Looking back, Looking forward…

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back to blogging the past few months, and I’ve decided to just do it! To just start writing. And the first day of the new year seems fitting to both look back and look forward.
Looking back…
It’s been a little over 4 months since I’ve updated my blog. Luke has gone from a crying, scared little boy on the first day, to a wonderful, school loving, December student of the month. He really likes school, is learning so much and takes it so seriously!


Daniel is loving school as well and in true Daniel style has made tons of new friends. His grades are awesome and he’s loving running in the Running Club at his school. He ran his first 5K back in November.
Dan is loving the new church. He’s enjoying the work and the sweet people.
I just knew when we moved that I would get a job and all of our pieces would fall nicely into place. I had a couple of interviews this summer, but still nothing. I was told at one interview that I was 1 of 517 applicants. So, to say that getting a teaching job here is difficult is an understatement. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been very down in the dumps about not having my own classroom. It’s been hard to send both of my children off to school and be left with an empty house during the day. The lack of paycheck is difficult as well. I’ve subbed a little and fortunately I got a part job working in a 4th grade classroom 2 1/2 days a week. I’m hoping between the two things, it will help me get my foot in the door and in my own classroom soon.

December has helped my mood tremendously. I just love it. It is our craziest month times 10, but I love the holiday season! December was full of carols, elf antics, birthdays, family, and of course Christmas!


The boys were in the children’s Christmas pageant at church and they did such an awesome job! Daniel was the angel Gabriel, sang in the choir, a trio and played the piano on two songs. I was really impressed. He still hasn’t had piano lessons, but has taught himself numerous Christmas songs. Luke has learned a lot of Christmas songs on the piano as well, but he is constantly singing a carol. My favorite might be “O Well” aka “Noel”.


Jeremy, Santa’s elf returned and the kids were thrilled. Luke got up early every morning to find him and cried when he left. :( Jeremy even made a one day return for Luke’s birthday on the 27th.


Daniel turned ten on the 17th, which seems impossible. I’ve been at this parenting thing for a decade now! Daniel invited a few boys over for a bonfire the weekend before his birthday. It was fun! The boys roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. They also ran around and played flashlight tag in the dark. It was declared an awesome birthday party, so that’s good! :)


Luke chose to make his own birthday cake and have family pizza and movie night. I thought it was so sweet that he wanted us to all be together to celebrate his special day. Both boys requested scavenger hunts to find their birthday presents. Their awesome Daddy came up with clues that lead them around to their gifts. Fun!


We’ve had lots of family time lately which has been great! We started at Thanksgiving with Dan’s parents (oh, and we snuck in one day at Disney when we were visiting), visited both of my grandparents, my parents were here for Christmas and Dan’s brother and family came for New Years! Lots of fun!


Christmas was great as well. The boys loved their gifts and were very appreciative. We had a low, key relaxing day and it was just perfect!

Looking ahead…
2013 is going to be great, I’m declaring it so! Ha! I really don’t know what it will bring, but I’m praying for positive things for our little fam. I’m going to continue to try and focus on my blessings over my trials (ugh, why isn’t that easier?), keep things simple, and have peace become stronger than stress! Tall orders!
Happy 2013! May it be a good one!


In a week’s time…

What a week we have had! We are all moved in and I think we will be unpacking boxes for a while!

Getting here was a crazy adventure involving loud partiers at a hotel, fleas, sleeping on floors, never ending packing, dead batteries, a rabies shot the minute we hit the new area (thankfully for the dog   :-) ), a quiet hotel, loads of people at the new house to help move in, a stocked fridge and pantry, homemade cookies and lunch and dinner delivered by our fabulous congregation. Whirlwind is an understatement. It was honestly awful getting here, but it has been great since we have arrived.
My parents took Daniel and Luke on vacation with them for the week last week and that was so awesome. The boys had a ball and missed out on the rough travels here.

Here are a few glimpses into our week this past week:


My dad texted me pics of the boys all through the week, which was fun!  Here they are above at the Braves game.  They got to run the bases afterwards too, which is pretty cool.


They stayed in Atlanta for a couple of days and went to the Aquarium one day.  The boys loved it there!  {And hopefully behaved~ it sure does look Daniel has Luke in a choke-hold ;-)}


My parents and the boys stopped by the new house on their way down to the beach.  They got to see that their stuff did make the move and then they headed down to tons of fun at the condo.  Dan and I even snuck down their one afternoon/evening.  Who could resist our little fellows calling and asking if we could come see the “lazy river?”  Not us!  Especially after days and days of packing and loading and unloading and unpacking.  It was a fun little break.


The boys are back home now and one of my new favorite views is from the kitchen window.  We have a nice yard with great farm views and I love seeing my boys running around in the yard.

We celebrated Dan’s birthday with a big seafood lunch, homemade birthday banners and ice cream sundaes {shown extremely blurrily above}

We are also on a park tour this summer.  There are several parks near us, so we have made a list and are checking it off~ seeing which one the kiddos like best.

What a week!  Sometimes nothing much happens in a week’s time and other weeks whole worlds are changed.  It has definitely been a world changing week for us!!


New Wheels…

Well, it was a big day for at least 2 members of the Simply Cindy family yesterday. A couple of us are sporting around on new wheels.

Yesterday morning the boys came in from playing outside to tell me that they had taken the training wheels off of Luke’s bike. I’m not even sure why or HOW, but they did! So, off we went to help Luke ride his bike without training wheels.

And he did it in true Luke fashion.

I was holding the back of his bike to steady him and he starting yelling “Let go of me!” Only Luke. So, I let go and off he went!

I got a video of him riding for the first time with his big brother cheering him on! Love the cheering and the big ole’ smile and that face!!

As I was texting Dan to tell him Luke had a new trick, he pulled up into our driveway in a Hyundai Sonata. The guy drives an old {2001} Chevy Malibu that had absolutely had it. It was in the shop last week and I’ve had to go jump start his car twice in the past couple of weeks {including yesterday morning}, so Dan had had it and went to a car dealership to look for a new car. We went on a test drive with him and ended up going to the dealership and buying the car.

Ugh. My dislike of car buying is enormous!! The sitting and waiting and signing and the nauseating thought of a car payment. Just, ugh. But he now has a pretty {new to him} car that can make it from point A to point B. I was always worried with the other car that he wouldn’t make it where he needed to go!

So, it was a crazy~busy day for us yesterday, full of new wheels.

Thankful Thursday… on a Friday…

October, November and December are my absolute favorite times of the year. I just love all three. It was cool here today, so I’ve been in my long sleeve shirt snuggled under a blanket in my warm house relaxing on my day off of work and feeling super blessed.

Today, I am thankful for…

Changing seasons. I love the uniqueness of each one {although Fall’s my fav}

Cool temps and warm blankets.

My job. I am so fortunate to have a job that I enjoy.

Freedom. I am thankful for those willing to serve in our military to protect our freedoms.

Days off of work. I have loved having a relaxing day off. Days off from work are always a little treat.

Family days. I love days that we get to spend together as a family. Nothing necessarily on the agenda, just hanging out together.

Luke. I’m thankful for our resident crazy man! He is such a funny, sweet little guy.

Daniel. I’m thankful for my smart, witty little boy. He has such a love of life and learning.

Dan. I am super thankful for my wonderful husband. He is the perfect person for me to share my life with!

And the Worst Blogger award of 2011 goes to….


I’ve never let my blog sit so long without an update!

It has been so crazy~busy around here! I want to keep up my blog, because I love looking back and seeing what we were doing at certain points in our lives.

The major reason that I have not been around this {pretty, fall~ thanks to Dan} blog is that my hours at my new job were doubled! Awesome for me, but not the ole’ bloggy. I now have a full morning of reading groups and 3 afternoon math groups.

Daniel’s karate, Luke’s soccer, and my poor hubby’s ankle have also kept things busy around these parts.

I’m definitely having to adjust to this working mom thing. I’m not full-time, but pretty close and then there is so much planning, since this is my first year doing this!

My poor printer and google search bar are exhausted. And can I give another shout out to teacher blogs. Love you! They have been so helpful.

Number 9 AKA Luke is LOVING soccer. He can’t wait until his soccer games and plays really hard and cheers on his teammates when he is taking a break. He’s scored several goals including 2 for the other team Thursday. J How dare they switch which goal is ours with a bunch of 4 year olds! 😉

Dan is hanging in there and still coaching on crutches.

You can see him in the background of the picture above.

He’s scheduled for another Dr. appointment Monday for his ankle. He’s made some progress, but not a lot. Still no weight on it yet and we’re almost at one month since he hurt it. Poor guy is SO tired of the crutches and being unable to walk on his foot.

Daniel had a program last week. It was called Educations Rocks and it was cute. He had a speaking part. The picture quality is awful, I just had my cell phone and was a mile away from him.

He also started riding the bus last week. He thinks it’s the greatest thing (thank goodness). I was having to do so much rushing around to get the kids after work, that this has worked out just great! They let him off right in front of the house, since we live on a busy road. We swore we would try not to do the bus with the kids, but this bus driver runs a tight ship, so I feel better about it! He has a couple of really good buddies on the bus, so that really helps.

I’m going to really try to blog just little bits through the week, that way it’s not such a daunting task! I want to be able to remember this crazy time in our lives. This time where Simply Cindy’s life is a little less simple!

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