Saturday, August 15, 2015

Back to School 2015

It's back to school time again.  This year we have a middle schooler.  We were both a little nervous and excited at the same time for this new phase of life.  So far she has completed her first two days and still stands by her original opinion. 
The week before school we had schedule pick up and 6th grade orientation.  I was working but Bobby did a good job of getting a picture of Gracyn at her locker.  She was excited to have a top locker and a "great" schedule.  Tanner did not pose for any pictures or have anything to say about his schedule.  "It's just school" he says.
School started on Thursday, August 13th.  By some form of a miracle, Tanner agreed to take a first day picture for me.  Sometimes he can be a sweet kid.

Gracyn was so excited for her first day of 6th grade that she could hardly sleep the night before.  She had her best friend ride to school with us, so that she would not have to walk into school alone.

There she goes. . .
They both had really good reports for the first day back.  Gracyn especially likes changing classes.  And she said she has nice teachers. :)

Life Lately - Summer Recap

I can hardly believe the Summer has come and gone.  It's time to take a look back at what we've been up to the past few months.
We started out early in June with basketball workouts for Tanner, sleepless nights for kids, and enjoying no school.  We also celebrated Nana's birthday.
Next up we went to the beach for Summer Vacation the last week in June.  This is the first year that I did not use my real camera on vacation.  As a matter of fact, I barely took any pictures at all.  It was a very low key, relaxing week.

Fourth of July fun with cousins.
And a birthday celebration for Aunt Carrie.

Summer Blast at church was the following week.  Gracyn had the best time with her friends.  Next year she will be serving as a Junior Dream Team member.

Both kids spent a ton of time with friends this Summer.
And we all spent a lot of time on the Lake.

Tanner let his hair grow out.  At the beginning of Summer break he marched in to tell me that I needed to "cancel all of his hair appointments" for the Summer.

Luckily he decided to finally get a cut for back to school the first week of August.  And Gracyn got a trim and some subtle color.

Tanner celebrated his 15th birthday back in April, but just got his drivers permit in August.
He's a pretty good driver, but I'm not the best passenger.  It will definitely take some getting used to. And prayer.
School is back in session now.  Next week we will go into our first full week.  So far, so good.
I hope the  excitement last at least a little while longer.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Life Lately

I've been going back to old blog post a lot lately to look at birthdays, vacations, and just our everyday life.  What I've realized is, I should have never slacked off on this whole blogging business.  I have so many memories documented that may have otherwise been forgotten.  So here I am again.  I've got a lot of catching up to do just for this year alone.  I'm just making a deal with myself to only post the things that absolute must haves, and then I'll do a better job moving forward.

For now, we've been busy enjoying the Summer.  We have spent many hours on the lake.  We bought a wave runner over the Winter and it has been so much fun.  Bobby and I have discussed getting one for the past few years, and finally stumbled upon a deal we could not pass up. Here we are riding back in February like crazy people.

Gray got braces right after Spring break. It is amazing how much her teeth have moved around already.  Other than being a little sore the first day, she has not complained one bit.  She kind of loves having braces.



We finally had Gray's 11th birthday bash at the skating rink.  We went in with one of her best friends and they both had the best time.  It was a ton of fun.

Easter weekend was full of friends and family.  One of our favorite cheer coaches had the cutest Easter party.  Crafts and yummy food, and egg hunting.  Gray LOVED hanging out with all her girlfriends.

Easter Sunday at church was great as always.  

After church we always have lunch with Bobby's mom and family.  They have a field that backs up to there property with the sweetest horses.  We love to see them when we are there.


We also celebrated Pawpaw's birthday on Easter.  I think we are all done with adding new grandchildren.  (I think.)  I've most definitely done my part.

The Junior cheerleader squad was invited to cheer at the local spirit night for the school.  Those cheer skirts sure were a lot shorter than they were back in the Fall!!

And last but not least, Gray joined her first small group in the Spring.  She had the best time and made some new friends.  They met twice a month, and it really was a great experience for her.  Such a great group of girls!

More to come soon. . . .


Sunday, March 22, 2015


Gracyn Elizabeth is Eleven!

The kids were out of school for Spring Break this past week, so she was able to relax and enjoy her birthday week.  Her Aunt Carrie took her for her very first trip to the spa to get a manicure.  And she LOVED it!

The birthday princess requested Tacos and a Cookies & Cream ice cream cake for dinner.
Her Aunt, Uncle, and cousins joined us for dinner and a movie.
She really enjoyed her day.

The big celebration is coming up at the end of the month at the Skating Rink.  We are in getting prepared to party like the eighties and she can hardly wait.

I can't believe she is ELEVEN.  
You are a one of a kind girl.  You definitely have a very strong personality, and sometimes people do not understand you.  We love you for the person that you are.  You know how to stand up for yourself and others.  You are full of energy and joy, and have so much love to share.  You are very emotional and compassionate.  I know that you will do great things in your life and I cannot wait to watch it play out.

Some of your favorite things at ELEVEN:

-All things related to your IPad.
-Binge watching series on Netflix.
-Taking pictures with your friends, and Selfies.
-Face time with friends, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and any social media that you are not grounded from at the moment.
-Sour Gummy Worms.
-Tumbling class.
-Going to the movies.
-Macaroni & Cheese & Steak.

Happy Birthday Gracyn!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Samantha Miss ~ 2015

This is Gray's final year in elementary school.  She decided she would try the Samantha Miss Pageant again.  The Samantha Miss Pageant is a fund raiser that the PTSO puts on for her school.  This year was a lot of fun.  She has really matured and grown more confident since the last time she tried the pageant as a third grader.  She got all dolled up, and really enjoyed the experience.

However, I was feeling the pressure this time around while trying to choose a dress.  I'm pretty sure she tried on every dress in town.  We finally decided on a really pretty dress, only to realize a little later that it was too short and had not been altered.  So, we started over at square one on the dress hunt.

She ended up with the most beautiful and elegant dress ever.  Here she is looking like a teenager, #67.

We met bright and early at her friends house for hair and makeup.  Of course I think this girl is beautiful every day, but I just could not believe how stunning she looked when she was done with hair and makeup.  And so GROWN UP!

She was a little nervous, but she really did great on stage.  She took her time, and her confidence really shined through.  
She was awarded 1st alternate in the Fifth grade 10 year old division.

We sure love this little beauty queen.  She is a beauty on the inside and out!