Friday, October 20, 2017

Let's Go to the Zoo!

Cameron woke up yesterday morning with a plan.  She came downstairs with a solid case of bedhead and very drowsily asked, "do we have any plans today?"  When I told her we didn't, she said, "well, I'd really like to go to the Dallas Zoo today."  So we made it happen!
First stop, the penguins.  She's almost as tall as the emperor penguin.

These little guys were waddling around all over the place and so cute to watch.

Some of my very favorites were up next, though.  There was even a baby elephant this time!

It was such a gorgeous day to be outside.  Cami and Gigi both agreed.

Next up, the giraffes.  And guess what?  There was baby giraffe! 
Y'all.  One of the cutest baby animals ever.

We bought some giraffe food and Betty the Giraffe immediately came over to see us.

Cami fed her first...

then told Gigi to "be brave" and do it, too.  Gigi had never fed one before--so cool!

That big smile says it all.

Then my little monkey and I went over to see the ostriches, zebras and guineas.

After that, we got to see the daddy lion, along with the mama and baby cub. 
Such impressive animals.

"Hey mom, look at me!"

The gorillas were after that and there were so many roaming around. 
This big silverback was the first one that we saw.

We found this guy right up at the glass...

not so sure he wanted to be our friend.  Look at that stare!

As much as this kid liked seeing the real gorillas, playing with the statue was just as entertaining.
After lunch, we headed over to the brand new Hippo Hut.

It was fantastic and at least 100% improvement from the previous hippo exhibit.

More statue happiness.  This girl simply enjoys life.

We ended our afternoon with a train ride around the zoo.  Such a fabulous, impromptu day. 
We should have more of those before she goes to Kindergarten!

Bonus Lake Day

There was no football practice on Friday night.  No games on Saturday, either.  And, not even a birthday party to speak of that day.  Crazy!  Did we just sit home and watch TV?  Not a chance.  We drove up to the lake and were giddy with excitement for a bonus day on the water!

One of my favorite parts has always been watching the sun rise over the lake.  These beautiful girls enjoyed it with me.  I wish I looked "camera ready" at 7:15 am, like they do!

We logged almost four hours on the tube later that day.  I'll count that as a win.  The water was a  chilly 74 degrees, but it didn't deter these kids from having fun.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bumblebees are Back!

Not full time, but they were sure back in full force this past weekend!

These four girls entered a 3 v 3 tournament in Frisco.  It was so good seeing them back in their yellow and black!

The first game was a cinch and our girls won handily--15 to 0!

Coach Jared was so proud!

They won the second game that afternoon.
The next morning didn't go quite as well, and they lost 8-4.  Bummer.
Guess who came back with a fervor, though?  

Yep!  These girls showed up to win in the championship game.

And win they did!  Bees won 8-4 against the same team that beat them that same morning.  Boom!

These two are a dynamic duo any day of the week.
Championship Sundays are the sweetest, though.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gig 'em Owls!

GHS Homecoming.  
Always one of our favorite Friday nights during the fall.  This one was one of the best, though.  

The Owls haven't had the best season.  In fact, going into the game, they were 0-5.  Ouch.  Needless to say, we didn't expect much.  We only scored one touchdown during the whole first half.

Between Taylor, Han, Jenny and I, we had 10 kids in the stands with us.  It was busy, to say the least!  Lila loved meeting little Harlyn...

and all the kiddos thought it was super fun to sit next to each other.

Baby JP even got some Lila snuggles for a few minutes, too.

We all cheered together during my junior year of high school.
I've got so many great memories with these girls!

During halftime the action picked up.  First thing, the girls spotted Ollie the Owl and literally ran down the steps to say hello.

We watched the bands and drill teams perform and were getting ready to call it a night, but then things got interesting!

The Owls ran back the kick-off for a touchdown and completely revived the team and the crowd!  They began to make a steady climb towards victory and this kid right next to me was loving it.  

His sisters were, too!  By the 4th quarter, the Owls were only down by a few points.  With only 3 minutes to go, it was 4th and 6.  We had to go for it.  The stands were electric and these cheerleaders were doing their best to lead the crowd.
On the next play, the quarterback ran it straight up the middle and scored a touchdown!
The Owls were winning for the first time all night!

We outlasted all these friends and stayed to see my Alma mater beat South Garland.  Coming behind in the 4th quarter to win on Homecoming.  I'll take that any time!
Love me some Friday Night Lights.  Gig 'em Owls!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Baby Girl

Picture day at school.  This little lady was all smiles.

She chose a new dress to wear for the occassion-- a $5 grab from a friend.  So cute!

Our precious girl is growing up too fast.

For the love, where did my baby girl go?!
As sad as it is that we no longer have a baby, I'm ready to embrace this new phase of our life.  Naps are no longer super important, there's less whining and more go-with-the-flow, and we can all start to do more "big kid" activities.  It's going to be GREAT!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Grandparent's Day

Last Thursday was also Grandparent's Day at Hunt.  It's one of Lila and Jackson's favorite days of the year.  They just love getting to show off their school to Gigi and Memaw.

I know I am biased, but I really think that these three ladies are just beautiful!

Cami weaseled her way into the Book Fair with Lila after lunch was over.  When she came out, she had talked her grandmas into buying her two books, a diary and this planner.  Lucky girl!

  A short while later, it was time for the 5th graders to go to lunch.  Cami caught Bubbie in the hallway and immediately ran up to hold his hand.  I know it probably embarasses him, but he humors her anyway.  I love that.

His double bacon cheeseburger was a hit!
The perfect way to spend his very last Grandparent's Day.

Patriotic Pride

Last week, we were at Hunt Elementary for the Second Grade's Patriotic Program.  
In light of the recent state of our nation, it was so refreshing!  

Our school is very much a melting pot, full of so many different cultures.

The kids were asked to speak in between songs. 

Hands over their hearts, singing loud and proud.  And not one person was kneeling, either.

Lila was chosen to square dance, 

and had a speaking part as well.  Out of all the kids, she was the only one to look out at the crowd as she spoke, because she had her lines memorized.  Proud mama, right here!

Almost all of these former Bees had a speaking role.  
They are the super stars of second grade and I love that.

These girls are proud to be Hunt Hounds, and proud to be Americans, too!

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