Keeping Up with the Joneses

A glimpse into the busy and very blessed life of the Jones Family!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Things worth remembering

Today was the first day of school for Hunter. It's always a little bittersweet saying goodbye to summer and hello to the structure of school days, early morning wake ups, packing lunches and checking backpacks. I relish these early years of little homework and still lots of after school playtime. I know it will not always be this simple. And yet it's already shaping up to be a busy fall. Hunter has been in full swing soccer mode for the last 3 weeks- twice a week practices. Blake is gearing up to start his season soon. Fall ball registrations are out. Emily starts her first gymnastics class this week....I think I'm ready for a vacation!

We baked the annual First Day of School cake- shaped like a 2 this year. We took the annual First Day picture in front of the fireplace like we have done since he was 2 1/2 and headed to preschool. We prayed over his day- praying God would be ever near and that he would be a friend to all.

His report on the walk home was that today was a 10 out of 10- I call that a win!

So now, as mom's do, I am lying awake in Blake's bed. The last 2 hours he's been dealing with the dreaded tummy bug. Ick. I thought the statute of limitations was good on this- Hunter had it nearly a week ago and was only sick one time with it. Poor little Blake hasn't been so lucky.

So here we are, one day down, stricken with a bug. As if the emotional exhaustion from the first day wasn't enough, now I get to add a half nights sleep loss to it. Oh well- it's nights like this my baby boy needs his mommy.

On a separate note, I have loved watching the friendship between Blake and Emily over this summer. I describe them as a little old married couple- one minute they are as compatible and agreeable as ever and the next they are on each others last nerve. They are funny to watch- they are out riding bikes, pushing strollers, having picnics, running and claiming, exploring, and just in full-fledged imagination with each other. I love it!

Blake taught himself to ride a bike without training wheels within the last week or so. It's incredible. He just told me one day he was going to try and the next thing I know, he's out back riding around like a pro!

He also just got over a staph infection in his left ear that spread to a rash all over his neck, tummy and legs. Bless his sweet little heart! He was a total pro getting his ear cleaned out at Dr. Moe's.

E had her 3 year check up- all is well and healthy. She's 50% in weight and 60% in height. She's a healthy girl!

Her newest obsession is The Little Mermaid- she sings like Ariel all the time and knows all of the words to the songs. Here she is in my tub acting like Ariel!

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Boys room makeover

Pine twin headboards BEFORE

Painted with Annie Sloan's French Linen paint

And waxed with dark wax


And I also did this little table and distressed it. I love how it turned out.

This is a bad picture but I painted the boys' room. It was a Pottery Barn blue and I painted it SW Wool Skein. Turned out great!

Drapes aren't up yet

Moved their little table and chairs into their room

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Life lately

We had a fun outing to the NB children's museum one morning.

We left from there to take Blake to Austin to meet Mimi and Adam. He was going to ride back to Waco to spend a few fun days. First, we ate lunch at the ever-yummy Phil's Ice House. The kids love the shady playground there.

We grabbed our good friends the Tragers and the Spielhagens for a day at Sea World. Here they are watching the dolphins.

The water ski show was a hit!

E and I couldn't ride this one but the group had a great time and E and I had fun watching for them.

But the highlight (for Emily especially) was the Shamu show. She has asked to watch the Shampoo video on my phone everyday since.

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