Thursday, February 19, 2015

Costumes

Thursday started off with a "late start" at school because of freezing temps.  So I took these friends to Chickfila.




It's costume day at dance.  So fun!  I think the girls all look so cute in their costumes.  I cannot wait for recital.  Except I have FIVE numbers to keep up with.




This is so Anna...  She stands out of a crowd.  Following a different beat, wearing a different color.  ha!   Love my girl!

SNEAK PEAK:
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This poor girl.  This costume and her hips...they don't mix.  But she's cute no matter what!
I LOVE BATON!!  It's my favorite and Mary loves it.  


 SNEAK PEAK:

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Dance one  -tap


Dance 2...Love this dance.  So cute!
And to top off all the fun and excitement SALLY came to see us!!  We ate at Sals with her.  I miss and love her so much!  We had so much fun catching up!



Such a great way to end the day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NOAH!!

It's official... We have a teenager!  We need all the prayers we can get at this point!  
Transition to the teen years have not been easy.  It is the weirdest thing that kids really do turn into teenagers.  Full of hormones, full of deception, full of WEIRDNESS!!  

But I love Noah with all that I am and we will make it through these years as survivors.



He's pretty cute!  That's for sure!



13 spankings...FORCED!


And a forced SELFIE with MOM!!!  

Noah you make me proud!  I love you.  I know some days are hard but it will pass.  I've found myself praying for you daily.  That you will love the Lord and seek him.  That you will make "good" friends, and that the Lord will daily put a hedge of protection around you.  I pray he protects your heart and mind from the temptations of the world.  I know they are strong but I pray you remember "greater is HE who is IN YOU then he who is in the world."

So we press on together.  I love you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STOMP

Anna was in a program at her school that worked with STOMP.  It was one of the best shows we have been to.  They made up songs about different character traits and then made up dances with STOMP techniques.  2 people from STOMP came and performed with them.  Anna had so much fun doing this.   It was GREAT!


 

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Anna is so brave!  She had a speaking part.  She's so awesome on stage.  I'm so glad she enjoys it.


 It's not fun unless your BFF is doing it with you!


See the link.
ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports



After the show we headed over to Chickfila.  It just so happened to be family night...PERFECT!


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Briarwood Women's Retreat

I stole away and went with Briarwood on their women's retreat.  It was a great short get away.



We rode on a BUS!  I was not too excited about this but it ended up being fun!  This is my roomie.  I love LeighAnn.  She's crazy like me and she's my little get away when I'm at work.  Love her!



 More of the gang.  We are ready to RIDE!




Made it!  It's so beautiful!!  I love the beach!





Bree and I missed Barbs so much!  She's our 3rd wheel.  And we like 3 wheels!


These two put together the whole retreat.  I love working with these two as well.


My hood is outrageous!






FRIENDS!








 This is before we made a run to the bus in the RAIN!!!



And after!!


SOAKED!!


You just can't go wrong when you venture to the beach with friends.  The speakers were great and it was all about friendship.  I really wish I would have taken my RMLBC friends with me.

The main thing I took away is spend time with the Lord.  Journal, talk to him, pursue him... seek HIM.  He loves his kids!




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

100th Day of School

Isaac survived 100 days of school!





He is so good at school.  SO very proud of him and everything he has learned this year.  His first year is halfway over!!  CRAZY!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

Oh how I miss our old traditions.  Watching the ball drop at Keith and Amy's house (about 17 years ago - CRAZY, how can it be that long ago?!?).  I miss making Gingerbread Houses with the Hootens.  Those memories have a special special place in my heart.  But as things change, I'm so thankful for the friends God has put in my life and our family's life and I'm so thankful we can host a New Year's Party at our house and make new memories.  Memories the kids continue to enjoy!

I love our house.  I LOVE IT!!  The boys have put a fire pit in the back and we had a fire complete with s'mores.  It was cold but the fire was warm!  It was so great to have all the kids play together the men by the fire and the girls in the den with our own little fire.  

The kids had so much fun playing with all the new Christmas toys, cutting wood for the fire, playing hide and seek in the dark, playing basketball.

Jason and I enjoyed time with our friends.  There was endless conversation, laughter, and let's not forget a hint of Nacho Libre.  Not a party without him.  He's the BEST!  ha!

The girls rang the new year in by the fire with the kids eating s'mores (or as I call them SOME'MORES).  Apparently my hair caught on fire and no one was willing to save me.  No worries...I'll save myself.    We passed the sparkling grape juice bottle around the circle and told new years resolutions.





























Looking forward to 2015.  So far it's been GREAT!  Surrounded by my family and our friends in our community we love so dear.



Here is what I hope 2015 holds:
Bwood Women's Retreat (Jan)
RMLBC Women's Retreat & Noah's Bday TEENAGER (Feb)
15 year anniversary - crossing my fingers for a getaway with Jason (Mar)
Mary's Pickle Party (Apr)
Eden's 2nd Bday & Memorial Day celebrations (May)
35th Bday (June)
Isaac's Bday, Jason (&Jeremy's) Bday and some big FIREWORKS and Thunder on Hueytown
New School Year (Anna goes to MIDDLE SCHOOL) (Aug)
Girls Trip (Sept)
Family Vacay (Oct)
Thanksgiving & Christmas with family and friends and our church.

Those will be my highlights