Haley, Haley, Haley–Wow, what a week!


Haley turned six on Wednesday! The first thing I said to Hayden that morning was, “How do we have a six year old?” Time is going fast, but I think we do a great job of making our moments count so I feel like we are taking it in stride. With that said, I look at my little girl and don’t see my little baby. She is getting older, dressing herself (for better or for worse!) and continually amazes me at the things she says and thinks about. Haley is definitely a thinker…like her Dad. I’m so glad she got that trait of his.

Haley started her birthday week off last weekend. The Simons’, Mammaw Clack, Laura/Ryan and crew, my parents, Demarkis, and my cousin Brian all gathered here for a birthday lunch…complete with Birthday Cupcakes. (Choosing to have the famous Birthday Cupcakes at every opportunity is a trait she got from me!) She enjoyed getting a new set of legos and playing with her cousins. Avery adored having Caleb around. They are about the same size and she just repeated, “baby” the entire time they were here. Trey had a blast with Seth and got to attend a birthday party Saturday morning at Build-A-Bear. He had never been and had such a special time. I love watching him listen to the process and be excited about making his bear. He is such a sweetie! (and OH, so cute!)

Saturday night we took a family trip to a Frozen Yogurt shop in Millington with our Sunday School class. Our class is amazing and we have some truly special friends in this group. The kids all get along well and enjoy seeing each other often.

Sunday we had an amazing morning. Haley got BAPTIZED!!! The explanation of the events surrounding her baptism deserve a whole blog post in itself…so stay tuned. She was really nervous about going under water but we had a great pastor that was doing the baptisms and she felt really comfortable with him…he did magic tricks and made her feel right at home. Once she got out of the water she asked, “can I do that again??” She’s asked several times since if she can PLEASE get baptized again. She has told SO many people about her baptism and new identity- A Christian! When I went to school to eat lunch with her for her birthday, all the lunch ladies congratulated us on Haley’s baptism…I am so proud that she is so happy about loving Jesus that she can NOT keep it to herself.




Tuesday night, Haley had her pinning ceremony for Daisy Scouts. (explained in the Girl Scout post.)


Wednesday was Haley’s actual birthday. After chocolate chip pancakes on the blue plate she was off to school. Hayden was able to stay home a little later today, so that made the morning even more special. Haley was VERY worried about going to school and has been thinking about the fact that her teacher does birthday spankings…for months! As her birthday got closer she would ask if she could be absent on that day because she didn’t want to be embarrassed in front of her class. I sent a note to her teacher to make sure she knew how sensitive Haley was about it…Haley’s stomach was hurting two days before her birthday! I asked if they could do it in the morning so she wouldn’t be thinking about it all day. I don’t know if her teacher even had a chance to mention it before Haley had started crying. Of course, there were no birthday spankings that day!

Trey, Avery and I picked up some Happy Meals from McDonald’s and headed to school for lunch. We sat with Haley’s class and brought cookies to help celebrate. I think Trey had more fun than anyone.

After school, Hayden took Haley on a date for dinner. They went to Incredible Pizza. Hayden mentioned that they spent a fortune…but that it was definitely an investment. They had a blast having Haley-Daddy time and I’m not sure which one needed it more. When they got home we opened presents. Trey got to pick out some earrings for Haley and he was so proud to give them to her. It melted my heart, how eager he was to give them to her and tell her that HE had picked them out for her!

Saturday was the BIG party. Haley had thought up the idea to have an Artist Party with the girls in her class. The girls in the class call themselves The Butterfly Team. So, once I found an incredible deal on large canvases at Michael’s, it was a done deal! Haley is more into crafts than anyone I have ever known, so this was the perfect theme. I painted a sample butterfly for the girls to see and also a large canvas birthday picture…also butterfly themed. We set up Simons’ Studio in the basement and the girls had a fantastic time painting and giggling. I was so happy to hear them tell Haley over and over, “this party is better than the most awesome party!” “Will you have this for your party next year??”











As you can see, Haley wasn’t wearing a smile in this final picture.  She was upset because she didn’t want to take a picture with her painting that wasn’t done yet.  She is a perfectionist and LOVES color.  Like a true artist, she didn’t want her masterpiece revealed until it was completed. 

We were all tired by the end of the afternoon. Avery was probably most sad that the party was over because she had unlimited access to the candy from the Sundae Bar while we were opening presents and finishing our paintings. Trey hung in there like a champ with all the girls. His painting went abstract…he didn’t want to paint a girly butterfly. Haley is blessed to have such a loving little brother that desires to be a part of anything that is special to her.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous and we spent the afternoon playing soccer in the back yard and fishing. We even took a spin on the boat and shook our heads in disbelief…how are we so lucky to live on this lake??? God has given us far more than we ever could have imagined, in every aspect of our life- our kids, our location, our friends, family, our marriage, church, and the list goes on.

Haley learned about Leprechan’s at school this week and had written a note to one asking if he could come live with us…and promising that she would take good care of him. Hayden and I bought gnomes for the kids last year when we were planning our garden. So we thought it might be a great time to bring out the gnomes…our garden is starting to sprout! We decided the Leprechan could leave the gnomes for the kids. He left a green note explaining he was too busy in March to move in but that he asked his buddy to come live here and watch over our garden. The kids were ecstatic!

One last cherry on the cake was a dinner out to Cracker Barrel! That is the kids’ favorite restaurant…and our dinner we’d planned to eat wasn’t quite defrosted. Haley finished off this grading period with all brown lions- no cards pulled! This was a goal of hers and she made it…

I don’t know if there is anything else we could have thrown in this weekend!! We are exhausted- and wouldn’t have it any other way. Thankful.

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