Thursday, May 24, 2012

Honor Days

     WE ARE DONE!!!  I can't emphasize enough how ready we are for summer.  Yesterday Jackson had honor day at McBride and today Mia had her's at Webster.  They both had great years and we couldn't be prouder of them.  The only drawback to school being over is that we can't bring our wonderful teachers with us next year.  Jackson and Mia have learned so much in class this year, and I know God has big plans for them. Summer, here we come!

Todd and Jackson ready for their last day of 4th grade

Jackson and Mr. Jarmon
Jackson has not enjoyed a teacher this much since kindergarten!

Jackson and Jess

 Jackson, brothers, and the grands

Mia's teacher Mrs. Collins

In line to be "honored"

Mr. Starkey and Mia

Mia and the grands

Mia and her best pals Bella and Kaylee.
She has her fingers crossed she will be in class with them in 2nd grade!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Water Day

     Today was Mia's last day as a 1st grader.  They celebrated with popsicles and a water day.  Their school sits directly in front of the rec center baseball fields, and they kindly turn on the huge sprinklers for our kids to play in.  The girls spread out their beach towels and had a great afternoon.  They are already so funny at 7 years old, telling each other how "adorable" their bathing suits were.  I can only imagine when they're 17!

Bella, Kaylee, and Mia

Popsicle time

Elizabeth, Mia, Bella, and Kaylee.  Can you tell what color popsicles they had?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Field Day #2

     Today was Mia's field day, and we are all exhausted.  Parker, Everett, and I went to cheer on her and her class in all of their events.  Mia ended up taking 4th in the sack race and 3rd in the boardwalk.  It was cloudy and cooler, so the weather was perfect for being outside all morning.  Parker quickly realized his pal Davis from school was there, so they hung out on the playground most of the day.  The girls and boys are split for the events, so Everett tagged along with me and the girls.  He loves Mia's friends and he let them carry him around most of the day.  Of course we made lots of trips to the concession stand for drinks and snacks.  Or the construction stand, as Parker says.  Parker did finally take a break at the end to watch Mia's class in the tug-of-war.  A lot of their classmates weren't there today and a few checked out before this event, so they lost pretty quickly.  I think Parker took it hardest of all.  He cried when they lost and talked about it all the way to the car.  I hate to see what he'll be like in a couple of years when he's the one competing!  Now if we can just make it through water day, 2 honor days, and a kindergarten assessment, we will be through for summer!

Kaylee and Mia showing off their matching shoes.

Abby, Mia, and Kamryn

Softball Throw

Davis and Parker
I can't believe these 2 start kindergarten in a couple of months!

Bella and Mia

See how much more willing these girls are to pose for 
pictures than the 4th grade boys were yesterday?

Cami, Mia, and Maria taking a break

Cami, Maria, Mia, Bella, and Lily

Everett and his pal Kaylee

Getting ready for the sack race

Maudie and Mia

Mia and Grace

Jump rope contest

Kaylee, Bella, Maudie, Mia, and Abby

Mia and Cami on the boardwalk

Frisbee Throw


After tug-of-war. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

The On-Again-Off-Again Picnic

    This morning everyone woke up very excited.  Mia was having field day and Jackson was having his
end-of-the-year picnic.  We spent yesterday afternoon getting class shirts clean and getting snack coolers packed.  We headed out the door ahead of schedule only to find a rainy drizzle.  As Mia was stepping out of the car at school I got a text from her teacher saying they had postponed field day until tomorrow.  She was bummed, but it couldn't be helped.  I talked to the principal as I was letting Jackson out at his school and he said they wouldn't go to the park, but they would figure something out.  I got a text from Jackson's teacher a few minutes later saying they would "picnic" at school.  As I rearranged my morning to run errands instead of party all day with the kids, I got another text.  Jackson's school would be going to the park after all since the weather looked like it would clear up.  Soooo, I came back from Florence and met them at the park.  The weather was actually perfect today.  A little overcast and low 80's.  The splash pad was going, but the kids aren't allowed to wear swimsuits, so they were in sopping wet clothes.  They played all over the park, and then had pizza and cokes for lunch.  I'm quickly learning that 10 year old boys do not like to pose for pictures as much as 7 year old girls, but I managed to get a few shots.  I'm glad they got to have their picnic, even if it was a little hectic this morning.  Jackson has 2 more days of school and Mia has 3, then we are out for summer!

Max and Jackson

Jess, Hunter, and Jackson

Leaving after a long, fun day at the park.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Colorful House Update

     It's nice to go on vacation and come back to a painted house!  My camera doesn't do justice to the actual colors, but I love them in real life!  I didn't get a pic in every room because some are still too dark to photograph without light, but they are coming soon.

Everett's room

Mia's room

Boys' Bath

Living room

Dining room.  I know the green and yellow looks a little Eastery here,
 but my drapes and table will pull it all together.  You'll see.

Front doors

Jackson and Parker's room.  Once Everett gets out of the baby bed we will 
swap him with Jackson, so it will be Parker and Everett's room in a few months.


1/2 bath

From our room looking into the master bath

Where my tub will be. 
 Oh tub, how I miss you.

Kids' playroom

From kids' playroom in to hallway.  I'm thinking I'll put a little reading nook 
under that funny roof angle.  Suggestions welcome.

Upstairs bath

 Jeremy's playroom.  
Yes, you read that right.  I think I failed to mention that Jeremy "found" an extra 
500 square feet of space that he decided to frame up for himself.