Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dance Mom

So 3 years ago I became a minivan driving soccer mom.  Yesterday I officially became a dance mom.  It was picture day at Kate's dance studio.  That meant getting hair (and a little bit of makeup) done and full costume.  I promise I didn't do anything crazy like the mom's on TV.  I picked Kate up from school early and we came up and got her hair up in rollers.  She didn't mind them as long as she could watch TV.  

 She loved getting into her costume and getting all dolled up with all her friends in her class.  She looked beautiful and you could tell she felt beautiful.  The pictures were a really fun experience.  I am excited to see them.
 I think this has to be one of my all time favorite photos.  I just love their sweet smiles!
 Ben finally got a pair of sports glasses yesterday so we don't have to worry about his glasses when he is playing ball.  He looks like a professional!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Egg Hunt, Baseball & Friends

So we did do some other things this weekend besides just go to birthday parties.  On Friday I went down to Birmingham for a going away lunch for my boss.  Sue has been an amazing boss for the past 9 years.  She gave me a job right out of graduate school with no experience.  Then when we were moving up to Huntsville she made up a job for me.  I will always be grateful for her and all she has done for me.  It was good to get to spend some time at the hospital with co workers and getting to visit with Sue.  
Saturday morning we were invited to an egg hunt on my parent's cul de sac.  Ben is buddies with a few of the kids on the street and I am friends with some of the moms so everyone was excited.  Up first was an egg hunt.  
 Perry was so cute following Ben around looking for eggs.

 One of the teenage girls did face painting.

 Matt did balloon animals and was very popular!
We had a great time.  It was fun meeting some new people and getting to have some Easter fun.  
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 Then we had to run to the ball field for Ben's game.  Ben had a great game!!  He got his first hit of the season.  We were all just a little excited.  He has been practicing and is getting so much better.  So proud of him and how hard he is working.  It is fun to watch the games.
 Saturday night we met up with the Wrights for dinner at Pizza Hut.  It is so wonderful to be able to call them up and meet up with them since they live 3 minutes away.  The adults got caught up and the kids were silly.  So thankful for such wonderful friends.
Sunday was mainly just church and relaxing (along with a birthday party).  It really was a great weekend.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Partying Hard

We should have called this past weekend the party weekend. The kids had a birthday party everyday.  It is just that time of year.  It is so much fun.  I love seeing their friend's personalities come out through birthday parties.  Up first on Friday afternoon/evening was Hunter's party.  He invited 4 boys to head out to his grandparent's farm.  They had a BLAST!!!  I think they played hard for hours.  
 Fishing was a highlight for Ben.  They also played games and just ran around and did "boy stuff" on the farm.  They stayed out very late.  We got a glimpse at what life with teenagers will be like.  They didn't get home until after 9:00 so we were trying to stay awake so we could go get him.  Ha!!


 Saturday Kate went to Cole's dinosaur party.  Cole is in Kate's school class, Bible Study class and Sunday School class.  They are together pretty much everyday.  Kate knew Cole was a huge dino fan so she wanted to get him dinosaurs.  It was a sweet little party where the kids just played outside and had fun.  It was fun seeing her interact with her school friends.

 Sunday afternoon Kate went to her buddy Garrison's party.  It was carnival themed.  Garrison loved Mr. Matt doing balloon animals for Kate's party at school in the fall.  His mom asked Matt to come make animals for the party.  Matt said it was lots of fun but crazy!  They also had some really awesome face painting.


It was a busy weekend.  I think we were all worn out with all the partying.  So thankful for Ben and Kate's sweet friends!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

It's Over!!!

Parade of Readers is over!!!!  Not that anyone around here is excited about that or anything.  Really it was a wonderful 5 weeks of reading.  It is a perfect thing for 1st graders to do but it is also very tough!  We saw Ben's reading skills progress so much during this time.  He also now loves to read.  That's what it is all about.  This was him mid last week with all his chains on the wall.  
Friday they had a big ending rally.  They had guest readers and then did a balloon release where they wrote postcards with how many books they read.  

 Ben read 545 books!!!!  AWESOME!!!!  So proud of him.  We now have a giant bag of chains to do something with.  For reading over 500 books he gets to go on a tour of a local TV station this week.  He is really excited about that.  
I am thankful that right now I am not having to fill out any more of those chains!  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trike A Thon

Kate's little school held a trike a thon for St. Jude's yesterday.  Unfortunately I couldn't be there because I had to go to a meeting in Birmingham.  I hated to miss it but there were plenty of stand in people there.  Kate was excited all week learning about bike safety and raising money for sick children.  I heard she did really well riding her bike!
 My parents were able to go cheer her on.  All the kids were supposed to wear green so the Team Gary shirts were perfect.  There were quite a few Team Gary members out there.   The teachers and directors of MCDC have been so sweet and supportive of our family this year.  They daily tell me they are praying for my dad.  It has been such a blessing.  So it was so great he could be there and tell them thanks and show his support for their hard work to raise money for cancer research.

 Kate and some of her sweet friends.  We just love her little friends at school.
 Her class with their popsicles after the big ride.  Looks like so much fun.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Baby Ben Goes to Denver

I started this blog when Ben was 15 months old.  That means there are lots (and I mean lots because he was our first child) of pictures that never made it onto the blog.  I will try to go back and include some over the next few months on Thursdays (when I remember). 

 I thought I would start today with the trip we took out to Denver when Ben was just 3 months old.  Matt had a conference out there so Ben and I tagged along.  Matt and I celebrated our 4th anniversary while we were there and Matt had his 1st father's day.  It was a fun trip.  Ben went on his first plane ride.  He did awesome!  Not a peep.   
 We got to do several fun things while we were there.  We went outside of the city to do some hiking in the mountains.  So beautiful!

 We went to the aquarium one day.  It was fun.  Ben loved seeing all the fish.


 We went to the state capital building.  We stood in the exact 1 mile high spot.

Ben got to go swimming for the very first time in the hotel pool.  He wasn't to sure what to think.  
 We went to eat at Elway's for our anniversary.  A nice lady at the table across from us paid for us to have dessert because she thought were such a sweet looking little family.  We went to a Rockies game on Father's Day.
It was a fun first trip for our little family!!  I love seeing pictures of sweet little Ben!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Selfie With My Loves

After a long day there is nothing better than snuggling with my little people.