Sunday, May 29, 2011

2nd Graduation

First there was kindergarten graduation. Moving up to "real school." In my day, elementary school lasted 6 years then we were off to junior high. Today, many only go through 5th grade and then off to middle school.

My oldest has now had his second graduation - goodbye, elementary school! Last Tuesday morning, every student in the school, kindergarten through 4th grade, left their classrooms to line the halls. They all applauded as the 5th graders filed by on their way to the gymnasium for the ceremony.

As each name was called, the students left their seats, in an obviously rehearsed process, to shake the principal's hand and receive their certificate.

There were also special awards given, including certificates to students who made the A Honor Roll every 9-week period for their entire 3rd-5th grade career at the school. (Letter grades aren't given in 1st-2nd grade.) Cole was one of five students to receive that recognition!

Cole with his 5th grade teacher

He's growing so much! And just today he asked if we could revamp his iPod to remove the kid songs (Disney, Spongebob, TV themes, etc.). He actually said the phrase, "I'm not a kid anymore." I knew he meant he's not a little kid anymore, 'cuz 11 is still a kid!!

So now we prep for middle school. My husband teaches 6th grade so I know how much these kids grow over this next year - and not just physically!

My new life verse:
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

Help me, Jesus!

Friday, May 27, 2011

And then there was one . . .

Soooooo, I guess I'm the only one from my original family that can wear this shirt now, eh, Beck? (I've got 6 years to milk this!)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Expressing Her Opinion

At least she's tactful:

Monday, April 11, 2011

One of the Family

This is Naomi's new thing:

I know, she looks like she about to die, but she's actually quite happy! For anyone who knows my family, you'll recognize this as the Cheely wrinkle-nose grin. My sister has perfected this particular smile. While Naomi might be imitating what she's seen her mother do, Aunt B still holds the gold medal for using her whole face to express joy.

What can I say? We're just happy people!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I mean, seriously, are you kidding me? Who could look at this and not smile??

She's crawling all over the place, she has her first tooth, and she's just started pulling up. Look out, world!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


We discovered that Naomi gets quite a kick out of someone burping. So we targeted her giggle box the other night - to everyone's delight!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas!

My Christmas present to you: pictures of my family!!

As always, Christmas started out on a bed, reading the story of Jesus' birth. Yes, my PJs are crossword puzzles.

The boys got their annual t-shirts:

And Cole's last gift was the only thing he asked for: an iPod Touch. (we actually got it for free!!!) I don't think he was expecting it. He really thought he was done with gifts. It was in a small box completely wrapped up in tissue paper. I love the look of true surprise and happiness!

Boys and their toys!

Naomi LOVED her gifts!

Notice the trend?

This was our first Christmas to just stay at our house. It was lovely! My mom and dad came over for lunch, gifts, and games. Naomi got to nap and Cole got to play - literally. He was so excited about getting the Charlie Brown Greatest Hits piano book. After stockings, he immediately went to the piano to start working on "Linus and Lucy," the dance number in the Christmas special.

PLUS, Birmingham had its first White Christmas in recorded history! Now, my house didn't see anything stick to the ground until the next morning, but it did snow all day Christmas day! Brice and I sang a lot of "Snow, snow, snow, snow, snow!" from White Christmas.

We didn't send out a Christmas card this year, so no, we didn't leave you out! Maybe we'll send out Easter cards. I don't remember my life ever being this dizzying. I can't imagine what having three or four children would be like.

I do hope you had a wonderful time of fun, worship, and rest on your Christmas! Praise to the Lord for the greatest gift of all time! May everyone come to know and love the name of Jesus.

Friday, November 12, 2010

New Heights

Naomi loves to lie on her play mat and look up at the colorful bees, dangling from the music box. They are always out of reach though! I thought I'd give her a new perspective on the little creatures. I put her in her Bumbo seat right up next to them. She loved being able to reach them.

Reaching is her latest development. That and squealing!