December 11, 2017

Fa La La La Laaaa

It is cold outside and Christmas countdown is in full effect!  A few festive pictures from the weekend for your (my) enjoyment.

My elves helping with Christmas cards.  Whew, this really tested my long lost type A personality.  

Cousin sleepover at Grandmama and Grand-daddy's house!

Breakfast with Santa in Wilson.  Theo wasn't having any of it.  And why does everyone look so BIG.

Church Christmas party.  My girl likes a chocolate chip cookie.  Like mother like daughter, so they say.


December 8, 2017

Gingerbread houses

Well look at these beauties!  Grandmama visited Wednesday afternoon and brought these with her for the boys to make. Grandmama STILL comes to visit almost every Wednesday afternoon.  Sometimes I sneak away to Target by myself for an hour, which is exactly what I did during these creations. I only saw pictures, so they must have been pretty good.  They also informed me that 'ginger' is good for you and your belly so it was fine to eat the entire thing... hmmm.  Love love love these brothers.

December 5, 2017

'Tis the season

Well, you can't please everyone.  

December 4, 2017

O' Christmas Tree(s)

Last Sunday after church we stopped by the TROSA Christmas tree lot and picked out this beaut.  Actually, I fed Winnie in the car and the boys selected the first one they saw.  Then they ran back and forth to the car begging for a small one for their room, I said 'We will think about it.'  Mom code for nope but I just don't want to hear you whine right now.  We 'decorated' the tilting tree and lets just say it is very kid friendly.  We all forgot about the small tree and that was that.  Well... Aunt Natalie lives down the street and sometimes brings the boys home from school and they go and get a special treat.  She just had Nash the other day, they got ice cream, and then I got a call, 'Nash said you told them they could get a small tree so I am going to get it for him.'  Me - 'Ok, that is fine, as long as it is small.' By small I am thinking, fits on the bedside table.  Think again, back to the store we go for more lights.  Thanks Aunt Nat, we love you. 

The star pic!

Wait a minute? A tree in their room? Yeesssss!

December 1, 2017


'Tis the season for chubby, naked, snotty, slobbery babies in Santa hats!  Winslow Louise Farris is my current favorite!

November 27, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

'Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.' - W.T. Purkiser

Kindergarten party with my Nash.  Turkey cookies.  I need to step up my crafting game.

Theo's preschool has been closed because of plumbing issues. (I'm about to take a plunger over there tomorrow and do some work, myself!)  Some of us met at another church downtown, brought what was in our cabinets and feasted!

Prepping our bellies.  We love it when family rolls through town and stops for lunch at the one, the only, Jersey Mike's!

'What mom? You did it.' 

'Can I lick it now?' Impatient little bakers we got over here.

'Thanksgiving was good to me!'  We spent Thanksgiving day in Goldsboro at my Nana & Papa's house for one last hurrah.  I grew up going here every Thanksgiving and love being able to have my babies there for one last time.  What a special place with lots of memories and traditions to pass on.

First we eat, then we play FOOTBALL!

About 1/2 of the oppspring of Carlton & Jo Frederick.

We continued on to Wilson the next day for more turkey with cousins!

Kids table.  Plates are looking a little boring if you ask me.

Winnie got to sit with the adults.  Because this girl was loving all the soft buttery vegetables!

Thankful for these blessings from God! Still working on a Christmas card picture.

November 21, 2017

they home!

Winnie.  When she sees the bus pull up in the afternoon.  She already adores her brothers.  Thanksgiving break has begun!

November 20, 2017

Fall Football

We had some good football weather this year.  Maybe not the best football team, but alas, basketball season is upon us.  ;)  We did get a big W on Saturday.  The big boys went to a birthday party and the Duke game with grandparents, and these lucky ones got to stay with me and go to the UNC game.  Theo is still terrified of Ramses and loud noises - ironic.  We put earplugs in and covered his head with a tobagon and loaded him up with ice-cream, it helped for at least a quarter.  

She's not scared!  In fact it is kind of quiet out here!

Tar heel punk.

November 19, 2017

All dressed up!

Friday right after school we loaded up the car and headed to celebrate my cousin's wedding in Goldsboro.  This is no easy feat.  Only one person pee'd their pants and one forgot their shoes, otherwise the boys were looking good in their standard plaid and Winnie in a sweet hand me down.  We do all love a good wedding!

The pretty flower girl, and her admirers getting ready for the band to start.

My sweets.

All dressed up in our Target best!

November 15, 2017

Habitat for Humanity

This weekend we were lucky enough to be able to 'work' on our 96 year old neighbors house. We did it through Habitat for Humanity. I painted shutters in the quiet wooded back yard, it was such a pleasurable experience.  We got to talk with Ms. Gertrude who assured us good things come to those who wait (with a big ol smirk on her face) and credited everything to the higher power above (with a big ol smile on her face).  I love a good reminder of what a wonderful world this is.
Destruction crew.

Jennifer - the best neighbor and head of Habitat.

"Love everybody. Even if you don't agree with them, love them anyway." It was an honor to spend our afternoon with 96 year old town treasure, Gertrude Rogers Nunn.

November 14, 2017

7 months!

My girl! That looks just like my boys!  I love sending out a picture of Winnie and seeing all the different responses - 'oh wow, just like Theo!', 'A little Nash!', 'Goodness she is Jackson's twin.'  And for the record, she looks like my baby pictures! ;)  Check her brothers out - 


It is funny reading about what they were doing.  She is the exact same.  She has 2 bottom teeth, likes to eat everything, wakes up once a night, naps when she can and gives out the best wide open mouth smiles!

November 13, 2017

Another bike rider!

I yelled outside for Theo to come inside this weekend and the dude rode up on our neighbors bike, with no training wheels?!!  He has a balance bike that he is a circus speed demon on (I have to close my eyes sometimes) but we have never even attempted a regular bike.  I guess this makes up for all the lost time trying to get his big brothers to ride with no training wheels.  

November 10, 2017

November 9, 2017

Reason's my 3 year old is crying...

He wants to go to the pool.  It is 47 degrees and raining and November.  But he really want to go to the pool.

 He fell for my compromise.  A nice warm bubble bath.  Looks like we could have a long winter ahead of us.  Dark outside at 5:00 pm hits us hard around here.

November 8, 2017

Nash's World

We just living in it.  Or trying to figure it out.  Nash had to switch Kindergarten classes this past week.  They added an additional class at his school and he was a 'lucky' one who got to move.  His assistant teacher, that we love, also moved so that was a huge help.  I told him that she picked him to come to the brand new classroom with the brand new teacher.  He did great with it?!!  I had no idea his reaction because I never do, but he is rocking it.  I am proud of this loud, intense, crazy, emotional, cute to boot son of mine.

We got floor seats to the UNC basketball game.  Like first row, on the floor.  No one else wanted to go (haunted house and carnival) but Nash was all over it.  He won.

Next day, same thing.  Blue Zone seats to the football game.  No one else wanted to go, Nash all over it.  Winnie and I joined them for this one!

Kindergarten field trip!  You couldn't bring siblings along on this one.  Then the teacher sent a message that they really needed help.  I said we can 'help' but will have Theo and Winnie with us.  Theo was in heaven.

November 3, 2017

Pumpkin Guts Fight

Lord of the Flies? The Hunger Games?  Either way, Theo is a machine.

November 2, 2017


Happy Halloweeennnssssss!  We survived the parties and parades and pumpkin carving and trick or treating.  The boys weighed all the candy - 15 lbs.  Seriously gross.  And out of that 15 lbs, only ONE Almond Joy.  Come on mannnnn.

Neighborhood Parade, Pumpkin Decorating and Food Truck!

Superheros!  Never has a costume been more appropriate for big goofy Jackson.  Captain Underpants.  Tra-la-laaaa!

Nash's 'fall fest' school party.  I love seeing Jackson and Nash doing their thing at school.

Would you like that 'Mike's Way.'  A mini Winnie!  One awesome thing about having a girl is dressing them up in something super cuddly and sweet for Halloween.  Or, a sub.

An attempt at a neighborhood pre-trick-or-treat picture.

October 30, 2017


The boys had a teacher workday today, so we all got to load up and go to Winnie's 6 month appointment.  She was awesome, they were terrible.  I am not exaggerating.  It was just one of those day before Halloween days.  So they all got tricks instead of treats... a flu shot for YOU and YOU and YOU and YOU.  Boo! Who's laughing now suckers.  (Not me, I wasn't laughing at all, close to crying actually or spankings all around - lucky for them I love their pediatrician and I was trying to impress her.)
Queen Winnie Stats
(she shall wear a big crown)
Weight - 18lbs. 12oz. - 84%
Height - 26.73 in. - 71%
Head - 18.58 in. - 100**%

October 29, 2017


I don't love pumpkin spice, or big sweaters or shorter days or colder weather - but I do love these nuggets and a parking lot pumpkin patch and dressing up for Halloween and all the candy.

October 27, 2017


Charlie got invited to attend the Jersey Mike's Advisory Board meeting in California along with his spouse.  I first said no we can't make it with this little notice and a six month old.  Then he sent me the link to the hotel and said we can't miss this.  We asked if Winnie could come along (she is a cute cheap date) and they said yes.  So off she went on her THIRD flight in 6 months.  This time to Los Angeles and then took a ride down the Pacific Coast to Laguna Beach, and it stayed at the Ritz Carlton!  It was a first for all of us.  Sorry, if I sound like I am bragging, I am.  We all had a great time.  The flight is loonngggg but Winnie was as good as you could expect her to be.  She was loving hanging with just her mom and dad.  I really feel like she grew so much while we were there, maybe it was that I had some serious one on one time and that has really never happened before.  We wined and dined and walked and talked.  If you ever want to meet everyone at a conference then bring a cute baby with you.  Winnie was the star of the show.  

Back to the airport we go.  Five hours, 2 feedings, 2 naps, a few diaper changes and my mom let me suck on one of those cookies!

A trek from our hotel down to the beach.  It was gorgeous and hot! High of 98, but no humidity, so felt good to us.

Omelets by the ocean with dad before his meetings.

So we hit up the pool for a few!  We weren't sad about it.

A gorgeous sunset stroll on the beach.  We tried to get a picture, but our heads are too big for selfies.  Sorry Winnie.  Take my word for it, it was purty.