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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Random September Happenings

Here are a few random things that happened during September.

We decided to have our 12th grade class over after a SNL and we had a great turnout.  A few pictures from playing Heads Up - a very fun game.  We laughed so hard and really got to know our new students for the year.

Morgan acting out "going up stairs"

Trevor was assigned during class to draw a picture for someone special and then Mrs. Brown would mail it.  This was a picture for PoPo, our neighbor.  Trevor loves him and I am pretty sure it is mutual.

At the beginning of September, I was able to take a "Me" day at the beach all by myself.

It was so nice to be able to just sit and read a book that I have had for a couple of years but have never made time to read - what a great book so far!!  The weather was a little warm (even in September), but it was very relaxing.

I decided it was time to convert Trevor's closet to an adjustable one.  He had the wire shelves and 3 hanging racks but they weren't adjustable so the shelves were too close together and his clothes were getting bigger.  Well, what started out as what I thought would be a Saturday project ended up to be a week or longer project.  I headed off on Saturday morning to get the new closet supplies and while I was gone Jason cleaned out the closet to start prepping.  Well, the old closet was put in with nails so sheetrock was ripped out in order to take those down.  This meant patch work was needed AND we had to paint the closet - GREAT!!

Trevor is so excited to be able to pick out his school shirts and see them all - or maybe it's really just me who is so excited with the new closet.

Trevor was W.O.W. aka Warrior of the Week the week of September 22 and he was so excited.

School pictures came in and I had to do a little time lapse but then I got pretty sad.

Trevor practiced his penmanship and learned why we don't write on clipboards that don't belong to him in class.

Both classes were studying apples so I thought apple cake pops would be a great way for them to celebrate!!

We are off to October - one of our busiest months!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homecoming in a small town

On September 26, our hometown celebrated homecoming which is a HUGE deal - roads are closed and people line the streets a couple hours early to get a spot.  I know crazy right?  Well, Stephanie and I checked our kids out of school a couple of hours before the parade so we could grab lunch and hang out before the parade.

After lunch at McDonalds (along with all of Callahan it seemed) we hung out at her Nana's house and then would walk down the street to watch the parade.

Ava and Trevor made these tomahawks in class so the kids could show their school spirit.

The parade actually goes through the elementary parking lot so all the kids who aren't checked out get to watch the parade (but no candy is passed out).

Our mascot - Warriors.  Not sure what happened to our real Indian who rode a horse.  I guess we resorted to riding a golf cart :)

We had so much candy because there weren't a lot of kids where we were sitting so our 3 kids had full bags when the parade was done.

 Small Town, Big Dreams was the Homecoming theme.

On day's like this, it makes me happy to live in a small town.  There can be a lot of downfalls but being able to watch a homecoming parade where so many people are a part is a lot of fun and brings back a lot of memories from when I was part of the parade.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Cookin' up Some Fun

On Tuesday, September 23, CES held a Parent Night with the theme of "Cookin' up Some Fun".  For some reason Brody decided not to go, but Trevor was pretty excited about it.  When we arrived the place was packed.  The teachers paired up and put together a booth centered around food/cooking/ etc and giving us parents ideas on how to incorporate learning at home in a fun way.  There were so many tables with lots of cool ideas.  They really engaged the students and most of the tables Trevor came away with something to eat - which was a win win for him.

Learning to spell words using ABC CheezIts with Mrs. Brown

Learning fractions using graham crackers with Mrs. Maddox.

Making a pasta bracelet with Mrs. Janan which helped us learn to count.

Putting together words (toppings on a pizza) using suffixes with Mrs. Ray.

Cookie math with Mrs. Proffit.

He also made edible play dough, made a grocery list, played hopscotch and many other things.  He had a blast and we came home with lots of new ideas and he came home with a full belly.

A new Jag season

Another Jag season comes with hopes for a better season than last year, but it is not starting out good for us.  It was going to be pretty warm on September 21 so Stephanie, Ava and Debbie weren't going to the game so we had some extra tickets.  Keith, Bradyn and Brody were able to go to the game and the boys were pretty excited to spend the afternoon together.

Before the game we decided to check out Food Truck Alley and it didn't disappoint.

When Brody goes to the game, he always makes a point to run through the obstacle course.

Hoping for a great or maybe just a win for the season.

Grandparents Day at CES

On September 12th the Kindergarten class at CES celebrated Grandparents Day with a little breakfast, craft and song.  Stephanie and I thought it would be a nice idea to have a photo booth set up so the kids could have their picture taken with their Grandparents.  We also decided to make the food for our class.  Mrs. Brown asked for like cookies and donuts but we thought we would do a little more - Go Big or Go Home was our motto :)

Little fruit cups with sugar cookie as the cup and we also had donut holes, cheese ball, muffins, and cinnamon rolls - yes we had a lot of food, but it looked so nice.

When the kids came in they all sat in the front and sang a little song for the Grandparents.  Let me just say it was a packed cafeteria.

Nini and Trevor

Stephanie and I were VERY busy for the entire hour and half taking pictures of EVERY Kindergartner and their grandparents.  We had about 145 pictures we developed and sent home with the kids.  I think it went over very well.

Happy Grandparents day to B & T's awesome Grandparents!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

My sweet Grandmother

My Grandmother was one of the sweetest ladies I know.  She had a tough life and didn't have a whole lot in terms of material possessions but you would never know it.  However, she was blessed with family and friends who loved her and that meant the world to her.  She was always giving to people - mostly her vegetable soup, cornbread, home grown vegetables or anything else she decided to cook or grow.  Oh my was she a good cook.   She could grow anything.   I tried to learn some of her cooking techniques and recipes but I don't think I did a very good job.  She never really had any recipes written down, so it was extremely difficult to make her food just like her.  She would always say "just a little of this and a little of that".  She was always working in her garden and she also had a few "pet" lizards.  She would always talk to them on her front porch and their name was always Pete.

The one thing her 2 daughters have tried to recreate is her dressing.  I think they have it pretty close, but it took a lot of practice!!

After accomplishing so many "I want to do this before I die",  my Grandmother passed away on September 8, 2001.  Some of those accomplishments were walking down the aisle (not in a wheel chair) at our wedding, going to one last annual family reunion (her family was very important to her), and one more birthday.

Towards the end of her days here on earth, she was not doing so well and didn't really know what all was going on.  She had 24/7 care at home.  We weren't really sure why she was still hanging on (besides the fact that God wasn't ready for her yet).  The only thing we could think of was she was really wanting to celebrate her 83rd birthday on September 26.  Well, on September 7 we gathered all the family at her home and had a "birthday party".  We even sang Happy Birthday to her while she lay in bed.  It was one of the sweetest times (even though we weren't being very truthful).  However, I think that is what she wanted - all of her family gathered together one last time because on the morning of September 8 she went on to heaven to be with her Savior!!  We laugh at the scenario now that she entered heaven and realized that she wasn't 83 and was going to be mad at her family for celebrating early.

She was such a sweet lady and I know she would have loved my boys.  I always wish I could ask her how she disciplined my mom since my mom and Trevor are so much a like.  She is deeply missed but we always have such fun memories of being with her.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Enjoy each moment

My heart is heavy right now as a little boy in Trevor's Kindergarten class lost his mother in a tragic car accident yesterday.   She was on her way to pick him up from Run/Walk club where he along with Trevor were running.  Tears rolled down my face last night as I tucked my little boy into bed thinking about that poor little boy who wouldn't have a mom to tuck him at night anymore.  As I walked Trevor to class this morning the same thing came to mind - he will no longer have his mom to walk him to class.  It's never easy to go through anything like this but for a 5 year old - oh my goodness I can't even imagine.

As I read my morning devotion and I spent some time in prayer, all I could do was cry for this family and ask God to give them strength during this difficult and tragic time.  I prayed that God would show me how to show His love to the family and the little boy.  I prayed that I would stop taking every moment with my boys for granted because it could be our last.  I prayed that God would help me be the mom they need and at the same time be the mom they want to be around.  I prayed for God to be real to my boys and they would have a heart for Him and a heart for others.  This was definitely one of those eye/ heart opening times with Jesus this morning where I felt him really speaking to me and I pray I won't forget it.

As you read this blog, enjoy every moment you have with your kids and family - Make Them Count for God and with each other!!