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!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

2014 Recap

2014 has passed so fast!  I feel like we were just celebrating the new year.  This post was supposed to go out BEFORE the new year!!  In true "always behind" fashion, I'll post few words and many pictures.

First Disney trip in January 2014:

Snow in Alabama:

Ignite Marriage retreat for me and this cutie in February:

Clumsy has another broken arm (on her birthday) in March:

Celebrating a Decade of Gray:

Tanner turned fourteen in April:

Last day of middle school:

Last day of fourth grade:

Summer on Lake Tuscaloosa:

Summer vacation to Ft. Morgan:

First day of high school (!!!!) and fifth grade:

Gracyn's first concert (Austin Mahone):

My birthday in September:


Recreate Women's Conference:

NCATA Champions in October:

Daddy daughter Disney trip in November:

Broken nose at home during the Disney fun:

Bobby turned 40 on November 22nd:

Cheering in the Christmas parade:

Christmas Eve service:

Merry Christmas!!

And Happy 2015!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Back to School~2014

First day of school blog post coming at you in late September.  I can't recall ever missing a first day of school post as long as I've had this blog.  The way I see it, it was going to be published sooner or later. Anyone that knows me well, knows it will always be later.  So, here goes. . .

The 2014-15 school year is carrying Tanner into his first year of high school.  He is really enjoying high school so far.  He is doing a good job with his homework and making good grades, so mom is happy.  He is on the junior varsity basketball team and looking forward to the start of the season.

Gray is in her last year of elementary school and it is going by too fast!  She is a busy bee this year with lots of school trips planned, lots of homework, lots of cheerleading, and as always, lots of socializing.  Gray has grown from a little girl into a young lady overnight.  See the example below:

I can hardly believe it's almost October and we are so deep into the school year. It's practically time for Christmas break already!!

Maybe it will not be another five months before I post again.  Even Bobby has been questioning why I haven't been blogging.  So this is yet another promise to myself to keep this thing up to date.  Only time will tell. :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Broken arm #2

Little Gray is my reckless kid.  She really normally thinks about how fun or awesome something will be, rather than how dangerous it will be.  She is naturally carefree and clumsy, which doesn't help things a bit.

She is recovering from her broken arm.  It was a beautiful Saturday that started out great.  It was one of the first days that it was warm enough for shorts, so she and her girlfriends were out playing all day.
Late that afternoon, she was in the front yard and took a few steps backward, (not watching where she was going, of course.) and tripped over one of her brothers basketballs.  She fell just the right way and broke her arm right above her left elbow.

FLASHBACK to her first break in kindergarten when she took a nasty fall from the monkey bars.

This time it was a little worse, and she was in a lot of pain.  Here she is waiting at the clinic to get an X-ray.

After a dose of pain medicine and a splint, she was feeling more like taking a photo for mom.

The following Monday we went to see the Orthopedic surgeon for another check, and a real cast.  This Monday was St. Patricks Day, and Gray's tenth birthday.

She chose another neon color for her cast.  Some things never change.  The girl likes to be noticed.

Bless her little heart, she was hurting so bad all day.  We still celebrated with a few gifts and GiGi's Cupcakes that night.

One more week passed and we headed back to the Orthopedic clinic for another X-ray.  Things were progressing well.  And we were enjoying Spring Break.

She finally got the cast removed after a couple if weeks and downgraded to a soft removable cast and sling.  All is well now, besides the fact that her arm is incredibly crooked!!  It just adds to her character.