Sunday, December 31, 2017

December Daze

The month of December flew by, and I have done a terrible job of documenting the fun!  We did all of our usual stuff...Christmas bowling, all of our advent fun, looking at Christmas lights, and lots more fun!

The month started off with the Christmas musical at church.  This year all four kids participated!  Clare and Jane were shepherd girls (and Clare had to sing a solo!),

Sydney was a sheep,

and Graham was in the chorus.  The show was called All About that Baby, and it was so cute!

Throughout the month, we did various Christmas activities including making ugly Christmas sweater ornaments and peppermint ornaments!

Christmas Cookie Chaos is always a fun day!  This year we added in my aunt Jennifer, which made it even better.  Unfortunately, LoLo wasn't able to make it, but we all wore our cute aprons that she made us proudly!

We attended a candlelight service, and finally it was Christmas Eve!  We headed to Dale and Dan's midday and began the celebration!  We were all excited!

It is fun to have a crazy aunt!

Finally, it was time to start! 

We were all spoiled! Some of us even got poop emoji onesies!!!

We headed home and got set up for Santa,

and bid our farewells to Frank!

Santa came!  He brought Graham a drone, Jane a instant camera, Sydney a Garmin activity tracker, and Clare received a laptop!  Four happy kids!

We gave each other our gifts, and highlights included a Dude Perfect shirt for Graham,

a ukulele for Jane!

After we opened up our family gifts, we got dressed and headed to LoLo and Pop's.  Sadly, LoLo still wasn't feeling her best.  She has a nasty case of Shingles, but we pulled together and managed to have a great day....but I have no pictures!  We had great food, received lots of wonderful gifts and enjoyed the day!  

And now, December is over and we're looking toward 2018!  Happy New Year!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Double Digits!

Happy birthday Jane and Sydney!  10 years old!

As tradition dictates, we took Jane and Syd to Fort Worth for the weekend instead of having a party.  We did Sundance Square, a giant maze, face paint,

a drive in movie, 

the Stock Yards, 

the water gardens, and lots of quality time with the girls.

They were wiped out!

We did a family party on Friday night.  The girls requested a unicorn cake, so that's what they got!

  They were thoroughly spoiled, and it was fun celebrating them.

They are as different as night and day, sweet and sassy, and they brighten any room they enter!  Today, we'll have one of their favorite meals, treat them to some cupcakes, and try to grasp the fact that they are 10!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Life Lately

Clare had her first band concert!   I was pretty impressed.  They played several recognizable songs!  She seems to enjoy playing the flute, and she's pretty good at it!

Jane and Sydney had to get all dressed up to go to the symphony on a field trip.  They looked so pretty!

We went camping last weekend at Daingerfield State Park.  It was cold, but we had a good time, and the park was beautiful.

And now it's Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for these four!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

Happy Halloween!

The kids had their own ideas this year, and I think they turned out adorable!  Jane and Sydney quickly decided that they wanted to be nerds this year.  They coordinated with several friends and had quite a posse of nerds!

Graham has been quite into Nate the Great books this fall, so he decided to go as Nate.  Since no one knows who that is, we decided he would just be a detective!  


Clare and her friends decided to go as a group of social apps, and she picked Pinterest.  With the make-up on, she looked so much older!

I thought her whole group turned out really cute!  They have all your social media needs covered....Twitter, Instagram, Netflix, YouTube and more.

As much as I love coordinating costumes, it's fun when the kids have their own ideas too.  They all loved what they wore, and they had a great Halloween!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

First Day!

Summer flew by!  It's hard to believe that it's already over, but alas, we are three days into a new school year.  Let's back up and look at all of our first day festivities!

We have a traditional back to school dinner!  I cover the table in butcher paper, have the kids write some stuff on it, and we usually have pasta.  I love seeing some of their answers.

Graham is excited about wearing headphones at school, and he is nervous about nothing!!

Here's what Clare had to say:

Jane's responses:

And lastly, Sydney's:

On the first morning of school, everyone was up early and ready to roll.  I think everyone had some nervous one ate much breakfast!  

Graham is headed to first grade, and one of his best buddies is in his class!

Jane and Sydney are in fourth grade.  They have two great for reading and writing and one for math.

Clare is top dog this year as a big 6th grader.  (sniff, sniff)  

My four smarty-pants!!

And a more serious one for posterity's sake!

All reports from the first day were good.  Clare's teacher was out sick, so that was kind of a bummer, but she seemed ok about it all.  

Praying for a great school year!