Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Texas Blue Bonnets

A Texas tradition is to take photos in the spring Blue Bonnets.

We are not good at making this happen annually, 
but this year we stumbled on a small field, and took advantage!

One by one I was able to get some photos! 

They weren’t into taking a group shot-
but I love the 
single photos too!! 

Even got these two to pose!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Art Appreciation!!

We were challenged by our favorite art teacher to recreate art...
this is what the kids came up with!! 

The choose the photos and their costumes and props!

They did an awesome job!

Hagan choose Johannes Kepler. 
Hagan has thought he was pretty cool since studying him in Science this past semester! 

Griggs choose Picasso.

Griggs helped Laynee find a photo. 
He thought Laynee would look pretty like this...

Griggs was absolutely correct!! 
Beautiful Laynee Bug!

Miles choose this painting.

The rolling of the eyes - cracks me up!!! 

Perfect Peace Patch

While the world is quarantined, our favorite camp offered an opportunity to earn a patch!
Some of us have already earned some of the patches
as campers.
Hagan has earned his Indian and Scout patches.
Jailyn has earned her Indian, Scout and Warrior patches.
I have earned Indian, Scout, Warrior, Councilman, Chief and Excellence - from back in the day!! haha!

We decided this would be a great for all of us! 

We had to memorize Bible verses,
make a craft,
play a game with someone over via zoom,
a service project,
and help a family member in a creative way. 

We tackled some verses together.

(the attempt at the man- bun stage of quarantine) 

As the kids got a hang to memorization we encouraged them to work on their own! 
Griggs was the first to finish his verse memorization!
(Jailyn, myself, Hagan and Miles felt the pressure and followed behind!)

(yes, Miles wears his gym shoes at all times!! It's a trauma thing!)

For our craft we made reusable grocery bags for Earth Day! 

I love Hagan’s bag!

Before our city was put on lockdown we went around to some of
our favorite small businesses and left notes of encouragement 
on their windows.
And of course, began our thank you basket for our delivery peeps!
Soooo appreciate them! 
We love y’all!

Texas Best Gymnastics

Just for Kids Dental

Pinnacle Eye Associates

Donut Bliss

We had a great time playing long distance charades with Mimi, Papa Paul and Uncle JB!!

Helping a sibling was easy! 
These kids are always helping each other! 
Helping each other during homeschooling, putting together toys for the younger kids,
helping each other on our family hikes and adventures,
encouraging each other through this whole quarantine time! 
I couldn't be more proud of how our kids have pulled together to meet each other emotionally or physically! 
It's not been easy - but they have pulled together!! 

Camp Elim sent us our earned patches!
So proud of these kiddos!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Anderson Academy Field Day

If anyone has scheduled a Field Day,
you know that will be the day 
that it rains!! 

Not so much rain, a few sprinkles, but who cares when 
big brother, Donovan planned a bunch of water games anyway!! 

Jailyn's gymnastics track came in handy! 
And is super slippery!! 

Water balloons are always a treat! 

Here's to a great summer!!!  

Monday, May 18, 2020

He's so cute... and smart too!

This kid!!!!!! 

How I adore him!!

Griggs is our shy guy, at least in public - not so much at home! 

Ever morning this kiddo greets everyone with a smile and 
a sweet "Good morning!"

Griggs was not the main reason we began homeschooling but 
we have definitely seen major growth in his confidence 
and academics in the past 2 years!!! 
He's stinking smart!! 
When he finishes his homeschool work he's always asking to do more research!

He's so mature for his age - but so fun too!! 

He's a sweet brother, 
always willing to help siblings for mom!

The other night Griggs was watching TV while sitting on the couch between Bryan and I. 
out of the blue he said,
"This is great - me, sitting between my parents!" 
Heart throb!!! 
So thankful to call him "son"!!! 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Stinker turns 8!!

I can't believe my baby is 8 years old!! 
He has grown so much this past year! 

Miles loves learning and when asked what he wants to be when he grow up,
his answer is,
a scientist!
I love that he loves to explore his world!

He was awake way to early and couldn't wait to open his gifts!

Oreo ice cream cake with dinosaurs and lots of candles!

Trying to celebrate this kiddo with a way to celebrate this special day was hard due to 
Coronovirus and lockdown/social distancing.

A dear friend invited us over to visit her horses and chickens!
We knew Miles (and everyone else) would love this!
What a beautiful day and wonderful experience!!
Thank you so much Theresa!!

That smile says it all!! 

Sweet new friendship!! 

Jailyn is our animal whisperer!!


Little chickens! 
Now the kids want chickens!
Okay, maybe Mom wants them too! 

Majestic Beauty!! 

You know Donovan is enjoying his day when he possess for a photo! haha!

We love this sweet dwarf horse!! 
Just our size!

Griggs took a bit longer to warm up to the animals - but he came around and enjoyed the day!

On our way home we stopped by a fun creek and skipped some rocks! 
Sweet, stinker Miles had a perfect 8 year old birthday celebration!


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