5/30/17

Memorial Day 2017

 Memorial Day at Jan and Bobs was such a blast this year.
The Masters just bought a lake house near by and we got to see them off and on the whole time. They brought sparklers over one night and we cooked out and fried everything in sight.  It was so delicious.
The first night we went to the Marina and did karaoke. 
Do you even need to know about anything else we did? I mean clearly that was the best way to start any weekend ever.
Jeff and Bryan for the party started.  Really Bryan.  And then Jeff.  And then Bob sang when Im 64 to Jan and it was ridiculously sweet. J
And shea.  She and aves are perfomersssssss. They loved it.  Shea wanted to sing Let it Go (duh) and they didnt have it (WHAT?!) So Jeff put his phone up to a mic and played it and Shea sang into another mic and it was uh maze.  People died of cuteness I am pretty sure.
Then Aves and Mary did a few stellar hits and all the girls got up a few times.
It was like rock and roll ville in the nicest lake you have ever been to with the most beautiful houses and least redneck marina karaoke ever.
Jeff has a video of some of it and I will post it as soon as I get it.








Shea loved tubbing also.  Another calculated risk. She watched Ben and Sass and Aves love it so much so she wanted to try it.  As soon as she did she wanted to go faster and over more waves AND hold her arms up in the air.  Like she just didnt care.
Sawyers friend Jenna came with us and they were crazy on the tube! They wanted to be in the air at all times and they were hilarious.

This is a normal phone case for an adult 35 year old.
Dont judge me.  OR do.  Its fine.  Allllllll the tweens I am around love it and give me tons of compliments.  its so cool.

Thank you SO MUCH Jan and Bob for everything!!!

Field Day and End of School 2017

 Shea was so excited about Field day that she let me braid her hair and she wore the Elsa dress that Lindsay gave her that used to be Kinleys.  Pretty much her fanciest clothes for the least fancy event.  But she didnt even think twice about it.
Avery hurt her knee so she had to sit out during her part of field day, but she got to help with the little kids in the morning so she was at least glad about that. Though she may have just gone home because she was introverting.  It is sometimes hard to tell...she was better by the end of the day and no signs of pain in her knee. (Quick forehead wipe)
Shea clung to me a little at the beginning and was nervous, but decided she would try and get in line with Sass. Sass kept trying to push her and make her stronger by pretending to be in line with her and at the last minute bailing and making her climb up and go down by herself!  Sabotage. But Shea never lost it or really cared that much.
She is a calculated risk taker.  She only takes a risk once she has assessed the situation and feels like it will be both safe and fun enough to try.
And sure enough, THIS WAS.
 She kept going over and over all by herself.  She loved being with the kids at school and just never wanted to leave.
The next station they went to was an even bigger water slide.  She wanted to try it with ben and it was amazing! It was so tall, but she wasnt the least bit afraid! She loved it!
Then she wanted to stay with Ben's class and keep rotation with them and they were so sweet to her.  It was heart melting. They let her help with all their water events and she was in heaven.  I am so thankful that everyone is so great and laid back up there. I am sure in some other school this wouldn't fly, but here, she was like the queen.  (The Ice Queen).

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(Avery had the same teacher as Ben so she hopped in the pic)
Then the kids had their end of year awards where they received awards from their teachers and it was so sweet.  It makes me cry every time! (And reaffirms my need to learn spanish.  I love listening to the ESL teachers give awards and just hate that I cant understand them. How can I learn an entire language in like 24 hours?) I am just so dang thankful for these teachers and for their friends.  I am so proud of my kids for how hard they have worked and I just love for our school.

Avery was chosen to be a Burks Ambassador this year, which is like Student Council and she had so much fun.  She loved having different responsibilities and getting to be in charge of things.  (Like doing the welcome at graduation.  That we missed because we can never get to something when it starts.  We told her she had to start doing things that weren't at the beginning.  Her teachers know us.  They understand).  She did a great job and I am so proud of her and all the ways she stepped out and led at school.
But her graduation was on Thursday and that is a whole other post.  She is going to middle school and I cried through the whole ceremony cementing that in her life.  It was AMAZING. More later.

Hilltop Camps 2017

 Easily one of my favorite weekends of the year!
We went to the Petroleum Club in Tyler and stayed at a cabin there and it was perfect.
 Kind of cold, but we paddle boarded anyway and went to the Grove and told stories around the fire and played with the dogs.









 I cant wait to do it again this summer!

Too Many Selfies in one Post



Gotta take a pic when you realize everyone is wearing Celebrate Always Tees!
(But Ben, I guess.  He did not get the memo)
 Sawyer wrote this poem at school and I just think its so perfect.
 My shop and overalls and the season that I wore a bandana as a scarf every single day. 
 Getting to see Landon and Nathan and Mason more lately and then they came to Ben's soccer game! It just made our whole life.
 Lunch with two of the Willbanks ladies!
 Shea.
 Jan and Gayle and my mom and her team helped with Teacher Appreciation this year and I think it went so great.
 Gayle made a whole brunch and Jan did flowers for everyone and my mom stuffed some Yetis with cash and gave one to everyone at school.  It was just so amazing to get to be the distributor of so many of these gifts.  The teachers cried, sent cards, gave hugs, sent messages and so much more.  They were so grateful and I am so grateful for all they do for our kids and our community.  I could go on and on about how great our school is and I hope they felt that for that week.

 Also, Honi's Coffee came and did a whole coffee bar for FREE!
 And the last day of Teacher Appreciation was on Cinco De Mayo so it was so fun to wear my Mexican dress and hand out all the Yetis.  I was nervous since most of our school is hispanic and so many of them are from Mexico that I may look dumb, but it was completely the opposite! They all complimented my dress and told me stories of how they had to make them in school when they were in like first grade!
 Mom came over to watch the kids later that week and we went to the Rangers game. 
It is hard to put into words how grateful I am for Jeff.  Lately I have had that panic "please God dont let anything happen to him!". He has been there for me through so much this past year, and I know I would be lost without him.  He has listened to me over and over talk about the same things over and over and with so much patience and wisdom.  Where we used to try and fix each others problems and get frustrated with different points of view, we have grown and can appreciate each others strengths and perspectives and different ways of handling situations.  I feel so safe and loved and known. And appreciated.  In the midst of crying all the time and depression and compulsive thoughts over things I can not change, he is my constant reminder of peace and that I am loved no matter what.  I have seen God move in our marriage more than I ever thought possible and I just dont know what I would do without his support and love.  Thank you Jeff.  I love you so much.
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