I have really fallen off the blogging bandwagon lately. To be honest, a lot of it stems from the fact that I haven’t picked up my camera much at all since the beginning of the year. Between my surgery, issues after surgery, teenagers who aren’t that excited about having their picture taken, etc… I just haven’t taken many. It makes me sad! I feel so happy to at least have these few.
Today was Kendall’s 6th grade field day. The boys never wanted me to be there. I went on Logan’s first field day at middle school and he promptly told me after a few minutes that I could leave. Honestly, I think most kids WANT their parents there but middle school is such an awkward weird time. They don’t want anyone to KNOW that they WANT them there. Know what I mean? Today was another example of that. When the note came home about it, she asked me if I would be going. I told her no. She got this sad disappointed look on her face. I asked her if she wanted me to and she said yes. I signed up. Fast forward to field day today. My parents and I were the only “parents” there for her class. Besides us, I think there might have been two other parents out of the whole 6th grade. We kind of hung back and just watched her without getting in the middle of things. Then when it was lunch time, they decided to eat in the classroom. She was a little embarrassed that we were the only parents in their eating with their child. She let us finish eating and then told us that we could leave any time.
I only got one picture during the field day events. It was during her break enjoying some italian ice. I just felt the need to hang back and just enjoy watching her.
Then before we left, she asked that I take a picture of her with her favorite teacher… Mrs. Johnston. She is her homeroom and Math teacher. Let me start off by saying, Math is Kendall’s hardest subject. If your kids are like mine… that usually means that their teacher for that subject usually isn’t their favorite either. However, Mrs. Johnston has become Kendall’s favorite. She won’t let Kendall give up when it gets hard. She encourages her to try no matter what. If the answer is wrong, then she explains how to do it correctly. Kendall has come home NUMEROUS times telling me how much encouragement Mrs. Johnston gives her and makes her feel like just maybe she CAN understand Math. I am so thankful for all that she has done to give Kendall confidence this year. It means so very much!
Besides that, we have been busy getting ready for this guy to graduate! It happens TOMORROW! Kendall and I decided we had to decorate his car for his last week of high school.
We snapped this picture before his Baccalaureate service on Sunday. I thought for sure I would cry through the whole thing (especially since these darn hormones have me crying at ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING) but I didn’t. Now I do think Graduation might be a different story. I am sooooo thankful that he chose to go to the University of Memphis for at least the first two years. It let’s me kind of slowly get used to the idea that he is going off on his own. I can’t even imagine if he were going “off” to college. For all of you mommas that do have kids going away… I am praying for you! (More on all the graduation stuff coming in a post all its own! )
Kendall is in the middle school choir and they had a Spring Concert last week. There are a lot more kids, this was just her section on the risers!
Some of my favorite pictures are the “selfies” my kids take with their friends. Here are a few of the girls before their choral concert.
I am so thankful that all of my kids have made such good sweet friends.
We couldn’t resist a family picture. We are so proud of this girl! By the way, in 6th grade anyone can be in the chorus. However for 7th and 8th grade, you have to audition. Kendall did and she made it for next year! Woohoo! I was in chorus and vocal ensemble all through Jr. High and High School. I love seeing her perform up there! She LOVES to sing.
Yesterday we took the kids to practice tennis. It was windy out so they were getting frustrated with each other. I then showed them how to practice against the wall. I did that for hours almost daily when I was playing back in Jr. High and High School. It is great practice! They seemed to like it too. Eric even got in on a little bit of it.
We had grand plans of going to Long Horn Steakhouse for Mother’s Day on Saturday night but they had a 2.5 hour wait. No thanks! Mom and I decided to go to Five Guys instead and then have Eric grill out steaks on Sunday.
Logan and his girlfriend went to the big Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.
Eric did a little routine car maintenance on Logan’s car for him!
I ordered a selfie stick in anticipation of getting a big family group shot at Logan’s graduation. However… I haven’t seen it since it arrived. I think these two are having too much fun playing with it. LOL.
Our little town had their annual Fair on the Square. The kids always enjoy the food booths the best.
Kendall met up with some friends. This her with her friend Leela!
I think that is the most recent happenings. Next up… graduation stuff, March and April wrap ups too. Hopefully this summer I can keep up better!
I am so behind on my blogging. I am happy that 2014 is over. Unfortunately, 2014 brought about a roller coaster of health issues for me. I will be posting more about that later. First, I want to get December recorded here. I am just going to do one big post with a summary of the month to make things easier. Excuse me if the page loads slow due to all the pics. I think I am going to do a separate post on Christmas Day though. I want to highlight some of the things the kids asked for this year. I like having a record of that stuff to look back and see how things change. 🙂
Kendall is in the chorus at her middle school. They had a holiday performance. She and her friends were taking pics before the show.
I only grabbed this one quick shot because I chose to video this instead of taking pics.
Since we didn’t get to go to the big Tree Lighting ceremony this year (Kendall’s choir performance was the same night and it was too rushed by the time it was over), we went down there another night for some pics. Logan’s girlfriend, Lane, was sweet enough to grab these of the five of us! 🙂
I loved this one. We used it on the cover of the photo book I made my parents for Christmas. It will be the cover on our family book this year too. 🙂
I took some pics of Logan and Lane while we were down there.
Kendall had her holiday piano recital. She did a really great job!! She played “When Santa Gets Your Letter.”
This sums up one of my favorite things about the holidays. I absolutely LOVE sitting by the warm fire, cuddled up with Eric under the glow of the Christmas tree lights.
Logan’s employer participates in the Christmas parade every year. The guys dress up like Superheros. Logan was to be Superman. Unfortunately, for the second year in a row the parade was canceled due to weather issues. 🙁
Eric got company suite tickets to watch University of Memphis play some basketball. We thought it would be fun for Logan to see what kind of support his college has for their team, etc. We had a fun night!
This was a picture I grabbed on our way to Eric’s parents house for the Barnes family Christmas.
Here’s a group shot of the Barnes clan before we left to come back home.
Logan’s boss always has Santa come in for some promo pictures to use in advertisements, etc. Here is Logan helping Santa with some good gift selection ideas. 😉
We love going out and looking at Christmas lights. This year things were kind of crazy busy. We finally found a night to go. It was rainy but we still had fun.
Kendall had a job for a couple weeks babysitting our friends cat. I think we all fell in love with this sweet girl.
Eric and I spent one day getting some Christmas shopping done. I look forward to this every year. He isn’t much of a shopper but he always goes with me at Christmas and doesn’t complain. 😉
Candy Ann was back again this year. Like I said last year, Kendall doesn’t believe in Santa anymore so she knows the deal with Candy Ann. She wanted to keep the tradition alive so she moves Candy Ann around every night for the rest of us to find her in the morning. This year, I think she got tired of it though because she quit moving a week or so before Christmas. LOL.
Kendall made and decorated holiday cupcakes all by herself. She was so proud at how well she frosted them.
Eric spent 9 days in Brazil. I absolutely hate these longer international trips.
Kendall borrowed this holiday sweater from Grandma for ugly sweater day at school. She said she thought it was beautiful but we convinced her that it did qualify for an ugly sweater.
We always go to the Christmas parade in our neighboring town. Thankfully, it wasn’t nearly as cold this year as it usually is. It still wasn’t warm, but it wasn’t miserable.
While we were waiting for the parade to start, a journalist from the Newspaper came by and wanted to know if he could feature Kendall and her friend Autumn in an article he was writing. Here is a snapshot of the article that I took from my phone. We were surprised when we got the paper at how big the photo were. By the way, that is a typo next to her friend Autumn’s name. She is not 6. She and Kendall are the same age!
Logna and Lane on the night that they exchanged their Christmas gifts.
This was from Christmas at my parents house. I will share those pics in the next post!
A picture of me with Lucy. This was the day that Eric took me to get a new SUV. I was kind of sad to think about letting her go, but at the same time I knew it was the right decision. We just needed more room. We were constantly wishing we had one more seat and having to take two cars places. Unfortunately, they didn’t have exactly what I wanted so we had to order it and wait! It was a LONG week until it came in. More about that new baby later!
There is a basic summary of December. There is lots of other stuff that went on that I didn’t get pics of. Like my NUMEROUS trips to the doctor and ultrasound tests and etc. It was a rough month health wise. Well, it was a rough year for my health actually. Things are going to be better in 2015 after my surgery. I will post about that too. Next up, Christmas Day…