Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Swim Team 2017

Swim team takes a lot of time and commitment but the kids absolutely love it and it is so worth all the hours of practice and even worth the time that the parents have to work at the meets. The kids really had a great swim season this year. This one particular meet pictured below was soooo hot. That is why they are all crammed together, they are sharing the only shaded spot we could find! They always have so much fun together at the meets, playing cards and hanging out while they wait to swim. We had a great season as a team because we were undefeated! That hasn't had in a long time for us! Go Stingrays!!

 He looks a little nervous!

Monday, July 10, 2017


Someitmes you are just looking through your pictures and find this?

ha ha ha ha

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Lickinghole Brewery

We tried out a new brewery with our good friends and their kids. The dads enjoyed the beer and the moms enjoyed hanging out and the kids enjoyed playing. We all enjoyed the free sunflowers that we got to pick and take home. Overall it was a win!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

4th of July at SML

We were lucky to be able to spend the fourth of July at Smith Mountain Lake this year. It was a great couple of days with lots of boating, tubing, fireworks and eating gigantic pizzas! We love our time with the Babbs and we love SML!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

JMU Reunion in VB

My friend Lauren and I were very close friends at JMU and have remained close over the years however we haven't seen each other much over the last few years. There have been several children had since we have seen each other. When she said her and her family were going to be in Virginia beach for the week I knew that we had to make the trip down to see each other. So, we packed up the car and headed down there for the day. We had the best day! The kids had so much fun playing and the adults had a great time catching up! We ended up staying all day and going to dinner together and ending the day with ice cream. The kids were so great and well behaved and Carter and her daughter Quinn became the best of friends! It was a great day for everyone!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Last day of School 2017

It is the last day of school! WOOHOO!!! No, I don't normally send my children to school in their bathing suits. Carter gets to wear her suit to school because she swims at school and Sean had a beach day theme so that is why he is wearing his bathing suit. Either way, summer is here! Well, almost for me. I have a work a few more days and then we can start the fun!

Bus stop crew!

Saying goodbye is hard!

I have been driving to Jack and Jill school for 7 years. Sean attended there for 3 years and then when he went to Kindergarten Carter started there and has been there for the past 4 years. So, it has been our routine for a long time! Today, I drove there to drop her off for the last time. Don't get me wrong, I am super excited about the next chapter for Carter and about her going to kindergarten next year and especially excited about not having to pay for her school anymore....but it did make me sad to drop her off that one last time. When I pulled in to the parking lot to pick her up that one last time I had a pit in my stomach because I knew it would be hard for her. Even months ago she had made comments about how she didn't want summer to come because she knew that she couldn't go to Jack and Jill anymore. So, when we were leaving we walked around and said our goodbyes to the teachers and a few of her close friends. Then we walked very slowly to the car. . .. She got into the car and she just lost it. She started crying and said, "I just don't want it to be my last day". It hurt me so much to see her so sad but it wasn't the kind of pain that a parent can take away from a child. At some point, all kids experience this pain of having to move on and growing up. I held back my tears and told her it would be ok and told her about all the fun things we would do this summer and tried to distract her but I felt the sadness too. I'll never forget the impact that Jack and Jill had on my children. Having a place that you can take your kids everyday where you feel like they love your kids as much as you do is just the best. I know she'll remember her time and cherish all the memories they made. 

But now it is summer and we have lots of fun things to look forward to!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

First swim meet

 The kids had their first swim meet and did a great job! They both earned lollipops during one event, which means they won their heat and are off to a great start for this season!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sean's 3rd grade awards Assembly

It was a big day for Sean, first he was the principal for the day! It was a coupon that he had that we purchased (through the PTA) that allowed him to be with his principal for the day, so he started off the assembly by announcing the start of it. He also got several awesome awards for his great behavior, attendance, and grades. We were very proud! Third grade was a great year! 
His Principal sent me this picture of him during the day as the "principal"