Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Top 10

Since my blog presence has been no bueno, I thought that I might try to play a lil bit of catch up with sharing the top 10 things happening at casa de Foresee.

1.  First things first of the top 10...... The man friend and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this Friday!  Eek!!  How is this even possible??  10 years, a dog, a home, Sophia and Brayden, jobs, an emotional miscarriage, no job, stress, happy moments, t-ball and soccer, a whole lotta Jesus, and a whole lotta love.  Over the past few weeks, I have really had some time to reflect over my time with this man who I get to do life with.  Y'all, marriage is no picnic, it is hard work, but it is so worth it.  My life is better because I get to share it with him.  I knew from that first moment that I saw him (dancing with another girl at a wedding.... that he was the boy I would marry).  Some called me crazy (like for real, I had friends that called me crazy), but when ya know ya know.  Ya know.
I can remember this moment.  I had NEVA been so happy.  He was soooo cute, and I was going to get to go on a vacation with him, and then live with him, and do life with him.  I felt like the luckiest girl in the whole world (and I still do).

2.  My downtime has been busy.  My family will be celebrating my Moss (for the 10s of readers, a Moss is a grandmother).  I am working with the fam on a special project for the party (cannot say what it is, in case she actually sees that I have updated the blog (she is a faithful reader.... if someone looks it up and says, "hey, Caryn updated her blog!"  Then she will read on!  I adore her!!  Anyways, the celebration is for her 80th birthday!  Here I am excited about 10 years of marriage, but she has lived the most full 80 years (and still has so much to go)!  I have been looking through old photographs, and here are a few of my favorites...

Can we say... glamour shot (before there were Glamour Shots)??

This is Moss with my Momma and Daddy.  My Daddy and his hair!  Amazing!
Moss and my Bucky (a Bucky is a grandfather... this is what I called him)
Moss and grandchildren.  (that is when I brushed my hair.... and thought it was pretty.  That was sad)
Moss and all 5 of her babies

3.  I braided my hair last week (I know, what am I 12?  I do not know)  Anyways, I left it in said braid for 3 days (without redo, just smoothing down of crazy hairs).  It saved me a bit of time getting ready, but looking back, that is really disgusting.  Just saying.  Y'all know I like to keep it real.

4.  I don't know if I have blogged about it yet, but I have started doing some substitute teaching.  So far, it has been a good experience.  The children have been so sweet, and I realize more (now than ever) that teachers do soooooo much!  So, FYI, you should thank a teacher!  This could have been my true calling besides being a momma.  I really enjoy being with the kids, and some I have even wanted to take home!  (Note, I am not really going to be putting a child in my pocket and putting them in the Jeep, but some have really pulled at my heart.)  Which leads me to kind of have a little (quiet yearning) for another.
I know.  I just typed that out as # 4!  It might change tomorrow, who knows.  It is doubtful, just putting it out there in the universe.

5.  My Red has returned to dance!

Last week was her first practice and when we left, she said it was the best day of her life.

6.  Halloween costumes.  Sophia is dead set on dressing up as a bunny cop.  I know, sounds weird.  We watched Zootopia and one of the characters, Judy Hops (a bunny) wants to be a police officer.  Brayden is wanting to be a Jedi.  We are all in love with Star Wars.  I mean last week, Sophia wanted to be Leia... so I guess I will not move forward on planning their costumes until the week before (I just know if I purchase anything now, they would totally change their minds).  So... we... wait.

7.  I have a Jesus story.  Not like Bible story, but just an amazing story that I had in my own life that just reassured me that HE is so real to me and hears me when I call.
So, y'all know my sis is at college, and she is having a great time.  Well, I had just been praying over her any chance I get.  After we talked one day, I just felt a sadness in our conversation.  She sounded a little sad (possibly missing us, or possibly not... who knows), but I just hung up the phone and immediately began praying over her.  Y'all college is hard, and I do not think that praying over my sis and her roomie is a crazy thing to do.  So, I prayed.  Prayed that she would just be surrounded with good people.  Prayed that her heart would be happy.  Prayed that she would even find a group that would even encourage her faith walk.  I wanted her to filled with joy, peace, be brave in her new circumstances, and to not be anxious....  A few days later, after my prayer, my mother called.  She did not know my previous convo with lil sister.  She began to tell me how K got a knock on her door that morning, it was a girl, and that girl's name was "JOY" (FYI, I prayed for JOY), and Joy just wanted to invite K to a Bible study that would be happening that night (in their dorm).
Y'all, she has been a few times, and this just reassured me that He hears me when I call.  He knows what is needed and when to provide it.  It gave me chills as my momma was telling me all about this visitor that K had that morning.  God thing.

8.  It is 1:30 and I have yet to shower, and I am still wearing the same t-shirt I wore yesterday.  This kinda links in with #3 and I am beginning to realize I might be a hobo.

9. I feel like I have been doing laundry since our last camping trip (that was in July).  Don't judge.  I am not trying to wash the stuff from that trip, I am just saying that my laundry room floor has not been clean of dirty clothes since then.  It is never-ending.  Maybe this is why I am not wanting to bathe today, as I do not want to add to the pile.  (hummmmm)

10.  Brayden did his own hair today.  Seriously, am I going to let him grow up?
 Notice, it is still sticking up, but he was so proud.  Love my Baby Bear

Monday, August 22, 2016

Oh what a weekend...

Last week was so crazy!  Little sister went through rush week at college!  (rush week= process of meeting all of the sorority houses on campus and being picked to join one at the end of the week)  Ugh, it was so stressful!  I am sure that it was overwhelming for her, but myself and the parents were a mess of worry!  She kept us in the dark all week.  We would call (because we are not good at giving space) and ask what was going on, what was she lovin' or not lovin'... and sister gives us nothing, zip, nada info!  So by Saturday morning, we were just ready to find out if she would be given a bid from a house.
We got down there a few minutes early to walk to the Greek Theater on campus.  On the way, we walked over my name!!
It is a big deal, you graduate you get your name on the sidewalk with the rest of the graduating class.  It is fun to walk around and see all of the names of people who have attended this campus and are all Razorbacks!  (I am over the moon that my sister chose to come to this school and now her name will be here too!)
Back to rush...
Y'all, this week is so intense.  I went through rush back in the olden days, and I remember it being a crazy week of ups and downs and wondering if a house would ask me to join them. The whole rush event has gotten so much bigger and so crazy!  We went down to Fayetteville on Saturday to watch bid day (see what houses the girls will be chosen to go "home" to, and I was so surprised to see 1400 girls holding these bid day envelopes!

Then to see all of the girls from the houses cheering, chanting, dancing, and singing (talk about sensory overload).  All momma could say is, "well, they are still playing the same music that Caryn used to listen to when she was in college... too bad the music has not gotten any better!"
It made me laugh, love the little things that we noticed!
We searched for her the whole time, but were not able to spot her in the sea of crazy excited girls.  Good thing she found us!  She ran up screaming (which scared me to death and made me pee my pants... what?  I am super honest here and all 10s of you know I have bladder issues).  What was most exciting to see was her face and this little card that showed the house that she would now call home...
It is the Kappa Delta house!  This was my house, so I guess if we were ever concerned about not being sisters (which we are not... have you seen us we look super similar), then we are now double sisters, super sisters, True true sisters (Hello, Elsa and Anna reference).
I am so excited for her!  Glad that the week is over and she survived, and so glad that the house chose my baby sister!  Now she will be part of a house of sweet sweet girls.  This just sets my heart at ease! I hope that she loves it!

So excited for the journey she will start with this group of girls!
She and her bestie Rachel started classes today, and I am just praying for a good week!  That first week of school was so crazy fun, just realizing you are kinda your own boss was a lil scary but a whole lotta fun!!
Have a fun week!

While I was rushin' around campus, Aron was taking kids to and fro soccer practices!  Our fall sports started up and the kids were pumped.  This is Brayden's first time to play soccer, and he even scored a goal (he obvi has my sports talent (hehe).

 sweet guy!

Ugh, he is so cute!  That tush!
 On Sunday, Sophia graduated to the first grade class at church, we call this promotion Sunday.  She was called up to the front of the church and presented a Bible.

My baby is growing up, and I cannot wait for her to share in my love of reading the Bible and have a growing love for Jesus.

Friday, August 19, 2016

I think it's nifty....

That my SIL just turned...
had a birthday!!

Last night our family came over and we celebrated my sister LeAnne!

Can I just tell you a few things about her?
This girl, I just adore her.  The first time I met her, I was def not so sure about this chick.  Aron invited me to come to her home and meet his family.  I was nervous (like sweaty armpit nervous) and I knew if he was inviting me to meet family, like this was a real deal relationship.  EEKKK!! I went to her home for dinner.  The family was fun, the kids were so little (I loved them and pretty much played with them a lot), and she was lovely.  LeAnne made us dinner, I drank some of her wine (and I am NOOOO wine drinker (I was a compete poser and the wine was super gag-tastic)), and for pitties sake y'all it was soooooo hot (like sweat box hot).  FYI, this was back in the day when I was not a fan of food or eating with people for fear of the IBS (not to be confused with the IRS which is equally as scary).  So I ate her dinner in the sweat box that she called home, and ended up leaving shortly after and yacking in the driveway.  (I am kinda sure that they watched from the window, if they did not well that was too bad because they for sure missed a show)!  PTL FB was not a big deal back in the day, because I can only imagine her status update...
For sure I knew Aron was still interested in me, I mean super hot chick gaggin in his sisters driveway 5 seconds after eating dinner (he definitely couldn't let me go, I was a gem), but his family.... I did not see so much of a future with them.  I felt like she was trying to secretly kill me so she could have her brother all to herself.  I get it, he is pretty amazing, but ha, it backfired because I was not going anywhere!  Her food and hot box house would neva keep me away!  She was gonna be stuck with me!
I had a sister (my little Katie) but was so excited at the thought of having another.  LeAnne was fun and fabulous!  Marrying Aron was the smartest thing I ever did, because I got a LeAnne as an added bonus.  She loves us so much.  She is caring and kind.  She loves her babies well (mine too).  She is so strong (not like body builder strong... that is not her thing).  She is so special to us. We are thankful for the time that we are able to spend with her... she makes us happy!

Happy birthday sister!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

She's only been gone 6 whole days....

Insert sad cry face...
I know I have yet to talk about it on the blog, but we took the baby to college.  (Not my baby, for the ones of you that are trying to do the math!)  Little sister was taken to college 6 days ago, and I feel like she has been gone for months!
 The rooms seem so much smaller than I remember!!  (or maybe I am just a bit bigger... tall wise!  hehe)
 Daddy watching Bray fight a pillow.

I know that she probably does not feel like it has been a whole 6 days she has been gone, since she has me and momma en nem calling and texting her so much! (FYI, the "momma en nem" translation is "momma and them" and the "them" would be like daddy, Moss, and the brothers!) We are not even giving her any time to miss us!
I was so excited to drop those littles off at school this morning, because I had already planned a quick run to her school (did I mention she is only about 30 minutes away) to pick her up and take her to lunch!  The excitement!  So much, that I did not even get teary eyed when I dropped the littles off at the door of their school and Bray grabbed Sophia's hand as they walked in the building!  (This picture was right before the hand grab, and then the car line began to move!  No more photos after that!!)
Gosh, just when I think I can't love these two any more, they prove me wrong! (and why are they not that loving all of the time?)
Anyways, so I went and picked up momma and we drove to see little sister.  She wanted to try out a "new to us" restaurant, Hammontrees.  Ummmm, can I just say the menu was all hot dogs and grilled cheese.  (What is this place, for 6 year olds?)  Nope, I guess there is a big need for adult grilled cheeses!  I rolled my eyes when picking something to eat, but y'all... it was soooooo good!!  I kind of wanted to try like 6 of the grilled cheeses, but sadly did not!  I knew I had to come home and prepare a birthday dinner for my sil, LeAnne!
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!  We love your face!

Back to my lunch, it was good to be with Katie.
I have missed her terribly, and I know my parents are feeling the same way.  This is just a little glimpse of how it will be to send off Little Red and Baby Bear to college... then I will not be able to bear it!  They will have to live with us forever (I am sure Aron is thinking that is crazy)!  I know that Katie will do BIG things at college and make wonderful memories, just so thankful that momma and I can pop in for quick breakfast and lunch dates with her to make sure that she doesn't miss us tooooo badly!