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Will’s 5 Year Old Trip: Gatlinburg


One of the things we would like to do with each of our children is take them on special trips by themselves when they are 5, 10 & 15 years old. The plan is when you are 5 you get to pick anywhere in the state, 10 anywhere in the country and 15 anywhere in the world. For Will’s 5 year old trip he picked Gatlinburg so he could try ice skating and snow tubing.

photo(34) - CopyWe took Will on his 5 year old trip back in January and he was SO excited! It was special to have the one on one time with him but he missed Thomas and Thomas did not understand why Will wasn’t going to Honey’s house with him.

photo(35) - CopyThe kid is crazy. We made a pit stop at a McD’s and had to get a snack of a chocolate milkshake and french fries.


photo(36) - CopyWe stayed at the Park Vista in Gatlinburg and it was a really nice place to stay.


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Will’s absolute favorite part of the whole trip was the awesome indoor swimming pool with 2 water slides at the hotel! He would have been perfectly content to do nothing else except swim the entire weekend.

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photo(37) - CopyThe first afternoon we jumped on the bed, ate pizza, saw The Avengers on the “strip” and played Lego’s.

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photo(49) - CopyOn Saturday we spent the day at Ober Gatlinburg, made a quick stop at the outlet mall and ate dinner with Mimi, PawPaw, Kalah, Joel & Joel’s parents at the Apple Barn. Will won a bunch of tickets at the arcade and picked out paper airplanes (one for him and one for Thomas), a baseball fan and candy.

Before the trip, all Will talked about was trying to ice skate but then he decided that he didn’t want to try it, and then changed his mind again. He and Bill got out on the ice, made it one time around the rink and they were finished. Will yelled up at me, “Mommy, this is not fun at all!”

Finally, it was time to snow tube! Will (and Bill) enjoyed this the most. It was fun to watch them slide down the hill and worth the wait to see how much fun they had doing it!


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photo(77)The last morning we ate donuts, went swimming (of course!) and took a few pictures before heading home. We had such a good time and can’t wait to continue this tradition with the rest of the boys. We also have to learn what is in the United States and what isn’t since Will either wants to go to Mexico or China for his 10 year old trip :)


The Day the Bottom Fell Out

It was beautiful a couple of days ago, so all the boys and I were out in the front yard playing. I had big baby strapped close to me in the baby carrier and was having the best time watching the older boys kick the soccer ball and dig in the dirt. That’s when it happened. The bottom fell out. Literally.

photo(89)Take a minute to close your eyes and imagine the scene. I am sitting in the front yard with big baby strapped to me, my bottom is on the ground and my legs are in the air. I currently have no abdominal muscles to help hoist me up. The boys decide they are going to “help” me and each grab an arm and start pulling. At this point we are all 3 rolling with laughter. The only thing I can think to do is take Lucas out of the baby carrier and lay him on the ground. So, my 1 week old is laying in the grass, the dog is sniffing him, the boys are laughing and I have to tip the chair over to the side and dump myself out of it.

Thankfully, nothing was hurt except maybe my pride. Lucas was unfazed. And the rest of the day, the boys kept looking at the broker chair and saying, “Daddy is going to be so mad at you!.” But he wasn’t mad – although he did get a good laugh at my expense.




Happy Birthday Lucas!



Lucas Barrett Dixon

April 22, 2014

10 lbs. 4 oz.

21 1/4 inches

6:16 pm


Last Tuesday, I went to my scheduled OB appointment and due to several factors Dr. Barker said it was time for Lucas to be born. (I had heard from several sources that Dr. Barker is very conservative when it comes to inducing and C-sections so when he said I didn’t need to wait longer, I fully trusted his judgment.)  He said he would schedule it for Wednesday morning and I asked if we could do it Tuesday instead! There was a bed available at the hospital so I went and picked up Bill from work and we headed to the hospital to have a baby!


This was my first time for labor to be induced and it was SO different than when the boys were born. They were born so fast after we got to the hospital that it all seemed a bit chaotic. But with Lucas they started the induction at 12:15, I had plenty of time to get an epidural and for it to take effect, and then he was born at 6:16 pm. It was a very calm afternoon – Bill even took a nap! Each of my boys have been delivered by a different doctor and I love how different yet good they have all been.


After we were moved to our room we had a lot of visitors – eager to meet Lucas!



Big Brothers were absolutely ecstatic to meet him! The first time Will saw him he said, “Hi Lucas, I’m your big brother.” And Thomas just wanted to hold him and feed him. He kept grabbing at him when everybody else was holding him.

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Nonny, Honey, PawPaw & Papa each had their turn.

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Aunts and cousins!

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And all the greats!


Our doctors gave us the all clear to leave the hospital at 24 hours and we were all ready to get home! It’s hard to get any rest when they have to check in on you or the baby about every hour around the clock. We put Lucas in his carseat and we quickly realized that a 10 lb. baby does not need the newborn insert! We also had to “squeeze” him into the newborn outfit I had brought to the hospital and lets just say the newborn cap looked like it was made for a mouse compared his head :)

We are all so in love with our new little brother!


Mom Monday: Babies

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This weekend my Mom was kind enough to chauffeur me to Nashville for my friend, Megan’s, baby shower. We have been friends for 10 YEARS!! I just had to count up the years and I can’t believe it, 10 years! We were roommates at Union. Megan and Ben are expecting their first baby, Evelyn, and we are due just a week apart from each other. We have now declared it a race to see who will have their baby first – although we’re both hoping for full term babies. The crazy thing is both babies have to 2 vessels instead of the normal 3 so it have been nice having a friend to talk with about what that means and how it affects the pregnancy. Megan’s baby, Evelyn, is giving her a harder time than Lucas is giving me though.

She got so many cute things for her nursery and of course, clothes! It is always fun to buy baby girl clothes since I don’t get the chance very often. And just so everyone knows – Will has already claimed Evelyn for his future bride and has declared that if anyone else wants to marry her, he will fight them and punch them in the face!




Mom Monday: 3 Steps to Fake a Clean House

1. Buy cleaning products & a candle that smell the same.

(I use Mrs. Meyer’s Lemon Verbena all-purpose cleaners & this weekend bought a Limoncello candle from Bath & Body Works.)

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3. Pretend your house is clean because it smells clean!

This seriously works! Last night our house was smelling very nice and lemony and Bill wondered if I had been cleaning. I will now start burning the candle every afternoon before Bill gets home :)


Mom Monday: Just Because

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Do you enjoy something that is just absolutely ridiculous? One thing that I had forgotten that I particularly enjoy is singing along with very loud music in the car. I just rarely have the opportunity to do this since the boys are usually in the car with me and whenever I sing one of them declares “awful.”

Last night, I went to pick up some dinner and as I was listening to talk radio I realized I was in the car alone. ALONE. And listening to talk radio, boring. So I quickly pulled up my most obnoxious playlist, cranked up the volume and sang as loud as I could. Hopefully I’m not hoarse tomorrow :)




We had quite the ordeal getting everyone home yesterday – boys ended up staying at Nonny & PawPaw’s after I sat in traffic on Amnicola Hwy. from 11:45 – 4:30!! So, today when everyone was FINALLY home – they boys were SO excited to play in the snow!!!


I think Lucas was upset that I don’t have a jacket big enough to fit around him. :) And I’m upset that the only time it ever snows in Chattanooga is when I’m pregnant and can’t go sledding! The boys went sledding and I got some video but I’m having trouble uploading it. Here they are walking back up the hill. They started at our house, went around the curve and down a big hill.




Will and I attempted to build a snowman. I couldn’t get the snow to stick together so Will decided that we build a snow volcano with arms & a nose. He was probably as proud of this as he would have been over a real snowman!


Even PepperAnn enjoyed playing in the snow! She ran in crazy circles while Thomas chased her and tried to hit her with snowballs. Surprisingly, I think Thomas enjoyed the snow the very most! He stayed out longer than Will and then went back out after we had warmed up for a few minutes.


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The boys are so funny. Lately, they have been having meetings several times a day to talk about the news. And by news, they mean weather. Thomas always talks about tornadoes and Will “reads” from the Bible. They pretend meetings because when they ask Bill what he did at work he usually says he went to meetings.

The other day Bill had this conversation with Will:

Will: Daddy, when you were a little boy did you want to grow up to be a policeman?

Bill: No, I wanted to be a fire fighter.

Will: Oh, but you grew up to be a worker instead?



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