Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day 2013

Low key.  That was our motto this Memorial Day Weekend.  And it worked out so well!  It's not often that we adhere to simplicity, but I'm finding the genius in it more and more.

We spent Sunday afternoon playing at Memaw and Poppi's house with the whole fam.

The kids swam a little bit, but had just as much fun out of the water getting Uncle Andrew with these noodles.

We also made homemade icecream.  Jackson got to flex his muscles for a while and took a few turns churning the ice cream.

Little sister thought he did an excellent job and wholeheartedly approved of it.  Yummy! It was the perfect ending to a fabulous feast of a meal.  We chowed down, y'all!  Grilled chicken, ribs, baked beans, scalloped potatoes, fruit salad and dinner salad were all on the menu.  As if that weren't enough, Aunt Lyndsie made red velvet cupcakes AND an almond wedding cake.  We were little fat cats by the end of the night, but no one was complaining!

Then yesterday afternoon we went to hang out in our friends' backyard.  While we were still waiting for Mr.Sun to come out, Lila snuggled with her daddy.

A few minutes later, we had sun!  Hooray!  We put on our swim suits and got ready to catch a few rays.

The dads, Cole and Jackson all had fun playing water basketball...

and Lila even worked up the nerve to take the big leap to her daddy. 

It was such a nice, relaxing way to spend the day.  Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day, too!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hunt Hound Award

This was a big morning in our house.  We woke up early, everyone showered and got ready to head out the door with Jackson.  Why?  We just HAD to go see our favorite six year old receive his first school award!  Jackson didn't know it until his name was announced, but he was receiving the Hunt Hound Award at the school assembly today. How fun!

Two kids in each class were chosen.  We were clapping pretty loudly when they said "And from Mr. Gomez's class...Rachel Dobbs and Jackson Hays!"  Yay, J man!

Daddy, Lila and I were so proud of our favorite Hound.  Daddy had to leave the assembly a little early to get to work, but he was able to see J get his award.

He also got his dog tag.  Very cool.  We couldn't be prouder of you, Jackson.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


The Cubs had their last game of the regular season last night.  They were hoping to keep their first place standing and came ready to play some good ball.
Getting a little dugout pep talk before the game began.
It was sunny and 85 degrees--just about perfect for some Cubs baseball.  Jackson played 1st base for most of the game and did really good.  He caught a hard hit line drive near his head...

caught a few more from the pitcher and second baseman, too...

and tagged a runner out for the last out of the game.  The Cubs won 9 - 2! 

All the boys were so happy.  J man was doubly excited because he got the Co-MVP award with Tyler.  Way to go #32!  We are ready to rock the playoffs next week!

Backbending Baby

Yesterday we were just playing around at home and Lila told me she wanted to do a backbend...without any help.  I said, "Ok, let's see it."

After a few tries and almost getting her head off the ground, she knocked my socks off with a perfectly executed backbend.  Way to go, my little gymnast!  Guess she really is learning something in gym class!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer's knocking on the door!

Poppi called Saturday morning and told us that the pool was open at his house.  "Really?" was my reaction, but he insisted that it was warm enough to swim. 

Turns out our kids are tougher than their mama.  I stuck my feet in, but that's as far as I got!  I am most definitely a "June Swimmer," as in, the water needs to be in the 90s!

While Jackson played water football with his daddy and Poppi, Lila was content to hang out on this float and chat with me and Memaw.

Jackson finally took a break from ball and made a makeshift chair out of two noodles.

Laid back and lovin' it.

After eating some delicious burgers and Mississippi Mud Cake outside, we found the kids cuddling on the couch.  They were worn out, for sure, but it was so sweet to see them together.  It was such a nice evening and we can't wait for summer to be here.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Fantastic First Field Day

Field Day--one of my very favorite memories from elementary school!

Jackson finally got to experience the greatness of it last Friday.  We got up early and were ready to help set up by 7:20. 

They had a pep rally to get the kids pumped up before turning them loose outside.  I don't think they really needed any more adrenaline, though.  These kids were EXCITED!

J's school pairs every Kindergartener with a 5th grader.   Their buddies are there to help them navigate the 33 games and help them out.  It's such a neat idea and I was really impressed with all of the 5th graders!  When I found Jackson, he had already been through Water Limbo and Water Hopscotch. 

They set their sights on drier games and did this goofy one first.

After each game, they ended with the school handshake.  Too funny!

Some of Jackson's favorites were the Tony Romo Toss...

Home Run Derby...

and tether ball!  I used to love me some tetherball:)

After completing 31 out of 33 games, it was time for the team competitions.  First up, 4 way tug-of-war with his class.

I had never seen 4 way tug-of-war, but it worked out pretty well.

Jackson's team did great!  I'm pretty sure they won, but a winner was never officially announced.  That's one thing I was not a fan of--there were really no winners at all.  Just participants!  That's all well and good, but every kid loves a blue ribbon!

J's teacher made it more fun, though, when he challenged the whole class to tug-of-war!

Mr. Gomez gave it a good shot...
but the kindergarteners were just too fierce!

Next up was the Water Relay.  This was so goofy. They had the kids run a short distance and then do 5 push-ups.  The silly part, though, was that they got drenched with a watering bucket the whole time they were doing their exercises.  It continued with sit-ups and then mountain-climbers, too!

This little guy didn't seem to mind one bit, though!

He and Wyatt were all smiles...

and never saw Mr. Gomez sneaking up with the water hose.  Oh my!

They did a few more team games, like Quiddich, which was so funny to watch.

After all that hard play time, the kids were ready to relax and enjoy their Bahama Bucks snowcones. 
What a fabulous first field day for J and his friends.  It was his favorite day of school, for sure, and I'm so happy that I got to be there to see it through his eyes.  Now I just need to work on getting some blue ribbons into the mix for next year!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

The kids had been working hard on Mother's Day projects for me all week at school.  Jackson had hidden a few in the house and they'd also been shopping with their daddy.  I was so happy when I woke up to a kitchen full of love.  There were cards, art projects and flowers--it made me smile:)
They each picked out a dozen roses--Lila got light pink and J got yellow with orange tips.  They each made me a card, too.  Lila's just had letters written on it, more "L's" than anything!  Jackson colored me a beautiful heart picture that said, "I love you, Mom."  They also bought me some really cool cards that allowed the kids to put their very own handprints in them.  I will treasure those, for sure! 

While my sweet hubby was cooking us cinnamon french toast and bacon, Jackson and I sat down to read the book he made for me at school.  It said: "I love it when my mom plays with me."  "My mom is 33 years old."  "My mom is good at cooking." "My mom and I like to go swimming."  "My mom likes to watch my games."  "My mom is good at playing tag."  Each page also had an illustration.  So cute and simply priceless. 

Around lunch time we headed up to a park that we had never been to before.  Jared had convinced Jackson that it would be an excellent day to take off his training wheels and learn how to ride his bike.  We've asked many times before, but he's never been that interested.  He'd much rather just throw a ball!  Jackson didn't shoot us down, though, so off we went with bikes to the park.  We got thrown a minor curve ball when Lila fell asleep before we got there.  The boys had to take us back home and I stayed with my little sleepy girl.  I gotta admit, I was a bummed to be missing such a big moment in J's life, though.  After laying down with a non-sleeping Lila for a half hour, I gave up and we headed back up to the park.  Imagine my delight when I saw this....

He was riding a pretty good distance all by himself!

After watching him a few times on the grass, we convinced him to try it on the much easier concrete.  Riding on grass is SO hard and he wasn't falling at all.  We were hopeful that he wouldn't have a major wipeout on the sidewalk.

In no time at all Jackson was riding 100 yards down the sidewalk!  Little sister was pedaling her hardest while trying to keep up with him.  She kept saying, Jackson can't catch me--I've got on my fast training wheels!

We grabbed a late lunch and then went home to get ready for the whole fam to join us that evening.  Jared put on his "funny cameraman hat" and made us all laugh out loud.  I love this picture even more because it reminds me of lots of good belly laughs.

We were so happy to be able to spend Mother's Day with both of our sweet moms.  Uncle Andrew, Aunt Maria, Uncle Scott, Aunt Lyndsie, Boom and Poppi all treated us so well!

We hung out on the back patio and visited.  Lila climbed up in my lap and finally gave out for a half hour.  I missed the ball game, but I really wouldn't have it any other way.  Sweet snuggles are one of my very favorite parts of being a mommy.

Maddie and Jackson got lots of hits and I think everyone had fun working up a good appetite.

Our night was complete after sampling some of Lyndsie's lemon cupcakes with strawberry icing.  She also made me and Shelley a jar full of mini-iced mother's day cookies.  How cute are they?!

Thanks so much to all of you for making my day so special.  When I tucked Jackson into bed last night, I thanked him for working so hard on all of my gifts.  He said, "yeah, that book took me like 5 days! But today I got to pay you a lot for all of the nice things you always do for us." 
He's got a big heart, and I love that.  I really couldn't ask for anything more.  Happy Mother's Day!

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