Probably Should Just Give it Up

I’ve failed this blog… I tried to keep up with it… I really did,  but life happened!

I actually do have another blog where I document much of our life, particularly in regards to homeschooling and raising four hooligans.

Feel free to hop on over and visit that blog!

I’ll keep this one up for now, but won’t be posting any more on it. Thanks for those who have been faithfully reading it over the years!!!!


Tybi Turns One!!!

My baby is growing up! People ask us (often) if we are going to have more children. I don’t know the answer to that… all I can say is “if it is God’s will.” I have felt different this time around though. For the first time, I think I’d be okay not going through pregnancy and newborn days again. Maybe it’s time to enjoy other peoples’ newborns and let our family move past diapers, teething, late night feedings, etc. Maybe… just maybe.

Tybi turned one! She is bursting with personality. She is learning how to charm people with her smiles and antics. We do adore this sweet little blessing. She, like each one before her, is very unique in how she tackles the world. She started walking at about ten months, but hasn’t really started talking outside of babbles and the occasional “mama” and “dada.” She adores her big brother and sisters… particularly Selah, who has really embraced her role as big sister.


Breakfast on her birthday with chocolate chip pancakes… she diligently dug out the chocolate chips.


First cake experience… we got her cupcakes and then headed to lunch at the Chinese restaurant.


We headed to Atlanta the next weekend to celebrate with cousins and grandparents. Usually, we have a cute them for birthday cakes… but I had just gotten a Baby Cakes, Cake Pop maker and wanted to try it out. We decided that Tybi would have an elegant birthday with her pearl sprinkled, chocolate drizzled cake.


She didn’t care… she just wanted to keep on eating the cake pops!

I am so thankful for this sweet little bundle. I wasn’t sure how we’d do with four kids, but it really hasn’t been that hard. Tybi makes it easy. Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Looking Back- Abigail Turns 6

I just cannot believe she is six! Abigail is so desperate to grow up. About a month before her SIXTH birthday, she said, “mom…. do you want to know what I want to do for my seventh birthday?” I said “no! Can we get to your sixth birthday first? can you just be six first?”

Here’s a look back at our sweet and sassy six year old!

Abigail 1

When I Was One, I Had Just Begun

(And yes, this is Abigail… not Tybi)

Abigail 2

When I Was Two, I Was Nearly New

Abigail 3

When I was Three, I Was Hardly Me

abigail 4

When I Was Four, I Was Not Much More

Abigail 5

When I Was Five, I Was Just Alive


But Now I am Six, I am clever as clever
So, I think I’ll Be Six For Ever and Ever!

Isn’t She beautiful! She is such a sweet girl and an amazing friend to anyone and everyone she meets. She is sassy for sure and so full of life. We do adore Miss Abigail!

If you’d like to see some about her Little House on the Prairie Party, you can hop on over to the Homeschool Blog and check it out!

**Also… I don’t know the author of the poem I just used. It’s painted on the wall at our local children’s museum and I thought it would be cute for the blog post **

Looking Back- Christmas

I guess blogging about Christmas on Valentines Day is kind of like the blogospheres equivalent of not taking down Christmas decorations until February. Oh Well! It is what it is!

I LOVE Christmas. I love the anticipation… the build up… the wonder of it all. I love it so much… I always have. I love it for several reason.

1. Jesus… of course! We talk about Jesus all the time, but we set apart the entire month of December to focus on the events leading up to his birth and the reason for his coming. It’s a very Gospel centered month. This year, we used a new devotional… The Truth in Tinsel. I found it online. It is an ebook. It has a devotional and a craft for every day in December. The kids really enjoyed the hands on stuff. We did our craft in the morning and our devotional as a family at night.

2. Christmas Music. If it was socially acceptable, I’d listen to Christmas music all year.

3. The gifts Love Language. Have you read the Five Love Languages? One of my primary Love Languages is Gifts. I love to express love by giving gifts and I also like to be on the receiving end of gifts as well. Christmas satisfies both of those needs for me! I enjoy picking out, making, wrapping, etc. I really do.

4. Two Christmases. We usually go to Atlanta to spend Christmas Day with my family. Because of this, we have our Dugdale family Christmas a few days before. It’s awesome… two Christmases. This stresses some people out… not me!

5. Small town Christmas happenings. We basically live in a tourist town… which means… lots of fun holiday activities. .. Lighting of the Christmas tree downtown, Old Fashion Christmas, Story Telling, Cider and Hot Chocolate. Love! Love! Love!

There are more reasons, I’m sure… but I’ll leave it at my top 5 for now.

Enjoy the pics!

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Looking Back- Thanksgiving

Starting in October, we have had what seems like unending sickness in our house. It’s been going around. Lots of people have talked about. It’s this cough that literally lasts for a month… it’s miserable. And no.. we didn’t all have it at once… one person would just be getting over it when another person would start. We thought we were done with it all just before Christmas, but it looks like we are starting round two.

Anyway. In light of sickness, we had a rather low key Thanksgiving. We hung out at home mostly and then spent some time with some fun friends in town.



IMAG1992We started a new tradition this year. I got a white table cloth from Wal-Mart. The kids each drew/ wrote one thing they were thankful for … Brian and I did too. Each year, we will add to it. By the time the kids are grown, it’ll hold lots of fun memories. I got the idea from Pinterest.

We then proceeded to decorate our home for Christmas. We have a fake tree.. it’s small, but the kids seem to enjoy putting it together:




So.. that was Thanksgiving. Come back soon… maybe I’ll just blog some more!

Back on the Blogging Train

I shall make no excuses for not blogging for two months. Not one. Instead, let’s just enjoy this look back:

At the beginning of November, we headed to Atlanta so Brian could do some painting for my parents. We’ll just refer to this as fall break. Have I mentioned that I love homeschooling. Brian keeps asking me if we are on track with school… you know, to get all the days we need… don’t worry… I’ve got that under control!



Thrilled that mommy is taking yet another picture of her. But really… the whole time I was trying to get her to smile, there was a little boy (maybe 4) who kept sticking his head in the picture to inform me that she would not play with him. I may or may not have said I don’t blame her.


This one will smile for me.


This one too.



They make a great team


We went on a walking trail that I never knew existed in Sandy Springs. I grew up in Atlanta… lived ten minutes from this thing… never knew it was there. Ha! The kids enjoyed running with cousins!

IMAG1820My sis in law and I were walking behind the running pack of wild children when some guy made one of those unnecessary comments that I can’t stand. He said “please tell me that you’re not related to all of those children.” Why? I mean… why say that?!?! Heck yes we’re related to them… and I had one more napping at home… take that!

IMAG1828I even got to go on a date to the Cheesecake factory with this guy!

Successful fall break.. you betcha!

Adventures in Fall

Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE living in the mountains and how fall is my FAVORITE season? Well… I do and it is. The girls and I have been sick for like a month… it’s torture… seriously. I’m so ready for everyone to feel better! Despite runny noses, coughs and sore throats, we have been able to get out and enjoy the amazing fall colors.

Last week, we went to Montreat and hike STRAIGHT up to see some amazing views. This week, my parents came up to enjoy some leaves. We headed to Pisgah to show them Looking Glass falls and then drove on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to enjoy the view of Cold Mountain. It was so worth all the driving to see the beautiful views.

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Meal Plan Monday 10/ 8- 10/9

I know it’s not Monday… but meal plan Tuesday just doesn’t have the same ring to it. I have no excuse for not posting this yesterday. Well… I am trying to get ready for an artist market this weekend in town. I’m pretty excited about it!

Ok… here’s the plan for the week:

Monday: Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Tuesday: Tacos

Wednesday: Easy Garlic Chicken

Thursday: Lentil Soup (see below for recipe) with sour cream biscuits

Friday:  Leftovers

Saturday: Out to eat with my earnings from the market (hopefully)


Lentil soup has been one of Brian’s favorites since he had it on our honeymoon. I don’t know what recipe the cruise ship restaurant used, but here’s my version:

1 cup onions (diced)

1 cup carrots (chopped)

2 Tbs oil

1 cup lentils.

1 cup rice

1 can (16 oz ?) tomato sauce

1 can low sodium chicken broth

1 Tbs cumin

1. 5 cups milk

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Saute carrots and onions in the oil until tender. Add every everything else except the milk. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover. Let simmer for an hour. Place the soup in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Return soup to pot and stir in milk. Heat until heated through. Serves about 9.

**the kids like to put sour cream and crushed up tortilla chips in their soup**


Sour Cream biscuits:

2 cups flour (self rising)

1 cup butter

1 cup sour cream

Divide into muffin tin (ungreased) and bake at 350 for 20 minutes


Random photo
of the day…Elijah lost his fourth tooth last week. It’s funny.. seeing him with no teeth makes him more little too me. He’s always been an “Old Soul”… it’s nice to see the little in him every now and then.

Tybi Week By Week- 32- 38 Weeks

Our little baby is growing up! Like all of our children, Tybi is super active and super curious. Most new stages are lots of fun with her… I say most because right now she is is a HUGE screeching stage. She screeches when she is uncomfortable or wants something. It’s really hard to tell an 8 month old “honey… no screeching… use your words.” We are praying this stage will pass SOON!!!!

Here’s Tybi from 32- 38 weeks:

Beach Trip Photo Dump

Brian had some time off that he had to take or it would go away in October. SO.. we headed down to the grandparents’ condo in Saint Simons… definitely our favorite vacationing spot. We had some fun times… we always do. It seems like each time we go, we discover something new to do. This time… we took all of our bikes and got to explore the island in that way. Abigail worked her little legs so hard to ride all over the island. On the way down, Elijah announced to us that he was going to try riding his bike with no training wheels… and he did! He’s so fun.

Alright… on to the photo dump!


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