Friday, March 28, 2014

End of an Era

Well the circus is closing. This weekend we begin our adventure of small town living. We're moving our crew to Gretna. Gretna is plump full of corn fields, gravel roads, one grocery store where apparently all dairy is expired, and bazillions of kids who play in creeks. We could not be more excited!  Gage can call me a city slicker no more!  Luckily it's also a hop, skip and a jump from Vala's and I can spit to the outlet mall.  Target is only about a 12 minute drive.  Obviously I timed that.  I guarantee you that I will be back to the blog soon with more thoughts on living in a small town where everyone knows your name.  And in our case, the whole neighborhood and school system is awaiting your arrival.  We are "the family that bought the Janssen's house."




This last 15 months of our lives have been full of memories. I'm so thankful to have created such times with one of my favorite families ever.  The last few days I've been reminiscing the with kids and asked each of them individually what they will miss the most.  Here are their answers:

Sammy: Minnie Jo
Holly: Minnie Jo
Stella: Mayzie and Doc McStuffins (?)
Melrose: Playing with Holly
Marlow: Stella
Mayzie: Sammy's room. Cuz I like to play with his toys.

By 'play with his toys' she means 'eat his chapstick.'  I just love that all of their answers involve each other.  You should also know that Minnie Jo has been the house MVP every month for roughly 10 months now.  We'll pay for her counseling when we move out.




Months ago, my roomies and I talked about writing down the highlights of the circus situation but we never got around to it so I'll share what I can remember.  Trust me there were PLENTY of share worthy stories.

1. The Christmas flu.  If anyone is wondering how long it takes the flu bug to pass through a house of 11 people, the answer is approximately 2 months.  If you get it first, don't get too excited that you are "getting it over with" because the chances of it making its way back to you are extremely high.  I will never look at pile of stuffed animals the same after Marlow spent hours building a Utopian Society only to have Melrose barf all over it.




2. That time Mandy came home from the store with puppy chow and mike said we are having a CAU party. (Only my fellow cougars will get that one).

3. Watching Stella and Mayzie play frozen and forcing MJ to be Olof The Happy Snowman.  I'm going to have to learn how to "do the magic" as good as Mayzie does when Stella starts shouting for it to be done.



4.  On black Friday when Holly, while looking through ads, caught one on fire from a candle.  She started bawling and uncle Mike said "Holly don't get so FIRED up."  Followed by Gage saying "it was just a really HOT deal."  She was caught somewhere between tears and laughter but we all had a good laugh remembering that one.

5. That time LITTLE boys pants appeared in the house and Melrose wrapped them up for Sam for his birthday.



6.Anytime Stella calls Mayzie her cousin, her sister, AND her best friend.  Mayzie is her everything.

I'll just let you awe in that picture and spare you the details of the time they flooded the bathroom or cracked a whole carton of eggs on the garage floor one by one.  I'll also omit all the times they clawed eachother's faces over nightgowns.




Our new house is 100% exciting but our gratitude is twice as strong. Since the Mixan Girl Quartet earned the first sleepover at the Cobb Cabana, it should be a semi easy transition.  It has to be. All of last week Melrose said she couldn't even look at Stella without crying and last night she couldn't go to bed because she was "craving" a hug from her.

Oh, these girls (and dude). I love them so!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fake School

Holly loves school. She's an excellent student and so far, every year she is the teachers pet.  When she's not at school, she loves to dance.  When she's not at dance,  she's playing school.

A few months ago we discovered that her and Melrose had taken this game to an extreme level.  They call it "fake school" yet they approach it with extreme seriousness.  Basically, it's exactly like real school but with only 2 people.  When they refer to fake school, it's nothing short of hilarious.  Melrose randomly says things like "yesterday at fake school, I only missed one on my spelling test."  Or "I hope we have art today in fake school."   It's also not easy for Mandy and I to stay composed when Melrose refers to the substitute at fake school.  It's basically a stricter version of Holly who has a different fake name.  They take it so dead serious.

Since we are in the middle of a move, I've been cleaning all of Hollys fake school stash (thanks Juju) and have found some real gems.

This is my favorite:





Also my fave, the "permission slip"  Holly made Mandy sign so Melrose could take art class.  Which I noticed had Mandys' legit signature on it. 





I promised holly a classroom at the new house complete with chalkboard paint and her own storage closet. Gretna is a bit of a drive but I'm confident Ms. Cobb will find a way for Mel to take her spelling pre-test every Monday .

These two girls have no idea how much they are going to miss each other.  Consider this post "part 1 of 2."  I'll be back once the new classroom is photo ready and fake school is back in session.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Olly's

It's Saturday and it's a beautiful day.  So, allow me to tell you about the most adorable friendship I know.  Those things are related, I promise.  




Holly and her best friend, Molly, met in preschool.  It started out slow but they now have a bond that can't be broken.  They are unstoppable together. They compliment each others personalities so well that I just know they are going to be BF's for life.  And, remember, mother knows best?  As "girl drama" begins to wedge it's way into their innocent little lives, I'm overjoyed to see that their friendship only proves itself more real.  These girls just genuinly love each other.




As I thought about describing their differences, it just made me smile.  In one word, Molly is popular and Holly is sensitive.  And they are both hilarious!   Molly likes to be cute and clean and Holly is a slob, which Molly thinks is funny. While Molly is usually the center of attention and laughs at her own jokes, Holly is dry and witty and super sarcastic. Also, they are both brutally honest.  If you know them, you should ask them how they met.  I die laughing.  Holly says "the worse part of preschool for me was Molly."  And Molly laughs.  They have inside jokes and "code names."  They appreciate each others humor and laugh at everything the other does.  When I see them interact with other girls, it's so heartwarming to see how much they look out for eachother.  They are protective and would never leave the other out.  This is the real deal.  Also, this is what I get for telling them I want to take their picture and for them to NOT look like stiff soldiers....




Just about everything Holly does for fun has to involve Molly in some fashion.  I never had a friendship like this growing up and it's just so precious to me.  Pretty much the only thing this friendship is missing is being in bike riding distance from eachother's houses.




Have no fear, girls.  The Mob's moving to Gretna!  This friendship ain't going no where anytime soon.  These girls love Jesus and He's the strand that makes them unbreakable.  Judge if you must but this morning I took a minute to sit in my car and bawl because I'm so overwhelmed with God's goodness.  Seriously somebody pinch me.

Pool parties at the Zeleny's 'erday this summer!