Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Break Camping

The first part of our spring break, Ryan and I took the kids camping with friends. Why do you feel like you have to pack your whole house to camp?! The kids rode in 2 seats because we had to use the third seat for more stuff. We used to ride without seat belts so I figured this was half safe! 
 The first night it was just us with the Watson family and the Karkau's and Terry's would join us Saturday morning.  It was a little colder than we would have liked but we still had a great time. 
Kylie, Braden, Reese, Rylee, Reed and Luke  
 Pictures do not do this bike ride justice. Six adults and 11 kids riding/running on a road is not the safest thing in the world. Of course, our kids are the only ones not wearing bike helmets, but don't be alarmed because this road was on the campgrounds so it is not a main road. There were some hills which made for kids falling off bikes from going too fast, running into the woods to try to slow down or running out of energy pedaling! We're making memories, right?!  
 I'm riding on my bike and turn around to see this sight. Kylie pushing her bike, Lia trying to talke Rylee into getting back onto her bike after getting frustrated, and Laura helping Reed while also pushing a stroller up the hill. I think I got the easy job! 
 Preston, Luke, Braden, Colton, Reed, Rylee, Reese, Callie, Kylie and Maddi
 Mandi doing what she does best: Catching Crawdads
 This was one of my main jobs at night. I was determined to learn some campfire ways of cooking. If you haven't tried this, you must! These even got compared to Cafe DuMonde Beignets! (I think that compliment only came because we were freezing and camping). Seriously though, who knew fried biscuit dough rolled in either cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar could be sooo good! 
 We also tried making some pies in the pie iron which were also delicious. 
 We brought a lot of wood but there was thankfully extra wood to use all around us. We had to keep a fire going all weekend since it was only in the 40's on Sunday.  
Maddi, Mandi and John Luke trying to stay warm. 
 Make up turned into lion face paint for the girls, I'm sure you have noticed that most pictures all of the girls have on the same pullover every day. I went to Walmart Saturday morning to get a few things and these were only a $1. I had no idea they would wear this all day Saturday, Sunday and Monday! 
 John Luke is 2 going on 10! He is the cutest little thing and 
does just about whatever the "big kids" do. 
 Hudson is probably the best baby I've seen. We hardly knew he was even there and when he was awake, he was just smiling the whole time/
 Ryan and Colton entertaining the circle with a little bit of whip and nae nae! 
 I can't believe that Preston is going to be double digits this year. Where does the time go?
 Braden being a big helper holding Hudson
 John Luke is worn out by the end of Saturday
12 kids: a 9 year old, three 7 year old, four 6 year olds, two 5 year olds, one 2 year old and one 9 month old plus 8 adults. Great memories were made. I will say that as a kid you have absolutely NO idea the work that goes into these trips, but they too will realize some day when they are parents. Makes you appreciate even more the memories that were made while we were kids with all of the hard work our parents put into our trips! 
 The Cheetah girls
 A little minute to win it game trying to get an Oreo from your forehead to your mouth using nothing but your facial movements.
 Thought this was too funny not to share!

February Catch Up

These pictures are just from some random events during the winter months. For Ryan's birthday, my mom bought him tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters game. It happened to be when Ryan's parents were in town so they went too! The boys loved the game and Kylie slept through half of it! 
 Kylie has the sweetest little class at school. She went to one of her friend's birthday parties and she was one of about 3 girls there but she loved laser tag! She knows how to hang with the boys! 
News 2 weather man came to do a special talk for the 1st graders and they were on tv. Well, low and behold, guess who is making the silly faces in the back row...About 4 little boys including Braden and Reed:-)
The 1st graders did a play about Bugs and their class dressed up like fireflies. 
It was such a cute play!
 Kylie Reese loves her some dress up these days. Most days when she gets home from school, she puts on my wedge shoes, a purse, one of my dresses and plays teacher or with her baby dolls. 
 She is not one to ususally pout but when she does this is how it goes down!
 Reed and Braden still love everything to do with sports. They just finished up playing basketball and they are about to begin baseball.  If you want to know a score or who is playing just ask Reed! 
 Good thing Nana and Papa have a dog... 
 Reed, Charley, Kylie, Sawyer and Braden.
 Kylie learning how to draw animals in art class. I thought these were pretty cute!
 I need to figure out how to include a video on here. Mrs. Marcia and Mr. Larry did their "living testimony" at church one Sunday night about Marcia's journey with cancer. She asked if the boys would lead Thrive by Casting Crowns and they did a great job. I might have shed a few tears listening to them sing this song! 
 Here are a few examples of what 1st grade writing looks like these days. I was pretty impressed when they came home with these in their folders. Did we write in paragraph form in 1st grade?! 
 Book Character Day
Kylie as Pinkalicious and the boys as basketball players
 Kylie's sweet little classmates
 This is a normal day around here when looking out the kitchen window. These 3 still play really well together and come up with lots of things to do! They found a ladder and carried it around back. I just watched and let them do their thing until Kylie got on the unstable roof then made them get down. I figured if they fell it wouldn't do too much damage. If you have kids, let them explore!!! 

 Reed being a big ol' 7 year old getting blood draw for the first time not sitting in momma's lap. He handles needles like a champ and we are so proud of him. We are also so thankful for the health that he has been blessed with up to this point. Praise! 
 I took one for the team a few weeks ago when UK was playing in the SEC tournament.  Kylie had 2 birthday parties during the day which I "got" to take her to:-) While I was chauffeuring her around, the boys went to the LSU/A&M and UK/UGA games. They had a blast!