Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Fun pics from Trunk or Treat!

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So cute!!!!
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Long time no blog!

I can't believe that I have let so much time pass since I have updated my blog! Our life has been so busy with school, volleyball, and travel softball. If I were a good mom I would be keeping up with more sweet memories but I have been falling down on the job! I hope to be back on track and able to be at home more but I'm sure our life will spin out in another direction soon and get busy again! I guess that is life and I am so thankful that I have such a good one:)

Do we look alike???

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Travel ball comes to an end

I have mixed feelings about the end our travel ball season. It was a great learning experience for Kylee and we did have a lot of fun on the trips we took, but I have to admit I am ready for a break. Kylee was asked to join the Montgomery Angels this fall. She had a blast pitching and playing 3rd base. We didn't have a lot of success in bringing home trophies after each tournament, but that was not the goal for this group. The coaches of this team wanted to really focus on building relationships between these girls that would last forever. They do in fact hope to bring home more trophies in the future and they feel that building a good team of girls that get along and work together will accomplish that. It was a little less competitive than John liked but it was probably good for him to be around coaches that really just wanted the girls to build memories and have fun! I do have to brag that we came in 2nd place this weekend which was a nice way to end our season!

Our last night together at dinner, the coaches gave Kylee and one other girl that would not be able to play next year because of their age a small angel charm to always remember they were an angel. So sweet! Thank you Coach Glen and Coach Daryl!!
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Conference Champions!

Kylee's first year playing Volleyball has been so much fun! She has absolutely loved it! We have played with a great group of girls and had great coaches. And best of all Conference Champs 11-1 baby!!!! I am so proud of all that Kylee has accomplished this year!
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

A night to remember!

Well, we pulled it off! About a month ago my good friend Melissa and I were talking after church on Wednesday night. Kylee's birthday came up and she decided that she wanted to plan a surprise party for Kylee. She is one of the sweetest women I know and it was out of the goodness of her heart that she put so much time and thought into making this a very memorable night for us. The food was great and the company was awesome! We played a fun game that took us all back to our teenage years, and we can't forget the gifts! (and what awesome gifts they were!) I feel so blessed to have friends that care so much about me and my children. So to you Melissa, thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put into this special night! To all of my special friends who came and brought such great gifts, I thank you and Kylee and I will never forget how special you made us feel!
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Friday, September 12, 2008

Happy 13th Birthday Kylee!!
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Mollie Memory....

At any point during the day it doesn't surprise me if I feel a little hand tugging on my shorts or on my shirt when I am sitting down. Some little ones have special blankets, babies or animals that they snuggle with when they are tired or simply need a little comfort, but my sweet Mollie just needs a loved ones shirt to do the trick. As far back as I can remember even as a small infant when I held Mollie she has always found my shirt sleeve and puts just one finger under it and she seems to be in heaven. I have always loved the feel of her sweet hand up against my arm and knowing that this is all she needs at the time to relax and comfort her. There have even been times when I am washing dishes or doing something around the house and it is past nap time and she will come lean up against my legs and put her finger up under the edge of my shorts and her eyes roll back in her head. I love it! It is so sweet and I hope she always knows that my shirt sleeve will be there for her comfort no matter how old she is!

I know it is a small memory, but it is one that I will always cherish and never want to forget!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Better late than never

These are a few pics of the kids that Allison took at the lake last weekend. A little late I know. I finally figured out how to get them from snapfish to my computer to my blog. I realize that I'm really behind in the computer world!

I absolutely love these pictures and this is exactly the way I want to always remember my sweet ones. Thanks Allison:-)

Monday, August 11, 2008

School Days

Today we are starting our second year of homeschooling. My sweet Kylee is in the 7th grade and Payton will start the 2nd grade. Wow, where does the time go?? School supplies and books have been bought, lesson plans have been made, and we are ready for another year of learning and hopefully a lot of fun! I'm really excited about the year ahead. I feel like I know a little bit more about what I'm doing, but it truly is a learning experience for all of us:-) I hope that with our choice of homeschooling I can offer my kids a great one on one education and days full of laughter and love. Well see how that goes??:-) I am truly blessed!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Mollie's pet pig???

Mollie came in from the front yard the other day with this. I asked her what it was and she said, "My pig!". I looked at it and I guess I can see it???? O well, I cleaned it up for her and she has loved on it, covers it up with her blanket and makes the occasional "oink" sound talking back and forth to it. As I am writing this she is pointing to the the picture saying," my pig, my pig". I love a two year old's imagination! This is exactly why I started this blog, so that I could remember all the small things that I know I would forget otherwise.
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Our Atlanta trip...

John and I took the kids to Atlanta last week for one last fun trip before school starts. We only stayed for two days, so we had to pack a lot of fun into a short amount of time. We arrived in Atlanta Thursday afternoon and went straight to the Georgia Aquarium. This is what I was most looking forward to. The kids loved it , and we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the world under the sea. We ended the day with dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. YUM!
Friday morning we headed to White Water for the day. The kids and I had never been to a water park, so we were in for a treat. We were amazed with the amount of different slides there were. The bigger kids of course rode everything including the new Tornado ride. I volunteered to sit that one out with Mollie. I feel like I'm getting old! I remember being fearless as a teenager and making fun of my mom for sitting out and saying that she couldn't handle the big stuff anymore, and now my stomach turns just looking at some of the new rides. I did get up the courage to ride several slides and had a blast playing with the kids. As for my little Mollie, she strapped on her life jacket and hit the kiddie slides and would have jumped up there with Kylee and Payton if she could have. We had a blast and made a lot of good memories!
I enjoy these times that we can get away just the 5 of us, and l look forward to visiting Atlanta again soon. Maybe next time we will have a navigation system so that we don't get lost everywhere we go:-)
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

good times with good friends

Payton had some of his best buds over this week. I can't believe how much these boys have grown. Jackson made the comment while sitting on the couch, "We have been friends since we were born!". I love the special friendship they have. They fight like brothers sometimes, but quickly get over it and again are back at play.
We enjoyed grilled hot dogs and Cheetos (sorry moms) for dinner. Then we had evening of horseplay, gameboys, movies, and we can't forget the fun trip to Brewster's for a cup of ice cream with gummy worms on top. Good times with good friends.
Unfortunately Braxton could not spend the night because of a rough night before battling allergies, so we were thrilled that Jackson was able to party through the night with us.
I am so grateful that these sweet boys are in Payton's life. I told them that I wanted them to stay good friends forever and one day their kids could be getting together for a spend the night party!

can you say bed head?

This is what I wake up to every morning! The things us girls have to go through to be beautiful, and believe me it takes some work to get through this mess:-)

Sunday, July 06, 2008

4th of July

Here are a few pics from Friday at Aunt Sherrie's farm. They are two of the most giving people that I know. They had all of the family out to thier house again to celebrate the 4th of July. We ate, played games, and just enjoyed each others company. Uncle Donnie always has so many fun things for us to do. He is going to be an awesome Grandad one day! Sherrie took some pictures of Mollie to get some ideas for a portrait, and I get to benefit by having some great pics of her for myself. She took a lot more and I will be posting them soon:-)
I also have some awesome pictures of Kylee that one of the mom's took during the All Star games. She is a professional photographer and took some great pictures of Kylee in action. I hope to have those posted soon too:-)

Friday, July 04, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

more pics from this week

I had to re post these pictures because they didn't open up on my blog the first time. Hopefully I will get better at this blogging thing one day :-)
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Loving my Life!!

What a week! We just ended our week long vacation in Orange Beach. I was so blessed as a child to have great family vacations and I am thrilled that so far I have been able to do the same with my family. We stayed at the Pheonix VI this year. It was a great condo but it seemed like we hiked at least a mile to the beach and back everyday. John was such a good husband and Dad to lug back and forth our chairs, radio, cooler and everything else you need for a fun day at the beach :-)
We enjoyed the sun, the water, the sand, and tons of jellyfish! I have never seen so many in my life! We were all stung several times, but that did not keep Kylee and Payton out of the water. In fact, Payton got to where he was catching about ten jellyfish a day with his crabbing net (yes they were that bad!) and would bury them in the sand. And Kylee continued to boogie board with the occasional break to ice down a sting. I'm glad that they did not let it keep them from having fun. Now for Mollie and I , we decided to play it safe and enjoyed building our sand castles and making our sand soup (our secret recipe of sand and ocean water).
We also enjoyed our favorite restaurants like Sea-n-Suds, Lu Lu's, and The Original Oyster House. I'm sure I've gained at least 5 pounds! At night we played old family favorite games like Yahtzee and went crabbing on the beach. My parents came with us this year so the kids loved playing with Paw Paw and laughing at his jokes. Great memories!
We all loved getting to travel to the beautiful beaches and staying in a great condo, but it doesn't really matter where you go or where you stay. It's just important to get away from the rush of life and to remember who your kids really are and for them to get to do that same with Mom and Dad. My favorite moments this week where sitting back and watching my kids get along and seeing my whole family just LAUGH!

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