Happy 4th of July

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Great Family Weekend

Goodness, it has been fun around here.

First, we had a fun day with my momma. We start doing this as soon as school is out and try to do it once a week. We chose to go swimming so we packed a lunch and met her there. I had to wait til Dallas got out of football practice. Those boys out there flipping and pulling tractor tires. No wonder they are sore. Oh well, we had a great time.

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Then we left and rushed home to get ready for dinner we were invited to with the other grandparents for Atleighs bday.

Daddy came home for the weekend and we had a few projects to do. He had some dirt delivered and went and picked up 6 pallets of sod. So he spent the next day spreading dirt and starting to lay sod. The next morning bright and early at 5am, the boys pitched in and helped finish. 20180616_080948

Jossie had a dr appt to check on  Caroline and everything is going good.

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And Jossie found out she is going to be a big sister again and they believe she is having a boy. Jossies  mom is still trying to grasp the situation and so is she. These things happen.  😉

While  they finished laying sod, I was preparing things in the house and cooking because my momma and daddy were coming for Fathers Day.

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He really enjoyed it.

We left our house and then went to Atleighs first Bday party at the splash pad. She had a blast and so did I if I say so myself.PhotoGrid_1529280970818PhotoGrid_1529281084658PhotoGrid_1529281160652PhotoGrid_1529281215621PhotoGrid_1529281288236

We got home that night and crashed.

After church Sunday, Dakota and Atleigh came to hang out. Jossie had to work. Me and Atleigh took a good nap, she was so tired. I got up and me and dad cooked supper. The  we gave the guys their gifts.

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We didn’t do anything the rest of the evening.

Monday morning we got up and got some last minute work done because we were headed back to AR.  Dad has to return to work but we’re all going to spend the week with him. Dad and I came up yesterday  evening and the kids will come today. It is our family vacation.

Bubba riding into the sunset.

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Happy Fathers Day

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This man set the first example to me of what a father should be. He is my PaPa Oliver. I grew up watching this man take my MaMa to church and take care of us just as he took care of his own children one in which is my momma. His heart and mind was always for his family and God. He served all til the Lord called him home. I always knew i wanted a man like my PaPa. My grandmother was one blessed woman. They have no idea how much i learned from them when i spent so much time with them. My momma knew where i wanted to go as soon as school let out for summer or anytime in between. I also enjoyed being spoiled rotten by them which my sisters are a little envious. Hahahahaha Happy Fathers day PaPa. Ill see you some day. I love you.

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Although this man didnt come around til i was 14 he is my daddy. My childhood was a little confusing to me and i didnt really understand fathers cause it was always momma. But God brought this man in my life and im thankful. I liked him but didnt trust him. I espcecially didnt like it when he tried pulling the father card on me you know like discipline. We had a rough spell cause i got rebellious. Im ashamed to say i MADE him prove himself to be a good father and he passed the test. This man was awesome for taking in a wife and three girls. Boy….did he have it rough. He loved us unconditionally like his very own. He is kind to his neighbor and will also do his best to help someone in need. Thank you Melissa Nanney for sharing this crazy man with us. Happy Fathers day Thomas Flanagin. We love you Poppa

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And this awesome man, David Dixon, God knew what he was doing when he brought him into my life. I tried to choose my own fellers but im glad God worked everything out for my good. I could not have chosen a better father for my children. I am serious when i say ive never met anyone like him. His loyalty and dedication amazes me all the time i am in awe. Our children are beginning to realize how blessed they are. I’m watching our boys grow into fine men because they have the greatest example. God has truly grown David into the man he is because he didn’t have a fatherly figure to guide him growing up. I can not stop lifting him up because I am one truly blessed wife. Thank you Lord for this man you brought to me that I can share my heart and life with.

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To our son Dakota Dixon. When you see your baby hold his baby it is a sight to behold. We have watched you the past two years and you have amazed us. We told you that you would turn out to be a good father and here you are killing it. And all those years you thought we were the worst parents ever. Now you see why. We love you son. Happy fathers day.

 

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Little Princess Turns One

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Well, I think that should be a headline in a newspaper.

My little buddy made it to the big 1 today. I have so much fun playing with you, reading to you, singing to you, teaching you and naptime with you. You always have a smile on your face and tell everybody hi. You are a very smart little girl and you amaze me how quick you learn. You are the bestest buddy any G-Maw could have. I love you little buddy. Happy birthday.

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I Am Pooped!

I know it’s been a while, but we have been working like dogs around here. I’ve been keeping my garden clean, and flower beds weeded, keeping the house clean, keeping Atleigh,  getting Dallas to where he needs to go like football practice and mowing his brothers yard. He also has been keeping up with our yard and weedeating. He is so excited that football practice has started and is getting to lift weights. He has come home many days sore and exhausted but knows he has work to do for dad.

I had to take him to the dentist finally with that tooth. They did xrays and could find nothing wrong with the tooth, nerves, roots, or gum. So he mashed around on his jaw and up the side of his head behind his ear and Dallas winced. He suspected  grinding but said there was no evidence of worn teeth. So, it boiled down to clenching. He said Dallas was obviously  clenching his jaws when he gets tense and in his sleep. So the relief was to construct a mouth guard that he is to wear at night when he sleeps. So far, no more headaches. The muscle is relaxing too.

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Jossie’s birthday rolled around and she had a very good day. I made her a chocolate cake and she was in Heaven.

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Daddy came home Memorial Day weekend and we just had family time. I don’t know who he was having the most fun with but I think it was a tie.

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Me and Atleigh  have good times when she is here. We make memories. She is a character I tell you. She is fixing to turn 1 yr old and it’s flying by fast.

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She has to be doing everything I’m doing and be right under my feet. Literally,  I trip over her.

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She has been cutting three teeth at once and they are finally coming through. Phew! On a good note, she is learning to eat with a spoon.

Everytime I look at her, I see her daddy. Dakota is on the left, she is on the right.

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One day, we swooped by and grabbed our granny again and went to lunch and Toys R Us for the closeout sales. I got both girls Christmas shopping done. Then when we took granny home,  and poppa was off work so he got to see her too.

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I don’t know what we are going to do when baby sister Caroline gets here. Atleigh does not like me holding anybody else or anybody living on me. She is jealous. She wants me all to herself. If Dallas or Poppie loves on me or touches me, she will whine and pull them away from me and squeeze in. Oh boy!

Next came our big trip to Pigeon Forge  for Dallas’ karate tournament. Daddy let’s us go and have a mini vacation too. We traveled on Friday  and got there and checked in, unloaded truck, freshened up,  and ventured into Gatlinburg.  I regretted it that night because my feet and legs were swollen all the way to my calves. I let us ride the chairlift so I could get off my feet a bit.

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We got back to hotel  and knew we had to get in bed to get up early next morning.  Dallas did a great job grappling and got first place. The judge knew our school and instructor because he said he could just tell. Not to mention, our instructor has been to his school teaching techniques to his students. He said Dallas was very good. He enjoyed watching him. However, he did pull a muscle in his back while grappling. It was hurting so bad he didn’t place in sparring. He said every time he brought his leg up to kick, it hurt and just sent a pain up his back. I knew something was wrong when he wasn’t gungho and throwing his favorite kicks.  He did get a sparring metal.

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He chose not to do a kata this year which I was disappointed because he is always crisp clean. But this was about him not me. You see, I’ve had to back off where karate is concerned because I literally  got so involved that I was being pushy and bossy and sucking  the fun out of his passion. It is my fault and I am to blame. He wants to take a break for a while and I don’t blame him. He has to get that desire back for his passion so he can be better and finish what he started. If I don’t he will resent me and give up. When he chooses to go back he will be refreshed and determined and better than ever. He will truly earn his black belt because he will want it even more. Right now he wants to focus on football.

That night after the tournament, I had a surprise for us. I took them to the Dixie Stampede.  It was awesome just let me say. We had the best time.

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We got back to the hotel and crashed. Dallas was exhausted and so sore, my feet and legs blew up again and they were hurting so bad. We slept in because we were not going to be in a hurry to leave the next morning.

We got up this morning, got ready, packed the truck back up, ate breakfast,  and checked out. There were a few more shops we wanted to hit that we just didn’t have the energy to do last night after the show. We got all of our souvenir shopping done and we knew we’d better not walk anymore because I had about a 6.5 hr  drive ahead of me.

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We got home this evening, unloaded everything,  saw my momma off and I came in and took care of Dallas so he went to bed early. Then I got in my bed and swore not to move or do anything until bedtime to which I have kept my promise. I am so exhausted but we had a great time and made memories.

I will say goodnight for now and by the way, isn’t  he just cute?

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Prettying Up The Farm

Well, we are still having bulldozer work done. The rain has stopped us for two days though. But it’s coming along nice.

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Got outside this morning and tackled a flower bed I’ve been working on for a year. I will still add more to it. The hardest part was transplanting some bushes and the mulch. PhotoGrid_1526583972341

I’m doing nothing the rest of the night. I’m exhausted and my leg has swollen twice its size. I’ve got to keep it propped up.

Dallas’ last day of school was today. He thought he had a final exam to take next Tuesday  but his grade is high enough that he doesn’t have to. I am so glad to have no alarm clocks. I do have to take him back to the dentist next week with this tooth. He text me this morning from  school and said if I didn’t hurry up and make him an appt that he was going to yank it out himself. DO NOT THINK FOR ONE MOMENT HE WANT CAUSE HE HAS BEFORE  WITH WIRE PLIERS. It was a baby tooth but it was stuck and it was his last one to come in. They said if it doesn’t come out on it’s own soon he would have trouble with his permanent tooth and they would have to pull it. Next morning I go in his room and on his dresser  lies a tooth and wire pliers. Yep he will.

Dear hubby is coming home again this weekend, but I wish it was under better circumstances.  He lost an Uncle yesterday morning and we have his funeral this weekend. He has family coming in from all over.

Hold your loved ones tight.

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A Good Hot Day

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People are already starting to complain about how hot it is outside here in our neck of the woods. I for one am  not going to complain .  I had a bad winter with  my RA and quite frankly the warm air and sunshine have felt really great.

I got up this morning and went to town to pick up tomato plants and peppers plants for the garden.  We are only planting what we are out  of this year and small. We are still eating last years  harvest and there is  no room in the freezers  or pantries anyway.

Don’t mind the weeds, I’ll get to them. I got my fence put up and my plants planted. 20180514_175742

This week is all outside week. Flower beds and such.

We are going to have some more brush cleared on our land and we are so excited.

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This is our hunting ridge and we plant food plots for the deer  and turkeys. In the future we will make a pond in the gulley  to stock fish so we can have our own fishing  spot.

Dallas only goes to school 4 days this week then only one day next week for an exam. Then SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER…. I am so excited. We are so ready to have some fun but still have time to play.

Dear hubby has gone down to 4 10 hrs days now so he will try to come home as many weekends as possible. That is a blessing in itself.

 

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