Back To School 2016

We kicked off Back to School with a fun cookout. LK had been BEGGING me for a full on BASH, but with just getting home from Jamaica, and the Epic Olympic Party in the same weekend, all I could muster was to ask April across our yards if they wanted to cookout with us. We grilled BBQ chicken ate and watched the Olympics. And then each kid shared what they were excited about and wanted us to pray for for the school year starting. It was a really sweet time and a nice "deep breath" together before school started. 



I had clear eyes as we got everyone ready for the first morning. They were all so excited. Kyle stayed home with the little boys so I could take LK and Shep into their classes for the first day.

Shepherd was SO EXCITED. I kept asking him if he was nervous but he was just so happy and excited to go to school "like Laura Kate".  







This big girl was so excited too! She admitted to being a little nervous but was mostly excited. 



Look at that big boy! Getting settled and ready on the first day. Don't mind me mopping the floors over here WITH MY OWN TEARS. 



And this precious one, ready to take on the world! Love her so!


Shep's teacher asked if I could come for lunch to be an extra set of hands to help get everyone settled at the tables with their trays. I was so happy to help! I also got to peek in on friends in Kinder and sneak in a hug (and a happy picture for their moms too :). 




Fischer was honestly more clingy and nervous that anyone about starting back to school. He has the same (wonderful) teach that Shepherd did last year and its still only 2 days a week, but he cried when I dropped him off on the first day! I didn't expect that at all, but I know this is a hard transition for him with Shepherd being gone to a different school for 5 days a week!




Overall, it has been such a great start to the school year and I am really excited to see how God is going to use these little people of mine as lights in their school. 

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Dear High School Carrie {Show And Tell Tuesday}

Dear High School Carrie,

First thing...RELAX. Don't get so worked up about everything. The drama isn't worth it and there's a little girl in your future who will hold a big mirror in front of your face one day with the drama. Take a deep breath and don't worry so much about every little thing. Don't let your emotions rule you. They can sometimes lie to you and it's worth sleeping on before you get so worked up.

Also, right around the corner in college are some awesome, Godly men you are going to date. So it really is ok to just hang out and have fun with your friends in high school without worrying about anything more. You might want to re-think asking that super popular guy to prom... he's going to say no and then you'll feel dumb. Just go have a blast with your friends (since you will anyway).



Those girls you spend all your free time and weekends with? Treasure them. Savor those memories because 15 years later, when you're still friends with them, you'll think back to these times. They are building blocks in your heart for all your friendships to come.

Enjoy your skinny, tiny self! One day you will wish for the days you could shop the 0 rack at 5-7-9!

Hang out with your parents more. They really are pretty great. And don't let the whole family tease you about not knowing how to cook. Make them teach you!

Rest in who God made you to be, and don't try to be anyone else. The sooner you learn that, the more you will enjoy the places He takes you. There are times coming in your future that need that grounding to be in Him and not in the approval of men.

And finally, when that cute bearded boy hugs you and says "Carrie, I'm not moving my face", don't you dare move yours either! That kiss will knock your socks off and loving Kyle Wiley will be your favorite part of life for the next decade(s).

Love,

Hot 32 Year Old Carrie



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Epic Rio Olympic Party {Summer 2016}

You guys. The Rio Olympics were so fantastic. SO FANTASTIC. I have thoroughly loved every minute and am so sad they are over now. 

We celebrated to the max starting with an Epic Olympic Party for the Opening Ceremonies. Fun Jen came into town just for this event because NO ONE olympics like the two of us. 

We had a blast planning and decorating and cooking. Just like last time, we asked people to bring food from around the world and our friends did not disappoint. 

We set up an extra TV outside so we could have two different places to watch. Overall, compared to previous opening ceremonies, I would give Rio a B-. It just wasn't super exciting and we have all seen much better in the past. It wasn't Sochi but it wasn't Beijing either. The highlight without question was our boy Michael Phelps, the MP, carrying the flag for us. 

The party lived up to the hype! Thanks to everyone who came and brought food! Mark your calendars for the Winter Games in South Korea in 2018! 












































Hi! I'm Carrie! I like to drink Earl Grey Tea, watch Gilmore Girls, hang out with my man, read a good, suck-you-in fiction book, play with my babies, take long bubble baths, and learn about Jesus. Connect with me on Facebook for even more Wiley Adventures!

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