Sunday, August 21, 2016

'Twas the Night Before Kindergarten

Originally posted August 21, 2011 for Clare.  Reposted August 25, 2013 for Jane and Sydney.  Edited for Graham.

'Twas the night before kindergarten, and all through the house
the anticipation was building, in large amounts!
The backpacks were hung by the back door with care
with lunchbox and snack and clothes to spare!

The student was nestled all snug in his bed
while visions of crayons danced in his head.
With Mama a bit nervous, but excited as well,
Hopeful the first day will really go swell!

Haircuts, new shoes, all checked off the list.
First day outfit all picked out and pressed.
P.E. and music, computers and art;
And my boy so excited for the big day to start!

All day I will wonder about my little sidekick;
How is he doing?  Which friends will he pick?
My boy is quite ready, for a while I've known;
It's just hard to think how fast he has grown!!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Camp Deer Run

Clare completed a new milestone this summer!  Sleep away camp!  She went to Camp Deer Run for a week at the beginning of August. 

We all took her and got her settled into her cabin.  

Her good friend Payton was at camp with her, and I was so thankful that she had a friend there.

I'm not gonna lie....leaving her there was hard.  She was excited, but I could tell that she was so nervous.  This particular camp is very rustic and "outdoorsy."  Clare knew all that before we signed her up, but I think the reality of it set in upon arrival.

It didn't help when I saw this picture on the camp website.  Clare doesn't look exactly thrilled!

It was a long week without her, but on Friday morning, I showed up and she was all smiles.  She had a great week (with a few moments of homesickness), but tons of fun! 

It was so great to see her, and I loved having a two hour drive home where she could fill me in on all of the details! 

The same day I picked her up from camp, we headed to Colorado!  Lots of summer fun!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lake Weekend

 At the end of July, we enjoyed a fun weekend at Deedee and Papaw's lake! 

We caught lots of fish!

We enjoyed riding on the boat!!

We fully embraced the motto "lake hair, don't care!"

And, we tried Cookie Two Step! 

We made s'mores, rode on the golf cart....even accidentally drove over Graham's foot.  That wasn't one of the highlights!

It was a fun weekend to get out of town and enjoy some different activities!  Thanks to Deedee and Papaw!

Friday, July 22, 2016


I can't believe summer is already two months over! Here are some of our highlights! 

Clare chopped off her hair!
Jane and Sydney did a week of VBS.

Graham took swimming lessons. He's a little fish!
We played water balloon baseball!
Jane and Sydney spent a week at Pine Cove in the City!

We've been to Hawaiian Falls lots of times!

Clare has taken up sewing!
And we got Bryan and Morgan married!  Such a fun night!  Here's a glimpse!
Graham picked out his kindergarten backpack!
The girls participated in theater camp, and put on the play Pinocchio.  Jane and Sydney were school kids, Clare was one of the "cool kids," and Graham was just a goofball audience member!
Still to come... lake weekend, Clare's first overnight camp, and Colorado!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Disney: Day 4 and Going Home

We spent the morning at Animal Kingdom on our last day.  We started with Kali River Rapids...which is a risky move first thing in the morning! We rode Dinosaur, Triceratops Spin, Primeval Whirl, and we got everyone on Expedition Everest!!!
We watched the Lion King show and saw It's A Bug's Life before our fast pass on the safari.  The safari ride is so well-done, and we saw lots of cool animals.
Before leaving this pro, we decided to hit Kali River Rapids one more time....Graham wanted to get soaked.  We were successful!
We headed back to our house for some rest before returning to Mahic Kingdom for our final evening.   We did Splash Mountain again, Haunted Mansion, and settled in for the evening festivities. We saw the Electrical Parade, and Cinderella's Castle show. Unfortunately, it started raining, so we didn't get to see the fireworks. We rode a few more rides, and then called it quits! We felt like we had made the most of our time there!!
The next morning we woke up super early to fly home. We had to fly to Miami and catch a connecting flight home. Much to our surprise, we were seated in first (maybe business?) class on the way home. The kids (and Casey and I) were in HEAVEN! It was fabulous! Tons of room and seats that lay completely horizontal! It couldn't have come at a better time.
The trip was the stuff memories are made of! Many thanks to Deedee for another amazing Disney experience!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Disney: Day 3

Hollywood Studios Day!  Star Wars Day!  Jedi Training Day!  The kids (especially Graham) were excited about visiting this park!

We got to the park and headed straight to sign up for the Jedi Training...which turned out to be the right thing to do.  The line was quite long, but all four kids got a slot in the morning.  We headed over to ride Star Tours and watch the Muppet 3D movie before it was time for training. 

It was a HOT day, but the kids were ready to take on Darth Vader.  They got fitted in their robes, and headed over to meet their opponents.

Here they were receiving their instructions.  This was serious business!

Clare and Graham battled the Seventh Sister.

Sydney and Jane took on Darth Vader!

 Despite the heat, all four of the kids loved the Jedi Training.  The force was strong with these four!

It was time to head to our lunch reservation at Hollywood and Vine.  Here we met Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, Handy Manny and Jake!

After lunch, we had fast passes for Toy Story Mania, a crowd favorite!  Then, we scooted over to watch the Frozen Sing-Along.  This was a such a great show.  The kids loved the "snow" at the end! 

We headed back to the house to have some down time because we were planning on watching the Star Wars fireworks that evening.  Upon returning to the park, we met some jawas at Launch Bay!

We watched the Little Mermaid Show and then we grabbed a spot for the Star Wars fireworks show. 

Disney does everything well, and the fireworks were no exception!  The show was amazing!  We decided to stay late and watch Fantasmic before leaving the park.....very late, I might add!  One more day!