Three Things


1. Britt might have found her “thing”.  She started gymnastics a few months ago and is loving it!  The balance beam, tumbling, the bars…she loves it all.  She got this bar for Christmas and is slowly discovering new tricks that keep us all on the edge of our seats.

2. I mentioned before we’d decided to hold Britt back another year in preschool, which any mom who’s done this has probably had the same feelings I had before we made our decision.  To say I was TORN was an understatement.  After seeking wise counsel and lots of prayer, we decided it would be in the best interest of her to have one more year to do speech therapy twice a week {when she starts school, it just won’t be possible to continue this due to time}, have another year to mature, and have another year to really make sure she has a solid foundation before she heads to kindergarten.  Just yesterday I enrolled her in a “Transitional Kindergarten” at preschool for next year.  And my mama heart feels so good about this decision.

3. Have you guys seen the Kroger commercial that plays Flo Rida’s, “Low”, song in the background?  Apparently it’s on quite frequently at our house because we ran into Kroger a couple weeks ago before school and she noticed the Kroger commercial signs and started singing, “Get Low, Get Low”.  I was shocked!  And then I couldn’t stop laughing.


1. Is absolutely pumped for the spring baseball season to arrive.  He began playing in the fall on a new team with some old friends as well as some new friends.  This year his team will be playing in a few {the team hasn’t decided how many quite yet} baseball tournaments which in Bowen’s world are what “big kids” do because #olderbrother.  I can’t wait to watch him get his turn!

2. Speaking of having an older brother, most of the boys in our neighborhood are Nixon’s age so when Bowen is playing with neighborhood kids he’s usually one of the younger ones.  Over the weekend we signed Bowen up {as well as Nixon} for a football camp and when they split them  up Bowen made it into the younger group.  He absolutely LOVED being one of the “older kids” in that group.  It’s something he’s doesn’t experience often when he’s used to constantly hanging with ten-year-olds.

3.  His love for Dude Perfect is still going strong.  Bowen is the one family member who remembers when a new video should be out and he ensures we’re all up to date on each and every one.  I’m pretty sure they come out every other Monday so as I’m writing this today-{for the post on Tuesday} I heard him mention it.


1.  When Nixon was a toddler, he was a MESS.  Like at playdates he was constantly the kid who was pushing or hitting other kids, he had no fear, and he kept me on my toes at all times.  At one point I made up this song that we’d sing in the car before we did anything {insert preschool, church, play group, etc.}.  The lyrics were, “I’m gonna keep my hands to myself, Gonna keep my hands to myself, I’m not gonna push.  I’m not gonna push.”  And it had a catchy tune, I promise.  I’m sure I read some parenting book searching for answers that told me to put a positive spin so that’s what I tried.  When I say we sang this song a lot, I mean…we sang the song a lot.  Somebody started singing it in the kitchen and I mentioned writing that song for Nixon.  He was SHOCKED!  He thought that had aired on a Bubble Guppies episode or something and when he learned I wrote that just for him, well he couldn’t believe it.  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

2.  Since I mentioned my toddler Nixon struggle, I’m gonna follow it up with a sweet text I got from a friend who was subbing in his class.  She texted me to let me know what a great kid he was and guys-I’m not sure there’s a better text to a mom than one complimenting her kid. 

3. As a mom and the one who’s planning our weekly meals, I’m often asking the kids what they’d like for dinner.  Nixon’s very favorite and response every time, “STEAK”.  I don’t always deliver but he’s stoked every time I do.

Ebby Lee:

1. Ebby Lee has finally found her middle school groove.  With so much change at one time coupled with covid, it was a big jump from mid-fifth grade year to becoming a sixth grader at a new middle school.  She’s loving her teachers, loving all her teachers, and loving life in middle school.

2.  When we moved onto our street our kids were the youngest by far, but now things are changing.  Many of our neighbors who had older kids have decided to downsize or are moving closer to their now grown children.  Lots of families with young children are moving in.  Which is super fun!  And Ebby Lee has one thing on her mind…when can she start babysitting?  She’s not quite there yet but my oh my when she gets the green light, she’ll be stoked!

3.  Something else she is loving is YOUTH GROUP at our church!  From games to the lesson to lots of friends, she loves everything about it.  I love seeing her relationship with Christ grow as she tackles this new stage of life.

The two of us have become official carpool drivers for the four listed above, but we know these are the days we’ll look back on and remember forever.  We’re embracing them and soaking all the busy, chaotic days up!

Thanks for reading today, friends!

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  1. 2.2.21
    Elspeth Mizner said:

    What a fun update! I love your and Tab’s need the most! Hahaha!

  2. 2.2.21
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I spent one entire summer at the pool MAKING SURE NIXON SLAUGHTER DIDN'T DROWN. That boy thought he could walk on water!!!!! I remember going full on Baywatch on him once IN THE KIDDIE POOL. Ahhhh, good memories! πŸ™‚ Love this post!

  3. 2.2.21
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Britty is going to do fantastic next year in TK!!!

  4. 2.2.21
    Elizabeth W said:

    Those long days in the car really feel like the worst sometimes…but it's worth it. Ours are 14 months apart so when our daughter started driving she drove them both to school, then when were both doing evening extracurriculars it seemed more often than not I was picking up our son from practices in the evenings because she had the car at her job, or wherever. So last year when she was about to graduate we got her a new car and he was going to get the older car they had been sharing. They both knew it was on the horizon but didn't know when we were actually doing it. So when the day came and we had her new car in the garage as a surprise something was said to him about how he was on his own now and he looked genuinely shocked, as if this hadn't occurred to him. I said to him that we thought he would be excited to not have to wait on me to get there, etc. and his response was…"yes but after practice in the car is when we get to have all of our good talks". I wanted to cry. It reminded me that even when they are going through the eye rolling, exasperated by everything the parents do phase, they also soak up those little moments when they can, just like we do. Parenting ain't for sissies!!

  5. 2.2.21
    Elaine Welte said:

    Looks like you’re all doing so well!!!

  6. 2.2.21
    Amy said:

    Hello Erica;
    I love your blog but don't think I've ever posted. Just want you to know what a great mom you are to do what is right for Britt. Holding a child back when they need it is the best thing for them and that's what moms do. My older son, age 22 now, was held back in kindergarten. He was born in June so he was a younger 5. He needed to play another year; he needed to go to 1/2 day school for another year, he needed to spend time with mom for another year. Every child develops at their own pace. Holding him back kept him with his peers and he was not being 'compared' by the school system with kids who were older/more mature than him. He blossomed in kindergarten and was very successful in school. I do not know one mother/parent who has ever held a child back and regretted it. Great job… from one mom to another.

  7. 2.2.21
    Rachel said:

    Just wanted to encourage you – we placed our daughter in a transitional kindergarten class to give her an extra year too. She was also adopted from China with a cleft lip and palate. It was the BEST thing for her. That extra year to continue speech therapy and to mature was so beneficial for her. She is now 14 and thriving in Junior High πŸ™‚

  8. 2.2.21
    Unknown said:

    Middle school teacher here- you will never regret holding a kiddo for another year before kinder! Kids who are young for their grade can struggle with social-emotional skills and maturity in middle school and high school, and I see it every year. Great decision!

  9. 2.2.21
    Kelly Bonner said:

    I love these posts!

  10. 2.2.21
    Joanne said:

    My sons ALWAYS ask for steak when I ask for menu suggestions too!

  11. 2.3.21
    Lori said:

    I love your blog so much and always feel encouraged by you! Hearing that Ebby Lee loves youth group makes me smile because it was such a huge part of growing up for both my husband and myself even though we grew up 500 miles apart!

  12. 2.4.21
    Karen Ward said:

    We kept our daughter back the year between kindergarten and first grade. She was at a private school and they had what was called a pre-first class. That is what she went to right out of kindergarten. The first half of the year they reviewed kinder and the second half they started first grade work. It was the best thing we could have done for her. Her maturity level increased as well as her confidence. Britty will be the better for it!