Friday, May 22, 2020

So Long, Sixth Grade

Jane and Sydney have gone to the same school from kindergarten through sixth grade, but now it's time to move to middle school.  

The end of 6th grade is a much anticipated time at Evans Elementary.  There is the final walk of the halls, the big party, and lots of fanfare.  However, when you're not in school, none of these things can happen.  Thankfully, there were still some celebrations to be had!

One of the best things the girls has taken from Evans is a great group of friends.  They are lucky that they have so many friends living in our neighborhood, so we spent the day celebrating with all of them.  

We started the day with a drive-thru parade with all of the teachers.  Jane and Sydney have had some great teachers since they started in kindergarten, so it was fun to bid them all farewell.

Each student was given a bag of goodies and a balloon.  As the bell rang, the students heard the school song and released their balloons.  

We finished the day with a gathering in the cul-de-sac with lots of 6th grade families.  As I was reading through some texts on Sydney's phone, I saw that one of her friends wrote "that was the best day ever."  I'm so glad that they had fun, even if it wasn't how they imagined it would end!

Here's to the class of 2026!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Graham is 9!

Graham had been counting down to his birthday for weeks!  The day finally arrived.  

He requested biscuits and gravy for breakfast, and I happily obliged.  We did school at home, and just hung out in the morning.  Early afternoon, the Kona Ice truck came and surprised Graham.  Several neighborhood friends joined in and enjoyed sno cones...from a distance!

Later in the day, Graham had an awesome birthday parade with our family and lots of his Thunder friends.  

We had burgers and tater tots and birthday cake made by Clare! 

He got lots of great stuff!  Cowboys gear, nerf guns, football cards, Dude Perfect merch, and a lots of video game stuff.  He was one happy boy! 

There's something to the quarantine birthdays.  Lots of family time, keeping things simple, and celebrating our nine year old!

clare's birthday... in quarantine

post written by clare
this year my birthday was good, good but weird. i couldn't go anywhere or see any friends so it was just the six of us at our house all day. i woke up to breakfast in bed and then just did stuff i would've done on a normal day because tbh there wasn't a lot i could do to really spice it up. but then tiffs treats came and it was from one of my friends. so that was really exciting. then my other friend came and brought me sonic and it was so good to see her because i hadn't seen her since spring break. then later that day my other friend had cupcakes uber eatsed to me and they were delicious. so many yummy treats.

then i had to do some school, but it was kinda nice because i didn't have to do that much. then we got chick-fil-a for lunch and i made my cake, and the cake was bad but whatever. 

then we just did normal stuff until that evening. deedee called me and said that she had something to drop off so i went outside and my whole family had a birthday parade for me. it was so fun and by far the best part of my day. everybody made signs and it was so much fun !!
 my day was pretty good and definitely one i will NEVER forget !!!

also you should go follow me on instagram @clare.eoff !!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Quarantine 2020

This blog is usually used to mark our annual events, our traditions.  But this year we have a season unlike any other.  We have been quarantined in our house for the past two weeks.  Our spring break was extended by one week due to the Coronavirus, and this passed week our school district began E-Learning at home.  Casey is working from home as well.  We are supposed to stay at home, leaving only for essential tasks. 

Obviously, this is a change from our normal routine, and it has been met with different reactions.  Clare is so sad to miss school and all of the social aspects.  Jane and Sydney are desperate to hang out with their friends, and Graham seems somewhat unaffected.  He is happy not to have to go to school, and seems content to play video games virtually with his buddies.   

Here are a few pictures of life during quarantine!

I tasked each kid with the job of cooking dinner!  Jane opted to make lasagna, and it was delicious!

Church has gone online!  Graham even attended in his undies!

We've had lots of time for outdoor activities!

All of our schooling has moved to E-learning.  The girls are very independent with their stuff, and I have to help Graham as we move through each subject.  I have been quite impressed with how well they have transitioned to this schedule.  

This was our first day.  You can see Casey working in the background.  Things have changed a bit from our first day...Clare now completes most of her work in her bedroom!!! 

We are trying to go with the flow, and make the best of this very unusual time!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Christmas 2019

December came and went, and it was all a big blur!!  

We had a great month, with fun events sprinkled throughout.  For the first time, we went to The Gift of Christmas at Prestonwood Baptist Church.  What an amazing show!

We made cookies, painted gingerbread houses, looked a Christmas lights, enjoyed Frank the elf, and took in all the merriment of the season.  

On Christmas Eve, of course we went to Deedee and Papaw's house!  The weather was so beautiful that we actually spent a lot of time outdoors!  We were all spoiled and the kids got tons of new stuff.  I think this year will be known as Graham's "Cowboy" Christmas.  Despite their less than stellar season, he is still their number one fan....maybe behind Casey?!

On Christmas morning, we saw that Santa had arrived!  Clare got a new backpack, Jane and Sydney got Chromebooks, and Graham got a video game headset!  Then we exchanged gifts with each other.  The number one thing on Graham's list this year was a gold chain.   Emme came through, and snuck it under the tree on Christmas morning.  Graham was thrilled, and he has hardly taken it if off since Christmas.  

Then we traveled over to LoLo and Pop's to continue the festivities.  More Christmas and more fun!

A few days later, we headed to Emme and Grandad's to celebrate with Bryan, Morgan, Landon and Morgan!  Another fun night ensued!  We had a wonderful holiday, and we went into 2020 feeling very grateful!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Straight Outta Bethlehem

This year our church did a Christmas musical called Straight Outta Bethlehem.  

All four of my kids were involved.  Clare helped with the choreography, Jane was a cat, Sydney was a disco angel, and Graham was a donkey.

Sydney even had a solo!  She was so nervous, and had struggled in some of the rehearsals, but she went out there and nailed it.  I was so proud of her.

The rehearsals took a lot of time, and they weren't always thrilled about going, but I think, in the end, everyone was happy they did it!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

First Day of School 2019

The first day has come and gone, but I had to document the pictures!  These four were actually ready for school start.  

Clare is in 8th grade, and is at the same school this year.  

Graham got to move upstairs this year at elementary school, and he is big 3rd grader this year!

Jane and Sydney are in 6th grade, and they are the top dogs at school.  They are excited about a lot of fun activities this year.

Sydney was definitely ready for school.  She is such a social animal, and the lazy days of summer had lost their luster for her.  She was up and at 'em on this day!

Everyone had a great first day!  Now, several weeks later, we have all settled back into the school routine!