Field Notes: 9/11-17

My week last week started around midnight on Sunday night/Monday morning with Shepherd waking me up crying because his throat and tummy hurt and he had a fever. Bless his little heart, if someone within a hundred miles has strep throat, he's going to get it. He's just a magnet for it. If I'm being completely honest though, if my kids are going to be sick, I'd rather them have strep because it's so treatable and the meds work so fast! I kept Shepherd home on Tuesday too, but I honestly think he would have been fine to be back in school. 

Monday is when the ever-dreaded Hurricane Irma made her way up Florida. I think we on the Gulf Coast were all really thankful she did in fact turn north, all-the-while feeling for our Florida friends. This hurricane really stressed me OUT. Professionally, I was so worried about the damage to Disney and spent a good portion of the weekend leading up to the hurricane re-working client trips to avoid the hurricane. But also, just the waiting for something that I had absolutely no control over was terrible and made me really anxious. I spent a good portion of my week coming down off the stress of it. It seems so ridiculous typing it out but I was stressed. I am so so thankful that the damage ended up not being as bad as anticipated! Disney World was closed for only their sixth time in history. They closed down for Sunday and Monday but were able to be back open for Rope Drop on Tuesday morning. 

The only good thing to come out of Irma was the weather on the Gulf Coast. It has been the most lovely Fall preview. Archer and I have spent a good portion of our weekdays outside. He's been playing with his trucks and I've been working on the front porch. Also, every day after school I've been able to send the kids outside to play and run out their energy outside without dying of a heat stroke. Why is it this year, that my kids have soooo much energy after school instead of the typical being wiped out?? Well, this Mama is so thankful to be able to send them outside to play more! 

At my DNA group this week, we talked about going through a book together in addition to our church-wide Genesis reading. I offered several suggestions and the girls all decided on Fervent by Priscilla Shirer. I've heard such good things about it and I'm really looking forward to digging into it!

We've been trucking along with Potty Training. Archer has done AWESOME overall. He initiates often and has about a 70% success rate overall right now. (Which is so much better than ANY other Wiley kid). Our biggest hurdle with him right now is that he cannot pull his undies up and down by himself. Any tips on how to teach this skill? Comment or send me an email, I'll take any tips!! Check back later for a more in-depth potty training post.

I've been in kind of a funk this week. I don't know if it was the stress from the hurricane or just kind of being in a doldrums season, but I've just been kind of down. I did a lot of praying and a lot of talking out loud to Kyle (bless him all the blessings....he is so patient with me!!) and Cassie. I was reminded that I need to focus on what's in front of me (do the next thing....) and how very important it is to prioritize self-care. I know I don't naturally prioritize it so I have to be very intentional about building in life-giving pockets of space in my week. 

As part of that self-care, Kyle suggested to me that some of my physical stuff (fatigue and headaches) he really thinks are due to not being well-hydrated. And of course he was right. He even traded Yeti cups with me so I can have the bigger one and drink more water. I've been doing better the past couple of days and of course havn't had a headache and have had more energy. [insert eye roll emoji here]. If only water tasted like Coke it wouldn't be such a struggle!  

For City Group this week we had a hot dog bar. Guess who forgot to put the buns on the list? This girl. So we had a low-carb hot dog bar this week, complete with chili and cheese and no buns. It still tasted good anyway. We hung out outside and talked about Genesis and our favorite musical artists of all-time. (Mine is Celine. Without question.) (My all-time favorites list would include: Shane and Shane, Vampire Weekend, and Dave Barnes). 

On Thursday for date night, we picked up Wingstop and watched Project Runway. This season of PR has both Kyle and I laughing out loud. The twins man, the twins. It's all I'm going to say so I don't spoil it, but it is an entertaining season indeed. Indeed. 

On Friday I went to the library to stock up on books for the kids for the week. Now that all three kids are officially readers, my book bag is significantly heavier! I'm so very proud of my kids and their reading lately. The boys have definitely caught "the bug". They are so excited about being able to be independent readers. The main books I check out for them are the Easy Readers and First Readers. Our library has a whole section for these books which makes it really easy for me to be able to find them easily. 

And then there's my LK. I texted with her teacher some on Friday to find out where she's testing to try and find her some books on her reading level. She tested quite high for her age and we have the same problem of trying to find books on her reading level to challenge her without too mature of content. TAKE ALL SUGGESTIONS for good book suggestions for her in the sixth to eighth grade reading levels without too mature of content. PLEASE PLEASE comment or send me an email with your ideas! She likes all genres. 

I've also had to implement new rules for library book care. I keep our giant library bag in a chair in the corner of my kitchen. They are allowed to get one book at a time and must return it to the bag when they are finished or they want a different bag. School library books is the same rule except keeping it in their backpacks instead. There are just too many books to keep up with now so I told them that I really needed their help and diligence to keep up with them all. We'll see how long it lasts and how much money I end up spending on lost or damaged books. 

Something shocking happened in our house on Friday. I opened a box of pull-ups for Archer and inside the box they give you a plastic collectors plate with Mator on it. Well, I was so excited and handed it to Archer and he said "truck!". I have failed my two year old. How in the world in this Disney family is he older than two and half and not know who Lightening McQueen and Mator are?!!! Well we fixed that problem REAL QUICK by watching Cars for movie night tonight. He now knows their names and won't forget them ;). 

Also on Friday, Kyle introduced the boys to trading cards. They got some pokemon cards and also some football cards. He even got out his baseball and football cards that he collected growing up to show them! Shepherd is of course, completely obsessed with them now. I loved it because it felt like such a boy thing to do!

Kyle and I had a wedding on Saturday night and we decided to take advantage of having a sitter and turn it into a date night. So after the wedding ceremony we left and went to a local restaurant called "Fuego". I think we finally found good Mexican food in Mobile. That guacamole was maybe the best I've ever had. Just amazing. But what was even better was just getting to have some face-to-face time with Kyle. So thankful that we had the chance to do that before he leaves for his next trip to Thailand. 

And yesterday was such a good morning, worshiping with South City. We were on a chapter in Genesis that is awkward and racy and full of God's people screwing up and Him still continuing to redeem and work his plan through His imperfect people. It was the story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38 and you guys, I can't get over how amazing it is to see Tamar's name in the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1). So powerful. 

I ended the weekend with a fun Girl's Craft night! Each lady brought her own craft to work on, and of course there were snacks! I made a cute pair of earrings!

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