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!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Frozen February - Hot Crock Pot Meal

With all the cold we've had the last few weeks, I've been trying to keep us warm on Monday nights after dance with our Crock Pot meals. Luckily, Craig has been getting home around 5, so he's had us spoiled with dinner on the table when we come in. I'll fix the crock pot before leaving in the morning, and he'll whip up pasta or rice to go with it. Last night we enjoyed Cajun Chicken with Sausage from a recipe I adapted from McCormick. By adapted I mean, used what seasonings I had on hand... I've been avoiding the grocery store due to the weather, I get what we need and get out as quick as I can!

Enjoy your Valentines week... I'll share some pictures of my Valentines Cuties later this week!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Cutie Patootie

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Year New Recipe

We're slowly getting back into routine. Last week was school and church; this week dance.

I'm trying to get cooking at home back into routine. For the new year we have been trying to limit processed food. We typically have a crockpot meal on Mondays, but Craig treated us to dinner. He fixed a BBQ brisket, green beans and macaroni and cheese. So I figured I return the favor, we tried something new... Parmesan Chicken Meatballs and a big salad topped with my new favorite Roasted Red Pepper Italian Dressing!

The girls loved them with a side of leftover macaroni and cheese and we enjoyed something different and healthy.... this was my first time cooking with ground chicken. I adapted this from a recipe I found on Pinterest. 

Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

2 lbs ground chicken
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
1 t. Garlic Powder
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
1 egg
Pizza Sauce
Olive Oil

Mix chicken,parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, egg and half mozzarella cheese. Roll into golf ball size meatballs. Mix 1/4 cup pizza sauce and 3 tbl olive oil and brush over each meatball. Cook 15 mins on 400°. Remove and top with a teaspoon of pizza sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and turn to low broil for 5 minutes.

Other recipes I've seen include onions, bell pepper,  parsley, etc. I'm sure any combination would be an improvement, but I tried to keep it simple. - Enjoy!

Monday, January 6, 2014

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas.... It's a Wrap!

I hope you enjoyed our 12 days of Christmas Fall/Winter Recap. I'm glad I got them documented, I'm hoping this is the year I get back to paper scrapbooking, but for now, these post will be a memory jogger for sure!

For this day of Epiphany, I thought I would share some other things we did during the month.  Brooke was in two Christmas Programs. In the one at our Church she played Agent Tiny in We Three Spies. She was too cute, and probably one of the smallest kids up there, and the only 1st grader with a big role. I was so proud of her for trying out. She knew all of her 15 lines and all the dance moves (gee imagine that!).
She also played Mary in the AfterSchool's program at Moe Hts. She was so excited, and who knew Mary was missing teeth! The after school teachers have done a great job with these kids. They have taught them scripture, take them on mission trips (to the local food pantry), and just have a great time in general. Brooke loves it so much that she had the choice to go to Jujus or to the after school program today and she chose afterschool. I think she was missing her friends too. We did meet Juju and Papaw for dinner on this super cold night!

 
 Of course I can't leave out the cute little crooked halo angel! 

The day after Christmas we spent the morning at the house playing with our new toys, and then dressed up to meet Craig for lunch. He took us to Keifers and then to the Old Capitol Museum and to the William Winters Archives and Histories building to see the electric train set. It was a fun outing, and we returned home for a good nap from 2 to 5!
 Easy Bake cooker and her impatient helper! 
  
Pretending they are in "New York" - if only they knew! 

We spent the rest of the week and weekend in our Pj's playing at the house. We all had a touch of the Crud and a cold, and Brooke had a stomach bug, so we had good excuses to not get out of our PJ's. We played games, worked puzzles, painted faces, sang, danced, you name it! A perfect way to spend the last weekend of the year!
 Painted Ladies - Brooke actually did mine. We attempted to paint Craigs face, but Tenley got very upset insisting that boys do not wear makeup!

Again - Happy New Year, may your 2014 be as blessed as our 2013!