Monday, November 17, 2014

"My Girls"

One of my favorite things that Graham does is when he refers to his sisters as "my girls."

After the girls have gone to school, he'll randomly say, "hey mom, where my girls?"  Or, if he doesn't know what they're up to, he'll say, "what my girls doing?"

He definitely has a soft spot for his three older sisters.

Now, don't get me wrong, they drive him crazy at times, for sure.  But for the most part, he loves them.

I'm so thankful that Graham loves "my girls," and that the feeling is most certainly mutual!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

All Things Jane!

Jane Jennings is quite possibly the sweetest child that ever existed.

She's just so nice.  A couple of weeks ago, on a Friday, her teacher told the class that they would be getting a new student on the upcoming Monday.  Jane told me "I need to make a card for Jasmine, the new student."  I asked if her teacher told them to do that.  She replied, "no, I just want to." 

She frequently thinks of others before herself!  She is so willing to sacrifice what she wants to do, sometimes to a fault!  She is so sweet to Graham, and is constantly writing me little this one I found on my grocery list.

Now, of course, she has her moments.  She can whine, and she gets mad at her sisters (and her parents), and really doesn't like it when things don't seem "fair!"  However generally speaking, she is delightful and eager to please.  Such a positive presence!

She is having a great year in school, can most often be found wearing jewelry of some sort, and loves to color.  Jane loves salty foods more than sweet, requires a lot of sleep, and has the best handwriting around.  She finished up a good soccer season, has mastered bike riding, and loves to swing.

She is sweet as sugar and has a heart of gold!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Week!

 Halloween week started with a trip to church for Trunk or Treat!  This was the first time that the Turtles had all worn their costumes, and there were a few costume issues that needed to be worked out.  It was a good trial run!  Nonetheless, the kids had fun and got a lot of candy!


Graham had a petting zoo/pumpkin patch day at his school.  He held a rabbit, fed a goat, brushed a sheep, and seemed to really enjoy the animals.

He had to decorate a pumpkin, and this was his creation!  I painted the nose and the scar, but the rest of it was all Graham!

Then on Thursday, he got to wear his 'Donnie' costume to school and have a party!

They made spooky spider hats!

At last, Halloween night was upon us!  We got everyone in costume, and headed down the street to the drainpipe to get some authentic Ninja Turtle pictures!

Michelangelo was feeling it!

Donatello was fierce!

Raphael was nervous, but brave enough to get in the pipe!

And Leonardo was ready to fight!

I have to hand it to my kids...they totally embrace the theme costume.  When I suggested that they dress up like the Ninja Turtles, they were all totally on board!  We'll see if that continues next year?

We went and visited some friends, and then headed to the park for pizza.  The costumes didn't slow these kids down!

And then it was off for Trick or Treating!  The kids got way more candy than they need, the weather was nice, and the costumes all survived!  It was a success!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday Night Lights

It was 'report card Friday' and to celebrate three great report cards, we decided to take advantage of the nice weather by dining al fresco and making s'mores over the fire pit.  The kids are always excited to do anything out of the ordinary, so they were all on board with our evening plans!

Making the s'mores is almost as much fun as eating them!


Anytime marshmallows are around, you have to play Chubby Bunny, right?  I think Sydney maxed out at 4 marshmallows, and Clare was the big winner with 5!

Sister hugs!

 I think Sydney must've seen a ghost!

The kids played happily in the backyard until well after dark.  Flashlight tag, chase, and many other games!  It was a fun, family Friday night!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Silly Girls

I wanted one picture of Jane and Sydney.

I got a lot of silly ones....including this one with the weird eye thing going on!

These two girls are as different as night and day, but I think I'll keep them both!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Clare Reads at Church

Clare had the privilege of reading at church on Sunday morning.  She read the story of Ruth from the Children's Beginner Bible.  She did such a great job, and Casey and I were both so proud! 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Catch-Up!

I think this might have been my longest blogging break ever!  It wasn't intentional, and I am going to try to get back in the habit!

Here is a look at a few things that we did this month!

We spent a day at Deedee and Papaw's lake house, and the kids got to go tubing.  Sydney loves the water, and everyone loved being on the boat!

Soccer season started, and the Diamonds are off to a great start!  Sydney has scored some goals in both game that they have played.

This year the teams play with a goalie.  Everyone is a little nervous about playing this position, but Jane made some awesome stops!  

Coach Casey is back in his familiar role!  The girls love having him coach, and Graham keeps asking when he gets to be on the Diamonds!

The weather has cooled a bit, which allows for so many more outdoor activities.  Graham and I have enjoyed a few mornings at the park.

Clare brought this home this weekend.  Are you jealous?  Can't you hear Hot Cross Buns playing in your head?

Clare is excited because her "real" teacher comes back from maternity leave tomorrow.  It's like another first day of school!