Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, p

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, p

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Family Time

With each day, I appreciate more and more the time we get to spend as a family.  We have been so blessed that in the last 7 months, we have not had to spend more than a few days from one another.  This has been the first year that we have been able to go to the lake more than once, visit family while they are camping, or just play in the yard.  These boys have been so happy to have more time with both of their parents and we have felt the same.  Oh and seriously how cute is the necklace that Luke made himself?!

One of the biggest changes we have made as a family is that we are more active in our church.  Jeff is an active deacon and it is so wonderful that he is able to go and assist when he is called upon to do so.  Our church family is such a blessing to us.  We are also extremely grateful for the leadership that our pastor and his wife provide to our family.  He has been Jeff's pastor for 29 wonderful years and I am thankful for the messages he has brought that have obviously impacted the man Jeff is today.  In a few weeks, I will have the pleasure of teaching Sunday School to the 2-3 year old kids and on Wednesday nights, I will be teaching the 3-4 year olds.

On a side not, I absolutely love this little chair so if any of my crafty friends want to use their skills and make me one, I would be ever so grateful.

Running and Weight loss Battle

Well my weight loss battle continues and I am now realizing that it will be a lifelong struggle and require lifelong changes.  As a family, we have been working on getting healthy.  Jeff has started working out and I of course have continued to run.  I also started participating in a new physical and spiritual challenge my brother-in-law created on Facebook

The boys love when we do exercises in the house and I could resist this precious picture of Evan stretching.

This is my picture after running 5.5 miles.  It is almost unreal to me that I can type that I ran that far.  I still managed a smile and it felt awesome to complete.

Sweet Luke always wants to life weights like Jeff.  It is too precious.

Evan wanted to be just like me so he put on one of my headbands and we headed out to the garage from my run.  It is so funny to me that the boys love to sit in the hot garage and watch me run.

As of today I have ran 191.1 miles in the last year.  I am so excited that this week I will break the 200 mile mark.  

And here are a few more of the runs I have completed over the past week and a half.  So back to my weight loss struggle.  I have gained 20 lbs back since I reached my lowest weight.  In my life, I deal with stress in two ways : run and eat.  Sadly, I do more eating than I can burn off by running.  I am hopeful that I can get this habit under control and I started again today counting calories.  This type of diet plan has worked in the past; however, it is much slower than my typical don't eat carbs diet.  Wish me luck!

Luke begins Kindergarten

Our family has been so busy lately because Luke started Kindergarten.  When I thought about my future as a mother, I always thought my kids would be at whatever school I taught at.  Given the wonderful opportunity I have been given to become a Special Education Supervisor, I realized that would not be the case.  So, I became a normal mom who would be sending their child off to a place I was unfamiliar with and would not have daily contact with.  I am happy to report, that I did not cry while dropping him off at class the first 

We were so excited when we began receiving text messages showing us that Luke's class made the newspaper.   

He was so excited to see himself in the paper and he kept looking to see if there were more pictures somewhere.

I am happy to report, that I did not cry while dropping him off at class the first day.  He on the other hand became very attached to me and cried.  That was extremely hard on both of us.  I honestly thought he would just run right in there and never think a thing about it but I was wrong.  I know Luke is shy (until he gets to know you), but he has always went easily to babysitters and Sunday School. 

He was so shy, I had to bribe him to take a picture with his teacher.  It's very exciting to think that his future is so bright and that by the end of this year he will be reading.  As an educator, it is so exciting to see the growth and now as a mom I get to share in those joys in a whole new manner.

Just another picture of Luke about to walk into his classroom for the first time and begin the next 13 years of his education at this school.  We are now on our second week and Luke is starting to settle in.  I think he likes to talk alot which probably gets him into a little trouble.  But, overall he seems to be picking up on what he is being taught.

Evan also started going to daycare for the first time ever.  He has been with the same babysitter since he was 6 weeks old.  It was hard to let him go but he has done wonderfully and never cried a bit.  His teacher says he is so calm and well behaved. It makes his mommy so proud!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Catch up post

Well I have fallen terribly behind on my blog.  We have been very busy with sleep overs and all things summer.

The boys spent a weekend with Killion, Dalton and the boys.  My kiddos have missed them so much!

I went with a group of ladies from church to watch Girls Night Out.  It was so great and also had a good Christian message.

I have been helping in nursery and Sunday school for the past few weeks.  I enjoy getting to serve The Lord in this way.

We enjoyed some time at the lake with family.

The boys have played outside so much and have the cutest little farmer tans.

Typically wrestling match in the floor!

Redneck pool shade.  The kids had a blast but I think we need a bigger pool.

Just another wrestling match in the Benton house.

A little front yard baseball game.  I love having a yard big enough to play ball in.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fourth of July and a Birthday

For the Fourth, we celebrated with friends.  We visited the Daffron's and the kids had a blast. 

This picture was the evidence I needed to get my rear back on track to eating healthy.  Regardless, I love the man sitting next to me and was glad we were able to get a photo together.

As I do each year, I brought sandwich cookies.  They are always a big hit and this year, I made them a little more festive. 

This picture explains exactly why we have not spent the money on family photos.  It is pretty much impossoible to get these boys to stand still.  Oh well, that is what makes our family special. 

This was a poor picture of the fireworks, but Gunner and friends did an amazing job putting on a show for the kiddos.

Evan and Gunner enjoying the fireworks and playing around.

My sweet nephew Ethan turned 9.  I cant believe how quick the years have gone by.  When he was born, I was still living at home with my parents so I was able to spend hours with this kiddo.  I love him to the moon and back.

To celebrate his birthday, we had a party at the Brumley's and then we went to "The Zone."  We road go-carts, played mini golf and just had a great time. Evan wanted to ride so I had to attempt to drive one of these suckers. 

Jeff and Luke getting ready to rock the go-carts.

Randy and Maci were ready to fly and that is exactly what they did as they beat all of us!!

Country Boys

Oh how I love my country boys.  They are always decked out and ready to do work.

Evan has taken up his brother's love for boots.  Of course now that he can fit into the hand-me-downs he would like to wear them everywhere. 

Precious Luke still loves to wear his Cowboy hat any time he gets a chance.  Honestly we have to put it up very high so that he doesn't wear it every day!

I know that one day Evan will kill me for this but seriously how funny is this.  He picked up one of my magazines as reading material. (Don't judge, you cant see anything gross, other than the toilet).

My boys and their wonderful father.  I love these three guys with all of my heart.  Thank you sweet Jesus for blessing my life in this way.

 Luke and his work gloves.  He was busy practicing his roping and he really wanted to go on the other side of the fence. 
Evan, like all the grandchildren, loves to climb the fence.  We are so blessed to be able to raise our boys so that they can learn life on the farm.

Play Date and T-Ball

A few weeks ago, Luke got to have a play date with one of his best buddies.  Luke and Jacob met in preschool.  I found it amazing that they both have the exact same birthday.  What is even more amazing is that Luke's other best friend, Landon, has the exact same birthday.

These boys kept us running all around the park.

I think they had a great time and I am looking forward to our next visit with Jacob's family.

T-ball season came and went already.  I think the boys had a good time regardless of not winning very many games.

How cute is this picture?  He is so handsome. 

Look at that focus.

That ball is about to fly.

Luke really improved a great deal this year.  I am so proud of you son!  Next year, both boys will be playing t-ball together.