Monday, December 22, 2014

It's the Most Wonderful, Busiest Time of the Year!

A picture says it all - these girls were and are excited about Christmas. Tenley has asked every single day "Are we making cookies for Santa today, and is it Jesus' birthday yet?" She told us this year she is giving Jesus her heart but not sharing her toys so we still have some work to do there, but I think she is getting it. I'm not sure which is more fun, Christmas through a child's eyes or a parents!
We visited Santa on a Tuesday night after a long day of jury duty. (more about that later). We went to Bass Pro, stood in line maybe 5 mins, visited with Santa, and then had a photo shoot all over the store. Craig just loves going with us!
  We made it a point to enjoy some downtime this year. We spent several nights at the house watching movies, reading books, and working puzzles - definitely our best plans!
  We attended the Clinton Christmas parade the first weekend in December, visited the Nature Center Music and Lights the second weekend, and then enjoyed the Calloway Christmas Party this past weekend.
 Bass Pro Photo Shoot. 
 Christmas Pj's from the elf.  
Christmas Party Photos and Last Day of School 2014. Poor Tenley was upset to find out that she won't be starting Kindergarten the first of January, and she'll have to wait until August
of course we have the sillies constantly! 
My preschool choir sang 3 Sundays in a row and did an outstanding job. Whether they sing well or not, the are the cutest bunch around! 
 Brooke participated in the Children's' Choir program. She was a robber on the road to Bethlehem in the play "Isaiah Jones".  
The second week of December we all camped out in the living room watching the Live ABC version of Peter Pan. I think we've watched at least 10 times since. Tenley made a pirate ship out of pillows so they slept there and Craig and I each took a couch. 
We spent Sunday afternoon napping and crafting - bracelets made from shrinky dinks. 
 We celebrated the "Happy Birthday Jesus Party" at church on Sunday, and we enjoyed an adult night out with our Sunday School class while our kids had a party Thursday night at the church. Pic above is a small portion of our group.
 Grossing the girls out and being silly again!
We tried to be as festive as we could - Elf Olaf brought us Santa Jam Berries!
More Christmas to come - Elf Olaf's visit and the Calloway Christmas... oh and I still need to post Thanksgiving as well.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We're so Thankful...

for these sweet precious girls and many other things. As Tenley says "Rainbows, Sky, Sea, Birds, ya know!"

 Some pictures from our pre Halloween Photo shoot. I also have some great pictures from the costume carnival at Tenleys school, Trunk or Treat at the church, and a night out to dinner on Halloween. I'm so glad I did this - much less stressful. It always feels like the weeks and days leading up to Halloween are super busy and stressful, but then you get over this one fun silly day and things slow down for a few weeks (okay maybe 1 week), and then you get into Thanksgiving programs, Pow Wows, Thanksgiving meals, Christmas party planning and shopping. So I am thankful we had a good slow week and a weekend at home before the chaos started again. I'll admit, we enjoyed watching the MSU vs Kentucky game from the confines of our living room in our pj's. (The game was at 2:30!) We have a night of Disney on Ice, a bonfire, MSU vs Alabama game watching, spend the night birthday party, and Sunday School breakfast planned for the weekend, and then both girls have Thanksgiving programs during the next week. All followed by singing in church on Sunday before Thanksgiving and we're still trying to figure out our TG and Egg Bowl plans. All we can say is GO DAWGS it's going to be a busy 2 weeks, but we can handle it!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Missin the Patch

This year we took a break from our annual pumpkin patch visit since we have all been on the go. We decided to enjoy a lazy afternoon at Memaw and PawPaws and to let the girls play together. We all arrived after lunch and enjoyed an early supper and the traditional grape salad.
To keep the girls occupied, I brought craft supplies for pumpkins and cats. Our girls had made cats at Beckys the weekend before, and since we had plenty of scrap pieces from our pool fence, I decided this would be perfect. The little girls got naked and they all enjoyed the whole 30 mins of craftiness before they got back to chasing each other and being silly.
So here it is 5 days till Halloween and we still don't have pumpkins. I guess we'll have a pumpkin carving night this week between dance and Trunk or Treating.
 Quality Silly Cousin Time!
 They think they are being scary!
One more silly:
 Before school one morning she found this!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Pony Up

Before coming home, the girls were spoiled by my cousins with junk food, a big breakfast, and pony rides. They started out bare back but then saddled up and circled the house a time or two. Tenley wasn't real sure about it at first but she got the hang of it and then got comfortable. As you can see from their pictures, they dressed the part. We actually bought them both new cowgirl boots on our way out of town on Friday, so they could be fully outfitted!
We're so thankful for the time we got to spend in Mathiston with Becky, Mark, Wesley, Jeff and Kim. We really wish we could do it much more often. There is never a dull moment with this bunch. From riding ponies, four wheelers, and shooting guns, you never know what they'll have in store. I'm still waiting on our invite to a haunted hay ride for this year! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In the News... #1 Bulldogs

It's all over the news... local and national, and boy are we all excited. Being fans of the #1 Bulldogs is awesome and very unexpected. I'll admit, I've been close to tears at the end of the Auburn game and watching the segments on ESPN Game Day and on the new SEC Network, which I dreaded, but am loving. We took a weekend trip to God's Country, aka Starkville, to visit family and catch the excitement of the Auburn vs. State Game.

 We started out on Friday with dinner in Grenada, and then watching my cousin's football game at Calhoun City. We still can't believe our little ring bearer is a senior! Saturday, we girls slept in while the boys went to campus early to set up the tailgate area. After stops for cold medicine and drinks we made it to campus. We headed over to visit Uncle Dale at the Auburn locker room, and then roamed around until game time.

We watched the game from the tailgate, since there was a slight screw up with our tickets for the game, but we believe God was working in our favor. Tenley fell asleep in my lap about 30 mins before kick off and slept through most of the first quarter. She fought a cold the entire weekend. Then the beautiful blue skies turned grey and the bottom fell out. We were soaked at the tailgate with the wind blown rain, we would have been miserable in the stadium.

 The girls enjoyed playing in the rain (yes, we're the parents of the year with a sick kid in the rain), and cheering with the girls at the tailgate next to ours during the game. After the bulldog win, we headed home to watch the Ole Miss game, but I don't think anyone saw the end of it. We were all pleasantly surprised the next day when the rankings came out with State at #1 and Ole Miss at #3. We can't wait to see how things shake out as the season continues, it's been a fun ride to the top considering we weren't even on the ride at the start of the season. We just hope we don't have a hard fall!
Let's Go Dawgs!

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!