I am so ashamed of myself for my long blogging break! Especially because I am pregnant with my daughter and the #1 reason I blog is so my children will read it one day! I've kept such good track of all of my pregnancies because I pictured my daughter wanting to know one day what her pregnancy might be like, and here I am not even documenting her own! Honestly, the reason for my hiatus is that our computer finally kicked the bucket (you may remember me sharing Major spilled OJ on it and its been holding on my a thread ever since). And I have no idea how to add pictures now that there is no longer a Blogger app for my iphone. Seriously I'm just technology illiterate, send help. I'm typing this on Joey's work computer and I can't promise when I'll update again.  So allow me to just ramble a bit!

Y'all, having 3 kids is insane. I am overstimulated all day long with noise and touching and questions. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade it for the world, but like I don't ever sit down. The past year of our life has been crazy. That seems to be a theme with us. I would like to do a separate post on this topic, but we had to change our original "word of our year" from REST to SETTLE. Rest just is not happening with all these chitlins running rampant. Instead we have spent the last year trying to get our feet on solid ground.

As I type this, my house is messier than its been since we moved in. I cannot live in mess. My brain does not function. I'm not by any means a clean freak (you should see my car).  Lord, I wish I was OCD. But I like my house to be picked up and somewhat in order. I'm just a nicer person. We hosted Thanksgiving and I'm still recovering. I just got serving dishes washed and put away yesterday. We have Christmas decorations and boxes still waiting to be fully put up. We are having carpet installed on Friday in our guest room, Breaker's room (which will turn into the new baby's room) and Shep and Major's room. So Joey has spent the past week trying to get all 3 rooms painted before the carpet is installed, we have to take everything out of those rooms to get ready so I have crap everywhere, including a mattress and box springs blocking my guest bath and laundry room. #firstworldproblems

So I'm I think a week or two away from the third trimester. I'm at the point where if I drop something I just leave it there as opposed to bending over. #bendingoveristheworst
I had my baby shower a few weeks ago and it is so exciting to see my house filling up with pink stuff! I'm just not used to it, it feels foreign to me. We've painted the nursery pink and I'm searching for the perfect floral wallpaper to go on one wall. I've been feeling her kick for a few weeks now, which is so sweet. I finally have a posterior placenta and I am so excited to experience that. The boys were all anterior and I could never feel them until later. I'm having anxiety over the C-section, which if you've read this blog for awhile you know I could go on about allll day. ;)

A little update on the boys:

Shep is still loving school, he moves up to blue or purple on the color chart every day because he is an angel. Then I pick him up and he turns into a crazed person. I guess he's been holding in his wildness all day so he lets loose as soon as he gets home. He has such a manipulative streak. #lordpleasekeephimoutofjail
He is like the little devil on his brother's shoulders whispering to them to do something naughty. Today I told Breaker not to climb on something and started walking away, and I hear Shep say, "Breaker, climb up there. Do it."
A few weeks ago Shep got in big trouble because he legit masterminded a big coverup and had Major lying for him to keep himself out of trouble. He's a sneaky one.

Major has always gotten the rap for being our wild child, which he is, but he is also the literal sweetest person you will ever meet, and our current easiest to handle child. He just gives love so freely. All day long he asks me if he can give me hugs and kisses. He follows Breaker around the house, saying, "Breaker? Huggie??" That story I just said about Shep getting in trouble for his big cover up? We were making him apologize to Major and we told him to give Major a hug and say sorry. Shep is not a hugger. Well Shep starts walking towards him, Major's arms are outstretched, so excited to be getting a hug, and Shep just walks right past him. We yelled at Shep to come back and Major says, "Its ok, Shep. You just missed me."  I could go on and on, but he really is just the sweeeeetest.

I don't know if its his age or truly his personality, but Breaker is just really goofy. He makes the funniest faces and is a little wild child doing flips and throwing himself around on the couch or wherever. He is obsessed with books. He loves his brothers and gets PISSED if he gets left out. He wants to be doing whatever they are doing. He is so rough and also destructive. He will wrestle his brothers and straight up hit them if they make him mad. He loves to throw things and jump off stuff.  I swear angels have intervened and let Joey and I have superhuman reflexes to catch him when he jumps off things without waiting to see if anyone is ready to catch him. Last night he was climbing on the table and jumping to me over and over again. Well then he loses his balance and falls backwards off the table. I lunge for him but can't get a good grip, I was seriously holding him with both hands by his head. Then big ol pregnant me loses my balance too and we both topple to the ground. Joey rushes over not sure who to help first, his pregnant wife or his baby who nearly had his head ripped off. LORD.

Well, I just thought I'd check in and get some rambling off my chest. Hopefully I'll be back to blogging soon :)

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Summer Catch Up Post

If you saw my post yesterday, you can guess the reason I've taken a blogging hiatus. My motto the 1st trimester is always just to get through it. And I don't even have it hard so I can't imagine if I was sick everyday. Now that I'm into the 2nd trimester I'm getting some energy back and motivation to keep up with my blog.

Side note: If anyone has any tips for me how to blog from my phone, please let me know! The Blogger app for the phone is awful and I would prefer to blog from my phone vs. on the laptop.

Today is just going to be a Summer highlight post, catching back up on the past few months.

Hanging out at my aunt and uncle's house and their horse farm.

Grammy came to visit!

Lots of hanging out by the creek and in the garden.

4th of July at Pop Pop's.

Twins :)

The Market in Frankfort.

Family Reunion with my dad's side of the family.

The boy's first trip to Holiday World.

Family trip to Thomas Land!

One day, Breaker was napping and I was trying to eat lunch in peace, so I chose to ignore the questionable noise coming from the living room. When I got up (after like ONLY 5 MINUTES) I see the boys have gotten into styrofoam packing materials and tiny little balls of styrofoam are EVERYWHERE. The ONLY reason I could laugh about this...when my sister and I were little, probably age 6 and 9, we had matching bean bags. One day we realized there was a hole in one, and if we ran and jumped on it, tiny white balls flew out and we felt like it was snowing inside. To this day, we still make fun of my mom absolutely blowing up at us. Its the most mad I have ever seen my mom. I can still see her yelling and vacuuming, and she donated the 2nd bean bag to my 3rd grade classroom. So I called her and said 20 years later, her being a psycho kept me from being a psycho to my own kids ;) and I just took pictures and then made Joey finish the clean up.

This was the summer of the kitchen. For two months straight, Joey and Whisman spent every spare minute working on our kitchen. I am so glad it is finally done, and I will share pictures soon :)

3 precious brothers.

Watching the eclipse.

Breaker cut open his head on a glass vase :( I wasn't home because I'd had a doctors appointment and Joey just facetimes me at Target and all I see is my baby's face covered in blood. I said I think he needs stitches and luckily our neighbors were home to watch Shep and Maj while Joey took Breaker to the ER and I rushed home. They were able to glue it instead of stitches, and we were very thankful it cut right at his hairline and not somewhere that could have been a lot worse. It scares me to think just an inch or so down and it could have been in his eye. Breaker and Major were chasing each other around and he somehow hit the thick glass vase.

Another night at the Market in Frankfort.

September 1st was the 1 year anniversary of Rhonda's death, and we had all of our family over to spend time together. 

Shepherd's 1st day of Pre-K, 2017.

Small town homecoming parade. This was so special, as this is the high school the boys will attend. When the football float came by, our neighbor is on the team, and he yelled at all his buddies, "Guys! The kid in the orange shirt!" and the whole team started throwing candy right for Major. It was so sweet, and I told Major he'd probably be on that float one day.

Breaker has gotten really into books, and it's precious. I'm embarrassed to say this is just now happening because I read a book to him for pretty much the first time a few weeks ago. #3rdchildproblems 

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1st Trimester Update: Baby GIRL!

Baby #4! Holy moly, we have a lot of kids.

This pregnancy has been like all of the others. No morning sickness, just loss of appetite and super disgusted by smells and meat. Every time I've opened the fridge it makes me dry heave. In the very beginning, like week 5, 6, 7, I was so extremely fatigued it was unbearable. I've never been so tired in my life. I'm into the 2nd trimester now and I thankfully have some energy back.

I'm still in shock that its a girl. We have pink balloons in our house right now, and it feels so foreign to me to see pink. I've already bought some girl clothes and its so precious!

The baby is due in March, so she and Breaker will be right at 2 years apart. I think he is going to love being a big brother. The other day one of my friends stopped by with her newborn, and Breaker was in awe. Shep and Major will be such good brothers too. They both seriously cater to Breaker's every whim and desire, and basically treat him like he's a little prince, so I can only imagine how sweet they'll be to a baby girl.

We have a name picked out, and I've already told a ton of people. But a couple days ago Joey started saying he liked another name so...I guess we'll see.

This will be another C-section, for the same reasons I decided on a C-section with Breaker. Its very disappointing to me, and I am terrified, but I still think its the right decision, to not risk injuring my tailbone any further. Now I'll have 4 kids who need me, I can't risk chronic pain that would take away being able to care for my kids. I just am really scared about another C-section, and I had such a hard time with Breaker's birth. Is there some drug they can give me to just make me a happy and calm person that day, but still awake and aware of whats going on?

I'm 16 weeks right now and she is the size of an avocado.

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Its. A. GIRL!!!!!

I really never thought I would say that. After 3 boys, I was convinced that was all we could make. When the ultrasound tech told us, I said, "Stoppppppp." We could not be more excited.

People have asked me what I'm most excited about, and the answer is all of the special things that only come with having a girl. I love my boys, but I am not raising Mama's Boys. No one wants to be married to men who have to call their mom all the time. I want them to grow up and get married and their wife will be their person. I pray all the time for my future daughter in laws, and I pray they will be like daughters to me and I will have amazing relationships with them and they will call me all the time and want me in the delivery room with them and feel completely comfortable with me. But I know most Mother in Law relationships aren't like that. So even though these are going to seriously be the most prayed about and for daughter in laws in the world, and I cry when I think about meeting them for the first time, I am so excited to have a daughter. Daughters grow up and its normal for them to call their mom everyday, for every reason or no reason. When I think about mother/daughter relationships, I think about taking her for pedicures, shopping, teaching her about hair and makeup, picking out her prom dress, decorating her dorm room, planning a wedding, etc. etc.

Of course there's so much more than that, but I'm sure I'll get into it all later ;)

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Another Lawhorn Baby is on the way!

We love big families and are so excited to adding to ours!


At one point Joey was like, "who cares?" Then he quickly corrected himself and was like, "Oh yeah my pregnant wife does." and tried to make our three lovely animals pose for a picture.

I'm 16 weeks now, so into the second trimester. Baby is due in early March!

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Casey and Shelbi's Wedding

 A few weeks ago, Joey's brother,  Casey got married.  We absolutely love Casey and Shelbi, and their son,  Reece. The wedding was beautiful.   Shelbi had the tiniest details planned out, honestly I   don't know how people do it. It was all perfect!

Wedding Snapchat filters:
I'd like to point out Joey and I got married before even Pinterest was a thing. I wonder what our wedding hashtag would have been? Casey and Shelbi's was so cute and witty...#shelbialawhorn
Get it? She'll be a Lawhorn. I loved it!

The boys were THRILLED to spend some time with their cousins, Brody and Colson. These two boys are so precious, so polite, so well behaved and took great care of my boys this night.  Because I'm pretty sure as soon as we got there, Major ran off and wanted nothing to do with his boring parents the rest of the night ;)

Love this picture of Shep and Papaw Joe.

Excited we just got ANOTHER sister ;) Including my sister, I have 6 sisters now :)

Joey with his dad and sister, Jen.

I told you he wanted nothing to do with me :(

My handsome groomsman.

Major of course wasn't interested in a family picture.

Shelbi's maid of honor performed a rap to the tune of Fresh Prince and it was hilarious.

Shepherd broke our hearts with his precious dancing. He was so nervous to dance and started out just barely tapping his little toe. He eventually warmed up and had a blast on the dance floor.

Major needed no warming up and stole the show all night. 

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June Resolutions Review

For the month of June, I made it my goal to drink 8 glasses of water a day. That would equal out to about 4 bottles of water. Well...turns out I suck at drinking water. However, I'm really good at opening bottles of water and never finishing them. I usually drink maybe 2 bottles a day.

I'm taking the month off from a July resolution because right now theres nothing I'm that motivated to do. Also my kitchen is a disaster, which has turned my entire house into a disaster. So I'm just trying to survive until my kitchen is put back together. Probably 3 more weeks, at the very least. =(

May Resolutions Review
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Gigi and Pappy's House!

This month we have spent almost two weeks at my parent's house. Our first trip, I took the boys for a few days before Father's Day to spend some time with my dad. Then a few weeks ago we spent Tuesday - Friday there again because Joey was working on our kitchen and we wanted to be out of the way.

Owensboro has the best splash pad! Out in the country and no where for my kids to run off. Thats how I rate parks...how easy would it be for me to lose a kid? This one gets a 100 for safety!

My mom and I took all three boys to Hobby Lobby at dinner time. I knew it was a mistake, especially now because I can't even remember what I was looking for.
This is how we exited Hobby Lobby:
(I wouldn't buy him a fidget spinner.)

As soon as we got home, he put himself to bed:

Lots of sparklers!

Three sweet brothers :)

More park fun!

AND more sparkler fun:

Back to the splash pad.

Got to go out to dinner with my best friend!

Pappy and Maj :)

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