Sunday, March 12, 2017

Cast #2...

This past Tuesday we went back to to doctor...


Cutting off the cast she had worn for two weeks...



Not what we wanted but kind of what we expected...x-ray showed little sign of improvement and she literally yelled when doctor touched her foot.  So...he put her back in a cast for 3 more weeks.


She chose a purple cast this time, and we both agree we like it much better than the pink.  I mean if you got to wear one it should look good, right???


And this means her cheer is done for the season.  She will not be able to compete in the last two competitions.  A little bummed for sure, but like I said before, she has really had the best attitude. She'll say...it is what it is...what can we do?  Crying will not help!

Celebrating "10"...

Last Sunday we celebrated Anna Lauren's 10th birthday.  This year she wanted to invite a few friends and go to the LSU versus Florida gymnastics meet for her "party".  That sounded easy enough to me so that is exactly what we did...



She gets it from her momma...she just likes an invitation.  So yes, we did an invitation to send to just 4 people...but...how cute are they?


Ready for birthday breakfast before hitting the road to Baton Rouge...


My sweet friend, Leah, put their names on some boxes we found at Dollar Tree.  We filled these boxes with drinks and snacks for the car ride...


She chose donuts for breakfast...


Goodness..."10" happened so fast!!!


A little happy birthday singing...





Some present opening...



She has the sweetest friends who got her the cutest gifts!!!


And we are off...


We made a stop in Hammond and had Cane's for lunch before arriving at LSU...


Pom Poms and they are ready...


We had never been to a gymnastics meet...I must say it was a cool experience...


And if you are going to go to LSU, you need a picture with the tiger...right???


Announcing the LSU gymnasts...

And obviously I didn't take any more pictures.  After the meet, we drove back to Hammond and had dinner at Wendy's and then drove the rest of the way home.  Anna Lauren said she had a super fun day celebrating "10" and it was by far the easiest and probably cheapest party I have done for her.  We will officially celebrate "10" on March 20th...

6th Cheer Competition ~ WSA in Vicksburg...

On March 4th, we went to Vicksburg to "watch and support" Anna Lauren's cheer squad.  Due to the hurt foot and cast she could not compete, but she was a good sport and very supportive of her teammates...couldn't be more proud of her attitude through this injury when I know it just stinks!!!


It doesn't happen very often, but from time to time, we are at the same competition with her besties from school.  



Unfortunately she didn't get to compete...but...her team got 1st place so that made for an exciting day!!!

4th Grade Brown Bag Breakfast...

On March 3rd, Anna Lauren had her 4th grade brown bag breakfast.  They do a little music program and then have breakfast with their parents.  This year their program was "Mississippi" to go along with the Mississippi history they are studying.  The kids love these programs and it's just as much for the parents.


This little guy was super excited we got him out of class to go to the program...


Playing a game from his Chick-fil-A kids meal while waiting on the program to start...


This year they were full of smiles and giggles, and I loved every minute of it...they acted like they were having so much fun...


May be my favorite picture...these two and Luke beside Anna Lauren laughed through the entire program.  Come to find out, there was a big brother making them laugh.



Anna Lauren begs for a speaking part...she has no fear when it comes to being in front of people...


She had a couple tongue twister words (for her at least), but she did great!


Smiles, smiles, and more smiles...love seeing them having fun!


Clay's mom asked Anna Lauren to take a picture with Clay because he thinks she is adorable...Matt and I laughed.  She obviously had some people at school fooled!!!  


McKenna, Anna Lauren, and that little brother who thinks the world of his big sister!!!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February Randomness...

Just a few "randoms" from February...


I got this sweet picture from Cooper's teacher...this little man finally knows all of his letters!!!  It didn't come easy for him, but he never gave up.  Now he is working on his sight words and to our surprise doing pretty well...we are proud of all he has accomplished this year in kindergarten.


Anna Lauren got strep throat for the first time and along with strep, came her first penicillin shot.


Cooper's friend, Danny, wants his hair to be like Cooper's...when Ms. Wells sent me this picture I am pretty sure I laughed out loud at my desk.


Cooper brought home his very first love note...his teacher says it's the hair...all the girls love it.  Oh boy...maybe we need to change that hair...


Kindergarten is just exhausting...


Our first injury...wasn't such a happy day...


No wonder our upstairs toilet wouldn't flush...this was stuck in the pipe.  Plumber said it was a tool that had probably been in the pipe since the house was built.


And then they found bigger plumbing issues...$3,000 later I hope it is all fixed now!!!


We go to cheer and this little man stays with his Nanna and gets to do ALL things boy!!!


And I FINALLY went to the eye doctor and picked out glasses...hopefully we'll be much safer when I drive now.

The Pink Cast...

We saw the "specialist" this week, and he told us that Anna Lauren has a hairline fracture.  He said she could stay in the boot, but a cast would speed up the recovery process so she quickly said...let's cast it.  Our saving grace is that she can walk on the cast...think it would be another story if she couldn't put any weight on her foot.


I have never had a cast or seen one be put on...nor has Anna Lauren.  Which means, she asked a million questions...




Of course, she chose a pink cast...and let me just say...it's PINK! We go back on March 7th and hopefully the cast will come off, and we can go back to the boot for probably several more weeks.

She has been such a trooper...like she told me from the beginning...it is what it is.  She doesn't complain, she isn't asking for extra attention, etc.  I've always thought she was tough but this injury has proved she truly is one tough little girl!

5th Cheer Competition ~ Cheersport Nationals in Atlanta...


On Wednesday before leaving for Cheersport Friday afternoon, Anna Lauren fell running down a hill at school.  We went through Urgent Care at Mississippi Sports Medicine and were told she either had a bruise, strain, or stress fracture to her navicular bone. They put her in a boot, said she could stunt only, and she would return in a week for an appointment with a specialist.  Right in the middle of competition season, the thing she loves so much, and she is injured. However, she is more mature than me at times...she looked at me and said, "mom, we can cry about this or just deal...it is what it is".  



Quick team picture before warming up for Day 1 of Cheersport...


What we didn't discuss at the doctor is that she couldn't actually compete with the boot on...she begged, and begged, and begged to please just let her do it...so we did.  She squatted in the back or side and only came out when time to stunt...



On Saturday (Day 1) she showed no signs of being hurt...






We stayed at Aunt Kelly's house and Anna Lauren was excited that she and Maddy came to watch her on Saturday.



Kennedy is Kelly's niece too, and she competed earlier in the day. Therefore, Kelly and Maddy had a full day of cheer.



Quick picture with the cousins as she heads off for Day 2 of Cheersport...


Just a singing to their music...


At this point, I had tears in my eyes...I knew she was in PAIN, and I was thinking to myself I made the wrong decision to allow her to compete.


She is SO tough and pushed herself through the routine...




Sunday was bad...she made it through the routine, but she came off the stage in tears.  We finally got her foot elevated, iced, and some ibprofen in her and thankfully she slept all the way home.  We can say she for sure stepped it up for her team and was one tough little girl...Matt and I were so proud of her!