Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cooper's Favorite...

We were at Millsaps last night watching the girls play basketball when we looked up and saw one of Cooper's most favorites...Marc!!!  Once Cooper spotted him, he ran as fast as he could to see him.  Just as always, Marc was so sweet and just talked to him and listened to all his wild and crazy stories!!!  


Kind of hard to see, but look behind the players and you can see Marc in the white shirt talking to Cooper... 


Love Cooper's little hands... 


And then Marc gets down to his level...I'm telling you, he is the sweetest!!!





As I say over and over, relationships like these are what make my job the best job ever!!!

Sam's Visit...

Most of the pictures from Sam's visit or in other posts, but I found a few randoms that I wanted to be sure to blog...


The 2nd week Sam was here, Matt and I had to work.  But...I couldn't stand it so I worked 1/2 day Monday through Thursday and took off Friday.  My boss let me work 7-11 so I had all afternoon with the kiddos.  This particular afternoon we hit up Fat Cat...





Woah...can we say masterpiece (wink, wink)...


Painting is obviously exhausting...sound asleep in the buggy at Wal-Mart...


This particular day Cooper was Batman...we had lunch with Batman at Chick-fil-A, and he went to the park as Batman.


Makes it way more fun when someone will "fight" with you...



Morning snuggles with Sam while Mommy was at work...


He got so off schedule during the break...some days it's hard being a little guy.


One day Mommy was his horse...


A lazy day when you just stay inside because there is ice everywhere...and it is freezing cold...


And they finally got to play virtual golf the night before she left...


When I look back through the pictures, I realize just how much fun we have when all five us are together.  We love having Sam "home" and are always thankful she wants to come and spend time with us!

3rd Cheer Competition ~ ECC Big Bid in Birmingham...

We had big plans to all go to Anna Lauren's cheer competition in Birmingham last Saturday.  Matt, Anna Lauren, and I would do cheer while Sam and Cooper would go to the science museum.  We were all excited...it was going to be a super fun day.  

The weather/ice continued to get worse and when we got up Saturday we thought there was no way we would get to Birmingham.  Both Mississippi and Alabama were advising everyone to stay off the roads...they were covered in ice.

Sadly, the cheer competition didn't get cancelled, and we felt great pressure from our gym to travel to Birmingham.  Matt and I made a super hard call as our gut was saying...do not do this!!!  He and Anna Lauren loaded up and left for Birmingham while Sam, Cooper, and I stayed home.  I cried as they drove away...worried about their safety, were we making the right decision, etc.


Matt said getting out of the subdivision was by far the worse.  Once they got to the interstate, it was good.  We were hearing of all kinds of delays but thankfully they only had one hour delay where they just sat still on the interstate.  They actually made it in 5 hours, which was way better than some of our other teammates.  Think them waiting and leaving a little later helped...


I put her pony tail in before she left, and she did the rest in the car. She never complained once about me not going...she just wanted to get there/compete.  I was so proud of her attitude in the "stressful" situation.  Matt literally threw her out of the car to a mom who was waiting on the corner for her at 3:15, and she was to warm-up at 3:36...


All of her squad made it to Birmingham and were obviously not as rattled as their parents...they hit their routine and got zero deductions.















They walked away with 2nd out of six teams...



Bree's mom sent me this picture.  They were so impressed how well Matt handled cheer without me.  What they don't know is he can roll with whatever and handle it all like a champ!!!  He's the BEST!!!




And when momma isn't there to say, no you don't need that, you get something you normally wouldn't get at a cheer competition.

Matt said if they made it there Saturday, they were not coming home until it warmed up Sunday.  They spent Saturday night in Birmingham and came home Sunday afternoon.  As always, the two of them were just fine by themselves and had the best time! The kids will quickly tell you Daddy is WAY more fun the Mommy...

Celebrating "24"...

As sad as it is, it just doesn't work out for us to celebrate Sam's actual birthday with her...but...that doesn't mean we cannot celebrate her birthday another day.  Her birthday is actually today (January 14th), but we celebrated on the 6th while she was still here, and we could make it Sam's day as no one worked or had school.  


We started the day with donuts...a birthday tradition at our house.






We even had a little snow (wait...I mean ice) on her birthday...


After a chill morning at home, she picked Mexican for lunch...




And then bowling, which is a family favorite...






By the time we got done bowling, we decided it was in our best interest to head on home.  Everything was pretty much icing over...we even had a little trouble getting up the driveway.


The kids had a great time sledding (well, boogie boarding) down the driveway...


And jumping on the trampoline until they were frozen...


The kids couldn't wait until after dinner so we had cupcakes late afternoon and sang happy birthday again to our favorite 24 year old!!!


They loved getting to celebrate with Sam...


We cooked dinner at home and then watched a movie.  Sam and Matt had plans to go play virtual golf, but the weather didn't play in their favor so a movie it was.  We had a great day celebrating Sam and are thankful for another year of having her a part of us!!!