Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Parade Of Lights

Our town rung in Christmas with the Parade of Lights. We have heard great things about the parade so we knew we wanted to go.
I didn't get many pictures of the parade because I was too busy collecting candy--our kids hit the motherload!
I love that our town makes parades and these moments special. Businesses, servicemen and organizations all participated in the parade. Some went all out with their decorations and their music--so much fun to dance and sing along with the different floats.
We even got to see the Compton crew--Brock dressed up like Santa and rode his hover board, while the others passed out massive amounts of candy! The kids loved seeing some familiar faces!

We finished up the night at Qdoba with some friends. Such a fun and energetic night--love making memories with my crew!!

Meet Cooper Conway

So...
Lets back up a month or so ago. I was mowing and I found a snake skin in the yard. Cue me panicking and pretty much refusing to get off the mower. I mentioned to Jason about getting an outdoor cat to keep the mice and snakes away. I'm sure our yard has a crazy amount of mice because it backs up to huge bean fields. He said "no" to the cat and I just kind of let it die.
Well....
Thanksgiving we were out on the farm and their barn is full of wild kittens. The conversation of an outdoor cat was brought up again and he didn't say "no"  but he didn't fully say "yes" either so I took that as an opportunity to protect our house.
Meet Cooper.
He's started out pretty wild and after four days, he won't leave the garage and he has decided that he loves to be carried around by the kids, constantly.

We have him in the garage for a bit so he gets used to us and doesn't run away. He's using a litter box (yay!) and he cries at the door for the kids to come out and play with him.
The other day I took the heater outside so they could be warm but still love on Cooper.
Cooper has decided he likes the garage--he doesn't like going outside--and the kids have slowly tamed their kitten. He loves to be carried around, burped like a baby and pretty much anything that resembles a soft rub on his belly.
Cooper Conway--we are so glad that you are our kitty! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Week/Weekend Recap

I feel like the blog has taken a bit of a backseat and that I just do recaps...so sorry. I promise to get back but right now, with the holidays, things are crazy !
Jason was on vacation all last week and we did a lot of relaxing (see below) and hunting! We love having him home so much!
I'm not sure if the super moon had anything to do with the sunsets but last week, the sunsets were amazing. So bright, the sun was so huge and so relaxing.
We had a fun day with Hadlie and Hudson. The kids love their buddies and they tend to fight over who can hold Hudson. Hudson is getting so big!
Jason took the kids hunting one day (maybe I should say for 30 minutes. HA). They all got dressed, bundled up and made sure to wear orange. They were so excited! I think they lasted as long as they had snacks but when they finished the last veggie straw, they were done.
They didn't see a deer but they did see a lot of tracks and rubs so they had such a great time!
We had a birthday party, Hello Kitty style, on Sunday. Keiley turned six and we loved helping her celebrate.
We also had two Thanksgiving feasts (two more to go) and we got a lot of Christmas shopping and wrapping done. Things have been so crazy but I'm so thankful we are home and around our family and friends!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Three Things

Here are three updates on each of the Conway family members. We're doing great, staying busy and trying to get (and stay) healthy.

 JASON
1. It's hunting season folks! Need I say more?! He took off this week so he can live in the woods, sit in a tree and see an occasional squirrel. HA! He killed a deer during bow season but is hoping to get one in gun season.
2. He just celebrated his 33rd birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Unfortunately, I had strep throat and the kids were sick so it ended up just being another day, with some streamers hanging from the chandeliers. The kids want to have a birthday party for him so we'll do something special this upcoming week.
3. He loves being so close to his family, friends and the farm. I'm so glad that he is able to take some time and enjoy life, after years of a rough work schedule.

ASHLEY
1. I hit up Hobby Lobby this week to find some Thanksgiving/fall decorations (they have a HUGE sale right now) and I grabbed a few things but quickly got distracted with the twinkling lights and Christmas trees. I couldn't help myself but I came home, packed up my fall decorations and started dragging out the Christmas decorations. We don't have much--after five moves, we've purged a log--but what we have makes the house feel some warm and welcoming!
2. We're planning a family day for a weekend in December to do a crafting day/cookie swap with all of the girl cousins, as well as the aunts.  Now that we are back in Missouri, I'm going to try and get all the family together a couple times a year. I'm excited to get everyone together...I'm excited to make a craft....I'm excited to get some yummy cookie recipes.
3. I've been finalizing some details for our ski trip in February. We go with our besties from medical school and we always have a great time. We're keeping an eye on the flights, hoping to get the best deal.
AMELIA
1. She is really into school, writing, organizing and I love to watch her knowledge and confidence grow. It's so crazy to think that she will be in school next fall--no doubt that sister will rock it!
2. She loves to get Christmas magazines in the mail. Last week was American Girl and Target and she has circled, and re-circled, the toys that she likes. The pages are getting pretty worn.
3. Soccer season is about to start back up. She wanted to sign back up--she really enjoys it--so we went with an indoor league this winter. She'll need some new gear but she's excited!
BARRETT
1. He loves his chickens and his ducks. Every morning, he runs to the chicken house to get the eggs. It's so cute to see him get so excited when he opens the coop.
2. He's such a popular little boy at school. When he walks in, all the kids yell his name, wave to him and he LOVES it. His teachers tell me how awesome he does with his friends, with direction and how much they enjoy him in class. I love to hear about his day when I pick him up in the afternoon.
3. Barrett is all boy. He's loud, fun, energetic and he's about the sweetest little guy. He's a mama's boy but he's all about running errands and cleaning the truck with Jason.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Snippets

Happy November 9th!!
I seriously can't believe that we are almost half way through the month...time passes so quickly!
Here are some things that we've been up to this week...
The weather was showing to get cold so we headed to the park, the day before the cold front, to enjoy the park in some shorts. I told Amelia that the shorts will be packed away--shorts in November just seem wrong.
Ana's cross country team was invited to the board meeting this week so they could celebrate them winning state. The team got to sign the back of the trophy...so thankful that I was able to go! So stinkin' proud of her!
When Jason is on call, the kids sleep with me. This was them...they both claimed their spot and left a little bit in the middle for me. Thank goodness it was election night--I spent most of the night on the couch watching the live coverage.
We are participating in Operation Christmas Child this year. The idea is to fill up a shoebox (we used a tupperware box) with girl or boy things. We threw in a mixture of things--toothpaste, toothbrush, bandaids, toys, coloring books, etc.
The kids LOVED picking out special things for a child in need and then adding it to their box. We will be able to track the box and see what country it ends up in--I love using these small moments to teach them how much they have and how fun it is to give to others that have less that we do.
One evening we went to the walking trail and we found an albino baby deer. It is hard to see the whole thing but he wasn't scared of us so I was able to get pretty close to get a picture.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Weekend Recap

This weekend was so great! I mean...seriously, it was so much fun.
Since moving here, we joined our church, found a Sunday school LifeGroup to be a part of and we've started making some lasting relationships. This weekend we had two dinner with some of our new friends...it was busy but it was awesome!
Friday was the start to our fun weekend. My sister came down and spent the day just hanging out, Amelia had a birthday party (Happy Birthday, Easton!) and then we had dinner, at our house, with some friends.
Saturday morning Jason was going hunting so I made a 'I'll be looking to find stuff to do with the kids' comment and Whitney invited us to sit with her crew at the SEMO Homecoming parade.
Jason and myself both went to SEMO but I don't remember Homecoming being such a big deal. It was so awesome. Everyone was grilling, people were everywhere and it was such a fun atmosphere. The theme this year was super heroes...right up Barrett's alley!
Saturday, while we were at the parade, I got a text from my sister. She said that Ana's cross country team had just won the state championship. WON!  Seriously...I couldn't believe it. Such an amazing reward for all their hard work!!
Saturday afternoon we had another fun dinner with some friends from our LifeGroup class. We stayed up too late, ate too much food and finished the night exhausted. Perfect ending to our Saturday!
Sunday was church. On our way home, Amelia started telling us to look up, as we were about to pull into our driveway. I thought she saw a jet but she saw TWO bald eagles.
I have a feeling that when our first set of chickens went missing, these two beauties were the culprit. We ate a quick lunch and then packed the car for a trip to the farm. While we were eating, the farmers were cutting the bean field behind our house. WOO HOO! We loved watching the crop grow but we're glad to have it cut down so we can see any animals that enter the back field.
We spent our Sunday afternoon at the farm. Jason (and Amelia) went and set up deer stands for rifle season, which starts this coming weekend, and the rest of us played and enjoyed the fall day.
Hadlie and Barrett love each other. I love watching them interact...he tried to help her with her shoes so they could go play outside.
We had such a fun weekend! So thankful for all of our friends and all of the memories that they are helping us make!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Going Private

So...
The time has come to go private. Due to some crazies, we don't want everyone knowing our every move, seeing pictures of our kids and etc.

I would love to add any of you to the approved list. If you would still like to read, send me your email address and I'll add you.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016

This year was our first Halloween in Missouri and our schedules were full with camping, trunk or treats, trick or treating, fall parties and pumpkin carving that I'm not sure how we managed to do it all.
We carved pumpkins in shorts this year (what is going on with this weather?!) but I will admit that it made the experience much more pleasant. We carved them outside on our deck and we let the kids pick their design. Amelia initially was going to make her own face but quickly changed her mind when she saw Barrett's design.
Amelia chose the witch cat and Barrett chose the monster. I love how they turned out!
Halloween started a little early for us. We had three things to go to and we wanted to be sure to enjoy each of them. Trunk-or-Treat, at our church, was our first stop. There were about twenty cars that were decorated, some had games for the kids to play and they all had tons of candy. I love that our community, especially our church, involves families and reaches out to others. So proud to be part of something so awesome!
We left the Trunk-or-Treat and heading to my sister's so we could go trick-or-treating with them. Brock made his costume this year--he was some video game character--and he was actually excited to walk around and get candy so we joined him. I didn't get any pictures because it was dark and I didn't think to get any before we left.
Our last stop for the night was to a house party. There is a couple in Jason's group that always has a big Halloween party. We weren't sure what to expect since this was our first year but it was great. They were so welcoming to us--tons of yummy food, great company and then they gave our kids way TOO much candy.
We left their house WAY after bedtime but it's Halloween, right?!  That's what it's all about.
We had such a great Halloween this year--so many great memories were made!