Thursday, November 20, 2014

Go Generals!

 Maddie had a cheer competition in Tallasee  recently on a frigid, windy day.   I'm talking seriously cold!!  The competition involved a jump off, chants, cheer and a dance.  Maddie's group went second, and they were awesome.   After they competed, I really didn't think they could be beat-until the next squad went!!  They were very good, too.  So, Maddie's team received second place after a really great performance!  Two girls on her squad also received awards for the jump off. I don't remember exactly how many squads competed, but there were quite a few.  Maddie's group has lots of 5 year olds, so I thought that made their win even more special!  I have sat through so many camp performances and games with her mom cheering, so this brought back lots and lots of memories!

This little blue-eyed sweetie got to stay with a babysitter! Pop and Josh got in a few snuggles before we left.


All bundled up, waiting (and waiting and waiting) on the event to start!  Maddie's bow was standing straight up due to the blustery wind!!


And we're off!!


Cheer!  My favorite is the two upside down signs!!  That didn't effect their performance!  They were truly awesome!!


Dance! 



And a well deserved trophy!!


This has been a very long, but fun season.  I am amazed at how much Maddie has progressed!  I see lots more of these events in our future!

These are some pictures the babysitter sent of Reed during the competition!  He looks like he had a great time!  So glad he stayed warm!



Another quick but fun trip is in the books! Lindsey just called.  Both girls have strep!!  Bless them!  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Turkeys, Feathers and Fun

We treasure each visit with our sweet girls, and just can't wait until Reed can join in on the fun.  We were a little worried about Lillian, because she has become quite the mama's girl.  We were thrilled when she didn't miss a beat!  She was perfectly content the entire visit, just like always.  We have always been so blessed, because there are no tears either coming or going!!


For many, many years as a teacher, I have innocently sent home "projects" for my students and parents (turkeys, feathers, Christmas trees, Easter eggs, etc).  I always thought these were perfect things for parents and their children to do together.  How silly of me!!!!  Actually, it was lots of fun!!




I thought both turned out quite well!  Trust me, both were very specific about what they wanted!!  The only real problem was when Maddie wanted to put the orange and blue hearts together.  I reminded her that we don't do those colors in our house!  She wouldn't budge, but did agree to add some red to the orange heart!


Maddie is getting so tall that her feet almost touch the ground on the swing now.  Little Bit is such an awesome helper!


For a while, we thought she was going to be afraid to try new things, but she likes to go high and fast like her sister!


No trip is complete without a trip to the park!  It's even more fun now that Lillian is bigger!!






I can't describe how special it is to be a grandmother.  It is a love like no other.  These sweet girls and their precious brother make any day just a little brighter.  I can't wait for Uncle C and Aunt T to throw a couple into the mix!!!!  


Next up-Maddie's Cheer Competition!  


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunday Funday

Maddie asked me if she could whisper something in my ear this weekend, and of course I said yes.  She softly said, "I really want to see my cousins."  I so love that she is already recognizing the value of family!  We weren't able to see all of the cousins, but we did manage to see Charley, Josey and Riley.  I am so glad the holidays will soon be here, so we can spend more time with everyone!

First, a little pre-church fun!!  



After church, we headed across the river to spend some time with Lee and his sweet family. Riley is growing so fast!


Maddie and Katy-Maddie loves riding on the four wheeler.  



Sweet Family!



Lillian and Pop


Lillian and Josey 



Precious Children-Maddie, Lillian, Josey, Charley and Joe





Charley was a great chauffeur!!


Riley is pooped after a fun weekend!!






Family times are the best times!!  More on our fun visit with the girls next!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

More to Come

Our sweet girls are here for a visit, and we have been busy doing some very important things! Much more to come on that later. Right now I've got to go help pull Alabama through!!

Everybody has a camouflaged tent set up in their den-right??



Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Birthday Fun

About a week ago, I got a call at work that went something like this-

Reed: How do you feel about going to the beach for your birthday?
Me: I feel pretty darn good about it!!

So, plans were made for a great time, and we were not deterred by rumors of record breaking cold!! We packed enough to stay for 2 weeks, rather than 2 days and headed south!!

I was pretty certain the weathermen were way off on this forecast, but it turns out they nailed it perfectly! It was blustery, but beautiful! Friday was actually very nice, but Saturday and Sunday were frigid! It was the first time that I've ever bundled up in a blanket and worn sweats to the beach!! Once we drove into Panama City as Hurricane Danny was making landfall. We've had to leave early twice due to Tropical Depressions. So, now we can add freezing temperatures to the list! Lots of fun and lots of great memories!!

This picture would lead you to believe that it's sunny and about 90 degrees!


Not quite!!



We spent several hours working on our tan!!







These guys  (Reed calls them devil birds) weren't fazed by the cold! I may have slipped them a chip or two! 




Good food, great company, and beautiful memories! I think this should be my birthday present every year!!








Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Party in Panola

After a fun day with the family, we loaded up and headed across the river for a great time at the McClure's. They have got this party business down to an art.  Everything was just beautiful!! We are so thankful that we were able to celebrate with this wonderful group of hostesses and friends and family. This was Caleb and Taylor's first wedding event, and we were thrilled that they were able to share it with Alex, one of his oldest friends. Time flies!  It's so hard to believe that they are old enough to be getting married.  It seems like they should still be on the Little League field! It was great to see old friends and even to meet a few new ones!!

Chief cook Stephen McBride and his trusty helpers (Carson, Zach, Edward, Bill, and I am sure others) did a fantastic job on the shrimp.  Possibly the best I've ever had!!

 



Aren't they all just precious?  Caleb & Taylor and Alex & Addie



Taylor and the sisters, Lindsey and Tori!  



Fun on the dance floor




Fun with friends and family-and watching a little Alabama football!







Caleb with two of his favorite older women!!



Baby Reed enjoyed his first party, too!  (Although he slept through most of it!)




We are so looking forward to the wedding and celebrations leading up to the wedding for these two.  They are simply perfect for each other!!  Hurry up January 31!!