Monday, July 24, 2017

Missoula Children's Theater

This summer all four kids were able to participate in this summer tradition!  The kids spent a week auditioning and rehearsing for the Saturday performances of Gulliver's Space!

Graham's debut role was as a blue alien!  He loved it.  He smiled the whole time he was on stage!

Sydney was a princess!

 Jane was cast as a robot. She didn't love her costume, but I thought it was pretty cute!

Clare was one of the yahoos....a group of kids who weren't the smartest!

They all did such a great job, and they had fun week together!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer Fun!

We've had so much fun this summer since our New Braunfels trip!  I think we've had a good balance of organized activities combined with plenty of lazy days at home.

Last week the girls did Pine Cove in the City!  It is always such a fun week for them.

Jane pulled this together for safari day...she had to borrow Graham's shirt! Pretty cute safari hunter, if I do say so myself.

 This was Clare's last year to be able to do this camp because she's getting too old. 

While the girls were at camp, Graham and I had some big fun of our own.  We went to the movies, went bowling, took a friend to the ninja place, swam and played games.  We called it Graham Camp, and it was a good time!

After all the camps were over, we headed to Deedee and Papaw's lake for a night! We packed in tons of fun activities while we were there. 

We fished from the boat house and from the boat, and the kids did awesome! They caught a ton!

We rode on the boat!

We swam in the lake!

We solved the world's problems! 😉

And thanks to Papaw's skills, we had one heck of a firework show.  Graham thoroughly enjoyed setting off his own fireworks!

We've had a ton of fun this summer!  Can't wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!

Monday, June 19, 2017

New Braunfels!

In the early part of this summer, we took a trip to New Braunfels, TX with all of Casey's family!

We had a great time swimming,

water ballooning,

feeding the goats,

and just looking cute!

Casey, Bryan, Nick, and Papaw ventured an hour and a half away to Snow's BBQ....ranked the number one barbeque spot in Texas! 

We floated two different rivers.  On Saturday, we floated the Comal and then on Sunday, the San Marcos River.  The whole crew before our float on Saturday.

On Monday, our family of six and Morgan went to Schlitterbahn.  We opened and closed the park!

 Casey is a water park superstar!  He will ride rides as long as the kids will!

I think Graham may follow in his footsteps.  He was riding the rides, screaming "YOLO"  (you only live once!)

We had a great time visiting a new spot.  All of the activities were fun, and the company was even better!

Friday, June 2, 2017

End of School Festivities

The last week of school is a busy one!!  This year, it was also a short one!  We had a three day week, which started with a picnic.  It was a hot day, but it was fun to join the kids for lunch.

Graham with his awesome teacher, Ms. Hanlon, and his buddy Chase.

The kindergarteners had a program during the last week of school.  They had to wear nice clothes, and they sang their little hearts out. 

Every time Graham saw us in the crowd, he smiled the biggest smile. 

Proud sister!

Finally, it was time for the last day!

It is a tradition around here to have signs up for the kids when they get home on their last day.  This year I had to include Payton, since she came home with Clare!

We headed to swim party to officially kick of summer!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mother's Day Dinner Al Fresco

Just a few pics from our Mother's Day Dinner this year....

We had a great evening together, and I hope these grandmother's know how much they are appreciated!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Mother's Day Tribute to My Grandmother

My blog lost one of it's most faithful readers on March 15, 2017.  My sweet Mamma went to heaven after a short battle with cancer.

Mother's Day weekend seemed like a good time to honor my Mamma.  She was a great mother, and an excellent grandmother.  I have so many memories of spending time with Mamma throughout my life. 

When I was growing up, I would fly to Amarillo, and spend a week in the summer with Mamma in her hometown of Memphis, TX.  I remember vividly going to her quilting club with her.  Quilting club consisted of about 8-10 old women (with names like Louise, Johnnie, and Peggy) sitting around a quilt all day; quilting and chatting about all the goings-on of Memphis, TX.   Thinking back, it seems funny to me that I enjoyed that activity, but I thoroughly did.  We also played a lot of games, usually cards.  Mamma was the ultimate game player.  She was always up for a game of Rummy or Scrabble.  My love for jigsaw puzzles comes from Mamma.

As I got older, the time we spent together changed a bit.  Mamma's favorite place in the world was Colorado, but she didn't feel comfortable driving there by herself.  When I was in college, I was headed to Colorado to visit my parents.  I drove to Memphis, picked up Mamma and we headed north to the mountains.  Our 'road trip" wasn't what you typically think of when you think of a college summer road trip, but we had a great time.  There were a few reminders to "watch my speed," and we listened to "Blue Moon" on CD more than once.  After Casey and I married, we took Mamma to Colorado a few more times.  The most memorable time was when I was pregnant with Jane and Sydney,  and we were planning to tell my parents when we got there.  Mamma was so shocked that we kept it a secret the entire drive up there, but she was so excited to become a great-grandmother again.  She loved my kids, and always kept up with their latest antics. 

As she got older, things continued to change.  Whenever she would come to town, Mom and I would plan a girl's day of shopping.  I loved those days.  We would spend an entire day, with a stop for lunch and possibly an afternoon coffee, just going from store to store.  Even though Mamma started the day saying she didn't need anything, she always ended up with the most bags!

The holidays will always make me think of Mamma.  When she arrived in town, it officially felt like Christmas had begun.  I remember one afternoon during the holidays, we were over at Mom and Dad's house.  Mamma was tired from travelling, and she went to lie down for a bit.  After only a couple minutes, she reappeared in the den, and she said, "I just don't want to miss anything."  She loved spending time with family.

I was lucky enough to have Mamma around for so long.  She was 89 when she died.  I was also fortunate enough to spend time with her the weekend before she passed away.  I am so thankful for that last weekend that my family spent with her.  Certain things will always make me think of her...the aforementioned puzzles, making her meatloaf recipe for Casey, and every trip to Colorado.  My entire life has been sprinkled with memories of Mamma.

On this Mother's Day weekend, I will remember what a great mother she was to my Mom, but more than that, I will remember what a fantastic grandmother she was to me.  We had some great times together. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Graham is SIX!

Graham had quite a sixth birthday!  His actual birthday fell on a Friday this year, and luckily enough, a field trip was planned for that day.  So, he and I, and about 100 other kindergarteners spent the day at the aquarium.

For his birthday dinner, he picked "chicken pop pie."  While he was opening his gifts, he said, "I just feel so happy!"  ❤  We gave him a saucer swing that he has since named Dragon.  Dragon has already gotten lots of use!

His "friend party" was a couple of days later in our backyard.  He wanted a bounce house and baseball.  Easy enough.  We had a bunch of boys over. They played in the backyard,

hit a piñata,

jumped in the bounce house,

ate some cupcakes,

and went home tired with Cracker Jacks and a baseball.

After the party, the rest of our family came over and had dinner to celebrate our birthday boy.  He raked it in with some great gifts, and I think he felt totally "birthdayed." 

Happy #6 Graham!