Saturday, October 21, 2017

Getting His Kicks

During Charlie's second soccer game he had the idea to block the goal to stop the other team from scoring! He would see them with the ball and head for the goal to defend it! He stopped a couple of scores that way.

Junior Catillion

Sarah Graves joined Junior Catillion this fall and has been having fun! They learn to dance - Cupid Shuffle or Electric Slide, anyone? They learn table manners and they also learn how to interact socially such as shake a hand, introduce a friend, and start conversation. All great skills for my social girl. Plus, it is so cute to see the kids all dolled up in their finest!

Hurricane Party

My Uncle Gene and his roommate, Gary came up from the Miami area to get out of the path of hurricane Irma. Fortunately, their place had no damage and itt gave us a nice chance to visit. Mom made a delicious gumbo for us! It was a huge pot and hardly any was left. So good!
It has been several years since Uncle Gene came to visit. It was nice to see him. Uncle Gene helped continue our homeschooling experience by working with Sarah Graves on spelling and reading.

Gary was so kind and bought the kids treats from a yummy bakery. He had their full attention with that! Charlie is generally a little shy, but when I dropped the kids off (school was cancelled again due to Irma), Gary was up and Charlie just chatted him up about all sorts of things. 

Who can resist a doughnut man!

While we were all together, it was a great opportunity to celebrate Jeanne's birthday. The kids and I made her a pound cake and mom made a razzleberry pie! So much good stuff!

Dinner and Follies

We had a fun Friday night dinner at Lovie and Pops'! We enjoyed some yummy Italian food and watched the kids act silly!
Charlie put this costume on to do a magic show!

After tumbling and performing gymnastics, they looked pretty cute together!

Hurricane Home School

Anticipating heavy winds and rain from hurricane Irma, school was canceled. Aaron and I were fortunate to work from home. We planned ahead and set up home school for the kids. I wrote different activities on strips of paper and they had to complete each one before they could do what they wanted. Some were fun like building with Legos or doing gymnastics, and others were school focused. To our surprise, they enjoyed doing it and stayed on task until all were done! If I thought home schooling could be like that, I would be inclined to try it!

Game Night

We had a fun time playing games with the kids! Charlie gets pretty competitive and does not like to lose! He does add a fun spirit to playing games! Sarah Graves has fun with it, but would rather play dolls or craft! I love that they are finally at ages where we can all play together!

Back to Sunday School

The kids enjoy Sunday school, but Sarah Graves really looks forward to it! She was very excited for it to be back!

Greg continues to be a friend to them!

Story, music, and craft are all fun, but craft is the biggest hit! This Sunday it was model magic that drew the excitement!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Night at the Braves

We had the good fortune of receiving tickets for the Braves game from Aaron's company! A Saturday night at the ballpark was a lot of fun!

Ice cream! 

Watching the tool race is a fun part of the game!

They were tired, but troopers all the way!

Grace Choir

Sissy moved up to Grace choir this year! The exciting thing about Grace choir is playing handbells! we can't wait for their first concert!

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Charlie very sweetly wanted to paint and wanted to use the "weasel"! It was so hard not to laugh, but it was adorable!

They loved painting! She so badly wanted to correct him, but I knew it would hurt his feelings for her to laugh at how he thought it was a weasel!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

First Soccer Game

Charlie was pretty excited for his first soccer game. They play against other teams within their league and no official score is kept, so it is pretty relaxed. At this age, the big things seem to be sharing the ball with others, remembering which side is your goal, not using your hands, and playing the whole game!

Charlie was pretty pumped when he scored a goal!

Sissy was a good cheerleader!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

More Lake Time

Given just 2 days together at the lake, we made the most of it and packed a lot in!

Charlie was ready to try the ski trainer. Sissy might have some competition next summer!

Peyton gave the ski trainer a try too.

Cutie girl Livy isn't going to let anybody get ahead of her!

Ryan was very excited to get up on the skis and he did awesome!

Sissy gave it her best too.

 The kids joined up to make a card for Maw Maw's birthday.
Their fingerprints make the flowers on the front.

They all signed the card the best they could.

 Ryan and Sarah Graves wrote a sweet message on the inside. 

Maw Maw's cake was lemon supreme with buttercream frosting. Sarah Graves picked out the plates and napkins wanting it to feel like a party for Maw Maw.

Pictures with the birthday girl.

My crazy girl wearing a ribbon for a headband!

Livy was there to assist with cards and gifts!

After the birthday fun, the kids were ready for some painting.

Nay and Sissy

We headed out for a sunset cruise. This is consistently my favorite part of the day.

I love being with everyone as the day starts to calm down and we relax a little. 

Pops got a fire going and the kids gathered for s'mores and firecrackers
Ryan and Charlie enjoying their s'mores

Sissy had to get her marshmallows just right.

Ryan preferred his marshmallow charred.

Aaron was giving astronomy lessons with the clear night.

Our days passed too quick and the weekend was over. It was good to have time together and hope we can do it again next year.