Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fair Fun Times

With our first 9 weeks of school down we decided to do some celebrating with friends at the State Fair. We went on a family night special and got the girls arm bands, and they got their monies worth! They rode all the kids rides and we wrapped up by visiting the 4H barn and the chickens that bit Tenleys finger earlier in the day on a class field trip chaperoned by Juju and Papaw.
 

These 2 are dare devils. They really weren't tall enough for most of the rides, but only by a few centimeters so they let them on and they cracked us up the entire time. Whatever the big sisters did the little ones wanted to do as well. We enjoyed dinner and fellowship before heading home to bed and crashing.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dancing in Their Dreams

The girls and I took a morning to have a photo shoot in their dance costumes. We got up early and headed out to the Visitors Center before it got too hot. After 5 costume changes, we were done. They had a blast and I got some great shots. I'm so glad I captured these, they show the girls personalities so well. Brooke's sassy/serious side and Tenley shy/silly side.

We are so proud of these beautiful girls! They both love dance and Brooke made the competition team this year, so we are in for a full season of dance! We're going to have Tenley try t-ball this spring and see how she likes it, but Brooke has declared no to sports that require getting hot and sweaty. We'll see if that changes!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Seven and Four.... Time Slow Down

 We celebrated the girls birthdays with a swim party the first of June. I'd say it was one of the easiest parties we've hosted yet... we had the pool, we just had to cook a few hot dogs and get a cake! Since my girls aren't cake eaters (crazy), they requested a giant cookie cake!

We had a load of girls and one boy over for the party with cousins, and other family in the mix!
 These girls are growing too fast. They've already started planning their birthday parties for next year. So far Tenley has requested a movie night party with girls only, and Brooke is wanting a sleep over... we'll see what happens!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

September Fun

 To go along with the beginning of school we've enjoyed some additional excitement...

Brooke attended Cheer Camp and then we attended the first home game to watch her cheer or let her cheer. The second graders were supposed to cheer near the North end zone, but the cheerleaders got the North and South end zones mixed ups so we missed actually seeing her cheer, but the girls had fun at the game and the Arrows are having a good season!
Tenley has been enjoying herself in school, she had show and tell each Tuesday in September. The first week we forgot, so she improvised and showed the stripes on her shirt. The second week we forgot, and she showed her fingers and toes. Finally the third week we remembered and she showed her butterfly necklace, and then the last week she took a cowbell to celebrate the MSU victory over LSU!
She enjoyed cowgirl day and got to borrow her sisters hat and borrowed a friends boots!
Last week, I took a morning off to visit the zoo with her class. We had a blast. The animals were extra lively and we finally saw the hippos and the baby tiger. We had so much fun that we went back on Saturday morning!
We celebrated Craig's Birthday with a weekend of celebration and then shipped him off to San Diego for a week for work. While he was gone, we participated in the color run at Brooke's school. I don't have any pictures because I was a tad distracted with being in charge or registration and a kid with a mosquito bite!
 
 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beginnings...

So, what has taken me away from the blog and why am I beginning again. Well, somewhat by choice, technology, and laziness. Let me begin by saying it has been a busy but exciting year...
 
1. Stressed/Busy...I began a new job the very beginning of January as the Assistant Branch Chief for the Design Branch in Engineering and Construction. While I enjoyed this challenge and the people I was working with, it wasn't exactly what I wanted to do, I was responsible for developing the budget and overseeing training of the branch. Then at the end of January I was selected for an interview for a new position at the Mississippi Valley Division as the Mississippi Rivers and Tributaries Team Senior Program Manager. (gee that makes me sound old) This position had been vacant for the past 4 years. So with this, I have enjoyed new challenges of working with people and traveling up and down the Valley from the Canadian border and the Gulf of Mexico. It has been exciting, a tad stressful at times, but I'm liking it. I'm in the process of hiring a staff... yep my team has pretty much been a team of 1 since March, but that should be changing soon. I'm working on hiring a Civil Engineer and a Biologist to keep me out of trouble!
 
2. Technology has had the best of me. The computer I normally blog on sits in our Bedroom, while this isn't a good excuse to not being able to blog it does take me away from the family and since it is going on 10 years old it was getting SLOW. 
 
3. Lazy... after getting a tablet for Christmas 2 years ago, I found myself doing my internet surfing (Pinterest, Facebook, etc,)  from the comforts of the living room with the family. Unfortunately it didn't have the capability for downloading and editing pictures.  
 
4.More business... These girls keep us on the go, between dance, swimming, trips to the zoo, church, etc, we never know whether we're coming or going, but I wouldn't trade it for the world!
 
So, how am I getting back on track. Well, Craig surprised me with a new Dell 360 computer/tablet for HIS birthday. Why? Well, he had finally gotten tired of my complaints about my slow computer, and he was the one who left my tablet sitting on the floor to be stepped on!
 
As for more beginnings... the girls started a new school year in August - Second Grade and Preschool. After a summer of fun at home with our babysitter Ms. Molly, Brooke started a week before Tenley. So, Tenley was good and spoiled by the time she had to start (it didn't help that I was out of town that week!). We moved Tenley to our church Pre-K program and have loved it, and Brooke is going there for Afterschool as well. We've gotten into a pretty good routine with Dance 2 nights a week, and homework every night but Wednesdays. Brooke is one of the top readers in her class and is enjoying the Accent (gifted) Program and Tenley is actually starting to try to read some. She is constantly trying to figure out which letters words start with, but is still having trouble saying "yellow"! She says "Lellow".    
 
I'm glad I'm getting to catch up on these precious memories, I can't believe it's been since May and then January before that when I posted. I have some catching up to do, but I have a game plan, and then the fall always has a lot of extra activities to post.
 
Enjoy!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Turning Over a New Leaf...

With the start of Fall and now that things are somewhat slowing down, I think it's about time I caught up on the family blog.... to start I'll share a sweet moment from today...
Today was the FUMC Choir Dedication Sunday. I had 16 sweet Cherub Choir members come to sing. All was going well, until the hymn before our turn to sing, and then things started falling apart. One kid needed to go potty, then another, and then Tenley had a mosquito attack. She is still having major reactions to mosquito bites... hard knots, water blisters, no fun, and the band aide had come off or rather she took off of one she got on Friday night. So, she had a melt down and had to be taken out, and missed her turn to sing. The rest of my group did great, and this was most of the groups first time to sing in church. To view the video visit my Facebook Page. Here they are getting a pep talk from my accompanist, Mr. Russell.
After our group sang, the Children's Choir was up, with a solo from our very own Brooke. So glad we have this recorded, it was her first solo in church, and she sang beautifully and can't wait to do it again. I don't think she was nervous at all.

More fun updates to come!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Dance Dance and More Dance

Although we have a dance recital at the house every Monday night with Dancing with the Stars, and then some, the girls official Dance Recital for Just Dance was held the Saturday before Mothers Day at Belhaven Center of Performing Arts.






 This was Tenley's first recital and we were a little worried that Tenely might not perform, but she sure proved us wrong. At the rehearsal the night before, she put on a show for everyone. She was so into it, with a huge smile on her face! Everyone was cheering her name, which made her get into it even more. Our cute little "Itsy Bitsy Spider"!

 Mothers Day pictures with their Memaw and Juju! 
 Pictures with their grandparents - they were so excited that they had a big crowd their to watch them!
 We're planning to do a photo shoot of them in their costumes this weekend if it's not raining so stay tuned!

Go USA - 2014 3K Olympics

Each year, Morrison Heights host the Olympic games for the 3k and 4k kids. This year, I helped by leading a sweet group of girls around through the events. It was so much fun. The kids parade in to the Olympic music waving their American flags, and then 3 kids are chosen to run the torch in. Tenley was the middle runner this year. At the end of the games, they each get a medal, and stand at the podium together for the National Anthem. Here are a few snippets from the day!
Parading in and passing the torch. 

  Enjoying the games with her friends!
 Proud of her medal!
Saluting during the National Anthem - too sweet!

May Memories

Well... my poor neglected blog has been begging for attention, however, this momma has been too busy to answer the call. I can't believe I haven't blogged since February! Believe it or not, I didn't even download pictures from my camera between February and May. I was super upset at the dance recital when I had to go back and delete some pictures so that I could take more... worse photography mistake ever!

So for your almost summer enjoyment (Brooke has informed me that Summer doesn't actually start until June 21st)  - a blog recap of our winter/spring. I'll start with May and move back to February to those cute Valentines pics I promised!

Mothers Day Fun - the day after dance recitals - we spent the afternoon hanging out at the pool relaxing.
 
 Tenley's Birthday - Brooke gave her the presents she had made for her before school, and then we enjoyed Margarito's (as Tenley calls it) for a birthday dinner. We'll be having a joint Pool Party in Early June for both girls.

 3K Graduation with Ms. Jane - and our last days at Morrison Heights. Our girls will be attending after school and 4K at our church this fall, and we have them at home for the summer. It was bitter sweet leaving Moe Heights the last day. It's been our safe haven for the girls since they were both infants.
 Last Day of School photos... my how we've grown since our first day! Brooke is leaving 1st grade reading on a third/fourth grade level, had all A's, received a medal for AR (accelerated reader), and will be in the Accent Program next year. Tenley is headed to 4K after a year of learning all of her letters and can count to 100.

 Grenada Lake/Family Reunion fun - fun time with cousins, water balloons, good meals, volley ball, card games, domino's, and lack of sleep!
 It was a beautiful day!

 Memorial Day celebration. When asked what Memorial Day was, Brooke answered "Monday." We talked a lot about what this special day means, and why we get to do all of the things we do because of those who fought for our freedoms.
 
 We spent the day cleaning up around the house, inside and out, and then had more cousins over for swimming and dinner. - A great start to a summer vacation!