Monday, August 31, 2009

The honeymoon is over...

You were probably thinking this was going to be a post where I complain about my husband, but that's not the honeymoon I'm talking about.

No, I'm thinking of the start of school. You know what I mean. The beginning always seems sort of idyllic, and things go smoothly. Sound familiar? No, here at the Spivey house, we're in the real world now.

You know the real world--someone always has a runny nose or a cough. Breathing treatments are already starting. The homework begins (even in PreK). Diet Coke gets spilled on Mom before the first bell even rings. Surprise meetings....rushing to afterschool commitments...forgetting your wallet at home when you have $150 worth of groceries rung up in the checkout line... You get the picture, right?

On a brighter note, no husband complaining here. When we got home from cheer tonight, Cody had our steak for supper just about ready. We are continually blessed to have him to take care of our family.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Starting School

There's something magical about the first day of school, whether you are a prek-er or a 3rd grader. Maybe it's the new clothes or the freshly sharpened pencils or the never-been-used crayons or the red and blue nap mat. Maybe it's the promise of new friends and adventures. Whatever it is, there's nothing quite like that first day.

When I asked how Jake's first day of PreK was, he said he learned the lunchkit rules. Apparently knowing where to put your lunchkit was the most memorable part of big boy school. I think I had a harder time with putting him on the bus than he did.
Josie's says 3rd graders have a "very, very, very short recess." I suspect that this is just the first lesson for the year in growing up.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


In celebration of 8 years of blessings...
8 Things About Our Drama Queen...

1. Loves to cheer, dance, and tumble

2. Loves junk food
(it's genetic-probably all the hot fudge sundaes I ate when I was pregnant with her)

3. She can make a friend in any situation.

4. We sometimes call her Junie B.

5. She's sweet to her brother (he had to sleep on the couch when she spent the night at a friend's house, because he couldn't stand to be without her)

6. Likes coloring, making pictures for other people, and creating things out of paper

7. She's an outdoor girl--swimming, biking, ripstikking

8. Playing inside is messy and usually involves
American Girls and clubhouses and using every blanket in the house.

We love you Josie! Happy Birthday!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Couch Potatoes

The other day I looked over and Jake had very sweetly tucked a blanket around Freckles and they were just hanging out and watching TV. I guess Freckles didn't mind the blanket, because she was content to stay there with him.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Big Game Hunting

Welcome to the Spivey Big Game Ranch!

We have bears, elk, and caribou, just to name a few.

Our hunting blinds are state-of-the-art...

No field dressing required...

Our prices are quite competitive. We'll set up as many hunts as you would like.

Spinner Friends

Emma and Josie after Tomball Night on Friday. We waited in line for a LONG time to get our face painted...I think it was worth it though.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Jake's Clubhouse

Jake in his clubhouse...

Remember the days of draping every blanket you could find to make your own tent? Nonnie used to let us take the cushions off the couch and build a clubhouse out of them. I would pretend the couch was a house boat.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


What is it about pictures of kids in bathtubs? Someday it will embarrass him, but for now these pictures make me smile.

Counting Our Blessings

Praise God! We had a really nice rain on Friday. I think we ended up with around 5 inches. Once the storm was finally over and the lightning and thunder passed, the kids talked me into letting them play outside in the puddles. It was still showering a little, and they were soaked in minutes. Josie had a friend who spent the night with us after her birthday party, and they played out in the water long after Jake lost interest.

The girls were out on the back deck spraying each other with the gardening sprayer--you know the one that has different settings? Josie and Jake love to experiment with all of the different types of sprays.
First I spied on them through the window and blinds, but I had to go get a closer look.