Sunday, July 30, 2017


My Papaw passed away two weeks ago yesterday.  He was a good man.  A kind man.  A positive man, who always knew how to look on the bright side.  He embraced life, had the best smile and loved to dance.  He was always just a phone call away if I ever needed any advice, or just wanted to chat.  That's a good feeling.  He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with all his heart.

He may have taken his last breath on earth on July 15th, but like Pastor Jerry said, "he took his next breath in heaven."  I love to think of it that way.

This is how he will be remembered.  Big smile, even in hard times.  
This was a few months ago when we visited him in a rehabilitation place.  He had to work really hard after coming down with the flu, but he fought his way back to being able to feed himself and walk again on his own.

He was remembered well at his memorial service at our church.  Our friends and lots of family came to honor him.  We sang How Great Thou Art to begin the service, then my Uncle Doug gave the eulogy--bringing tears to everyone's eyes.  Jared read some scripture,  Jerry delivered a powerful message and then we watched the slide show.  The service concluded with Madison singing the first verse of Amazing Grace and then everyone else joining in to sing the rest together.  Such a touching moment and one I will never forget.

After the service was over, we all went back to my parents' house.  It helped lift everyone's spirits that the cousins were able to spend the afternoon together.  Kalen and his little brother Kole live in Glen Rose and Joel lives on South Padre Island, so this was a treasured, rare occasion.

The big girls were all about loving on sweet Kole.  He is such a precious little boy!
They played with him in the house...

and in the water.  Pretty sure everyone was super happy with this arrangement!

Jackson was thrilled to have two boy cousins to hang out with.

By mid-afternoon, there were already talks of hanging out again down in South Padre.
Who likes that idea?  

We do!

I'm pretty sure these boys could have played catch all day long, but all good things 
must come to an end.

We said goodbye to Doug and his family, along with my mom's cousins, and Aunt Ruth and Uncle Dan.  It was a tough day, but having our family there for support was a really nice thing.
We are blessed.  No doubt about it.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Shimmer and Shine

Years!  This little lady has been waiting for years to be in her very own performance. 
Last week her time had finally come.

She walked into Shimmer and Shine Dance Camp with her head held high.

Every morning she could not wait to get her backpack on, filled with dance shoes, and out the door.

She loved everything about it--the dance leotards, dance shoes, sweet dance teachers.
 It was most certainly her cup of tea.

But Friday was by far her most exciting day.  How come?  It was performance day!  She was so excited about it that she even made two phone calls the night before and invited all her grandparents to the show.  She said, "Hi Gigi/Memaw, would you like to come to my dance performance tomorrow?  It's at 12:00 at Edge Dance."  There was no way they could say no to that!
We filled up both front rows in the studio and this little girl did not disappoint!

She tapped her way through the first routine...

then moved on to a graceful ballet.  
Look at my precious girl!

She had the biggest smile on her face the whole time.  They did two more routines, jazz and hip-hop, and she loved every minute of it.  Truth be told, we did too.
Ashlyn was one of her teachers and was super sweet to her all week.
Cami's fan club!
It meant the world to our littlest lady to have the support of the ones she looks up to the most.

She was beaming from ear to ear.  And so were her two beautiful grandmothers.
Dance on my tiny dancer!  We cannot wait to watch you in your next grand performance.

Monday, July 24, 2017


This summer we are trying our darndest to slow down.  I'm not sure we are succeeding all that much, but we are making an effort.  Case in point, it's Monday morning and we do not have anywhere to be.  No camps.  No activities.  Nothing on our calendar today.  So guess who is still sleeping at 9:27 am?

You got it.  This lovely lady!
A girl needs her beauty rest, after all, so that she can be ready for impromptu photo shoots.
It's amazing how willing she was to pose when it was her idea!
We are getting in lots of time with the family, too, and enjoyed being together for Andrew's birthday.  Sidenote--this photo was not Cameron's idea:)

Having a more open schedule allowed us to say yes when the Pointers invited us over for Movie Night a few weeks ago.  The kids got to play dress up...

go for rides in the Barbie carriage...

hold cute babies...

and play volleyball...

all before it was time to watch The Cat in the Hat in the backyard.  So cool!

The next day, we opted out of going to Skills Day with Jackson's team, and instead had lunch at Chocolate Angel.  It was Cami's first time there and she felt so grown up!

Her big sister was the perfect example of how to behave like a little lady.

After lunch, Memaw, Cami, Lila and I made our way to the Plaza Theater
 to watch Finley in Willy Wonka.

It was such a cute performance and she was the most precious Oompa Loompa.

Way to go, Finley!

While I love watching my oldest play his favorite sport, July is not the most enjoyable time to do so.  However, when they play in Lewisville and we get to go to Hula Hut for lunch, I get very excited!

The boys didn't have the best day on the field, but hanging out for a few hours at this cool Austin original was fantastic.

It was even next door to a wakeboarding park, which entertained them for a long time after lunch.  Such a nice bonus for them and all the parents!

And finally, this.  Her brother pitched a great game, but his team still lost.  Win or lose, she is always the first one to give him a post-game hug.  This night, she held his hand all the way to the car...

and then sat in his lap for most of dinner.  They are two peas in a pod, for sure!
And I just love them to pieces.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy 4th of July

We celebrated America's Birthday at home this year.

The kids all wore their cutest patriotic clothes and patiently waited for our guests to arrive.

This little firecracker is my best helper!

Gigi, Boom and Madison showed up before lunch and the kids immediately took them outside.

This day calls for being in the water--let's go!
The girls swam and then floated on our new island--so cool.

Jackson and Cami played with his newest toy.  I'm not sure who liked it more--both were squealing with delight.

We did it up right on the 4th.  Hot dogs, bacon dogs, baked beans, curly fries, grapes and red velvet cake for dessert.

This kid, my plain-Jane, even ate a bacon dog with cheese on it.  Toppings are so delicious!
After Glenda and Leslie had to head back to the airport, we decided to all try out the water.
Daddo sure liked the island! 

We swam until dinner time and it was such a refreshing afternoon.  Well, as refreshing as it can be with four monkeys crawling all over you!
Such a fun holiday--sun, swimming and fireworks.

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