Saturday, December 3, 2016

1st Cheer Competition ~ Dixie in Jackson...

Anna Lauren had her first competition of the season today, and they walked away with zero deductions and 1st place out of 6 teams. Honestly, I didn't think they had a first place routine, but hey, obviously the judges did so we'll take it and be proud!


That little smile I get that reminds me she is in her "happy place"...she loves to compete!





I need to ask her about this...I thought she was back spotting this year, but she is clearly a base in this particular stunt.  They change around so much I cannot keep up...


Those parents of flyers pray their daughters are caught...we pray that our daughters catch them.  You worry no matter what your child is doing...




Mary Addison is on a different squad this year and oh how we miss her...


Nothing more fun than being rewarded for those countless number of hours in the gym practicing than walking away 1st place!!!



Sweet Cooper just wanted to hold the trophy...


One proud little brother...and mom and dad too!

Thanksgiving in Atlanta...

All of Matt's family gathered in Atlanta at his sister's house and spent a few days together for Thanksgiving...


This little cutie...love his smile and personality so much!!!


Matt's sister, Kate, and her family...they live in Minnesota.


Anna Lauren and Callie, who finally let Anna Lauren play with her a little.  The last time we saw them, Callie was going through a "phase" and would have nothing to do with anyone but her momma.


Since we are not going to be together at Christmas, we exchanged Christmas presents Thanksgiving night...they kids were super excited to get to open a few presents.




Pop Pop and MeMe got the girls bracelets...


Matt and I decided to do something fun with the kids for their Christmas presents.  So...Friday night it was me and Matt against these 8 kiddos.


I was afraid it may be a little crazy...but...it totally wasn't!!!


We started out having pizza for dinner at a little pizza place...




Great choice...there were 3 booths in the place, and we were the only ones there.  Thank goodness because we took up all three booths...ha ha!!!  Most people were getting their pizza to go...


After dinner we headed to SkyZone to bounce the night away...


Cooper was all about James and James was so good and patient with him...they had the best time!


Hmm...not sure if there are 8 or 9 kids???  These kids were unbelievable...they were so well behaved, said thank you several times, and smiled the entire time.  That is exactly what we wanted...a fun night out with Uncle Matt and Aunt Mandi as their Christmas treat.


After a fun couple of days, we loaded up and headed home Saturday.  This little guy had played hard...he slept almost 4 hours. And honestly, I think we were all exhausted...we stayed at home in our pajamas all day Sunday.  We decorated for Christmas, took naps, and just enjoyed a day at home.

Our First Accident...

Considering Anna Lauren is 9 and Cooper is 6, and we just had our first "accident", I think we are doing pretty good.  Nanna kept Anna Lauren and Cooper at her house the week of Thanksgiving while Matt and I worked.  On Monday afternoon Nanna called and calmly said, "Mandi, Anna Lauren is hurt, and I think she needs stitches.  They were exercising and Cooper dropped a can a green beans and she has a pretty bad cut on her eye."  


Nanna knows I will pass out in a second at the sight of blood so they face-timed Matt on the way to the doctor and he took a screen shot so I could at least see her eye.


Thankfully no stitches...just a little glue.  I asked Anna Lauren if she wanted me to come check on her/bring her back home and she quickly said, "no, I am fine".  So comforting to know that they are totally comfortable and fine when at Nanna's house...pretty sure they don't even miss us.  


They sent me a picture the next morning and said it looked so much better and wasn't bothering her at all...


It happened on a Monday and this is Friday...it really kind of blends in with her eyebrow.  However, two weeks later, and the glue is still there.  We saw the pediatrician yesterday for Cooper's well visit, and he said it looked really good.  Thankful it wasn't worse, Nanna hopes there is never another accident at her house, and it will forever be a funny story for them to tell.

Fun in Starkville...

If you are looking for Uncle Brad, you "may" find him in Brookhaven but more than likely he'll be at his new condo in Starkville.  We couldn't let him have all the fun without us so we loaded up and headed to Starkville the day/night of the Arkansas game...


It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and we were not going to be with my family for Thanksgiving so we had traditional Thanksgiving lunch at the condo before heading to campus.  And this little boy right here LOVES his big boy cousins!!!


We got to campus just in time to see the football players walk through...Cooper was loving it!!!




Anna Lauren was a little surprised Uncle Brad knew Miss Mississippi...she happens to be from Brookhaven so yes, he knows her...


Cooper was like wait...I want my picture made with that pretty girl...


This was their first big football game experience so they were walking with Uncle Brad and just taking it all in...


Cooper was not digging taking a picture...he just wanted to go to the stadium.


We started out really high in these cheap seats...after the first quarter, Brad and Matt went to club level (thanks to my boss), Anna Lauren moved to the 11th row with Aunt Paula, and Nanna, Cooper and I stayed up high until half time.  We kind of played musical chairs.  Once people started leaving, we all moved down and sat with Aunt Paula.  


This kid...doesn't take much to make him happy.  A hot dog and he was good to go!



He had a "thumbs up" good time!!!  And maybe next time I'll take more pictures...it was too cold this game so I was just trying to stay warm.

Our Movie Star...

Just when we thought football season was over, Matt got a call to play a role as a SEC referee in the movie, It's Time, telling the story of Chucky Mullins.  The movie is expected to be released Fall 2017.  He spent 4 days the week before Thanksgiving at Memorial Stadium filming the college football scenes for the movie.


They had to go to "wardrobe" but not hair and make-up.  Chucky was injured during a game against Vanderbilt in 1989, hence the white knickers and stir-ups.



They started bright and early...like had to be there at 5:30 AM and most days didn't leave before 5:30 PM.  


They were all smiles and excited this first morning...as the week went on, they quickly realized the days were SUPER long and there was lots of hurry up and wait...


Football actors warming up to begin filming scenes from Ole Miss versus Vanderbilt...


You will be able to pick Matt out in the movie...he got picked to be the white hat.  All the other referees wear a black hat.


Hard at work...or should we say...hey referee...you stand there and don't move may be more like it...ha ha!



They did take a lunch break each day and obviously we are ALL way too addicted to our phones.  


More waiting, more waiting, and more waiting as they set up the scene, move the camera, move the actors, etc.


Matt would be the one taking pictures of the camera...he was impressed!


Getting ready to film scenes of Vanderbilt versus Florida...


#44 is Brad Gaines, who is the Vanderbilt player Chucky hit that caused his injury...


 Getting setup to begin day two of filming...


Billy Brewer was the Ole Miss football coach when Chucky was injured and came to film a few scenes.  Billy will be an assistant Ole Miss coach in the movie.  The guy in all black is the director.


Still smiling the morning of day 2...it was a great experience but this smile faded as the week went along.  It was a LONG week!!!



Matt thought the cars from "1989" were funny...sadly, we rode in them.  As a matter of fact, my Nanny had one just like that blue one.


Here they go with day 3...this is the real actor playing Chucky Mullins.  Matt said he was a super nice guy.


And this is the actor playing Brad Gaines.  He is on the Bold and the Beautiful.  He had a bit of "I'm better than you" attitude, and he hurt his toe.  Matt found that quite comical and was like really...a hurt toe, dude?


Just another day of getting it all setup...


Walking through scenes...


Filming the actual hit...this is played by "stunt doubles" not the actors...





Matt said it wasn't so emotional during filming because you watch it over and over and over again...however, when the movie comes out he said this part will be extremely emotional.



Just a little peak into wardrobe...




Homecoming King and Queen...


Filming a scene running out of the locker room...

  


Their last day of filming...


Re-shooting the hit...


Group shot of the football actors.  Many of them actually played college football and now do filming of football scenes on the side.



The helicopter to film the scene of Chucky being airlifted...


You know...just a little hair and make-up for actor playing Brad Gaines...

It was definitely not a normal work week for Matt, but I think he would say it was an experience he will always remember.  Now we will anxiously await for the movie to come out and hopefully see our "star" on the big screen!!!