Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up ~ better late than never...

I had all intentions to post this earlier this week, but it has been BUSY!!!
Better late than never...here is our weekend! :)

Nothing like getting to work to find a treat from a student! :)
So sweet! 
Friday ~ As soon as school was out, we went to the cabin!
Praise the Lord! 
Whitney came home with Mary Dalton for the weekend! The weather was SO pretty and they stayed outside all weekend! 
Love their sweet friendship...
This was Dalton's first time to cook on the new outdoor kitchen...it's not complete, but we can't wait to have it all done! 
Nothing like a good fire ~
Jackson had a great time burning off the leftover wood! 
Jackson went coon hunting and had himself a blast!
He wasn't much on staying up half the night though...he slept until lunch on Saturday! 
It was a low key weekend, but it was just what we needed! :) 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Blueberry Cake Recipe

I can NEVER make a good cake ~ I have done this one several times and it has been delicious and presentable EVERY. TIME. 
My friend JJ shared this recipe with me! 
It's easy and DELICIOUS! 

Blueberry Pound Cake
1 butter cake mix
8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
**Mix all of this with a stand mixer**
Gently fold in 2 cups of blueberries ~ I have never used frozen...just fresh ones!
Spray the bunt pan REALLY good and pour in cake.
Bake at 325 for an hour until toothpick comes out clean! 
Simple and SO SO SO good!!! 
Enjoy! :) 

Blog Overload ~

Long time, no blog...
we have been busy and finding time to actually sit down and blog has not happened! However, the Superbowl is on and we all know I am not a football fan, so now seemed the appropriate time! :) 
January 27th ~ 
Sweet Whooty left this treat on my desk! 
Seriously...she is precious! Made my day! 
And then...one of my sweet students left these in the teacher work room ~ 
I have some precious students!!! :) 
By Friday ~ This is how we ALLLLL felt....
January 28th ~ 
Dance comp season! The girls had dance Saturday! Marti spent the night Friday night ~ the boys stayed at the cabin...Bryar came and he and Jax set some traps...
We went for fried shrimp! 

They also had a blast after dance playing with these sumo things...
After Marti went home, we went to the cabin...
My favorite place to relax! :) 
We have started adding on our new outdoor kitchen area...
Can't wait to have this done and Big D cooking up something good for me! 
LOTS of this happened Saturday afternoon! 
This baby...he is really like my baby...
I always thought we would have 3 or 4 children, so he is my 3rd baby! I never knew I could love a dog like I love Bo.
He is my heart...
After church Sunday, we went to Augusta for lunch and to run some errands ~ Mary Dalton woke up not feeling so great...so we ran a few errands, then came home so she could rest up for the week! 
How precious are they!?! 
Their matching shirts....
#bestillmyheart
And here they are making fun of girls posing...
So...I posted this pic on Facebook and got a good bit of praise...and some not so positive comments...
3 weeks ago, I quit doing my kids' laundry. They are 11 and 12 1/2 ~ they have iphones, I haul them to extra curricular activities, we have a maid that "deep cleans" their rooms and bathrooms (they have to keep it straight), they have friends over ALLLLL the time, they are well traveled...they live a nice, comfortable life. They have been putting their laundry away FOREVER ~ but I decided I was tired of washing EVERYDAY to keep up with the laundry ~ 85% of it being theirs. So, I showed them what to do, how to work the iron and told them they could wash when they wanted. 
They are piling it to the CEILING ~ but did wash this weekend...
It teaches them to plan accordingly, be responsible, and take ownership of their stuff.
One Dowdy didn't get the memo about "planning accordingly" ~ 
This is what he had to wear to school because he did not wash his laundry...or use fabric softener! ha!!!
The above Dowdy was not bothered by this AT ALL ~ I asked him if anyone commented on his outfit/socks and he said, "Oh yes mam! Everybody! Told 'em I hadn't washed my clothes!" 
Bless him...

February 1 ~ 
MUCH needed and LONG overdue night out with some of my girls! We went to see Dirty Dancing at the theater for the 30 year anniversary! 
So much fun! 
We all agreed we need to get together more often! 
As we were leaving, the manager have me the cardboard promo! 
SCORE! 
"Baby" is my classroom...in the corner! 
My students LOVE it! :) 
While I was at the movie ~ Dalton picked the girls up from dance and took them to supper! 
He is THE best Daddy! 
Mary Dalton has NO IDEA how lucky she is have him....and how hard she is going to have to look to find a husband that spoils her like her Daddy does! :) 
February 4th ~ 
My favorite person turned 41! 
I adore this man. Every fiber of his being. 
So thankful he is mine!!! 
The two of us went to supper the night before while the girls were at dance ~ 
Jackson stayed with Big Daddy and Sooz! 
It was a fun weekend celebrating him! 
Dalton and his daddy went bird hunting Saturday afternoon ~ 
He had  a fun birthday for sure! 
Our weekend was also consumed with a sick, sick Mary Dalton ~ she tested negative for the flu and strep and has been out of school since Friday (she was just kinda sick, got REALLY sick early Saturday morning) ~ and won't be going tomorrow either. She is running high fever and sounds HORRIBLE. I am PRAYING the rest of us avoid it...or at least Dalton & Jackson avoid it!! 
Dalton is SO busy at the beginning of the month and Jackson starts Tom Sawyer practice this week! 

I think that about catches me up on life lately! Busy as usual, but thankful for our life together! :) 





Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Winter Break Randomness ~

We have been out of school for 2 days ~ and the kids played hooky on Friday ~ so we have had a LONG weekend! Our school had their annual WDW trip and we did not go. Thank goodness. 
We needed some downtime before we are slammed with dance competitions and play practice!
Mary Dalton had dance Saturday morning, but managed to kill her first thing "besides a fly" before leaving...she was so excited! :) 
That girl can do it all ~ fish, dance, dress up, hunt...she's got it! :) 
We stayed at the cabin and watched movies ALLLLL weekend ~ we did not leave. 
It was PERFECT! The weather was AWFUL ~ rain, high winds, etc. so it was nice to have nowhere to be for a few days! 
We came home late Sunday night ~ 
Monday I took the kids to Augusta for some fun! 
First stop ~ 
Air Strike. 
They love this place! 
After they were done, we went to Chuck E Cheese ~ what I also refer to as Chuck E Disease...bc EVERYTIME we went when they were little one of them got sick! 
Anyway ~ it was raining, they wanted pizza and I had a coupon...so we went.
And they had a blast....and so far are still well! Yikes! 
Last night, we went to Verizon and played "phone swap" ~ Dalton got a new one, MD got his old one, and Charlie (Dalton's employee) is getting MD's old one. It took FOREVER ~ we had planned to go to dinner somewhere nice, but after 2.5 hours in Verizon ~ we settled for Zaxbys...
We ALWAYS end up like this in a booth ~ MD sits with her daddy ~Jax with me....
Always. 
In other random news, I stopped doing the kids' laundry. 
It has been one week and my laundry now takes about 2 hours total ~ 
HELLO!!!! 
I should have done this YEARS ago! 
I let them decide when they need to wash...they fold it, iron it if it needs it, and put it away...
That way there is NEVER any "I can't find my _____!" or "My ___________ is not clean!" 
Because it's "new" to them, they think it's fun...I am sure it will wear off soon, but for now, they love it...and I do, too! :) 

I bought this "book shot" at Walmart last week ~ It's a short novel...one you can read in an hour or so ~ LOVE this!!! I love to read but don't have hours to invest into a book! This is perfect for me! 
I am headed to ATL tomorrow for a Master Teacher Workshop ~ thankfully it is just a day trip, but I am already dreading the traffic! YUCK!
We don't have much going on this week ~MD skipped dance and has this weekend off. Jackson has 2 more weeks before Tom Sawyer practice starts. 
And hopefully, since I am only working two days this week...this week will be a good one! :) 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Jackson's Birthday Celebration!

We celebrated Jackson's birthday Wednesday with a few of his friends! 
I loaded up as many as my car could hold, and we headed to Augusta to celebrate my favorite boy! :) 
We went to Air Strike ~ They jumped for 2 hours while I worked on some school stuff ~ 
The place was empty so they had a BLAST! 
I did NOT do good at taking pictures ~ they were all over the place ~ and middle school age kids...especially boys ~ DO NOT care to have their picture taken! 
We went to the mall afterward and ate in the food court ~ 
We ate cake and opened presents, too! 
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I think their highlight of the night was getting 30 mins to walk around the mall without an adult ~ 
They thought that they were BIG TIME! :) 
It was a fun night celebrating our boy! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Eleven.

11 years ago ~ Jackson David Dowdy was born and completed our family. 
He has been a JOY for the past 11 years. 
The first word that comes to mind when I think of Jackson is "EASY."
He was an easy baby. He was an easy toddler. He is easily entertained. He is easy when he is sick.
He does his school work with ease...

He also loves life. 
He can always find something to do to entertain himself ~ 
and he LOVES to laugh ~ I hope he always can find humor on bad days...and that he keeps that crazy, loud contagious laugh ~ the kind where he throws his head back and just bellows...
He is VERY versatile ~ 
he can go redneck and hunt, fish, etc...or haul out his best manners and dine with the best of the best! :) 
He enjoys school, sports, art, theater, guitar, electronics...
LOTS to say the least! 
Sweet Jackson David ~ 
I pray that you have a great birthday and that you continue to grow into a Godly man. I pray that you always follow your heart, help others in need, and look for ways to encourage people. 
You have brought our family SO much joy!!! 
I had NO IDEA how much I would love you and how much we needed you in our family! 
I am SO proud of the young man you are becoming! 
Being your mother brings so much happiness! 
Happy birthday to my "baby" ~ 


Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekend at the Cabin ~

We had such a relaxing weekend! Much needed, too!
Friday night ~ the boys were in the mountains at a hunting show...
MD and I ran to Augusta to pick up a birthday gift, then came home to cook Hello Fresh.
We were in bed (and she was alseep by 8:30) ~ 
It was perfect! 
We were up EARLY Saturday morning for dance! 
We came back home to get Bo and head to the cabin! 
The weather was in the 70's and we LOVED it! After church, we went back to the cabin for some fun! 
We explored parts I have never seen before! It was BEAUTIFUL!!! 
Small waterfalls, springs, and temps in the 70's ~ 
Bo was a trooper ~ he had the best time! He is still a little hesitant around the water, so we can't wait to get him in the pool this summer! 
We looked at tons of tracks, looked for arrowheads and other cool rocks ~ 
They REALLY wanted to cross the creek on this log...it took team work to say the least! 
We also stumbled across an old moonshine barrel...
Very cool! 
They are DYING to go back and picnic here! It really is beautiful!!! 
We were glad Dalton went with us! He was able to help point out lots to us ~ and remove briers from face! ouch!!! 
This nugget was WORN OUT!!! He slept like a rock after we got home! 
Love him so ~ 
It was a super fun, low key weekend...
I know that in a few years (maybe even sooner) that they won't want to hang out with us so we are enjoying every chance we have them! 

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