Waid is 14

He went to the International Towing Museum.

 Who would have thought that there was a museum for tow trucks and apparatus. 

Emmi made Waid's cake, as he requested.
The girls combined efforts to make this doll a new dress and shoes.  There was also a video made with Wes, featuring the making of the doll's dress.

 I'm pretty amazed they did this with no pattern.
 We recently saw the "Fallen Five" monument that was completed last month on the River Walk.
The memorial has a golden wreath upheld by five spires.  The four Marines and Navy sailor were gunned down by a terrorist in 2015.  We were there the day after the dedication, so there were wreaths and flowers everywhere; very humbling.
 AJ has been on a puzzle kick lately.  He will work for hours at the time.  I don't have that kind of patience (or is it that I don't have that kind of time?).
 About once a week we see deer on the hill behind out house.  There has been a baby with them lately.

Jenna's Birthday and more

Avery made a video for Jenna, but I couldn't load it.  Here is the picture of if.  The characters are Jenna's stuffed animals.

Jenna was very excited to get her ears pierced, like Emmi did on her 15th birthday.
Avery has said that she does NOT want her ears pierced.
She requested a store bought cake, YAY!!

A few days later, I went out to the car to run errands, and found this.....Grace is the ring leader, of course.  

Here's Emmi with another crocheted creature, that she gave to a friend at church.  Everyone wanted to know "why a lamb?".  Our friend knew instantly; because he was born in the Chinese year of the lamb.

Grace also had to get in on the birthday action last month.
But it was a good excuse to have brownies!

Sherlock's Staycation

With Kristen's help, DH and I went on a staycation a few weeks ago.
Sherlock was our chaperone, here he is at the fire station in Cleveland, TN.
 We went to The Museum Center at Five Points, which tells the history of Cherokee Indians in the area.  The fire station was right next door, some firemen were outside, so Sherlock asked to see the antique fire truck.  We ate at The Farmhouse restaurant.
 On the way back home we got sushi and ice cream to eat that night.
 We hit many antique malls from Cleveland and Fort Payne.  I did not own a single necklace, I just don't wear them, but I had to have this bird house necklace made from an old knife handle, and the roof is a dime.   I got it at Bell Batelle in Mentone, AL, and YES, we ate at the Wildflower.   It's my favorite shop in the area, and if you are there, check out Dave's antiques.
 I have a blouse that I love, but it's very plain.  I was on a mission for a pin to wear with it.
I ended up with three........this may be the start of a collection.  DH was on a mission for antique wood working tools (his future retirement hobby), and found a few.
                We ate "big" at lunch, and lite at home.  Here is Sherlock getting into the cereal.
 On the way back to get the kids, Koch's Bakery was calling Sherlock's name.  It calls my name quite often since we have lived in Chattanooga.
 They have the best buttercream filled donuts I have ever tasted!!!!  Sherlock agrees.
 I hope you all know that I am not crazy, and posted about Sherlock's staycation for the enjoyment of my kids.  Speaking of crazy, look at my curls!

                             Some days I've got them, some days I don't.  All depending on the weather.


Thank you Julie!!!  Julie has been reading my blog since spring of 2010~~~wow~~~
Her beautiful Christian heart hurt for AJ, after reading about his experience turning 16.
He was so upset that he will never get to drive, so Julie bought him a car that he CAN drive, and he has driven it every day since =)

Emmi has been up to some creative thinking, as usual.  Guess what those buttons are for?
She had this coil from her Teaching Textbooks book, and wanted to do something with it.

She created a dog, descendant of "slinky dog" not doubt.

You know those teak rocking chairs from Sam's?  They sell for $199.  I got two in 2003 for $79 each.
Let me tell you; they are worth it!!!  After 16 years, DH is re-doing them.  He took it totally apart, sanded, stained, poly-d, and put back together.   About half of their life has been out in the weather, and the other half under porches. 
It looks fantastic, and is very sturdy!  He has now started on the second one.

Ya'll remember Grace, our Elf on a Shelf, so to speak..........Emmi makes sure that Grace goes on errands with me often.  This week I had to get new key fobs for my car.
She jumped out of the car and ran into the shop.  I heard that she ran straight for the tire rack and was rolling tires everywhere.  The nice guys at Capital Toyota grabbed her, made her clean up the mess, and got her back to me.

July is Birthday month

 We have 4 birthdays in July, and Wes's just a week before.  Avery turned 14 on my birthday.

AJ is 16!!!  And let me point out something here, that you would think is obvious.
If you are at church, Target, etc., and a person with obvious special needs tells you he just turned 16; DO NOT say "wow, you can drive now", or anything to that effect.
 Doing so may ruin his day when his mom has to explain the comment to him, and that no, he cannot drive---ever.
                                        Jake was not here for his birthday, but turned 26. =0
                             This sweet neighbor had a birthday, and Emmi made her a cow.
Other than that, we have visited friends, swam, and been hot.

Here are 4 of the kids with our friends who came all the way from Cullman, AL for a visit.
Oh---and why is our house for sale?????  I'll give you the quick version:
*We miss our pool.
*The neighbor was supposed to build a 1 level house, but had to change to a 2 story because of an aging parent coming to live with them.......this means we have windows and a screened porch looking down into our back yard.  We even paid for additional concrete and hot tub pre-wiring in the back yard before the neighbors house was started.  Now, if we put in the hot tub, we could converse with them on their porch--no thanks.  Lesson learned:  If you pick your lot based on neighboring floor plans, get it in writing.
*We miss out pool.
*DH has decided a triple garage is not big enough for us and his future woodworking shop.
*We miss our pool.