Sunday, February 26, 2017

Broken Bow, OK

We decided to take advantage of a three day weekend and take our crew to Broken Bow, OK.  When we told the kids, you'd have thought we were taking them to Paris...they were so excited!

We rented a little cabin near Beaver's Bend State Park, and we spent three days just hanging out!  The biggest perk of the cabin was a hot tub.  The kids spent a ton of time in that thing.

On Saturday afternoon, we went horseback riding.  Clare was old enough to ride by herself, but the other three had to ride with an adult.  (Sydney rode with the guide.)  It was a long ride, and the kids really enjoyed it.

On Sunday, we went on a hike and had a picnic.  We took our time, threw rocks in the creek, and just enjoyed the day.


If you ask the kids what their favorite part of the weekend was, they will probably tell you about Dukey!  The first day we got there a stray dog ambled up to our porch.  He was well-behaved and the kids took an instant liking to him and they named him Dukey.  They played with him for a long time, and then we left to go ride horses.  He was, of course, gone when we returned.  On our last day, guess who came back?   Dukey!  The kids were so thrilled....and they took a million pictures of him!

We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend away.  We played a ton of games, Truth be told, I think we could go anywhere and have a good time.  It's just nice to get out of town and away from the busy schedules. 

Monday, February 13, 2017


Sydney is up next!  

There are so many adjectives that describe Sydney...funny, ornery, smart, energetic, mischievous, strong-willed, witty, brave and confident! 

Sydney is on the move.  She is almost always doing cartwheels, dancing, or at the very  least, talking ninety miles a minute!  She is a social animal, and always up to hang with friends.  She is the life of the party, and loves to be in the spotlight.  This picture of her cracks me up.....dancing, wearing a leotard, while waiting to run during a game of kickball.

Right now, Sydney is playing soccer and doing gymnastics.  She is very athletic, and would love to play some other sports, but our limit is two activities at a time.  She has a knack for all things active and usually picks up new skills pretty quickly.

There are so many different things that make this girl tick!  She has strong opinions about most things, including food.  Sydney is my pickiest eater.  She doesn't try new foods easily, and would honestly prefer to eat flour tortillas at every meal.  Syd is a conscientious student.  I love that she wants to knock out her homework as soon as she gets home....a girl after my own heart.  One of my favorite things about Sydney is her confidence.  She will talk to anyone and is willing to try new things.  Admittedly, at times she is a bit over-confident and gets a little too big for her britches.  Nonetheless, I think this confidence will benefit her in the long run.

Sydney has a clipboard that says "She tried going with the flow.  It was the longest minute of her life."  That sums up Sydney Scott!  She is one-of-a-kind, and I am thankful that she's mine!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

All About Graham

I know it's been almost a month, but the other day the girls were reading through my old blog posts, and it made me realize why I love to do have the memories written down!  So, I figured I give an update about each kid.

We'll start with Graham!  He is such a good natured kid, and he usually has a smile on his face...especially if he has a big ice cream cone in his hand!  He loves being outside, playing sports, and pizza.  He hates when things seem unfair, when his sisters pester him, and wearing pants!

Graham is over halfway through his kindergarten year.  In fact, he just had his 100th day of school!  He is having a great year at school, and I am forever grateful for his kindergarten teacher.  Graham loves her, and so do I!  At the beginning of the year, he cried every day.  Now, our biggest argument is whether or not he has to wear pants.  He hates pants and long sleeved shirts, and he is convinced he's being punished if I make him wear them.  However, sometimes the weather calls for it!

Graham's favorite person in the world is his daddy.  He adores him.  A couple weeks ago, Casey was under the weather, and Graham made him this card.  He drew his other favorite thing at the bottom of the card...playing basketball, preferably with his dad!  Ever since Santa brought a basketball hoop, you can most often find Graham outside shooting some hoops.  Next year, I think we'll get him on an organized team, but for now, he enjoys playing Horse, Pig, and any other animal you can think of!

Graham has lost his middle two bottom teeth.  (This picture was from last fall.) So far, none of the top ones are wiggly, but I'm sure it won't be long. He is tall for his age, and is one of the tallest in his kindergarten class.  He still has asthma, but it's well controlled with his daily inhaler.  He is finishing up an indoor soccer season, and he will start his second season of baseball in a couple of weeks! 

His sisters still love to "mother" him.  I think that may be Graham's lot in life.  Of course, the girls sometimes drive him crazy, but they are super helpful with him as well.  They are (usually) happy to read with him, help him out with something new at school, and do anything that involves bossing him around.

Graham is such a great kid.  He is all boy and loves to wrestle and play outside, but he has such a sweet and funny personality. He recently told me that after he goes to college, he is going to come home every weekend because he will miss us.  ☺

There's an update on my favorite little guy!