Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sunburned Spring

Hello Spring!!!!!!! I am so pumped! I was dreading this winter thinking it was going to be a long one, but it was pretty mild. And thank goodness spring is here which means getting outside, crawfish, and beach time!!!!

We made our first trip to the condo of the year and only planned for a short 4 day trip. Well, it turned into a 12 day trip for me and the kids...lots of laundry done each day since I didn't pack much for us to wear. And I didn't realize how warm it was either! A good friend of mine who lives in Birmingham made a trip down for a few days with her 3 year old daughter and 5 year old son which worked out perfect for our kids. They got along great but had to head back home on Wednesday. It was so nice to catch up with my sweet friend and for some late night girl talks.

I can already tell this is going to be a fun year at the condo with the kids. I absolutely love their ages right now (5 and 3) and they are playing so well together. After 13 plus trips down to the beach the past two years, this was the first trip I had both kids by myself on the drive down and while at the condo. I guess i usually have one kid in Lance's car or have someone with me in the car to help with the kids needs. They were great and i survived!!

The first two days were nasty and wet and then it was followed up with a couple of days of fog. Lance was due to arrive on Wednesday just as the weather was turning ideal. The kids and I were supposed to head back to Ruston on Thursday to allow Lance host some of directors for their annual weekend of meetings down in Orange Beach. After looking at the forecast and visiting with lance about the possibility of us staying during his meetings, we got it worked out to where we could stay through the weekend and then even into the next week since no one was coming into the condo. With the forecast looking great, I asked my friend Becky smith with her three boys to come down for a few days. It was a great way to kick off the beach season! Here are just a couple of pictures i was able to capture:

water was freezing but those crazy boys didn't mind AT ALL!
Lander and Landon

George and Kennedy

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Beary Night

Last night Lance and Kennedy went to the "Beary" father/daughter banquet at church and Kennedy was so excited. She got to pick out whatever she wanted to wear and she was on cloud nine. Before leaving, she said her daddy was so handsome and I thought Lance was going to melt! it was too cute.

While they were out, Landon and I got to go an impromptu date. I really wanted to take him to the HS basketball championship games, but I let him pick. Of course his choice was to go eat inside Fox's pizza and then get a treat at Eskimo Joes! Which I didn't mind at all!

Then it was back home to pack for our beach trip in the morning. i am hoping to leave right after Landon's soccer game which is at 11am. I am hoping it will rain it out, but it's not looking like it! Lance will stay home but will plan on coming down wednesday night. The kids and i will have to leave on thursday since lance has CTB guys coming in for a strategic meeting taking place down there. I hope the weather is nice!

This week was busy while i prepared for a coaching clinic I helped with in conjunction with the HS championships that were in town. Coach Barmore spoke to the group of coaches Friday morning and i was a nervous wreck for getting him involved with something that i really didn't have control over and had no idea what to expect. Of course he was amazing and it brought so many memories of playing and coaching for him. Such an amazing teacher and motivator of the game and it's a shame that he is no longer coaching. He enjoyed himself (i hope) and it went smooth (for the most part). ;)

This week, Landon got accepted into A E Phillips lab school on Tech's campus. We were pretty excited about the news and looking forward to seeing who will be his classmates will be next fall. It's hard to believe that I will be sending him off to kindergarten next year! Kennedy will attend Temple's 4 year preK program and will hopefully have Teresa Mann as her teacher. Landon had her this past year and she is 'oh so fabulous!'

I captured Landon on video saying the Lord's prayer...thought it was cute!

Sunday, March 4, 2012


I have never taken pictures with the kids in Daffodils so I thought i would snap a few pictures of the kids while they were in bloom. Yes, they were in bloom during February (i took these about 2 or 3 weeks ago!) Very unusual and early Spring we are having (I guess we can call it Spring???). I am crossing my fingers that we will not have another cold snap come through.

anyway, I actually have two different days that we went. After we went the first time, Kennedy wanted to go back so she can wear her new favorite dress that she wears every chance she can get (and she wanted to pick some flowers for Alec, our neighbor). I had a Matilda Jane clothing party and this was the dress that she would not take off. And thank goodness ours came in the mail a week later (she thinks Jessica, the sales rep, actually had to make this dress for her. Ha!). Anyway, we were already in the dress and I thought, what the heck, let's stop by there on our way to pick up dinner...and it was just the two of us. The lighting wasn't that great, but we made it work! She was in a great mood so i got some funny pictures of her being so animated!

Landon started up soccer and he had his second game yesterday. It's amazing what a year can do. He understands what is going on and is really into who wins, scores, etc. He is very aggressive, which i love, but I just wish he wouldn't push everyone down, especially his own teammates. He was a little better yesterday. He has scored 4 goals total (2 last week and 2 this week) and I have yet to get it on video. Bad mom! Or pictures for that matter. Bad, bad mom! I do have some videos...but just not downloaded. Bad mom! I had kennedy in my arms most of the morning yesterday since she wasn't feeling well and Lance wasn't there.

Kennedy has been sick this past week. It started last sunday morning with a couple of episodes of throwing up, but that was about it. She started coughing on wednesday and by Friday, she had snot, low fever, cough and a hoarse voice. We have missed a play date and church this weekend, but it didn't keep her from going to the circus today! My in laws wanted to take them to monroe for the circus and they had a big time. They both came back saying that it was "awesome". I enjoyed the nice quiet house while they were gone...especially since Lance is out of town playing golf at Pebble Beach! I know!! Nice! He left thursday and should be home monday night. This is two weeks in a row that he has gone out of town. We have been missing him!

Forgotten February

February absolutely flew by! It was a very uneventful month for the most part, but fun! Kennedy's highlight was probably attending her bff from school, Rubye Ann's, birthday party. It was princess themed and absolutely precious. Sarah went all out and even dressed up herself. The girls got to dress up and put on jewelry, go through an etiquette class, practice waving and then got crowned by the Queen. Super cute!

I had a one day basketball clinic on President's day that went over pretty well. I have finally reached a point in my Hall of Hoops business where I am ready to take it to the next level. It feels good to feel motivated about something I am really passionate about. So, it's going to be a busy summer with Hall of hoops! I think a lot had to do with me finally biting the bullet and getting a professional website done. I am very proud and delighted with how it turned out. click here if you wanna check it out!

I got talked into doing some pictures through Barnes and i am so glad i did it. I absolutely love the ages my kids are right now and the window is closing in on the how much longer I will be able to take 'cute' pictures. I wanted to take more pictures of what we did, but here is one of them. Maybe when i get my order i can snap a pic to put on here. It is such a cute idea and I did not know that there was a red caboose in Ruston! I even got a free iPhone cover for my phone with their picture on it. They had them dress up in vintage clothing...super cute.

Here is a picture of a play date we had with Jackson and Tucker Smith while their mom was in the hospital.