Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School

Ok...Well they've actually been back to school since the 7th!  I'm a little late...oh well :)
Braden starts 10th grade and Cade starts 8th.  I have to post the series because they make me laugh!  These two are exactly the same height - 5'11"

And of course the girls!  They are both in the 1st grade and so excited to be back in school.

Oh happy day!  Judge me if you want, but I was thrilled when the bus pulled up.  LOVE my kiddos but also love cleaning the kitchen in the morning and it still being clean at 3:00!!  :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Today was a big day for our family!  I haven't even posted back to school pics of the other 4 kiddos but I just had to post these today.  It's official!  Bryce is a college student and now lives on campus!
I was a little concerned that I would boo hoo, but the truth is...I'm just so excited for him that I can't be sad!  (not to mention, he's only 30 minutes away!)  He moved in a few days early to start band camp this afternoon!  We will know in a few days whether he will be a part of the marching Tiger Band!

Boys are SO easy!  We saw all kinds of girl accessories being moved in today.  Truth is, Bryce never even saw his bedding until we unpacked it today :)  He couldn't care less.  And he's not bothered one bit that there are no matching curtains! lol...

I was also a little concerned that the girls would fall apart when we left him there.  They have been dreading this day, but they rallied to the occasion and were just fine.

Anyone who knows Bryce, will think this is hysterical.  He has always loved tents, secret rooms and hiding places.  I wouldn't be surprised at all if he spends some of his time down there!  lol...

Saying goodbye.  She said this morning that she had a plan .  It was to hide and stay at college with Bryce.  At dinner the other night she actually said "Oh..NO... you go...I go!"  lol...

Bryce promised the girls that he would let them sleep with him one night before he left.  Last night was that night.  He had something on campus and when his friends asked him to stay after, he told them, "This is going to sound very wrong, but I have to home and sleep with my sisters".  When they questioned him, he told them "because I promised they could sleep with me before I move and they're 6."  When he got home, he carried 2 sleeping girls upstairs to his room and ended up sleeping on the floor because they took up the whole bed.  I just don't know many brothers who would do that.  What a blessing he is to us.  I am so proud of him and can't wait to see what the future holds.  And I certainly can't wait to see him march down that hill in his band uniform playing "Geaux Tigers!!"

Friday, August 15, 2014

3 years!!

Three years.
It's been three years today that Richard and I met Gracie Joy in China. 
Hard to believe.
What a little firecracker...then, and now. 
Here are a few pics we took last night to document this day.  This is her Elsa nightgown.  She LOVES this nightgown, although she really uses it to dress up instead of sleep :)  She told me yesterday that I should have named her "little Elsa" lol...  I think a "real" Elsa dress might be on the Christmas list this year!

 Gracie Joy...we are so thankful that God chose us to be your family.  We would not know what to do without you!

I walked in my room yesterday and this is what I found :)  This is our sweet new addition Hazel!  I have not posted about her yet, but I will.  She is such an amazing dog.  She lets these girls do all sorts of things.  Yesterday...she was Princess Hazel :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

End of Kindergarten

Figured I should get this post up before they start 1st grade in two days!!!!

Both girls had great teachers this year, and enjoyed every bit of their year.  They ended the year by putting on a program for the parents.







I have to say...I was a little concerned about what teacher Gracie would have.  Gracie takes a little extra patience sometimes.  Mrs. Leger was amazing for her!  She was a new teacher to our school and she fell in love with Gracie.  She was so patient and kind to her.  I am so grateful to her for making kindergarten great for Gracie!

Mrs. McClanahan is a friend of mine.  Wesleigh adores her and loved every second in kindergarten in her class.  What a blessing to know that your children are in classes where they are truly loved!


I think Gracie must be in half the kindergartener's pictures.  Any time she saw kiddos posing for a pic, she would run up to them and pose :)


These 4 are quite a group.  I am great friends with these two mothers.  In fact, the blonde is John Ashley's brother (in the last post).  I hope they stay together for a long time!!


Looking at these pics makes me miss those baby teeth!!!!!!  :(

Monday, August 4, 2014

Texas de Brazil

We took Bryce and a group of his friends to Texas de Brazil to celebrate graduation.  We left the girls at home and were able to focus on these big kids.  It was a lot of fun.  My boys had never been and were loving all the food!

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Texas de Brazil-2147 Love all these kiddos. Can't wait to see what God has in store for them in the future!

Deja vu

If you've read my blog long enough, you have seen pics of these two together.  Cade and John Ashley (Jag) have been friends since they met each other on the t-ball field!  They don't go to the same school anymore, but they still love to hang out. 

This year, Cade played for Jag's baseball team when he had an off weekend.

Here are the pair about 7 or 8 years ago. I am thinking Cade was 5 and Jag was 6. This is what they did in the backyard...all the time!  Both of them pitch and catch, so they just swapped out.
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And here are the two of them this year. Cade is 13 still pitching to Jag is 14. It is so fun to see them on the field together. I'm so sad that they won't be going to the same high school :( cade jag 2014

Bryce's High School Graduation May 23, 2014

It is so hard to believe that my oldest is a high school graduate!  In fact, he will be moving out to attend LSU Tiger band camp in a couple of weeks!!!  We are so proud of him.

Here are lots of pics from his special day:
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We are so proud of him, and he couldn't be happier!  Wesleigh had a meltdown afterwards though.  We couldn't figure out why until we got in the car and she was still sobbing.  She thought since Bryce graduated, he was leaving for college right then and we wouldn't see him again :(  So sweet!
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Bryce moves into his dorm on the 17th and starts band camp that afternoon.  If he does well at band camp, he will be a member of the LSU Tiger Band!!  He has a campus job that he has been working this summer and is ready to start the next chapter of his life.  LOVE this boy!!
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