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Lucas’ First Haircut

IMG_2649A few weeks ago Lucas got his first haircut. And he was NOT a fan. He started crying as soon as I sat him up in the booster chair, then he would calm down, then start crying and finally we gave him a sucker which seemed to calm him down. But while he may not have enjoyed the process he looked super cute afterwards! And of course, he received his first haircut certificate from the East Ridge Barber Shop.




October 26, 2015   1 Comment

2 Years Later

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Wow. Where has the time gone? It has been way too long since I have written on the blog and I hope to make it a more regular habit again. {I would probably have less Facebook posts if I just held all my thoughts inside and wrote it down on the blog instead!} So let’s start out with an update on all things Dixon.

We are still living in Chattanooga – almost 4 year now! That is the record for the longest we have lived anywhere. You know we are itching for a change and our house is currently for sale. Check it out on Zillow.


In just a few short weeks Will is going to be 7 years old! I am in complete denial and have told him that he is not allowed to turn 7. He let me know that even if I did not give him a birthday party then he would still turn 7. Will loves playing Lego’s, Chima, and Star Wars. He is in the 1st grade and his favorite school work is handwriting. He is taking piano lessons and wants to learn how to play tennis. He has a nervous habit of licking his chin, loves going to the Y school, frustrates me beyond belief and is the best big brother I have ever seen.


Thom. Thom. Although the only person allowed to call him that is Lucas! Thomas is almost 5 years old and is a constant source of entertainment. He loves playing Lego’s, Chima, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar. He loves to eat candy and Popsicles and would eat junk food all day long. Thomas likes playing with his friends at Mother’s Day Out, climbing in his climbing tree, and playing soccer. He is in PreK and he likes everything about school. Thomas loves potty humor, has an infectious giggle and is the most determined and patient kid when he is trying to figure out how to do something all by himself.


Lucas is 17 months old and is the cutest baby I’ve ever seen yet mean as a snake! He is constantly laughing, imitating his brothers and trying to break up their Lego creations. He loves to talk, has just started walking and is a true joy. Except for when he is hitting his friends at Mother’s Day Out or the church nursery and having to sit in time out.


Bill is still working at “the Blue Cross” as the boys call it. He is enjoying his work and working hard to make all their consumer tools the best they can be.

HKLTlogoCMYKAnd because I might be crazy I am also working! I am having a blast working for H&K Luxury Travel.

So that is an update on us and life. It is definitely NEVER boring with 3 boys, homeschool, work, church and sports!

September 21, 2015   1 Comment

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.



May 1, 2014   3 Comments

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!

April 28, 2014   4 Comments

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 :)

February 24, 2014   3 Comments



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.


January 29, 2014   1 Comment



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?



January 15, 2014   Comments Off on Meetings

Becoming Foster Parents

If you’re curious about the process we went through to become foster parents you’re in luck! Check out my guest post about our experience on I’m A Foster.


December 11, 2013   1 Comment