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Field Trips, Birthday's, and The Dog Days of Summer

(Dacey and Connor exiting the fire truck.)

Yesterday our homeschool group took a field trip to the Fire Department in Brookhaven. I was really impressed with the lengths these wonderful firefighters went to to teach and entertain our children. They were patient and attentive. My Jaden really cracked me up at one point. When the fireman asked what the children should do if a friend or sibling was playing with matches, Jaden quickly responded, "CALL 9-1-1!!" LOL A few minutes passed before Isaac became bored. He took the opportunity during question time to raise his hand to ask, "Can we go look at the trucks now?" The answer was yes and all of the children were delighted! Even Connor got a turn to get in the fire truck and to spray the fire hose. Afterwards one of the firemen went up about thirty feet in a bucket and then repelled down for the children to see. We were all amazed at his acrobatic expertise.

I had taken the kids friends, Adrian and Emily, with us to the fire station and then to lunch. Dacey was thrilled when we dropped Adrian off at his house and she realized Emily was coming on home with us. Monday is Dacey's tenth birthday, and we'd planned a "surprise/slumber" party for her. Dacey was even more surprised when her friend, Hannah, met us at home later.

(Dacey's tenth birthday cupcake cake.)

The girls had a grand time. They made a beautiful, butterfly craft, ate cupcakes, watched American Girls movies, and played Twister. Another surprise for the evening was the girls receiving matching FaithGirlz Bibles. They were delighted! Hannah wasn't able to spend the night, so before bed Dacey and Emily called her, put her on speaker phone, and had a devotion and prayer time together. Dacey later said of their Bible time, "It was so fun!"

(Emily, Dacey, and Hannah)

This morning we picked Jaden and Isaac up from their buddy, Daniel's house, dropped Emily off at her house, and headed to Jackson for AKC's Responsible Dog Owner Day. This is something Dacey has been saying she wanted to do since she first heard of it. "It can be my birthday present," she's told us. She was really excited to take our Cocker Spaniel pup, Bella Rose. The day consisted of a class on Therapy Dogs, an agility run, a conformation event, and a Jr. Handlers showing. Dacey was particularly interested in the agility part. She has always wanted a dog that could participate in agility trials, and Bella Rose just may very well be that dog. She's very athletic. We all enjoyed watching the dogs run the course. Jaden's favorite part of the day was the kids corner. They played "Pin the Nose on the Puppy" and won stuffed dogs, got their faces painted and more. Isaac, on the other hand, was thrilled going from person to person and dog to dog making new friends. I don't think there was a dog in the building that he had not petted by the time we left. From there we went and ate lunch, then to PetSmart to get Bella Rose some treats, and then on to home.

(The kids and Bella Rose watching the agility run.)

Dacey knows that her Nana has her a couple of gifts to open on Monday, but thinks that yesterday and today were her big gifts from Mom and Dad. After she went to bed tonight, she came back in the living room and said, "Momma, Daddy, this has been the best tenth birthday a girl could have asked for. Thank you so much." Little does she know that when she wakes up Monday morning she will have an American Girl Doll wrapped up neatly beside her. I CAN'T WAIT!!!

I have felt real bad for the past several weeks. I hate to admit it, but it really seems that I have relapsed with Fibromyalgia. I'm constantly tired and always in a lot of pain. I usually push myself all week knowing that when Tommy is home on the weekend he'll take over with the kids and I can rest. This hasn't been the case lately as there has been something or another for the past several weeks. It really blesses me that my baby thinks her birthday has consisted of a surprise party and a day in Jackson and thinks it is the best birthday possible. It shows me that there is a good reason for all of this running around and it is well worth it!



  1. Looks like a special little girl had a special birthday! "Happy Birthday, Darcey!"

  2. BIG 10!!! Way to go Dacey!!! May God bless you with many, many more "most special birthdays"ever.
    I wished I could have been a fly on the wall to see that precious Dacey open her American doll :)
    You are a good mother...keep up the good work.


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