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Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Magical Night!!

Carly had a big night last night. She was nominated for Winterfest Court last month and we have been planning since then...

the 3 mamas with Carly
not only does Carly have me but Jean and Molly as her surrogate Moms!
We had a great time planning
and trust me it took the 3 of us
(insert Paige can be forgetful these days
thanks to Jean and Molly for keeping up with the details:)

the afternoon started off with hair and makeup..
Alexis lives with Molly while she is in Memphis for beauticians school
she brought along her friend Cameron to help.
Geez they were awesome! 

when Carly was a baby our whole group was so excited to have a red head among the kids
look at that hair!!


I'm pretty sure that is Madeline's hand reaching to touch those curls
I have to say Carly sure has embraced the crazy in this house!








Alexis and Cameron.....
they were so great!!


Carly with her escort Vann

one of her very best friends Mackenzie

The juniors on the court

The entire court

have to throw this one in
there was much activity taking place waiting on the court presentation haha






this cracks me up!!!
she is watching Madeline fly across the floor to hug her lol




Carly surrounded by her big brothers Stephen and Ryan:)


I can't remember all her friends at this point but want to post for her to have!




with her boyfriend Blake



her Uncle Roy and Aunt Laura

with her Grandmother and Grandfather

and the brothers!




that crown sure is pretty:)

We are all so very proud of this special girl! 
Carly you are adored by this crazy crew!!


Saturday, January 17, 2015

So....I Needed An Intervention

Yes I needed an intervention regarding my iphone picture taking skills. I knew I was a total loser in iphone photography when Julianne admitted to me that she and her sister in law laugh at my fuzzy pics lol!! So I signed up for a class with the same girl that taught me how to use my real camera. She is a great teacher if she can give me an understanding of photography, just sayin. I'm rusty in that area right now due to my own laziness in not playing with it enough!

Anyhow we started the class last week and I have been playing with it. I am thrilled to see my lack of fuzzy pics, they are crisp and clear whoo hooo!

Here is some proof




John David swimming 500 free
I have never been able to get a photo at an indoor meet like this one!
(I don't even take my good camera to indoor meets anymore
that will require me buying a super snazzy lens!)
Next week we learn some editing tricks....can't wait:)

Madeline has been home sick most of the week so I have had a bit more time to get stuff done around the house.... or play with my phone.

John David has a big meet this weekend so Hank and I are taking turns going.
I got to go last night:)
He had one long race and placed 3rd 
so fun to watch

I can't believe how clear this pic is for being zoomed in all the way across the pool 
I sent it to Hank since John David looks just.like.him...
when he is nervous!!!

his friends cheering him on before the race:)

He is lane 4
ok so I'm going to work on this tonight when we go back
my photo taking abilities.. not my swimming
yeah as much as I swim I could not even dream of doing what JD does
geez these kids are fast!!!
I think I must have focused on the top of the sign instead of the center???
and it was far???? hmmmm
gotta perfect that scoreboard photo shoot lol
but the race was awesome!

this is what Madeline has done all week
and coughing
and sneezing



Goldbug was not interested in posing

just looking out the window

she is not amused with having a phone stuck in her face repeatedly

and lastly Carly had a fitting for her dress for Winterfest Court
we took the girls with us thinking they would be excited to see her try it on
they wanted to finish watching their movie instead haha
we are all excited to see her on that court in a few weeks!!







Tuesday, January 13, 2015

A Perfect Example!!!

Of sweet Carly's amazing spirit!

she is such a precious girl and her joy for life...
.....well amazing.....
Madeline adores her
we all do
and see that little doggie
well...
we agreed to let her bring her dog 
not house broken
but sweet
barks incessantly
for now (I pray)
but Carly is happier having her dog that her dad gave her
how can we say no to that???
I cannot tell you how much I love this child/woman
I am adjusting to taking care of another in our home
not her the dog haha
but the benefits of having her here
truly no words
she is an abundant blessing
we are so very thankful!




Friday, January 9, 2015

Because It Is Quiet In My House!

I cannot get motivated to get my groove on today
because this is the first day....
I am at my house all.by.myself!
no doctors appointments for kids
we have had one every day since the kids went back to school
not today though whoo hooo
 they are all at school and happy

so I'm just sitting in my pj's catching up on the computer:)
and acting lazy
I know I will feel guilty in a few minutes!
I do have the wash going
kitchen cleaned
but 596 other things that should be done!

first some catch up on iphone pics!

First off we had an impromptu visit from my sweet friend Jenn and her girls
on their way to Nashville.
I have not gotten to meet her girls yet
nor have Jenn and I had much time to catch up lately
it was such a treat!!

Wesleigh is an absolute doll and Gracie is a hoot and so darling!!
Gracie sure can strike an Elsa pose!


another Elsa pose...

Gracie totally cracks me up!!
Wesleigh and Madeline are on the move and she strikes another pose lol!
so precious!


Gracie getting some love from Goldbug!




Wesleigh rocks this look!!
nothing like a girl with brothers!

ok so what are my girls up to?? haha

Such a nice time seeing these girls~ love them and their mama!



next up was going to Osaka to celebrate Allie's 27th birthday!




the crew

I had to take this one!
Gardner and Matt have been great friends since 2nd grade
Matt lives in LA now so of course my "other child" as I call him
had to come celebrate Allie's birthday with us.
Carly already had plans with friends so she missed this one
many more to come though:)

and because Hank and I still enjoy embarrassing our kids....
they were taking selfies etc
so we took a few lol


Hank makes me laugh out loud!
I don't think one of the kids thought we were funny...
not even Janie!!