Lisenby Week In Review

Hello Everyone!
Well here we are Monday and we have finally found summer…it’s only mid July! We are pushing over 85 today! The kids have finally been able to do what I loved as I kid hanging out in their swimsuits playing in the yard all day ( I mean minus nap:)) anyway, it was a very busy weekend and last week even sick we snuck in a few crafts! Joe’s thirty-fifth birthday is at the beginning of August so we made/started a gift for him. I have been busy working on the details of the party. We are doing a beer tasting themed party! I’m super excited to plan and have!
Since play dates were at a low last week we did a lot of walks and runs as well as park visits! This weekend I worked so Joe was super dad! Graduation party Saturday and a 2nd birthday party Sunday! I’m pretty sure S said “this is the best day ever!” multiple times!


As we explored around the yard last week finding all different textures and smells I decided to pick some of these out and do a painting craft!  Here’s how S and K did!  They loved the fun of picking different flowers, grasses, and tree branches.  The great thing was we didn’t have to leave the house for supplies!


Then the kids wanted to continue picking the following day…what mom doesn’t love fresh wild flowers from their kids?


Last we did a little present for Joe as mentioned his birthday is approaching.  Spray bottles, paint, painters tape, skewers and voila!


Well off to swim and pull weeds!  Have a great day friends!

Am I That Mom?

I have always appreciated the fact that friends have said I am one of those moms that was brutally honest about what raising two toddlers is all about.  I know at times when I tell stories of shenanigans that have went on in my home such as last night when K was doing his as we call it “shoulder shake” dance and we all laughed hysterically including S which is rare as the focus wasn’t her.  Joe says “S why don’t you show us some of your dance moves?”  S replies “Yes I can show you my booty dance?”  She was 100% serious and Joe’s facial expression was 100% priceless with his response to S “those responses are one of the last things a father wants to hear from his daughter, I was thinking more like what moves you learned in ballet.”  I mean most parents think this is funny within their home but more often I think especially us moms cringe at these type of statements thinking “ok that was funny at home but please never repeat it in public.”  Kind of the embarrassment I had for a mom on a popular reality show on Sunday evening but my embarrassment wasn’t for the kid it was for the mom who encouraged her little girl to show how she twerked!  I thought “our kids truly say and do the darndest things each day on their own why would a mother encourage her daughter to show off a dance that has received all types of criticism; mostly negative?”  I enjoy all sides of raising my toddlers and I sometimes think sharing our embarrassing moments as well as all the bragging rights ones keep us real. Remember if you don’t share it they very likely will when you least expect it.  I do have to venture out on my subject of being a “that mom” as this week I found myself in a different way feeling unsure or embarrassed of what my toddlers were going through.

Friday evening K woke scolding hot in the middle of the night.  We immediately did what we remembered from when S had a fever as an infant as we frantically called my mom at two in the morning.  Took him down to his diaper and used a cool cloth to try to break it.  This went on for an hour and finally he started to cool but was still very warm.  Saturday and Sunday brought a very needy two-year old but thankfully no more fever.  Sunday evening at midnight S woke up exactly as K did Friday scolding hot.  So round two of the cool cloth process.  Going back an hour prior K woke up which lately he hasn’t been sleeping great.  Monsters on the mind, weird car nightmares, or just wanting us.  So he was in our bed already and wasn’t sleeping well. Tossing, turning and kept rubbing his hands together saying fire than waving and saying water.  When not doing this he seemed to have restless legs which looking back wasn’t the case he was rubbing his feet together.  S finally cooled down after a bit over an hour but she complained of a sore throat so I gave her Tylenol and had her try to get some sleep. She woke at six thirty not looking or feeling well. She was warm again, her temperature was lower at 101.6 and now said her stomach hurt very bad.  We got in to the doctor first thing but as I was going only for S I for some reason cut K’s fingers and toes and noticed bumps all over his feet.  I cancelled the sitter and added him to the visit.  The doctor examined S thinking she had strep they did a test but it came back negative.  Something was up, my outgoing, loving girl was laying in the stroller so tired and with a sore stomach and still a low fever.  She examined K next.  Well here we have it!  K had bumps in his mouth including his throat and under his tongue as well as his hands and feet.  As the doctor said the virus hand, foot and mouth I cringed.  My mom ran a child development center and of all the stories it seemed a case of this when occurred was a nightmare.  Immediately I asked how? What do we do? Can I catch?  Then I was pissed thinking they must have caught when we had so many guests over the week prior.  But quickly the doctor let me know that wasn’t likely as typically the fever comes within twenty-four hours of catching.  Well we were only at a petting zoo the day prior?  All we can do is keep them comfortable with Tylenol as well as a Mylanta/Benadryl mixture for mouth sores.  Lastly, yes Joe and I can catch as well as other children so staying home not sharing for the week was so important.  There of course were many other questions and thoughts but when we left I immediately felt embarrassed that my children had caught such a thing.  I didn’t want to talk about as again that perception thing came out.  But than Tuesday came and I thought this type of thing happens and as “that mom” that enjoys sharing the madness of her home this is just another one of those things.  As a parent it is our job to protect these precious little humans but it’s also our job to educate each other so when it happens to someone else they don’t feel embarrassed as the other side to that is if you show you are embarrassed or worried about perception of something you truly had no control of what does that teach our little ones?

So I guess the reason behind me sharing about being “that mom” is more to say it’s ok to be whatever kind of mom you want as long as at the end of the day you had your little ones best interest in mind.  We all have embarrassing moments or situations we wish never happened.  If you choose to keep them within your family that is your choice and that is perfectly ok but I would encourage you if something does occur that you can share with others as it might help if they ever experience that you definitely do so.



Lisenby Week In Review

Hello Everyone!

Well we made it!  The 4th of July party was a great success!  We completed all our home projects in time and I was a complete wreck day of!  I only left grocery shopping to the day of which in years past is done days before but then we are crazy trying to get the house and yard ready even with three to five extra sets of hands I get myself all stressed.  This year I wasn’t going to let that happen!  Here are some pictures of the day!  Kids enjoyed pony rides, jumpy house, face painting, a donut eating contest, s’mores, and fireworks!  While all guests indulged in rotisserie chicken, flank steak and lamb gyros!  As well as a dessert spread that included a cotton candy machine, rock candy, cake ball push pops with red and blue white chocolate, red velvet cupcakes with red,white and blue cream cheese frosting, and of course fireball jello-o shots for the adults!  We can’t wait for next years party but until then I’m working on details of Joe’s thirty-fifth birthday in August which will be a beer tasting!


I did want to include the excitement leading up to the party as we had the two thousand pound bridge that had to be set over the waterfall before the party.  Cousin Slade helped during the moving of the bridge as I was in with my mom and sister-in-law baking!he kids enjoyed a ride in a crane before the driver left!  I’m pretty sure S and K think these types of machines are completely normal to have at your home regularly!


I mentioned we were up visiting my in-laws a few days before the fourth.  On our last day we were able to visit a wildlife park and the big fish both I remember visiting as a kid and having so much fun.  S and K enjoyed it so much. S being my girl of nature was in love with having the opportunity to talk and hang out with adult and baby deers.  K is all boy so the fish were right up his alley.  They even got to throw the line in a few times with grandma!  What memories both these locations provided!


Well I’m exhausted just sharing the past weeks activity with you!  We sure will miss our guest/s Connie, Mike and Slade:( Thanksgiving visit will hopefully be here before we know it!  Connie thanks for everything this past month and creating some memories with us!

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I’m looking forward to getting back to some rehab projects that were pushed aside over the past few weeks as well as some fun crafts with the kids!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Summer Has Taken Over!

HELLO! Well summer has officially arrived in the Lisenby home or at least I am back to myself 100 percent and its been non stop! As we prep for our annual 4th of July party as well as have some fun with the kiddos the days have simply gotten away from me!
We arrived this evening at my in laws summer home. Joe stayed back as summer is his busy time and there are still a few things to do before Saturday! So we drove six hours with my sister and brother-in-law to have a long over due visit!  As we all know these things are VERY necessary just as I’ve mentioned in the past about going out with friends for adult time.  Just getting out of dodge for a couple of days is always a good thing.  Wish Joe could join but as a business owner I appreciate and respect why he couldn’t come.

Things around the house are coming together nicely despite a ton of rain! BOO! As the Koi pond and fountain were completed last time I checked in last week we were finally able to lay sod! Joe and I laid 2400 square feet and he and two others laid the remaining 1200 square feet! Honestly I had no interest in doing this at 8p.m. but I do love working together to create a place to enjoy with our family and friends.  So I enjoyed helping!


Keeping things moving Joe put in our fire pit this past week as well! As he took on doing a design he had not done before I was excited to see the outcome! Being the wife of someone who has so many ideas you never really know what he will want to do next! I think he nailed this. He was inspired by the wood boats we see on the lake. The beauty of them is something a boaters or non boaters (as we are) can appreciate! Also known as Woodies…here is a few pics of start to finish!

The kids have also not slowed down; I actually feel like we’ve been on a carnival ride that just as you think is slowing down to stop the operator accidentally hits go and back at it you are! We are loving the ride so far! Busy means happy babies as well as exhausted! Which in my book is a double thumbs up! We went to a bi-plane fly in breakfast that K loved! We started rookie sports which both really love! We went to an amazing free zoo and we also have simply enjoyed turtle, Koi, Frog and Goldfish watching in the back yard!



The kids have still been enjoying every minute of Aunt Connie time that they have had…playing salon and coloring have been just a few of the highlights! We also took them out on their bikes for the first time! I was impressed they made it two miles. I’m pretty sure S’s legs were jello but they had fun riding where big kids do! We also squeezed in pictures as Connie is an amazing photographer based in Georgia. So when she visits I love having her get summer pics of S and K!

I’m sure I will have plenty to share after these next few days! Until then enjoy the 4th of July holiday! Keep it safe and take many pictures creating memories of the fun you had!