Wednesday, May 20, 2015

the end

These two= besties for more than half of the lives.
I will not be the mom tomorrow morning in carline crying b/c summer has arrived, if you see a tear in my eye it will be because I am thrilled summer is finally here!
  Tomorrow is the last day as Ragan and Catherine will be taking exams, I have been trying to talk Brooke into staying home with me like she did after awards this morning but she seriously wants to hang with one of the best teachers in the whole world.  Now it is time for a little mom brag time...
(this would be one of the best teachers.ever., not kidding)
 William saw a few of he sweet friends as we went to Catherine's awards and took a little time to pose for a few photos.

Jr. High also had a sports award ceremony last week which included certificates for cheer, volleyball, and track along with track ribbons and medals for 400 meter relay and high jump.
Academic awards today included the Taylor award, "A" Average, Excellence in Science, Excellence in Math, and Most Responsible Awards.

Brooke's awards for 5th grade included "A" Average and Personal Assistant Award.
I am beyond proud of all of my kids, this year has had challenges as all years do but they have been very involved in various sports throughout the entire year and have managed to stay focused on school while doing their best in all they do.
Bring on summer!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Audubon days~zoo and aquarium

Four days left of school!!
(technically five but the kids will go four)
Can I get a hallelujah?
I mean really, I'm feeling giddy it's almost over.
I may be more ready for summer than the kids but I'm sure it's a close call.
The last two weeks we have made a couple of trips to NOLA with some friends and enjoyed the aquarium and zoo.
I can't go to the zoo without thinking about the song, "They All Ask'd for You". 
Probably every child (in my generation) had this song sung to them growing up by either a parent or grandparent.  I remember vividly my grandmother singing it throughout my childhood.
I went on down to the Audubon Zoo
And they all asked for you
They all asked for you
(For who?)
Well, they even inquired about you
I went on down to the Audubon Zoo
And they all asked for you
The monkeys asked
The tigers asked
And the elephant asked me too

A few days ago we made a trip to the aquarium with some friends...

petting the stingrays...
besties ("stepsisters")
this cute little penguin followed William's finger as he ran it up and down on the glass, it was quite comical to watch the two of them interact.

Parakeet point is the place to go if you love birds.  
 If you can't stand them like me it is still the place to go
to watch your kiddo up close and personal while feeding them off of small sticks.
this is one excited boy, look at that cheesin' smile...

 We went through the tunnel at the perfect time, the divers were feeding the stingrays and other fish as we arrived.  They  were such fun and interactive with the audience and took time for photos from inside the tank.

Monday, May 4, 2015

catching up

Let's see, how do I sum up the past few weeks in one post. ..
 I'm not sure but I do know I'm going to try to make it semi-short and sweet. 
Who am I kidding?
 The weeks are flying and I feel like 2015 just begun. 
 Wasn't it just a short time ago my first born was starting a new chapter in her life, high school? 
How can her first year almost be over? 
It seems like yesterday the house was full of hustle and bustle with four "littles" not long ago, but two of them now tower over me by more than 3 1/2 inches, Brooke is almost eye to eye with me and my boy, he sees well over the counter by a head and reaches the kitchen sink faucet with no problem.
This is why I try to stay current on this blog-O-mine.
Unfortunately time isn't slowing down for anyone.

Jr. High District track meet:
Catherine got second in relay and high jump

Later that afternoon Ragan played in Powder Puff. William thought it was quite funny to see roles switched as the boys dressed as cheer leaders and homecoming court while the girls played football.
Catherine on her way to see Casting Crowns..

 I love finding these sweet photos of the kids ...
Brooke's travel team in full swing on the weekends.  So thankful for other parent who capture these moments when I do not.

Friend's party..

rec. ball for all three girls...
dr visits...
soccer is over and he is missing it, but I sure did get a cute picture...