Monday, September 29, 2014

Southwest Classic Weekend

I'm so behind on blogging but instead of playing catch up today I'll post about this past weekend. Ally and I went to Dallas with my family for the Aggies' matchup against Arkansas in the Southwest Classic at Jerryworld.

We got to town on Friday and met up with everyone at Pappasito's for dinner.

Since Adam & Andrew had their first soccer game, Kenny stayed home with them and I was able to take my friends Rebecca & Allison in his place to the game and enjoy some girl time. (Aunt Amy kept Ally during the game so I got to enjoy the game kid-free)

My cousin Katie and I, she came in from Denver to attend the game

Me and My sweet Mama. I love her SO much!!

The whole crew after our comeback victory

Ally had a blast hanging out with Aunt Amy during the day. She got to go to Build a Bear and made this friend they named "Magic-Gator". Thanks Amy for making her day so special :-)!

The boys had a great first soccer game with their team Thunder. They won 4-0!

It was a really fun weekend!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Final Thoughts on First Grade

Adam and Andrew had their last day of first grade on May 30th. I just can't believe the school year flew by so fast, especially the month of May. This was a big year for them coming into public school for the first time and being with so many kids of all ages. We made the best decision to place them in their own separate classes this year, I have no regrets at all. It allowed them to really spread their wings as individuals and make relationships apart from their perceived identity as twins. They reveled in this and it was a joy to see their personalities develop even more. It was great to see them bond with their teachers without having to share them with their brother ;-). We were so blessed to get two amazing and special teachers and I really feel that each boy got the perfect teacher for their unique personality and learning styles. There is just something so magical about elementary school teachers and having the right fit can make such a huge difference in a child's longterm attitude toward education. I get teary just thinking about how much of a difference all their teachers have made in their lives and it's always so hard to say goodbye and start all over again each year!

Here are some photos from their last month of school:

Lunch in the courtyard with Cousin Ben (who will be starting kindergarten at the same school this fall)

Field Trip to George Bush Library

Andrew's Class

Adam's Class

Park Picnic after field trip to see the Bears move

The end of year cards the boys made for their special teachers:

Last Day of First Grade!!

Andrew has grown taller and he now has many new adult teeth coming in. But I think his biggest changes and growth this year are the ones you can't see from the outside. He's become a model student as far as listening and following the rules. He's growing in his confidence and made many new friends this year. He worked so hard at school and made great progress, He is still one of the most loving kids you'll ever meet.

Adam changed the most physically, growing taller and leaner. His soft round baby face was replaced by a more mature looking young man's face and framed nicely by his new glasses. I just can't believe that's the same boy I dropped off on the first day of first grade. He made really great progress throughout the school year, especially with his reading which has just taken off! I'm always amazed when he perfectly pronounces a new word the first time he's sees it. He loves to read nonfiction books and his children's Bible.

They both grew and changed inwardly and outwardly from the beginning to the end of the school year. First grade was such a special year and I hope they'll always remember the memories they made! We are so blessed to have come so far! God is good!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Ally's 2nd Birthday Beach Bash

My computer is such a wreck, it took me no less than four times to upload all the pictures to blogger to only have it crash on me every time . . .  so YAY it actually worked tonight!

My sweet baby girl is 2 ????!!!!!! I can't believe it!  Since Ally is obsessed with all things Baby Bop and Barney I decided it was only fitting to let that be the theme of her party. It was fun and retro, the cake decorator said she had never done this theme before ;-).  

One blessed Mama!

One of Ally's favorite things to do these days is to play on the sandy beach at my parents' place along the Brazos River. I had no idea such a beach existed in this area but its become a favorite activity for everyone and the perfect place for a little Beach Bash =-)

When you gotta go, you gotta go . . . 

Thank you to everyone for making Ally's birthday such a special day!