwater part

Me and KB

Me and KB

CW and Went at the touch pool (rays)

CW and Went at the touch pool (rays)

Cookie, Me, and Quilting Bee (Can you spot KB?)

Cookie, Me, and Quilting Bee (Can you spot KB?)

GO greeting a turtle.

GO greeting a turtle.

Butterfly Exhibit

Butterfly Exhibit

Went found a fish!

Went found a fish!

Our friend the turtle!

Our friend the turtle!

Another photobomb.

Another photobomb.

CW and Quilting Bee's oldest

CW and Quilting Bee’s oldest

This child and I share the same name.  We both wear glasses.  We both like baseball and we both like his mother A LOT.   He photobombs my pictures...

This child and I share the same name. We both wear glasses. We both like baseball and we both like his mother A LOT. He photobombs my pictures…

The "girl group".  T was a HUGE help to Cookie.

The “girl group”. T was a HUGE help to Cookie.

Having a face to face with the Fishes.

Having a face to face with the Fishes.

I can’t wait for next year, when GO is in 1st grade and we get to do this more often!

~Mummy Butterfly )i(