Stock Yard Mama

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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

House search update

So here’s an additional house we’ve been keeping our eyes on as it was being built. Here are the photos with descriptions.

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Baby Shower

We had a blast a few weeks ago at Mrs. Lindsey’s baby shower. Here are some pics

Girls eating the snacks

Addy's class

Yummy snacks

Spring Break

So for our official first Spring Break (with Addyson being in Kindergarten) the kids and I packed up and headed to Memphis, TN to see the Atkins grandparents & great-grandmothers.

The kids did great during the almost 9 hour trip there and we made it almost 7 hours before breaking out the dvds too! When we got to Papa and NaNa’s house the kids were wired and took forever to get to bed (or maybe it just seemed like forever to me).

The next morning we got up and NaNa fixed some yummy pancakes that the kids devoured and we settled in to watch the Memphis Tigers in the C-USA Championship game on TV. They played a good game and won!! GO TIGERS! After naptime we packed up and headed to the Memphis Zoo. Man it is awesome!! Here’s our pictures from that outing.

Papa, NaNa, Addyson and Owen getting ready to venture into the Zoo.




Owen on the Zoo Farm Train

Addyson on the Zoo Farm Train

Addyson in the painting

Getting ready to see the Pandas

Panda #1

Panda #2

NaNa, Addyson & Owen in the Northwest Passage...with Polar Bears, Seals, and Black Bears

Saturday the kids had a BLAST at the Zoo and were worn-out.

Sunday we went to Papa & NaNa’s church then on to Grandmother Atkins home for lunch!

Grandmother Atkins and the kiddos

Later that afternoon Ms. Stephanie came over to give us all haircuts. Addyson decided to make a big change.

Getting it cut short


Posing for the camera with her new haircut

Monday came and with it came the possibility of lots of rain so we decided to head out to the Mall. We shopped a bit then headed to the Carousel and Bungee Jump area to have some fun!

Getting ready to jump!

And there she goes...she's doing a FLIP

Another FLIP

Just having a blast!

And onto the Carousel

Owen finally did it! And he LOVED it, rode it twice!

Later that afternoon we had some very dear friends drop by to visit! It was SO good to see Diane, Bria and baby Aaron!!

Tuesday was a much nicer day so we made a day of it and went to TWO parks before lunch!

I'm coming Mom!

Just playing

Swinging...he loves to swing SUPER high

Yes...he is climbing all alone

And again

And again!

We had a blast in Memphis and were so glad to get the opportunity to visit with both Great-Grandmothers too!

Wednesday we headed home and man was it a trip. What should have taken max 9 hours took 13 1/2 hours. We get stuck in traffic (see picture below) before we even got to Little Rock THEN we had a blow-out tire on the other side of Little Rock and SAT for TWO hours waiting on road-side assistance to get our tire changed. But we made it home safe and that is most important, right :).

This is what I got to look at for almost 45 minutes before we even got to Little Rock thanks to construction.

SOOO thankful for technology during LONG car rides.

When we got home we rested and had fun here in Fort Worth for the rest of the week with friends.

Overall we had a great spring break. I can’t wait until next year!

Dating my daughter…

I don’t know about you but I’m getting more and more terrified to think of what my nerves and worry lines will begin to look like once Addyson is old enough to date…I found this online and laughed out loud! Justin is keeping it around for the future.

Marriage & Babies

So Mark Driscoll (pastor of Mars Hill Church Seattle) recently wrote an article that I found interesting regarding the current culture’s view on Marriage and Preganancy titled, Let’s Have a Baby. I hope it opens your eyes as it did mine to how our world is thinking today.

Book list 03.05.2012

This week’s list:

Sticky People by Tony Johnston

The Monster Returns by Peter McCarty

Kevin Discovers Spring by Liesbet Slegers

Spinderella by Julia Donaldson

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

At the Show (Pony Scouts I Can Read Series) by Catherine Hapka

Who wants to be a poodle, I Don't by Lauren Child

Slightly Invisible by Lauren Child

Thidwick, the Big-Headed Moose by Dr. Seuss

The Bike Lesson by Jan and Stan Berenstain

Fly High, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold

Sunshine, Moonshine by Jennifer Armstrong

Did I ever tell you how lucky you are? by Dr. Seuss

Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli

The wildest brother by Cornelia Funke

the Princess and her Panther by Wendy Orr

Do not build a Frankenstein! by Neil Numberman



House hunting weekend # 30

So we went out this weekend AGAIN to look at houses in the Fort Worth area. Here are some pictures from our time out:

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A toddler’s brain

So I saw this on Facebook the other day and thought it was worth a post:

So True!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

We LOVE Dr. Seuss books in this house! In fact we own all of the following:

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

The Bippolo Seed and other lost stories

A B C - we own 4 copies of this one!

The Sneetches and Other Stories

One fish two fish red fish blue fish

Mr. Brown can Moo! Can You?

There's a Wocket in my Pocket!

Marvin K Mooney Will you Please Go Now!

The Foot Book

Hop on Pop

What was I Scared of?

And we’ve read SOOOOO many more too!

Thank you Dr. Suess for all your inspiring rhyming words throughout the years!

Book list for 02.28.2012

New book list:

Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin

I will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomoato by Lauren Child

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle

Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki

Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman

The Patch by Justina Chen Headley

I can be a Ballerina by Christy Webster

Just Saving My Money by Mercer Mayer


Because the Little Bug went Ka-Choo! by Rosetta Stone

Great Day for Up by Dr. Seuss

A Snout for Chocolate by Denys Cazet


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