Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Award's Day

Anna really excels when it comes to school.  She has always enjoyed school but she loves the work too.  She has always made straight A's!  Without effort she makes these grades.  It comes so easy to her.  I envy that!

Today, was Awards Day.  She got an award for completing 5th grade.  She got an award for making straight A's all year.  She got an award for the highest reading average in her class.  And she got an award for being on Student Council.

She makes me so proud. 
Her Elementary Years are officially OVER!!
 It's so hard to believe she's heading to Middle School.  

Where her journey began Anna's 1st Day to K5

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Children's Ministry Retreat

To say I love my job is pretty much an understatement!  The Children's Ministry had a planning retreat this week and I got invited to go.  I was so excited!  We went to Barbara's family Lake House. It's beautiful.  And the company was the BEST!  It was great to laugh really hard with each other and at each other.  

We did work!  John wouldn't let us enjoy the sun until we got all the plans on paper and to the calendar.  We had a GREAT dinner.  Steaks and I made the potatoes.  Breakfast was just as good.  We ate so many snacks, really good food, and CANDY!  

After dinner we met some more and then we played Rollick - which was hilarious!  Charades at its finest.  Such a fun fun group!  And it was such a privilege to tag along - for the sake of team building!  ha!

The View

Barbara LOVES Beth's shakes.  She'll steal them every chance she gets!

Beth is happy to get away and gets the best seat in the house!

Salad Selfies

My contribution

Table set! 



Meeting...  We really did meet!

Barbara could not wait to experience the oils!

Favorite part, favorite friend

 As we were driving home chatting we heard a big pop!  I thought it was a flat tire but the car continued to drive smoothly.  It took us a minute to figure out that a rock had hit the back side window.  Thankfully Beth was sitting in the middle of the back seat.  As we drove you could hear it cracking and pieces were falling out.  SCARY!!

Christopher was only 2 exits away so we took the car to him and he busted out the window and tarped it up.

Beth is a survivor! 

I played with the sheep and JA!  I mean... really, this is Belle!  I think she's beautiful.

Tarped up and back on the road...the BACK ROADS!  It took us forever to get home.  We went from Pell City to Leeds, to 119, to 280, Altadena, Briarwood.  

 Made it SAFE and SOUND!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

It's Mother's Day!  And thanks to these 5 I get to be celebrated.
We had a great time at church.
Jason bought us Chinese Food!  YUM!
Eden got stuck in a bucket...ha!
Noah and I went fishing (I caught nothing and Noah caught the tiniest fish)
Jason bought me a BEAUTIFUL necklace but it didn't come in - he was sad - but it's worth waiting for!

Great time with him on the water!

Silena, Mom, and I have Mother's Day tradition of dinner and a movie.  This year we couldn't get away on the weekend so we went to Cheesecake Factory and then shopping!  We had the girls with us but we still managed to have a great time.  Anytime the 3 of us are together it's fun.  Mother's Day has become one of my favorite holidays.  I just love it! The time we spend together laughing and talking is the best feeling in the world.  My sister and I have always been close but after days like this I always wish I could go back in time and really enjoy her more as a friend.  She's a great sister and always has been but she's a GREAT friend.  I love my mom and sister so much and I really had a great time with them. 

EDEN!!!! Can't blame her though!

Viv's love is INTENSE!!


My gift

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Springfest 2015 + Birthday Party

We started off the day tired!!  I have Mary Benadryl for her legs because they were itching so bad.  So she was heading to sleep before we even got started.  Anna was at a Birthday Party and stayed up till 4am the night before.  It was a perfect storm brewing...but really they were great!

Anna and Riley's dance class was one of the classes chosen to dance at Springfest.  I really struggle with events like this (hot/crowded) but I made it through without having a panic attack.  ha!  It was hot - full sun.  But the girls did GREAT!  And it was my favorite dance of theirs, so I'm really glad they got to go!  We walked over to Sals and went to the bathroom and got ice cold water.  We had such a busy day that we could not stay long - only for the dances and they did ride ONE ride.  Next year maybe we won't be in such a rush.  Maybe...

She's got to be the cutest kid!
ONLY person who could get me to go to Springfest!  Love my friend! 


Right after Springfest we went to Celebrate Sam.   Bree made a GREAT cake.  And we just visited for a little while, played, ate cake and Mary got her face painted before we headed home to call it a DAY!

Bree is the best!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Eden's first braids

Eden let me braid her hair today.  So cute.  She even kept them in all morning.  Around 2 she pulled them out.  Crazy kid!!  But she was super cute while she wore them.