This week is Red Ribbon Week at school and we actually dressed up every single day! I was amazed myself b/c after seeing the list last Friday there were a couple of days I thought we'd come up blank on. Thank goodness for a child's imagination! :)
Friday, October 30, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Ten days ago my hometown of Alto, TX experienced a tragedy that is unfathomable. During the Friday night football game, Cam'Ron Matthews collapsed on the sidelines and was life flighted to Tyler. He passed the following day. It was determined he suffered an aneurysm.
Cam'Ron's mom and grandma were a fixture at the schools in Alto. They were the sweetest ladies and so very kind. Mrs. Gayla still works at the school as the Middle School Secretary. They are an amazing family. I may not have known Cam'Ron but it is so apparent by the outpouring of love and support for this precious family just how amazing this young man was.
Alto came together, and they supported one of their own. They raised money, gave honor and prayed constantly. The communities around East Texas sent support through wearing black & gold, holding fundraisers and sending prayers. It was a tragedy to lose Cam'Ron - Friday nights will never be the same - but what an amazing young man he was in life and through his death he brought together more people in unity than anyone could have ever imagined.
Last Friday, my little Troup Tigers are Alto Yellow Jackets today. They never met Cam'ron or any of his family, but know who Cam'ron was..he was a son, brother, grandson, friend, cousin and most of all a child of God. They know he is in heaven now and he is visiting with their Grandma and Pawpaw. They know that even though Cam'ron is happy, his family misses him fiercely. And they are convinced his angel wings are black and gold. #ALTOgether
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Last week, Logan went in on Monday to have tubes put in his ears. It seemed pretty routine since he had has tubes many times before. But after he got home, he seemed to be reacting to the pain meds he was given and Andy & Michelle took him to the ER on Monday night to make sure he was okay. They got him hydrated and sent him back home but it was obvious that Logan simply was not himself and they decided to take him back to Children's in Dallas.
|Sending "I Love You" to Logan|
Monday, October 26, 2015
Sunday was almost near perfect. First, we got the girls up and gave them their showers. They were too worn out after pumpkin carving to shower the night before. When we were picking out their Sunday clothes, I found some cute Halloween outfits I had forgotten I had. Ava was all in but Carli was not nearly as enthused. So instead of a meltdown, I bribed her with a Dr Pepper. :) It worked! Ha!
After church and after getting Carli the promised Dr. Pepper, we headed to the lake for lunch with Grammy and Pa. It was raining, but there's something about just being at the lake that is just relaxing. We had a very yummy dinner and enjoyed an awesome visit with Grammy & Pa before it was time to go home.
We could have stayed at the lake all afternoon, but we had to get home b/c Kayla was coming by on her way back to school. The girls had so much fun. They had been missing Kayla a lot. They drew, played hide and seek, uno and Kayla gave them piggy back rides. Her quick stop to say hi turned into an hour and a half play date! :)
I was able to get meal prep done for the week and Keith watched Drew. Then it was time for church. After church we had dinner out with the family and ended an awesome day! :)
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Uncle Tone and Aunt Lolli came over Saturday night to carve pumpkins with the girls. Actually, Uncle Tone carved pumpkins, Keith watched the baby and Holli & I cooked dinner and dessert. :)
Uncle Tone had lots of help this year, like real help! The girls cleaned out their pumpkins with a little help from Uncle Tone.
The girls went easy on Uncle Tone this year and requested an old fashioned Jack-O-Lantern and a bat. He was a little disappointed that he's creativity was not challenged much, but his hand was much appreciative b/c it didn't have near as much cramping! We forgot candles again, so we used crayons as our candles and they worked well!
We had a great night and enjoyed our time visiting with Uncle Tone and Aunt Lolli. Loving our new little traditions and that they involve our extended family!
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Friday, October 23, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Last year, the church had a back to school skating party and Carli & Ava had a blast. Ava especially enjoyed skating and for Christmas asked for some roller skates from Santa. She got her skates and because we have concrete floors has been practicing skating ever since. Carli in turn wanted some skates and Ava could only share so much, so we ended getting Carli a pair as well. They both got really good at skating around furniture and were so excited for the church skating party this year!
Drew was more interested in making sure he had all of Grammy's attention than he was in watching his sisters skate! That didn't offend Carli much and she would stop by to steal a kiss or two as she made her rounds!
They tried hard to teach their buddy Bo how to skate but he preferred to slip and slide on his socked feet!
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
A couple of weeks ago we spent pretty much our whole Saturday at two really awesome birthday parties. The girls had an absolutely wonderful day and were worn out when it was all said an done!
Our first party was to celebrate Shiloh turning 7. She had a cowgirl themed party complete with lots of farm animals.
It was a Move themed party. Kyndall's mom took nap mats and covered them with cute fabric. Each kid went home with one as a party favor. How creative is that?!
I think it is safe to say - they had a blast!
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Last week both the Rangers and the Astros were in the playoffs with a pretty decent chance of winning and moving on. But unfortunately they both didn't pull out that final win and we had a very disappointed Daddy and Pa. The girls had an absolute blast watching the games and getting updates. We are a house divided b/c Keith and Carli are Ranger buddies and Ava and Pa are Astro buddies.