Thursday, October 25, 2018

September 2018

Anna Ruth turned 2!  

It's so fun to set up for each birthday!  Thank you to all our family and friends for spoiling Anna Ruth.

Birthday donut

Sweet cheeks

Anna Ruth's birthday party @ the NC Zoo with Team Kittner

Birthday cup cakes

Cup cakes for Joshua and Anna Ruth

Just another trip to Target

Our little man is playing soccer and has the best coaches!

Wake Forest football with Team Kittner

I should have rotated but here's Wesley snuggled up under my desk at work.  This was the half day I had to work when everything was close for hurricane Florence.

Our wonder baby...or wonder toddler, now.

Matching but you can't see because they're hugging

Special date night with my girl

This picture is actually from August but I forgot to post.  Harper and Grace got to go to tae kwon do camp and they loved it!

August 2018 Family Update

It's October.  I'm posting for August.  If that doesn't tell you how far behind I am, then I don't know what will.  Despite not being on top of my personal blogging I will tell you that God is refining me on a daily basis and helping me to see that I'll never be "on top" of anything, least not on my own.  I'm learning to leave the dirty dishes, that laundry can stay on the couch, and that if the house isn't impeccable it'll still be okay.  Jimmy and I are trying to be intentional about how we schedule our time as a family and while it's still difficult, we are improving and getting better.  Enjoy the August update.

I don't remember much of August except Grace starting the second grade, lol!

Second Grade Open House: cozy little reading nook

Cute treat from her teacher and student teacher

1st day of Second Grade!

1st day of K Prep @ his new daycare


Part of my job over the summer was to coordinate something we called "A Day with K" where most of the kindergarten teachers in the county came out to this beautiful ball room and we had a conference.  The first half of the day was split into four sessions and the second half was one big group session.  We had so much FUN and learned a lot for moving forward next year.

To say we were BEAT after this day would have been an underestimate.  I went home and fell asleep around 7 pm, I think.

A sweet dinner treat at Chick-Fil-A and she even shared with her main man.

2nd Annual Turner-Kittner back to school shopping trip!  Next year we'll have 4 kids to shop for that will be all going to school..eeks!

Fun food trucks at our shopping day

Painting class with my work family

Date night, I think?  I can't remember...

Myself and Marie, one of my teammates.  

First day of school fairy :)  Anna Ruth got something,'s just not pictured.  ;)

Me: "Buddy, why did you stamp on your head?"
Wesley: "Because it's the letter W and that's how my name starts"

Thank you Kim for letting Grace come spend the day with you so she had somewhere to go before school started!  Having a little tea party here with friends.

Anna Ruth on the attack

Grace got spend some time in SC with my parents before school started...Riverbanks Zoo is a popular place to visit!

Anna Ruth has begun to develop quite the vocabulary (I'll have to post in my October post because that's where we are currently living, lol).  Here, she said her full name and it was so cute.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

July 2018 Family Update

This is the month mommy went back to work FULL-TIME, outside the home ;).  I have been considering going back full-time for a year now, off and on.  I began graduate school a few years ago with the intention of going into administration (and I may one day) but during my schooling my vision for making change in the school system shifted to wanting to work more directly with teachers.  Teachers are the saints of our public school system!  One way for me to directly impact student learning is through teachers, so I decided my next step should be in some type of coaching position.  Well, an amazing opportunity came up that I couldn't let pass by.  I applied and by the grace of God, was hired!  I'm one of three Early Learning Partners in the school system.  The position is in a the newly designed Office of Early Learning where we will be working to support teachers in the early grades whether that's classroom support, professional development, and other areas.  This school year I'll be working with the kindergarten teachers at 8 different school with the intention of adding other early grades on each year.  Cool, right??  So far the work has just been incredible and my teammates have been the best kind of support at work.

The transition, however, has been hard.  July is the hardest month at the hospital for Jimmy because it's essentially the mark of a "new year" with new students, residents, etc.  Finding a quality full-time daycare that had spots for BOTH of my little ones was quite the journey.  Let's just say there were lots of tours, phone calls, tears, and the whole spectrum of emotions.  I was so grateful to find out Wesley and Anna Ruth were placed in the best place we could have hope for...they are so loved and we LOVE getting the daily updates.  Wesley has had a more difficult time with it than Anna Ruth, but he's making friends and loving his teachers.  Grace is still on summer break so it hasn't fully hit her, yet.

THANK YOU to everyone who has prayed for us through this journey.  Thank you Rachel for going out of your way to literally make a meal in our kitchen and have it waiting on us when we arrived!  Thank you to so many other friends that have welcomed Grace into their home since we had no other place for her to go.  Thank you to Wesley's teacher that called me at work to check on me when I had a hard time at drop off on day 2ish...let's just say he was crying and clinging to me while another teacher pulled him off of me...while I ran out the door crying.  God has placed us in a beautiful community and we do not take it for granted.

Jimmy and I are working to communicate better as we were struggling with the transition as well.  It's difficult getting home so late, having to make dinner, be patient with the kids, get them in bed, and then to have anything left for each other.  We are learning to be very clear with expectations and to support each other even when we don't feel like giving anything else.  We are learning that Jimmy is quite the chef ;)  Sharing cooking responsibilities, among others, has been nice.  Jimmy, thank you for supporting my passions of helping others even when it inconveniences our family, at times.

Ice cream stop 

Those eyes

Why didn't I think of this before?  I asked them if they wanted to ice skate on Clorox wipes in the kitchen.  

Anna Ruth saw her brother pee on a rock at the park and proceeded to copy.  Now she thinks she pees like a boy.  :)

4th of July Parade

4th of July picnic with team Kittner


Mary Ross's baby shower!  Too bad we didn't take a picture...or if we did, I just don't have it!

Happy birthday to Memere and Uncle Linton!

Skyping with Uncle Jordan

These two have quite the special connection...Anna Ruth and her Pepere are 2 peas in a pod.

I let the kids choose a baking activity the week before I went back to work.  Wesley chose ninja turtle whoopie pies, lol.

Grace chose owl cookies

Wesley at Children's museum camp with his buddy, Lorelei

We were at the park and Wesley had to pee.  I told him to go pee BEHIND the van so no one could see him.  He did, he stood behind my van and peed ON it.  I was so shocked I couldn't even get mad.  I guess I need to be more explicit with my instructions.

GSO science center, a favorite of ours

First day of mommy's job!

Our first day took place at the new BB&T Leadership Institute in GSO.  It was gorgeous!

Our little tree house

So, I do have an office cubicle but I won't be spending much time in it during the school year since I'll be traveling to 8 different schools.  BUT, I still wanted it to be cozy.  So, I gave it a makeover.

After: Thanks mom for helping me find coordinating parts from afar.  We were able to shop one weekend for pieces that all fit together.

My mom found this cute bulletin board that I was able to hang on one of my walls.

Can't remember where I found this idea but I LOVE having pictures in my office!

The first day of daycare required me preparing the night before...look at all this!

First week of work celebration!

Pool time

A girls weekend away with these 3 lovely ladies.  We have been best friends since college and here we are 10 years post-graduation!  It has become more difficult to get together but is still very important to us!

Almost all the Erskine girls together again!  Thank you everyone for making it happen.

Katie and I may have teamed up on Blair here in the middle a time or two, freshman year.  I may or may not have sprayed cinnamon scented air freshener in Blair's shower.  Katie may or may not have  helped us decorate Blair's car when it wasn't really her birthday to try and convince her, along with the help of many other willing participants, that it really was her birthday.  We love you, Blair!

My wonder woman and super girl.

Grace at her friend's tea party.  Thank you, Kim!!