We left Franklin on June 21st, 2013, and headed home. We planned on putting James in his bed and Reese in her crib right when we got home because it was late. As soon as we pulled up in the garage, James asked if he could sleep on the top bunk, and if Reese could sleep on the bottom bunk. Justin and I had recently talked about how we would probably move Reese in there soon, to make room for the baby, but we hadn't planned on starting it the first night we got home from traveling!
Well, we figured now was as good a time as any other time!
I could not believe it was time for Reese to move out of her crib at a little over two years of age.
Wonder how the night will go?!
Justin reads bed time stories ;)
*Update: They did GREAT! Reese stayed in her bed just fine! No rail or anything! James finally slept through the whole night too! Maybe Reese provided a sense of comfort to him. So thankful it went smooth, and now we can get the nursery ready for baby #3!
On June 16th, 2013, we celebrated Father's Day in Franklin.
Justin and I are so blessed to each have incredible dads, who love us, protect us, give us advice, and model Christ! Thank you Jim Payne and Bill Bellican!
Well, when it comes to the father of my children, I could not have asked the Lord for one better one. Justin, you are a man that LOVES our children, plays hard with them, laughs with them, guides them, lovingly corrects them, and teaches them about CHRIST!
We always love our time in Franklin, but June 15th was a sad day. Little Belle had been the Payne's family pet for 17 1/2 years. Her health had been declining for some years now, and this day, she passed away. She was the Payne's little jingle belle and meant so much to the family. Especially to Nonie and Pops.
Justin and Pops made a special place for her to be buried.
It was truly a sad, sad day.
We will always remember the funny stories of sweet Belle!
Well, on the last day of swim lessons, June 21st, the parents got in the pool with the kids and helped them perform everything they had learned!
I was so proud of this kid!
Lydia demonstrates with Cassie.
James was like a different kid at this point!
While we were in the pool, everyone else got to watch from the side.
This is the stunt I couldn't believe…. James diving down to the bottom of the shallow end to retrieve a dive ring!
Here are some videos of the final day!
One is of James diving to the bottom of the pool to get the ring.
The other is jumping off the diving board and swimming to the side.