Sunday, February 20, 2011

Grace's Kindergarten Valentine Tea

Each year our local Kindergarten hosts a Valentine Tea Party at our local Rodeo Arena and Restaurant, Circle T. The students learn all about proper etiquette and table manners, and then they eat lunch at their party to show off what they have learned.

Then they also learn how to dance, and they get to show off what they learned there, too, by dancing with their friends. Here is Miss Grace, dancing with a few of her friends.

It was cute, friends, really cute. She was really nervous and didn't want to do it at first, but she finally did it, and it wasn't so bad after all. Then they even got to dance a dance with their parents. It was sweet seeing Miss Grace dancing away with her Daddy... I could see life flashing before my eyes...
Here is Grace with Dad,
... and with Mom at the Tea table.

It was great! Thanks to the Kindergarten teachers for a SUPER experience! (And a huge thank you to Circle T for allowing Kindergarten to use the fabulous facility again!!!!)

Saturday, February 19, 2011


This week I got my late Valentine's Day sweet hubby took me to see Wicked!


I mean, REALLY. I loved it so very, very, much. My only regret about the whole thing was that I didn't take my kids to see it! Now I just have to figure out a way to get them to San Antonio before March 6...

Sunday, February 13, 2011


They always say that if you don't like the current season, or weather, in Texas, just stick around 15 minutes or so. It will change.

Since I last posted, we had ANOTHER day of snow/ice (though we went to school in it) and another round of bitter cold temperatures. We survived a few frozen pipes and one round of flooding through the house that required the purchase of a new shop-vac. MAYBE we have made it through the worst of the winter weather, because yesterday was lovely, and today is BEAUTIFUL. Like it is forecast to be 70 degrees beautiful! I can't wait - I hope to sneak in a run sometime between church, basketball practice, and choir practice... Those kids-o-mine keep me so busy...

This has also been the season of Luke's parents' rapidly declining health... I have now lost count of how many times they have been in and out of the hospital. They are both currently in the hospital again. I need prayers for wise and prudent decision making ability for the entire family, as I think the time is swiftly approaching that we will have to make some important decisions concerning their health and care.

Basketball season is quickly coming to an end, as well. The girls have one more weekend of regular season play, before Kate plans to join a special "tournament" team of all 6th grade girls for extra practice and fun. She is really excited about this. I know it will be a season of fun for her!

I guess it's the "seasonings" in life that make it the most flavorful! ;-)
Happy Sunday!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow Day #4

Yes, that's right. You heard correctly. We have been at home for FOUR DAYS because of the weather. The first round was only sleet and ice, but finally last night we got some SNOW!! And, I will admit, it is BEAUTIFUL. The girls are out in it, right now, and they say that they are going to build a snowman... I don't know if that will happen or not, because it is really powdery. But, if they do, I will try and snap a picture of it.It has been BITTERLY cold. It has not been above freezing since Monday, and it is now Friday. It is so hard on the animals! Trixie (our dog), has been in and out of the house, but you can just see it on her face. She was B.O.R.E.D. She was ONE HAPPY DOG when the girls finally came out to play today! She just could not contain her excitement! She rolled around in the snow over and over again with them! If she could have spoken, she would have been saying, "Play with me! Play with me! Play with me!!!!!"

The sun is finally out now, so I know the snow will not last long. Hopefully the girls will enjoy it while it is here, and hopefully that sun will warm us up a little... I am DONE with Winter!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

And a few more pictures to get us all caught up!

Here is the whole family after the play that Kate and Abby were in last weekend.Over Thanksgiving, Luke's whole family came to celebrate, including Seamus, the dog. Nobody had more fun than Seamus and Trixie, our dog!
Here are Kate and Abby after the play, The Sound of Music and Cinderella.
Here are the girls on Christmas Eve, 2010.
** Can you tell we have been out of school (and I have been off of work) for the last 3 days?? I have finally had time to catch up on pictures!!!)

A review of the past few months in pictures... goats have been born on the farm.
And we got to see family at Thanksgiving at Christmas!
Luke took me on the best vacation EVER.

Grace lost her first tooth.
Kate killed her first deer with her bow.
Basketball has started. We spend a lot of time waiting on one girl or another at one gym or another.
Get to spend some wonderful time with some sweet babies. like baby Tayte!!!
Happy 12th birthday Kate!
Grace's fabulous rainbow cake.
Happy 6th birthday Grace!