Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hezzy Baby Turns 27

On November 5, 2015, our Heather Jean, the Fats, Little Porkchop, our favorite Hezzy Girl turned 27!! TWO-SEVEN. Not sure how that happened or when she changed from a pesky baby sister to a dear best friend, but somewhere along the way, it happened.  And because of God's grace in bringing the Kees family back to Louisiana, we were able to meet up in Natchitoches to celebrate our Hezzy's birthday!!

Kate and Grant are so funny.. They can get into SO much trouble together, fussing at each other like a little old married couple!  But they are always so genuinely excited to see each other!

Yayyyyyy, Grant! Yayyyy, Kate!

Andrew was excited to finally be there and was ready for a glass of sweet tea out on the patio!

Hilary was able to come, too, making it a complete sister luncheon for Hezzy!

Grant in those Chucks.  Stop it right now.

Somehow all the Poole boys ended up in red shirts! Too cute!!

Our little Wade right here!!  10 months old and such a delight!

Lunch at Maglieaux's in Natchitoches!!

I mean, seriously?!  How cute are they?!

Because you know I can never go eat somewhere and not take a picture of the food when it's this pretty..  This was their fried mushrooms!!  Absolutely fantastic!

Beautiful Savannah! She is such a joy!

Heyyyy!  When's it my turn to eat?!

Grant is never more happy than when he is sitting with his dad!

All the girls!!!!  :))) Can we please do this everyday?!
(Grammie, we missed you!!  So sad you didn't feel well!  Rain check?!)

Jen and I split our wraps so that we could try them both!  This is why everyone should have a sister, y'all!!  Oh my goodness, these were heavenly.  One was filled with spinach and chicken, the other with fried crawfish etoufee.  Yes, please, and thank you.

Savannah practiced her waitressing skills with the water pitcher.. and she was so good at it!!

And because it was Heather's birthday, she got this White Chocolate Bread Pudding. For free. Which you know makes it taste that much better, ha!  Soooo gooood.

"Mom, why are you making me sit with this crazy lady?!"

"Oh, wait!  This is a prime spot for caaaaake!"

Kate just kept saying, "Ahhh, Mommy! Ahhhhhhhh!"  Hahaa!!  What a sweet and wonderful lunch!  Thank you, Grammie and Pops, for our most wonderful day out!!

We headed down Main Street and came across all sorts of beautiful fall displays.  So, of course, it was family picture time!!

Happy Birthday, Beautiful Hezzy!!

Our Poole Party!!

"C'mon, Wadie, let's kiss and make these kids laugh."
Hahaa, they really do think it's the funniest thing ever!

Hahaa, aren't the before pictures always so funny?!

God, you are so good!!  Thank You for my family!!

Nan!!  Remember when we saw this in that Louisiana magazine?!  We found it!!  The Oldest General Store in Louisiana!!  Of course, we had to go in!!

Brother found an old coon-skin cap..

Grant and Kate enjoyed riding around on their ponies...

...and I found the greatest napkins that I just loved! "JUST POOLIN' AROUND!"  I didn't buy them (because I am cheap) but that may be our family tagline for LIFE.  Ha!

Hahaa, sorry, Jen, but this was the only picture I had of the three of us, so it had to go up!
There's a sweet sisterly bond here and the older I get, the more I cherish it!

Hezzy and her Hil!
Proverbs 31:25 - "She is clothed and strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come."
I'm so thankful for this day 27 years ago when Hezzy joined our family!! You bring so much wisdom, life, and happiness to us, Hez... not to mention a great fashion sense and incredible decorating skills. Ha!!  I love that you know all my inside jokes, call me out when I look terrible, and have been the third wheel for as long as I can remember.  I love being your sister and I love youuuuu!  HAPPY 27TH BIRTHDAY, MY HEZZY!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

It's That Time of the Year!!

You know what time I mean...
Christmas Card Time!!
We packed the kids up and headed south to take our annual Christmas pictures!  

Are these not the cutest, littlest red Chucks you've ever seen?!

Abigail was a big helper, holding Baby Samuel while everyone else got ready!

Andrew adored his red Chucks!  He did not want to take them off when we got home, and for the boy who NEVER wears shoes, that is a big deal.

Sweet Savannah, ready to rock!

And Baby Samuel, crawling around on all fours, just like Savannah did!
I seriously cannot get enough of him in those shoes..
I wish I could post all the Christmas pictures here.. they were adorable!  I love how our family grows by another kid in each Christmas card, ha!!  A little old lady in the grocery story asked me today if all 4 children in my buggy were mine.  When I said 'yes,' she replied, "Wowwww!  Oh my goodness! Honey, that's just wonderful.  You are so blessed!!" 
And I couldn't agree more..

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello, My Pretties..

I planned a little party for our homeschool co-op at our house the day before Halloween and it was a blast for the teacher inside of me!!  I had so much fun planning lots of fall games and activities for our kids! 

For example, what is a Halloween party without a little Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin?!

Heather gave me the idea for these adorable pumpkin clementines and I found a recipe for this fall drink.. because the punch is always my favorite part!  

The kids came in their costumes, which I just loved.  Why can't we just LIVE in costumes?!
Here are three princess and their favorite feline!!  (Or is that a saloon girl....??)  Haaaa, kidding, Erin, just kiddinggggg!) ;))

This mommy made mummy dogs, too!  :))

Heather's cutie little pumpkins..

..and Grammie's caramel corn!  This is what we grew up eating and is now the reason we can't truly enjoy any type of caramel corn that comes out of a box.  Once you've had the best, nothing else can even come close.

My beautiful little Vannie girl!!  Thanks, Nanny, for the gorgeous, hand-sewn princess dress!

Can my house please look like this everyday?!  I LOVE dressing it up!

Also, balloon banners are my new most favorite thing ever.

Three years later and this banner is still going strong, ha!
Heather, that's all that good lamination for ya!! ;))

Everyone headed outside for some pictures..

How cute are these kids?!

Love these little pumpkins.

Thanks, my Hezzy, for all your hard work!! You made the day absolutely bootiful.

Minus the green snot, this is a cute baby.. who loved his first Halloween party!!

Grammie was amazing and helped take care of all the little children!

Gracie and her sisters were the little girls off of Despicable Me!!  ADORABLE!

Oh my gosh, can minions and Spiderman and Cinderellas and Captain America and Margo, Edith, and Agnes lunch at my house everyday?!?

Just a really good shot of my hair for you..  Hahahaa! Setting up our first game!!

Pin the Stem on the Pumpkin!!  Andrew was our first competitor:

I'm not 100% sure that Emma Claire was breathing, hahaha!!

And we have a winnerrrrr!!!!  Gracie wins!! Gracie wins!!!

Heather, you make such a great Vannah White!

Our precious kiddos!!

Next on the agenda: Pumpkin Races!!

But first, silly faces!!

It was a single file boys vs. girls race..
But based off of this picture here, I did not give directions clearly, hahaha!!

Take your pumpkin, run around Hezzy, and then race back and pass your pumpkin off to the next person in line!

Running in..

..and off Kaylee Grace went!  Seeing her run and fall down, run and fall down in that big princess dress was just the cutest thing ever!

Excuse me, peasants, it is very hard work for me to be carrying this pumpkin AND looking this fabulous!!

Yayyyy, Eden!!

Our little Caroline went last, but she ran so fast..

..and got to keep the pumpkin. ;))

Time for a break??  Not a chance.
It was time to decorate Heather's pumpkin cookies!!

Aren't the squeeze bottles ingenious?!  That was all Hez.

Love this girl and love her cookie!!

If you want this cookie, you're going to have to go through me first! Ha!!

Beautiful Ireland with his amazing creation!

Cutie little Kaylee Grace!!

Sweet E.C.

Brother's favorite part was eating all of the icing and turning his teeth BLACK, ha!

Jess, these two pics of your gorgeous Gracie were too good and SO sweet!

Winner of the Pumpkin Spirit Stick AND she caught an apple!!

Last, but not least, it was time for Bobbing for Apples!!

This is the game our littlest toddlers loved the most!!

I spy Kate LICKING the apple!!  Sure hope I get that one!!  Hahaha!!

Down Jude goes!

Keeeeeep trying..

He got one!!!

I love this shot!!

Finally, before everyone left, they got to dip their hand in the bucket and keep whatever creepy, crawly thing they pulled out!

It was such a wonderful day and made me appreciate all of our children, the impressionable age they are right now, and the simplicity and sweetness of the homeschooled life.

Later that night, we had lifegroup and Mom made these pumpkin cookies!!  This was another recipe I remember eating growing up.. have I mentioned how nice it's been to have my parents so close by?!  Especially when Mom bakes and brings over sweet treats like this?!  I followed her example from years ago and carved out a pumpkin to serve the pumpkin dip out of..

My 6-going-on-16 year old.

The next morning, I happened to wake up as the sun was rising.  Which seriously never happens, so I had to take a picture, ha!  But truly, how serene and peaceful is this??

"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; 
His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning.
Great is Your faithfulness." - Lamentations 3:22-23
Thank you, Lord, for new mornings with new mercies.

Ironically, this ended up being all of the Halloween partying we did, as our Trunk or Treat celebration got cancelled due to the poor weather.  It was enough for this Poole family, though!  One good day of saying bootiful, spooktacular, and "mind your mummy!" 50 times and then it's time to call it a wrap. ;)) 

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.