May 31, 2020

Brian's 40th Birthday Trip

For Brian's 40th birthday, we took a last-minute trip to Lexington, KY, our old stomping ground.


We walked the trail through the neighborhood we once lived, and we got carry-out from our favorite restaurant, Smashing Tomato. It was a great trip to celebrate a great man!

May 29, 2020

Snakeskin Treasure

We found a little treasure in our retaining wall today. I used to sit on the wall and watch the kids play... I think I'm done with that now!

May 28, 2020

Brian's Birthday Gifts

If you know my husband, you know he loves to split wood. This is because he loves to have fires all through the fall and winter months (even in the spring if it is cool enough). Today, one of our neighbors down the road was having a tree cut down. Brian asked the tree service if he could buy the wood off of them. Instead of taking his money, they gave it to him for FREE!


For Brian, this is the Best. Birthday. Present. EVER!


While the wood was being dumped in front of our house, 2 rainbows appeared. I really believe this was God giving Brian a big birthday hug!

May 27, 2020

Whittling with Porter

Porter and Stella were bored this morning, so Porter took it upon himself to teach Stella how to whittle. I was unaware that this was a skill Stella needed, but Porter assured me that it was, and it was long overdue. At least one of us is concerned about her welfare...

May 26, 2020

Climbing High Clematis

Oh, this brings me so much joy! Our clematis is climbing high this year and the blooms couldn't be prettier.

May 24, 2020

The Best Neighbors

We have the absolute best next-door neighbors. They just gave the kids a guitar!


Stella might not be holding it on the correct side, but that hasn't stopped her from busting out a bunch of tunes! She just can't get enough!

Hiking the Trails at Mammoth Cave

On this lovely Sunday afternoon, we took a drive out to Mammoth Cave to walk the trails. It is such a beautiful park... even above ground!

May 22, 2020

Daddy's Snuggle Buddy

None of us would snuggle with Daddy today, so Blu had to take one for the team!

May 21, 2020

Smiling with Braces

Here's Porter in front of our Little Free Library. He is a little apprehensive to smile now that he has braces (he got them on the 12th of this month), but they are really doing wonders thanks to Drobocky Orthodontics.

May 20, 2020

Little Free Library of Plano Estates

It's here! Our Little Free Library is installed! I have wanted to be a steward of a Little Free Library since I first heard of this organization (which was about 9 years ago). This is truly a dream come true for me!


I want to thank my dear husband for pulling this all together. It was a TON of work, but well worth it, in my opinion. Thank you so much, B!

May 14, 2020

Side Yard Project

What a weekend! We are currently undergoing a minor make-over of our side yard.


When I say "we," I really mean Brian. Although I did pick the plants and decide where they should go... so that was slightly helpful.

May 11, 2020

Drum Sessions in the Ravine

Right down from our home is a wooded ravine that, sadly, many of the neighborhood builders have thrown their trash into. We've cleaned up a lot of this junk, but the kids have recently found buckets and other items down there that they have repurposed into drums. This has provided for hours of entertainment. Check out one of their drum sessions:

May 10, 2020

Mother's Day Trellis

I just love my Mother's Day present that Brian installed in our backyard. Now I just need to get my Clematis to love it as well...

May 8, 2020

Virtual Award Ceremonies

Today, the kids celebrated their last day of school with virtual award ceremonies. Stella received the Determination Award from her teacher, Mrs. Tatum. I think this is quite fitting. When Stella puts her mind to something, she cannot be shaken!


Porter received the Most Improved in Reading Award from his teacher, Mrs. Meador. With being dyslexic, reading has been a real struggle for Porter. However, thanks to his hard work and the support of his teachers and most significantly, his Grandpa Gauder, Porter has made HUGE advances in the area of reading. He is even above grade level!


Porter also received a certificate for Plano Elementary's A & B Honor Roll. This kid has come a LONG way! We are so proud!

May 5, 2020

Third Positive Office Referral

Porter finished out the school year with yet another positive office referral!